School’s bio-engineering building a lesson in green design

The proprietary resins on the exterior of Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) new Bio Engineering Facility help contribute to the building’s green goals. Photo courtesy Integrated Design Solutions’ Kevin S. Marshall and courtesy Valspar

Melding aesthetics with performance was top of mind in the design of Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) new Bio Engineering Facility. Located in the South Academic District in East Lansing, the four-story, 12,077-m2 (130,000-sf) research laboratory building features proprietary resins comprising 70 percent PVDF that meet or exceed AAMA 2605.

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Continuum: Evoking ‘home’ and ‘community’ through design

Continuum’s new headquarters in New Haven, Conn., opened in April, amalgamating its previous offices and satellite locations. Photo © Robert Benson Photography. Photo courtesy Svigals + Partners

Designing a facility to meet the needs of staff and patients was at the heart of Continuum, a non-profit mental health and addiction services provider. Not only did it have to replace Continuum’s previous offices, which were housed in a Victorian brownstone, but the three-story structure also had to bring together several satellite offices and allow for future growth of its home care and continuing care programs.

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Cool new home for Polk’s penguins

Comprising metal panels, Polk Penguin Conservation Center’s façade mimics the shimmer and color of the Antarctic landscape. Photo courtesy Valspar Corp.

The Detroit Zoo is home to 83 penguins, so it’s only fitting its Polk Penguin Conservation Center resemble Antarctic’s icy landscape. Now open to the public, the facility—which holds more than 1,234,044 L (326,000 gal) of water—welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year as part of the 510-ha (125-acre) zoo.

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Grass is greener atop St. Louis building

A 1654-m2 (17,800-sf) green roof now sits atop the 700 Market Street building in St. Louis, Missouri. Photos courtesy Bade Roofing.

A gas fire pit, a fescue lawn, and numerous seating areas are some of the green roof features installed at General American Building in St. Louis, Missouri. Located at 700 Market Street (and now known by its address), the building originally opened in 1979. The six-story structure is the only St. Louis building designed by acclaimed 20th-century U.S. architect Philip Johnson

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Buddy Holly Hall will be music to fans’ ears

A 60-m (200-ft) 200-ft telecommunications tower serves a symbol of renewal for Lubbock that will be visible from a great distance.

Swooping planes and a helical staircase are two of the designs features that will welcome patrons of the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in Lubbock, Texas. Designed by Toronto’s Diamond Schmitt Architects, the $146-million facility will pay homage to the legendary 1950s pop star in his birthplace.

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