Army facility guards against energy waste


A blast-hazard-mitigating curtain wall and thermal entrance system are two of the features that helped Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS) earn Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

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Minneapolis building gets much-needed makeover

Located in Minneapolis, DC Group’s office features an extruded aluminum curtain wall, giving the building a contemporary look to match its high-tech brand.  Photo© Paul Crosby Architectural Photography. Photo courtesy Tubelite Inc.

A proprietary extruded aluminum curtain wall is at the heart of the renovation of an office building in Minneapolis. The two-story commercial-industrial space houses DC Group, a firm that provides equipment and maintains uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems for corporate customers, including AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Verizon, Microsoft, and Oracle.

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San Francisco tower shakes up seismic design

181 Fremont Street in San Francisco, Calif., is a 244-m (800-ft) building designed to be resilient against structural damage in a significant earthquake.  Photos courtesy 181 Fremont

Located in San Francisco, 181 Fremont Street is a 244-m (800-ft) building designed to be resilient against structural damage in a 500-year earthquake. The steel and glass tower is anchored by construction shafts measuring more than 29 m (260 ft) down into the bedrock, allowing it to respond to wind forces and seismic events in an optimal way.

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Library takes a page from LEED’s book

Natural light permeates the interiors of the Dallas Public Library’s Highland Hills branch and is supplemented by energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on cloudy days and evenings. Photos courtesy KAI Texas

Design features incorporated in the Highland Hills library in Dallas, Texas, are allowing it to enjoy lower energy and water costs. The 1812-m2 (19,500-sf) building is one of seven Dallas libraries certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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Students at UW perform in broad daylight

A pressure-plate curtain wall allows students to enjoy daylight in Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts’ dance studio at the University of Wyoming. Photo © University of Wyoming. Photo courtesy Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Students and staff at the University of Wyoming’s (UW’s) Laramie campus can now develop their music, theater, or dance skills in a newly renovated and expanded facility. The $35-million Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts includes both new construction and partial renovation of the existing fine arts center.

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