Category Archives: Form+Function

Getting noise under control

TZ Curtain Wall grinder enclosure

by Kyle Justice

Employee safety is an important factor for a Western Michigan automobile parts recycling facility, which is why a wall of insulating curtain was specified to enclose the noisy grinder. The new enclosure has resulted in a 20 percent noise reduction, creating a more comfortable and productive work environment for employees.

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New Arkansas Music Pavilion Opens on a Good Note

This photo shows a view of the Arkansas Music Pavilion at night. The polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) cone structures come to life with lighting, while at the same time protect concert attendees. Photos courtesy Birdair

by Doug Radcliffe

Walton Arts Center (WAC) purchased the Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) in February 2011 with the goal of expanding the venue to serve a broader and more diverse audience. The AMP operated at the Washington County Fairgrounds after moving from the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Mall in 2012. However, after seeing a 200 percent increase in ticket sales in 2012, it was clear a permanent site was required to meet the region’s growing need for arts and entertainment. Further, the lack of a roof meant numerous event cancellations due to weather.

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Fire-rated Glass Floor Captures the Light at Northwestern

At Northwestern University, this fire-rated glass floor provides a barrier to flames and smoke, but offers daylighting and a unique look. Photo courtesy Technical Glass Products

Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University’s Engineering Life Sciences infill is a bright, multi-disciplinary space with collaborative gathering areas and cutting-edge classrooms, laboratories, and research rooms. The expansion rises five stories, bridging two of the campus’ existing building wings. It is designed to Silver standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

“The original building had courtyards that were turned into parking lots,” explains Matt Garrett, project …

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Concreting a Space for Learning

Architectural rendering of the Farmington Area Public Library. Image courtesy Farmington Area Public Library

The current library in Farmington, Illinois—a 278-m2 (3000-sf) building dating back to 1906—is finally being replaced with a sustainable, sound-resistant facility employing insulated concrete forms (ICFs).

ICFs were specified for the new 836-m2 (9000-sf) Farmington Area Public Library project due to their ability to cut energy costs by as much as 70 percent. The material also creates a resilient building envelope that can withstand hurricane and tornado impacts of up to 402 km/h (250 mph).

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