Motor City renovation unravels a weighty problem


When it was built in 1897, Detroit’s Bamlet Building didn’t have to contend with the loads associated with modern-day cooling towers, chillers, and other heavy rooftop HVAC systems. So when it came time to renovate the 3345-m2 (36,000-sf) brick and timber structure, the project team turned to comparably lighter-weight variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology and rooftop equipment mounts with footings for strategic weight distribution.

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Lowering the flaps at Boston airport

The façade of Boston Logan International Airport’s new 10-story West Garage Extension comprises more than 48,000 aluminum flapper panels that move with the wind. Photos courtesy EXTECH and Linetec.

More than 48,000 aluminum flapper panels that move in response to wind currents comprise the façade of Boston Logan International Airport’s new 10-story West Garage Extension, designed by Arrowstreet Inc.

Finished in Class I clear anodize, the 152.4-mm (6-in.) square curved flapper panels are set within 353 extruded aluminum framing support assemblies spanning eight stories high by 88 m (290 ft) wide.

Subjected to 209-km/h (130-mph) winds to test resiliency, the system’s high-performance anodize finish …

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Many shades of green with Portland’s One North

Housing retail and office space, One North in North Portland, Ore., features second-growth cedar siding in keeping with its dedication to sustainable design. Photos by Andrew Pogue Photography

Efficient mechanical systems and a highly insulated and airtight shell are two of the features incorporated into the design of One North in Portland, Oregon. A multi-use, commercial development, the project is the product of a multi-year collaborative process that looked to contribute to Stumptown’s reputation as a green city.

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U of SC: Lessons in net-zero energy use

University of South Carolina’s new Darla Moore School of Business is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative (CBI). Photo by Bruce Damonte.

Creating a net-zero-energy, higher-education facility was at the heart of the design for the University of South Carolina’s new Darla Moore School of Business. Designed to achieve U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED Platinum certification, the project was initiated after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hand-selected the university to partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as part of its net-zero-energy-focused Commercial Building Initiative (CBI).

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Roofing system complements colorful kids’ resort

Metal panels were installed on the roof of the eye-catching Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida. Photo courtesy Petersen Aluminum Corp.

Children with life-threatening illnesses can delight in the whimsical architecture of Give Kids the World Village. Located in Kissimmee, Florida, the 32-ha (79-acre) resort has served more than 140,000 children and families from all 50 states, and 75 countries, since its founding nearly 30 years ago.

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