New California courthouse a real Butte

Designers of the Butte County Courthouse looked to nearby rock formations for inspiration. Photos courtesy Technical Glass Products

Chico, California’s picturesque buttes served as inspiration for the city’s new courthouse, complete with a cupola that pays tribute to the nearby rock formations. Creating a comfortable space in the entry, though, required overcoming several challenges in the design of the building’s steel curtain wall system.

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Holding back the waters

Proprietary plastic underground stormwater chambers were specified to save costs and to offer adequate infiltration. Photo courtesy Cultec

Retention, detention, and groundwater recharge are at the heart of a stormwater management system installed at a new medical office building that is part of an assisted living facility in Newtown, Connecticut.

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An exercise in juxtaposition

Aluminum composite material (ACM) panels with a zinc patina finish line the façade of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Photos courtesy Alcoa Architectural Products

Irregularly sized zinc-colored metal panels provide an interesting visual feature on the new Cedar Rapids Public Library. Comprising aluminum composite material (ACM) panels with a zinc patina finish, the panels juxtapose with smooth-surface materials to bring a complexity and depth to the Iowa building’s façade.

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A lesson in mechanical requirements


Staff and students working in the new Biological Sciences Building at Georgia Southern University now have a space that meet both their mechanical and educational needs. Located in Statesboro, ‘The Building in the Trees’ is a three-story, 14,679-m2 (158,000-sf) structure that includes five active-learning classrooms, 10 teaching labs, and 15 research labs.

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