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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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Specifying Successful Systems for Detention Facilities

Photo © Bo Parker

The construction of detention and correctional facilities can be complex. In addition to standard construction materials and practice, these buildings are designed with a multitude of special materials and systems, known collectively as ‘detention equipment.’ This article focuses on the use of detention equipment contractors (DEC) when building correctional facilities.

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Solar Air-heating Systems 101: Ensuring efficient and economical renewable energy

All images courtesy ATAS International

A transpired solar collector system utilizes perforated metal wall cladding to heat outside fresh air via sunlight. This technology can help reduce winter heating costs by approximately 30 percent, qualify for government grants and incentives for renewable energy, and generally has a payback of three to eight years. These types of systems have been used on a wide variety of facility types, in both new construction and retrofit applications. Buildings with a large volume of air to heat, and/or requiring a high number of fresh air exchanges are excellent candidates for a transpired solar collector.

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Thermoformed Ceiling Panels and Tiles

All images courtesy Ceilume

Thermoformed plastic ceiling panels and tiles have unique features that make them practical for many design and construction challenges. They can be installed beneath fire sprinklers and are not affected by moisture, support indoor air quality (IAQ), and offer noise reduction.

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Enhancing Energy Performance with Balcony Thermal Breaks

All images courtesy Schock USA

This article examines how a building’s energy performance can be enhanced with structural thermal breaks for balcony connection. New engineered solutions can assist mid- and high-rise building project teams in complying with continuous insulation (ci) code requirements. These structural connections are especially important to address in multi-family specifications because thermal bridging for every residential unit in the structure can add up to significant heating and cooling loads.

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Minimizing Risks with Solar Roofs

Photo courtesy GAF and Protech Roofing Service

Commercial low-slope rooftops are an attractive platform for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity-producing systems. Nevertheless, a roof’s function is, first and foremost, to protect the building’s contents and people from the elements. In this regard, design professionals need to anticipate the potential risks associated with the installation of roof-mounted PV arrays. This sort of due diligence is particularly important when installing PV systems on existing warranted roofs.

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