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Solar Air-heating Systems 101: Cigas Machine Shop

A total of 1084 m2 (11,670 sf) of black, transpired solar collector
wall panels were installed at the Cigas Machine Shop in
Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Photo courtesy ATAS International

The Cigas Machine Shop in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, is located in a building previously owned by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, with parts of the structure dating back to the late 1880s. Back in that era, Bethlehem Steel was involved in the production of fabricated components used in the construction of the Golden Gate and many other familiar bridges.

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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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The Track to Span 3: Genesis of the innovative Manhattan West Platform

Photos courtesy Entuitive

The Manhattan West Platform is the first stage in a vibrant urban development that will serve as the foundation for public and new commercial space. This article discusses the unique structural challenges in designing an innovative platform structure over the tracks leading into New York City’s Penn Station while minimizing, or completely avoiding, disruption of rail service to North America’s busiest rail corridor.

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Designing Stone Wool Ceiling Assemblies

All images courtesy Rockfon

Stone wool’s various attributes are making the material attractive for use in suspended ceilings in educational, office, and healthcare projects. This article touches on such assemblies’ acoustics, air quality and light reflection impacts, along with information about fire performance, humidity, and dimensional stability. Design professionals must also understand the aesthetic possibilities, including flexibility with edges, sizes, colors, surfaces, shapes, and textures.

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