Transformation and transparency fueled the design vision behind Pennsylvania’s ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Located on a 1.8-ha (4.5-acre) reclaimed brownfield, the $17.3-million arts facility features proprietary curtain wall and entrance systems, providing a unique view of the area around it. “The north wall of the three-story building is glass, allowing visitors to view the Bethlehem Steel furnaces,” says the general contractor, Alvin H. Butz Inc.
The product approval decision is the responsibility of the code official, who can determine the information to be submitted to establish code compliance. When the product or system is well-defined in the code, a manufacturer’s self-certification may be acceptable, although the code official may also ask to see evidence of third-party certification to the standards referenced in the code.
For many years, designers and contractors have espoused tilt-up construction for providing a more airtight building envelope than competing wall assemblies, such as wood and metal stud wall, metal siding, and concrete and brick masonry. Now, code language may also be a supporting factor.
Privacy has all but vanished from the modern glass conference room and from much of the open-plan commercial office space. While additional frosting, static films, or vertical blinds can return some small measure of visual privacy, restoring speech privacy through acoustic treatment takes more knowledge, finesse, and careful specification. Acoustic treatment, after all, is not really ‘sound-proofing’ or ‘noise-cancelling.’
As the most viewable buildings of their era still standing, the California Missions are not only state history made corporeal, but also one of the major reasons stucco is so common in the Southwest. These 21 sites are rooted in Spanish, Moorish, and Mexican traditions, but many argue they represent a unique architectural style all their own.
All roofs are subject to the destructive effects of seasonal weather changes, environmental conditions, loading, and air pollutants. Alternate cycles of wetting, drying, freezing, and thawing caused by water lying on the roof leads to expansion, contraction, and rotting—this risks damage to the roof and even the building substructure.