Melding aesthetics with performance was top of mind in the design of Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) new Bio Engineering Facility. Located in the South Academic District in East Lansing, the four-story, 12,077-m2 (130,000-sf) research laboratory building features proprietary resins comprising 70 percent PVDF that meet or exceed AAMA 2605.
The Detroit Zoo is home to 83 penguins, so it’s only fitting its Polk Penguin Conservation Center resemble Antarctic’s icy landscape. Now open to the public, the facility—which holds more than 1,234,044 L (326,000 gal) of water—welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year as part of the 510-ha (125-acre) zoo.
Acoustically isolated band and choir rooms and a modern media center are just two of the new upgrades students at Oklahoma’s Cushing Middle School can enjoy, now that they are in a brand-new building that comes complete with cutting-edge ceiling assemblies.
Zinc is naturally found in elements such as air, water, and soil as well as in plants, animals, and humans. It is the 27th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust and is infinitely recyclable without the loss of its properties, making it a true renewable resource.
Last year, the California Energy Commission introduced new energy-efficient standards for all newly built residential and commercial structures. Essentially, ‘solar-ready roofs’ will be required on all new construction. While home and building owners are not required to install solar panels at the time of construction, their roofs must be prepared if they choose to install them in the future.