Inspired by building science, insights from commercial construction in Europe, and feedback from architects, cellular glass is being re-introduced as an approach for insulating mission critical enclosures, specifically in commercial rooftop applications.
The Glen Ellyn police station in Illinois had been operating from the village’s downtown civic center for nearly four decades and was due for replacement. After reviewing several methods and systems, Jonathan Tallman, regional public safety director for Chicago-based architects Dewberry and project manager for the Glen Ellyn police station project concluded new advancements in masonry wall systems were ideal for the new station.
Built in 1955, the Laurel Plaza in North Hollywood, California, has had quite a history and is now entering the next phase of its story. Originally a store, the building was turned into a bustling shopping center before suffering significant earthquake damage a few years ago. The forgotten and dilapidated shopping center is now on its way to be revitalized as a mixed-use community.
Polyisocyanurate insulation is gaining popularity as it enhances the masonry cavity wall’s inherent performance traits because of its complementary thermal conduct and moisture, fire, and solvent resistance.
Building professionals need to not just anticipate failures, but also understand how structures fail. Exterior wall systems designed to recover when exposed to failure must be employed to make the building envelope truly robust.