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  • The basics: The owners of a high-end home on the California coast wanted to maximize their ocean views with a deck of glass flooring. They wanted to stand on the exterior glass floor and have an unobstructed view of the rocks, plants and water below. The players: Glass supplier, floor engineer, Jockimo Inc., Newport Beach, Calif.; architect, Ugo Sap, San Francisco; general contractor, Van Acker...
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    The basics: The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, features a protective coating on the glass doorways at the front and back entrances to reduce cleaning maintenance and the use of chemicals for cleaning. The academy earned a Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The structure will consume 30 percent less...
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    The basics: The new headquarters of Burke Hogue Mills Inc., or BHM Architecture, has become the first architectural office in Florida to earn Leadership in Energy and environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 15,700-square-foot, two-story building is located in Lake Mary, Fla. Sustainable features include under floor air distribution, reflective roof,...
  • The basics: The Tampa Bay (Fla.) History Center stands as a glass jewel overlooking the Hillsborough River. The 60,000-square-foot center is part of the Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.2 mile stretch that will contain seven parks, 11 bridges and five museums when the project is completed. The five-story museum features a striking curtain wall containing three shades of glass and custom sunshades. The system...
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    The basics: Lofts at 655 6th Ave. is a 106 unit mixed use development in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp quarter. The structure is cast in place concrete with energy-efficient infill glazing. The project was the recipient of a 2008 Citation of recognition from the American Institute of Architects San Diego and a San Diego Orchid Award for public art.The players: Architect, Public Architecture...
  • The basics: In May, the Art Institute of Chicago opened its Modern Wing, a three-story addition enclosed in double-layered curtain wall that allows natural light into the galleries and offers views of the Chicago Skyline and Millennium Park. To maximize views and light, the interior walls needed to be transparent and meet fire and life safety codes. Architects chose fire-rated glass and framing...
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    “In addition to providing daylighting, the [multifunctional 2000 Skylight on the PCL] also played a large role in the concept of a ‘solar chimney.’ Designed to increase energy efficiency, the ‘chimney’ allows hot air to escape and cool air from the outside to enter the building.” —Lisa Szematowicz, LEED AP, associate product manager, Kawneer Co., Norcross...
  • The basics: The major renovation of Stamford Town Center, an urban marketplace in Fairfield County, Conn., transformed the aging mall into a lively, pedestrian-friendly and glass-enclosed shopping center. The center’s plaza is dominated by the curved façade around a Barnes & Noble set between two glass towers. The players: Developer, Taubman Co.,  Bloomfield Hills, Mich...
  • “We wanted a high-tech glass that would eliminate mechanical shading systems in several areas throughout the building due to the unique characteristics of the architectural layout. Our goal was to incorporate the latest and most innovative technologies in the center reflecting the innovative ongoing research in the facility, and to use energy saving systems where budget would allow.”...
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    The basics: The six-story, 515,000 square-foot Gateway Medical Center opened several months ahead of schedule meeting the needs of fast-growing Clarksville, Tenn., and replacing a 54-year-old structure with a modern, larger facility. By September 2008, the $179 million, 270-bed project had been named the "South Central Region's Best Health Care Project of 2008” by South Central...
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