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March 01, 2006 |

Ballpark Gets the Major League Joint Treatment


Now into its third Major League Baseball season, the Philadelphia Phillies' Citizens Bank Park has remained virtually leak-free, thanks, in part, to Emseal's Thermaflex expansion joints installed along the stadium's risers. The tread and riser arrays were produced from heat-weldable Santoprene to mirror the form of the risers, ensuring a tight seal.


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No Need to Wait for Natural Patina

A posh, lavish appearance was desired for the exterior of the 7,000-sf Tryg's Restaurant in Minneapolis. Local architect Shea Inc. specified an exterior design scheme comprised primarily of stone and wood elements that would meld with the natural surroundings while providing an urban edge. For the restaurant's curving roof, Shea chose a Una-Clad snap-on standing-seam copper roof coated with bluish-green finish to create the authentic look of naturally patinated copper.

Firestone Metal Products

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Historic Lighthouse Gets An Upgrade

Years of exposure to driving rain and gale-force winds had taken its toll on the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Winchester Bay, Ore. Many of the structure's historic windows were broken and the front door was badly deteriorated. As part of its ongoing Lighthouse Restoration Project, Jeld-Wen installed 12 energy efficient, double-hung wood windows to replace the current aluminum units. The new Jeld-Wen pine windows are made with AuraLast wood, a wood treatment process that is guaranteed to protect against moisture and insect damage for up to 20 years. The lighthouse's entry door (right), which was warped from exposure to the elements, was replaced with the company's IWP Aurora custom fiberglass door. The new unit requires very little maintenance; won't expand, swell, or absorb moisture; and is virtually indistinguishable from traditional wood doors, according to the manufacturer.


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Taking Advantage of Views At Cape Cod

Located at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is within a stone's throw of Buzzards Bay and offers views of the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Somerville, Mass.-based HKT Architects made sure to maximize the breathtaking views from the academy's new Storer Building by specifying plenty of glass curtain walls, store fronts, entrances, and windows. The firm specified a range of products from Vistawall Architectural Products for the building, including the CW-250 curtain wall system, the FG-2000 storefront system, and wide stile doors.


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Railing Creates An Industrial Look

Looking for an industrial feel for the 250-unit Premier Lofts condo complex in downtown Denver, local architect Shears Adkins specified Speed-Rails for all handrail systems. Generally used for industrial environments, Speed-Rails offered the look that the architect was searching for. Plus, the price was right: "We found that the installed cost of the Speed-Rail system was significantly less than traditional custom designed railing," said partner Jesse Adkins.

Hollaender Manufacturing Co.

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Solving A Noisy Situation in Costa Rica

The Building Team for a new emergency room facility at Calderón Guadia Hospital in Costa Rica was faced with a major acoustical problem when the only feasible location for two new 90-ton water chillers was adjacent to patient dormitories. Installed just four feet from the structural concrete wall, the chillers' rotary screw compressors let out a high pitch that measured as much as 67 dBA inside the facility.

With just three weeks to spare, the owner turned to local acoustic consultant Francisco Brenes, president of Ingeniería Consultoria Alfa. Brenes specified a perimeter acoustical barrier wall composed of sheetrock and a single layer of Acoustiblok sound isolation material to deflect sound out of the hospital walls. The job took just a week to complete and achieved a 20 dBA sound transmission loss, lowering the noise level under a manageable 47 dBA.

"Previously installed walls in similar applications made out of concrete or concrete and Styrofoam cost more time and money, and are only half as efficient as the Acoustiblok solution," says Brenes.


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Low Profile

When designing the Leon Levy Visitor Center at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, N.Y., architect Hugh Hardy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York, was searching for steel windows with "crisp profiles and simple joinery" that would maximize the "generous views of the rolling landscape." Hardy specified Corporate 2000 profiles. The profiles offer the dual benefits of strength and aesthetic appeal, minimizing the intrusion of mullions and transoms.

Crittall Windows

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