Creating safer streets: Solutions for high crash locations

As non-vehicular modes of transportation become increasingly popular, cities are working to address the safety needs of all modes of transportation, including vehicles, bikers and pedestrians. While there has been an emphasis on improving safety along corridors, it is equally important to focus on identifying potential safety issues at intersections. Intersections are a point in our roadway system where various traffic movements and modes of transportation directly conflict with one another.


Eyes wide open: Students can see their new home’s building elements

“Engineering on display.” That was the theme for the 119,500-sf renovation and 197,000 sf of new construction of the University of Calgary’s engineering school. Instead of hiding MEP and structural elements, the design team of Diamond Schmitt Architects and Gibbs Gage Architects exposed them to students’ view, thereby celebrating them as a learning mechanism.

Smart glass maximizes comfort at Bowie State University

In June, SageGlass completed its largest electrochromic glass installation to date: 25,000 sf of dynamic glass at Bowie (Md.) State University’s new 149,000-sf Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing.

The glass was installed on portions of the curtain wall façade and throughout The Beacon, a three-story multipurpose space. It tints on demand, allowing professors to customize solar control. It is also programmed to tint automatically based on light standards.

28,000-sf brewery and restaurant coming to Houston’s Arts District

Located on Summer Street and adjacent to The Silos on Sawyer in Houston’s Washington Avenue Arts District, the Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.’s new three-story, 28,000 sf brewery and full-service restaurant will offer multi-sensory watching, drinking, and eating experiences.

Guests will enter the new building through a 25-foot-tall buffalo-shaped gateway and enter the first-floor production area. Brewing-view windows run along the expanse of the brew floor. The first floor also opens to an outside dog-friendly beer garden.

Gray lady no more: A facelift erases a landmark’s wrinkles, but not her heritage

By 2006, the New York Life Insurance Building, designed in 1893 by the father of the skyscraper, William Le Baron Jenney, had receded into obsolescence. Its owner, Hamilton Partners, was planning to demolish the 14-story landmark in Chicago’s Loop to make way for a 51-story hotel/office tower next door.

Elegance personified: New life for a neglected but still imposing retail/office space.

The Union Trust Building, commissioned by coal magnate Henry Clay Frick and completed in 1917, originally was a 240-store shopping arcade with 700 offices on its upper floors.

This 11-story Flemish-Gothic–style building has had several owners. The latest, Pittsburgh native Jon Davis, CEO of The Davis Companies, paid $14 million in 2014 with the intention of revitalizing it into an amenities-rich commercial center.

How to leverage historic tax credits

More often than not, designing and renovating a building can be easier than actually funding the project. What many clients and developers, including non-profit, for profit, and government entities don’t realize is that they may be able to finance a substantial portion of the total project cost through relatively under-the-radar tax credits, one of which is a federal historic tax credit. Typically, people associate historic tax credits with designated landmarks or significant turn-of-the-century structures, but in reality, even a utilitarian 1960s warehouse could be eligible.

Riverton will be the largest mixed-use project in New Jersey history

North American Properties has recently selected Cooper Robertson to handle the master planning of Riverton, a 418-acre waterfront mixed-use development on the Raritan River. The project site is considered the largest developable tract along a major transportation corridor in the United States. It also represents one of the largest brownfield remediations in New Jersey history.

Reduce energy loss in buildings

The right products for the building envelope can play a critical role in reducing energy costs and improving building performance.

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