Angie Tennyson

Reaching for Higher Performance in Tall Buildings

October marked the completion of the Tower at PNC Plaza.

Congratulation to the teams involved, on an incredible design and construction accomplishment in Pittsburgh.

This tower stands as an example before other tall buildings on innovation in design and collaborations of design teams. read more…

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Smithsonian NMAAHC: David Adjaye’s Work

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will complete in 2016, occupying the last available space on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

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The museum was presented with a common problem found in commercial building design; “How to connect rooftop equipment while avoiding thermal bridging and rooftop moisture issues.

Construction at this site was similar to the Kimbell Art Museum and Contemporary Art Center in that they are especially sensitive to the concerns of air quality and humidity control due to the collections and various objects that are protected within.  read more…

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Cicero and George Elderly Housing Project in Chicago

A new project in Chicago is breaking ground and Schӧck is pleased to be part of it.

The six-story, 79-unit building on the North-West corner of Cicero and George in Chicago, Illinois is part of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation. The residential building is for seniors age 55 and over whose income meets the needs for affordable housing. The project will utilize Schӧck Isokorb type CM structural thermal breaks in the concrete slab connections of 16 balconies.

Hispanic Housing Development

Rendering of Cicero and George Elderly Housing

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3 Civic Plaza is Leading the Transformation of Surrey

3 Civic Plaza

3 Civic Plaza

Our latest project installing in Canada is leading Surrey’s transformation from an agricultural and bedroom community into a city with an urban core.

It is as shocking as it is impressive, say urban planners from across North America-via Vancouver & BC business news, people, data & events | Business in Vancouver.  read more…

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Update on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture

The NMAAHC is making monumental progress towards their goal to open in the Fall. Here is an image taken by S2N Technology on the current progress.

National Museum of African American History & Culture March 2015 Update

National Museum of African American History & Culture March 2015 Update.                 Image source: S2N Technology.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Ireland

On St. Patrick’s Day, we visit Ireland to share the Garden Still House, one of the most modern distilleries in the world.

Schöck Isokorb® Prevents Thermal Bridging in Irish Distillery

Schöck Isokorb® Prevents Thermal Bridging in Irish Distillery

Irish Distiller, Pernod Ricard produces well know beverages such as Jameson Irish Whiskey, Malibu, Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate and Mumm. Yet they reached production capacity at 33 million liters of pure alcohol per year. With an increase in international demand, an investment of $135 million for a production plant was planned to double capacity.

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ENR’s Image of the Year Contest Features Isokorb® Projects

For the past two years, ENR’s Annual Construction Image Contest has featured projects which include Isokorb® structural thermal breaks selected in the winning images.

2014 Winner- Tower at PNC Plaza

The most recent 2014 winners include an image of the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburg, photographed by Mark Beckett of Century Steel Erectors.

ENR Image of the Tower at PNC Plaza, Image Source: http://enr.construction.com/photocontest/2014/detail.asp?itemid=33

The Tower at PNC Plaza is currently under construction, yet the final steel beam was installed this week.

Mark Beckett was onsite at the ceremony of the final beam erection.

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Tower at PNC Plaza’s final beam ceremony.

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Second Installation at University of Massachusetts at Amherst

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has completed the installation of Isokorb® structural thermal breaks in their second project, the Champions Center.

 

IMAGE SOURCE:   http://www.jcj.com/championscenter

IMAGE SOURCE: http://www.jcj.com/championscenter

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Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

Source: http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/02/Smithsonian-NMAAHC-David-Adjaye-1.jpg

Source: http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/02/Smithsonian-NMAAHC-David-Adjaye-1.jpg

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), on the National Mall in Washington DC, broke ground early 2012. With a schedule to open in Fall 2015, the museum continues to progress towards becoming a flagship venue for ceremonies and performances, as well as a exhibition space for African American history and culture.

The NMAAHC was designed as a joint venture of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup. Architect, David Adjaye was recently featured in an article in CNN,   noted as a “starchitect” for his international designs and awards. He is also known for his work at Sugar Hill in Harlem, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Luxury Manhattan Condominiums at 155 East 79th Street

155 East 79th Street

155 East 79th Street

Another prestigious New York condominium is installing balconies with Schӧck Isokorb® structural thermal breaks. Located at 155 East 79th Street, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, developer Anbau “combines the best of prewar design with state of the art building technologies,” via Anbau. This is a rich combination of classic with modern design.

155 East 79th Street, lobby facade

155 East 79th Street, lobby facade

New York Yimby conducted an interview with Barbara van Beuren and Stephen Glascock of Anbau, the New York luxury real estate investment and development company to discover how architect turned developer found the way to have full control of the building’s appearance.

The luxury condominium includes 14 stories, housing seven finely crafted residences which are priced in the range of $8.9 to $18 million.

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The Passion and Pavilion of Renzo Piano

Renzo Piano tossing a Frisbee for the press.

Renzo Piano tossing a Frisbee for the press.

The conversation is turning up on Renzo Piano this week as dozens of publications discuss the upcoming opening of the Piano Pavilion, the expansion to the Kimbell Art Museum.

 

While just a few months ago, Renzo Piano was named Senator for Life in Italy. This month marks the opening of the modest and highly respected Piano Pavilion, which accompanies the grounds with the Louis Kahn masterpiece. Modest, because of the small footprint of the 90,000 sq. ft. space, compared to the neighboring Kahn building at 120,000 sq. ft.  read more…

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Passive House and the Tower at PNC Plaza

What do Passive House (Passivhaus) and the Tower at PNC Plaza have in common?

Pittsburgh and High Performance Building.

Last week we attended the 8th Annual North American Passive House Conference  in Pittsburgh. We realize the passive house movement is growing momentum and expanding from a predominately residential focus-to include passive commercial and multi-family projects. While passive standards have not been implemented in many commercial or multi-family projects in North America, there is movement forward to incorporate high performance strategies, and those involved in the Passive House movement are at the forefront of this progress.

Over 400 attended the 8th Annual Passive House Conference

Over 400 attended the 8th Annual Passive House Conference

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Completion of Renzo Piano’s Expansion to the Kimbell Art Museum

Renzo Piano’s expansion to the Kimbell Art Museum is near completion. The Opening Day for the Piano pavilion will take place on November 27th, 2013.

The expansion includes a 300-foot-long, 22-foot-high building composed of two parallel wings. Eric Lee, Director at the Kimbell Art Museum, presents an early look at the Piano pavilion.  Test your thermal bridge knowledge: See if you can find the where the Isokorb® structural thermal breaks would be included in the building:

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Update on Lower Manhattan’s Fulton Center

One of the first New York City projects to include Isokorb® was the Fulton Center subway station. We covered this project during installation of Isokorb® thermal breaks in 2012, on our Schӧck German blog “Isokorb® at the Top.”

The Fulton Center subway station is still under construction and is getting increased attention with the installation of the Sky Reflector-Net. The Sky Reflector-Net is being installed within the oculus, housed within an eight-story dome. This dome includes Isokorb type S connections for a thermally broken steel support walkway.

Isokorb, steel thermal break connection installed at Fulton Center.

Isokorb, steel thermal break connection installed at Fulton Center.

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Leadership at the AIA National Convention

Last week, we attended and exhibited at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Expo in Denver, Colorado.  The Mile High city, located 5,280 feet above sea level is a vibrant metropolis, full of excitement in the streets, culture and art, sunny skies, and an assortment of locally crafted beer.

Entrance to AIA Convention 2013

Entrance to AIA Convention 2013

Artwork at the convention center. Steel-and-fiberglass big blue bear, titled “I See What You Mean,”

Artwork at the convention center. Steel-and-fiberglass big blue bear, titled “I See What You Mean,”

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NY Passive House Symposium

Passive house symposium

 The NY13 Symposium will take place at the City College of New York, The Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, located at 160 Convent Ave, New York.

The symposium will be held from 9:00 am to 5:15 pm on Saturday, June 8th. 

This will be the second annual New York Passive House Symposium, with a focus on Policy, Finance, and Performance. read more…

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Myths and Realities of Thermal Bridging

As part of the Building, Ecology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Lecture Series, Mark Lawton, Vice President and Senior Building Science Specialist at Morrison Hershfield presented “Myths and Realities of Thermal Bridging” at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and on February 28, 2013.

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In this lecture, Mark speaks about his latest ASHRAE sponsored research project entitled “Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details for Mid- and High-Rise Buildings” (1365-RP). It is worth your time.

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LIDO Residential Tower Plans to Break Thermal Bridges in Vancouver.

We are excited about the recent annoucement of LIDO, a  21-level residential tower in False Creek, Vancouver, Canada  to include Isokorb® thermal breaks in their balcony/slab connections.

Isokorb® type CM at balcony / slab connection

Isokorb® type CM at balcony / slab connection

The LIDO project by Bosa Properties, who is known for their legendary attention to detail, is setting a new benchmark in sustainable luxury.

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What is the The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope?

Everyone wants to know The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope. Now you can learn more by joining the panel of experts in Vancouver, BC at BuildEX, for a session to explore the various costs associated with implementing an energy efficient building envelope.

Research results will be present on energy modeling assessments of thermal bridging, examining the impact on annual energy consumption, cost implications, and thermal comfort. In addition, recent project installations with thermal break technology will be presented and analyzed.

Course Title:

The Real Cost of an Energy Efficient Building Envelope  (W11)

Course Schedule:

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The Science Lab: Thermal Break Installed at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst began construction of the new  Life Science Laboratory building in February 2010. To meet energy efficiency goals, Isokorb® thermal break elements were installed in the canopy walkway to the entrance of the 310,000 GSF building. The images below show Isokorb® type S (for steel) installed along the building entrance, providing a structural thermal break connection at the canopy. read more…

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Renzo Piano, Designer of the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion, Celebrates 75th Birthday.

While researching this project, I discovered today is Renzo Piano’s Birthday!

Happy Birthday Mr. Piano!

Also while researching this project, I read that the Renzo Piano’s addition at Kimbell Art Museum slightly resembles the current building at Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis Kahn, “in height and scale and in the span of the façade, as well as in its tripartite plan and use of travertine and concrete as primary materials.”

All may be true, yet I could not see the resemblance with my wee little eyes. read more…

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Meet Ebi and Matt

Meet Ebi and Matthew Capone, two employees from Schöck that you should know.

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Follow Schöck

There are many ways to connect these days. You can follow on linkedin, youtube, pinterest, slideshare, twitter, facebook, blog….

Since you have already found our blog, be sure to also follow Schöck on Linkedin.

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Schöck is Blogging…

Schöck began blogging in January of 2009 with the introduction of the Schöck Company blog in Germany. Now, here we are, 3 years later, with the introduction to our Schöck blog in North America.

We are excited to begin sharing some insight to the inner-workings of Schöck and our dynamic teams in Canada and the USA.

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