Year: 2014

31. December 2014

Boston’s Seaport District Installs Thermally Broken Balcony

from Matt Capone

While the development of Boston’s Seaport District has been in full swing for some time now – It recently had a milestone in building innovation.

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Watermark, in Seaport Square, is the first project in Boston to break the mold by building with structural thermal breaks for concrete balcony construction. The Watermark Seaport project features a six-story building and a 17-story luxury residential tower at a total of 275,000 square-feet with 300 apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space. The project is  utilizing Schӧck Isokorb® structural thermal break technology for a concrete cantilever balcony overlooking the pedestrian walkways. … read more

04. November 2014

The Intersection of Glazing Systems with Structural Thermal Breaks

from Mike Lemen

Architects and Engineers often ask about the design considerations when the connection of the window wall glazing system closely intersects with the structural thermal break connection at the balcony.

 

Balcony window and thermal bridge connection

This Design Break will take a look at the considerations when preparing the details of the glazing system with a structural thermal break connection for concrete, such as you see in the J22 project in Edmonton. … read more

03. September 2014

NYC Energy Code Crackdown

from Matt Capone

Can you believe 9 out of 10 projects which submit for building permits in New York City fail to meet the baseline energy code?

Seems difficult to imagine, considering the code requirements have not even changed recently.

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Photo by Tyrone Turner/National Geographic – infrared showing heat loss from NYC buildings

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02. September 2014

Luxury at The River in Calgary

from Mike Lemen

The River is becoming known as Calgary’s ultimate luxury residential complex with construction well under way on the residential tower. Completion is expected in 2015 for the tower which will contain 38 homes situated within 16 floors containing one to four suites per floor and 11 three-story townhouses.

via http://www.therivercalgary.com/
via http://www.therivercalgary.com/

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20. August 2014

Second Installation at University of Massachusetts at Amherst

from Angie Tennyson

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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24. July 2014

Cantilever Slabs at Stairways and Shafts

from Matt Capone

Normally cantilevered slabs and edges are considered extensions of the floor or roof levels of a structure. Often times however, conditions require a connection along vertical walls or areas where interiors floors are omitted because of stairways or mechanical shafts. These areas have the same potential problems with thermal bridging since there is an interruption in the continuous insulation layer.

For this Design Break, we explore details of a project in which Isokorb® thermal breaks were used in just such conditions, 15 Leonard Street located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City.

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15 Leonard: Exterior rendering of the rear façade showing the balconies tucked to the inside corner

 

Architectural floor plan showing the slab openings for the stairs and mechanical shaft – both located adjacent to portions of the residential balcony.
Architectural floor plan showing the slab openings for the stairs and mechanical shaft – both located adjacent to portions of the residential balcony.

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22. July 2014

Passive House Multi-Family Project- Kiln Apartments

from Mike Lemen

The Kiln Apartments of Portland, Oregon are positioned to be one of the largest mixed-use, multi-family buildings at such a high energy efficiency standards. With the target design goal to meet and exceed Passive House requirements, the Kiln apartment is said to be the largest Passive House project in the U.S.

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At these aggressive energy efficient standards, the building is actually required to be 65-75 percent better than Portland’s industry leading building codes.

Kiln Apartments in Portland, OR
Kiln Apartments in Portland, OR

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11. June 2014

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

from Angie Tennyson

 

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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29. May 2014

Innovation in Design at Novartis Complex in Cambridge, MA

from Matt Capone

For the design of the new Novartis research campus, CannonDesign teamed with Maya Lin and Toshiko Mori to produce a centerpiece in Cambridge, MA for the global leader of the pharmaceutical industry. Boston Globe titles it as, “one of ten projects that will change innovation landscape in Boston and Cambridge.”

Novartis expansion in Cambridge, Ma
Novartis expansion in Cambridge, Ma

Increasing the land lease with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Novartis is developing a $600 million, 550,000 square foot campus consisting of a lab, office and retail space. The new location will serve as the company’s worldwide research operations. Two new buildings and one existing building renovation will take place at the campus at Massachusetts Avenue. … read more

26. May 2014

Luxury Manhattan Condominiums at 155 East 79th Street

from Angie Tennyson
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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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21. May 2014

Edmonton’s J22 Taking Shape: A Multi-family Project

from Mike Lemen

Construction activities of several multi-family projects in downtown Edmonton, AB are taking shape. We have our sights on the J22 Development at the corner of Jasper Avenue, and 122 Street as the installation of Schöck Isokorb® for balcony features will soon begin.

J22 Development in Edmonton, AB, Canada
J22 Development in Edmonton, AB, Canada

The J22 Development is a mixed use project beginning Phase 3, which includes retail/commercial office space on three levels and 200 rental apartment units spanning over 10 stories above. J22 is one of many multi-family projects filling the demand for downtown rentals. A recent report by Avison Young covered vacancy reports in the Edmonton Multi-Family including news on the J22 project and the highly sought after location.

Schöck Isokorb® structural thermal break connections will be installed in the J22 residential units to mitigate thermal bridging at the concrete slab to balcony connection.

Isokorb type CM
Isokorb type CM

Besides energy savings, another highly valued benefit of structural thermal breaks is occupant comfort. The use of Schӧck Isokorb® allows the wall temperatures around the balcony to be uniform and consistent.

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05. May 2014

Solutions to Reinforce: Concrete Bridges and Barrier Walls

from Dritan Topuzi

Bridges and barrier walls are often constructed of reinforced concrete, a material where the low tensile strength of concrete is compensated by the high tensile strength of steel. Steel rebar is commonly used within the concrete, however, certain properties of steel, such as electrical conductivity, magnetism, thermal conductivity, and most importantly, low resistance to corrosion, may negatively affect the performance of a reinforced concrete bridge.

Depending on the application and conditions of the structure these properties of steel can affect the performance of bridges. Corrosion control is crucial in reinforced concrete bridges, especially when exposed to de-icing salts. Corrosion of steel reinforcement in bridges causes increased maintenance cost, and if not properly maintained, it affects aesthetics and can lead to structural collapse.

Corroded reinforcement on the Gardiner Expressway, Toronto, ON
Corroded reinforcement on the Gardiner Expressway, Toronto, ON

These corroded bridges are found practically everywhere. The Gardiner Expressway in Toronto is a prime example of steel rebar corrosion, and was best described in an article by Dr. Paul Gauvreau on The Globe and Mail, “Toronto’s crumbling Gardiner: Bring on the engineering innovation.

“…Gardiner was built with materials and structural details that make it prone to deterioration and difficult to maintain…”

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13. March 2014

The Growing Modern Campus of Sacred Heart University

from Matt Capone

In May 2013, Sacred Heart University Campus in Fairfield, CT broke ground on the largest new academic building in the school’s 50-year history.  The new structure will house the John F. Welch College of Business (COB), the Department of Communications, the Media Studies programs and the Executive Leadership Institute at 5401 Park Ave.

Image Source: Sasaki, http://www.sasaki.com/project/155/
Image Source: Sasaki, http://www.sasaki.com/project/155/

Designed by Sasaki Associates, the modern three- level, 125,000 square-feet design strives to balance traditional with contemporary. Building on technology as the backbone, the new building will provide a professional and collaborative environment for learning at all levels.

Source: Sasaki, http://www.sasaki.com/project/155/
Source: Sasaki, http://www.sasaki.com/project/155/

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04. March 2014

Exterior Steel Beams that Break Thermal Bridging

from Adam Kimble

Steel is the most popular framing material for non-residential buildings in the US. As the AISC’s slogan goes, “There is always a solution in steel.”  It is sustainable and readily available, strong in both compression and tension, and allows acceleration of project schedules making it a cost effective construction option.

Canopy steel structure

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03. March 2014

Massive Parkway Project installs ComBAR® in Windsor-Essex, ON

from Angelo Koichopolos

Construction began in August of 2011 on Windsor Essex Parkway in Ontario and is expected to complete in late 2014. Schӧck ComBAR® GFRP is included within bridge barriers in $1.4 billion highway infrastructure project  in the municipalities of Windsor, LaSalle, and Tecumseh, in Ontario, Canada. The parkway is now called Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway, following the renaming in 2012.

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The goal of the project is to improve traffic flow at Canada’s premier trade gateway from Canada to the US, carrying 28% of Canada’s trade with the US. This route goes through Windsor and links Detroit to Ontario’s Highway 401. The parkway prides itself on the community enhancements and environmental features of the project. … read more

25. February 2014

Vancouver’s Building Show: BuildEX

from Mike Lemen

Last week we attended BuildEX in Vancouver, B.C. This was the 25th anniversary of the BuildEX conference which was scheduled in accord with the weather, providing a day of sunshine to enjoy the views of the bay and the mountains, and one day prior the snow storm- still hitting Vancouver today.

View of Vancouver from the LIDO residential tower.
View of Vancouver from the LIDO residential tower.

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13. February 2014

Install Update at the Tower at PNC Plaza

from Matt Capone

We must give the crew working the Tower at PNC Plaza some well deserved credit. The downtown Pittsburgh structure is climbing steady at 30% total progress, with completion of the structural steel more than half way done. See the progress on the Tower at PNC Plaza project website.

The installation of Isokorb® type CM in the concrete slab edges continues to progress  as rebar and slab installation nears the 30th floor. The live construction camera shows the crew steady at work.

Schock Isokorb® structural thermal breaks connecting the cantilever.
Schock Isokorb® structural thermal breaks connecting the cantilever.
Schock Isokorb® installed at the concrete rebar placement.
Schock Isokorb® installed at the concrete rebar placement.
Schock Isokorb® installed at the cantilever as the building curves.
Schock Isokorb® installed at the cantilever as the building curves.

 

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24. January 2014

Schock Welcomes Mike Lemen

from Mike Lemen

My name is Mike Lemen from Washington State in the Pacific Northwest. I’m proud to join the Schӧck family of Innovation Building Solution as Sales Manager for Western North America including Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.

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Mike at a recent jobsite visit to LIDO in Vancouver Canada.

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23. January 2014

Field House at Middlebury College

from Matt Capone

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I recently traveled to Middlebury, Vermont to conduct an on-site training and assistance for the installation of Schöck Isokorb® thermal breaks on the New Field House at Middlebury College .

It was nice to have some good weather for the drive:

The Schöck Isokorb® S22 structural thermal breaks are currently being installed on the New Field House at Middlebury College .

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The Isokorb® thermal break modules are used to isolate large beam overhangs along the main promenade next to the building.

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