With any new construction technology, there are always early adopters, but only one can claim the designation of “first.” With the construction of The Spark, American Family Insurance and the project’s design and construction teams can claim being the first in Wisconsin to incorporate concrete-to-concrete structural thermal breaks within a building assembly. … read more
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
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.
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
Millennium Tower Boston is setting the bar high, creating a new level in standards for multi-use residential projects in Boston.
The luxury residential tower is rising 60-stories at 1 Franklin Street . Schӧck was on-site to provide guidance with installing Isokorb® structural thermal breaks in terrace slabs for each penthouse unit. … read more
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.
Sainte-Germaine-Cousin is a project for the community. Located in Quebec, the church of Ste-Germaine-Cousin has come a long way, overcoming an asbestos closure in 2005.
Today, the revitalized church building stands central with a new addition, a curvy, s- shaped structure, of affordable housing with 126 affordable (PAPA type) units and intermediate housing for seniors.
Asbestos within Ste-Germaine Cousin Church presented a considerable financial challenge. After the closure of the church building, it was 7 years later in which construction began with asbestos removal and groundwork for the new addition. However, perseverance has proven successful, providing an exceptional building of great heritage value.
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
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.
On St. Patrick’s Day, we visit Ireland to share the Garden Still House, one of the most modern distilleries in the world.
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.
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.
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
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.
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has completed the installation of Isokorb® structural thermal breaks in their second project, the Champions Center.
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.
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.
At these aggressive energy efficient standards, the building is actually required to be 65-75 percent better than Portland’s industry leading building codes.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
It was nice to have some good weather for the drive:
The Isokorb® thermal break modules are used to isolate large beam overhangs along the main promenade next to the building.
The 199 Mott St. condo building is being labeled, “The Green Collection” due to the energy efficient initiatives which are being installed in the structure.
Located in the Nolita area of New York, between Kenmare and Spring Street, construction continues to progress on the “steampunk aesthetic” development. Kutnicki Bernstein Architects designed the boutique, eight story building, which will include a ground-level retail area, 11 residential units and a rooftop terrace.
The owners, Alfa Development, are raising the bar on luxury condo construction by implementing design knowledge and well-known strategies to maximize energy efficiency, thermal comfort and indoor air quality.
Alfa began with Chelsea Green by taking responsibility to build to higher energy efficient standards in their luxury condo suites, which sold 90% of their units off the floor plan.