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The Tivoli Project: Unprecedented Residential Design
The Tivoli Project: Unprecedented Residential Design
March 30, 2017
Project: Tivoli House Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America Fabricator: Electroland, LLC Architect: Electroland, LLC Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/PE aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE in ALPOLIC® TOB Black Valflon® coating supplied by Valspar Industry: Residential A newly completed house in Los Angeles features a unique hanging façade fabricated of ALPOLIC® materials. The Tivoli house, designed and built by Electroland LLC, is the newest addition to the firm’s extensive portfolio of projects that bring engaging architectural artworks to highly public spaces. Completed in January, 2017, the project was designed and built by Cameron McNall, founder and principal of Electroland. The hanging façade resembles a decorative box
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What is ACM?
What is ACM?
November 8, 2016
Explore the contemporary buildings in practically any city, and you’re bound to see many examples of a transformational architectural material — although you might not realize it. Aluminum composite materials (ACM) have reshaped the skyline, enabling architects to realize visions that were impractical or wholly impossible less than 50 years ago. A little history ACM was introduced in 1969. As one of the first and most innovative manufacturers of ACM, ALPOLIC® materials began production in Japan in the early 1970s. By the early 1980s, ALPOLIC® ACM was also available in Germany and the U.S. From then on, adoption grew exponentially as architects, fabricators
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Beautifully Revitalized Homes at Harrison Commons
Beautifully Revitalized Homes at Harrison Commons
October 4, 2016
Project: Harrison Commons Location: Harrison, New Jersey, United States of America Fabricator: Fairfield Metal, LLC Architect: Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC PE in CMX Champagne Metallic Coating: Champagne Metallic (CMX) Industry: Multi-Family Housing Newly developed multi-housing units are steadily sweeping the nation. According to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the nation’s largest lenders in the housing market, 2016 is poised to see greater activity compared to 2015, when the two agencies lent nearly $100 million for construction of apartments and condominiums. Multi-family housing projects showcase noteworthy variety, occupying both the affordable and luxurious ends of the spectrum and appearing in both suburban and
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UWM's Bold New Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex
UWM's Bold New Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex
September 13, 2016
Project: Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex Location: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America Fabricator: John W. McDougall Co. Inc. Architect: Flad Architects Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE in ALPOLIC® BSX Silver Metallic and custom COT Terra Cotta Valfon® coatings supplied by Valspar Completion: Dedicated October 2, 2015 Industry: Education “It is certainly our most distinctive building on campus,” says the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Associate Vice Chancellor Geoff Hurtado. “And it signifies the direction in which UWM is headed. We are stepping up from a good university to a great university and in the top tier of the research community.” This embodiment of
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The New Parkland Hospital
The New Parkland Hospital
August 28, 2016
  Project: Parkland Hospital Location: Dallas, Texas, United States of America Fabricator: NOW Specialties Inc. Architect: HDR+Corgan joint venture Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant aluminum composite material Coating: Kynar® PVDF resin in ALPOLIC® PEX Pewter Metallic Fluropon® coating supplied by Valspar Completion: Opened to patients on August 20, 2015 Industry: Healthcare Built in 1954 as the premier public healthcare facility in the Dallas, Texas region, Parkland Hospital had become severely overcrowded and functionally outdated by the turn of the new century. In November 2008, the voters of Dallas County were asked to approve a $747 million bond toward the construction of a new Parkland with a final price tag of
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Fire-Retardant Safety for Tall Buildings
Fire-Retardant Safety for Tall Buildings
May 25, 2016
In the mid-1970s, disaster movies were as popular as superhero movies are today. The biggest blockbuster of all was The Towering Inferno , featuring an all-star cast, a shoddily built skyscraper, and a raging fire too high up to fight effectively from the ground. People of a certain age still think of that movie as they ride elevators up to floors in the double-digits. Their concern isn’t completely unfounded, as demonstrated by a series of skyscraper fires in Dubai – the latest being a spectacular fire last New Year’s Eve. The cause of that fire was the same as in The
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Green Tranquility at HRT Transit Center
Green Tranquility at HRT Transit Center
April 28, 2016
  Project: Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Norfolk Transit Center Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America Fabricator: Roof Services Corporation Architect: Tymoff+Moss Architects Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/PE aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE in ALPOLIC® SMX Silver Metallic and MBU Blue Valfon® coatings supplied by Valspar Completion: January 2016 Industry: Community Traditionally minded people can be resistant to change when they are accustomed to a particular architectural environment. So when three concepts were presented for a new bus terminal and transfer station to serve the Downtown Norfolk area of Coastal Virginia, Michael Schnekser fully expected the public to support the most conservative option. Schnekser, a principal at Tymoff+Moss Architects, was part
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Quick, Safe Graffiti Resistance & Removal
Quick, Safe Graffiti Resistance & Removal
February 9, 2016
Whatever you may think about the talents of someone like Banksy, graffiti is not art. It’s a crime. And while a Banksy tag may bring an unexpected windfall for the property owner, for the rest of us graffiti is nothing but an ugly and expensive nuisance. The city of Los Angeles cleans up more than 30 million square feet of graffiti every year at a cost of around $7 million. In the U.S. alone, various estimates of the yearly costs of graffiti repair range from about $12 billion to as much as $20 billion – more than the annual budget for
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Lions Park: Citizen Architects Transform Their Community
Lions Park: Citizen Architects Transform Their Community
January 19, 2016
Project: Lions Park Shade Project Location: Greensboro, Alabama, USA Fabricator: Altech Panel Systems Architect Students in the Rural Studio program of the Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials | Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/PE 4mm aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE by in ALPOLIC® custom Haint Blue and RVW White Valflon® coatings supplied by Valspar Completion: Projected for Spring, 2016 Industry: Architectural - Education You can learn a lot about a community by hanging out at the local park. Lions Park is a 40-acre space at the southern edge of the rural Alabama town of Greensboro. Ten years ago, as Gertrude Stein might have said, there was no “there”
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Problem Solving in Asheville With R-Trac & ALPOLIC® Materials
Problem Solving in Asheville With R-Trac & ALPOLIC® Materials
October 26, 2015
In the ALPOLIC® blog, we most often call attention to the design vision behind extraordinary works of architecture. But the architect’s job is as much about solving practical problems as it is about creating engaging visual and spatial experiences. In fact, great architecture happens at the intersection of practical function and beautiful design. Or at the intersection of College and Charlotte Streets in Asheville, North Carolina, to cite one notable example. That’s where the new Asheville City Centre office building is nearing completion. It’s a great example of addressing multiple problems of modern building codes, limited budgets and short timeframes with
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The Community's Living Room: Wolf Creek Library
The Community's Living Room: Wolf Creek Library
October 22, 2015
  Project: The Wolf Creek Library Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Fabricator: Kistler McDougall Corp. Architect Leo A Daly Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials/Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/fr 4mm fire-retardant aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE in custom ALPOLIC® MRT Prismatic Magma and custom Anodic Satin Valfon® coatings supplied by Valspar Completion: September 2014 Industry: Community-Libraries The Wolf Creek neighborhood is a historical district in a southwest suburb of Atlanta that’s been undergoing resurgence in recent years. It’s a quiet community of cul-de-sacs surrounded by lakes, trees, creeks and a beautiful golf course with bordering wetlands that attract a variety of watchable wildlife. In other words, it’s a great community to get away from it all. What was lacking
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Ryerson University Student Learning Centre
Ryerson University Student Learning Centre
September 16, 2015
Project: Ryerson University Student Learning Centre Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Fabricator: Flynn Canada Installer: Flynn Canada Architect Zeidler Partnership Architects in association with Snøhetta Exterior Panel Manufacturer: ALPOLIC® Materials/Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. Product: ALPOLIC®/fr fire-retardant aluminum composite material Coating: Lumiflon® FEVE in Custom ALPOLIC® SEP Prismatic Blue Valfon® coatings supplied by Valspar Completion: August 2014 Industry: Architectural - Education It’s said that Ryerson University can be found at the intersection of Mind and Action. Ryerson’s new Student Learning Centre can certainly be found there, although the actual street address is the intersection of Yonge and Gould, in the busy heart of Toronto, one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cities. Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson University’s provost and vice president academic,
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