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"Best in The West": Chapman University's Musco Center

By: Mary Platt

Chapman University's Musco Center for the Arts in an Acoustic Showpiece.


Full Steam Ahead for Energy Efficiency at Northwestern

By: Joe Popely & Scott Brown

Dave Vandas moves deep underneath the Evanston campus of Northwestern University, making his way through a concrete tunnel tall enough for his six-foot frame, but not quite wide enough for him to extend his arms to both sides. Bright white lights illuminate thick steel pipes running along the tunnel.


Technology Flows Into Commercial Restrooms: ADA Compliance Shifts to Universal Design

By: Lisa Shimko

In the United States, one in six people or nearly 57 million Americans have a disability. Luckily, in 1990 these lives were greatly impacted when one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was introduced, prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.


Understanding Testing Standards for High-Performance Entraces

By: Kenneth Bowditch

There is a growing need to create entrances in our educational facilities that are blast, bullet, intrusion and/ or storm resistant. It is sad to think that we live in a time where we need to design entrance solutions for keeping our students and campuses safe, but we must continually innovate to overcome the threats that present themselves in daily life.



Trends Driving the Future of Roof Coatings

By: Stephen Wolf

As building owners and facility managers have begun to increasingly realize the cost benefits of roof restorations as opposed to reroofs, the demand for roof coatings has similarly expanded. According to Marketwatch, the global roof coatings market has grown to $6.7 billion in 2016 and is projected to grow to more than $13 billion by 2021.


The First Step to a Successful New Science Building

By: David Withee & James Contratto

Embarking on constructing a new science building is the beginning of an adventure, where you imagine the finest state-of-the-art laboratories, new classrooms, and research spaces. You don't consider the downside: potential cost-overruns, order changes, late deliveries and conflicts between trades.


Kalamazoo College: Oral Histories and the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer

By: Rachel James Clevenger

With MA degrees from Michigan State University and Columbia University and a PhD from Boston University, Dr. Noriko Sugimori brought a wealth of experience with her to Kalamazoo College where she currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Japanese.



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