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Keynote Speakers and Course Schedule Announced for Third Biennial GRAPHISOFT BIM North America User Conference

GRAPHISOFT® will host its North America BIM Conference March 22-24 in Las Vegas. The event, now in its third year, welcomes users from around the world to the only conference in North America that is 100-percent ARCHICAD. Presentations from ARCHICAD “Power Users” and GRAPHISOFT experts help conference attendees explore ARCHICAD to push the limits of… Read more →

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720 University Place, formerly known as Music Hall, was built in 1897.

Age-Old Tuck-Pointing Technique Restores New Glory

With building restoration projects, you have few or no options other than to use existing materials to replicate an old building back to its former glory. But that is not always easy to do. Some buildings have major problems, from correcting structural issues to matching the aesthetic appeal of its original design. This work is not for the faint hearted because many times you won’t know what damage lies beneath the surface. … Read more →

Five years ago, the University Center of Lake County, a partnership between 18 Illinois colleges and universities, operated classrooms in shared buildings. However, it had no core facility – no “face” to show the community.

Bonded by Brick

Five years ago, the University Center of Lake County, a partnership between 18 Illinois colleges and universities, operated classrooms in shared buildings. However, it had no core facility – no “face” to show the community. The first facility of its kind in Illinois, the $19.8-million University Center of Lake County provides that face. The 91,000-square-foot, stand-alone academic center enables the organization to offer degree and workforce development programs from all its partner institutions under one roof.… Read more →

Iredale Mineral Cosmetics International Headquarters

Iredale Mineral Cosmetics International Headquarters

Our firm, Croxton Collaborative Architects (CCA), a founder of the modern sustainability movement, recently completed the 21,000-square-foot international headquarters for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics (IMC)—manufacturers of jane iredale—in Great Barrington, Mass. A replacement for the company’s smaller home base nearby, the new structure represents the rehabilitation of the abandoned 1889 William Cullen Bryant School building (and its early 1900s addition), a Massachusetts Cultural Resource, as a 21st century center of operations.… Read more →

Onsite Masonry Production from Diverted Excavation

Watershed Materials is teaming up with Westlake Urban and Alpha Group to explore a solution to a problem that real estate developers often face—excavation that has to be moved off a construction site to make way for new buildings. Rather than haul off the excavation spoils and then import thousands of concrete masonry units (CMUs) for use at the project, the developers and Watershed Materials are working together to repurpose native excavation material right at the job site to create the structural masonry blocks used in the development. Truckloads of offhaul and truckloads of imported building materials could be eliminated by using the excavation to make the structural block, adaptively reusing waste to produce onsite building materials.… Read more →

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