This past week, the principles of our office Rick Siegfried and Tony Majc went to the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show, located in Orlando Florida. This show is the largest construction show in the world. It brings together the industry's most important manufacturers and suppliers in order for them to showcase the latest products, materials and technology involved in all types of building construction. In addition to the products, the show also has over 160 educational sessions about everything from sales and marketing to construction and codes.
Some of the products Rick and Tony were particularly excited about were: point of use hot water heaters, heat treated wood rain screen siding, pre-engineered moment frame connectors, and zero clearance high efficiency wood fireplaces. All of which we plan on continuing to research to hopefully be used in our future projects.
This show was a great resource for our office to stay up to date on the latest trends and products, which allows us to be able to give our clients the best designs possible.
We are happy to announce Mentor Public Library's main branch will be opening their new lobby on, 1-20-17. The new lobby will be called the Killbourne Commons in honor of Terry Killbourne who served on the public library's board of trustees for 14 years. He helped the library in many ways including levies, labor negotiations and building renovations.
The lobby was in much need of an upgrade, with its low ceilings, lack of light and many physical and visual barriers, it felt small and closed in. The new design amplifies and expands the space to its full potential by elevating but also simplifying the patron experience. New furnishings, materials and finishes help open up the space by creating a light and dynamic atmosphere. A new, functional central “hub” was created to showcase new materials and create a self checkout area. Sound dampening materials were added to the lobby to make it more reader friendly. Additionally, continuing the library's effort of upgrading to energy saving lighting, we added new LED Direct/Indirect light fixtures to amplify lighting levels, create a vibrant atmosphere and provide decorative lighting.
Mentor Public Library main branch's lobby will create a better experience for future patrons and keep the legacy of Terry Killbourne alive for many years to come.
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