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Preserving the Legacy of Santa Monica Pier

From its dedication in 1909, to last years celebration of the 90th anniversary of Route 66, the Santa Monica Pier has been among southern Californias most popular attractions and historical landmarks. Currently, more than 3 million people visit the Pier each year, the Santa Monica Landmark Propertie...

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Urban Streams are Deluged by a 'Perfect Storm'

In cities across the nation, the replacement of permeable soil and vegetation with roads, parking lots, buildings and sidewalks has created a perfect storm for urban streams, resulting in increased flood hazards and channel erosion. Common consequences of urban development are increased peak dischar...

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Water Tanks Are Trending Toward Artful Expression

The La Porte, Texas, legged water tower with its picturesque Life By The Bay mural recently appeared in a Houston Chronicle profile of The Safest Suburbs in the Houston Area. In its portrayal of a booming Omaha, Nebraska, suburb, the local daily newspaper designed a layout dominated by a photograph ...

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Endura-Heat Coatings Provide Protection from High-Temperature Corrosion

Tnemec Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance coatings and linings, has introduced a line of products built to provide durable protection for surface temperatures up to 1200F (649C). The innovative Endura-Heat line of coatings offers performance against high heat, thermal shock and...

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Tnemec Expands R&D Facility and Upgrades Capabilities

Tnemec Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of protective coatings and linings, opened the doors of its new research and development facility on March 30, 2017. This expansion of the companys current manufacturing plant in North Kansas City, Missouri, includes an upgrade that doubles the size of its...

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Golden 1 Center Unrivaled in Sustainable Design

When it comes to sustainability, the new home of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Sacramento Kings scored a slam-dunk by becoming the first indoor sports arena to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. LEED Platinum is given to projects that mee...

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Aesthetics Gain a Foothold on 25-Year-Old Factory Floors

A 25-year-old manufacturing plant in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, has experienced a renaissance in recent years under a growth initiative by AVX Corporation that has led to major improvements of the facility, including the resurfacing of 200,000 square feet of floor space. The company wanted the fa...

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Ann Arbor's Elevated Tank Soars with Native Bird Design

After a year of unfortunate water news in the state of Michigan, one water tank in Ann Arbor, Mich., is receiving some much deserved attention. In October, the 500,000-gallon-tank on Manchester Road was selected as Tnemec Companys 2016 Tank of the Year. This tank was repainted last year with a desig...

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Exterior Renovation Revives 1970s Era Medical Center

Beset by a deteriorating exterior and dated design, the Kaiser Permanentes Medical Center in Bellflower, California, was restored to good health following a major renovation of the buildings faade and main lobby led by Frank Webb Architects (FWA) of Los Angeles. FWAs primary design strategy was to c...

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Building Industry Steps Up to 'A Quantum Leap for LEED'

When the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Version 2009 rating system expired on October 31, 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) completed the transition to its more rigorous LEED Version 4 (v4), which was launched in November 2013. The same deadline applied to the Canad...

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