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The new glass-and-steel federal courthouse shatters the image that government structures have to be stodgy

Ove Arup had recommended putting automated dampers on the openings. But Meier's team nixed the dampers -- which cost between $120,000 and $200,000 -- for aesthetic reasons, says Bein.

GSA officials say they'll have to retrofit the openings with operable panels. Keith Lew of the agency doesn't know whether the panels will be added before the next summer dust storm arrives.

Tests of the cooling system on 90- and 100-degree days in September and October proved that it worked, and worked well.

Paolo Vescia
The $102 million courthouse reflects a new image for the federal judiciary.
Paolo Vescia
The $102 million courthouse reflects a new image for the federal judiciary.

"But I know there's going to be that one day," Raman muses, "when some piece of grit goes past the filter and gets stuck in a nozzle, and a glob of water flies down and lands on a judge's head.

"It's bound to happen. And when it does, I suspect, all hell will break loose."

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Schultzy
Schultzy

According to James Hollis, Worldwide Sales & Applications Engineering, Corning Glass Technologies, the features of Gorilla Glass have changed the traditional perception of glass, and Gorilla Glass has been widely applied to the coolest smartphones, tablets, PCs, TV, and other consumer devices to enable scratch resistance in daily normal use.

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mrnickwalkerjr
mrnickwalkerjr

Speaking with years if construction experience I must disagree with the thesis of this article. I believe that the building exudes artistic talent. I would love to see it in person. http://www.schulteroofing.com/

 
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