August 27, 2009
The basics: Los Angeles County Museum of Art's new Broad Contemporary Art Museum building, a three-story, 72,000-square-foot structure, offers a large column-free gallery space. Two vaulted skylights flood the gallery with natural, ambient light. The skylights were designed to “fit around an unusual structure with minimal visual impact,” Groeschel says. “The end result...
February 19, 2009
Daylighting has been proven to help students’ test scores, patients’ recovery time, retailers’ sales, and workers’ and manufacturers’ productivity, in addition to providing other benefits. However, disturbing accounts of individuals falling through roof openings, typically reported as skylights, have increased the urgency in developing fall protection standards and...
July 22, 2008
Skylights enhance museum renovation, Pyramid House, and new airport terminal.
Harrah’s Atlantic City pool complex pulls the sky in through its transparent cupola
August 1, 2007
Click here for a photo gallery on skylights. At the gaming hotel of Harrah’s Atlantic City it’s not all about the gambling. It’s also about the swimming pool. Forget the chain-link girded postage-stamp swimming holes of yesteryears. This past Memorial Day Weekend, Harrah’s unveiled its expansive 23,500 square-foot, eye-popping pool and multipurpose entertainment...
The play of glass in the preservation of art, history
September 1, 2005
Museums house antiques, treasures and heritage. They conserve history and tell the story of who we are. People visit museums to view exhibits, preferably well lit. Curators and visitors, however, express dramatically opposing views of what kind of light best illuminates exhibits in a museum. The trend runs toward natural light from large expanses of glass. Nearly every current museum renovation,...
July 1, 2005
There is good reason for architects’ recent emphasis on daylighting. Three different studies by the Heschong Mahone Group Inc., a research house in Fair Oaks, Calif., show that natural daylight can increase learning productivity of students, translating in the working world to higher sales in retail stores and improved employee productivity in office buildings. A major part of daylighting...
Future of commercial skylight market looks up
Sunlight represents sustainability and other benefits of replacing noxious fossil fuel byproducts. As pressure to save energy mounts, green architecture and building movement drive increased use of daylighting, and the future of skylights looks bright, says John McHugh, lead technical engineer, Heschong Mahone Group Inc., Fair Oaks, Calif. Evolving building energy codes, such as the California...
Fire-rated curtain wall enhances IMAX theater adjacent to home of the Spruce Goose
On Nov. 2, 1947, famed businessman and aviator Howard Hughes taxied his hulking H-4 Hercules flying boat across the Long Beach harbor and surprised onlookers, and the world, moments later when he gunned the engines and rose above the water. Pushing engineering and design to the limits, he flew the “Spruce Goose”—the world’s largest aircraft at the time—for nearly one...