Construction is nearing completion of this 50,000+ SF expansion of CTB Industries, one of the largest manufacturers of equipment for the poultry industry. CTB is part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. This building utilizes cool cell technology for summer ventilation and cooling. The average American consumes about 250 eggs and about 60 pounds of chicken per year. That’s a lot of foul!
Roofing projects are not “sexy”. And they can be complex. And if you get it wrong, the results are not pleasant at all. That is particularly true in this case where the building is a public library. But, they are essential to the longevity of every structure. By carefully evaluating this roof, we were able to propose different solutions to different areas. This photo illustrates an EDPM membrane roof with a partial replacement (to the right) and an existing 19 year old membrane (to the left) Next step will be to apply a liquid membrane with high reflectivity (white) over the entire roof, giving the library a good (and sustainable) system for many years to come.
Read this article by Walter Wuthmann. I have never been much of a fan of big box stores. Many times I’ve been puzzled by communities who ask nothing of these giant corporations, then spend extraordinary amounts of local dollars fixing the traffic and utility issues that follow. Worth reading.
Just beginning field documentation of the Times Theater in Rochester, Indiana. A consortium of City, Economic Development, Chamber, Community Foundation and private philanthropy intends to restore this theater to its former glory. The interior photo is a ceiling and decorative plaster detail at the proscenium. Orchestra pit still intact. The intent is to utilize primarily as a movie theater, but also as a performance space on occasion. Fantastic! A profound commitment for a City of 7,000.
On a large tract of land in very rural northern Indiana, a campus is beginning to take shape. Eventually, 160 to200 primates, baboons and macaques, will retire to this sanctuary for the final years of their lives. The project has been quite a sojourn for SRKM architecture, beginning more than three years ago. The animals will come from research institutions, zoos, private owners, even the circus! The buildings will be powered with solar panels and will include emergency back-up power generation. I am glad to know there are organizations in this world dedicated to such a cause.