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Latticework metal dome on San Diego’s new Central Library catches the light

San Diego’s new nine-story Central Library sports a 143-foot diameter dome, which makes it about the same size as the ones over the Pantheon in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. Beyond size, the landmark building’s dome stands out for its design—a metal latticework that allows light to filter through to the three-story reading room beneath it—and it is quickly becoming a new symbol for the city.
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A. Zahner fabricates facade for National September 11 Museum

The stunning architecture of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum was designed to evoke the contrasting emotions of absence and presence, reflection and hope.
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Custom canopies bring ‘Old World’ style to historic office tower

SMACNA contractor Custom Architectural Sheetmetal Specialists (CASS) Inc. of Detroit recently completed a canopy system upgrade and beautification project on one of the city’s historic gems.
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Historic glass curtain wall building restored in San Francisco

When the innovative Hallidie Building of San Francisco needed restoration, the building’s owners called upon SMACNA contractor Van-Mulder Sheet Metal Inc. of Hayward, Calif., to restore it to its original glory.
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Upscale St. Louis housing market craves the attractive look of copper

From graceful copper entryways to curving roofs and gleaming chimney caps, for Welsch Heating and Cooling Inc. of St. Louis, Mo., the residential architectural sheet metal market is booming.
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What is the difference between MIG and TIG welding?

One question often heard from architects and engineers is “What is the difference between MIG welding and TIG welding…or is there a difference?”
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Instead of hitting brick wall, MG McGrath uses anodized copper panels

When the design team for the 16,000-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., wanted something that looked like brick but that was less expensive and lighter, SMACNA’s MG McGrath Inc., of Maplewood, Minn., provided a solution: pre-fabricated aluminum panels, manufactured by Dri-Design, with a copper anodized finish.
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SMACNA's Architectural Manual offers quality assurance methods

SMACNA’s new “Architectural Sheet Metal Quality Assurance Guide,” 1st edition, is a tool for evaluating exterior sheet metal building components—roofing systems, exterior walls, flashing, copings, etc.—during initial construction and for ongoing condition assessments and maintenance. SMACNA teamed up with RCI, an international association of professional building envelope consultants, to write this book.
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Got a great architectural project? Tell us about it!

Did you install a fabulous metal roof, historic façade, or fabricate custom metal work? Let us feature your project in SMACNA’s Architectural Sheet Metal newsletter. SMACNA members only, please.
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