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Monday, August 18, 2014

Last Saturday I attended the Grand Opening of the New Buffalo Township Library located in Southwest Michigan just steps from Lake Michigan. Having joined the project team only a few months ago I worked primarily on the signage for the project and was excited to see it installed throughout the space.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Last Tuesday I attended the official opening and dedication of the new Boat House building at the Point Betsie Light Station in Frankfort, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. This 2,300 SF visitor center, designed by Quinn Evans Architects, includes a new exhibit space, gift shop, and public restrooms that will serve the entire light station sight.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

St. Clair Flats South Channel Front Range Light

A photo shared with us by one of our local contractors during a site visit to the South Channel Front Range Light. This front range light is one of two lighthouses situated just off the south eastern tip of Harsens Island in Lake St. Clair (part of the Great Lakes System). Range lights are a pair of fixed structures which, when aligned visually, provide a navigator with a line of position called a range. QEA completed the restoration of the Rear Range Light a few years ago (pictured in the foreground of the second photo) and are excited to begin work this fall on the first phase of the Front Range Light. Work will focus on rehabilitation and stabilization of the structure for future work, which will straighten the substantial lean in the tower.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How many stones were used to construct this section of the wall at the MI State Capitol?

A. 10

B. 5

C. 3

D. Who cares, I just want to know how they lifted and set these huge stones in place!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Exterior Survey at the Michigan State Capitol with the Knapp's Centre Building in the background.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An interesting blog about architectural photography at QEA's Cary Theater project including the "monstrous, exceptionally cool and ridiculously challenging" marquee.

http://sestevens.com/photoblog/north-carolina-architectural-photography-the-cary-theater/

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Progress at Woodward Willis! Soon to be home of Quinn Evans Architects-Detroit, Lawrence Tech University-Detroit, AIA Michigan and others. Elevator tower went up quickly, and steel is on its way.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

This weekend, the Washington Metro system opened the new Silver Line and its five new stations. After more than 10 years of planning and building, this is the largest expansion of the system in more than two decades, and brings the nation’s second largest rapid transit system out to an area of the Virginia suburbs that had previously relied almost exclusively on cars for transportation.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ever wondered what the office of the future will look like? COTE DC gave us a sneak peak last week with a tour of the new General Services Administration Headquarters in Washington, DC. Building upgrades, including high performance glazing, green roofs, rooftop PVs and solar hot water panels, are paired with an interesting work style approach.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Greetings from sunny New Buffalo! For those unfamiliar with Michigan geography, New Buffalo is a town just north of the Indiana border and, most importantly, situated right on the shores of Lake Michigan. Today in particular the scenery seems especially lovely, the sky a soft blue with wispy white clouds, the lake both bright and rich in tone, sun sparkling merrily off the wave crests, dune grasses swaying in a slight breeze – the promise of summer after a seemingly interminable winter and a beacon for the out-of-towners who vacation in this resort town.

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