Case Studies

June 6, 2017

“Mixed Use” is currently a buzz word in real estate development. It has been a desirable concept, but elusive for many years in denser urban areas of many cities. It first required an intrinsic local traffic demand (people spending time and money) to support a truly mixed use environment. This required… [ Read More ]


April 3, 2017

The architectural styles that dominate the city of Santa Fe, NM are predominately of a strong Southwestern style with coloration that blends well with the surrounding geography. In newer commercial architecture, you often find a interpretation of traditional colors and styles blended into the corporate identity of the building design…. [ Read More ]


January 11, 2017

St. Leo School is a recently constructed school accommodating K-8 grades and is primarily a Catholic faith based school for the surrounding counties. Students are dropped off and picked up by both school buses and parents. The challenge for this situation is to provide a large protective canopy that can accommodate… [ Read More ]


December 7, 2016

Curves add interest and invitation to Mapes solid deck Superlumideck canopies in many different applications on many different building styles. These are 2 recent examples that offer a variety of potential uses. While one is on a new medical office building just outside of Louisville, KY, the other is on a… [ Read More ]


October 24, 2016

Pre-engineered metal buildings are, no doubt, efficient building structures, but they are often less appreciated because the visual potential is seldom developed compared to normally constructed buildings. In reality, it takes only a little design creativity with color, landscaping treatments and façade accents to bring  the building  to life and draw… [ Read More ]


September 16, 2016

There are times in a design scheme that a minimal look is what you want to see and that look relates to the canopies and sunshades on the project. Mapes can do that. And do it well and with style choices you can work with to meet your design objectives…. [ Read More ]


August 29, 2016

Mother Nature, both an artist extraordinaire and, at times, a pain to deal with. Snow drifted onto overhead building canopies can be a beautiful artistic creation of Mother Nature and she often surprises us with her creations in some unwanted places. That would be on the top of building roofs… [ Read More ]


May 12, 2016

“Form follows function” is an old saying from years ago. Not only in past building styles but in new buildings as well. The brand new The Fresh Market building in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania is a very good example. The building follows the design themes of many years ago with durable… [ Read More ]


February 23, 2016

The need to combine functionality with visual appeal in architecture is a common occurrence. A balance between the two requires understanding priorities for each aspect. With the new school building for The Linwood Center, the dictates of the building purpose and the building siting established set parameters of need for… [ Read More ]


January 19, 2016

The new Avalon Elementary School exemplifies contemporary architectural design trends in the use of mixed materials and surface textures in the exterior elevations. The new school is in Fort Washington, Prince Georges County, Maryland. This school is just south of Alexandria and not too far from the Potomac River—a good… [ Read More ]


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