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‘Starship Chicago’ Shines Light On Architectural Importance of Thompson Center

The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) is located at 100 W. Randolph Street in the famous Loop district of Chicago. A 16-minute documentary is leading the fight to save this important piece of postmodern architecture.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the documentary “Starship Chicago,” is a showcase of the impressive stylings and architectural decisions made in constructing this Chicago structure. The building, developed by Helmut Jahn, is 17 stories highland made its debut in 1985 under the moniker, State of Illinois Building. The center was renamed in 1993 in order to honor former Governor James R. Thompson.

Its worth, nearly twice the original estimate, is approximately $172 million.

Filmmaker Nathan Eddy released his movie as a bid to protect the building from being demolished. Gov. Bruce Rauner believes that the building should be sold off and demolished because, as he insists, its repair expenses now exceed $325 million.

Though demolition professionals nowadays often recycle more than 90% of a building, structures that are popular within the design and architecture communities are revered much more than traditional buildings.

Eddy’s film hopes to capture the importance of this building and how big of a void a demolition project would leave.

“I wanted to make an architecture documentary that is personable, funny, and overall human,” said Eddy, the 33-year-old who currently lives in Berlin. “It’s very hard to translate the language of glass, steel and stone into genuine human emotion, but if you try hard enough you can do that.”

Throughout all of Chicago, the Thompson Center has been regarded as one the best examples of postmodern architecture — which was created in the 1970s — and is a direct rejection of many of the utopian ideals of modernism.

“The building was an opportunity statement of representing government building and connecting it to the city,” added Jahn, the Chicago-based architect who spoke in Eddy’s documentary. It wasn’t just another office building. It shouldn’t have been another office building. The fact is in terms of the art of architecture at that point, the building was ahead of its time.”

It’s Never Too Early to Bring Your Child to the Dentist

Everybody knows that children don’t like to go to the dentist, but since kids are having dental work done at much younger ages nowadays, some dentists are just as terrified to work with these little humans.

Approximately one in five Americans has at least one or more untreated dental cavities right now, and unfortunately that number includes many children. Thanks to some parenting issues and increased access to sugary snacks, kids are starting to develop problems with their teeth at a much younger age.

In fact, children can start getting cavities as soon as their very first tooth comes in. According to Oral Health, children start teething after six months of being born, which is immediately when their regular visits to the dentists should begin.

Dr. Simon Reeves, a dentist and parent who focuses on proper oral hygiene, is frequently asked by other parents when they should bring their children to the dentist.

“As soon as possible or as soon as the first tooth comes through the gums,” Dr. Reeves said.

The Sacramento Bee reports that to many dentists, operating on children who are 20 months old seems far too young, but it’s actually on the later side.

“People think that children are afraid of dentists, but really it’s that dentists are afraid of children,” said Pamela Alston, dentist and director of the Eastmont Wellness Center in Oakland.

In order to narrow the gap in infant dental care, new programs will have to be implemented to help train dentists on how to properly deal with these fragile patients. Roughly 70 dentists will learn over the next three years how to persuade infest into cooperating during dental exams, in addition to helping parents protect their children’s teeth against plaque and cavities.

It’s up to parents to help their children fight off these painful cavities and keep their teeth healthy and strong. Roughly 90% of U.S. homes regularly indulge in a delicious ice cream snack, which is fine, but if that becomes more common, everyone inside the household — especially the young children — will be at risk of major dental issues.

Here are some great tips to keep in mind as a parent when protecting your young kids’ teeth:

  1. Avoid all those sugary snacks — From the time your child is an infant until they grow up and move out, you should never give them too much candy or sugary treats. Although having a piece of candy here or there is fine in moderation, but don’t make it a habit.
  2. Help them brush every single tooth — Help you children brush their front teeth and their back ones, too. When your child grows up to become a toddler, he or she will likely brush their front teeth but neglect the back ones — don’t let that happen.
  3. Make the dentist fun — Hopefully your family dentist will actually help you out in this department. Your child will never want to go to the dentist if they are boring, scary, and harmful. Find ways to have fun on the trip to and from the dentist so your child will learn to love these regular trips.

Don’t wait until your child already has dental issues to visit the dentist. As soon as the adorable first tooth comes in, call the family dentist!

T5 Data Centers Initiates Phase 2 Of Elk Grove Village Expansion

Data storage facilities are constantly being built to accommodate the incomprehensible amount of data being created every millisecond of the digital age. In fact, due to the rising bandwidth requirements and shift toward wireless systems, the enterprise network equipment market is projected to hit $30.6 billion by 2020. Chicago is just one city that will soon see an expansion of T5 Data Centers, which provides various computing environments for businesses.

T5 Chicago has officially announced the initiation of its second phase of the construction process. The power density of a data center is 100 times more than that of a large commercial office building and is equivalent to nine small sized shopping malls of Wal-Mart size. T5 Data Centers is no exception; the building is highly secure and will total 208,000 square feet upon completion.

Located in Elk Grove Village, the second phase of T5 Data Centers’ expansion involves improving both data capacity and security. It will eventually be able to deliver two megawatts of capacity in what the Daily Herald calls “one of the most premier data center markets in the country.”

Still, this isn’t the only technology-related expansion Chicago has seen in recent years. The entire area is still experiencing a huge spike in demand from both local and regional businesses. Also on board are cloud providers hoping to adopt more hybrid cloud solutions.

When all is said and done, T5 hopes to serve as a secure and private data center solution that “provides secure private data halls in a concurrently maintainable and fault tolerant design.”

David Horowitz, vice president of sales and marketing for T5 Data Centers, said in a statement that the current demand coming from corporate enterprises seeking space for data centers in Chicago are continuing to grow, but the market still has a very limited supply.

Horowitz also noted that vacancy rates are stagnant around 5%, giving T5 the unique ability to provide a high-caliber solution for data storage needs, giving customers total control of their IT infrastructure.

Finally, Horowitz made it clear that the two primary components of a successful data center are network and power.

“Network and power continue to be the life blood of a data center. We originally chose this location because of the robust fiber network and resilient utility infrastructure in Elk Grove Village. Beyond the initial data center, our adjacent site can accommodate another 170,000-square-foot, 16 megawatt facility to support future growth.”

T5 Chicago is a Tier III center located at 1441 Touhy Avenue in the Elk Grove Village of Chicago. With 24/7 on site guards, two-factor authentication, biometric access, and more, it’s safe to say that the center — and all the data it holds — will truly be secure as possible.