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Protecting documentary heritage with a state-of-the-art preservation facility

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s new preservation facility in Gatineau, Quebec brought a challenge that felt both patriotic and historically important — preserving the documentary heritage of Canada. The ultra-modern facility will be the first net zero carbon building dedicated to the preservation of archives in the Americas, and it will also be the first Government of Canada building to meet the requirements of the Greening Government Strategy. Stantec is providing professional services to PCL Construction—as part of a public-private-partnership team named Plenary Properties Gatineau, and in collaboration with B+H Architects—on this state-of-the-art project.

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RDC unveils design of Erewhon Market/Café for urban environments

RDC has unveiled its designs for Erewhon, Silver Lake, the latest in a series from the organic grocer and café in the Los Angeles region. RDC is architect of record for the new Silver Lake location, designing its interior space plan and adapting the building for Erewhon’s expanded footprint (12,000 square feet plus outdoor seating area).

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ACI and ICRI publish new “Guide to the Code for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures”

The American Concrete Institute and International Concrete Repair Institute have published an updated “Guide to the Code for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures.” This guide provides licensed design professionals with the knowledge, skill, and judgment to interpret and properly use the ACI 562, “Code Requirements for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures.”

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FGIA releases new complimentary skylight selection, daylighting design document

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released a new skylight document. AAMA SKY-3-20, Skylight Selection and Daylighting Design Guide including Unit Skylights, Tubular Daylight Devices (TDD) and Sloped Glazing, was developed in 2020. This comprehensive, 51-page document is now available as a complimentary download available to the public.

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Dunn-Edwards names “Wild Blue Yonder” Color of the Year for 2021

Dunn-Edwards Paints has announced its 2021 Color of the Year — Wild Blue Yonder — a light, airy and soothing pale blue. “Despite the significant impacts of the last year, Wild Blue Yonder reflects the emerging optimism for 2021, specifically for connection, and achieving personal and societal goals.” said Sara McLean, Color Expert and Stylist for Dunn-Edwards.

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Protecting documentary heritage with a state-of-the-art preservation facility

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s new preservation facility in Gatineau, Quebec brought a challenge that felt both patriotic and historically important — preserving the documentary heritage of Canada. The ultra-modern facility will be the first net zero carbon building dedicated to the preservation of archives in the Americas, and it will also be the first Government of Canada building to meet the requirements of the Greening Government Strategy. Stantec is providing professional services to PCL Construction—as part of a public-private-partnership team named Plenary Properties Gatineau, and in collaboration with B+H Architects—on this state-of-the-art project.

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Using biophilic design to create spaces that support health and wellness

Stantec recently sponsored a research project to identify the impact biophilic design has on holistic wellbeing with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, directly measuring physiological, emotional, and cognitive wellness. Our study results show that by leveraging these patterns of biophilia we can create a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. In total there are fourteen patterns broken out in three main categories that focus on nature in the space, nature of the space, and natural analogues. Many are easy to implement if programmed early into the design process and offer the ability to create truly immersive experiences.

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Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s new event center

Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum recently opened its new 100,000-square-foot outdoor educational expansion and Annie Oakley Society Event Center. Supporting the Event Center’s acoustic and design goals, Rockfon® Planar® Macroplus® linear metal ceiling system are acoustically improved with perforations and an Acoutex™ backer. The ceiling’s high acoustic performance provides exceptional sound absorption as demonstrated by its 0.90 Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC).

Sherwin-Williams announces 2021 Colormix® Forecast Color collections

Based on Sherwin-Williams' 2021 Colormix® Forecast, four collections were translated to help professionals bring timely colors to interior and exterior residential and commercial spaces. “We strive to provide inspiration and resources to every professional to help them create functional and beautiful spaces for their clients,” said Michael Plank, director of color marketing and design services at Sherwin-Williams. “From the front door of a new home to a hotel lobby or hospital waiting room, these color collections bring spaces to life through a balanced collection of inviting, on-trend and revitalizing colors.”  

RDC unveils design of Erewhon Market/Café for urban environments

RDC has unveiled its designs for Erewhon, Silver Lake, the latest in a series from the organic grocer and café in the Los Angeles region. RDC is architect of record for the new Silver Lake location, designing its interior space plan and adapting the building for Erewhon’s expanded footprint (12,000 square feet plus outdoor seating area).

Gensler to partner with Forge Development Partners in constructing the future of high-quality scaled living homes in San Francisco and San Diego

Forge Development Partners is pleased to announce that design firm Gensler will be its chief architectural and interior design firm for all its projects in San Francisco and San Diego. Forge, a privately held San Francisco real estate development firm, seeks to build state-of-the-art scaled essential-living apartments that help foster a sense of community and wellness for their residents while still being accessible to the average middle-income family.

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Dodge Momentum Index ends 2020 on a high note

The Dodge Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, jumped 9.2% in December to 134.6 from the revised November reading of 123.3. The gain in the commercial component of the Momentum Index was heartening even though the increase was mostly the result of a sizeable increase in warehouse planning.

Alaska Airlines Flagship Lounge at SeaTac International Airport North Satellite

At the Alaska Airlines Flagship Lounge in SeaTac International Airport designed by Graham Baba Architects, the door is always open. Alaska Airlines sought to transform the lounge typology by providing a warm, welcoming space where all guests could find refuge – to relax, work, refuel, and connect – a home-away-from-home with a sense of place deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest.

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RDC designs Skanska Portland office with environmental resilience

RDC has unveiled its interior design for the Portland, Oregon offices of construction company Skanska USA Building Inc. The interiors at the historic 1922 building – 1010 NW Flanders St., in the Pearl District – combine comprehensive COVID-resilient features with a themed use of materials that echo both Skanska’s company culture and its Portland surroundings.

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Sherwin-Williams announces 2021 Colormix® Forecast Color collections

Based on Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 Colormix® Forecast, four collections were translated to help professionals bring timely colors to interior and exterior residential and commercial spaces. “We strive to provide inspiration and resources to every professional to help them create functional and beautiful spaces for their clients,” said Michael Plank, director of color marketing and design services at Sherwin-Williams. “From the front door of a new home to a hotel lobby or hospital waiting room, these color collections bring spaces to life through a balanced collection of inviting, on-trend and revitalizing colors.”  

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Protecting documentary heritage with a state-of-the-art preservation facility

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s new preservation facility in Gatineau, Quebec brought a challenge that felt both patriotic and historically important — preserving the documentary heritage of Canada. The ultra-modern facility will be the first net zero carbon building dedicated to the preservation of archives in the Americas, and it will also be the first Government of Canada building to meet the requirements of the Greening Government Strategy. Stantec is providing professional services to PCL Construction—as part of a public-private-partnership team named Plenary Properties Gatineau, and in collaboration with B+H Architects—on this state-of-the-art project.

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Potchernick’s Cerveceria in San Antonio, Texas

Clayton Korte designed-Potchernick’s Cerveceria breathes new life into what was once San Antonio’s much loved Potchernick’s Sporting Goods store. In business from 1904 to 1991, Potchernick’s held claim as the second oldest continuously operating sporting goods store in the United States. Vacant since it closed, the narrow building (two-hundred-feet long and a mere twenty-eight-feet wide) will be restored, renewed, and reimagined as a combination restaurant and brewery with a new urban paseo that connects the business district with the city’s famed Riverwalk.

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RDC designs Skanska Portland office with environmental resilience

RDC has unveiled its interior design for the Portland, Oregon offices of construction company Skanska USA Building Inc. The interiors at the historic 1922 building – 1010 NW Flanders St., in the Pearl District – combine comprehensive COVID-resilient features with a themed use of materials that echo both Skanska’s company culture and its Portland surroundings.

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