April 2017
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March construction starts led by public works sector

New construction starts in March increased 5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $743.7 billion, marking the third straight monthly gain, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The total construction growth in March was led by the nonbuilding construction sector, and particularly by public works which featured the start of two large pipeline projects – the $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline in Ohio and Michigan, and the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 propane and natural gas liquids pipeline in Pennsylvania.

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ASLA Survey: Landscape architecture firms report subdued conditions

Business conditions flattened for landscape architecture firms during the first three months of 2017, according to the newest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. During the first quarter of this year, firms reported a dip in billable hours and hiring plans, while inquiries for new work picked up from the previous quarter.

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In celebration of Earth Day 2017, new research shows that green buildings contribute to a more productive workforce

RBC and the NRC were able to determine the human resources benefits of building green by analyzing anonymous data on more than 40,000 RBC employees against information on more than 70 RBC office buildings. The results show that overall, green buildings have statistically higher employee job satisfaction, higher employee engagement and organizational commitment, and higher management-assessed performance.

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Technoform Glass Insulation highlights TGI-Spacer M at AIA

“Designed to meet both the increasing sizes of IGUs and the demanding thermal performance needs of the market, TGI-Spacer M is perfectly suited for commercial, industrial and residential building applications,” said Brian Stephens, TGI market team member. “By reducing the heat transfer at the edge of glass, our Spacer M helps minimize the risk of condensation on the interior glass surface, and improve comfort to building occupants.”

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Gothic Landscape to acquire Terra Pacific Landscape

Gothic Landscape, one of the largest privately owned landscape companies in North America, yesterday announced it has acquired Orange County, California-based Terra Pacific Landscape, one of the premier landscape service providers to Class A commercial properties in Southern California.

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Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Air Barriers

Building Enclosures require proactive actions by each member of the Design and Construction Teams to deliver a building that meets stated performance requirements. Air Barriers are a critical component to meeting those requirements. This document addresses ten of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that Architects, Engineers and Construction Managers/General Contractors ask with respect to air barriers.

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In celebration of Earth Day 2017, new research shows that green buildings contribute to a more productive workforce

RBC and the NRC were able to determine the human resources benefits of building green by analyzing anonymous data on more than 40,000 RBC employees against information on more than 70 RBC office buildings. The results show that overall, green buildings have statistically higher employee job satisfaction, higher employee engagement and organizational commitment, and higher management-assessed performance.

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Color’s Role in Enhancing Educational Spaces – A look at 2017+ trends

How can architects and designers use color to create spaces that help eliminate mental noise and foster individual thinking and growth? To answer this question, PPG identified trending paint colors to help create balanced environments that break down the traditional ambience of a classroom and cultivate a true space for learning.

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Cypress Inside and Out as Environmental Center Earns Living Building Certification

Designed by SmithGroupJJR, one of the largest architecture firms in the U.S., the Center was built to showcase technologies and building products that contribute to net-zero energy, water, and waste. According to project manager and design architect Greg Mella, FAIA, LEED AP, preference was given to natural materials, such as cypress, to reinforce a sense of place.

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Studio Four Design: Why Design Matters

While design may mean different things to different individuals, the team at Studio Four Design lives by the mantra that Design Matters. Studio Four Design exists because it is our driving belief that by and through creative and thoughtful design of environments people can see, use and feel the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities can be positively transformed.

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Technoform Glass Insulation highlights TGI-Spacer M at AIA

“Designed to meet both the increasing sizes of IGUs and the demanding thermal performance needs of the market, TGI-Spacer M is perfectly suited for commercial, industrial and residential building applications,” said Brian Stephens, TGI market team member. “By reducing the heat transfer at the edge of glass, our Spacer M helps minimize the risk of condensation on the interior glass surface, and improve comfort to building occupants.”

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Submission period opens for Center for Active Design: Excellence Awards

The Center for Active Design® (CfAD) has opened submissions for its fourth annual Excellence awards, an international competition that celebrates the transformative role of design in creating healthy communities. Winning projects are recognized as part of the growing Active Design movement using evidence-based design to foster community health.

Team from University of Texas at Austin Wins 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition

A redevelopment plan for a Chicago site presented by a team from the University of Texas at Austin has taken top honors in the 2017 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition, an ideas competition that provides graduate students the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for a large-scale site in an urban area.

March construction starts led by public works sector

New construction starts in March increased 5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $743.7 billion, marking the third straight monthly gain, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The total construction growth in March was led by the nonbuilding construction sector, and particularly by public works which featured the start of two large pipeline projects – the $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline in Ohio and Michigan, and the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 propane and natural gas liquids pipeline in Pennsylvania.

PPG completes nearly 60 COLORFUL COMMUNITIES projects in 2016

PPG has donated more than 9,300 gallons (about 35,200 liters) of its paint and coatings, and provided more than $1.5 million in funding, for nearly 70 projects completed since the program’s launch in 2015. Additionally, more than 3,400 PPG and community volunteers have donated around 17,400 volunteer hours to help brighten communities by painting, repairing, cleaning and helping in other ways. To date, the program has positively impacted more than 1.8 million people in 20 countries.

CitiesAlive®: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference – Awards of Excellence – Call for Submissions

Every year the green roof and wall industry recognizes exceptional integrated design and installation through the CitiesAlive® Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence. This is the only awards program dedicated to innovative green roof and wall projects and is designed to celebrate the creative and technical advancements the industry continues to make. CitiesAlive Awards of Excellence also recognizes outstanding individual contributions to the industry in research, policy, and corporate leadership.

Three BNIM projects earn prestigious American Architecture Awards

The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre of Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, March 27, named its American Architecture Awards for 2017. Three BNIM projects were among the 79 entries receiving recognition: The Pacific Center Campus Development Amenities Building, American Enterprise Group National Headquarters Renovation and the Iowa Visual Arts Building (in collaboration with Steven Holl Associates).

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Submission period opens for Center for Active Design: Excellence Awards

The Center for Active Design® (CfAD) has opened submissions for its fourth annual Excellence awards, an international competition that celebrates the transformative role of design in creating healthy communities. Winning projects are recognized as part of the growing Active Design movement using evidence-based design to foster community health.

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Fifth + Broadway begins construction on one of largest mixed-use developments in Nashville

Construction has officially begun on Fifth + Broadway, one of the largest single mixed-use developments in the history of Nashville and the state of Tennessee. The transformative downtown project, which will replace the 6.2-acre Nashville Convention Center (rendered obsolete with the opening of the Music City Center in 2013), will deliver 235,000 SF of strategically important retail and entertainment (including the National Museum for African American Music), 385,000 SF of Class-A office at 501 Commerce, over 350 residential units, and more than 2,000 parking spaces.

Pittsburgh’s transformation from industrial to sustainable propels surge in green innovation

Pittsburgh's ongoing physical, economic, and environmental transformation has propelled a surge in sustainable development, green innovation, and collaboration across multiple sectors – from municipal government, private business, nonprofit agencies, and university-based initiatives to major infrastructure projects, technology manufacturing, and equitable development.

Tishman Speyer unveils plans for the “The Wheeler” — a creative office campus in the heart of downtown Brooklyn

With The Wheeler, Tishman Speyer is creating a 620,000 square-foot vertical office campus spread across 10 expansive floors. The new development will feature Brooklyn’s largest floorplate, 16-foot ceilings on each floor, an acre of outdoor space across a series of gardened terraces and roof decks, a dedicated amenity floor, and sweeping views of Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and New York harbor.

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ASLA Survey: Landscape architecture firms report subdued conditions

Business conditions flattened for landscape architecture firms during the first three months of 2017, according to the newest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. During the first quarter of this year, firms reported a dip in billable hours and hiring plans, while inquiries for new work picked up from the previous quarter.

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Color’s Role in Enhancing Educational Spaces – A look at 2017+ trends

How can architects and designers use color to create spaces that help eliminate mental noise and foster individual thinking and growth? To answer this question, PPG identified trending paint colors to help create balanced environments that break down the traditional ambience of a classroom and cultivate a true space for learning.

The American Society of Interior Designers announces Student Award winners

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce the grand prize and internship winners of the 2017 ASID Student Portfolio Competition, as well as the winners of the 2017 ASID Student Chapter Awards. The winners were recognized at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit (SCALE) at The University of Oklahoma on April 2, 2017.

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2017 Editorial Calendar

Upcoming Events

  1. AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

    April 27 - April 29
  2. NeoCon 2017

    June 12 - June 14
  3. CONSTRUCT 2017

    September 13 - September 15
  4. 2017 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

    September 18 - September 20
  5. CitiesAlive®: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference

    September 18 - September 21
  6. 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO

    October 20 - October 23

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The LEED silver building is an important project for Wayne State University, as it enables the university to participate in the National Institutes of Health funding and initiatives. Wayne State University’s Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio). Photo: © John Lacy Photography
The LEED silver building is an important project for Wayne State University, as it enables the university to participate in the National Institutes of Health funding and initiatives. Wayne State University’s Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio). Photo: © John Lacy Photography

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