Avalonbay Communities achieves First Fitwel Certification in Washington D.C.

AVA NoMa, developed and managed by AvalonBay, is the first multifamily residential building in the District of Columbia to receive Fitwel certification. Consisting of 400 units across 12 floors, AVA NoMa is located in a highly walkable and transit-friendly neighborhood that is in close proximity to an array of health-promoting amenities, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an 8-mile planned walking/biking trail.

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View announces $1.1 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund to meet accelerating demand

View announced a $1.1 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund. Demand for View’s intelligent windows is rapidly growing as companies increasingly recognize the benefits of modernizing their work environments to improve the health and productivity of their employees. View makes the entire skin of buildings intelligent. which improves human health and wellness by preserving unobstructed views, automatically letting in the optimum amount of natural light, and greatly reducing heat and glare. It also cuts the building energy consumption by up to 20 percent.

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gb&d’s 2018 Women in Sustainability Leadership Award winners

gb&d is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. The ultimate goal of the awards is to create a central hub that identifies and connects the most powerful women at the forefront of sustainability. WSLA recognizes and advances these top-level female sustainability executives who then, in turn, support younger women with dreams of reaching such levels of success.

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General contractors cite price, lead times, on-time delivery as top priorities in working with façade/glass industry suppliers

General contractors want glass suppliers to deliver products faster, on time and at the right price, according to a first-of-its-kind survey commissioned by Vitro Architectural Glass. The survey, which was conducted by a leading construction industry research firm, encompassed 146 decision-makers from general contractor, construction management and design/builder firms.

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AIA releases 13 new and updated Contract Documents

American Institute of Architects (AIA) October 30, released 13 new and updated contract documents, that will assist architects and contractors with protecting their projects and businesses. One of the most notable changes among this set of updated contracts, includes the new Contractor-Subcontractor Master Agreement and its accompanying work order.

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View announces $1.1 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund to meet accelerating demand

View announced a $1.1 billion investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund. Demand for View’s intelligent windows is rapidly growing as companies increasingly recognize the benefits of modernizing their work environments to improve the health and productivity of their employees. View makes the entire skin of buildings intelligent. which improves human health and wellness by preserving unobstructed views, automatically letting in the optimum amount of natural light, and greatly reducing heat and glare. It also cuts the building energy consumption by up to 20 percent.

Salina Central High School improves aesthetics and acoustics with Rockfon ceilings

Blending new construction with renovated areas, Rockfon ceiling systems helped improve acoustics throughout the 60,000-square-foot high school. Salina Central High School in Kansas celebrated the completion of its expansion and renovation project in March 2018. Originally constructed in 1952, the facility had not received many improvements through the decades. Maintaining the school’s sense of history, DLR Group and Jones Gillam Renz Architects designed an updated and larger facility to provide more space and modern features.

THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA

"The Economics of Biophilia" is a six-part, republication of “The Economics of Biophilic Design" by Terrapin Bright Green. Each part explores economic indicators as they relate to biophilic design in six sectors: workplace, health care, education, retail, hospitality, and community.

In today’s society, sectors across industry are reaping the economic benefits of biophilic design. By examining five of these sectors—workplaces, healthcare, retail stores, schools, and communities—we can begin to understand the fiscal implications of biophilic design across the economy. The numbers and percentages presented reflect powerful evidence that design and planning strategies informed by nature can lead to positive impacts on human health, child development, community safety, and worker satisfaction. These effects translate directly to increased profits.

The Economics of Biophilia: Introduction
Part 1: The Economics of Biophilia: Workplace
Part 2: The Economics of Biophilia: Schools
Part 3: The Economics of Biophilia: Healthcare
Part 4: The Economics of Biophilia: Retail

 

2019 Color Trends in Multi-family Design

To understand how to make conducive design decisions and color choices in multi-family spaces relevant for both Millennials and Boomers, PPG developed a special color trends report for designers and architects to reference for their upcoming projects. PPG’s 2019 multi-family color trends forecast brings this housing shift to the surface and explores how it influences consumers’ attitudes toward their present and future living accommodations.

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Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University Establishes a New Staging Ground for Cultural Development

A 90,411 square-foot theater complex, the Playhouse features a total of 91 rooms including a magnificent lobby with a three story wide-open space with a grand staircase and tucked-in spaces for students to gather;  550-seat PNC Theatre whose backstage is visible from the street, offering a glimpse into performing arts classes; main floor which includes a paint shop, 2,738-square-foot sound stage three stories high, 15-foot-high catwalk and 24-foot-high ceilings to provide professional-level learning opportunities to students in multiple disciplines, including cinematography, audio work, lighting work and aesthetics.

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Avalonbay Communities achieves First Fitwel Certification in Washington D.C.

AVA NoMa, developed and managed by AvalonBay, is the first multifamily residential building in the District of Columbia to receive Fitwel certification. Consisting of 400 units across 12 floors, AVA NoMa is located in a highly walkable and transit-friendly neighborhood that is in close proximity to an array of health-promoting amenities, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an 8-mile planned walking/biking trail.

Avalonbay Communities achieves First Fitwel Certification in Washington D.C.

AVA NoMa, developed and managed by AvalonBay, is the first multifamily residential building in the District of Columbia to receive Fitwel certification. Consisting of 400 units across 12 floors, AVA NoMa is located in a highly walkable and transit-friendly neighborhood that is in close proximity to an array of health-promoting amenities, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an 8-mile planned walking/biking trail.

CONSTRUCT 2018 marks another successful conference & expo, helping reshape the future of the AEC industry

In addition to a phenomenal educational program, the CONTRUCT 2018 Exhibit Hall was brimming with activity.   The two-day exhibition featured over 175 top companies showcasing the latest products, services and technologies for the AEC industry.  Attendees explored the aisles to see new innovative ideas and solutions from manufacturers including ARCAT, Sherwin-Williams, Behr Pro, School Guard Glass, Viper II Barriers, Pella Corporation, Georgia-Pacific, Detex, Dorken, BSD Spec Link, Benjamin Moore, LP Building Products, Allegion, CoatingsPro and more.

Upward Mobility: ToLA Event by ULI Los Angeles Includes New UCLA Research on Inclusive Transit Neighborhoods

ULI Los Angeles presents Transit Oriented Los Angeles 2018: Upward Mobility – Pathways to Inclusive Transit Neighborhoods. This year’s ToLA unveils exclusive research from the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies on transit-oriented development and its impact on housing and neighborhood amenities. ToLA also presents transportation, planning and development leaders discussing how L.A.’s transit systems can be an equitable economic force.

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Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) Celebrates Completion of CIRCA Residences in Los Angeles

Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) is pleased to announce the substantial completion of the CIRCA residential towers in Los Angeles’ LA Live district. “The initial client goal focused on maximizing the property’s leasable square footage, and since the northern edge was an ‘S-curved’ street, we chose a foundational curve concept for the project in response to this goal,” said Daniel Benjamin, HED’s Principal leader on the project.

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Winning Designs Announced for Waterfront Parks Design Competition

Waterfront Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, October 9, announced the winning design submissions for the York Street Park and Rees Street Park design competition. Love Park by Claude Cormier et Associés has been selected for York Street Park, and Rees Ridge by wHY Architecture and Brook Mcllroy has been selected for Rees Street Park.

Inside the historic Ace Hotel in New Orleans

The Ace Hotel New Orleans is located on a corner lot in the historic Warehouse District, within walking distance of a gourmet grocery, upscale retail establishments, and a variety of fine dining options. This 184,000-square-foot mixed-use development centered around the renovation of an existing 9-story circa 1928 building. Once the home of the largest furniture store in the South, the building was designed by Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth, architects of the Louisiana State Capitol. In addition to renovating the Art Deco building, the project included a 4-story addition.

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