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J.E. Berkowitz fabricates glass for The Hepburn apartment tower

J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) announced the completion of The Hepburn, D.C.’s newest luxury apartment tower. Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) Architects & Planners designed the 260,000-square-foot apartment building as a distinct, yet architecturally respectful addition to the existing hotel. The design team achieved that goal by incorporating a contemporary glass façade, according to Hany Hassan, BBB’s partner on the project.

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“Get Back to Nature.”

The realization that humans have a physical and mental need to be exposed to nature is something that provides designers a reason to do what’s right for the people occupying their spaces.  This exposure to nature or things that remind us of nature provide ways for people to balance the needs that their bodies have to reduce non-productive stress, and really enjoy these spaces.

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In the Know: The Difference Between Antimicrobial, Antibacterial and Microbicidal Coatings

There is much more to consider than just color when it comes to specifying a coating for a health care setting. Due to recent advancements in technology, paint can go beyond aesthetic benefits to perform a variety of tasks, such as killing harmful pathogens on painted surfaces, helping to reduce odors and improving indoor air quality.

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Nydree Flooring reveals first acrylic-infused wide-plank option for commercial spaces

Design meets functionality in Nydree Flooring's new Wide Plank Collection. Intended for high-traffic areas, these first-of-their-kind wide planks are made from marine-grade Baltic-birch plywood substrate with a UV-cured ceramic urethane and acrylic-infused top layer, making them 300% more dent resistant than standard wood. With 5 finishes, the 7.5” planks deliver the drama of wide dimension matched with trusted durability.

FEATURE ARTICLE JUNE/JULY PRISM: Biophilic Design

“Get Back to Nature.”

The realization that humans have a physical and mental need to be exposed to nature is something that provides designers a reason to do what’s right for the people occupying their spaces.  This exposure to nature or things that remind us of nature provide ways for people to balance the needs that their bodies have to reduce non-productive stress, and really enjoy these spaces.

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FEATURE ARTICLE JUNE/JULY PRISM: Coatings for healthcare facilities

In the Know: The Difference Between Antimicrobial, Antibacterial and Microbicidal Coatings

There is much more to consider than just color when it comes to specifying a coating for a health care setting. Due to recent advancements in technology, paint can go beyond aesthetic benefits to perform a variety of tasks, such as killing harmful pathogens on painted surfaces, helping to reduce odors and improving indoor air quality.

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J.E. Berkowitz fabricates glass for the Museum of the American Revolution

Michael Quinn, president and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, said, “Thanks to the brilliance of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and the craftsmanship of companies like J.E. Berkowitz, the Museum not only seamlessly blends into our historic neighborhood, but also meets the demands of a 21st century, immersive educational Museum, as well as LEED standards for energy conservation.

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Toronto Raptors training center unites bird-friendly Walker Glass with tinted and low-e glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass

When the architectural team at Guernsey, Oklahoma City, was tasked with designing BioSteel Centre, a world-class training facility for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, they had to address several competing demands. In addition to providing high levels of privacy and security for players and staff, the goal was to maximize views of nearby Lake Ontario while meeting local bird-safety and energy-efficiency mandates established by the city of Toronto.

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FEATURE ARTICLE APRIL/MAY PRISM: Biomimicry in architectural design

Biomimicry in architectural design: The Bullitt Center

“Our goal is to drive change in the marketplace faster and further. Five years ago, a solar-powered, six-story office building in cloud-covered Seattle would have struck most people as not merely foolhardy but impossible. Today it exists.” – Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation

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FEATURE ARTICLE APRIL/MAY PRISM: PASSIVE HOUSING

Passive Housing

As a market leader in housing design for more than 20 years, Ankrom Moisan knows how to create vibrant communities where people thrive. We draw on our deep experience creating many types of projects—not just other residential buildings, but also hospitality, healthcare, and community centers. Through careful integration of Passive House strategies, we are able to create durable and affordable communities that mitigate outdoor noise, have superior indoor air quality and balanced thermal comfort, and reduce energy bills by up to 90%. Through this fusion of knowledge, we are able to create places that improve human health, reduce energy consumption, and empower communities.

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Nydree Flooring reveals first acrylic-infused wide-plank option for commercial spaces

Design meets functionality in Nydree Flooring’s new Wide Plank Collection. Intended for high-traffic areas, these first-of-their-kind wide planks are made from marine-grade Baltic-birch plywood substrate with a UV-cured ceramic urethane and acrylic-infused top layer, making them 300% more dent resistant than standard wood. With 5 finishes, the 7.5” planks deliver the drama of wide dimension matched with trusted durability.

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The American Society of Interior Designers releases five design sector briefs

Building on the research published in the ASID 2016-2017 Outlook and State of the Industry report, each brief presents an exploration of the unique factors affecting interior design in each of the five sectors, including the economy, environmental protection, security, generational differences, well-being, community, design excellence, data and knowledge, and value proposition.

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Nydree Flooring reveals first acrylic-infused wide-plank option for commercial spaces

Design meets functionality in Nydree Flooring's new Wide Plank Collection. Intended for high-traffic areas, these first-of-their-kind wide planks are made from marine-grade Baltic-birch plywood substrate with a UV-cured ceramic urethane and acrylic-infused top layer, making them 300% more dent resistant than standard wood. With 5 finishes, the 7.5” planks deliver the drama of wide dimension matched with trusted durability.

Covestro pledges to advance resource-efficient building in emerging markets with IFC’s EDGE

“IFC’s collaboration with Covestro will help empower the private sector in emerging markets to adopt low-carbon construction materials,” said Alzbeta Klein, director and global head for IFC’s climate business. “It unites us in shared thought leadership so that, together, we can amplify the awareness and education of sustainable building practices in emerging markets.”

J.E. Berkowitz fabricates glass for The Hepburn apartment tower

J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) announced the completion of The Hepburn, D.C.’s newest luxury apartment tower. Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) Architects & Planners designed the 260,000-square-foot apartment building as a distinct, yet architecturally respectful addition to the existing hotel. The design team achieved that goal by incorporating a contemporary glass façade, according to Hany Hassan, BBB’s partner on the project.

“Get Back to Nature.”

The realization that humans have a physical and mental need to be exposed to nature is something that provides designers a reason to do what’s right for the people occupying their spaces.  This exposure to nature or things that remind us of nature provide ways for people to balance the needs that their bodies have to reduce non-productive stress, and really enjoy these spaces.

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Landscape architects Theodore Lee and Trygve Hansen of HGA, among first to earn SITES AP credential

The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.

gb&d now accepting nominees for Annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards

“We created these awards to celebrate the achievements of women who are making lasting change in the world of sustainability,” says Chris Howe, CEO and editor-in-chief at gb&d. “We’re connecting the most powerful women at the forefront of sustainability through our WSLA network, and we’re raising awareness around what these inspirational women are doing.”

CONSTRUCT offers Young Professionals Program; Becomes Official Partner of YoungArchitect.com

CONSTRUCT 2017, held September 13-15th at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI, features a variety of options for young professionals who are looking to learn more about the industry, network, and have fun with their peers.  Discounted young professional registration packages vary from exhibit hall only to full education for those who really want to immerse themselves in the experience.  The most popular program, Young Professionals Day, returns to CONSTRUCT for its third year. 

The Whitehall opens spectacular green roof

The Whitehall roof-top park, a $6.5 million project, was designed by Genie Masucci, principal of G. Masucci Architects, LLC, in consultation with Site Works, one of the landscape consultants to Manhattan's renowned High Line.

KTGY Architecture + Planning earned top honors in prestigious Gold Nugget Awards design and planning competition

KTGY earned top honors in the prestigious Gold Nugget Awards design and planning competition for site planning and architecture for attached, detached and an innovative net-zero energy concept home that was on display at 2016 Greenbuild Conference in Los Angeles. KTGY’s awards totaled three Grand Gold Nugget Awards and eight Merit honors in the annual Gold Nugget competition.

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AVRP Skyport Studios honored with two Gold Nugget Awards of Merit

The firm’s award-winning projects include Urban Discovery Academy, a downtown school recognized in the Best Educational Project category, and Seaport San Diego, developed by Protea Waterfront Development and designed by AVRP Skyport in collaboration with Gafcon, AECOM and BIG, honored as a Best On-the-Boards Mixed-Use Project. 

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Discovery Commons. Bullitt Center Photo: © Nic Lehoux “Our goal is to drive change in the marketplace faster and further. Five years ago, a solar-powered, six-story office building in cloud-covered Seattle would have struck most people as not merely foolhardy but impossible. Today it exists.” – Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation

Discovery Commons. Bullitt Center Photo: © Nic Lehoux. “Our goal is to drive change in the marketplace faster and further. Five years ago, a solar-powered, six-story office building in cloud-covered Seattle would have struck most people as not merely foolhardy but impossible. Today it exists.” – Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation

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