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American Concrete Institute launches new ACI 318 PLUS

The American Concrete Institute has launched ACI 318 PLUS – an entirely new annual subscription that provides users with convenient digital interactive access to ACI CODE-318-19, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, along with in-document access to related resources, robust digital notetaking, and enhanced search. 

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SOLARBAN 70 glass supports net-zero energy design of Newport Beach’s Environmental Nature Center

The Environmental Nature Center and Preschool (ENC) , a LEED® Platinum Net Zero building designed by LPA, Inc., Irvine, California, is currently pursuing Living Building Challenge (LBC) petal certification. It incorporates operable and clerestory windows fabricated with Solarban® 70 Atlantica® glass to help meet stringent daylighting, energy and occupant comfort requirements.

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UL seminar covers new CSA Standard for High Exposure Fenestration Installation

Robert Jutras, principal engineer at UL led a sponsored session called “The New Canadian High Exposure Fenestration Installation Standard CSA A440.6:20, Explained” during the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Annual Conference. This new document from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) was published in 2020 and encompasses more than 140 pages, mapping out specifications for the installation of fenestration products in buildings of four or more stories in height, and of all occupancies.

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Considering building performance during conceptual design

“Specifying the right materials can be challenging but it is crucial for several reasons. Building materials have a great impact on both capital and operational costs, as well as overall energy and thermal performance. Early-stage analysis tools greatly support the specification process by allowing architects to test and compare material variables for different building elements with incredible speed. By providing insights into the impact of material properties such as glass U-values, roof R-values, insulation and construction type, early-stage analysis tools empower designers to specify the right materials,” states Sumele Aruofor, RIBA Associate, Strategic Manager of Architecture & Sustainability at Trimble, SketchUp, in her article “Considering building performance during conceptual design.”

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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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LA Garage at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon

As the place in which the transition from driver to pedestrian occurs, the 409,000-square-foot LA Garage at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, is a nexus of activity for people arriving on campus. The design by SRG Partnership breaks up the typical parking structure mass, providing opportunities for daylight and creating a “wow” space in between: a public covered courtyard carved into the center of the building that encourages chance encounters, casual gatherings and collaboration.

EFCO introduces 590X Steel Replica Window in durable aluminum

EFCO Corporation introduces its new 590X Steel Replica Window helping buildings enhance their appearance with historically inspired profiles and narrow sightlines, while improving their performance with modern, energy-efficient glass and durable aluminum framing.

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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March 9 FGIA webinar to highlight study of impact of cavity reduction on triple glazed IG units

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled "The Impact of Cavity Reduction on Triple Glazed IG Units" on Tues., March 9 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. During this webinar, attendees will learn about the recent study commissioned by the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). It was undertaken to help insulating glass unit (IGU) manufacturers understand the impact that glass deflection can have on the energy performance of triple glazed IG units.

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute announces 2021 PCI Design Awards winners

A luxury multi-family community, major league baseball stadium, and world-famous causeway highlight the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s 2021 PCI Design Awards which were announced recently. “Once again, the precast concrete industry has put its best foot forward and has delivered many inspiring and impressive projects,” said PCI President and CEO Bob Risser, P.E. “Each year, the PCI Design Awards program demonstrates that precast concrete is not only a practical solution to many construction challenges, but also a head-turning aesthetic solution.”

NCARB and NOMA report reveals race, age, and firm size are key factors impacting architectural experience

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) released an in-depth report exploring factors that impact equity, diversity, and inclusion for candidates gaining professional architecture experience. The "Baseline on Belonging: Experience Report" reveals that interplay between factors such as race, age, and firm size can have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to navigate the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®), which is a key step to earning an architecture license in the United States.

NCARB and NOMA report reveals race, age, and firm size are key factors impacting architectural experience

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) released an in-depth report exploring factors that impact equity, diversity, and inclusion for candidates gaining professional architecture experience. The "Baseline on Belonging: Experience Report" reveals that interplay between factors such as race, age, and firm size can have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to navigate the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®), which is a key step to earning an architecture license in the United States.

HBA completes redesign of Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Hirsch Bedner Associates San Francisco (HBA) has completed the redesign and expansion of Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Immersed in refined modern mountain luxury, the design of the new boutique hotel experience embodies its magnificent alpine setting and the surrounding culture of Whistler, layered with warmth and elegance.

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Maison de la Luz in New Orleans

Maison de la Luz from Atelier Ace is a new luxury guesthouse designed in collaboration by EskewDumezRipple and interior design firm Studio Shamshiri. The design team worked in tandem to transform the legacy six-story, 55,464-square-foot former City Hall annex into a sophisticated destination. Located in the warehouse district near Lafayette Square, the 1906 building was originally designed by Allison Owen of Diboll and Owen Architects in the Italianate style, typical of turn-of-the-century buildings in New Orleans.

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Historic motorcycle factory converted into new, affordable housing features high-performance windows

The Mason Square Apartments II at Indian Motorcycle project offers low-income residents affordable rental housing without compromising aesthetics, performance or comfort. Vacant for decades, the 55,000-square-foot, five-story, brick building’s tall, arched windows had been boarded up for years. Today, these 4-by-8-foot openings feature Diamond Windows & Doors’ high-performance, double-hung windows with Technoform’s warm-edge insulating glass spacers.

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EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL system transforms old power plant into Beloit College’s new Powerhouse for student recreation

Opened in Aug. 2020, Beloit College transformed a decommissioned coal-burning power station located along Wisconsin’s Rock River into a new field house focused on student recreation and wellness. The former Blackhawk Generating Station was composed of three buildings constructed mostly of brick and concrete from 1908 to 1949. Studio Gang re-imagined the structure as a unified, 120,000-square-foot student union and recreation center. Now known as the Powerhouse, the $38 million renovated building is targeting LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

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EFCO introduces 590X Steel Replica Window in durable aluminum

EFCO Corporation introduces its new 590X Steel Replica Window helping buildings enhance their appearance with historically inspired profiles and narrow sightlines, while improving their performance with modern, energy-efficient glass and durable aluminum framing.

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