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Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Greenlite Glass provide key element to Salesforce Transit Center: Daylight

Pelli Clark Pelli Architects designed the Salesforce Transit Center with “soaring light-filled spaces” to give “San Francisco a grand entrance that befits its status as one of the world’s great cities.” Inside the airy and spacious Grand Hall, sunshine is filtered more than 100 feet below the center’s above-street-level park by the Contraflam Liteflam XT-120 walkable fire-rated glass floor and skylight. More than 4,000 sheets of glass make up almost 300 panels, providing daylight for the Grand Hall. A second installation brings natural light down below street level.

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Hoefer Wysocki Designs New Northglenn Justice Center

Hoefer Wysocki, an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm, has completed the design for the new Northglenn Justice Center, a 45,000-square-foot facility designed to provide an up-to-date space to house the Northglenn Police Department, along with the city’s municipal court and a crime lab. Highly visible from I-25, the new $20 million building sits at the highest natural point of Adams County at 50 W. Community Center Drive in Northglenn, Colorado.

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World Architecture Festival Reveals Winner of Inaugural Water Research Prize

World Architecture Festival (WAF) last month revealed the 2018 winner of its inaugural Water Research Prize, supported by WAF founder partner GROHE: an innovative, community led water management system, designed by a team of students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) which captures, stores, and treats rainwater and inserts it into pre-existing water networks.

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SEPTA Downtown Link features glass block “active” wall system by EXTECH

This summer, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed the first phase of the Downtown Link, its Center City concourse improvement program to upgrade the underground pedestrian tunnel network. Significant architectural enhancements were made during this phase including an innovative, backlit, glass block “active” wall system by Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH).

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DAS Architects-designed The Harper, tops out at 24 stories

“The interior design of The Harper celebrates the essence of posh Rittenhouse Square location and its place in the history of the City,” said Susan M. Davidson, IDC, co-founder and principal of DAS Architects.  “For the entry courtyard, Pearl commissioned Linda’s Symphony, a stunning two-story mural by Philadelphia artist Edward McHugh that draws the natural setting of Rittenhouse Square from the courtyard through the length of the interior lobby. We designed a motion-inspired paving pattern with soft, modern furnishings and materials for the ground floor, with a large reclaimed truss above as a playful structural reminder of the site’s rich history.”

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Kinestral’s Halio Smart-Tinting Glass Selected for Integration into Katerra Smart Homes & Buildings

“Katerra is a forward-thinking, technology-driven company that will ultimately become one of the largest builders of smart homes and buildings worldwide,” said Craig Henricksen, vice president of marketing for Kinestral Technologies, Inc. “Our partnership will enable Katerra to offer its customers energy-efficient buildings that deliver unprecedented levels of comfort and the well-being that comes from an abundance of natural light. By closely integrating Halio’s cloud-based automation system into Katerra’s systems, Katerra customers’ user experiences will be intuitive, seamless, and enjoyable.”

SEPTA Downtown Link features glass block “active” wall system by EXTECH

This summer, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed the first phase of the Downtown Link, its Center City concourse improvement program to upgrade the underground pedestrian tunnel network. Significant architectural enhancements were made during this phase including an innovative, backlit, glass block "active" wall system by Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH).

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Greenlite Glass provide key element to Salesforce Transit Center: Daylight

Pelli Clark Pelli Architects designed the Salesforce Transit Center with “soaring light-filled spaces” to give “San Francisco a grand entrance that befits its status as one of the world’s great cities.” Inside the airy and spacious Grand Hall, sunshine is filtered more than 100 feet below the center’s above-street-level park by the Contraflam Liteflam XT-120 walkable fire-rated glass floor and skylight. More than 4,000 sheets of glass make up almost 300 panels, providing daylight for the Grand Hall. A second installation brings natural light down below street level.

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.

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

KWK Architects Designs Interior Renovations to Historic Corbin Hall at University of Kansas

Students returning to historic Corbin Hall at the University of Kansas – Lawrence (KU) for the fall semester stepped into a newly renovated, modern space complete with upgraded mechanical systems, a new main entry and upgrades to all student rooms, restrooms and public spaces. St. Louis-based KWK Architects was tasked with designing the $13.5 million interior renovation, which required that the historic hall for women remain closed for the 2017-2018 school year.

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The Shop, a co-working space in New Orleans, facilitates connection with sustainable design

The Shop features over 40,000-square-feet of co-working space for a diverse group of creative professionals across a wide range of industries. The workspace includes 69 fully-furnished offices, seven conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, and 15,000-square-feet of art-filled Commons amenity space, spanning two floors and a roof deck. The Shop is connected by an open architectural staircase and featuring an extensive amenity and commons area, varied meeting and office space, and a roof deck. The renovation preserves the warehouse district character of the architecture while incorporating modern elements. The light-filled space features high ceilings with exposed beams, large windows, a contemporary art collection, and a flowing, open floor plan.

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Channeling the Desert Modern Style, Cavern Clay Is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year

Cavern Clay SW 7701 is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year. A warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots, Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together create the desert modern aesthetic. “We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s—with a twist. In the coming year, we will embrace our pioneering spirits and artisan ingenuity,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams. “Our 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity and free-spirited, bohemian flair.”

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Previews ANSYS Hall at Carnegie Mellon University

Architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) July 11, announced their design for ANSYS Hall at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Designed for collaborative research and maker-based learning, ANSYS Hall will be utilized by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students across multiple disciplines, and underscore university-corporate partnerships.

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AIA Disaster Assistance Program preparations and updates for Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence made landfall northeast of Wilmington in Wrightsville Beach, NC as a slow-moving Category 1 hurricane. AIA Disaster Assistance volunteers in North Carolina and South Carolina are mobilizing in anticipation of building safety assessments with the NC Office of Emergency Management and SC National Guard respectively.

Early-bird registration discounts for the 2018 ICC Annual Conference end on Sunday, September 16

At the Government Relations Forum on Tuesday, October 23, participants will learn about hurricane recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, mitigation investment of current building codes and high-performance buildings. Then at Global Connections Day on Wednesday, October 24, presenters will cover a wide range of subjects from resilient cities and innovation in the construction industry to post-earthquake building damage assessment.

Kapolei, HI Mixed-Use Development, Designed by SVA Architects, Brings Retail and Homes to West Oahu’s Central Business District

Located at 1020 Wakea St., the three-acre Kulana Hale is bordered by Haumea, Wakea, Alohikea and Ala Kahawai Streets.  The $130 million mixed-use project will consist of three components developed in three phases.  Phase one will be a 13-story tower with 154 affordable senior rental units and ground floor retail space.  Phase two will add another 13-story tower with 143 family affordable units, as well as additional retail.  Phase three will add a one-story retail building.  Phase one of the project is expected to be complete by early 2020. 

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De Young Properties and ConSol Announce Largest CA Zero Energy Community

“To reach California’s ambitious climate and energy goals, we must push past status quo thinking to get the most out of each construction investment,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the Energy Commission’s lead on energy efficiency and buildings. “Research projects like De Young’s RidgeView create new possibilities for building affordable, sustainable and comfortable homes in the real world.”

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DXA Studio to Design Addition to Willem de Kooning’s Former Studio

The proposed 3 story addition will be composed of slumped, reflective glazing that’s curved form references the organic and spontaneous qualities of the art work of de Kooning and his contemporaries.  “We felt the reflective nature of the glass could serve to capture the kinetic quality of the surroundings, broadcasting back color, textures, and movement, helping us see the world around us in a different way,” said Partner Jordan Rogove.  “The reflection also turns the lens back on New York City, a place forever changed by the immense contributions of the New York School painters making it the capital of the art world for the first time.”

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