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Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, inaugurated

Inaugurated on 16 May 2019 by hosting the Amir Cup Final of the Qatar Stars national football league, Al Janoub Stadium was the first new stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) together with Aecom began designing the stadium along with its new precinct for the city in March 2013. As one of the venues of the 2022 World Cup, the stadium will host the group and quarter-final matches of the tournament. The stadium is located in the city of Al Wakrah that is 23km south of Doha and connected to the capital via the Red Line of new Doha Metro system.

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Polyglass introduces POLYflix™ YouTube® channel

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems, announces POLYflix™, its relaunched YouTube® channel that provides a variety of high-quality instructional and informational videos at one convenient home.

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Three new US patents for Solidia Technologies’ CO2-cured concrete advances the performance and sustainability of building materials

Solidia’s patented processes start with an energy-saving, sustainable cement. Concrete made with this cement is then cured with CO2 instead of water. Together, the sustainable cement and CO2-cured concrete reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete by up to 70%. Additionally, up to 100% of the water used in concrete production can be recovered and recycled.

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Sto Corp. announces new formulation for Sto Gold Coat®

Sto Corp. has announced that Sto’s flagship liquid-applied vapor permeable air and moisture barrier, Sto Gold Coat®, has been improved. Key features of the new formulation include increased opacity, extended UV exposure time, and low temperature application.

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Western Specialty Contractors restores bell tower at historic Little Rock, Arkansas church

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark., was designed in 1921 by prominent architectural firm Thompson and Harding. Built in stages from 1921 to 1926, the 44,000-square-foot, Gothic Revival-style church features a red brick and terra cotta façade. Recently, the historic restoration experts at Western Specialty Contractors – Little Rock, Ark. branch were challenged with repairing the church’s bell tower which was showing signs of instability and wear-and-tear.

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Coil anodizing solves quality control issues in architectural exteriors

Many quality control issues are faced in architectural aluminum products and other architectural exterior metals. Architectural exterior applications require a material that is very durable, can be colored or finished in unique ways, remains clean and beautiful over time, and delivers other important benefits. With its natural, brilliant look, hard anodic structure, environmentally responsible production, and great ROI, anodized aluminum is an excellent choice for architectural exterior applications when quality control is desired.

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Rooftop penetrations of newest Smithsonian museum installed with structural thermal breaks to protect artifacts, conserve energy

The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a sensitive environment that balances energy efficiency and comfortable humidity levels against the need to protect priceless artifacts from the damaging effects of interior condensation. To help achieve this delicate balance, rooftop penetrations through the building envelope were insulated from interior support structures using the latest in structural thermal break technology.

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How much daylight is right for today’s tech-enabled schools?

Stantec’s Research + Benchmarking group investigates best practices and benchmarks our designs against others so we can apply this knowledge in our future design processes. We thought it would be hugely beneficial to go back and look at how our schools perform. Since 2012-13, we’ve studied both old and new elementary and middle schools in Texas school districts where we work—some schools designed by us, some designed by others—to see how they rate in categories such as daylight, views, thermal comfort, acoustics, and maintenance. Overall, we discovered that our designs rated highly, even on difficult and often subjective metrics like thermal comfort. Our biggest wow moment was discovering one area of dissatisfaction that really stood out: Daylighting.

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Roadmap for Designing Net Zero Labs

Laboratories tend to be the most energy intensive facilities, and as result pose the greatest challenge meeting a Net Zero goal. Planning and developing laboratory facilities with a Net Zero approach will more than likely increase costs during the initial phases of a project. However, if done properly, the long-term benefits (should/will/may) provide a smaller carbon footprint, will maximize energy efficiency and will also result in the most cost-effective operational approach for a facility.

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Second Wave of Sustainability for Healthcare

One of the major issues outlined in the WELL building standard is biophilia.  Biophilia posits that humans have an affinity towards the natural world and strives to address our psychological needs to be around life and life-like processes. Biophilic design is all about engaging with nature to assist with a patient’s healing process.  Exposure to views and images of nature positively impact a patient’s well-being, can help improve a patient’s emotional state, and as a result speeds up the healing and recovery process.

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Three new US patents for Solidia Technologies’ CO2-cured concrete advances the performance and sustainability of building materials

Solidia’s patented processes start with an energy-saving, sustainable cement. Concrete made with this cement is then cured with CO2 instead of water. Together, the sustainable cement and CO2-cured concrete reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete by up to 70%. Additionally, up to 100% of the water used in concrete production can be recovered and recycled.

Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, inaugurated

Inaugurated on 16 May 2019 by hosting the Amir Cup Final of the Qatar Stars national football league, Al Janoub Stadium was the first new stadium commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) together with Aecom began designing the stadium along with its new precinct for the city in March 2013. As one of the venues of the 2022 World Cup, the stadium will host the group and quarter-final matches of the tournament. The stadium is located in the city of Al Wakrah that is 23km south of Doha and connected to the capital via the Red Line of new Doha Metro system.

Western Specialty Contractors restores bell tower at historic Little Rock, Arkansas church

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark., was designed in 1921 by prominent architectural firm Thompson and Harding. Built in stages from 1921 to 1926, the 44,000-square-foot, Gothic Revival-style church features a red brick and terra cotta façade. Recently, the historic restoration experts at Western Specialty Contractors – Little Rock, Ark. branch were challenged with repairing the church’s bell tower which was showing signs of instability and wear-and-tear.

Polyglass introduces POLYflix™ YouTube® channel

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems, announces POLYflix™, its relaunched YouTube® channel that provides a variety of high-quality instructional and informational videos at one convenient home.

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2019 ASID National Awards honors designers making an impact within industry

The American Society of Interior Designers ​(ASID) National Awards recognize design professionals who have shown immense dedication and commitment to enhancing the industry and have created a significant, impactful body of work throughout the course of their careers. The winners of the 2019 ASID National Awards are: ​Primo Orpilla​, co-founder of Studio O+A (Designer of Distinction); ​Healthy Building Network (Design for Humanity), Rosalyn​ Cama,​ FASID, EDAC, president of Cama, Inc. (Design Innovation), and Stephanie​ Clemons,​ Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC, professor and coordinator of the Interior Architecture + Design Program at Colorado State University (​Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit).

Conference to highlight the future of architecture

Everyone's getting ready for North America’s largest "can't miss" annual gathering of architects and design professionals — The AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 (A’19). A’19 is designed around the theme "Blueprint for a Better Future," recognizing the critical challenges facing the world’s communities today, and bringing awareness to the future of architecture and the profession. Programming will address topics including, sustainability; equity, diversity and inclusion; affordable housing; biophilic design; building energy performance; and revitalization.

2019 ASID National Awards honors designers making an impact within industry

The American Society of Interior Designers ​(ASID) National Awards recognize design professionals who have shown immense dedication and commitment to enhancing the industry and have created a significant, impactful body of work throughout the course of their careers. The winners of the 2019 ASID National Awards are: ​Primo Orpilla​, co-founder of Studio O+A (Designer of Distinction); ​Healthy Building Network (Design for Humanity), Rosalyn​ Cama,​ FASID, EDAC, president of Cama, Inc. (Design Innovation), and Stephanie​ Clemons,​ Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC, professor and coordinator of the Interior Architecture + Design Program at Colorado State University (​Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit).

The Portland Cement Association releases new report on the value of resilient design and construction

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), representing America's cement manufacturers, released a new report focused on resiliency titled The Real Value of Resilient Construction. The report demonstrates through historical data, evidence from external sources, and comparisons of building materials that resilient design and construction built with concrete leads to longer lasting buildings due to concrete's ability to stand up to normal wear and tear and resistance to extreme weather events.  

Teknion’s Dallas showroom receives LEED Silver, WELL Gold Certification

“The dual pursuit of LEED V4 and WELL made for a very complex project,” said Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion. “The building was a LEED Certified space, which was strategic in our decision making. Also, the community and art district gave us an incredible opportunity to meet many of the concepts of WELL. A perfect marriage for our team! With a focus on increased natural light, enhanced thermal comfort and rigorous attention to material ingredients and finish selection, we have a very satisfied internal customer and an incredible space to proudly share with our clients.”

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American Society of Interior Designers releases Perkins+Will’s studioIDS case study as part of its Impact of Design Series

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released the fifth case study in its Impact of Design Series featuring an innovative office space that blends community and productivity. StudioIDS, the self-designed home of Perkins+Will in Minneapolis, was recently recognized as one of the winners of the first-ever ASID Outcome of Design Awards, honoring its successful use of pre- and post-occupancy research to prove the power of design. As evidenced in the new case study, studioIDS serves its occupants by offering a uniquely flexible space reflective of modern work styles.

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BEHR® interior paint ranks No. 1 in customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power 2019 Paint Satisfaction Study

Behr led all interior paint brands in three key factors of satisfaction: durability, in-store color displays and printed materials, and warranty/guarantee. The 2019 Paint Satisfaction Study was fielded in January of 2019 and is based on responses from 2,995 customers who purchased interior paint within the previous 12 months. In the study, BEHR interior paints received a score of 852 on a 1,000-point scale, as well as a J.D. Power.com Power Circle Rating™ of 5, the highest rating, indicating it is ranked “Among the best” by study participants.

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Western Specialty Contractors restores bell tower at historic Little Rock, Arkansas church

Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark., was designed in 1921 by prominent architectural firm Thompson and Harding. Built in stages from 1921 to 1926, the 44,000-square-foot, Gothic Revival-style church features a red brick and terra cotta façade. Recently, the historic restoration experts at Western Specialty Contractors – Little Rock, Ark. branch were challenged with repairing the church’s bell tower which was showing signs of instability and wear-and-tear.

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Historic armory transformed into student center with SCW3000 Series windows earns Preservation Massachusetts Robert H. Kuehn Award

St. Cloud Window Inc. is pleased to announce Springfield Technical Community College’s new Student Learning Commons has won a Robert H. Kuehn Award from Preservation Massachusetts. The 170-year-old building, originally built for storing gunstocks, is now the heart of the campus. St. Cloud Window SCW3000 Series windows comprise nearly 50 percent of the building’s 747-foot façade.

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Western Specialty Contractors cleans, restores limestone façade of historic Decatur courthouse

Throughout its history, the Macon County Courthouse in Decatur, Ill. has inhabited a variety of buildings, from a log cabin built in 1829 where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, to a stone and brick four-story building with a clock tower built in 1892 to its current location — a five-story limestone building constructed in 1939. Western Specialty Contractors was recently tasked with restoring the historic courthouse’s 80-year-old façade.

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NYSERDA announces grand opening of Solara Apartments net-zero residential building project in Rotterdam

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the completion of the first phase of Solara Apartments, a new multifamily development that is built to net-zero construction standards. A report released, “New York Getting to Net-zero Status Report,” by the New Buildings Institute shows New York State is leading the Northeast in net-zero buildings with 27 documented ongoing and completed net-zero building projects and a total of 132 net-zero, high-performance, and Passive House building projects which implement a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint.

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Nelson Byrd Woltz to design Edge-on-Hudson waterfront park and paths

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) will design the parks, paths, and trail connections at Edge-on-Hudson, including one of the community’s central features – a public waterfront promenade that will link the RiverWalk south of the property to the historic 1883 Lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow and Kingsland Point Park to the north.  The transit-oriented, mixed-use Edge-on-Hudson development along the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow incorporates more than 16 acres of parkland on the 67-acre site, once home to a General Motors Assembly Plant.

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The world’s top land use leaders to gather in Washington, D.C. for ULI’s 2019 Fall Meeting

Nearly 7,000 of the world’s foremost leaders in the real estate and land use industry will convene at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2019 Fall Meeting, set for September 18-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary, member-driven real estate organization dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities.

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ASLA is still in

"In the Paris Agreement, the U.S. made a commitment to reduce our carbon emissions and start combating this growing threat to our communities. While some may want out, ASLA is still in," said Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects. "We applaud the House of Representatives for taking bold steps in H.R. 9 to uphold U.S. commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement – and for including an amendment addressing the need for environmental and climate justice in this process."

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus.

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