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Antimicrobial coatings enhance surface protection

This must-read comprehensive article authored by Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager, describes the development of antimicrobial compounds and their use in product finishes and coatings; how they are tested to prove effectiveness at protecting the paint or coating; and the advantages these coatings provide to owners and operators of public buildings, and the people who use, work and live in them.

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New Mexico architect Robert M. Calvani inaugurated as NCARB President

Robert M. Calvani, FAIA, NCARB, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was inaugurated as the president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 2020 Annual Business Meeting. As president, Calvani will lead the organization that supports the 55 U.S. architectural licensing boards in their mission to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

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Repurposing dark anchor spaces into healthcare facilities

Brad Earl, Managing Principal, NELSON Worldwide, discusses repurposing anchor spaces into healthcare facilities in his article on PRISM. “In today’s difficult and urgent healthcare climate, that’s been shaped by a global pandemic, health systems and community hospitals are tapping into the communities they serve to offer as many outpatient services as possible. With a healthcare system that has been increasingly overwhelmed, the abundance of outpatient centers provides a solution to improve quality of care, as well as provide relief to centers that have registered more patients than they can handle. As a result, healthcare service offerings close to residential clusters, demographic epicenters—places where community members work and shop, drive by, and congregate—have created a new patient mantra that is centered around convenience, expedition, and enhanced patient care.”

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Antimicrobial coatings enhance surface protection

This must-read comprehensive article authored by Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager, describes the development of antimicrobial compounds and their use in product finishes and coatings; how they are tested to prove effectiveness at protecting the paint or coating; and the advantages these coatings provide to owners and operators of public buildings, and the people who use, work and live in them.

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Repurposing dark anchor spaces into healthcare facilities

Brad Earl, Managing Principal, NELSON Worldwide, discusses repurposing anchor spaces into healthcare facilities in his article on PRISM. “In today’s difficult and urgent healthcare climate, that’s been shaped by a global pandemic, health systems and community hospitals are tapping into the communities they serve to offer as many outpatient services as possible. With a healthcare system that has been increasingly overwhelmed, the abundance of outpatient centers provides a solution to improve quality of care, as well as provide relief to centers that have registered more patients than they can handle. As a result, healthcare service offerings close to residential clusters, demographic epicenters—places where community members work and shop, drive by, and congregate—have created a new patient mantra that is centered around convenience, expedition, and enhanced patient care.”

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How to design sustainable public infrastructure in 2020 and beyond

“To begin, I believe we must start with and fully embrace the fact that the design process is not linear. It is circular. Good design must allow for questioning previous decisions and acknowledge that perhaps other ideas and methods can and should be incorporated. A circular design process enables exponential change and advancement. We must not start with just “thinking” about green building materials. The challenge really is: How do we question everything so that the design truly manifests into a sustainable project?” explains author Luis Vidal, President & Founding Partner of luis vidal + architects.

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Salt Lake City’s net-zero-energy Fire Station No. 14 earns LEED Gold

In April 2020, Salt Lake City's Fire Station No. 14 earned LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy-efficient, environmentally responsible design and construction. When it opened in 2018, it was one of the first net-zero-energy (NZE) fire stations in the country, meaning it generates more energy than it consumes. Helping achieve the building's performance goals, Tubelite Inc.'s triple-glazed thermal curtainwall, multi-pane storefront and interior framing systems were installed by Mollerup Glass Co.

Antimicrobial coatings enhance surface protection

This must-read comprehensive article authored by Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager, describes the development of antimicrobial compounds and their use in product finishes and coatings; how they are tested to prove effectiveness at protecting the paint or coating; and the advantages these coatings provide to owners and operators of public buildings, and the people who use, work and live in them.

The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn, an off-the-grid agricultural building for the 21st century

Located in the Templeton Gap area of West Paso Robles, California, the Clayton & Little-designed Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn rests at the toe of the 50-acre James Berry Vineyard and the adjacent winery sitting just over 800 feet away. This simple agricultural storage structure is completely self-sufficient and operates independently from the energy grid, maximizing the structure’s survivability and resilience.

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Celebrating a decade of emerging design: Sherwin-Williams tenth annual competition honors eight students

Sherwin-Williams last week announced the winners of its tenth annual Student Design Challenge, a competition that recognizes the growing talent of design students across North America. “With the competition now in its tenth year, we have high expectations for submissions – and they delivered. Each year, we are blown away by the depth of creativity these students show,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Their work demonstrates that the power of design is real and incredibly relevant. Sherwin-Williams applauds our next generation that will face both new challenges and new opportunities.”

Architecture billings downward trajectory moderates

Demand for design services in May saw few signs of rebounding following a record drop in billings the month prior, according to a new report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). “A large portion of the design and construction industry remains mired in  steep cutbacks as many businesses and organizations are still trying to figure out what actions make sense in this uncertain economic environment,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There are growing signs of activity beginning to pick up in some areas, but others are seeing a pause as pandemic concerns continue to grow.”

July 14 FGIA webinar panelists to cover security glazing for storefront, fenestration

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “Security Glazing for Storefront and Fenestration” as presented by Bill Lingnell, FGIA Technical Consultant, on Tuesday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Lingnell will be joined by a panel of industry experts, including Julia Schimmelpenningh (Eastman Chemical Company), Vaughn Schauss (Kuraray) and Ivan Zuniga (Kawneer). This webinar is complimentary and open to the public.

Architecture billings downward trajectory moderates

Demand for design services in May saw few signs of rebounding following a record drop in billings the month prior, according to a new report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). “A large portion of the design and construction industry remains mired in  steep cutbacks as many businesses and organizations are still trying to figure out what actions make sense in this uncertain economic environment,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There are growing signs of activity beginning to pick up in some areas, but others are seeing a pause as pandemic concerns continue to grow.”

Dunn-Edwards® unveils EXQUISITE™ Matte

Dunn-Edwards® unveils EXQUISITE™ Matte, a stain-resistant, washable interior matte paint. EXQUISITE is an ultra-low-VOC, 100%-acrylic, interior matte that incorporates the company’s proprietary ChromaStay™ Technology, making it durable and long lasting. The company says it is ideal for use on high-end, custom residential and upscale commercial projects — as well as homes, schools, hospitals, commercial spaces and other high-use areas where ultra-low-VOC products are desired.

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ASID CEO Randy Fiser will step down to pursue a new opportunity

“For eight years, Randy has provided invaluable leadership, passion, vision, and service to our community,“ said ASID Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Associate AIA. “He understood and championed the ability of interior design to impact not only the beauty around us but also our health, wellness, and wellbeing. His recent efforts have further strengthened ASID’s position as the global leader on interior environments. We will miss his contributions to our network.” 

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Sarasota Museum of Art

Partnering with the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota community members had the goal of enhancing the area’s rich cultural landscape by transforming the historic high school building into the region’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art – the Sarasota Museum of Art. The existing windows had all exceeded their life span, and many of them had broken lites, air and water leaks, and they were extremely weak in terms of impact resistance. Lawson Group Architects, Inc. developed a plan to replace these windows, improve the structural integrity of the areas around the windows, and make them weather-proof – all while maintaining the historic design of the building’s facade.

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The Bottling Department Food Hall in San Antonio, Texas

Originally constructed in 1894, a devastating fire claimed the historic Pearl Bottling House in 2003. Pearl salvaged as much from the rubble as possible, and hired Clayton & Little to rebuild the 13,132-square-foot structure as a modern interpretation of a lost Classical Revival jewel that would serve as a venue for emerging chefs and culinary talent. Pulling architectural cues from historic photos and drawings of the original building, decorative brick corbeling and stone arches reference the enchanting architecture of the 1890’s. A modified version of original wood truss design accommodates a cupola, spilling light into the hall below while acting as a nightly beacon that illuminates the surrounding complex.

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Rebirth without the rebuild: The case for restoring and repositioning vintage resort hotels

“From an architect’s perspective, there is a way to preserve and honor the tradition and historical character of a resort hotel, and the connections people have with that place. Rather than scraping and starting anew, the owners of some of the country’s most celebrated vintage resort hotels are choosing to renovate and reposition those properties to protect the valuable associations they have with people, families and the communities in which they operate,” explains author Rebecca Stone, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, partner at OZ Architecture.

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