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Building with Timber: A Sustainable and Effective Alternative to Traditional Building Materials

Timber construction offers several advantages to the building industry, including: sustainability – timber is a renewable and naturally regenerating resource; structural versatility – timber offers strength and durability; and visual appeal – timber delivers an aesthetically pleasing, natural beauty. Two commonly found types of prefabricated, engineered wood products are glued laminated timber and cross-laminated timber.

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Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

The clubhouse designed by J. Banks Design, is anchored by a sculptural tabby fireplace layered with driftwood and made out of a mixture of sand, lime, water and oyster shells. Tabby, a building material in the South Carolina low country for generations, respects the history of Kiawah Island while synchronizing land and sea. The clubhouse incorporates warmth from the oak floors while also bringing in a world of blues and a sophisticated nautical vibe.

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Vitro Architectural Glass to display large units of SOLARBAN low-e glass at AIA 2018

Show attendees will be among the first to hear about Acuity™ glass, a new affordable, low-iron glass designed to enhance aesthetics and clarity for vision and spandrel glass applications. To be released September of 2018, Acuity glass is designed to be a highly transparent substrate for Vitro Glass’ full-range of Solarban® high-performance solar control low-e glass coatings.

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SVA Architects’ Design for Concord Village Apartments Completes Entitlement Process

The modern architecture incorporates scored plaster, metal screens, contemporary signage, and urban lighting.  The 2.3-acre site, comprised of three parcels, completed acquisition in 2012, and the development has been in design since 2008.  The project team includes Brent Nicholson of Seattle, Washington (developer), SVA Architects, Inc. (architect), Fuscoe Engineering, Inc. (civil engineer), and PGA Design (landscape design). 

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J.D. Power 2018 Paint Satisfaction Study℠ Finds Interaction with Sales Associates Key to Customer Satisfaction

The J.D. Power 2018 Paint Satisfaction Study℠ study measures customer satisfaction in the interior and exterior paint and stain consumer market. In the interior paint, exterior paint and exterior stain segments, satisfaction is measured across six factors (in alphabetical order): application; durability; in-store color displays and printed materials; price; product offerings; and warranty/guarantee. In the paint retailer segment, satisfaction is measured across five factors (in alphabetical order): merchandise; price; sales and promotions; staff and service; and store facility. Satisfaction is measured on a 1,000-point scale.

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Photo credit: Promega Corporation

Photo credit: Promega Corporation

 

Building with Timber: A Sustainable and Effective Alternative to Traditional Building Materials

by Don Barton, vice president of sales & marketing at Northwest Hardwoods | May 25, 2018


Conventional building materials like concrete, masonry and steel have long been the go-to materials for residential, commercial and institutional construction projects. But, there’s another option that should be considered. One that offers a more sustainable, highly durable alternative: timber.

Timber construction offers several advantages to the building industry, including:

  • Sustainability – timber is a renewable and naturally regenerating resource
  • Structural Versatility – timber offers strength and durability
  • Visual Appeal – timber delivers an aesthetically pleasing, natural beauty

This unique combination of advantages makes timber construction a popular alternative for use in a range of residential to commercial and institutional building applications, including the construction of homes, offices, schools, churches, sports complexes, towers, bridges and more.

Two commonly found types of prefabricated, engineered wood products are glued laminated timber and cross-laminated timber.

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Kansas City Fire Department. Photo courtesy of Hoefer Wyscoki

Kansas City Fire Department. Photo courtesy of Hoefer Wyscoki

Decontaminate Your Fire Station Design

by Ken Henton, AIA, LEED AP, Partner – Hoefer Wysocki | May 21, 2018


Designing safer fire stations to help prevent cancer in firefighters

Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population, according to a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Respiratory (lung, mesothelioma), GI (oral cavity, esophageal, large intestine), and kidney cancers account for much of the higher risk.

According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, some fire departments are addressing higher than average occupational cancer rates. For example, 32 percent of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s (MDFR) active members were diagnosed with cancer or receiving treatment between 2008 and 2010.

In 2016, cancer caused 70% of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths, according International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). While firefighters used to be diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses, they are now at a 129% increased risk of dying from cancers like mesothelioma than the public.

The higher incidence of cancer among firefighters is due in part to the contents commonly found in our homes and businesses. More specifically, the raw materials used to manufacture furnishings, flooring, wall coverings, and even packaging for the food in our cupboards, are made of synthetic chemicals and plastics, which, when burned, emit fine particulates that become airborne.  Read more

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.

The Economics of Biophilia: Introduction

Humans have traditionally improved the places in which we live and work to increase our comfort and productivity. These improvements have often been based on technological advancements that enhanced the health and welfare of building occupants, but have paid little attention to our more subtle physiological needs. Recent advancement in our understanding of natural systems, coupled with a growing awareness of the subtle neurological and physiological functions associated with contact with nature, have increased our ability to identify appropriate strategies for increasing economic gains, improving productivity, and strengthening the social fabric of communities.  Read more

The Economics of Biophilia: Workplace

In the last twenty years, studies examining the human attraction to nature have yielded convincing evidence that link interactions with nature with positive gains in productivity, increased healing rates, and even enhanced learning comprehension. These investments in health and productivity may affect more sectors than initially anticipated. The monetary gains from providing people access to biophilic design range from increased retail sales and improved cognitive development in students, to savings associated with safer urban communities. Read more

 

 

Frick Environmental Center Achieves Prestigious Living Building Challenge Certification

On Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh invites the public to attend the announcement of Living Building Challenge Certification for the Frick Environmental Center. After more than a year of extensive sustainability work the shared project between the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh, received the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Certification, the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard by the International Living Future Institute. The Frick Environmental Center is the first Living Building in the U.S. that is municipally owned and free and open to the public.

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Stantec Tower reaches new heights as Edmonton’s tallest tower

“The Stantec tower has been a project of many firsts, including feats of architecture and engineering in Edmonton and Western Canada, and now as the tallest tower in Edmonton,” says Stantec senior vice president, Canada Prairies and Territories Keith Shillington. “Stantec is proud to play a large role in transforming Edmonton, revitalizing downtown Edmonton and contributing to the ever-growing ICE District. This project demonstrates our team’s passion for working hard to make a difference in the communities we serve, and call home.”

Building with Timber: A Sustainable and Effective Alternative to Traditional Building Materials

Timber construction offers several advantages to the building industry, including: sustainability – timber is a renewable and naturally regenerating resource; structural versatility – timber offers strength and durability; and visual appeal – timber delivers an aesthetically pleasing, natural beauty. Two commonly found types of prefabricated, engineered wood products are glued laminated timber and cross-laminated timber.

Orlando International Airport’s South Intermodal Terminal Facility topped with Acurlite skylight, finished by Linetec

The ITF is expected to be the first building on the Orlando International Airport campus to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® v4 certification standards. Featuring an 8,000-square-foot, heavy-duty commercial skylight, the ITF's daylighting system helps connect those arriving and working within the space to the welcoming surroundings and Florida sunshine outside. Acurlite Structural Skylights, Inc. manufactured and installed the low-rise, segmented barrel vault skylight. Linetec provided stretch forming, thermally improvement and finishing of the skylight to meet the airport's aesthetic, sustainability and high-performance requirements.

Field Nation Moves into Custom-Designed Office in Recently Renovated Baker Building

Designed by Minneapolis-based Studio BV, the new office pays homage to Field Nation’s work in tech with bold colors, modern furnishings and design elements that incorporate key tenets of the company’s mission and brand. As Field Nation’s product platform connects people to opportunities and empowers success, the space encourages collaboration and creativity with an open-floor plan and numerous conference and meeting rooms. The designated work areas throughout the office are also open, with executives positioned amongst the teams they oversee.

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Sherwin-Williams celebrates the power of paint by transforming more than 200 community spaces

Sherwin-Williams is embracing the transformative power of paint and color by refreshing more than 200 community spaces across North America this month alone. It’s all part of Sherwin-Williams seventh annual National Painting Week, May 25-June 4. The company is donating paint and supplies, and thousands of local employees are volunteering their time and expertise to transform community centers, schools, historic landmarks and more.

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Synergy Wood Products Fuses Rustic with Contemporary in Launch of Seaside

Seaside fuses rustic with contemporary by adding texture and character to traditional shiplap, delivering coastal comfort to interior design. A 100% wood product, Seaside is produced from Ponderosa Pine and recommended for interior wall and ceiling applications. Seaside will leverage interior design trends through its proprietary multilayer finishing process, delivering an unparalleled and sophisticated addition to any environment.

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ASLA Business Survey Presents a Mixed Picture for Landscape Architecture Firms

Business conditions for the first quarter of 2018 reflected a mixed picture for landscape architecture firms, according to a new American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey. Leading indicators in the survey remained generally positive—inquiries for new work and plans to hire jumped. But billable hours dipped.

AAMA releases 2017/2018 market studies, offers forecast of fenestration industry trends

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the "AAMA 2017/2018 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights." This bi-annual report delivers timely information on residential and non-residential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2018.

Disappear Here: On Perspective and other kinds of space – a commission by Sam Jacob Studio

Proportion, distortion, geometry, distance, power, the infinite, the divine – perspective traverses truth and illusion, linking the disciplines of art, architecture and mathematics. For this new exhibition, sponsored by Arper and Colt, RIBA has commissioned Sam Jacob Studio to explore how perspective drawing has been applied to the art of building for centuries and used as a tool to evoke illusory architectural spaces.

Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

The clubhouse designed by J. Banks Design, is anchored by a sculptural tabby fireplace layered with driftwood and made out of a mixture of sand, lime, water and oyster shells. Tabby, a building material in the South Carolina low country for generations, respects the history of Kiawah Island while synchronizing land and sea. The clubhouse incorporates warmth from the oak floors while also bringing in a world of blues and a sophisticated nautical vibe.

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Tech-Forward Rec Center to Serve New Masterplan in Dublin, California

The Rec Center is a high-performance facility. Generously sized windows, open floorplans and volume spaces allow for energy-saving “daylighting” throughout much of the complex. The three pavilions’ roofs are sloped for optimal efficiency and shade. All the roofs are photovoltaic-ready. And with three separate pavilions, individual spaces can be shut down into “sleep mode” when not in use.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Start of Construction on $1 Billion Alameda Mixed-Use Waterfront Development on Former Naval Air Station

The City of Alameda and its private partner, Alameda Point Partners, LLC, today celebrated the groundbreaking of the first phase of the $1 billion mixed-use, transit-oriented waterfront development at the gateway to Alameda Point, called Site A. The 68-acre Site A development is located on the site of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, which closed over 20 years ago. Alameda Point Partners (APP) is a joint venture led by Managing Partner Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), a division of Dallas-based Crow Holdings, and also includes commercial developer srmERNST Development Partners, affordable non-profit housing developer Eden Housing, retail landlord Madison Marquette, and financial partner Cypress Equity Investments.

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ASLA Business Survey Presents a Mixed Picture for Landscape Architecture Firms

Business conditions for the first quarter of 2018 reflected a mixed picture for landscape architecture firms, according to a new American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey. Leading indicators in the survey remained generally positive—inquiries for new work and plans to hire jumped. But billable hours dipped.

Six Major Projects to Launch Phase Two of Development in The District Detroit

Olympia Development of Michigan announced six projects in The District Detroit, including the restoration of three vacant historic buildings and the construction of three new mixed-use buildings near the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena. These projects will launch phase two of development in The District Detroit while creating hundreds of new jobs, continuing the momentum of the city’s resurgence and extending the Ilitch organization’s decades-long commitment to development in Detroit.

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"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

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