The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Launches Envision® v3, the Newest Version of their Sustainable Infrastructure Framework

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) has announced the launch of Envision v3, the newest version of their sustainable infrastructure framework. Introduced in 2012, Envision was developed “to foster a dramatic and necessary improvement in the performance and resiliency of our physical infrastructure across the full spectrum of sustainability.” Envision v3 evolves the framework, revising the system to reinforce industry relevance and continue to push the leading edge of sustainable practices.

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Blue Bell Office Renovation Complete

IMC Construction has completed renovation of a 208,000-square-foot office building in the northern Philadelphia suburb of Blue Bell. Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, Arborcrest 5 will house multiple tenants in a bright, urban-like setting with a full-service café, fitness center, yoga room, basketball court and lounges.

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Linetec wins Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award

Wisconsin Safety Council (WSC) honored Linetec, one of the largest finishing companies of architectural aluminum products in the U.S., with a 2017 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award. WSC says this award recognizes companies that “value their employees and take pride in ensuring their safety.”

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PPG and The Home Depot expand partnership with launch of OLYMPIC stain products

PPG and THE HOME DEPOT® today announced an expanded partnership to offer PPG’s OLYMPIC® brand stains in its nearly 2,000 locations across the U.S. This partnership combines the woodcare performance of Olympic stains with the largest retailer of exterior stains. Stain products, including Olympic MAXIMUM®, Olympic ELITE™ and Olympic WATERGUARD® will become available at most of these Home Depot locations by the end of the second quarter 2018.

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Framing First: The Impact Framing Can Have on a Building’s Sustainability

Whether you are designing to meet the latest energy code for extreme weather conditions or for LEED certification, the goal is likely the same – to get the highest possible thermal performance out of your building. This benefits the building owner and occupants alike, reducing the energy bill and providing a more comfortable place in which to work and live. There are multiple avenues to achieve a high level of energy efficiency. Architects have come to know advanced glazing as their go-to resource for thermal performance improvement. However, in recent years advancements in fenestration have given framing a new place in a building’s energy efficient design.

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Framing First: The Impact Framing Can Have on a Building’s Sustainability

Whether you are designing to meet the latest energy code for extreme weather conditions or for LEED certification, the goal is likely the same – to get the highest possible thermal performance out of your building. This benefits the building owner and occupants alike, reducing the energy bill and providing a more comfortable place in which to work and live. There are multiple avenues to achieve a high level of energy efficiency. Architects have come to know advanced glazing as their go-to resource for thermal performance improvement. However, in recent years advancements in fenestration have given framing a new place in a building’s energy efficient design.

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LEED v4 Pushing Designers to Focus More on Sustainable Material Usage

In less than 20 years, LEED has become the international standard by which sustainable design and construction are measured. Today, LEED v4 is pushing the sustainability envelope even further with a more performance-based approach and an expanded focus on the end-user experience. When it comes to higher education design, material selection plays an extremely important role as designers are selecting the immediate environment students will be in contact with for the majority of their day.

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Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment

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.

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Design Tips for Landscape Architecture in the Spring

Spring is here! For some, springtime can represent the start of something new and a period of revitalization. To that end, some architects may be considering new ideas for landscape design in order to spice up building exteriors. Creating an eye-catching landscape can sometimes prove challenging. However, spring can be a fantastic way to start anew with fresh ideas, beautiful colors, and new architecture.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland improves energy efficiency with 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Prestige Exterior Series

The Hall and Museum are housed in an iconic geometric building designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. The main tower soars more than 160 feet (48.7 meters) into the air and supports a dual-triangular-shaped glass “tent” that contains more than 55,000 square feet (5,109 square meters) of exhibition space, along with administrative offices, shopping space and a cafe. All of that glass allows the Hall to present priceless artifacts in natural light. However, protecting those treasures from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays and keeping the building cool on sunny days also presents a challenge to building managers.

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EDUCATION FACILITY DESIGN

Hoefer Wysocki Architecture completes design for Kansas State University’s Dave and Elle Learning Commons

“A significant aspect of the design concept is to create a library with the future generation in mind. The library is no longer the quiet, silent space, but rather a place to debate, collaborate and create,” explained Hosam Habib, AIA, Hoefer Wysocki’s lead designer. “Inspiring noise is welcome. The physical space is intentionally designed to be a work in progress to allow students to make the space their own and adapt it as they see fit.”

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CURTAIN WALLS

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center Presents Paragon of Sustainability Focused Building for the Transportation Industry

The structure’s mixed-medium exterior combines metal with curtainwall and incorporates its signature steel arches and translucent long-span plastic, creating the parabolic aesthetic. A portion of the exterior of the facility was constructed with Econolap Exposed Fastener CENTRIA metal wall panels coated in Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating’s Fluropon® 70 percent PVDF architectural coating in a custom silver.

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Why designing with nature in mind makes financial sense

INTRODUCTION: THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA

This series argues in favor of biophilic design by examining scientific studies of nature’s effect on productivity and human health in a variety of built environments, and assigning economic values to these outcomes to promote the broad adoption of biophilic design. The aim of our research is to show the economic value in offering biophilic experiences, not just as a luxury, but as an economic driver. In order to understand the case for utilizing biophilic design, it is crucial to discuss how productivity, health, and wellbeing can be measured—ranging from reduced absenteeism to improved classroom outcomes—and translated into dollar savings. Our investigations into “human capital management” have provided the foundation to understand why society can no longer afford to ignore the value of nature. Our initial explorations of biophilic design in the workplace and hospitality have shown significant benefits, prompting us to further explore potential benefits to other industries and sectors of society.

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The Tower at PNC Plaza Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Vitro Architectural Glass and PNC Financial Services Group have played integral roles in the development of sustainable architecture. PNC has more newly constructed LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified green buildings than any company in the world, while Vitro Glass products have figured prominently in many of PNC’s signature architectural projects, including its boldest yet: The Tower at PNC Plaza.

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Blue Bell Office Renovation Complete

IMC Construction has completed renovation of a 208,000-square-foot office building in the northern Philadelphia suburb of Blue Bell. Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, Arborcrest 5 will house multiple tenants in a bright, urban-like setting with a full-service café, fitness center, yoga room, basketball court and lounges.

PPG and The Home Depot expand partnership with launch of OLYMPIC stain products

PPG and THE HOME DEPOT® today announced an expanded partnership to offer PPG’s OLYMPIC® brand stains in its nearly 2,000 locations across the U.S. This partnership combines the woodcare performance of Olympic stains with the largest retailer of exterior stains. Stain products, including Olympic MAXIMUM®, Olympic ELITE™ and Olympic WATERGUARD® will become available at most of these Home Depot locations by the end of the second quarter 2018.

Metal Design and Sleek Coatings Provide Air-Like Aesthetic for Renovated Boeing Facility

Calloway Johnson Moore & West of Lexington, PA was hired as the architecture firm for the development. Due to the heavy industrial use of the facility, CENTRIA’s Formawall® Dimension Series® insulated metal panels were chosen to provide thermal efficiency as well as wind and flame resistance. The panels offer superior weather protection, and deliver a sleek façade. The CENTRIA metal wall panels were coated in Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating’s Fluropon® Classic metallic coating in the colors Pewter and Silversmith - providing an air-like aesthetic to the facility’s exterior with the main overcast gray tone perfectly accented by the dark gray.

Calling all interior design students: Sherwin-Williams Design Competition now open

The 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is accepting submissions for residential and commercial projects through March 15. “Sherwin-Williams is proud to encourage excellence among the future leaders of the interior design industry,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “The Student Design Challenge provides students a unique opportunity to showcase their work to top designers and celebrates their creativity.”

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Simply Measured in Seattle

Simply Measured, a Seattle-based marketing analytics company, sought to reinvent their existing work environment while satisfying their need to accommodate a growing development team and sales force. Located in the World Trade Center East Building along the waterfront in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Recently named one of the “top 25 places to work in Seattle,” the client was interested in providing more informal, communal gathering spaces and work areas as well as traditional desk layouts to support their diverse staff. Splashes of color—blue-painted walls, ceilings, and floors—help organize the space while providing a not-so-subtle nod to the corporate brand color.

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American Society of Interior Designers Releases 2018 Outlook and State of the Industry Report

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) released its 2018 Outlook and State of the Industry (OSI) report today, providing a scan of essential knowledge interior designers and the interior design industry require to thrive and remain competitive in 2018 and beyond. The 80-page ASID OSI explores the status of the U.S. economy as a whole and offers an in-depth look at the interior design and construction industries specifically; discusses current trends in design and their implications for the profession moving forward; and concludes with a look at the societal and technological advancements that will influence the interior design industry into the future.

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RCI, Inc. 2018 Building Envelope Technology Symposium to Be Held November 16-17 in Nashville, Tennessee

RCI, Inc. has set the date and location for the associations' 2018 Building Envelope Technology Symposium. An in-depth educational program for building exterior designers and repair professionals, the event will be held November 16-17, 2018, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN. RCI is an international association of building envelope consultants whose members specialize in design, investigation, repair, and management of roofing, exterior wall, and waterproofing systems. RCI regularly hosts education programs designed to demystify and explain the application of roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall technologies.

The National Stormwater Conference Earth Day Celebration Highlights Green Infrastructure as the #SolutionToPollution

In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, StormCon, the national stormwater and surface water quality conference, has launched a brand-new Earth Day campaign, #SolutionToPollution, to promote low-impact development practices and other green infrastructure as the go-to solution to prevent stormwater pollution across the country. Green infrastructure refers to rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement, bioswales, and other engineered-as-natural stormwater systems that rely on soil and vegetation to infiltrate, evapotranspirate, and/or harvest stormwater runoff.

The National Stormwater Conference Earth Day Celebration Highlights Green Infrastructure as the #SolutionToPollution

In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, StormCon, the national stormwater and surface water quality conference, has launched a brand-new Earth Day campaign, #SolutionToPollution, to promote low-impact development practices and other green infrastructure as the go-to solution to prevent stormwater pollution across the country. Green infrastructure refers to rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement, bioswales, and other engineered-as-natural stormwater systems that rely on soil and vegetation to infiltrate, evapotranspirate, and/or harvest stormwater runoff.

Team from Cornell University Wins 2018 ULI Hines Student Competition with Plan to Redevelop Toronto Site

Cornell’s winning scheme, “Montage,” is a transformational mixed-use development at the junction of Toronto’s Downtown and East End neighborhoods. The proposal envisions an environmentally sustainable cultural hub that integrates cinema, creative industries, and Toronto’s park system to provide a unique outlet for expression and lifestyle. Montage embraces the future of urban transportation by providing both public transit and a thoughtful street grid that accommodates private vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. It enhances the urban fabric with distinctive plazas, tree-lined streets, and industrial facades, reminiscent of the late 19th century.

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Tropical Modernism at New Community Luana Garden Villas on Maui

PowerPlay Destination Properties (Hawaii), Inc. has announced Luana Garden Villas, a rare collection of garden villas styled in the design of tropical modernism and nestled within Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Styled in a modern design with island-influenced palettes, Luana is the final phase of development at the resort.

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Urban Land Institute Report Proposes Ten Principles for Building Resilience

A new report from the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines ten fundamental principles for building resilient cities and regions that successfully anticipate, respond to, and recover from both immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events and long-term stresses such as sea-level rise, poverty, and declining population. Ten Principles for Building Resilience proposes bold guidelines for city and regional leaders as well as real estate and land use professionals to design, plan, and build communities and infrastructure in ways that address vulnerabilities related to climate change and other threats to prosperity and well-being.

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Design Tips for Landscape Architecture in the Spring

Spring is here! For some, springtime can represent the start of something new and a period of revitalization. To that end, some architects may be considering new ideas for landscape design in order to spice up building exteriors. Creating an eye-catching landscape can sometimes prove challenging. However, spring can be a fantastic way to start anew with fresh ideas, beautiful colors, and new architecture.

Nominations for 2018 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize Now Open

World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced nominations are open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the prize recognizes architects or designers that have demonstrated innovative solutions to preserve or save threatened modern architecture.

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