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325 Westlake in Seattle

Part arts initiative and part residential development, 325 Westlake merges old and new structures to create a building that preserves the character of the existing building and the site, while ensuring its continued usefulness. “The project embodies an incredibly diverse mix of programs…not just a studio, not just a gallery, not just a place to live…it’s all of these uses combined and catalyzed to sustain the mission of sup-porting emerging artists,” said Jim Graham, AIA, principal, Graham Baba.

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A Cultural Icon for 21st Century Istanbul

Renowned architect Murat Tabanlıoğlu is modernizing the cultural center his father, Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, once designed in the 1960s, and again in the 1970s after his first design burnt down. The Ataturk Cultural Center will be the new centrally located home for Istanbul’s arts and culture scene of twenty-first century Istanbul. Not only will the new center have one of the largest opera houses in the world but it will also provide art galleries, libraries, cafes and restaurants for visitors.

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Goldray’s technographic interlayer film, Starphire glass by Vitro Architectural Glass combine to create stunning glass canopy

When development firm Vulcan Real Estate asked world-renowned artist Spencer Finch to design an architectural canopy to connect the two new office buildings at the center of Amazon’s expanded headquarters campus in Seattle, his first course of action was a walk in the woods. Such was born Finch’s “There Is Another Sky.” Situated four stories above an outdoor plaza, the decorative canopy features an abstract circular design pattern imprinted on technographic interlayer film by Goldray Glass and then laminated between two lites of Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

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SOLARBAN glass specified for Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that Solarban® 70XL and Solarban 72 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass have been selected for the Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) complex in the heart of Singapore Changi International Airport. Jewel is envisaged to be a world-class lifestyle destination that will be a game-changer for Changi Airport, amidst intensifying competition on the global airport landscape. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the structure will feature a distinctive dome-shaped façade made of steel and glass.

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Newschool partners with industry leaders to revitalize National City, Calif.

NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) last month announced an ambitious collaboration between the institution and several architecture, engineering, design and real estate development consultants in San Diego to revitalize the downtown of National City, located in San Diego County, California. NewSchool students and faculty will collaborate with the City of National City, the American Institute of Architects, Glumac Engineers, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Mackenzie Inc., Sillman Wright Architects, the San Diego State University (SDSU) Civil Engineering Department, University of California San Diego (UCSD) Structural Engineering Department, and Malik Infill Development.

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Dow and the U.S. Green Building Council Work Together to Support Sustainable Cities and Promote Energy Efficiency

The latest data indicate that buildings are currently responsible for about one-third of global energy consumption, and about 30 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 20 percent of total CO2 emissions. In an effort to reduce these emissions, Dow and USGBC will collectively advise two cities or communities to help in achieving LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification.

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Guardian Sustainability Calculator Wins Multiple Awards

A digital program, the Sustainability Calculator helps architects and designers review how glazing make-ups from Guardian Glass can help a project earn certification from green building rating systems such as LEED®, the Living Building Challenge and the WELL Building Standard.

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The 2018 Most Innovative Building Product Goes to AeroBarrier

Receiving the top award, AeroBarrier is being called the decade’s most disruptive energy efficiency product.  Mandalay Homes, an Arizona homebuilder, uses Aerobarrier on all new homes.  Geoff Ferrell, Chief Technology Officer at Mandalay Homes says, “AeroBarrier is the key for us building net-zero homes as a standard feature.  Before AeroBarrier, it was not financially feasible or practical on a mass scale.” 

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Large Building Airtightness Testing and the Selection of Appropriate Air Barrier Strategies

An airtight building enclosure is an important part of a modern building. Good airtightness can increase energy efficiency, improve durability, and allow greater control over occupant comfort and indoor air quality. Airtightness is achieved with an effective air barrier system that is carefully designed and detailed and then built and commissioned in the field. An effective air barrier consists of a continuous system of materials (building wraps, membranes, etc.), components (doors, windows, etc.) and accessories (tapes, sealants, gaskets, etc.). These air barrier elements must be individually airtight and airtight when used together.

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Building Resilient Schools on Responsible Budgets

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, communities contend with earthquakes inland and tsunamis on the coast. To withstand a catastrophe of this kind, school districts are taking action to structurally upgrade their facilities, in some cases going beyond current building code standards.

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SPOTLIGHT: AIA AWARDS

Jorge Silvetti awarded 2018 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion

The AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion honors an individual who has been intensely involved in architecture education for more than a decade and whose teaching has influenced a broad range of students. Silvetti has taught at Harvard University Graduate School of Design  (GSD) since 1975 as a gifted professor and mentor.  Argentinian by birth, Silvetti’s influence at GSD may have been most strongly felt from 1995-2002, when he served as chair of the architecture program.

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Lenore M. Lucey honored with 2018 Kemper Award

The Board of Directors and the Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) bestowed Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, with the 2018 Edward C. Kemper Award. Named in honor of the AIA’s first executive director, the award is given annually to an architect who has contributed significantly to the profession through service to the AIA.

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2018 AIA Gold Medal awarded to James Stewart Polshek

Polshek is the 74th recipient of the Gold Medal. He joins the ranks of such visionaries as Frank Lloyd Wright (1949), Louis Sullivan (1944), Le Corbusier (1961), Louis I. Kahn (1971), I.M. Pei (1979), Thom Mayne (2013), Julia Morgan (2014), Moshe Safdie (2015), Denise Scott Brown & Robert Venturi (2016), and Paul Revere Williams (2017).  In recognition of his legacy to architecture, Polshek’s name will be chiseled into the granite Wall of Honor in the lobby of the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Snow Kreilich Architects receives the 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award

The Board of Directors and the Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) voted for Snow Kreilich Architects to receive the 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award.  The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm and recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

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Boulder Valley School District opens Meadowlark School

“The design of the new Meadowlark School equips us for the future and fully supports our mission which is to create challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive,” said Rob Price, Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services at Boulder Valley School District. “The fact that this building was designed and constructed in such a tight time frame shows the tremendous effort by Cuningham Group Architecture, FCI Constructors, Inc., BVSD staff and all of the other consultants and subcontractors involved.  The ribbon-cutting celebrates everyone’s efforts to make this project a reality and it highlights the beginning of our new educational model.”

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Goldray’s technographic interlayer film, Starphire glass by Vitro Architectural Glass combine to create stunning glass canopy

When development firm Vulcan Real Estate asked world-renowned artist Spencer Finch to design an architectural canopy to connect the two new office buildings at the center of Amazon’s expanded headquarters campus in Seattle, his first course of action was a walk in the woods. Such was born Finch’s “There Is Another Sky.” Situated four stories above an outdoor plaza, the decorative canopy features an abstract circular design pattern imprinted on technographic interlayer film by Goldray Glass and then laminated between two lites of Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

325 Westlake in Seattle

Part arts initiative and part residential development, 325 Westlake merges old and new structures to create a building that preserves the character of the existing building and the site, while ensuring its continued usefulness. “The project embodies an incredibly diverse mix of programs…not just a studio, not just a gallery, not just a place to live…it’s all of these uses combined and catalyzed to sustain the mission of sup-porting emerging artists,” said Jim Graham, AIA, principal, Graham Baba.

KAI Design & Build Hires Michael Hein as Chief Integration Officer

In his new role as the firm's Chief Integration Officer, Hein will work closely with KAI President Michael Kennedy, Jr. to drive the firm's strategic initiatives, plus work to incorporate the highest level of efficiency in terms of communication and operating systems within the company.

Inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Master Craft Floors, an award-winning flooring contractor with experience in large hospitality projects in Las Vegas, was selected to help specify and install the enormous swaths of carpet, soft surface, resinous, sealed concrete and polished concrete flooring. The process resulted in a stunning, contemporary entertainment facility, T-Mobile Arena. The architectural and design masterpiece is now a regular backdrop for concerts, events, headline boxing matches and a variety of other performing arts.

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DULUX Paints by PPG announces colour trends for 2018

Interiors take on the look of dark glamour this year as consumers bravely select a colour palette of bold elegance, according to Dulux Paints colour experts. The leading brand named two Colours of the Year for 2018: Black Elegance (DLX1004-7), a statement-making black infused with an undertone of the deepest brown, and a beautiful metallic companion, Dulux Effects Finishes LIQUID METAL™ Golden Goose (015LM).

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Collection of New Color Palettes Brings Latest Trends to Life Across Markets

Color can make a positive impact on a space and its inhabitants. Drawing on the latest color trends from the 2018 Colormix® Color Forecast, Sherwin-Williams created new, specially curated palettes specifically for the New Residential, Commercial, Multifamily, Healthcare, Hospitality and Education markets – providing even more resources to professionals. Three unique palettes for each market segment show how greater color forecasting trends apply to these spaces for the coming years.

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AAMA presented with World Vision’s 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award during International Builders Show

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) was honored to receive the 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award on Wednesday, as presented by World Vision at the humanitarian organization's 18th Annual Crystal Vision Award Breakfast during the 2018 International Builders Show in Orlando. World Vision's Partnership Award is given each year to a company within the industry that has partnered with the organization's Storehouse Program for a minimum of three to five years.

AAMA presented with World Vision’s 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award during International Builders Show

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) was honored to receive the 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award on Wednesday, as presented by World Vision at the humanitarian organization's 18th Annual Crystal Vision Award Breakfast during the 2018 International Builders Show in Orlando. World Vision's Partnership Award is given each year to a company within the industry that has partnered with the organization's Storehouse Program for a minimum of three to five years.

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The Howard Hughes Corporation® unveils Hawaiʻi’s first turnkey luxury living solution at Ward Village®

“Our vision for ‘A‘ali‘i represents the culmination of several years studying the most cutting-edge residential product around the world in order to create an innovative type of home that does not exist in the market,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We are rethinking how space is used and empowering our residents to get the most out of their home, offering a move-in ready home and experiential lifestyle.”

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Large Building Airtightness Testing and the Selection of Appropriate Air Barrier Strategies

An airtight building enclosure is an important part of a modern building. Good airtightness can increase energy efficiency, improve durability, and allow greater control over occupant comfort and indoor air quality. Airtightness is achieved with an effective air barrier system that is carefully designed and detailed and then built and commissioned in the field. An effective air barrier consists of a continuous system of materials (building wraps, membranes, etc.), components (doors, windows, etc.) and accessories (tapes, sealants, gaskets, etc.). These air barrier elements must be individually airtight and airtight when used together.

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Building Resilient Schools on Responsible Budgets by Graham Roy, FRICS. “The New Middle School at Beaverton School District contains seismic bracing designed to withstand a major earthquake. One of those steel x-braces was left exposed, to allow students to learn how the building is engineered to withstand an earthquake.” Credit: © Josh Partee

Building Resilient Schools on Responsible Budgets by Graham Roy, FRICS. “The New Middle School at Beaverton School District contains seismic bracing designed to withstand a major earthquake. One of those steel x-braces was left exposed, to allow students to learn how the building is engineered to withstand an earthquake.” Credit: © Josh Partee

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