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LyondellBasell to slow construction on PO/TBA project

LyondellBasell has informed the engineering and construction contractors it will slow construction of its world-scale propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant. “The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and evolving. Because the PO/TBA site is currently under construction and not producing needed products yet, in the interest of health and safety we believe it is prudent to limit construction activities at this time,” said Torkel Rhenman, executive vice president, Intermediates & Derivatives (I&D). “We remain committed to the completion of this strategic investment incorporating our low-cost, next generation PO/TBA technology. Over the next several weeks, we will be working with our contractors and suppliers to develop a revised project timeline.”

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PCA earns 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), representing America’s cement manufacturers, is proud to announce that it has received the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding collaboration with the ENERGY STAR program and promotion of ENERGY STAR tools.

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Shipping containers poised to aid with COVID-19 hospital housing shortage

Detroit-based cargo architecture firm Three Squared, whose steel cargo containers are typically used for innovative multifamily and mixed-use housing applications, announces it is now proffering its cargo container dwellings not only as relief units for hospital and morgue/mortuary overflow, but also as appropriately-appointed and climate-controlled housing units for doctors and nurses needing to stay close to patients.

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Finding common ground at Tulane Commons

Tulane University had a crystal clear vision for the Commons and it brought in architect Weiss/Manfredi to bring it to life. The goal was to create a multipurpose building that would give Tulane’s diverse student body a place to connect through shared dining and learning experiences. At the heart of these experiences would be the ultra-modern, sleek design of the building’s interior and exterior, as well as commanding views of the foliage-rich campus. The coastal location of the campus also meant that designers had to focus on the new building’s ability to resist hurricane-force winds and impact.

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The women in the windows

When Pittsburgh-born condiment magnate H. J. Heinz died in 1919, he left money in his will specifically for the University of Pittsburgh to erect a building on its grounds to honor his mother, Anna Margaretta Heinz.
As a result, Heinz Memorial Chapel was built during the 1930s, an elegant neo-Gothic structure with 23 stained-glass windows. Thirty-six men and 36 women are featured in the transept windows.

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ASLA video statement celebrating Women’s History Month

The American Society of Landscape Architects released a video statement celebrating Women’s History Month delivered by ASLA President Wendy Miller, FASLA. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for ASLA and the entire landscape architecture profession to reflect on how far women have come on the road to equality. But it’s also time to reflect with candor and openness on how far we still have to go.”

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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara receive the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin, Ireland, have been selected as the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation. “The collaboration between Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara represents a veritable interconnectedness between equal counterparts,” states Pritzker. “They demonstrate incredible strength in their architecture, show deep relation to the local situation in all regards, establish different responses to each commission while maintaining the honesty of their work, and exceed the requirements of the field through responsibility and community.”

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Do you need a NFPA 285 tested wall assembly for a project?

“Do you need a NFPA 285 tested wall assembly for a project?” authored by Bill Egan. “NFPA 285 is a fire test method that determines the fire propagation attributes of exterior wall assemblies with combustible materials and components. Apart from some exceptions and conditions set forth in the International Building Code (IBC), NFPA 285 testing is triggered when the wall assembly contains certain combustible components and the building is Type I, II, III, or IV construction.”

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Three ways design can ease the transition to safety for survivors of abuse

“When we use design to reignite a sense of belonging for abuse survivors, we can encourage them to feel empowered to find strength in moments of weakness and choose a path forward to recovery. The space should help restore the individual’s sense of identity and their dignity,” explains Robyn Whitwham in her article “Three ways design can ease the transition to safety for survivors of abuse” just published on PRISM.

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Finding common ground at Tulane Commons

Tulane University had a crystal clear vision for the Commons and it brought in architect Weiss/Manfredi to bring it to life. The goal was to create a multipurpose building that would give Tulane’s diverse student body a place to connect through shared dining and learning experiences. At the heart of these experiences would be the ultra-modern, sleek design of the building’s interior and exterior, as well as commanding views of the foliage-rich campus. The coastal location of the campus also meant that designers had to focus on the new building's ability to resist hurricane-force winds and impact.

Shipping containers poised to aid with COVID-19 hospital housing shortage

Detroit-based cargo architecture firm Three Squared, whose steel cargo containers are typically used for innovative multifamily and mixed-use housing applications, announces it is now proffering its cargo container dwellings not only as relief units for hospital and morgue/mortuary overflow, but also as appropriately-appointed and climate-controlled housing units for doctors and nurses needing to stay close to patients.

LyondellBasell to slow construction on PO/TBA project

LyondellBasell has informed the engineering and construction contractors it will slow construction of its world-scale propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant. "The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and evolving. Because the PO/TBA site is currently under construction and not producing needed products yet, in the interest of health and safety we believe it is prudent to limit construction activities at this time," said Torkel Rhenman, executive vice president, Intermediates & Derivatives (I&D). "We remain committed to the completion of this strategic investment incorporating our low-cost, next generation PO/TBA technology. Over the next several weeks, we will be working with our contractors and suppliers to develop a revised project timeline."

Liz Archer joins the FCA New York team

Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) announces Liz Archer has joined the team as Business Development and Client Relations Manager. Based in New York, Archer will be responsible for increasing the New York office’s corporate interiors market share as well as manage business development for the location’s healthcare, science and technology, medical equipment planning, urban planning, and higher education markets. 

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2019 Brick in Architecture Awards honor dynamic design

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) announces recipients of the 2019 Brick in Architecture Awards, celebrating 30 years as the nation’s premier design competition featuring clay brick. “These architects maximize brick’s virtually unlimited aesthetic freedom and its integral role in sustainable design,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s President, CEO and CFO.  

AIA praises Congress for advancing desperately needed COVID-19 relief

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) praises approval of the third economic relief package passed by the Senate last night, which will provide significant financial support to businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The House of Representatives is expected to pass the bill on Friday and President Trump has already said he will sign the legislation.

Announcing ACI Virtual Committee Days following cancellation of ACI Concrete Convention

Following cancellation of the ACI Concrete Convention in Rosemont/Chicago, the American Concrete Institute has transitioned its popular spring convention into ACI Virtual Committee Days. To be held online from March 28-April 2, 2020, the ACI Virtual Committee Days will allow the important technical work of the Institute to move forward.   

Design services saw increase in February however economic footings are rapidly shifting

“Business conditions at architecture firms have been surprisingly positive so far this year. However, firms were just beginning to feel the impact of the dramatic slowdown caused by COVID-19 as this survey was being conducted in early March.” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The rapid pull-back in activity throughout the economy will obviously be felt in the design and construction sector, and architecture firms will be one of the first to see how these events play out.”

FCA designs Fox Rothschild Chicago

Fox Rothschild teamed with Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) to design a workplace that would accommodate an expanding Chicago office after merging with a local firm — one that would bring all attorneys and staff together in one modern and cohesive space.

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Transformation of historic Eitel Building into The State Hotel in Seattle

The historic Eitel Building is located at the intersection of the commercial corridor along Pike Street, which extends from downtown Seattle to Pike Place Market, and 2nd Avenue, a main pedestrian, bike and vehicular thoroughfare. The adaptive reuse and restoration of one of Seattle’s most prominent and vulnerable unreinforced masonry structures, has revived and transformed the corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street.

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KTGY Architecture + Planning combines historic garage with new mixed-use design

KTGY Architecture + Planning (KTGY) has announced an innovative mixed-use design, fusing a historic, Art Deco parking garage with new retail and residences. 8th & Western, developed by Jamison Properties, LLP., creates 230 apartments above approximately 13,300 square feet of retail in a new, eight-story development. It combines them with a 1931, five-story parking structure (originally the The Pellissier Square Garage), rehabilitated for parking, retail and rooftop amenities.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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