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Metsä Wood launches ‘Open Source Wood’ initiative

Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative is a call to action to architects, designers and engineers to join forces, share innovation and contribute knowledge about large-scale, modular wood construction. By creating an open innovation platform around modular wood construction, Metsä Wood’s aim is to connect the local wood construction industry with global knowledge to facilitate collaboration and growth. 

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Historic Bowles Hall earns LEED Silver

In addition to LEED standards, the renovation had to meet Historic Building Code requirements for life safety and ADA compliance. The renovation scored high marks for innovation in design and substantial improvements in water use efficiency. In addition to the LEED Silver standard, Bowles Hall performs 20 percent in excess of the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards.

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CfAD Excellence Awards showcase active design influence on projects around the world

This year’s winning projects illustrate how active design has made a decisive transition, shifting from a special topic of interest among forward-thinking designers and researchers, to a commonly-espoused motivator driving all types of design and development practice. Winning projects illustrate how an emphasis on physical, mental, and social wellbeing can be achieved—through shifts in regional policies, grassroots advocacy campaigns, and the leveraging of health-promoting design as a key market differentiator.

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FEATURE ARTICLE JUNE/JULY PRISM: Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design: Creating Joy Through Design

Biophilic design is more than simply the inclusion of plants in the built environment. It takes into account every aspect of the design including lighting, flooring, window placement, air quality, art, access to the outdoors, and more. Aside from the psychological and physiological benefits that people experience when working, living, learning, and healing in spaces that connect us to nature, the positive effects on our psyche also translate into measurable positive effects on the bottom line.

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FEATURE ARTICLE JUNE/JULY PRISM: Q&A with Katie Bartolotta

Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

To achieve a truly sustainable built environment, organizations such as the DVGBC are driving the green building movement in local communities across the country. The DVGBC is working diligently to get everyone on board, provide forums in which to share best practices and promote the importance of green building and sustainability. PRISM was given the opportunity to ask Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, questions about their current green buildings programs as well as their goals to further sustainability in the built environment in this region.

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FEATURE ARTICLE JUNE/JULY PRISM: Biophilic Design

“Get Back to Nature.”

The realization that humans have a physical and mental need to be exposed to nature is something that provides designers a reason to do what’s right for the people occupying their spaces.  This exposure to nature or things that remind us of nature provide ways for people to balance the needs that their bodies have to reduce non-productive stress, and really enjoy these spaces.

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FEATURE ARTICLE JUNE/JULY PRISM: Coatings for healthcare facilities

In the Know: The Difference Between Antimicrobial, Antibacterial and Microbicidal Coatings

There is much more to consider than just color when it comes to specifying a coating for a health care setting. Due to recent advancements in technology, paint can go beyond aesthetic benefits to perform a variety of tasks, such as killing harmful pathogens on painted surfaces, helping to reduce odors and improving indoor air quality.

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CONSTRUCT Becomes Official Partner of Let’s Fix Construction

“I am thrilled to forge a relationship between CONSTRUCT and Let’s Fix Construction. I have worked with the Informa team extensively over the last four years on Young Professionals Day, the Education Advisory Council and other speaking opportunities and events for CONSTRUCT. I am impressed with their commitment to providing an event that meets the needs of many disciplines at many levels. They listen! With a common goal of bringing all disciplines in our industry together with an equal seat at the table – we felt this relationship was a no brainer.” – Cherise Lakeside

AAMA announces creation of Field Test Agency Accreditation

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced the creation of the new Field Test Agency (FTA) Accreditation Program that credentials independent field testing agencies to support AAMA members, the fenestration industry, building owners and their agents. The Program also validates that these field test agencies are capable of testing fenestration products in the field utilizing the field test methods included in AAMA performance standards.

Dodge Momentum Index stumbles in July

This month continues a recent trend of volatility in the Momentum Index where a string of gains is interrupted by a step backwards in planning intentions.

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Vitro Glass names Dritz national architectural manager

“Emily has a unique educational and professional background that enables her to communicate well with architects,” said Glenn T. Miner, director of construction, Vitro Architectural Glass. “In addition to being a registered architect, she has extensive expertise in glass performance, construction and the LEED® certification process. That knowledge and her ability to understand architects’ project requirements have quickly made her a trusted resource for architects as well as glazing contractors and glass fabricators.”

“Get Back to Nature.”

The realization that humans have a physical and mental need to be exposed to nature is something that provides designers a reason to do what’s right for the people occupying their spaces.  This exposure to nature or things that remind us of nature provide ways for people to balance the needs that their bodies have to reduce non-productive stress, and really enjoy these spaces.

CfAD Excellence Awards showcase active design influence on projects around the world

This year’s winning projects illustrate how active design has made a decisive transition, shifting from a special topic of interest among forward-thinking designers and researchers, to a commonly-espoused motivator driving all types of design and development practice. Winning projects illustrate how an emphasis on physical, mental, and social wellbeing can be achieved—through shifts in regional policies, grassroots advocacy campaigns, and the leveraging of health-promoting design as a key market differentiator.

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NBC Sports 2016 Summer Olympics Studio case study

Rio de Janeiro was announced as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics in October 2009, allowing more than five years to plan and build the Olympic venues. However, just five months before the games began, ReSource New Jersey was contracted to work with NBC Sports, HD Studio, and blackwalnut Fabricators on the design, procurement, fabrication, logistics, and installation of the NBC Sports 2016 Summer Olympics Studio.

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Behr Paint reveals 2018 Color of the Year “In The Moment”

“In The Moment speaks to our society’s desire to disconnect and be present,” said Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. “Spruce blue, soft gray and lush green coalesce into a fresh shade that evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives. In The Moment crosses multiple design styles—global, coastal, modern—and pairs well with other subdued colors to create harmony for interiors or exteriors.”

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Design vision for Auberge Beach Residences & Spa

“Auberge Beach Residences is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Florida,” said Will Meyer, principal of Meyer Davis Studio, Inc., along with Gray Davis. “The site’s serenity and calm environs informed our design direction—from palette to material choices. It is an honor to work with Related, Fortune and Fairwinds to create a landmark community that creates a sense of place unique to the destination and takes cues from the graceful style of Auberge Resorts, whose properties are acclaimed for their timelessness and intimate, understated elegance.”

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Historic Bowles Hall earns LEED Silver

In addition to LEED standards, the renovation had to meet Historic Building Code requirements for life safety and ADA compliance. The renovation scored high marks for innovation in design and substantial improvements in water use efficiency. In addition to the LEED Silver standard, Bowles Hall performs 20 percent in excess of the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards.

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Grand Opening of VITAE in Costa Mesa

VITAE’s architecture maintains a modern flair with clean lines, simple forms and attention to detail. Standout design elements include warm, contemporary colors with stucco exteriors, lapped siding and oversized windows to create sophisticated exteriors, notes Scales.

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Theodore Lee, ASLA, PLA SITES AP, LEED AP, BD+C. Landscape architects Theodore Lee and Trygve Hansen of HGA, among first to earn SITES AP credential The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.

Photo above: Theodore Lee, ASLA, PLA SITES AP, LEED AP, BD+C. Landscape architects Theodore Lee and Trygve Hansen of HGA, among first to earn SITES AP credential.

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