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DXA studio reimagines the Brooklyn Bridge

DXA studio has reimagined the Brooklyn Bridge to yield an experience that is more accessible, safe, democratic and enjoyable for all.The reimagination of the Brooklyn Bridge is the result of a collaboration with Philip Habib & Associates, Thornton Tomasetti, and Patrick Cullina Horticultural Design + Consulting.

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HMC Architects welcomes design industry’s first Chief Impact Officer

HMC Architects is proud to announce that Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow has joined the firm as Chief Impact Officer, a first for both the firm and the design industry. Based in HMC’s San Diego studio, Hosey will lead strategies to improve the impact of HMC’s work with a focus on sustainability, communications, research, and thought leadership, helping build the firm’s national reputation as a leader in design, innovation, and delivery. Hosey will also serve as Design Principal, overseeing key projects.

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Ainsworth & Dunn in Seattle

The historic Ainsworth & Dunn (A&D) Building was built in 1902 as a warehouse for the salmon packing company Ainsworth & Dunn. It embodies the historic relationship between industrial warehouses, their waterfront piers, and the railroad. When the building changed hands in 2015, its new owner sought to honor and preserve the warehouse while integrating it into a larger mixed-use development. The project included the adaptive re-use of, and third story addition to, the A&D Building, construction of a six-story mixed-use apartment building directly to its south, and pedestrian improvements on all sides.

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AIA releases strategies for reducing risk of COVID-19 in multifamily housing

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is releasing a new report today detailing strategies that can help mitigate risk of COVID-19 in multifamily housing. “Strategies for Safer Multifamily Housing” includes a seven-step Risk Management Plan for Buildings that multifamily housing owners and operators can utilize to assess hazards, apply architectural or engineering strategies, and reduce risk of virus transmission in buildings.

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Antimicrobial coatings enhance surface protection

This must-read comprehensive article authored by Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, Linetec’s marketing manager, describes the development of antimicrobial compounds and their use in product finishes and coatings; how they are tested to prove effectiveness at protecting the paint or coating; and the advantages these coatings provide to owners and operators of public buildings, and the people who use, work and live in them.

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Repurposing dark anchor spaces into healthcare facilities

Brad Earl, Managing Principal, NELSON Worldwide, discusses repurposing anchor spaces into healthcare facilities in his article on PRISM. “In today’s difficult and urgent healthcare climate, that’s been shaped by a global pandemic, health systems and community hospitals are tapping into the communities they serve to offer as many outpatient services as possible. With a healthcare system that has been increasingly overwhelmed, the abundance of outpatient centers provides a solution to improve quality of care, as well as provide relief to centers that have registered more patients than they can handle. As a result, healthcare service offerings close to residential clusters, demographic epicenters—places where community members work and shop, drive by, and congregate—have created a new patient mantra that is centered around convenience, expedition, and enhanced patient care.”

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How to design sustainable public infrastructure in 2020 and beyond

“To begin, I believe we must start with and fully embrace the fact that the design process is not linear. It is circular. Good design must allow for questioning previous decisions and acknowledge that perhaps other ideas and methods can and should be incorporated. A circular design process enables exponential change and advancement. We must not start with just “thinking” about green building materials. The challenge really is: How do we question everything so that the design truly manifests into a sustainable project?” explains author Luis Vidal, President & Founding Partner of luis vidal + architects.

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Ainsworth & Dunn in Seattle

The historic Ainsworth & Dunn (A&D) Building was built in 1902 as a warehouse for the salmon packing company Ainsworth & Dunn. It embodies the historic relationship between industrial warehouses, their waterfront piers, and the railroad. When the building changed hands in 2015, its new owner sought to honor and preserve the warehouse while integrating it into a larger mixed-use development. The project included the adaptive re-use of, and third story addition to, the A&D Building, construction of a six-story mixed-use apartment building directly to its south, and pedestrian improvements on all sides.

Western Specialty Contractors restores Millington High School gym façade in Tennessee

Western Specialty Contractors was recently contracted through The Garland Company to restore Millington High School's gymnasium. Once the repairs were complete, crews sealed the entire façade with Garland’s Seal-A-Pore™, a clear sealer that forms an invisible water repellent surface over exterior masonry substrates that allows the building to maintain its original appearance.

HMC Architects welcomes design industry’s first Chief Impact Officer

HMC Architects is proud to announce that Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow has joined the firm as Chief Impact Officer, a first for both the firm and the design industry. Based in HMC’s San Diego studio, Hosey will lead strategies to improve the impact of HMC’s work with a focus on sustainability, communications, research, and thought leadership, helping build the firm’s national reputation as a leader in design, innovation, and delivery. Hosey will also serve as Design Principal, overseeing key projects.

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MBH Architects named Grand Award Winner at 2020 Gold Nugget Awards

MBH Architects announced that they have been named a Grand Award Winner at the 57th annual Gold Nugget Awards. MBH was recognized in the “Best Affordable Housing Community - Under 30 du/acre” category for their work on the Fetters Apartments and Celestina Garden Apartments development in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Florida adopts ACI Concrete Repair Code

The seventh edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC) was recently released for review and now references the American Concrete Institute’s, ACI 562-19 Code Requirements for the Assessment, Repair and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures. The code change establishes minimum requirements for the design, construction, repair, and rehabilitation of concrete structural elements in buildings for various levels of desired performance as deemed appropriate for the project.  In addition to improved life safety, the requirements clearly define objectives and anticipated performance for the code official, owners, designers, contractors, and installers. 

ICBEST 2020 Conference postponed

After much consideration, the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) and co-host, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have made the difficult decision to postpone the ICBEST 2020 Conference to 2022. While more information regarding ICBEST 2022 will be forthcoming, we are excited to share with you that the IIBEC educational track that would have been presented in Vancouver will be presented virtually as the IIBEC 2020 Virtual Canadian Building Enclosure Symposium (CBES).

AIA releases strategies for reducing risk of COVID-19 in multifamily housing

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is releasing a new report today detailing strategies that can help mitigate risk of COVID-19 in multifamily housing. "Strategies for Safer Multifamily Housing" includes a seven-step Risk Management Plan for Buildings that multifamily housing owners and operators can utilize to assess hazards, apply architectural or engineering strategies, and reduce risk of virus transmission in buildings.

KAI hires Sanja A. Zilic, LEED AP BD+C as Senior Interior Designer

KAI Design last week announced  the hiring of Sanja A. Zilic, LEED AP BD+C as Senior Interior Designer at its Dallas-Fort Worth office. In her new position, Zilic will be responsible for developing and supervising the interior design team and guiding them through all stages of the design and construction process, which includes interpreting program requirements, surveying building interiors, developing working plans, making material and furniture selections and reviewing specifications and contracts for services and sustainable design.

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Rhythm of Color: The story of balance in design for 2021

Sherwin-Williams is announcing its annual Colormix® Forecast, a collection of 40 hues across four palettes that celebrate the Rhythm of Color – the balance between fast and slow, quiet and expressive, and virtual and physical. The forecast is designed to bring the pulse of color to any space: Sanctuary, Encounter, Continuum and Tapestry.

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M Moser Associates ‘Living Lab’ reimagines the workplace with high-performance technology, enhanced collaboration and flexibility

The​ American Society of Interior Designers (​ASID) has announced the latest case study in its Impact of Design Series:​ M Moser Associates Living Lab, designed by M Moser. A winner of the 2020 ASID Outcom​e of Design Awards in the “experimental impact” category, the New York project explores fresh ways of working with an entirely new workspace that speaks to its dedicated focus on post-occupancy research.

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Ainsworth & Dunn in Seattle

The historic Ainsworth & Dunn (A&D) Building was built in 1902 as a warehouse for the salmon packing company Ainsworth & Dunn. It embodies the historic relationship between industrial warehouses, their waterfront piers, and the railroad. When the building changed hands in 2015, its new owner sought to honor and preserve the warehouse while integrating it into a larger mixed-use development. The project included the adaptive re-use of, and third story addition to, the A&D Building, construction of a six-story mixed-use apartment building directly to its south, and pedestrian improvements on all sides.

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Walsh Construction completes historic transformation of Chicago’s old Cook County Hospital into dual branded Hyatt hotel

Walsh Construction has completed the historic rehabilitation of the 104-year-old Cook County Hospital building, converting the building into a dual branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, accompanied by the new Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. On the exterior of the building, masons labored to preserve, repair and recreate the historic $18 million façade, requiring more than 4,160 individual pieces of terra cotta to be repaired or duplicated by Gladding, McBean – one of only two terra cotta manufacturers in the United States.

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Sarasota Museum of Art

Partnering with the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota community members had the goal of enhancing the area’s rich cultural landscape by transforming the historic high school building into the region’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art – the Sarasota Museum of Art. The existing windows had all exceeded their life span, and many of them had broken lites, air and water leaks, and they were extremely weak in terms of impact resistance. Lawson Group Architects, Inc. developed a plan to replace these windows, improve the structural integrity of the areas around the windows, and make them weather-proof – all while maintaining the historic design of the building’s facade.

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