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The new Lewis Arts complex designed by Steven Holl Architects in partnership with BNIM Architects

The new Lewis Arts complex, designed by Steven Holl Architects in partnership with BNIM Architects, opened October 5, 2017, with a four-day Arts Festival. The complex takes the arts at Princeton to even greater heights by significantly expanding the performance, rehearsal, and teaching spaces in new, state-of-the-art facilities. The complex creates a new campus gateway, shaping campus space while maximizing porosity and movement.

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Eden Housing to Break Ground on KTGY-designed Affordable Senior Housing Community in Fremont

According to Jessica Musick, associate principal in KTGY’s Oakland office, the design articulates a modern architectural style which serves to update the predominantly older office park neighborhood. “The contemporary design continues a California legacy of simple, clean lines combined with energy efficiencies to create affordable housing that is sustainable and comparable to market-rate housing,” said Musick. 

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Cuningham Group Architecture moves into restored Mid-Century Modern landmark

Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®) has leased and restored the historic Farmers & Stockmens Bank building and made the Mid-Century Modern landmark its new Phoenix office. The approximately 6,000-square-foot building, at 5001 E. Washington Street, was designed by the internationally famous architectural team of Pereira & Luckman in 1951.

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Buildings of the Future: it’s time to rethink the bottom line

In a recent white paper released by Aurecon, titled ‘Buildings of the Future: bottom-line benefits’, a new narrative around the ROI of intelligent buildings is explored to demonstrate the crippling effect that a short-term focus on start-up and construction costs often has on design innovation.

FEATURE ARTICLE AUGUST/SEPTEMBER: Education facility design

Solutions to today’s challenges in education facility design: Q&A with SCB

PRISM was given the opportunity to ask four experts at SCB about their experience planning and designing education facilities, and the solutions they provide to overcome today’s challenges and create sustainable and attractive learning environments. SCB Is involved in the planning and design a number of prominent education facility projects including University of California, Merced, and the Loyola University Chicago.

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FEATURE ARTICLE AUGUST/SEPTEMBER: Resilience in the Built Environment

How Design Firms Can Build a Resilient Future

Resilience is multi-faceted when it comes to the built environment. The definition is not simply about helping communities build back to better prepare for future events. It is also about responding to stresses on a project that have implications beyond one site. It is about respecting the memory of past disasters so failures are not repeated in the future.

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FEATURE PROJECT AUGUST/SEPTEMBER PRISM

The John and Kathy Schreiber Center at Loyola University Chicago

The John and Kathy Schreiber Center is the new home of Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business Administration. Located on a small corner parcel in the University’s dense urban Water Tower Campus, the restricted site required an innovative, 10-story vertical design solution to accommodate a 150,000-square-foot program composed of lecture and active learning classrooms, a business analytics lab, faculty offices, career services center, numerous breakout spaces, and a conference center.

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FEATURE PROJECT AUGUST/SEPTEMBER PRISM

Clemson University creates “chapel for food”

Clemson University, as part of its redevelopment of its “Core Campus,” hired Sasaki to design a new dining facility that addressed the growing demand for contemporary dining options in support of the university’s goals of retaining more sophomore students on campus and maintaining its position in the top 20 national public universities.

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WATERPROOFING PROJECT AUGUST/SEPTEMBER PRISM

Lacombe Lift Station Concrete Waterproofing Project

The Lacombe Lift Station was recently built in Red Deer in Alberta, Canada, to accommodate the area’s population increase as well as to upgrade the existing sewage/wastewater systems that served the local population.  The engineers on the project, Stantec, wanted a proven, leak-proof waterproofing system to protect the station and selected W. R. MEADOWS’ building envelope membranes.

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Mediamesh University: Transforming University Buildings with Dynamic Media Façades

As architects, designers and facility managers seek to transform the traditional and staid façades of educational facilities into dynamic, vivid communication mediums, they have increasingly turned to transparent media façades constructed of metal mesh. While metal mesh and metal fabric have been used for decades in institutional architecture and design, it is only recently that the A&D community has begun to incorporate media-enabled products into college campuses around the country.

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Shepley Bulfinch Transforms Houston Office Park into The Awty International School Early Learning Campus

“We are thrilled to welcome our youngest students to this remarkable new early learning campus,” said Head of School Lisa Darling. “While relocating our youngest students to a new campus was a big decision, Awty’s state-of-the-art early learning facility offers exceptional outdoor play and learning areas tailored to the needs of young children. Our continued collaboration with Shepley Bulfinch has produced a beautifully designed campus that will inspire students, faculty, and staff for years to come.” 

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AkzoNobel invests in enhanced color capabilities for coil coatings at Columbus site

AkzoNobel, a leading manufacturer of coil coatings for the metal construction industry, announces the completion of a new, dedicated color mixing cell for its TRINAR® coatings at the Columbus, OH production facility. Designed to provide the highest level of quality and service to coil coating customers, the cell is equipped with a new state-of-the-art Automatic Dosing Unit (ADU) and incorporates the most advanced quality inspection techniques. These enhanced capabilities will enable high color precision and faster paint production.

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Chicago O’Hare Airport’s Terminal 5 expansion features Starphire Ultra-Clear glass by Vitro Architectural Glass

Designed by Epstein Global and commissioned by the Westfield Group, a two-story interior curtainwall serves as a partition separating secured and non-secured areas of the airport terminal. Starphire glass panels fabricated by Goldray Industries, line up against one another and create a continuous image that shows the gradual changes in color and texture that can be seen when heading inland from Lake Michigan to Chicago and on to Illinois’ rural cornfields.

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Pathways Innovation Center and Roosevelt High School feature EXTECH custom sunscreen and translucent façade

Beyond the need for new and updated school buildings, the School District’s overall goal was to provide an environment that allows for the advanced technology necessary to “prepare children for success in a world we cannot yet imagine,” says Scott Krenner, the project’s design lead and senior associate at Cuningham Group. “Rather than follow a traditional vocational approach, this high school presents new pathways to success; a way to shine that may not be found in standardized tests. Here, their inventive thinking and new skills are much more visible.”

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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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The new Lewis Arts complex designed by Steven Holl Architects in partnership with BNIM Architects

The new Lewis Arts complex, designed by Steven Holl Architects in partnership with BNIM Architects, opened October 5, 2017, with a four-day Arts Festival. The complex takes the arts at Princeton to even greater heights by significantly expanding the performance, rehearsal, and teaching spaces in new, state-of-the-art facilities. The complex creates a new campus gateway, shaping campus space while maximizing porosity and movement.

Buildings of the Future: it’s time to rethink the bottom line

In a recent white paper released by Aurecon, titled ‘Buildings of the Future: bottom-line benefits’, a new narrative around the ROI of intelligent buildings is explored to demonstrate the crippling effect that a short-term focus on start-up and construction costs often has on design innovation.

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ASLA Statement on Clean Power Plan Repeal

In response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent announcement to repeal the Clean Power Plan, Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), released a statement.

CIAT Architectural Technology Awards 2017 Winners

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is pleased to declare the winners for its annual Architectural Technology Awards. Announced and presented by CIAT President Gary Mees on 15 September 2017, the Awards celebrate the latest achievements and highest quality in Architectural Technology.

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SICO paint by PPG selects 2018 trending Colour of the Year: Cast Iron

“Black is often overlooked and underappreciated when choosing paint colours for the home, but its ability to refine, subdue and add strength to a space makes it a perfect choice,” said Misty Yeomans, colour marketing manager, Sico paint. “It brings solace and a peacefulness to any space, creating a haven in which to retreat from our always-connected, high-pressure society. Its versatility in pairing with other colours adds to its allure in home decorating.”

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Key Center Lobby Reposition

Following the purchase of the 23-story Key Center, Bellevue, Wash., the new building owners quickly determined the need to update the common areas of the building which had grown tired since the building’s completion in 2000. The design solution was to treat the lobby as a series of seven rooms, or stage sets—merging notions of work and hospitality—that were connected through color and seating arrangements.

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Dunn-Edwards announces “The Green Hour” Color of the Year for 2018

Dunn-Edwards has announced its 2018 Color of the Year – The Green Hour – a darker shade of grayed blue-green. “This stunning color has dual personalities of being moody, dramatic and intense, while still grounding and tranquil, acting as a neutral,” explained Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards. “It is dreamlike, mysterious, rich and cozy.”

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ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting and EXPO Set for October 20-23 in Los Angeles

The ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting and EXPO is the largest landscape architecture trade show in the world. It will bring together more than 5,500 attendees and more than 375 exhibitors. The 2017 theme, “Common Ground,” reflects how landscape architects design common areas—including streets, parks, markets and gardens—where people meet and interact, creating and celebrating community.

Cuningham Group Architecture moves into restored Mid-Century Modern landmark

Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. (Cuningham Group®) has leased and restored the historic Farmers & Stockmens Bank building and made the Mid-Century Modern landmark its new Phoenix office. The approximately 6,000-square-foot building, at 5001 E. Washington Street, was designed by the internationally famous architectural team of Pereira & Luckman in 1951.

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