2019 Color Trends: Connect, Disconnect & Reconnect

According to national color expert Kate Smith, color trends in 2019 are all about connecting, disconnecting and reconnecting. “Top paint brands seem to be identifying color trends that leap into three unique categories for the coming year,” says Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color. “People are bonding with these popular colors in their many day-to-day experiences and including incorporating these colors on the exterior of their homes.”

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IdeaPaint Launches WRITE and PROJECT Dry Erase Wallcoverings

Businesses and educational institutes report being fed up with their dry erase wallcoverings’ unsightly seams and their consistent staining and ghosting. They are looking for industry leading dry erase performance and would like to start using their walls within 24 hours after install.

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INSTALL connects veterans to floorcovering industry

In April 2016, INSTALL and Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) forged a partnership calling on INSTALL contractors to sponsor veterans with the goal of bringing new skilled workers into the floorcovering industry through apprenticeships. Since then, more than 200 vets have shown interest in an apprenticeship and INSTALL is actively working to connect them to contractors for possible career opportunities.

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Innovative Engineering Group and Ntrive announce merger

Innovative Engineering Group (IEG), an established Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, (MEP) firm, announces its merger with Ntrive, a structural engineering firm based in Naperville, IL. The merger and combined business operations will be effective October 1, 2018, and the integrated, multidisciplinary firm will become REX Engineering group.

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IdeaPaint Launches WRITE and PROJECT Dry Erase Wallcoverings

Businesses and educational institutes report being fed up with their dry erase wallcoverings' unsightly seams and their consistent staining and ghosting. They are looking for industry leading dry erase performance and would like to start using their walls within 24 hours after install.

Unveiling the future of construction by revisiting the past

Rising to 85 feet, Carbon12 is currently the tallest mass timber building in the United States. A boutique collection of 14 units, Carbon12 is a glass and timber showpiece located in Portland, Oregon. Its structure is assembled from prefabricated Structurlam GlulamPlus® beams and columns, and CrossLam® CLT panels, which represent the next big evolution in the construction industry in the United States, and which have enormous positive economic and environmental potential.

Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University Establishes a New Staging Ground for Cultural Development

A 90,411 square-foot theater complex, the Playhouse features a total of 91 rooms including a magnificent lobby with a three story wide-open space with a grand staircase and tucked-in spaces for students to gather;  550-seat PNC Theatre whose backstage is visible from the street, offering a glimpse into performing arts classes; main floor which includes a paint shop, 2,738-square-foot sound stage three stories high, 15-foot-high catwalk and 24-foot-high ceilings to provide professional-level learning opportunities to students in multiple disciplines, including cinematography, audio work, lighting work and aesthetics.

THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA

"The Economics of Biophilia" is a six-part, republication of “The Economics of Biophilic Design" by Terrapin Bright Green. Each part explores economic indicators as they relate to biophilic design in six sectors: workplace, health care, education, retail, hospitality, and community.

In today’s society, sectors across industry are reaping the economic benefits of biophilic design. By examining five of these sectors—workplaces, healthcare, retail stores, schools, and communities—we can begin to understand the fiscal implications of biophilic design across the economy. The numbers and percentages presented reflect powerful evidence that design and planning strategies informed by nature can lead to positive impacts on human health, child development, community safety, and worker satisfaction. These effects translate directly to increased profits.

Part 1: The Economics of Biophilia: Introduction
Part 2: The Economics of Biophilia: Workplace
Part 3: The Economics of Biophilia: Schools
Part 4: The Economics of Biophilia: Healthcare

IdeaPaint Launches WRITE and PROJECT Dry Erase Wallcoverings

Businesses and educational institutes report being fed up with their dry erase wallcoverings’ unsightly seams and their consistent staining and ghosting. They are looking for industry leading dry erase performance and would like to start using their walls within 24 hours after install.

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Benjamin Moore names “Metropolitan AF-690” its Color of the Year 2019

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

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Architectural color trends: conceptual inspiration to practical application

People rely on sight more than any other sense to take in information. The modern world makes it easier and more important than ever to share visual information. Color affects the interpretation of this visual information – both in terms of comprehending and remembering its meaning, and in relating and reacting to it. The color choice for a building’s exterior not only affects the people who work, shop, learn, heal and live inside it, but also those in neighboring buildings and even those passing by it.

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Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University Establishes a New Staging Ground for Cultural Development

A 90,411 square-foot theater complex, the Playhouse features a total of 91 rooms including a magnificent lobby with a three story wide-open space with a grand staircase and tucked-in spaces for students to gather;  550-seat PNC Theatre whose backstage is visible from the street, offering a glimpse into performing arts classes; main floor which includes a paint shop, 2,738-square-foot sound stage three stories high, 15-foot-high catwalk and 24-foot-high ceilings to provide professional-level learning opportunities to students in multiple disciplines, including cinematography, audio work, lighting work and aesthetics.

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INSTALL connects veterans to floorcovering industry

In April 2016, INSTALL and Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) forged a partnership calling on INSTALL contractors to sponsor veterans with the goal of bringing new skilled workers into the floorcovering industry through apprenticeships. Since then, more than 200 vets have shown interest in an apprenticeship and INSTALL is actively working to connect them to contractors for possible career opportunities.

ASLA Statement on IPCC Climate Change Report

A statement was released by Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects, in the wake of the report released October 8 by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition, a report issued in 2018 by the American Society of Landscape Architects, entitled Smart Policies for a Changing Climate, spells out design and planning solutions, as well as public policies, that can help engender resilient and climate-smart communities

San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz to close out Greenbuild

Informa Exhibitions and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced yesterday that the current mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Cruz, will address conference participants during the Closing Plenary at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place Nov. 14-16 in Chicago.

Kapolei, HI Mixed-Use Development, Designed by SVA Architects, Brings Retail and Homes to West Oahu’s Central Business District

Located at 1020 Wakea St., the three-acre Kulana Hale is bordered by Haumea, Wakea, Alohikea and Ala Kahawai Streets.  The $130 million mixed-use project will consist of three components developed in three phases.  Phase one will be a 13-story tower with 154 affordable senior rental units and ground floor retail space.  Phase two will add another 13-story tower with 143 family affordable units, as well as additional retail.  Phase three will add a one-story retail building.  Phase one of the project is expected to be complete by early 2020. 

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De Young Properties and ConSol Announce Largest CA Zero Energy Community

“To reach California’s ambitious climate and energy goals, we must push past status quo thinking to get the most out of each construction investment,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the Energy Commission’s lead on energy efficiency and buildings. “Research projects like De Young’s RidgeView create new possibilities for building affordable, sustainable and comfortable homes in the real world.”

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DXA Studio to Design Addition to Willem de Kooning’s Former Studio

The proposed 3 story addition will be composed of slumped, reflective glazing that’s curved form references the organic and spontaneous qualities of the art work of de Kooning and his contemporaries.  “We felt the reflective nature of the glass could serve to capture the kinetic quality of the surroundings, broadcasting back color, textures, and movement, helping us see the world around us in a different way,” said Partner Jordan Rogove.  “The reflection also turns the lens back on New York City, a place forever changed by the immense contributions of the New York School painters making it the capital of the art world for the first time.”

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Guide to Green Building Products – Product of the Week

The company’s newest product, MicroCoil allows architects, designers and facility managers to maximize clear openings by significantly reducing coil size. Instead of a 24” headroom requirement, MicroCoil reduces this number to just 13”, making it an important product for meeting ADA Standards for renovated parking facilities and other structures.

The company’s newest product, MicroCoil allows architects, designers and facility managers to maximize clear openings by significantly reducing coil size. Instead of a 24” headroom requirement, MicroCoil reduces this number to just 13”, making it an important product for meeting ADA Standards for renovated parking facilities and other structures.

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