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Kinestral Technologies appoints new chief executive officer

Kinestral Technologies, developer and manufacturer of Halio® smart-tinting glass, announced last week the appointment of Bruce Sohn as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Sohn will be instrumental in helping Kinestral continue its momentum as the company rapidly scales to meet the growing demand for Halio smart-tinting glass globally.

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The Night Ministry in Chicago designed for refuge and recovery

The Night Ministry’s new home in Chicago, designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, provides an oasis for security, independence, and safety for young adults facing adversity. The new headquarters is located in the “Mural Building” – a prominent manufacturing building known for its large murals that cover the North, East, and South Elevations along a busy Chicago expressway.

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HGA-designed Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park, Minn., on track to achieve Zero Energy Certification

Sitting on 160 acres of forest, marsh and restored prairie in the heart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is the new Westwood Hills Nature Center interpretive center. As a demonstration in support of their Green Building Policy and Climate Action Plan, the City of St. Louis Park, challenged HGA to create a zero energy building to serve as a teaching tool, demonstrating passive and active strategies for energy efficiency and stormwater management, in addition to showcasing interpretive exhibits highlighting Minnesota’s landscape and wildlife habitat. The project reinforces the city’s long legacy of environmental stewardship.

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Architectural zinc façade and wall cladding systems offer sustainable advantage

Zinc has a long and well-developed history as a building material. For more than 200 years it has been used to clad and roof buildings in Europe. During the last several decades, it has gained popularity on North American buildings for its sustainability, resiliency, recyclability and versatility. The benefits of architectural zinc products support criteria for several state and federal green building initiatives, and programs including BREEAM® certification, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Green Globes system and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system.

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Making education safer

Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association, discusses how window films may cost-effectively address safety and health concerns that keep school leaders up at night. Window films from the International Window Film Association (IWFA) member manufacturers are rated for their performance by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) as are replacement windows. The IWFA is the largest nonprofit organization in the world with a mission of promoting the use of and educating the market about window films.

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Designing dynamic building enclosures with wind-driven kinetic façade systems

Wind-driven facade systems add dynamic movement to building enclosures and wall systems. Responding to air currents, the flapper-panel design creates the look of rolling waves across the wall. These systems are suitable for both small- and large-scale projects. Popular applications include transit and parking facilities, cultural institutions, entertainment venues, and artistic installations.

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The Night Ministry in Chicago designed for refuge and recovery

The Night Ministry’s new home in Chicago, designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, provides an oasis for security, independence, and safety for young adults facing adversity. The new headquarters is located in the “Mural Building” – a prominent manufacturing building known for its large murals that cover the North, East, and South Elevations along a busy Chicago expressway.

Benjamin Moore unveils Aegean Teal 2136-40 as Color of the Year 2021

Benjamin Moore has just revealed its Color of the Year 2021 as Aegean Teal 2136-40 – an intriguing blue-green that creates natural harmony and invites us to reflect and reset. Rooted in the elegant, handspun textures of the home, the Color Trends 2021 palette comforts as it uplifts.

Kinestral Technologies appoints new chief executive officer

Kinestral Technologies, developer and manufacturer of Halio® smart-tinting glass, announced last week the appointment of Bruce Sohn as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Sohn will be instrumental in helping Kinestral continue its momentum as the company rapidly scales to meet the growing demand for Halio smart-tinting glass globally.

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Construction commences on award-winning tower The Wedge

The Wedge, a sustainable new residential tower by Cox Developments in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada has commenced construction. The highly sustainable development was designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, with numerous eco-friendly elements like water conservation, active on-site power generation, sustainable materials, natural ventilation, daylighting, and strategic sun control to name a few.  The Wedge will also offer ground-floor commercial space.  The development was designed by San Diego and Vancouver-based AVRP Skyport and is being built by Blackrete Builders Inc.  Construction commenced August 1 2020, and is anticipated to be complete early 2023.

Building Seismic Safety Council updates earthquake design provisions for FEMA

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) recently updated seismic provisions for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The 2020 NEHRP Provisions (FEMA P-2082) were developed by BSSC and published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of an ongoing program to advance national seismic design standards and model building codes.

American Society of Interior Designers looks to the future of design, industry and profession in new resiliency report

As all industries tackle the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has sought to understand the resiliency of the design industry and profession through times of uncertainty. The 2020 ASID Interior Design Resiliency Report has released the results from its first phase, conducted during the summer of 2020 in partnership with Cosentino, Benjamin Moore and Emerald to further investigate interior design resilience by examining the impact of the pandemic, the response from the interior design community and the changes necessary in design to move forward.

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Montana Heritage Center in Helena

The design of the Montana Heritage Center in Helena, including a 66,000 square feet expansion and renovation to nearly 67,000 square feet of existing space, is led by Cushing Terrell and is anticipated to be completed in 2024. Taking inspiration from the state’s geology, the new expansion will appear to emerge from the earth, symbolically referencing the Lewis Overthrust, the geophysical collision of tectonic plates that drove one plate over another and helped to define Montana’s landscape.

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Iconic Tammany Hall in Union Square is unveiled

The completely upgraded Tammany Hall as 44 Union Square in New York City is now a Class A commercial building with a restored historic street façade and a three-story glass and steel dome addition. The dome features 19-foot ceilings and creates a unique, light-filled space with soaring views overlooking Union Square and beyond. BKSK designed a stunning and effective space, taking inspiration for the dome’s design from the property’s historical association with the Tammany Society, which was named after Chief Tamanend – the respected leader of the Lenape People – who signed a treaty of peaceful coexistence with William Penn in 1680.

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Macy’s New York historic façade refreshed with windows finished by Linetec

A refreshed, renovated, historic, four-story façade greets visitors to the redesigned and re-opened Macy’s department store at 422 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. The windows on the second, third and fourth floors were replaced to improve the exterior appearance of the ornate, cast-iron façade. In total, 63 aluminum-framed windows were supplied with panning by Winco Windows. All of Winco’s aluminum material was finished by Linetec in a Key Lime soft green color to complement the historic façade’s palette.

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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.

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