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National Association of Broadcasters headquarters at One M, D.C., features Rockfon ceiling systems

An 11-story, 118,000-square-foot, Class A office building, One M was developed by Monument Realty as a built-to-suit project for The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Serving 150 NAB employees and its membership, Hickok Cole Architects created the interiors for the new headquarters, and selected a combination of Rockfon ceiling systems to support the building project’s sustainability and aesthetic goals, and to achieve the critical balance of light and sound appreciated by broadcasters.

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Construction completed on transformative Dallas County South Dallas Government Center designed by KAI

The recently completed Dallas County South Dallas Government Center designed by KAI, thoughtfully combines the amenities of a modern, sustainable facility with a socially conscious design emphasizing justice equality. “An emerging theme on how architecture and the construction process can speak towards the inequities of our society has evolved. As a governmental facility, the architecture, art integration, and design embrace a theme of restorative justice,” said Derwin Broughton, AIA, NCARB, Principal at KAI. “The undertone of the project is rooted in the ideal of restorative justice which elevates the human experience by promoting equitable environments and opportunities for people from all walks of life.”

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Cradle to Cradle® inspired “Project Legacy” building, designed by William McDonough + Partners, comes to life

William McDonough + Partners celebrates the opening of “Project Legacy,” the landmark 20,000 square meter building designed by William McDonough + Partners for Universidad EAN (UEAN) in Bogotá, Colombia. Instruction in the building will center on Cradle to Cradle and Circular Economy principles, but Project Legacy has already become a “living lab” for sustainability, and has proven, in conjunction with the University, the City of Bogotá, and local construction and building materials industries, that green building projects can support Circular Economy ecosystems.

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New ACI Reinforced Concrete Design Handbook available

The American Concrete Institute has released the new ACI Reinforced Concrete Design Handbook as a three-volume handbook providing guidance to professionals engaged in the design of reinforced concrete structures. The ACI Reinforced Concrete Design Handbook is available in print, as a digital download, and as part of the new ACI 318 PLUS subscription.

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Considering building performance during conceptual design

“Specifying the right materials can be challenging but it is crucial for several reasons. Building materials have a great impact on both capital and operational costs, as well as overall energy and thermal performance. Early-stage analysis tools greatly support the specification process by allowing architects to test and compare material variables for different building elements with incredible speed. By providing insights into the impact of material properties such as glass U-values, roof R-values, insulation and construction type, early-stage analysis tools empower designers to specify the right materials,” states Sumele Aruofor, RIBA Associate, Strategic Manager of Architecture & Sustainability at Trimble, SketchUp, in her article “Considering building performance during conceptual design.”

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Protecting documentary heritage with a state-of-the-art preservation facility

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s new preservation facility in Gatineau, Quebec brought a challenge that felt both patriotic and historically important — preserving the documentary heritage of Canada. The ultra-modern facility will be the first net zero carbon building dedicated to the preservation of archives in the Americas, and it will also be the first Government of Canada building to meet the requirements of the Greening Government Strategy. Stantec is providing professional services to PCL Construction—as part of a public-private-partnership team named Plenary Properties Gatineau, and in collaboration with B+H Architects—on this state-of-the-art project.

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Using biophilic design to create spaces that support health and wellness

Stantec recently sponsored a research project to identify the impact biophilic design has on holistic wellbeing with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, directly measuring physiological, emotional, and cognitive wellness. Our study results show that by leveraging these patterns of biophilia we can create a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. In total there are fourteen patterns broken out in three main categories that focus on nature in the space, nature of the space, and natural analogues. Many are easy to implement if programmed early into the design process and offer the ability to create truly immersive experiences.

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Cradle to Cradle® inspired “Project Legacy” building, designed by William McDonough + Partners, comes to life

William McDonough + Partners celebrates the opening of “Project Legacy,” the landmark 20,000 square meter building designed by William McDonough + Partners for Universidad EAN (UEAN) in Bogotá, Colombia. Instruction in the building will center on Cradle to Cradle and Circular Economy principles, but Project Legacy has already become a “living lab” for sustainability, and has proven, in conjunction with the University, the City of Bogotá, and local construction and building materials industries, that green building projects can support Circular Economy ecosystems.

Construction completed on transformative Dallas County South Dallas Government Center designed by KAI

The recently completed Dallas County South Dallas Government Center designed by KAI, thoughtfully combines the amenities of a modern, sustainable facility with a socially conscious design emphasizing justice equality. “An emerging theme on how architecture and the construction process can speak towards the inequities of our society has evolved. As a governmental facility, the architecture, art integration, and design embrace a theme of restorative justice,” said Derwin Broughton, AIA, NCARB, Principal at KAI. “The undertone of the project is rooted in the ideal of restorative justice which elevates the human experience by promoting equitable environments and opportunities for people from all walks of life.”

Accomplished women from BNBuilders, FPBA, and PMA lead Healthpeak’s Callan Ridge project

With Women’s History Month placing a renewed focus on women’s contributions, female leaders from BNBuilders, Project Management Advisors, Inc. (PMA), and Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects (FPBA) have united for Healthpeak’s Callan Ridge project.  Located at 3020 & 3030 Callan Rd., the Callan Ridge project includes two new premier scientific research buildings in the heart of San Diego’s Torrey Pines Science Park. 

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ACI to host Concrete Conference on Fiber-Reinforced Polymers

The American Concrete Institute will be hosting the ACI Concrete Conference on Fiber-Reinforced Polymers virtually on June 1-2, 2021. The event will consist of six hours of technical presentations presented by industry experts over the course of two days.

Silicon Valley landmark competition winner announced

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley announced that Breeze of Innovation, designed by Fernando Jerez and Belén Pérez de Juan of SMAR Architecture Studio, has been named winner of the worldwide open ideas competition for an iconic landmark in Silicon Valley. The competition jury, comprised of local, national, and international design and place-making experts, selected the winner from an impressive 963 submissions from 72 countries on six continents. Located at Arena Green at Guadalupe Park and Gardens in San José, the project is slated to go before the San José City Council in May 2021 for approval of the winning design.

Dodge Momentum Index increases in April led by institutional planning

The Dodge Momentum Index posted an 8.6% gain in April. April’s gain marks the fifth consecutive monthly increase, and similar to February and March, was due to a large increase in institutional buildings entering the planning stage while commercial planning eased by less than one percent.

New ACI Reinforced Concrete Design Handbook available

The American Concrete Institute has released the new ACI Reinforced Concrete Design Handbook as a three-volume handbook providing guidance to professionals engaged in the design of reinforced concrete structures. The ACI Reinforced Concrete Design Handbook is available in print, as a digital download, and as part of the new ACI 318 PLUS subscription.

ASID tackles changing industry landscape with 2021 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report

Following a tumultuous 2020, all industries are seeking insight and assurances as 2021 gets into full swing. To keep interior design practitioners and professionals on the cusp of these relevant changes as related to global trends, economic indicators, and beyond, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released its annual Outlook and State of Interior Design Report.

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HBA completes redesign of Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Hirsch Bedner Associates San Francisco (HBA) has completed the redesign and expansion of Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Immersed in refined modern mountain luxury, the design of the new boutique hotel experience embodies its magnificent alpine setting and the surrounding culture of Whistler, layered with warmth and elegance.

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Historic Newark Symphony Hall unveils new façade, streetscape design

Newark Symphony Hall (NSH), New Jersey’s largest Black-led arts and entertainment venue, today unveiled designs for its exterior renovation – part of a five-year, three-phase $50 million project set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton, N.J.-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), includes a new marquee and streetscape.

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The Whitney Hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill

The Whitney Hotel is a new, 65-room boutique hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill. Named after prominent industrialist and former owner Henry Melville Whitney, the project comprises the historic John Jeffries House, originally constructed in 1908 as nurses’ housing for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The building was reconfigured, renovated, and expanded with a four-story addition on an adjacent parking lot that includes an additional 21 hotel rooms, the main entrance, and lobby. It also houses Peregrine, a Mediterranean restaurant/bar by an award-winning owner duo.

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International design team unveils Perla on Broadway Tower in Los Angeles

An international team of developers, contractors, architects, interior designers and art consultants have opened Perla on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. Perla is the first residential high rise built in the downtown Historic Core in over a century. And, because the wealth of historic buildings and development restrictions prevent new construction, it is also likely to be the only building of such height and size to rise in the neighborhood.

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