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Margulies Perruzzi designs award-winning patient experience for Home Base Veteran and Family Care Center

Completed in 2018, Margulies Perruzzi-designed Home Base’s new 26,422 SF facility in Charlestown, Mass. doubles the organization’s program capacity and delivers a broad range of key innovations to its facility design, providing the space and resources needed to significantly enhance the mental healthcare and support services provided to U.S. service members, veterans, and their families dealing with “invisible wounds.” The new facility also combines wellness, nutrition and fitness into a first-of-its-kind brain health center.

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A sound solution for a school’s building envelope

Hutteball + Oremus Architecture of nearby Kirkland, Washington, was awarded the contract to design the new Des Moines Elementary School, with architect Ingrida Sanders acting as designer and project manager. “This is the first time we’ve designed a project to meet strict noise standards,” Sanders explained. “All the products we specified for the building envelope, from sheathing to glazing to roof board, had to meet certain Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings to comply with health department administrative code and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.”

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Five ceiling trends to consider for your next project

Robert Marshall, Senior Technical Manager, CertainTeed Ceilings, discusses the top trends in ceilings, from color, shapes and materials to sustainable ceiling products which support wellness and offer acoustic control. “Whether you are motivated by biophilic design to integrate natural looks into your project, working to enhance the wellbeing of a space’s occupants or simply looking to make a bold design statement, there’s a ceiling trend to inspire. Influenced by larger trends in commercial design, ceilings play an integral role in achieving the overall design vision of any space. As we rapidly approach 2020, here’s a look at some key trends driving commercial ceilings.

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New FELTWorks™ Blades from Armstrong redefine ceiling plane with soft visual that quiets interior spaces

Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions announces new FELTWorks™ Blades, which enable architects and designers to redefine the ceiling plane with a soft, linear visual that adds quiet and warmth to interior spaces. Made from up to 50 percent post-consumer recycled PET fibers, panels absorb up to 70 percent of the sound that strikes them, states the company.

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Armstrong® Lyra® PB Direct-Apply and InvisAcoustics™ ceiling and wall panels can now be installed with ceiling adhesive

The most common complaint of occupants in open or exposed structure design is noise. Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions says smooth textured Lyra PB Direct-Apply and InvisAcoustics panels both offer architects, designers, and owners a cost effective way to reduce unwanted sound in exposed structure spaces, including both new construction and retrofit applications. 

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Aercoustics designed by iN STUDIO, sounds better than it appears

Deanna Hayko, Partner, iN STUDIO, explains “Aercoustics’ work is revolutionizing the sound engineering industry, and we wanted to make sure their office was as innovative and creative as they are. We focused on displaying Aercoustics’ progressive culture and creating an environment to fully equip the team for what they do best – making our spaces sound terrific.”

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

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