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SOLARBAN® glasses enhance sustainable design of award-winning John W. Olver Design Building

Local architects Leers Weinzapfel Associates (LWA) carefully considered the site, solar orientation and placement of an interior courtyard to maximize daylighting and reduce demand for artificial lighting in the John W. Olver Design Building. These tactics helped drop electrical load for the structure by 54% compared to an average university building. As part of the first and largest cross-laminated timber academic building in the U.S., Solarban® 60 and Solarban® 70 glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass raise the sustainable design bar for the LEED® Gold-certified facility, which encompasses 87,500 square feet of classroom, office and community space.

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Intrinsic School’s new downtown campus in Chicago

Wheeler Kearns Architects-designed Intrinsic School’s new downtown campus, located in the heart of Chicago, spans across five floors in one of the city’s oldest high-rise buildings. Converting a former office building into a school involved a complex process. The interior buildout was designed and constructed in three-phases, carefully coordinated around existing tenants and school opening deadlines. Significant fire-rating, egress, and building issues have been corrected and brought up to school codes, and historic features—such as the existing clay tile ceilings—are revealed and celebrated.

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MBH Architects completes mixed-use development, 300 Grant Ave.

MBH Architects announcse the completion of 300 Grant Ave., a ground-up, 70,000-square-foot retail and office mixed-use development located in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown shopping district. “Union Square is in many ways a representation of San Francisco itself, with its large and small, tall and short, colorful and quaint buildings, all standing shoulder to shoulder in incredible harmony,” says John McNulty, Founding Principal and Architect, MBH Architects. “Engaging with this sense of rhythm was one of our design goals; we were intent on bringing to life a building that is complementary to the neighborhood and adds to the enjoyment of walking and being in the area.”

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Call for entries to the ASLA Professional & Student Awards program

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Professional and Student Awards Program. “The ASLA Professional & Student Awards recognize the most innovative and impactful work  in the profession,” said Tom Mroz, FASLA, 2021 president of ASLA. “Our professional winners are leaders in the industry. Our student winners represent the best and brightest hope for the future. Each year, we get entries from all around the world. I can’t wait to see the creative projects this year’s Call for Entries brings.” 

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FGIA updates Performance Rating Method standard for mulled combination assemblies, more

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a mulled assemblies document. AAMA 450-20, Performance Rating Method for Mulled Combination Assemblies, Composite Units, and Other Mulled Fenestration Systems, was last updated in 2010. This FGIA performance rating method describes procedures and requirements for determining the air leakage, water resistance and structural performance of mulled fenestration systems.

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Affordable housing development is currently under construction in Santa Clara, California

Construction is underway on a new 100% affordable-housing community developed by St. Anton Communities in Santa Clara, California. The transit-oriented development is situated on 1.22 acres and located within the City’s Tasman East Specific Plan area. The sustainable, six-story residential community, designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning, prioritizes public transit and provides an efficient and connected living environment for the area’s lower-income workforce.

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Construction starts end 2020 on a sour note

Total construction starts lost 5% in December, falling to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $784.3 billion according to a new report by Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building starts fell 11% during the month, while nonbuilding starts were 5% lower.

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Two new International Code Council online code tools now available

The International Code Council launched two online building code tools for building safety professionals and the public to access free information about building code usage in their communities. “Building codes represent a highly cost-effective strategy to help protect communities from the risks posed by natural and man-made events,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We are very excited to launch these two databases that provide important code information that is useful to all community stakeholders.”

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Cradle to Cradle Certified products

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.