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Architecture Billings Index decreases in June

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Wednesday the latest numbers for the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for June. According the report demand for services decreased in June to 49.1, in comparison to 50.2 in May.

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Chicago Union Station’s renovate Great Hall features new skylight finished by Linetec

Soaring 115 feet above the floor, the renovated station’s Great Hall now features a two-tier skylight system: the original restored, 177-foot-long, barrel-vault system and a new, 187-foot long, high-performance system installed approximately five feet above it by Super Sky Products Enterprises LLC. Enhancing the durability and minimizing future maintenance, Linetec finished the new skylight’s aluminum framing in a Bone White, 70% PVDF resin-based architectural coating.

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INSTALL announces expanded partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs, addition of fourth Master Construction Specification

“The relationship between INSTALL and the VA has resulted in some of the most impressive installations in the healthcare industry,” said John T. McGrath, executive director, INSTALL. “By adding resilient sheet flooring to its Master Construction Specifications, the organization will safeguard future projects by working with trained, certified and professional contractors.”

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New assisted living and memory care community to open this fall

OZ Architecture has designed a new 126,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care community, Atria Westminster, in the City of Westminster, Colorado. OZ Architecture designed the five-story residential building with classic brick and stucco exterior and gabled roof to create congruity within the surrounding neighborhood, while interior design elements recall the natural landscape and iconic Colorado red rock formations.

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707 Fifth office tower offers an attractive, energy-efficient, comfortable workplace in downtown Calgary

The new 707 Fifth “AAA” office tower designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), features a distinctive, curved glass appearance with high energy-efficiency and a comfortable interior. In spite of the cold climate, the 27-story, 564,000-square-foot (52,400m²) building met its energy targets, due in part, to the use of Technoform’s TGI® Spacer M in the triple-glazed, curtain wall system. The curtain wall relies on TNG’s bent, triple-pane insulated glazing units with two low-e coatings from G-Crystal Glass Group.

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Polyglass adds granule-free end lap to Polyflex® G for ease of installation

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. announces that Polyflex® G APP granulated cap sheet for heat-welded applications now feature patented FASTLap® technology.  Designed for significant labor savings and easier installs, FASTLap is a granule-free end lap that allows for a more reliable seal at roll-end. Polyflex G is an APP modified bitumen roofing membrane specially designed for heat-welded applications.

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Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announces initial keynote speakers for 10th World Congress 2019

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the initial keynote speakers for the 10th World Congress, which will be held in Chicago from Monday, October 28 to Saturday, November 2, 2019. Speakers include Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group; Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Moshe Safdie of Safdie Architects; and Joe Berridge of Urban Strategies, Inc.

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ICP Group introduces Environmental Restoration Group

“The Environmental Restoration Group is an exciting new part of our story,” said Sam De Ath, founder of Benefect and Vice President of the Environmental Restoration Group. “Both Fiberlock and Benefect have unique advantages, enabling both brands to continue as market leaders. Our intent in forming this new group is to preserve those advantages while offering our customers broader, more comprehensive solutions for any environmental challenge they may be facing all while providing performance, perfecting safety, and pursuing solutions.”

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New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed are the first LEED-certified New York City Department of Sanitation facilities. Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design teamed up to design New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. The 2,600 custom perforated aluminum solar fins, “float” off the building masonry base and reduce the building’s solar heat. The louvers were protected with IFS Coatings’ IFS 500 FP, a Lumiflon-enriched product.  Read more

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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