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Water Street Tampa first to achieve WELL Design & Operations Designation for Global Wellness Standard for Communities

Strategic Property Partners, LLC last month announced that Water Street Tampa, the 56-acre mixed-use waterfront neighborhood that is completely transforming the city’s downtown, has achieved the WELL Design & Operations designation under the WELL Community Standard, the first neighborhood to do so globally. The vision for Water Street Tampa revolves around the philosophy that thoughtfully designed buildings are only as good as the spaces between them. Designed by Reed Hilderbrand, a Cambridge-based landscape architecture firm that serves as the master landscape architect, and master planner Elkus Manfredi Architects, a renowned Boston-based global firm, the vibrant waterfront neighborhood will feature public spaces designed to improve the health and wellbeing of those visiting, living and working within the neighborhood.

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Wausau adds architectural sales representatives

Wausau Window and Wall Systems has added five architectural sales representatives. They work locally with owners, architects and design professionals, contractors and construction teams to assist with product selection for high-performance window and curtainwall systems on commercial building projects.

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Behr Paint reveals 2020 Color Trends palette, forecasting revitalizing appeal across the globe

“Each color in the 2020 Color Trends palette evokes an organic beauty that resonates with both modern and traditional commercial environments, from renovated industrial office spaces to hospitality venues,” says Erika Woelfel, Vice President of Color and Creative Services at Behr Paint Company. “As residential and commercial design trends continue to blend, this eclectic palette of balanced neutrals, earthy greens, lavish oranges and more will offer professional designers and DIYers an opportunity to transform spaces into experiences that not only enhance the aesthetic of an environment, but impact how people feel.”

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Broadview Holding completes acquisition of Formica Group

Broadview Holding announced Monday that it has completed the $840 million (U.S. dollars) acquisition of Cincinnati-based Formica Group from Fletcher Building. The sale includes Formica businesses in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as its Homapal metal laminates business. Formica Group invented laminate in 1913 and remains a leading provider of branded, designed surfacing solutions for commercial and residential customers worldwide. Broadview Holding also owns Trespa (the global leader in exterior HPL cladding), Arpa (well known for its innovative Fenix product line), and Westag (manufacturer of doors, elements and surfaces with a significant footprint in Germany).

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Emerging evidence points to a positive association between nature and mental health

VELUX Skylights released findings that depict modern society’s vanishing relationship with the natural environment. In the US, 63% of participants said they on average only spend one hour or less a day in nature, but 88% agreed they would like to spend more time. In addition, 71% of the US participants said they believe nature, daylight and fresh air have a positive impact on stress levels while 69% agreed that those factors have a positive impact on mental well-being. A separate study, commissioned by the VELUX Group and published by RAND Europe, finds emerging evidence for a positive association between nature and mental health.

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IdeaPaint™ expands line of dry erase wallcoverings; launches new magnetic, dry erase wallcovering products

In 2018 IdeaPaint™ developed a series of dry erase wallcovering solutions, IdeaPaint WRITE and PROJECT. In 2019, IdeaPaint is launching MAG and ALL-IN-ONE wallcoverings, which help increase the functionality of workplaces and classrooms by offering users not just dry erase functionality, but also magnetic strength and the ability to project with standard projection equipment.

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Covestro showcases solutions for cities and homes of tomorrow at AIA 2019

Covestro will showcase its solutions for efficient buildings and long-lasting infrastructure that comprise the cities and homes of the future at AIA 2019. Steven Reinstadtler, marketing manager, Construction Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants, Covestro LLC, will discuss the sustainability market drivers and aesthetic preferences for floor coatings and how they contribute to the satisfaction of building occupants.

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New AAMA document delivers design guidelines for exterior shading devices

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released a new technical information report providing design considerations for exterior shading devices such as aluminum sun shades, glass awnings, deep snap on covers and louvered shading devices with outriggers. AAMA TIR-A16-19, “Design of Exterior Shading Devices,” was developed to offer design considerations for manufacturers, architects and other members of the design team, as well as present important information for those responsible for facilities maintenance.

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Sto Corp. introduces Sto Intelligent Technology + Design (iQ)™ (Sto iQ Technology™) coatings program

“With iQ Technology, our focus is on the functionality and added value our coatings bring to the building owner and long-term investor,” said Amanda Poole, Associate Product Manager for Coatings for Sto Corp.  “iQ Technology combines functionality with design to offer more than the basic aesthetic features of a coating, rather, they incorporate scientific principles from nature to provide functionality that protects against environmental stimuli which degrade the performance of the coating.”  

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The YUW 750 TU is a thermally broken, unitized curtain wall that delivers a high level of design versatility and performance, regardless of climate or location. In addition to the fast, easy installation benefits of being unitized, it offers design freedom with options for a 2 1/2 inch captured frame or a 4-sided structural silicone glazed frame with zero sightline for a modern look. Sustainable performance is achieved with a U-value of 0.41 Btu/hr ft2 oF or less. Additionally, the YUW 750 TU easily interfaces with sun shades to yield greater performance. Visit ykkap.com to learn more.

The YUW 750 TU is a thermally broken, unitized curtain wall that delivers a high level of design versatility and performance, regardless of climate or location. In addition to the fast, easy installation benefits of being unitized, it offers design freedom with options for a 2 1/2 inch captured frame or a 4-sided structural silicone glazed frame with zero sightline for a modern look. Sustainable performance is achieved with a U-value of 0.41 Btu/hr ft2 oF or less. Additionally, the YUW 750 TU easily interfaces with sun shades to yield greater performance. Visit ykkap.com to learn more.

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