Author: Emma Kapp, Publisher of PRISM

Solutions to today’s challenges in education facility design: Q&A with SCB

PRISM was given the opportunity to ask four experts at SCB about their experience planning and designing education facilities, and the solutions they provide to overcome today’s challenges and create sustainable and attractive learning environments. SCB Is involved in the planning and design a number of prominent education facility projects including University of California, Merced, and the Loyola University Chicago.

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Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

To achieve a truly sustainable built environment, organizations such as the DVGBC are driving the green building movement in local communities across the country. The DVGBC is working diligently to get everyone on board, provide forums in which to share best practices and promote the importance of green building and sustainability. PRISM was given the opportunity to ask Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, questions about their current green buildings programs as well as their goals to further sustainability in the built environment in this region.

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Biomimicry in architectural design: The Bullitt Center

The idea for this article originated from an evening of watching “Xploration Nature Knows Best” from Steve Rotfield Productions. The episode, “Biobased Buildings” with host Danni Washington, encompassed a cohesive discussion on products and buildings that mimic nature — biomimicry in design. The show included two examples of biomimicry in design, StoColor® Lotusan® and the Bullitt Center.

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Happy new year!

As we end 2016, PRISM marks the close of its first year as an online publication for the architectural built environment. As publisher of PRISM, I am truly grateful for the all of the editorial support we have received from our contributors — from building material manufacturers to architect and design firms. Maybe it’s my age, but I tend to reflect at the close of each year. Part of this reflection included a look at the articles which received the most views. Just curious to see what our readers enjoyed the most. Much to my delight “New healing green...

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Don’t just dip your toes in the water

I received this press release yesterday and wanted to publish this as gender equality is something for which we women still strive.  Kim Wright is an example of the strides women have made in a once predominantly male dominated world, and also a role model to younger women who might be hesitant to dip their toes into the building world. Words of wisdom women: don’t just hang your feet over the edge, jump in! Wright Commissioning Certified as a Minority Business Enterprise University City firm well-positioned for government projects Philadelphia (April 2016) — Wright Commissioning, the Philadelphia region’s only independent building commissioning firm, has been certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Eastern Division. The MBE certification makes the firm eligible for various civic, municipal and government projects. “As a woman and a double minority, I’m pleased with the certification and am hopeful that it will enhance the success of our business,” said Kim Wright, CEO, a Hispanic- and Asian-American. “But it continues to be true that many woman and minority-owned businesses have a long way to go to achieve revenues on par with male and non-minority owned firms.” To qualify for MBE certification, a business must be 51% owned, operated and controlled by a member of an identified minority group. The business must be a for-profit enterprise that physically resides in the...

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Photo: College of the Atlantic’s Great Duck Island, a research station for exploring the human ecology of Maine's coastal islands. Photo credit: Darron Collins

College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College and Sterling College take top three spots on Sierra’s “Cool Schools” list. Photo: College of the Atlantic’s Great Duck Island, a research station for exploring the human ecology of Maine's coastal islands. Photo credit: Darron Collins

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