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Category: Biophilic design

Stantec-XL Construction start construction on new UC Davis Health Administrative Building

Stantec and XL Construction have started construction of new administrative office spaces for UC Davis Health, designed to support members of the university’s executive leadership team, as well as employees in the finance, revenue, and IT departments. The state-of-the-art facility will provide a central location for these operational groups, include dedicated lab space for research and prototyping, and comfortably accommodate the university’s current team while providing flexibility for future growth.

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Using biophilic design to create spaces that support health and wellness

Stantec recently sponsored a research project to identify the impact biophilic design has on holistic wellbeing with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, directly measuring physiological, emotional, and cognitive wellness. Our study results show that by leveraging these patterns of biophilia we can create a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. In total there are fourteen patterns broken out in three main categories that focus on nature in the space, nature of the space, and natural analogues. Many are easy to implement if programmed early into the design process and offer the ability to create truly immersive experiences.

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Sherwin-Williams unveils Urbane Bronze as 2021 color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams announces its 2021 Color of the Year: Urbane Bronze SW 7048. “Urbane Bronze is just one more way to bring in nature through design and is a great color to accentuate window trim, columns and accent walls in commercial spaces,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It works well with other elements of biophilic design, including large, light-filled spaces and indoor greenery.”

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COOKFOX-designed residential building tops out at Water Street Tampa

Designed by COOKFOX Architects in partnership with Florida-based O’Donnell Dannwolf & Partners Architects (“ODP”), with interiors by Washington D.C.-based firm Edit Lab at Streetsense, the new residential building features 388 new homes. Situated in the heart of the world’s first WELL-certified community, 1011 East Cumberland Avenue embodies COOKFOX’s signature biophilic design philosophy, which integrates elements like organic materials, floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light and local plants to create positive emotional responses and reduce stress among residents.

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Understory at The Spheres in Seattle

Understory at The Spheres is a multifunctional exhibit and visitor center designed to tell the story of The Spheres, Amazon’s iconic and wholly unique insertion into the heart of Seattle. The exhibit unravels the complexity of the architecture and engineering and the very idea behind bringing people closer to nature on a daily basis in the heart of the city.

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Holistic design for first-of-its-kind water reuse initiative

Working alongside Denver Water, the General Contractor Mortenson Construction and the Owner’s Representative Trammell Crow, the Stantec designed building is not only on track for LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy use, but it also stands poised to introduce the most revolutionary approach to office scaled water conservation and reuse in the State of Colorado. The building’s sustainable features include: onsite solar; a radiant slab powered by the complex’s central utility plant to conserve heat and energy; a high-efficiency triple pane-glazed window system; and biophilic design.

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Stantec supports Harvard study that shows incorporating natural elements indoors reduces stress and improves creativity

Stantec announced last month that is supporting a company-sponsored biophilic design research through the Healthy Building Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Biophilic design is a strategic approach to incorporate nature into the built environment. The research shows that biophilic design can improve holistic wellness and key cognitive functions, boosting key critical business metrics.

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How to design sustainable public infrastructure in 2020 and beyond

“To begin, I believe we must start with and fully embrace the fact that the design process is not linear. It is circular. Good design must allow for questioning previous decisions and acknowledge that perhaps other ideas and methods can and should be incorporated. A circular design process enables exponential change and advancement. We must not start with just “thinking” about green building materials. The challenge really is: How do we question everything so that the design truly manifests into a sustainable project?” explains author Luis Vidal, President & Founding Partner of luis vidal + architects.

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Zaha Hadid Architects to build CECEP’s new Shanghai headquarters

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected to build the new Shanghai headquarters of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP). The project has been designed to be the ‘greenest’ building in the city with sustainability embedded into every aspect of its design and construction to achieve more than 90 credits in China’s exacting Three Star Green Building Rating system – the highest score for any building in Shanghai.

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Wellness-focused Knot Springs flows inside Portland, Oregon’s YARD

Inspired by the natural hot springs of the Alvord Desert, Skylab-designed Knot Springs is a wellness-focused social club situated within YARD on Portland’s Central Eastside. The spa opens up to the landscape, while the club spans both the 4th and 5th levels of YARD, allowing easy movement through a central open-air hallway. Knot Springs’ palette draws inspiration from elemental materials, the pools of water and space are constructed of wood, glass, steel, and concrete.

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