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Award-winning Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School expansion in Chicago by Wheeler Kearns Architects

The Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School expansion by Wheeler Kearns Architects was presented with three Design Excellence Awards from AIA Chicago at its virtual ceremony on Friday November 13. The project received a Distinguished Building Award and two Divine Detail Awards, for the Tallit (exterior brick) and the Makom Rina (sacred space). The firm’s design expresses the building’s unique identity, celebrating its religious and cultural heritage, while providing an innovative and sustainable learning environment.

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LMN Architects celebrates the completion of the Plant Sciences Building at Washington State University

LMN Architects is pleased to celebrate the opening of the Plant Sciences Building at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. The latest addition to the V. Lane Rawlins Research and Education Complex, the $66 million building was funded by the Washington State Legislature. The project is a state-of-the-art building for collaborative research and is intended to support regional and global agriculture. The 82,437-square-foot building supports Washington’s $51 billion food and agriculture industry by providing a modern research venue for faculty and students in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, WSU’s Molecular Plant Science Program, and portions of the Departments of Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Crop and Soil Sciences.

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BIA launches new US-Canada Industrywide Clay Brick EPD

A new United States-Canada Industrywide Clay Brick Environmental Product Declaration (Brick Industrywide EPD) has been completed, third-party certified and published, reflecting data associated with the manufacture of units that comply with nearly every currently active ASTM clay brick specification.                                                                     

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FMA, FGIA, WDMA release new guidelines for replacement of windows without removal of exterior brick veneer

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA), the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have released a new document focused on replacement windows. FMA/AAMA/WDMA 2710-20, Guidelines for the Full Frame Replacement of Windows without Removal of Exterior Brick Veneer, covers the replacement of windows in residential and light commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height, utilizing a membrane/drainage system, a surface barrier drainage or a wall system without a reliable membrane drainage system.

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Brickworks opens first North American Design Studio in Philadelphia

Brickworks North America Corporation, the parent company of Glen-Gery Corporation, announced Tuesday the Grand Opening of its first North American Design Studio located in Philadelphia. “We’re incredibly thrilled to debut our first North American Brickworks Design Studio in Philadelphia to meet the contemporary style needs of today’s architects and designers,” said Mark Ellenor, President, Brickworks North America. “An increasing number of design-focused professionals are choosing brick because of its limitless creative potential. Available in a variety of colors, textures, sizes, and shapes, brick is a multi-dimensional building material that can add history and personality to any project.”

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BIA opens entries for 2020 Brick in Architecture Awards

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has opened entries for the 2020 Brick in Architecture Awards — launching a new overall Craftsmanship Award honoring exceptionally artful installation. “There’s no limit to brick’s unmatched design freedom and its integral role in sustainable design,” said BIA President Ray Leonhard.

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Ainsworth & Dunn in Seattle

The historic Ainsworth & Dunn (A&D) Building was built in 1902 as a warehouse for the salmon packing company Ainsworth & Dunn. It embodies the historic relationship between industrial warehouses, their waterfront piers, and the railroad. When the building changed hands in 2015, its new owner sought to honor and preserve the warehouse while integrating it into a larger mixed-use development. The project included the adaptive re-use of, and third story addition to, the A&D Building, construction of a six-story mixed-use apartment building directly to its south, and pedestrian improvements on all sides.

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Western Specialty Contractors restores Millington High School gym façade in Tennessee

Western Specialty Contractors was recently contracted through The Garland Company to restore Millington High School’s gymnasium. Once the repairs were complete, crews sealed the entire façade with Garland’s Seal-A-Pore™, a clear sealer that forms an invisible water repellent surface over exterior masonry substrates that allows the building to maintain its original appearance.

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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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BIA fires up 2020 brick trends

As brick showrooms reopen around the country, fresh trends are emerging in residential and commercial applications. Brick Industry Association (BIA) member manufacturers report that monochromatic colors at both ends of the spectrum are the top new home and commercial trends—primarily whites, blacks, light and mid- to dark grays.

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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.

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