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Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s new Reid Health Services Center awarded LEED Gold certification

Hoefer Wysocki is pleased to announce that Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland (JBSA) Reid Health Services Center has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification. In collaboration with design-build partner JE Dunn Construction, the new two-story, 70,088-sq. ft. medical clinic includes 19 departments and offers primary care, pharmacy, clinical labs, and radiology services to more than 86,000 trainees in 130 units annually.

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Guardian glass features new bird-friendly product at AIA

Bird1st UV coated glass can be combined with Guardian SunGuard® coated glass products to bring value to new construction or retrofits by delivering desired performance and a neutral appearance with bird safety in mind. The product works with laminated glass to break up the reflectivity, making the UV vertical stripes visible to birds, but very subtle to the human eye.

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World’s tallest modular hotel set to rise in New York City this fall, highlighting Marriott International’s vision to disrupt the way buildings get built

“This is the moment where modular construction takes center stage,” says Danny Forster, a leading modular building advocate whose firm, Danny Forster & Architecture, designed the project. As he explains it, “This hotel takes every advantage of off-site manufacturing, as you might expect. But it does so in a way that defies expectation. We wanted to demonstrate that modular building can do more than just harness the efficiencies of the factory. It can produce a graceful and iconic tower. And yes, it can do so at the rate of an entire floor a day.”

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Historic armory transformed into student center with SCW3000 Series windows earns Preservation Massachusetts Robert H. Kuehn Award

St. Cloud Window Inc. is pleased to announce Springfield Technical Community College’s new Student Learning Commons has won a Robert H. Kuehn Award from Preservation Massachusetts. The 170-year-old building, originally built for storing gunstocks, is now the heart of the campus. St. Cloud Window SCW3000 Series windows comprise nearly 50 percent of the building’s 747-foot façade.

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Western Specialty Contractors cleans, restores limestone façade of historic Decatur courthouse

Throughout its history, the Macon County Courthouse in Decatur, Ill. has inhabited a variety of buildings, from a log cabin built in 1829 where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, to a stone and brick four-story building with a clock tower built in 1892 to its current location — a five-story limestone building constructed in 1939. Western Specialty Contractors was recently tasked with restoring the historic courthouse’s 80-year-old façade.

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CertainTeed purchases Norton Industries’ wood ceilings business

“The acquisition of Norton Industries’ wood ceilings business demonstrates our continued commitment to invest in the growth of our ceilings business,” said Carmen Bodden, Vice President and General Manager of CertainTeed Ceilings. “Over the past 52 years, Norton has earned the trust of its customers and is well respected in the ceilings industry. We have a high level of confidence in the Norton team and want to preserve its entrepreneurial culture and close customer relationships. We are ‘looking forward to looking up,’ as they say at Norton.”

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Two new glass sample kits available from Vitro Glass online fulfillment center

The transparent low-e glass kit contains insulating glass units (IGUs) with Solarban® 60, Solarban 70XL, Solarban 67, Solarban R100 and Solarban 90 coatings on clear, Acuity™ low-iron and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass substrates. The tinted low-e kit holds IGUs with multiple Vitro Glass performance tinted-substrates finished with various Solarban solar control low-e coatings.

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Project news

Western Specialty Contractors installs new roof, removes skylights at Peoria realtor office

A portion of the building’s roof (16,700 sq. ft) was barrel shaped and featured a modified roofing system that had been directly adhered to a wood deck. Due to the extent of the roof’s deterioration and leaking, Western’s crews recommended applying a new TPO mechanically fastened roof on top of the existing one, replacing the gutters, installing TPO wall flashing, and removing and infilling the old skylights with HVAC penetrations.

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Lisa M. Cini transforms Columbus Woodland Manor Mansion into sustainable futuristic technology lab for multi-generational living

Known as the Henry C. Werner House* at 1640 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, the Woodland Manor renovation will integrate the latest in-home living, showcasing the technology that safely enables independent living as we age. The project will incorporate the latest designs and disruptions while honoring the existing eloquent details of the French Opera style mansion, originally built in 1914.

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Ball breaks ground on new headquarters building in Westminster

Swinerton, general contractor, Stantec, lead architect, and Officescapes, a Steelcase dealer, are helping Ball to reimagine its Colorado campus with an inclusive and collaborative environment in mind. The campus will have a flexible, cooperative work environment between the new four-story building, POC, Ball Technology and Innovation Center (BTIC) and Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC), featuring a variety of work spaces including exterior gathering spaces and walkways.

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Developers and owners can now join AIA 2030 Commitment

“We want to welcome National CORE as the first real estate developer to  join AIA’s 2030 Commitment,” said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA. “We look forward to accelerating progress toward our net zero goals in partnership with National CORE and other real estate leaders in the future.”

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Architecture Billings Index backslides in March

Following consistently increasing demand for design services for over two years, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped into negative territory in March, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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NCI Building Systems and Ply Gem Building Products create Cornerstone Building Brands following merger

NCI Building Systems, Inc. which recently merged with Ply Gem Building Products, announces it will officially operate as Cornerstone Building Brands effective May 24, 2019. The new name represents the Company’s unified commitment to business transformation that will drive future growth and effectively serve customers and communities across North America.

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Company news

KAI announces acquisition of Fratto Engineering, Inc. in Arlington, Texas

KAI has acquired woman-owned Fratto Engineering, Inc. based in Arlington, TX. Founded in 1997, Fratto Engineering specializes in Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering and has more than 40 clients that include higher education institutions, hospital systems and healthcare centers, local municipalities, architectural firms, electrical contractors, general contractors and other institutions.

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HLW’s John Gering elevated to The American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows (FAIA)

John Gering, Managing Partner at global architecture, interiors, planning, and strategy firm HLW, has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), a select honor awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the field of architecture. “I am honored to be recognized by the American Institute of Architects,” said Gering. “Being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows is a privilege for any architect, and it means a great deal to be recognized by such an esteemed body of my peers.  I look forward to the various ways that I will continue to contribute to the profession of Architecture on a global scale.”

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BEHR® interior paint ranks No. 1 in customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power 2019 Paint Satisfaction Study

Behr led all interior paint brands in three key factors of satisfaction: durability, in-store color displays and printed materials, and warranty/guarantee. The 2019 Paint Satisfaction Study was fielded in January of 2019 and is based on responses from 2,995 customers who purchased interior paint within the previous 12 months. In the study, BEHR interior paints received a score of 852 on a 1,000-point scale, as well as a J.D. Power Circle Rating™ of 5, the highest rating, indicating it is ranked “Among the best” by study participants.

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Container-based building manufacturer Adaptive Modular Solutions rebrands as CRATE Modular Inc., hires Amanda Gattenby

Adaptive Modular Solutions, California’s first manufacturer of container-based multi-unit housing and school buildings, has unveiled a new brand identity and name. Effectively immediately, the company is known as CRATE Modular, Inc. Lisa Sharpe remains as president of the newly rebranded CRATE Modular, Inc., which has recently hired Amanda Gattenby to serve as vice president of development.

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus.

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