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IdeaPaint Launches WRITE and PROJECT Dry Erase Wallcoverings

Businesses and educational institutes report being fed up with their dry erase wallcoverings’ unsightly seams and their consistent staining and ghosting. They are looking for industry leading dry erase performance and would like to start using their walls within 24 hours after install.

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Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University Establishes a New Staging Ground for Cultural Development

A 90,411 square-foot theater complex, the Playhouse features a total of 91 rooms including a magnificent lobby with a three story wide-open space with a grand staircase and tucked-in spaces for students to gather;  550-seat PNC Theatre whose backstage is visible from the street, offering a glimpse into performing arts classes; main floor which includes a paint shop, 2,738-square-foot sound stage three stories high, 15-foot-high catwalk and 24-foot-high ceilings to provide professional-level learning opportunities to students in multiple disciplines, including cinematography, audio work, lighting work and aesthetics.

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Unveiling the future of construction by revisiting the past

Rising to 85 feet, Carbon12 is currently the tallest mass timber building in the United States. A boutique collection of 14 units, Carbon12 is a glass and timber showpiece located in Portland, Oregon. Its structure is assembled from prefabricated Structurlam GlulamPlus® beams and columns, and CrossLam® CLT panels, which represent the next big evolution in the construction industry in the United States, and which have enormous positive economic and environmental potential.

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Northwest Hardwoods Provided American Tulipwood for Unique Installation at Last Week’s 2018 London Design Festival

Northwest Hardwoods donated American tulipwood for a pavilion installation called MultiPly that was featured in the Sackler courtyard of the Victoria & Albert Museum in Knightsbridge during the festival. MultiPly was the collaboration between Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and ARUP Group. MultiPly explored a new, more sustainable way of building that showcased the structural, aesthetic and environmental properties of American tulipwood cross-laminated timber panels (CLT). American tulipwood is one of many American hardwoods that AHEC promotes to other countries and is one of the widely available and sustainable hardwood species from the U.S. hardwood forests, and is unique to North America. 

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Vitro Architectural Glass introduces ACUITY Glass sample kit

Vitro Architectural Glass has introduced a new sample kit featuring Acuity™ low-iron glass. The kit contains a pair of insulating glass units (IGUs) – one featuring Acuity glass with a SOLARBAN® 60 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) coating and another with conventional clear glass and the same coating.

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Vitro Architectural Glass updates two AIA continuing education courses

“Understanding Low-E Coatings” shows how high-performance architectural glass can significantly improve the energy efficiency of buildings while simultaneously reducing their operating costs and carbon emissions. The course examines how low-emissivity (low-e) coatings help manage the transmittance of solar energy into buildings, and how the coatings’ relative effectiveness can be compared using industry-standard glass-performance measures. Architects also will learn about the two manufacturing processes for passive and solar control low-e coatings, and how the energy, environmental and economic benefits of low-e glass have been quantified through advanced energy modeling.

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Childgard Security Glazing to be featured on Inside the Blueprint Airing on Fox Business

Developed as an effective and affordable way for school officials across the country to improve safety and security in their facilities, CHILDGARD glazing is a laminated security glass construction that’s specially designed for use in school and educational facilities to withstand forced-entry scenarios. Available for both new and retrofit applications, CHILDGARD glazing can be used in insulating glass units and paired with high-performance, tinted, and other glass options to meet safety, energy, and other design goals.

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StoPanel Technology to Offer Further Design Versatility Using Fiber Cement Panel Cladding

StoPanel Technology, is now partnered with Swisspearl, the inventors of fiber cement panels. The two companies have teamed up to offer a continuous insulation system that uniquely combines the convenience and cost-effectiveness of offsite panel manufacturing with the look and feel of an innovative, contemporary aesthetic. The inclusion of Swisspearl in the StoPanel line-up of prefabricated panel options provides owners and design professionals with a wide range of attractive fiber cement panel and color options along with the benefits provided when using a cladding that offers a rainscreen design.

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple-desgined The Park, a hybrid structure merging parking with retail

The Park designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is a six-story hybrid structure, which merges a 441-space parking garage with 27,000-square-feet of street-level retail. Located in the booming Warehouse District of downtown New Orleans, The Park captures the aesthetic rigor of the existing 19th century warehouses, while rethinking this overly conventional building typology and its construction methods.

Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center in Texas features Tubelite systems inside and out

"Collaboration at all levels is the driving force behind the design," described VLK Architects Project Designer Richard Hunt, AIA, LEED® AP. "Expressive and monumental, the architecture is unique to the neighborhood and city as a whole. The expansive curtainwall, featuring diagonal sun shade fins, serves as a subconscious billboard to passersby – visitors and students understand they are entering an institution of higher learning and not just another run-of-the-mill high school building."

2019 Color Trends: Connect, Disconnect & Reconnect

According to national color expert Kate Smith, color trends in 2019 are all about connecting, disconnecting and reconnecting. “Top paint brands seem to be identifying color trends that leap into three unique categories for the coming year,” says Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color. “People are bonding with these popular colors in their many day-to-day experiences and including incorporating these colors on the exterior of their homes.”

INSTALL connects veterans to floorcovering industry

In April 2016, INSTALL and Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) forged a partnership calling on INSTALL contractors to sponsor veterans with the goal of bringing new skilled workers into the floorcovering industry through apprenticeships. Since then, more than 200 vets have shown interest in an apprenticeship and INSTALL is actively working to connect them to contractors for possible career opportunities.

Vitro Glass names Estes regional architectural manager

Vitro Architectural Glass has appointed Michelle Estes as the regional architectural manager for south central Texas. Estes, who most recently was an architectural sales representative for Masco Coatings Group, which represents Behr Paint, will market Vitro Glass products to architects and glazing contractors in Houston, Austin and San Antonio and help manage the glass selection process.

Benjamin Moore names “Metropolitan AF-690” its Color of the Year 2019

“Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence. “It’s a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design. Not arresting nor aggressive, this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

San Francisco’s Vida comes to life with Winco Windows’ system, finished by Linetec

Located in the colorful Mission District of San Francisco, Vida brings to life a long-vacant space as an upscale, mixed-use residential and retail, urban infill project. Designed by DLR Group|Kwan Henmi, the façade reflects the color and texture of the neighborhood’s Latin-influenced murals, craft and culture, and is scaled with respect to the adjacent buildings’ varied heights and setbacks.

2019 Color Trends: Connect, Disconnect & Reconnect

According to national color expert Kate Smith, color trends in 2019 are all about connecting, disconnecting and reconnecting. “Top paint brands seem to be identifying color trends that leap into three unique categories for the coming year,” says Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color. “People are bonding with these popular colors in their many day-to-day experiences and including incorporating these colors on the exterior of their homes.”

Unveiling the future of construction by revisiting the past

Rising to 85 feet, Carbon12 is currently the tallest mass timber building in the United States. A boutique collection of 14 units, Carbon12 is a glass and timber showpiece located in Portland, Oregon. Its structure is assembled from prefabricated Structurlam GlulamPlus® beams and columns, and CrossLam® CLT panels, which represent the next big evolution in the construction industry in the United States, and which have enormous positive economic and environmental potential.

Project news

San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Pedestrian Processing Facility Opens

Southern California’s San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is the busiest port of entry in the western hemisphere. Hensel Phelps, Stantec delivered a complete reconstruction of the port’s pedestrian and bus-inspection facilities for the U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The transformational project is designed to LEED Platinum and stringent energy reduction targets. It enhances the ability of CBP and other federal agencies to conduct their missions.

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Stanton Williams’ ‘Open Up’ project delivers a Royal Opera House for the 21st Century

London’s Royal Opera House (ROH) has been reinvigorated following a major transformation by architect Stanton Williams and a team of over 30 contractors to enhance the experience for the public, staff and performers alike. The result, launched this September, is a physical manifestation of cultural change at the ROH through the realisation of its ‘Open Up’ project. This aims to enliven the Opera House throughout the day as a welcoming, multifaceted and inclusive cultural and social hub.

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Zaha Hadid Architects wins competition to build Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected by the jury of the international design competition to build the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Echoing the physical aspects of sound waves, the design of the new Philharmonic Concert Hall is based on the properties of musical sound resonance creating wave vibrations in a continuous smooth surface.

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3M™ Daylight Redirecting Film lights up an innovative net-zero store while reducing energy and glare

Known as a “net-zero” retail store, the Walgreens is equipped with solar panels, two wind turbines and a geothermal system to generate electricity. As part of the project, Walgreens also wanted to make the most of available natural light flowing through the windows and reduce the dependence on electric lighting. Since lighting accounts for nearly 40% of all of the electricity used in commercial buildings in the United States, achieving a “net-zero” facility typically requires a dedicated lighting strategy. “By applying 3M Daylight Redirecting Film, we were able to solve our primary goal of reducing glare, while simultaneously saving energy by increasing the area we could use for daylight harvesting,” Robbins added. “Our decisions on how to treat our west-facing curtain wall were critical in the overall look, feel and function of our net-zero design.”

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EwingCole’s Net Zero Designed Unisphere Opens in Silver Spring

EwingCole is pleased to announce that opening ceremonies for the six-story expansion of United Therapeutics’ downtown campus took place on Friday, September 21. The 210,000 square-foot, elliptical shaped “Unisphere,” is the largest site Net Zero commercial building in the US and houses clinical operations for pulmonary disease, heart failure, and organ transplantation as well as In Silico molecular biology – a virtual drug development lab.

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Innovative Engineering Group and Ntrive announce merger

Innovative Engineering Group (IEG), an established Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, (MEP) firm, announces its merger with Ntrive, a structural engineering firm based in Naperville, IL. The merger and combined business operations will be effective October 1, 2018, and the integrated, multidisciplinary firm will become REX Engineering group.

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YKK AP Expands Direct Freight Shipping Program to Western Region

YKK AP America customers in California and Arizona are now part of their direct freight shipping program. The program, already successfully established in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest regions, greatly reduces the use of less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation and improves the overall customer experience by providing a more direct, efficient way to receive shipments, limiting the potential for damage.

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The VELUX Group to Acquire JET-Group from Egeria

VELUX A/S and Dutch investment firm Egeria have reached an agreement concerning the sale of JET-Group to the VELUX Group. The decision to acquire JET-Group, a European leader in industrial roof light systems, is in line with the VELUX Group’s growth strategy and specifically the desire to grow its business in the non-residential market for daylighting solutions.

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ASLA Statement on IPCC Climate Change Report

A statement was released by Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects, in the wake of the report released October 8 by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition, a report issued in 2018 by the American Society of Landscape Architects, entitled Smart Policies for a Changing Climate, spells out design and planning solutions, as well as public policies, that can help engender resilient and climate-smart communities

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AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is now Nouryon

The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is today being relaunched as Nouryon. The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and marks the company’s transition to becoming an independent, global specialty chemicals leader.

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GAF’s Response to Hurricane Florence to Address the Long Road to Recovery

GAF has committed to provide enough roofing shingles to replace the roofs of more than 200 homes in the most vulnerable communities. This includes an initial donation of more than 300,000 square feet of shingles to Good360. Good360 works with recovery agencies, local recovery groups and nonprofits to determine exactly what’s needed and when, ensuring that GAF’s giving efforts are both effective and efficient.

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Covestro wins 3M Polymer Supplier of the Year Award

Covestro and 3M have a relationship that has spanned decades. Covestro’s raw materials for coatings and adhesives can be found in a wide range of 3M’s polyurethane coating and adhesive applications, while the company’s polycarbonates are utilized in a variety of 3M traffic safety products.

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Guide to Green Building Products – Product of the Week

The company’s newest product, MicroCoil allows architects, designers and facility managers to maximize clear openings by significantly reducing coil size. Instead of a 24” headroom requirement, MicroCoil reduces this number to just 13”, making it an important product for meeting ADA Standards for renovated parking facilities and other structures.

The company’s newest product, MicroCoil allows architects, designers and facility managers to maximize clear openings by significantly reducing coil size. Instead of a 24” headroom requirement, MicroCoil reduces this number to just 13”, making it an important product for meeting ADA Standards for renovated parking facilities and other structures.

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