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Can a kids’ healthcare space teach, entertain, and heal?

“Can a kids’ healthcare space teach, entertain, and heal?” Iva Radikova, Associate/Senior Interior Designer and Olivera Sipka, Senior Associate of Stantec, answer yes! In this article, they discuss how their design of ErinoakKids’ three treatment centers in Ontario, Canada, focused on three pillars: play, achievement and memory.

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The Merriman Anderson/Architects-designed renovation of the historic Great Southwest Building in Houston opens as Cambria Hotel

The historic Great Southwest Building, a former office building in downtown Houston, has completed its redevelopment into a Cambria Hotel. Merriman Anderson/Architects (MAA) is the architect and interior designer for the renovations. The building features a number of art deco elements mixed with a touch of Mayan influence. Driven by the building’s history and refined culture, the design uses a neutral architectural envelope to allow historic details and newly added architectural elements to come to life.

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New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin

Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design teamed up to design New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. The 2,600 custom perforated aluminum solar fins, “float” off the building masonry base and reduce the building’s solar heat. The louvers were protected with IFS Coatings’ IFS 500 FP, a Lumiflon-enriched product.

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Behr Paint’s 2020 Color of the Year brings us “Back to Nature”

Today, Behr Paint announced its 2020 Color of the Year, Back to Nature S340-4: a restorative, meadow-inspired green. Influenced by our innate desire to connect with nature, this biophilic shade imparts a fresh sense of vitality. Just as plants release oxygen into the air, incorporating an ecological green in the home helps purify and promote a balanced space—bringing the outside, inside.

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CEI Materials announces the launch of a new modular panel system: CLADLOK

CEI Materials is pleased to announce the launch of a new product line, CLADLOK. As CEI Materials’ first self-branded entry into the architectural market, this material is manufactured in house. CEI Materials says it is looking to offer the most diverse product line to better serve their growing customer base, and it is a natural progression to now offer their own pre-engineered modular system, CLADLOK.

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Vitro Glass renames SOLARBAN 70XL glass to SOLARBAN 70 glass

Robert J. Struble, manager, brand and communications, Vitro Architectural Glass, emphasized that, despite the name change, there have been no changes to the glass formulation itself. “Since Solarban 70XL glass was introduced, the distribution channel, and even our own employees commonly truncated the name to ‘Solarban 70,’ so to alleviate confusion throughout the supply chain, we decided to adopt the product name everyone most commonly uses,” he explained. “The product remains available in annealed, heat-strengthened, tempered and laminated version through the Vitro Certified™ Network of glass fabricators.”

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Project news

M-Rad Inc.’s new headquarters in Los Angeles showcases a transformative environment

Upon entering Los Angeles-based architecture and design studio, M-Rad Inc.’s new headquarters visitors are welcomed into the space’s generous open floor plan. The office is outfitted with modern, custom furnishings in line with the studio’s streamlined architectural style that is visualized throughout. A custom reception desk is located adjacent to a glass-walled conference room designed specifically to reinforce a sense of transparency and collaboration throughout the space.

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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology breaks ground on second academic tower

“As the University expands its downtown Harrisburg footprint with this second academic tower, Stantec’s work for HUST represents the latest in a growing trend for health sciences education,” Alex Wing, principal for Stantec. “Statistics from the Bureau for Labor indicate healthcare occupation employment is projected to grow 18 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Because of this greater demand for healthcare services, academic institutions will find value in establishing flexible facilities able to adapt to changing needs.”

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Linetec wins Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award

“We are proud of our long-standing reputation as a leader in environmentally conscious practices and sustainable finishing options,” said Rick Marshall, Linetec’s president. Linetec instituted a paint solvent management and recycling program with one of its suppliers. The supplier safely cleans the used solvent and returns it to Linetec for re-use. On a yearly basis, 190.6 tons of waste solvent are recycled and 128.3 tons of recycled solvent are purchased.

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The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition, Cincinnati, Ohio

More than 2,000 engineers, students, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives from around the world will convene at the Duke Energy Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA, October 20-24, 2019, to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications, and practices.

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Company news

The Denver studio of Perkins and Will announces new design leadership

A third-generation Colorado native and alumnus of the University of Colorado, Ault has over 20 years of experience in the architecture field. His resume includes a wide range of projects, both in Colorado and abroad, for clients in the civic, cultural, higher education, public, and aviation sectors. He subscribes to the philosophy that “design doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” and that a collaborative approach to architecture is always the strongest. 

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TRIA welcomes Natasha Pirman, Ph.D. as lab programmer and planner

“We are beyond excited to welcome Natasha to TRIA’s experienced lab design team, increasing our in-depth knowledge base,” said Jeannie Thacker, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, co-founder and principal of TRIA. “She brings analytical thinking and understanding that has already enhanced our highly-effective programming and planning process. Her research accomplishments and ability to deeply connect with end users will significantly contribute to the project team’s ability to plan functional laboratory spaces for clients in the sciences.”

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Consolidated Glass Holdings names Randisi as new director

In his new role, Randisi will be responsible for overseeing national accounts for the Consolidated Glass Holdings’ Architectural Glass division—those served by J.E. Berkowitz, Solar Seal, Columbia Commercial Building Products and Dlubak Specialty Glass. In addition, Randisi will serve as a key resource for architects and CGH’s national accounts, offering design assistance and technical support for architectural glass specifications.

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New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin. Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin. Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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