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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building

The design team led by HDR focused on creating a space that would cultivate collaboration and communication among its researchers, scientists and staff. The goal was to design an open and inviting environment full of natural light that would inspire as well as serve as a reflection of the positive medical advancements taking place at the center. Additionally, because of the hospital’s coastal location, there was a strong desire and need to meet Florida’s newly updated stringent hurricane impact resistance requirements. Minnesota-based specialty contractor, MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked closely with YKK AP America Inc. to carefully choose the right, impact-resistant products for the project.

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Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Greenlite Glass provide key element to Salesforce Transit Center: Daylight

Pelli Clark Pelli Architects designed the Salesforce Transit Center with “soaring light-filled spaces” to give “San Francisco a grand entrance that befits its status as one of the world’s great cities.” Inside the airy and spacious Grand Hall, sunshine is filtered more than 100 feet below the center’s above-street-level park by the Contraflam Liteflam XT-120 walkable fire-rated glass floor and skylight. More than 4,000 sheets of glass make up almost 300 panels, providing daylight for the Grand Hall. A second installation brings natural light down below street level.

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Hoefer Wysocki Designs New Northglenn Justice Center

Hoefer Wysocki, an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm, has completed the design for the new Northglenn Justice Center, a 45,000-square-foot facility designed to provide an up-to-date space to house the Northglenn Police Department, along with the city’s municipal court and a crime lab. Highly visible from I-25, the new $20 million building sits at the highest natural point of Adams County at 50 W. Community Center Drive in Northglenn, Colorado.

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SEPTA Downtown Link features glass block “active” wall system by EXTECH

This summer, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed the first phase of the Downtown Link, its Center City concourse improvement program to upgrade the underground pedestrian tunnel network. Significant architectural enhancements were made during this phase including an innovative, backlit, glass block “active” wall system by Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH).

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DAS Architects-designed The Harper, tops out at 24 stories

“The interior design of The Harper celebrates the essence of posh Rittenhouse Square location and its place in the history of the City,” said Susan M. Davidson, IDC, co-founder and principal of DAS Architects.  “For the entry courtyard, Pearl commissioned Linda’s Symphony, a stunning two-story mural by Philadelphia artist Edward McHugh that draws the natural setting of Rittenhouse Square from the courtyard through the length of the interior lobby. We designed a motion-inspired paving pattern with soft, modern furnishings and materials for the ground floor, with a large reclaimed truss above as a playful structural reminder of the site’s rich history.”

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IMC Construction Builds Center for Social Impact

A bridge will connect the student drop-off area to the new 3-story steel structure clad in brick, cast stone and glass curtainwall. Inside, sunlit common areas will encourage informal gathering, conference rooms will house group meetings and a grand stair will serve as amphitheater seating as well as connecting the first and second levels. Classroom spaces with moveable, writable walls will help to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and math studies.

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Kinestral’s Halio Smart-Tinting Glass Selected for Integration into Katerra Smart Homes & Buildings

“Katerra is a forward-thinking, technology-driven company that will ultimately become one of the largest builders of smart homes and buildings worldwide,” said Craig Henricksen, vice president of marketing for Kinestral Technologies, Inc. “Our partnership will enable Katerra to offer its customers energy-efficient buildings that deliver unprecedented levels of comfort and the well-being that comes from an abundance of natural light. By closely integrating Halio’s cloud-based automation system into Katerra’s systems, Katerra customers’ user experiences will be intuitive, seamless, and enjoyable.”

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Wood Use in Schools on the Rise as Education Building Market Expands

Experts project U.S. schools will need to accommodate an additional 2.8 million students by 2024. Meanwhile, the average age of education facilities at every level has increased, and rapidly evolving student needs and technologies are making repairs, renovations and expansions critical for schools striving to remain relevant. As U.S. designers seek to satisfy the needs of a growing student population, Think Wood anticipates an increase in wood schools over the next decade.

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Tubelite launches 400SS Screw Spline Thermal Curtainwall

Tubelite Inc.’s new 400SS Series thermal, screw spline, aluminum-framed curtainwall features a thermally broken system to meet today’ commercial building codes and performance criteria. In addition to delivering high thermal performance (U-Factors) and condensation resistance, the new system is engineered for glazing in either the shop or in the field for installing on low- to mid-rise buildings.

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New Mobile App Features Most Popular Hardwood Species

The free Reference Guide application, at www.HardwoodInfo.com, not only includes information about the most abundant American Hardwood Species—availability, physical and working characteristics, strength and mechanical properties, and typical applications of each—it also allows users the ability to compare species being considered for a project.

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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.

Western Specialty Contractors Uses Leading-Edge Concrete Repair Technology to Protect Workers on Parking Garage Restoration

Western began the project using electric chipping hammers to remove the unsound concrete from overhead. This technique proved to be a challenge with crew members holding the hammer above their heads for eight hours a day, five days a week. As a result, production slowed on the project and the decision was made to utilize a PAM machine manufactured by RNP Industries.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building

The design team led by HDR focused on creating a space that would cultivate collaboration and communication among its researchers, scientists and staff. The goal was to design an open and inviting environment full of natural light that would inspire as well as serve as a reflection of the positive medical advancements taking place at the center. Additionally, because of the hospital’s coastal location, there was a strong desire and need to meet Florida’s newly updated stringent hurricane impact resistance requirements. Minnesota-based specialty contractor, MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked closely with YKK AP America Inc. to carefully choose the right, impact-resistant products for the project.

AAMA to host webinar on glazing system performance during Hurricane Irma

During this already active hurricane season, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar about lessons learned from 2017's Hurricane Irma, which primarily impacted Florida. AAMA will present Chris Matthews, vice president and senior consultant of GCI Consultants, as he speaks about glazing system performance during Hurricane Irma. Observations from hundreds of inspections conducted from the Northeast to the Southeast to the Southwest of Florida will be shared

New Mobile App Features Most Popular Hardwood Species

The free Reference Guide application, at www.HardwoodInfo.com, not only includes information about the most abundant American Hardwood Species—availability, physical and working characteristics, strength and mechanical properties, and typical applications of each—it also allows users the ability to compare species being considered for a project.

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Greenlite Glass provide key element to Salesforce Transit Center: Daylight

Pelli Clark Pelli Architects designed the Salesforce Transit Center with “soaring light-filled spaces” to give “San Francisco a grand entrance that befits its status as one of the world’s great cities.” Inside the airy and spacious Grand Hall, sunshine is filtered more than 100 feet below the center’s above-street-level park by the Contraflam Liteflam XT-120 walkable fire-rated glass floor and skylight. More than 4,000 sheets of glass make up almost 300 panels, providing daylight for the Grand Hall. A second installation brings natural light down below street level.

Channeling the Desert Modern Style, Cavern Clay Is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year

Cavern Clay SW 7701 is Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year. A warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots, Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together create the desert modern aesthetic. “We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s—with a twist. In the coming year, we will embrace our pioneering spirits and artisan ingenuity,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams. “Our 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, embodies renewal, simplicity and free-spirited, bohemian flair.”

London Hotel Undergoes a Stunning Transformation with Lumiflon FEVE Resin

The Novotel dons a visually-stunning exterior façade, which features protruding box windows that give the hotel a more dynamic look. This aesthetic is furthermore enhanced with the utilization of ALUCOBOND® Plus Spectra Cupral, an aluminum composite material that contains color-changing properties. The shifting hues are due to a high-performance coating system that was finished with a Lumiflon-based topcoat.

BLUEFIN, LLC Acquires Professional Roof Services, Inc., Strengthening its Leadership in Commercial Roof Consulting

 BLUEFIN, LLC, a nationwide consulting company for commercial roofs, pavement, and building envelope management, announced today it acquired Professional Roof Services, Inc. (PRSI), a Delaware-based roof consulting company. BLUEFIN, the first roof consulting company to provide mobile assessment, and online analytics and data management to customers, further strengthens its ability to provide quality consulting services to Mid-Atlantic clients. The move reinforces BLUEFIN’s position as the largest, leading consulting group in the industry.

Wood Use in Schools on the Rise as Education Building Market Expands

Experts project U.S. schools will need to accommodate an additional 2.8 million students by 2024. Meanwhile, the average age of education facilities at every level has increased, and rapidly evolving student needs and technologies are making repairs, renovations and expansions critical for schools striving to remain relevant. As U.S. designers seek to satisfy the needs of a growing student population, Think Wood anticipates an increase in wood schools over the next decade.

Project news

Willis Tower’s “Altitude” Amenity Space Provides Comfort, Elegance for Workers

The new tenant amenity spaces are part of Willis Tower’s more than half billion dollar renovation project aimed to evolve the historic building from a skyscraper into a first-class workplace destination. The renovation is the largest in Willis Tower’s 43-year history, and will add more than 300,000 square feet of new retail, dining and entertainment space at the base of the tower, 150,000 square feet of new tenant amenity spaces, and a 30,000 square-foot outdoor deck and garden. The next stage in the building’s transformation will take place far below the clouds on the ground floors, with developments at the base that are due to debut in 2020.

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150M High Tech High School Opens in Secaucus, NJ

Hudson County’s newest High Tech High School is open. Set on the 20-acre Frank J. Gargiulo Campus, the new $150 million facility will educate nearly 2,000 students in more than 70 leading-edge classrooms and specialty spaces. The Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) managed the design and construction process for Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) and partnered with RSC Architects, DMR Architects, MAST Construction Services and Terminal Construction Corp. to design and build the new 350,000-square-foot school.

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Dresdner Robin Completes Design Work on The Cambridge Club in Monmouth County, NJ

Dresdner Robin coordinated with architectural firm Fabiano Designs to transform the former Strathmore Bath & Tennis Club, built in the mid 1960’s, into a modern, inclusive first-class recreational facility. “We developed a site-sensitive layout that preserved significant amounts of existing vegetation and installed many diverse plantings around the site. To improve water quality and accomplish zero stormwater runoff, we minimized paved parking by providing grass-covered overflow parking areas,” says Lauren Venin, Landscape Architect, Dresdner Robin.

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Plans for New Sustainably Designed Trophy Office Towers in Water Street Tampa Unveiled

Tampa is getting its first-ever New York-style office buildings designed by COOKFOX and Gensler as part of a futuristic new waterfront neighborhood. The buildings are sustainably designed and will be WELL and LEED certified, a first for the region and a benefit for potential tenants. Surrounded by over 13 acres of lushly-landscaped open spaces, the buildings will be part of the larger Water Street Tampa neighborhood, the first WELL-certified community in the world, a standard that has been developed in partnership with the International Well Building Institute. 

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World Architecture Festival Reveals Winner of Inaugural Water Research Prize

World Architecture Festival (WAF) last month revealed the 2018 winner of its inaugural Water Research Prize, supported by WAF founder partner GROHE: an innovative, community led water management system, designed by a team of students from Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) which captures, stores, and treats rainwater and inserts it into pre-existing water networks.

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Kapolei, HI Mixed-Use Development, Designed by SVA Architects, Brings Retail and Homes to West Oahu’s Central Business District

Located at 1020 Wakea St., the three-acre Kulana Hale is bordered by Haumea, Wakea, Alohikea and Ala Kahawai Streets.  The $130 million mixed-use project will consist of three components developed in three phases.  Phase one will be a 13-story tower with 154 affordable senior rental units and ground floor retail space.  Phase two will add another 13-story tower with 143 family affordable units, as well as additional retail.  Phase three will add a one-story retail building.  Phase one of the project is expected to be complete by early 2020. 

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How do wetlands protect land and water?

Swamps and other wetlands get a bad rap. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) September 15 Soils Matter blog explains why these natural features are important–and worth saving. “Wetlands provide flood control, improve water quality, and are a vital habitat for wildlife,” says blogger Rachel K. Owen, a University of Missouri soil science doctoral candidate.

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KWK Architects Designs Interior Renovations to Historic Corbin Hall at University of Kansas

Students returning to historic Corbin Hall at the University of Kansas – Lawrence (KU) for the fall semester stepped into a newly renovated, modern space complete with upgraded mechanical systems, a new main entry and upgrades to all student rooms, restrooms and public spaces. St. Louis-based KWK Architects was tasked with designing the $13.5 million interior renovation, which required that the historic hall for women remain closed for the 2017-2018 school year.

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The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

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