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Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab to design two stations on new Fornebubanen metro line in Oslo

Gianluca Racana, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “It is an honour to be selected by the jury to build two stations in this design competition with many talented architectural practices. The Fornebubanen will be a vital new transport link for the city.” The competition jury assessed anonymous proposals from 14 different teams, stating the design of Fornebu Senter station demonstrated a vibrancy and enthusiasm for designing civic space. The jury also cited the Fornbuporten station proposal as expressing an innovative way of working with light.

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Carboline accepts Frost & Sullivan Award for North American Anti-Corrosion Coatings New Product Innovation

Frost & Sullivan is recognizing Carboline for the newly introduced, best-in-class Carbozinc® 608 HB and Carboquick® 200 products. Carbozinc 608 HB is the industry’s only hybrid zinc primer that can be applied at twice the thickness of traditional epoxy zinc primers. Carboquick 200 is a direct-to-metal (DTM) polyaspartic anti-corrosion coating, which is the first in a series of products focused on providing fast and easy-to-apply finish coats. 

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Tectum® Ceiling and Wall Panels first and only acoustical solution to achieve Living Product Challenge Imperative Certification

Tectum® acoustical ceiling and wall panels from Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions have been awarded Living Product Challenge Imperative Certification from the International Living Future Institute℠. The certification, which applies to all one-inch-thick Tectum wood fiber products in White and Natural finishes, includes Tectum Direct-Attach ceiling and wall panels, Tectum Blades and Baffles, Tectum Finale, Tectum Panel Art, and Tectum lay-in and tegular panels.

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PS Flood Barriers™ introduces new HydroDefense™ Flood Plank Wall System

PS Flood Barriers™ recently added a new HydroDefense™ Flood Plank Wall System (FP-535) to its line of flood protection barriers. Specifically engineered to protect extra-large openings such as loading docks, storefronts, retaining walls and full-building perimeters, this watertight flood wall system is custom-built using PS Flood Barriers’ proprietary flood planks, also known as stop logs, to address distinct flood vulnerabilities.

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Construction begins on the tallest of the ‘Journal Squared’ Towers in Jersey City

Vertical construction on the tallest of three luxury high-rise buildings in Jersey City’s Journal Squared project is underway. Dresdner Robin is providing engineering, environmental and design services on the tower, which will stand at 71 stories, offer 18,000 square feet of retail space and boast a gross square footage of about 1,000,000 square feet. Altogether, Journal Squared is the largest development in the district in decades.

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Latest in Building Materials

Cambridge researchers developing self-healing concrete

Researchers at the University of Cambridge are using microencapsulation technologies developed by Dolomite Microfluidics to develop self-healing construction materials. As highlighted in recent BBC News broadcasts, the Department of Engineering’s Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group is developing microcapsules containing ‘healing’ agents – such as minerals, epoxy or polyurethane – which can be added to building materials to allow self-repair of small cracks which develop over time.

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CornerStone Wall Solutions goes big with Lee Building Products

CornerStone Wall Solutions Inc., a leading inventors of retaining wall block and hardscape products for residential and commercial use, proudly announce a manufacturing partnership with Lee Building Products, formerly know as Lee Brick and Block of Kentucky and Tennessee. Lee Building Products will begin producing MagnumStone, Cornerstone’s big block solution for small to large retaining wall construction, as of November 26, 2018.

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American Concrete Institute announces new concrete repair specifications

ACI 563-18 Specifications for Repair of Concrete in Buildings is a reference specification that the Architect/Engineer can apply to any construction repair and rehabilitation project involving structural concrete by citing it in the Project Specifications. Mandatory requirements and optional requirements checklists are provided to assist the Architect/Engineer in supplementing the provisions of this Specification, as required or needed, by designating or specifying individual project requirements.

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Armstrong Ceilings Now Offers over 1,025 Products That Meet the Most Stringent Sustainability Standards

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions has added its Dune™ and Mesa™ lines of acoustical ceiling panels to its portfolio of Sustain® Ceiling Systems. The new additions bring to 1,025 the number of Armstrong high-performance ceiling and suspension system products that meet the industry’s most stringent sustainability compliance standards, including LEED® v4, the Living Building Challenge℠, and the WELL Building Standard™

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Prefabrication: The Future of Multifamily and Commercial Construction

As the nationwide labor shortage intensifies and building material costs continue to inflate, Think Wood recognizes the need for building owners and developers to maintain the viability of projects. Prefabricated wood buildings—which are no longer limited to single-family housing and smaller temporary workspaces—offer an innovative solution with a multitude of benefits, including process efficiency, a controlled environment, greater return on investment, material efficiency and reduced waste.

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Sto Corp. demonstrates ongoing commitment to quality management and environment with ISO certifications

Earlier this year, Sto achieved the ISO 9001:2015 requirements for a Quality Management System, confirming its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer requirements and deliver customer satisfaction while fulfilling its legal and regulatory obligations. The ISO 14001:2015 certification confirms that Sto has an established Environmental Management System and meets the ISO standards for minimizing the environmental impacts of its company operations and practices.

Glen-Gery Corporation Acquired by Brickworks Limited

Glen-Gery Corporation has announced that its parent company, Ibstock plc, has entered into an agreement to sell Glen-Gery Corporation to Brickworks Limited. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Glen-Gery is a leading North American brick and stone manufacturer headquartered in Wyomissing, Pa. The company operates 10 manufacturing plants and 10 Masonry Supply Centers throughout the U.S.

American Concrete Institute increases 2018 funding for ACI Foundation to $1,000,000

In pursuit of a future where everyone has the information needed to use concrete effectively to meet the demands of a changing world, the American Concrete Institute has increased its 2018 funding for the ACI Foundation to $1,000,000.  The ACI Foundation is using these funds to support research, scholarships, new technologies, and issues of strategic importance to the concrete industry.  

High-Performance Exterior Coating Formulated for Any Weather Will Help Northwest Painters Extend Their Painting Season.

Rodda Paint announced the release of CoverCoat XL — a new moisture tolerant, all season, 100 percent acrylic exterior paint. CoverCoat XL is formulated with X-Link technology, Rodda's proprietary formula, which has been tested in the extreme heat, high humidity and in direct sunshine with great flow and level properties. It is also moisture resistant, can be applied up to one hour prior to rain in temperatures as low as 40 degrees, and offers superior fade resistance. Surfaces dry to the touch can be immediately painted. 

Axalta Introduces Wood Vibes Collection for the Wood Finishing Industry

Axalta is proud to introduce a new industrial wood coatings campaign, "Wood Vibes." The collection, inspired by the beauty of nature and power of wildlife, explores color and design trends of the wood coatings industry. The collection coincides with the launch of new labels that empathize the beauty, strength, and versatility of our product portfolio.

Pantone Announces PANTONE® 16-1546 Living Coral as Color of the Year 2019

Pantone announced PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral as the Pantone Color of the Year 2019, an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Linetec promotes Tammy Schroeder to marketing manager

Tammy Schroeder has been promoted to marketing manager at Linetec, the nation's largest independent architectural metals finishing company. "Tammy has greatly expanded Linetec's presence in our industry," praised Jon Close, Linetec's vice president of sales and marketing. "In her new role, Tammy will continue to oversee all aspects of Linetec's marketing." Schroeder earned and maintains her LEED® Green Associate credentials through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Hurricanes no match for DaVinci composite roof on seaside restaurant

“We’ve been through at least four major hurricanes and maybe four big nor’easters since we opened with absolutely no roof damage,” says Bambos Charalambous, general manager for Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills. “Despite facing Category 3 hurricane winds reaching up to 120mph, the DaVinci Roofscapes roof overhead has held up incredibly well. There’s not one roof tile that has come off our building.

Project news

DPS Group and Hodess Cleanroom Construction Complete Proprietary Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility for Mustang Bio

DPS Group, a privately-owned, global engineering company, and Hodess Cleanroom Construction, a comprehensive cleanroom construction company, today announced that they have completed a proprietary cell therapy manufacturing facility for Mustang Bio, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Mustang Bio engaged Hodess as prime consultant on the design/build project, and Hodess selected DPS Group for its depth of experience designing current cGMP manufacturing facilities. DPS Group’s Boston office provided architectural and engineering services for the new facility.

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Feeney DesignRail® “opens up the view” in LEED-certified mixed-use Charlotte Square

The final phase of the Charlotte Square project, a mixed-used, multifamily property developed in the eclectic East End district of Rochester, New York, is nearing completion. The three-phase project has been designed to promote sustainable living and a social, active and modern lifestyle while also contributing to the resurgence of Rochester and its historic arts and cultural district. A recipient of LEED Gold certification, Charlotte Square was developed on a remediated brownfield site from the City of Rochester.

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Denver Water’s Complex Redevelopment Celebrates Official “Topping Out”

Denver Water’s Complex administrative building is targeting LEED-NC Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy. Sustainable features include a radiant slab powered by the complex’s central utility plant to conserve heat and energy; raised access flooring; a high-efficiency triple pane glazed window system for maximum daylighting and energy savings; biophilic design; fitness options and healthy dining.

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Willis Tower receives LEED Certification for sustainability achievements

Willis Tower, owned and managed by EQ Office announced November 8, that it has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council. Willis Tower achieved an initial LEED v2009 certification as well as the recertification tasks using the latest update to the rating system, LEED v4.1, which emphasizes performance and tracks progress through the Arc platform.

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CONSTRUCT 2019 call for sessions is now open

CONSTRUCT is seeking dynamic speakers with a firm grasp of technical issues, including building scientists, researchers, architects, specifiers, contractors, owners and code experts. Sessions are 30 – 120 minutes in length and should contain timely, practical information and solutions that can be immediately implemented in the workplace. Sessions can also be formatted into two-hour or four-hour hands-on workshops. In addition, CONSTRUCT is looking for industry experts to participate in panel sessions for 2019.

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Architect William Bates, FAIA, Inaugurated as 2019 AIA President

“During my tenure as your president, and thereafter, I will focus on helping to make our profession one that welcomes and nurtures the talent of everyone who has a passion for design and who dreams of making our built world, and by extension our society, better,” said Bates. “My dream is for architects to lead efforts to create a more fair, sustainable and peaceful world that embraces all, and disenfranchises none.”

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Trumark Communities breaks ground on first age-qualified community devoted to wellness

Trumark Communities, a master planned development division of Trumark Companies, announced November 19 that it has commenced construction on The Collective, the country’s first age-qualified community devoted to wellness. Committed to improving health and human environments through design, the WELL Building Standard® by the International WELL Building Institute™ partners with communities to benefit health and well-being by aligning with the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

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Company news

Independent Evaluation Finds 100 Resilient Cities Moving Transformation in Cities Across the Globe

The Urban Institute, with financial support from The Rockefeller Foundation, today released an independent report of midterm findings showing that 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) , in the five years since its creation, is making important progress in helping urban areas around the world institutionalize and build resilience to a wide range of shocks and stresses.

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The UP Companies Receives 2018 MOKAN Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Award

The UP Companies (UPCO) was honored on Nov. 16 with a Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Award from MOKAN, a St. Louis-based advocate organization and facilitator for the inclusion of minority and women-owned businesses on construction projects. The award is presented annually to an individual or organization in the construction industry that demonstrates dedication and commitment to diversity in the workplace and the inclusion of minority and women workers.

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theMART, the largest building to receive Fitwel Certification

theMART also represents the first certification achieved under Fitwel’s Multi-Tenant Whole Building Scorecard for workplaces. The iconic and historic building now includes strengthened operational and design features that support a healthy environment for its hundreds of tenants. The Fitwel Certification System is the leading global health certification that optimizes buildings to support occupant health.

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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush dies at the age of 94

“Since 1961 when the first version of the accessibility standard was published, the building safety community has been heavily involved in ensuring buildings are safe and accessible for all,” said Code Council Board President William R. Bryant, MCP, CBO. “The Code Council, our members and our partners are grateful to President Bush for his long and enduring support of our mission and our community.”

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SVA Architects moves to larger San Diego office

SVA Architects is pleased to announce that the firm has signed a long-term lease in San Diego County. Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, states, “It’s been a very exciting season of growth at SVA.  This summer, the Santa Ana office also moved to a larger space.  And shortly prior to that, our Oakland office moved to a larger, very modern space in the Uptown District.”

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

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