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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.

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Sustainability in Healthcare Interior Design

When designing for healthcare, there is a delicate balance between sustainability and performance. It is critical for products to perform to the rigors of 24/7 use and stand up to harsh cleaning practices. Thankfully, manufacturers have risen to the challenge. There have been leaps and bounds made in the technologies used to produce these green, yet resilient products.

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HDR acquires David Ford Consulting Engineers

HDR is expanding its water resource services by acquiring the assets of Sacramento, California-based David Ford Consulting Engineers, which specializes in hydrology, water hydraulics and flood risk analysis, among other water-related services. Going forward, David Ford Consulting Engineers will do business as HDR | David Ford Consulting Engineers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Study Finds Flexible Structural Sheathing Under-Designed, Unsafe and Unreliable

A new report finds that manufacturers of flexible structural sheathing overstate their lateral load resistance values by as much as 42 percent. In a study by three independent laboratories—Clemson University, University of Oklahoma and APA – The Engineered Wood Association—five flexible structural sheathing materials available in the marketplace were tested for their wind and seismic lateral load (shear wall) performance. APA published the results in a new Product Advisory: Performance of Flexible Structural Sheathing.

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Lapitec Featuring Bio-Care Technology

During production of Bio-Care, Lapitec incorporates a special form of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Titanium dioxide acts as a catalyst to degrade organic matter through oxidation as a result of a reaction to natural sunlight or artificial lighting (photocatalysis). It adds super hydrophilic properties to Lapitec, promoting a washing effect to remove polluting particles from the surface. Due to this important feature, Lapitec is able to be defined as “self-cleaning”.

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Sto Corp. Introduces Sto TurboStick® Mini

Sto Corp. has recently introduced Sto TurboStick® Mini, an ultra-lightweight, ultra-compact adhesive delivery system with terrific advantages over traditional cement-based adhesives. The Mini version of TurboStick now gives applicators a choice of two convenient sizes – either cartridge or cylinder — when applying Sto’s ready-to-use, single component adhesive for installing insulation boards in exterior wall claddings like StoTherm ci and ci XPS.

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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.

BAM South in Brooklyn, New York

Designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, the 32-story structure features REYNOBOND aluminum composite material (ACM) panels by ALCOA Architectural Products fabricated into pans and finished with DURANAR XL fluoropolymer coatings by PPG. Opened in 2017, the mixed-use building is home to 300 apartments and condominiums, retail stores and 50,000 square-feet of cultural space hosting tenants such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinemas, Brooklyn Public Library, MoCADA and 651 Arts.

High Performance Systems Performs Floor Installation for Electrical Generation Facility in New Jersey

This flooring project was completed for one of the largest electrical generation plants in New Jersey. More specifically the new flooring system would be installed in the machine shop of the facility. In the machine shop old generators and parts were refurbished which, required heavy machining equipment, forklifts, and a 50-ton hoist. Due to the heavy loads and substances required to complete daily machine shop operations, the floor needed to have excellent scratch, abrasion, impact and chemical resistance. To complete the project, High Performance Systems, a local resinous flooring contractor was hired to replace the existing 14,000 sq. ft. floor with a new epoxy system in 3 days. To avoid a plant shutdown, the project was scheduled to start on New Year’s Eve.

Portland apartment building achieves LEED Gold Certification

Sustainable features in the apartment units include large double-pane, low E, insulated windows that provide natural light, high-efficiency systems for lighting and mechanical (HVAC), water-efficient fixtures and Energy Star appliances. There is preferred parking for electric vehicles, and there are recycling facilities on-site for residents. Low VOC emitting materials were used during construction, and construction waste was safely recycled, reused and disposed of accordingly.

Sherwin-Williams introduces Extreme Block™ stain blocking Primer/Sealer

Sherwin-Williams introduces Extreme Block™ Primer/Sealer, a versatile indoor/outdoor formula, to its extensive coatings lineup. The new oil-based primer reduces the need for repaints by sealing off stubborn stains such as smoke, fire and nicotine, making it ideal for quickly restoring a property to fresh condition.

BAM South in Brooklyn, New York

Designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, the 32-story structure features REYNOBOND aluminum composite material (ACM) panels by ALCOA Architectural Products fabricated into pans and finished with DURANAR XL fluoropolymer coatings by PPG. Opened in 2017, the mixed-use building is home to 300 apartments and condominiums, retail stores and 50,000 square-feet of cultural space hosting tenants such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinemas, Brooklyn Public Library, MoCADA and 651 Arts.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects-Designed Salesforce Transit Center, Unveiled

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects unveils the1.2 million square foot Salesforce Transit Center including its rooftop park, Salesforce Park. Stretching four blocks along Mission Street, one block south of the city’s Financial District, the long awaited Transit Center is a new paradigm for urban design in the United States.

Study Finds Flexible Structural Sheathing Under-Designed, Unsafe and Unreliable

A new report finds that manufacturers of flexible structural sheathing overstate their lateral load resistance values by as much as 42 percent. In a study by three independent laboratories—Clemson University, University of Oklahoma and APA – The Engineered Wood Association—five flexible structural sheathing materials available in the marketplace were tested for their wind and seismic lateral load (shear wall) performance. APA published the results in a new Product Advisory: Performance of Flexible Structural Sheathing.

Project news

Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) Celebrates Opening of Metropolis Tower II Residences

Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) is pleased to announce the completion of the Metropolis Tower II Residences in Los Angeles. HED, working for client Greenland USA, was responsible for the architectural design of this second residential tower on the Metropolis development site, after Gensler completed the project’s entitlement process and the site’s master plan. HED had also previously developed the condominium design in collaboration with Gensler on the Tower I Residences.

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ProMedica Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio

When global architectural firm HKS met with ProMedica to discuss the regional health system’s plans to consolidate 11 physician practices into its new Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio, the medical provider made its expectations clear: the building needed to foster connectivity, flexibility and a sense of place within the community. Solarban® 72 solar control low-e glass by Vitro Glass, featuring an ultra-transparent Starphire® glass substrate, was integral to achieving that mandate.

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thyssenkrupp’s elevator high-rise test tower to stand as tallest of its kind in the U.S.

With 18 shafts, the Innovation complex test tower can be used to trial new concepts and product pilots, including high-speed elevators, the two-cabins-per-shaft elevator system, TWIN, as well as the world’s first rope-less and sideways-moving elevator system, MULTI. In addition, the test tower will also conduct robust tests to ensure compliance with stringent safety requirements on standard elevators.

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SVA Architects, Inc. Collaborates with Hermosa Beach City School District

SVA Architects is delighted to be working with The Hermosa Beach City School District for its modernization and construction projects, funded by local bond Measure S. The $59 million provided by voter-approved Measure S will address the district’s overcrowded and outdated schools by building a new school on the site of North School, and provide renovations and upgrades at Hermosa Valley School and Hermosa View School. 

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Industry news

Covestro to Host 2nd Annual THINC30 Summit

For the second year in a row, Covestro LLC will host its THINC30 Summit and continue efforts to bring the 17 global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs) to the local Pittsburgh community, inspiring collaboration for a more sustainable, inclusive region. THINC stands for transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030. Its mission is to introduce and accelerate sustainable business development, public-private partnerships and social innovation in the Pittsburgh region by utilizing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap and showcasing how these goals can be achieved by leveraging the growing need for purpose among individuals, organizations and businesses.

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Leading sustainability firm Verdani Partners Pursues Groundbreaking Fitwel Certifications with Clarion Partners

Leveraging Fitwel’s global certification system focused on promoting human health through evidence-based design strategies, Clarion will implement Fitwel’s health and well-being roadmap in five new residential properties in the fall of 2018. This will be the largest portfolio with submissions for multifamily residential properties to date for Fitwel. Verdani secured its first Fitwel certification through another long-time client, CommonWealth Partners, at 560 Mission in San Francisco, CA earlier this year.

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Steven Saffell joins AAMA staff as technical director

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces the hiring of Steven Saffell as technical director effective Aug. 13. Saffell’s background is a tapestry of architectural firm work, modular home design, as well as manufactured housing, and residential and commercial fenestration experience. Saffell also spent three years teaching as an adjunct professor.

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RCI, Inc. to hold press avail, discuss importance of open bidding in public construction projects, and present Congressman David E. Price with plaque of acknowledgement

Congressman Price recently had legislative report language added to the U.S. House Appropriations bill that spoke to “Cooperative Purchasing and Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Agreements” and the need for the “GSA (General Services Administration) to enforce any existing federal regulations that require independent design professionals be consulted on new construction and renovation projects.”

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AIA Philadelphia’s Forum On Architecture + Design To Kick Off This Year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival

For the first time, AIA Philadelphia’s annual educational and expo event, the Forum on Architecture + Design (formerly Design on the Delaware), will be held in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia, kicking off the 10-day festival at BOK in South Philadelphia from October 3-5, 2018. Focused on curating multidisciplinary educational content for designers, civic leaders, product manufacturers, technology providers and real estate developers, the Forum is joining DesignPhiladelphia events in order to create a platform where makers, fabricators and designers can come together, collaborate and exchange ideas with the Philadelphia architecture, engineering and construction community.

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Company news

KTGY Architecture + Planning Restores Historic Anaheim White House Restaurant

KTGY Architecture + Planning announced that the Anaheim White House Restaurant, owned by world-renowned chef, restaurateur, author and humanitarian, Sir Bruno Serato, has risen from the ashes after a devastating fire on February 4, 2017, which ravaged nearly the entire restaurant housed in a historic 1909 Colonial-style mansion in Orange County, California.

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Projections reveal nonresidential construction spending to grow

Spending on nonresidential buildings nationally increased only modestly last year, barely outpacing inflation in building costs. Halfway through the seventh year of continuous growth for the cyclical construction industry, 2018 might have looked to be the year that the industry would enter another recession. However, when polled at the beginning of this year, the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel—consisting of leading economic forecasters— instead saw an acceleration in activity, projecting 4.0 percent growth in 2018 and a nearly equal 3.9 percent in 2019.

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Editor’s pick – Takeda Global Headquarters

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

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