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BEHR PRO™ Pre-Catalyzed Waterborne Epoxy

With a highly durable, low-odor and low-VOC formula, BEHR PRO™ Pre-Catalyzed Waterborne Epoxy is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of high traffic commercial, institutional and industrial facilities, such as schools, hospitals, food processing plants and USDA inspected facilities.

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Toronto Raptors training center unites bird-friendly Walker Glass with tinted and low-e glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass

When the architectural team at Guernsey, Oklahoma City, was tasked with designing BioSteel Centre, a world-class training facility for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, they had to address several competing demands. In addition to providing high levels of privacy and security for players and staff, the goal was to maximize views of nearby Lake Ontario while meeting local bird-safety and energy-efficiency mandates established by the city of Toronto.

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SageGlass Installs Dynamic Glass at Bowie State University’s New Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing

By controlling sunlight to optimize daylight, outdoor views and comfort while preventing glare, fading and overheating, SageGlass creates a more comfortable, productive learning environment conducive to cognitive thinking, thanks to unobstructed views of the outdoors. The dynamic glass tints on-demand, allowing professors to customize solar control. It also tints automatically via light standards. By blocking sunlight on hot days, SageGlass will help dramatically reduce energy demand in the building.

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Sto Corp. launches engaging new website with enhanced tools and features

New features include a new StoColor Tool, new Sto Texture Tool, a redesigned Documentation Center, Distributor Map, and Site Search, a new Home Page showcasing Sto’s capabilities, improved Product Pages, an enhanced Project Gallery, upgraded Video Gallery and a News & Updates section that includes Sto News, ARCHITRENDS blog posts, press releases and articles by Sto contributors published in major trade magazines

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ASID announces Premier Partnership with Sherwin-Williams

“ASID is an organization that thrives through the commitment and generous support of our partners,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “The Society is thrilled that Sherwin-Williams is an ASID Premier Partner and looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship for many years to come.”

ASID announces Premier Partnership with Sherwin-Williams

“ASID is an organization that thrives through the commitment and generous support of our partners,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “The Society is thrilled that Sherwin-Williams is an ASID Premier Partner and looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship for many years to come.”

Demilec launches Heatlok ABS — first complete air barrier and spray foam insulation system

“Until now, a single source of supply has been missing in the air barrier industry. Demilec has taken a much-needed systems approach to material testing and installation to now offer architects and contractors perfectly-matched spray foam insulation and air barrier materials that have been independently tested and approved as a single system,” said Tom Harris, Vice President – Building Science at Demilec, which has supplied Heatlok insulation to millions of square feet of cavity wall applications throughout North America for more than 20 years.

New BIA study shows brick building exteriors cost less

Conducted by RSMeans for the Brick Industry Association (BIA), the independent study compares total construction costs in five categories: three-story office building, three-story apartment building, five-to 10-story office building, four to eight-story hospital and a six-story dorm.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston breaks ground for Nancy and Rich Kinder Building

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has broken ground on the Nancy and Rich Kinder building for modern and contemporary art, designed by Steven Holl Architects. The new 164,000-square-foot museum building is shaped by gardens of horizontal porosity and is open on all sides. Seven gardens slice the perimeter, marking points of entry and punctuating the elevations. The largest garden court, at the corner of Bissonnet and Main Street, marks a central entry point on the new Museum of Fine Arts, Houston campus.

BEHR PRO™ Pre-Catalyzed Waterborne Epoxy

With a highly durable, low-odor and low-VOC formula, BEHR PRO™ Pre-Catalyzed Waterborne Epoxy is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of high traffic commercial, institutional and industrial facilities, such as schools, hospitals, food processing plants and USDA inspected facilities.

Toronto Raptors training center unites bird-friendly Walker Glass with tinted and low-e glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass

When the architectural team at Guernsey, Oklahoma City, was tasked with designing BioSteel Centre, a world-class training facility for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, they had to address several competing demands. In addition to providing high levels of privacy and security for players and staff, the goal was to maximize views of nearby Lake Ontario while meeting local bird-safety and energy-efficiency mandates established by the city of Toronto.

Delta’s EMEA headquarters achieves annual energy savings up to 45%

Delta announced last month it has completed the renovation and upgrade of its headquarters (HQs) office for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region into a green building capable of achieving up to 45% expected annual energy savings, certified as a BREEAM sustainable facility and a Dutch "A-class Building" energy label

Demilec launches Heatlok ABS — first complete air barrier and spray foam insulation system

“Until now, a single source of supply has been missing in the air barrier industry. Demilec has taken a much-needed systems approach to material testing and installation to now offer architects and contractors perfectly-matched spray foam insulation and air barrier materials that have been independently tested and approved as a single system,” said Tom Harris, Vice President – Building Science at Demilec, which has supplied Heatlok insulation to millions of square feet of cavity wall applications throughout North America for more than 20 years.

NVidia Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA

When NVidia announced construction of new headquarters based in the Silicon Valley, the tech giant’s architectural goals were straight-forward. The triangular building – which mimics the fundamental building block of computer graphics – would be efficient and the design would be “thoughtful in its use of space, energy, and environment, and of course, cost,” according to an NVidia press release.

WoodWorks issues ‘Call for Nominations’ for the 2018 U.S. Wood Design Awards

“Wood Design Awards are a way to celebrate ingenuity in wood design,” said Jennifer Cover, PE, President and CEO of WoodWorks. “We meet a lot of building designers who are excited to leverage wood’s potential, whether it’s to maximize the value of a student housing project or luxury condominium by increasing the number of stories, attract quality tenants with a stunning office building, or design a carbon-neutral school. We look forward to hearing the stories behind this year’s winning projects, and inspiring others with their designs.”

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Hensel Phelps | Mithun Design-Build Team awarded student housing expansion at UC Irvine

The Middle Earth Expansion is designed to help the UCI campus achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. The building and site are designed to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, reduce energy consumption, minimize its carbon footprint and operate at net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable strategies include rooftop solar heat collectors to reduce the amount of energy needed for hot water and photovoltaics that will generate 50 kW KVA of renewable energy.

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SVA Architects celebrates dedication of CBU Events Center

Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, states, “It was an honor to work with CBU on such a spectacular facility. The multi-arena includes a 100-foot tall tower and complements the Mission Revival architecture style that is a hallmark of the CBU campus. As the campus’ largest indoor gathering space, this is where Lancers will create memories and experiences that will resonate throughout their lives.”

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Spelman College selects Studio Gang to design new Center for the Arts & Innovation

“The new facility will provide a home for the ARTS@Spelman and will also house the school’s expanding Department of Computer and Information Sciences and an interdisciplinary Innovation Lab. Studio Gang brings to the project a uniquely collaborative approach to design that aligns with our vision to provide a new and dynamic state-of-the-art learning environment that encourages not only disciplinary mastery in the arts and computer science, but provides a creative intersection among art, technology, science and other liberal arts.”

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UW’s Integrated Design Lab study validates energy savings of View® Dynamic Glass

As part of a building repositioning to suit today’s Seattle workforce, Henbart installed efficient lighting and HVAC systems, and 20,400 square-feet of View double‐pane dynamic glass operated by an intelligent control system. View Dynamic Glass accounts for $0.25/SF annual energy savings out of the total retrofit savings of $0.44/SF – about a 17.7% total reduction.

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UL and CLEB combine to provide best in class building science services

Today, UL announces the acquisition of CLEB, the leading Canadian Building Science and Building Envelope service provider. CLEB, a Montreal-based company, is a privately-owned business. CLEB provides a wide range of building science services, including building envelope testing services, building forensic services, and field testing and building system commissioning services for architects, building owners, manufacturers and others in the building construction markets across North America.

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In celebration of Earth Day 2017, new research shows that green buildings contribute to a more productive workforce

RBC and the NRC were able to determine the human resources benefits of building green by analyzing anonymous data on more than 40,000 RBC employees against information on more than 70 RBC office buildings. The results show that overall, green buildings have statistically higher employee job satisfaction, higher employee engagement and organizational commitment, and higher management-assessed performance.

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Greg Flint Named President and Chief Operations Officer of Coldspring®

“As President and Chief Operations Officer, my primary goal is the continuous improvement of delivering value for our customers by capitalizing on our vast capabilities and resources, including the great people who are part of the Coldspring family. With a strong team in place, we’re well positioned to write the next chapter in the Coldspring story.”

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The $50 million Jon M. Huntsman Hall at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business embodies the next evolution in business school design. The design, a collaboration between lead designers LMN Architects and architects of record GSBS Architects. Photo: © Kevin Scott

The $50 million Jon M. Huntsman Hall at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business embodies the next evolution in business school design. The design, a collaboration between lead designers LMN Architects and architects of record GSBS Architects. Photo: © Kevin Scott

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