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Category: COVID-19 News

ASID tackles changing industry landscape with 2021 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report

Following a tumultuous 2020, all industries are seeking insight and assurances as 2021 gets into full swing. To keep interior design practitioners and professionals on the cusp of these relevant changes as related to global trends, economic indicators, and beyond, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released its annual Outlook and State of Interior Design Report.

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RDC designs Skanska Portland office with environmental resilience

RDC has unveiled its interior design for the Portland, Oregon offices of construction company Skanska USA Building Inc. The interiors at the historic 1922 building – 1010 NW Flanders St., in the Pearl District – combine comprehensive COVID-resilient features with a themed use of materials that echo both Skanska’s company culture and its Portland surroundings.

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Construction starts rebound in October

Total construction starts rose 12% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $787.9 billon. While sizeable, the increase does not erase September’s substantial pullback in starts. All three major categories moved higher over the month, nonbuilding starts rose 25%, nonresidential buildings increased 19%, while residential activity gained 2%. “October’s gain was welcome news following the large step back in starts during the previous month,” stated Richard Branch, Chief Economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “The month’s increase, however, does not mean all is well with the economy and construction sector. The economy lost traction as the stimulus provided by the CARES Act ended. With the next wave of COVID-19 infections looming, the economy will continue to lose steam until more fiscal stimulus is provided and a vaccine has been widely adopted. Until that has occurred, the construction sector will continue to be volatile.”

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KWK Architects supports School of Medicine Mission through planning and project activities at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

The new McDonnell Genome Institute – Genome Technology Access Center (GTAC@MGI) space, completed in July 2020, is located on the 4th Floor of the 4444 Forest Parkway Building. KWK’s team worked within the university’s design and planning standards to implement the efficient use of space within an existing building envelope, providing the university with tremendous value by avoiding new out-of-ground construction costs.

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Corning Guardiant antimicrobial particles enable paint and coatings demonstrated to kill more than 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, in two hours or less

Corning Incorporated announced on Tuesday a new breakthrough in glass-ceramic technology, Corning® Guardiant®. Under test methods approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paint and coatings containing Corning Guardiant were shown to kill more than 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Corning is working alongside PPG as it seeks EPA registration for its paint product formulated with Corning Guardiant.

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Dodge Data & Analytics expects construction starts to recover in 2021

Dodge Data & Analytics yesterday released its 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook. “The COVID-19 pandemic and recession has had a profound impact on the U.S. economy, leading to a deep drop off in construction starts in the first half of 2020,” stated Richard Branch, Chief Economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “While the recovery is underway, the road to full recovery will be long and fraught with potential potholes. After losing an estimated 14% in 2020 to $738 billion, total construction starts will regain just 4% in 2021.”

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International Code Council goes virtual for the 2021 Committee Action Hearings

The International Code Council has begun its 2024 code development process and confirmed its Committee Action Hearings will leverage a virtual model for participants. Taking place April 11 through May 5, 2021, all interested parties are encouraged to participate as modern and innovative building codes and standards affect the safety and sustainability of all our buildings and communities.

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Cradle to Cradle Certified products

The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.