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How much daylight is right for today’s tech-enabled schools?

Stantec’s Research + Benchmarking group investigates best practices and benchmarks our designs against others so we can apply this knowledge in our future design processes. We thought it would be hugely beneficial to go back and look at how our schools perform. Since 2012-13, we’ve studied both old and new elementary and middle schools in Texas school districts where we work—some schools designed by us, some designed by others—to see how they rate in categories such as daylight, views, thermal comfort, acoustics, and maintenance. Overall, we discovered that our designs rated highly, even on difficult and often subjective metrics like thermal comfort. Our biggest wow moment was discovering one area of dissatisfaction that really stood out: Daylighting.

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US Federal Properties Co. partners with Hoefer Wysocki on four new Veterans Affairs health clinics

In collaboration with USFP, which develops, finances, owns and operates federal government-leased properties, Hoefer Wysocki will lead the architectural and interior design of the new healthcare clinics. “With the growing number of Veterans in our nation, it is imperative that their healthcare needs are fully addressed,” said Hosam Habib, AIA, principal, director of design at Hoefer Wysocki. “Each clinic is uniquely designed to empower Veterans to gain ready access to healthcare, to enable providers to deliver the highest quality care, and to engage and improve the communities in which the clinics are located. To that end, the design of each clinic is inspired by its community context, the site and its topography, and a spirit of compassion for our Veterans.”

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El Cerrito Recycling Center + Environmental Resource Center, sustainable in design and in practice

“Our goal was to create a recycling and environmental resource center that brings people and community together, inspires better awareness about environmental issues, and satisfies operational needs in creative and efficient ways. We believe the El Cerrito Recycling Center is a story about regeneration and restoration,” said Chris Noll, Noll & Tam Architects.

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Perkins+Will’s design for University of Texas Health Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health promotes health and wellbeing

Perkins+Will designed the interiors of the facility to reduce agitation and encourage healing, doing so through lighting, acoustics, and visual aspects throughout. In particular, the firm was sure to be mindful of the effect of natural daylight and darkness on circadian rhythms, which have a direct influence on an individual’s emotional and mental state, as well as the impact of noise levels on the stress level of both patients and staff.

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Matthew Demers named Northern New England Sales Rep for Kalwall®

Matthew Demers will be responsible for sales and client relationships in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of Massachusetts, for Kalwall Corporation.. The New Hampshire native was most recently in marketing and sales for Spectrum Marketing of Manchester, N.H., nurturing on-going relationships with more than 100 local business and national franchises.

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Four Pillars of Sustainability for Behavioral Health Environment

Actions and design choices which promote and protect our sustainable natural environment, promote higher levels of emotional health. There are four major components which are considered in Sustainable Behavioral Health. They are Natural Light, Acoustics, Biophilia, and Natural Ventilation. Integration of all components into a build space will help create a build environment to support and promote the behavioral of patients.

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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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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

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. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. 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. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus.

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