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Architectural color trends: conceptual inspiration to practical application

People rely on sight more than any other sense to take in information. The modern world makes it easier and more important than ever to share visual information. Color affects the interpretation of this visual information – both in terms of comprehending and remembering its meaning, and in relating and reacting to it. The color choice for a building’s exterior not only affects the people who work, shop, learn, heal and live inside it, but also those in neighboring buildings and even those passing by it.

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Unveiling the future of construction by revisiting the past

Rising to 85 feet, Carbon12 is currently the tallest mass timber building in the United States. A boutique collection of 14 units, Carbon12 is a glass and timber showpiece located in Portland, Oregon. Its structure is assembled from prefabricated Structurlam GlulamPlus® beams and columns, and CrossLam® CLT panels, which represent the next big evolution in the construction industry in the United States, and which have enormous positive economic and environmental potential.

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Health, Nature & Sustainability: Jacobs Medical Center in San Diego

In a key move to positioning itself as a leading medical research institution, UC San Diego Health transformed what was once a community hospital into a world-class destination for patient-first care. Reflective of UC San Diego Health’s vision, “to create a healthier world – one life at a time – through new science, new medicine and new cures,” the 245-bed Jacobs Medical Center embraces the future intersections of technology, medicine and patient experience.

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Specifiers’ Guide to Green Building Products

PRISM asked building materials manufacturers for information about some of their latest and/or most innovative sustainable products which architects might considering specifying for their next project. We asked manufacturers why an architect would specify their product and where an one could find more information. PRISM compiled this information in a guide, listing products by category types in alphabetical order. You can read the entire Specifiers’ Guide to Green Building Products or click on a category or company listed below for specific information.

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Setting the Stage for Your Brand: How Well-Designed, Theatrical Spaces Are Elevating the Hospitality Industry

The built environment has never been more important than it is today. Moving forward, we will see Millennials continue to shape the future of the hospitality industry as they seek out aesthetically and experience-driven atmospheres. The built environment matters deeply to them, and designers are at the heart of that. Should designers serve the manufacturing process or should the process serve designers? The system we have built allows designers to ensure the integrity of their work throughout the entire process.

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Practicing what we preach: Championing sustainability and wellness across Stantec

In November 2017, Stantec became the 13th company to form a strategic alliance with the Center for Active Design (CfAD), the leading non-profit using design to foster healthy, engaged communities) by becoming a Fitwel Champion. Stantec saw an opportunity to leverage our size and presence in North America and beyond to form this alliance as part of a shift toward focusing on sustainability and wellness in the built environment with three primary areas of impact: 1) our real estate, 2) our people, and 3) our clients.

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Second Wave of Sustainability for Healthcare

One of the major issues outlined in the WELL building standard is biophilia.  Biophilia posits that humans have an affinity towards the natural world and strives to address our psychological needs to be around life and life-like processes. Biophilic design is all about engaging with nature to assist with a patient’s healing process.  Exposure to views and images of nature positively impact a patient’s well-being, can help improve a patient’s emotional state, and as a result speeds up the healing and recovery process.

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A room with a view: Seattle’s Space Needle’s revolving glass floor

The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain. The upper and lower levels are now unified by a cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, creating a new destination that embodies the spirit of possibility for which Seattle is known. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand, or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and elevators.

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Guide to Green Building Products – Product of the Week

Rosendale Natural Cement Products®: Natural cement is made at much lower temperatures allowing much less fuel to be burned. The estimated reduction in CO2 is on the order of 600 pounds per ton of cement. Natural Cement retains its resilience, providing high performance and low maintenance over a building’s extended life cycle.

Rosendale Natural Cement Products®: Natural cement is made at much lower temperatures allowing much less fuel to be burned. The estimated reduction in CO2 is on the order of 600 pounds per ton of cement. Natural Cement retains its resilience, providing high performance and low maintenance over a building’s extended life cycle.

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