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ASID to celebrate top design talent during virtual spotlight event

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced its first virtual awards event, honoring the design professionals, projects, and organizations who exemplify the “design impacts lives” mission. Spotlight: Celebrating ASID Awards will run July 13-16, 2020 and is a live, online celebration of the inspirational design leaders that are pushing the design industry forward with a focus on outcome-based design, sustainability, and well-being.

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Repurposing dark anchor spaces into healthcare facilities

Brad Earl, Managing Principal, NELSON Worldwide, discusses repurposing anchor spaces into healthcare facilities in his article on PRISM. “In today’s difficult and urgent healthcare climate, that’s been shaped by a global pandemic, health systems and community hospitals are tapping into the communities they serve to offer as many outpatient services as possible. With a healthcare system that has been increasingly overwhelmed, the abundance of outpatient centers provides a solution to improve quality of care, as well as provide relief to centers that have registered more patients than they can handle. As a result, healthcare service offerings close to residential clusters, demographic epicenters—places where community members work and shop, drive by, and congregate—have created a new patient mantra that is centered around convenience, expedition, and enhanced patient care.”

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Healthcare design post COVID-19

“Healthcare design post COVID-19” by Catherine Gow, Principal, Health Facilities Planning and Jennifer Kenson, Principal, Interior Design at Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA). “Healthcare planning will be re-thought to make spaces safe for both staff and patients alike. There are many strategies that could be utilized to make safer healthcare spaces. The strategies should parallel the CDC’s original recommendations of distancing, washing hands, avoiding contact. Distancing and separation within healthcare facilities, re-thinking patient, staff and supply flow. Specifications of materials and surfaces that can either be easily cleaned or are anti-microbial should be considered. Leveraging technology should also be studied as a tool to design a safer facility. New facilities should consider surge design in their planning.”

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Zovio’s Chandler HQ wins 2020 AZ RED Award for Office Interiors Project of the Year

Zovio announced last month that its Chandler HQ has received the 2020 AZ RED Award for Office Interiors Project of the Year. The project developer was Irgens; the general contractor, Stevens-Leinweber; the interior architect, McCarthy Nordburg; and subcontractors included Energy Systems Design, Caruso Turley Scott, Acoustical Consulting Services, and DIRTT/GMBI.

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ASID names design luminary Gary Wheeler as Interim CEO

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has named renowned designer Gary Wheeler, FASID, FIIDA as its Interim Chief Executive Officer. The appointment comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID will step down from his position as CEO at the end of July. Wheeler, one of the most respected names in design, will lead the organization through the transition period until a permanent CEO is named.

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Dunn-Edwards® unveils EXQUISITE™ Matte

Dunn-Edwards® unveils EXQUISITE™ Matte, a stain-resistant, washable interior matte paint. EXQUISITE is an ultra-low-VOC, 100%-acrylic, interior matte that incorporates the company’s proprietary ChromaStay™ Technology, making it durable and long lasting. The company says it is ideal for use on high-end, custom residential and upscale commercial projects — as well as homes, schools, hospitals, commercial spaces and other high-use areas where ultra-low-VOC products are desired.

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ASID CEO Randy Fiser will step down to pursue a new opportunity

“For eight years, Randy has provided invaluable leadership, passion, vision, and service to our community,“ said ASID Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Associate AIA. “He understood and championed the ability of interior design to impact not only the beauty around us but also our health, wellness, and wellbeing. His recent efforts have further strengthened ASID’s position as the global leader on interior environments. We will miss his contributions to our network.” 

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Celebrating a decade of emerging design: Sherwin-Williams tenth annual competition honors eight students

Sherwin-Williams last week announced the winners of its tenth annual Student Design Challenge, a competition that recognizes the growing talent of design students across North America. “With the competition now in its tenth year, we have high expectations for submissions – and they delivered. Each year, we are blown away by the depth of creativity these students show,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Their work demonstrates that the power of design is real and incredibly relevant. Sherwin-Williams applauds our next generation that will face both new challenges and new opportunities.”

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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