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McCain Manufacturing responds to COVID-19 with quick-install containment walls

A maker of modular walls, McCain Manufacturing is now utilizing 100 percent of its manufacturing capabilities to quickly build and distribute COVID-19 containment spaces across the United States. The walls, which can be made with an antimicrobial coating, are being manufactured around the clock at the company’s headquarters in Vista, California.

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HGA and The Boldt Company build STAAT Mod™ critical care units to address the COVID-19 hospital bed shortage

The STAAT Mod™ (Strategic, Temporary, Acuity-Adaptable Treatment) is a prefabricated modular solution designed by HGA and is being constructed by The Boldt Company for immediate distribution nationwide. It can be deployed in diverse environments from convention centers to free-standing hospital expansions. A focus of these units is the safety of healthcare workers treating patients with COVID-19.

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Shipping containers poised to aid with COVID-19 hospital housing shortage

Detroit-based cargo architecture firm Three Squared, whose steel cargo containers are typically used for innovative multifamily and mixed-use housing applications, announces it is now proffering its cargo container dwellings not only as relief units for hospital and morgue/mortuary overflow, but also as appropriately-appointed and climate-controlled housing units for doctors and nurses needing to stay close to patients.

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Department of Energy invests $74 million in building and construction technologies and innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Monday announced $74 million for 63 selected projects to research, develop, and test energy-efficient and flexible building technologies, systems, and construction practices to improve the energy performance of our Nation’s buildings and electric grid. Awardees include National Laboratories, universities, small businesses, and industry partners.

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Z Modular expands annual production capacity with new automated manufacturing facility in Killeen, Texas

Z Modular has commissioned robotics in its new automated manufacturing facility in Killeen, Texas, about 70 miles north of Austin. The specially developed robotics, never before used in the construction industry, ensure greater precision and accelerate production, stated the company. It is one of four Z Modular manufacturing facilities and part of a broader Z Modular® Network of factories building with the open-source Z Modular Building Ecosystem, enabling a total annual production capacity of 10 million sq. ft.

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ZHA & Esplan win competition for Ülemiste terminal in Tallinn, Estonia

Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) working with Esplan (Estonia) have been awarded first place in the design competition for the new terminal, a planned 870 km electrified railway from Tallinn in Estonia to the Lithuanian-Polish border. Incorporating a modular structural system built in phases to enable ongoing operations on the rail lines throughout construction, the station has been designed and planned to BREEAM benchmarks and guidelines.   

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Studio One Eleven announces container-based supportive housing

Studio One Eleven has unveiled its design for a four-story transitional housing development using modular construction in Los Angeles’ Watts  neighborhood. Watts Works, at 9502 S. Compton Avenue, uses stacked shipping containers to create 24 320-square-foot, studio apartments for low-income residents and one 480-square-foot manager’s apartment. The project also offers bike storage and multiple community spaces.

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In Pictures: The future projects tackling climate change and setting the agenda in sustainable design

Amongst the Future Project Shortlist in the twelfth edition of the World Architecture Festival are a number of schemes designed to play a major role in creating a more sustainable future. These include a tower which uses algae to produce clean air, to tackle the vast dust cloud which plagues Beijing; repurposed oil tanks creating a new eco-park to restore destroyed habitats in Brooklyn; affordable modular water dwellings for Bergen in response to growing risks of flooding; a surge protection system to counter rising sea levels in Houston; the first energy positive airport city in the world for Oslo; and a residential community incorporating a large forest ecosystem reconnecting people with nature in Samutprakarn.

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Two KTGY designs selected as 2019 NMHC Innovation Challenge finalists

KTGY Architecture + Planning announced that the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) has named its five finalists for its 2019 Innovation Challenge competition, with KTGY receiving two finalist honors. This year’s challenge sought solutions for reducing the construction costs or time to bend the cost curve of housing production as a way to address the nation’s housing affordability crisis.

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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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