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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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Housing solutions for the chronically homeless using advanced modular construction

Hope on Alvarado, in Los Angeles’ Westlake neighborhood (166 S. Alvarado Street), is created by HBG Construction Corp, KTGY Architecture + Planning and Aedis Real Estate Group. The project, with wrap-around supportive services for homeless individuals, is the first of a series of superior-quality Hope On developments in Los Angeles using an advanced, new modular design.

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A healthy future for mass timber in medical facilities

Contributing author Lanny Flynn, Principal, Buildings Engineering at Stantec, takes a comprehensive look at the use of mass timber as a design element and as an advanced building material in the construction of medical facilities. Flynn shares his expertise citing research on positive health outcomes; the types and key elements of mass timber; benefits including infection control and ease of mass timber construction; safety concerns; and future changes in the International Building Code which will introduce three new construction types enabling the consideration of mass timber for larger facilities.

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Resiliency: Future-Proof Building Design

Ashley Eusey, PE, LEED AP, GGP, is Hoefer Wysocki’s lead professional engineer and sustainability manager. In the article “Resiliency: Future-Proof Building Design,” Eusey provides a comprehensive look at three pillars of resilient design in the built environment: integrated design, flexibility and education.

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World’s tallest modular hotel set to rise in New York City this fall, highlighting Marriott International’s vision to disrupt the way buildings get built

“This is the moment where modular construction takes center stage,” says Danny Forster, a leading modular building advocate whose firm, Danny Forster & Architecture, designed the project. As he explains it, “This hotel takes every advantage of off-site manufacturing, as you might expect. But it does so in a way that defies expectation. We wanted to demonstrate that modular building can do more than just harness the efficiencies of the factory. It can produce a graceful and iconic tower. And yes, it can do so at the rate of an entire floor a day.”

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Container-based building manufacturer Adaptive Modular Solutions rebrands as CRATE Modular Inc., hires Amanda Gattenby

Adaptive Modular Solutions, California’s first manufacturer of container-based multi-unit housing and school buildings, has unveiled a new brand identity and name. Effectively immediately, the company is known as CRATE Modular, Inc. Lisa Sharpe remains as president of the newly rebranded CRATE Modular, Inc., which has recently hired Amanda Gattenby to serve as vice president of development.

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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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Tubelite Inc.’s Therml=Block® TU24650 Series storefront system features aluminum framing with a dual pocket poured-and-debridged thermal break. Even in extreme cold climates, TU24650 dual thermally broken storefront improves U-Factors by 36 percent and increases CRF by 30 percent over a single poured-and-debridged pocket when using the same size and type of insulated glass. Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reduce associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent materials. The framing also can be specified in high recycled-content aluminum composition.

Tubelite Inc.’s Therml=Block® TU24650 Series storefront system features aluminum framing with a dual pocket poured-and-debridged thermal break. Even in extreme cold climates, TU24650 dual thermally broken storefront improves U-Factors by 36 percent and increases CRF by 30 percent over a single poured-and-debridged pocket when using the same size and type of insulated glass. Optimizing thermal performance helps lower the load on HVAC systems and reduce associated energy costs, while maintaining a comfortable interior temperature. Reducing condensation can improve a building’s appearance and sanitation, and minimize damage to adjacent materials. The framing also can be specified in high recycled-content aluminum composition.

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