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Blair + Mui Dowd Architects set the standard at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt is one of the most recognized educational and healthcare brands in middle Tennessee. With a design process that is research-focused and data-driven, Blair + Mui Dowd Architects sought to further enhance Vanderbilt Medical Center’s image through strategic visual branding, in particular through creating a consistent, recognizable set of architectural finishes in every facility. To attract the best clinicians, scientists, and educators, the new finishes integrate sustainable materials that reflect modern standards in addition to their consistent aesthetic appeal.

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American Concrete Institute releases new ACI 562-19 Repair Code

“This third edition of ACI 562 provides all parties involved in a concrete repair project with a common and clearly defined set of requirements upon which to base its assessment, repair, and rehabilitation,” states Michael L. Tholen, ACI Managing Director, Engineering and Professional Development. “ACI 562-19 provides owners confidence that their repair projects will be designed to a common standard, engineers a uniform set of requirements specific to existing concrete structures, building officials a basis upon which to evaluate design and construction, and contractors clarification of responsibilities.”

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Acoustic guitar inspires SCB design of Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Tower in Nashville

Above the podium, a 37-story sleek glass tower rises, capturing views of the city and the Cumberland River for the building’s occupants. The fenestration and balcony composition continue the acoustic guitar design conceit; the tower elegantly recalls the fretted neck of the instrument. Amenity decks—one for hotel guests and one for residents—provide a private outdoor experience above the busy street. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.

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Mosa launches line extension to Terra Tones Collection

Mosa’s full Terra Tones series now consists of eight basic tile colors: cool porcelain white, mid warm grey, dark grey brown, light beige, grey green, mid grey, anthracite, and cool black. The new cool white and warm Terra Tones colors have been introduced to offer specifiers more aesthetic choices from this tile line. The Terra Tones series is Cradle to Cradle certified.

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Society of Architectural Historians to present Change Agent Award to Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The award recognizes Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin for their innovative, paradigm-shifting work, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to design with a focus on cultural and civic projects. DS+R is currently working on the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with Gensler, a project that increases gallery space by one third, optimizes current spaces to be more flexible and technologically sophisticated, and creates publicly accessible street-level galleries that connect the Museum to the people of midtown Manhattan.

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TRIA welcomes two senior designers to the firm

TRIA, a partner-led architecture firm with a focus on designing unique spaces for science, technology, and corporate clients, is pleased to announce that two new senior designers have recently joined the firm. TRIA welcomes Becky Boyer, IIDA, NCIDQ as Senior Interior Designer and John D. McDermott, AIA, NCARB as Senior Project Architect.

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Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C.

The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral’s dome, apse and tabernacle all required a high degree of precision and detail, twisting and molding two layers of CertainTeed Gypsum wallboard to match the structural frame, which was first constructed on the ground and then lifted high into the ceilings’ curved surfaces to be fit and secured. The architecture also featured barrel-vaulted ceilings and splayed window returns, distinguishing this project from other cathedrals in the region.

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Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences keynote speaker, Dr. Patrick Moore, covers sustainability, energy, and the future

A self-confessed “Greenpeace dropout” spoke about why he chose to leave the organization to find alternate routes toward protecting the environment during the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences, June 17-20, in Victoria, British Columbia. Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 45 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as president of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a director of Greenpeace International.

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Seven outstanding fellows chosen for their efforts to transform cities as part of inaugural Knight Public Spaces Fellowship

Seven outstanding individuals from across the United States have been named Knight Public Spaces Fellows, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to advance the creation of public spaces that transform communities. Fellows include leaders with exemplary track records of crafting public spaces — parks, plazas, trails, community spaces and streets — that create opportunities for civic engagement. The fellowship aligns with Knight’s support of public spaces as a means to connect communities, drawing people out of their homes and encouraging them to meet, play and discuss important issues, while finding common ground.

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Architecture billings remain flat

AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for May showed a small increase in design services at 50.2, which is slightly down from 50.5 in April. “The last four consecutive months, firm billings have either decreased or been flat, the longest period of that level of sustained softness since 2012,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “While both inquiries into new projects and the value of new design contracts remained positive, they both softened in May, another sign the amount of pending work in the pipeline at firms may be starting to stabilize.”

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The YUW 750 TU is a thermally broken, unitized curtain wall that delivers a high level of design versatility and performance, regardless of climate or location. In addition to the fast, easy installation benefits of being unitized, it offers design freedom with options for a 2 1/2 inch captured frame or a 4-sided structural silicone glazed frame with zero sightline for a modern look. Sustainable performance is achieved with a U-value of 0.41 Btu/hr ft2 oF or less. Additionally, the YUW 750 TU easily interfaces with sun shades to yield greater performance. Visit ykkap.com to learn more.

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