10 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY. Credit: The Hamister Group
Rising 20 stories into the Buffalo, New York, skyline, 10 Lafayette Square looks identical to when it originally opened in November 1959 as a corporate office building. But, looks can be deceiving. Now—more than 57 years later and memorialized on the National Register of Historic Places—the landmark building is a mixed-use complex and a model of energy efficiency after undergoing an extensive transformation that included the installation of the Renovate by Berkowitz™ (Renovate) façade retrofit system.
Margulies Perruzzi Architects-Designed HQ for The Predictive Index receives CoreNet Global New England Award of Excellence
Margulies Perruzzi Architects is proud to announce that the firm’s high performance workplace design for The Predictive Index’s corporate headquarters has received a 2016 CoreNet Global New England Award of Excellence for Best New Workplace
SageGlass®, the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, announced three completed commercial office installations in Nebraska, Iowa and California. SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, was chosen for its ability to control sunlight to optimize daylight, outdoor views and comfort while preventing glare, fading and overheating to create a productive and comfortable work environment.
FMC Corporation announced that its new headquarters, located in FMC Tower at Cira Centre South in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has received LEED Gold certification for its commercial interior.
1 Hotels last week opened the doors of its third property and first ground-up development, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Remaining true to 1 Hotels founder, Barry Sternlicht, core philosophy, “The world around us is beautiful, and we want to keep it that way.” The property cultivates the best of eco-conscious design, sustainable architecture, cause-oriented partnerships, and unrivaled service.
CityCenterDC offers a transit- and pedestrian-oriented neighborhood experience in downtown Washington, D.C., that blends 2.5 million square feet of shops, restaurants, apartments, condominiums, offices, a hotel and public spaces. One of the largest urban infill projects ever undertaken in the city, this 10-acre, mixed-use, LEED®-certified development occupies 3.5 city blocks and eight buildings. For the two office towers, Valspar’s Fluropon® coating systems were selected to meet the project’s aesthetic, performance and sustainability goals.
Pennsylvania’s ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is a new 4.5 acre year-round art center located on a reclaimed brownfield at the western end of the 150-year-old Bethlehem Steel manufacturing site. Spillman Farmer Architects designed the 66,000-square-foot, $17.3 million arts facility as a transformative and transparent space, with an exterior featuring curtainwall and entrance systems from Tubelite Inc.
Boston Logan International Airport’s new, 10-story West Garage Extension features an attractive, kinetic exterior to distinctively screen the facility. Designed by Arrowstreet Inc. and manufactured by EXTECH, the dynamic façade system consists of more than 48,000 aluminum flapper panels that move in response to wind currents. Each flapper panel was finished by Linetec in Class I clear anodize.
Designed by noted architect Rafael Viñoly, the 96-story skyscraper features a lattice-like network of aluminum window wall systems finished with Duranar SUNSTORM® Gray Mica and Sunlight Silver coatings applied by aluminum extruder and paint applicator Keymark Corp., Fonda, New York.
Restoring the Million Dollar Hotel: Highland Commercial Roofing Looks Back at Challenges of Historic Renovation
It was a “Million Dollar Hotel” with a century’s worth of history, so when it came time to renovate the Rosslyn Hotel in downtown Los Angeles into affordable housing, developers turned to Highland Commercial Roofing to ensure its protection.
The Hurlingham project in London involved the construction of a sports complex including four indoor tennis courts and four squash courts. The racquet hall, designed by David Morley Architects, is 35 meters wide and 55 meters long. The main span consists of suspended steel beams. To give the courts space and reduce the costs, the beams are spaced with large gaps of 12.9 meters. To fill these gaps, the architect wanted to see wood.
Standard Solar, Inc. announces the completion of a 708 kilowatt (kW) solar project for Montgomery County, MD-based commercial real estate developer, DANAC, LLC. The project, featuring a parking garage solar canopy, a solar carport and a rooftop system, was completed in late 2016 and was recently named a finalist for a 2016 Wintergreen Award for Excellence in Green Building.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provide guidance and sound technical information on the various aspects and considerations that need to be considered when applying plastic-glazed skylights and sloped glazing as an enhancement to a building design.
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Fitwel has garnered significant market traction during its soft launch phase through its Champion and Ambassador programs and is recognized as a 2017 Most Innovative Company in Social Good by Fast Company
ACEC California named Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center as its 2017 Golden State Award Winner for its exceptional and unique sustainable design features. The Golden 1 Center – home of the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings – was designed by AECOM in association with Henderson Engineering, Inc. and is the first indoor sports arena in the world to achieve LEED platinum certification. The Golden State Award is the highest honor ACEC California bestows as part of its Engineering Excellence Awards program.
A first-of-its-kind home adhering to the standard of “ageless design” was unveiled February 2, 2017 in Memphis. The home is part of a groundbreaking effort by AARP, AARP Foundation, Home Matters and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, which challenged architects through a nationwide competition to create new standards in housing design that allow adults to stay in their homes throughout their lives.
Wood Products Council announced the winners of its 2017 Wood Design Awards, which celebrate excellence in wood building design across the U.S. Chosen by an independent jury in nine national categories, the winning projects exemplify attributes of wood such as beauty, strength, versatility and sustainability.
PPG has donated more than 9,300 gallons (about 35,200 liters) of its paint and coatings, and provided more than $1.5 million in funding, for nearly 70 projects completed since the program’s launch in 2015. Additionally, more than 3,400 PPG and community volunteers have donated around 17,400 volunteer hours to help brighten communities by painting, repairing, cleaning and helping in other ways. To date, the program has positively impacted more than 1.8 million people in 20 countries.
Saint-Gobain has received the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer North America Certification for the second consecutive year for its exceptional employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute is an independent organization that certifies employers around the world for excellence in the work environments they create for their employees and will honor Saint-Gobain at an award ceremony Feb. 16 in Dallas, Texas.
JCJ Architecture was recently recognized with the 2016 James D. MacConnell Award for its design of the Fairchild Wheeler Inter-District Magnet Campus. Presented by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), this prestigious award recognizes a comprehensive planning process and responsive educational design that serves the needs of students, educators, and communities. The project is the first in New England to be accorded this honor.
Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW), the developer of The Wharf, a $2 billion, mile-long neighborhood located on DC’s Southwest waterfront, January 31, 2017 announced the architects and designers selected to design Phase 2 of the site. Perkins Eastman DC will oversee a collective of eleven of the country’s most prestigious architects and designers.
To celebrate the New Year, private residential community Kohanaiki on the Big Island of Hawaii has opened an impressive 67,000 square foot clubhouse for its members. Committed to cultural preservation and environmental restoration on the Kona Coast, Kohanaiki embraced its role as a steward of the land and has diligently ensured sustainable construction methods and practices were employed.
Steven Holl Architects’ design for a new Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai was approved by COFCO, who commissioned the project in Summer 2016.
Omni New York LLC celebrated the opening of its Morris Avenue Apartments affordable housing complex located at 655 Morris Avenue in the Bronx, which will provide 176 new units of mixed income housing for New York families and formerly homeless, including formerly homeless veterans.
Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that is has completed the expansion and renovation of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod in Sandwich, Mass.
SVA Architects and El Monte Gateway Development Team Celebrate Groundbreaking of Mixed-Use Apartment Community
This month, El Monte Gateway celebrates a significant milestone in its ambitious transit-oriented development (TOD) realization.
One Drexel Plaza, renovated by Coscia Moos Architecture, and is now home to Drexel Engineering Teaching and Research labs and the Institute for Energy and the Environment.
Hot brick trends in fired clay brick show preferences for whites, greys and lighter colors, thin brick, rustic/weathered textures and larger brick sizes.
J.E. Berkowitz, LP, (JEB) has produced a new video that details the advantages and capabilities of the JEB 3Seal™ structural, warm-edge spacer for insulating glass units (IGUs).
Common Ground High School in New Haven, Conn. Photo courtesy of David Sundberg
Designing with wood ensures safe, resilient and appealing structures that are ideal for educational facilities
Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has added a new feature to the Vitro Glass “Construct” tool that enables users to quickly generate 3-part specifications in the Construction Specifiers Institute (CSI) format, which is the basis for all building construction documentation in North America.
U.S. Steel Tower, Pittsburgh, PA. Courtesy of evolveEA
The tallest structure between Chicago and Philadelphia is the 64-floor U.S. Steel Tower in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, which also ranks as the 7th largest high-rise office building in the United States by square footage. Through a series of retrofits to improve its energy efficiency, the iconic skyscraper built in 1970 recently achieved ENERGY STAR certification.
Massachusetts moves from the third to first; New York rejoins ranking The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Jan. 25, 2017 announced the Top 10 States for LEED, an annual ranking that highlights states throughout the United States that made significant strides in...
Kindred House. Credit: Christopher Mayer Photography
Trumark Communities is pleased to announce that Wallis Ranch has been named “Master Planned Community of the Year” by the 2017 National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Annual Sales & Marketing Awards presented by NAHB’s National Sales and Marketing Council.
GBA Oakland Green Roof Tour, Pittsburgh, PA. Credit: Green Building Alliance
Pittsburgh’s ongoing physical, economic, and environmental transformation has propelled a surge in sustainable development, green innovation, and collaboration across multiple sectors – from municipal government, private business, nonprofit agencies, and university-based initiatives to major infrastructure projects, technology manufacturing, and equitable development.
LEED in Motion: Venues report from U.S. Green Building Council highlights the impact LEED and green practices are having on venues’ triple bottom line Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council released its LEED in Motion: Venues report, which...
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped slightly into negative territory in January, after a very strong showing in December.
The value of new construction starts in January climbed 12% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $690.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. After losing momentum during last year’s fourth quarter, nonresidential building strengthened in January, with much of the lift coming from the start of the $3.4 billion Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport in New York NY as well as groundbreaking for several other large airport terminal projects.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) strongly opposes the recently introduced H.R. 861, which would terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Society today sent a letter to Representative Matt Gaetz (Florida), the author of the bill, urging him to withdraw consideration of the proposed legislation.
The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has opened its call for entries for the 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards, the country’s premiere architectural design competition featuring clay brick.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has unveiled a complete redesign and enhancement of its websites, putting its mission of “Design Impacts Lives” front and center. The responsive national site is now available at www.asid.org. The 47 redesigned chapter sites are listed on the new Chapter Map.
ASID is pleased to announce and welcome Surya as an ASID Premier Partner. The Society is thrilled to have the support of Surya as it showcases the impact of design on the human experience, and celebrates the value interior designers provide.
The International WELL Building Institute’s™ (IWBI™) new Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi capped the first 100 days in his new role by laying out the cornerstones of his 2017 plan for the rapidly growing WELL Building Standard™ (WELL).
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that ConstructConnect has agreed to continue as an Innovation Partner of the AIA.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced its agenda for the new Administration and Congress, advocating programs and policies that create more livable and energy efficient communities with investments in buildings as key elements of the national infrastructure.
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings.
“Throughout the year, and particularly this month, we honor the unique contributions of African American landscape architects to the communities of this nation,” says ASLA President Vaughn B. Rinner, FASLA. “We need to continually accelerate our ongoing efforts to introduce more African American youth to this creative and rewarding profession. Their perspectives lead to great design and engaged communities, truly benefiting all of us.”
In the News…
The PPG coil and building products – exterior coatings group will exhibit its full complement of DURANAR®, DURASTAR® and DURAFORM® coatings at the 2017 Frame Building Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, March 8-10.
DECRA® Roofing Systems, Inc., the company that invented the stone-coated steel roofing category and remains its leading manufacturer, is celebrating 60 years of excellence in successfully protecting residential and light commercial projects.
Accella Polyurethane Systems LLC has agreed to purchase certain assets of the North American spray polyurethane foam (SPF) business located in Spring, TX, from Covestro LLC. The sale is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2017. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
Firestone Building Products Company, LLC announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Gaco Western, a leader in innovative silicone roofing systems and provider of top-tier waterproofing and spray foam insulation solutions for a variety of commercial and residential applications.
The INDX® Knowledge Hub, a suite of online self-service applications developed by PPG (NYSE: PPG) for coil and building product coatings customers, has earned a 2016 Readers’ Choice Award from USGlass magazine, a leading trade publication for the metal and glazing industry.
Sto Corp. announced today that the company is now partnered with the industry’s two principal specifications providers, ARCOM MasterSpec and BSD SpecLink-E, to promote Sto systems and products to architects, engineers, and project managers.
The GAF DecoTech™ System, introduced at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida, couples with innovative, attractive, and affordable solar technology with fast, safe, and easy installation by roofing contractors.