Healthcare design, flooring and concrete building materials
Special Feature: Ecodistricts
The Changing Landscape of Healthcare Design. The changing landscape of healthcare in the U.S. is requiring hospital systems to develop and adopt new types of facilities and to reconsider both where and how they provide their services. This shift is inevitably leading to new opportunities for architects and interior designers as healthcare systems aim to differentiate themselves in a more competitive healthcare market.
An Interview with Green Building Pioneer Gail Vittori. “By design, the integration of nature permeates the experience, from both inside and outside the hospital. This is accomplished through seven interior courtyards, a 3.5 acre interactive healing garden for patients, plant species that represent the diverse ecological zones from which the young patients come from and access to views of nature from almost everywhere within the hospital.” — Gail Vittori
There has been a recent increase in dynamic glass installations in healthcare facilities to provide architects with a way to provide access to outdoor views and save energy without compromising the architect’s aesthetic vision.
These dining room design details may be second nature for most restaurant operators. However, even with a renewed effort toward improving and expanding the dining experience, senior living and assisted living operators often don’t know where to start. By pairing an experienced restaurant designer with a senior living designer and architect, we’ve come up with the following five tips and suggestions for creating welcoming, comfortable dining spaces inspired by the world of restaurant design.
Similar to the design of residential, hospitality or commercial spaces, color is a powerful tool to utilize in healthcare design, and it even has the power to enhance well-being. Understanding the impact that color has on healthcare spaces, PPG develops a specific healthcare color trends report each year for designers and architects to reference for upcoming projects. Our approach to the color selection in the upcoming trends report combines color science with psychology, sociology and human physiology, as well as current general consumer trends and trends in health and wellness to best develop color palettes that will work to symbolize physical and emotional transformation.
A rooftop canopy featuring Walker Textures® Velour on Starphire Ultra-Clear™ glass by Vitro Architectural Glass creates an ideal marriage of form and function on New York University’s Langone Medical Center.
Floor coatings and materials
The flooring contractor determined a resinous floor coating system with a topcoat of polyaspartic coating technology would address the needs of long-term durability, abrasion resistance, seamless design, aesthetics and fast return to service. The polyaspartic system was supplied by a private manufacturer and utilized Covestro raw materials in the formulation.
The Jack Daniels Employee Resource Center in Lynchburg, Tennessee, is a place for employees to play a quick pick-up game or get a work-out in during the day. Years of play on the polypropylene tiles of the old converted building started to show some wear. Curling edges of the tile were a safety hazard and the thin pad under the tiles provided minimal shock absorption. When it came time to install, refinish and repaint the floor in fall of 2016, Jack Daniels turned to Covington Flooring Company.
‘Maison Z’ (‘house Z’), situated in the Gard department in the south of France, encompasses a site measuring 29,600 square feet and is home to several independent farmhouses in a style that is typical of the Cévennes region. The aim of the project is to reconnect the two main ancient buildings via new construction. By skillfully juxtaposing the ancient building and the new construction, architect Gil Percal has managed to ensure that all rooms are at the heart of the dwelling, gathered in an open-plan space that includes a living room, dining room, and an open kitchen.
ColorArt Medintech and Medintone with Diamond 10 Technology coating features new, on-trend bold and bright colors to coordinate across the Armstrong Flooring Continuum™ Solutions portfolio, providing solutions for unique design concepts. The true through-pattern construction resists abrasion and other wear created by heavy equipment, such as carts in healthcare spaces, and the frequent rearrangement of desks and chairs in educational settings.
Expanko Resilient Flooring, a brand of the Stonhard Group, recently announced the newest addition to its commercial flooring products. Sereniti Rubber Flooring™ includes highly durable tile, sheet and stair tread that Expanko says leverages exceptional sound absorption, comfort and beauty. According to the company, this high quality performance solution is ideal for healthcare, education, hospitality, senior living, retail, transportation, museums and libraries.
Ecodistricts have much in common with traditional urban design and planning, but differ because they respond to the relationship of resource flows within the urban framework. There are three major shifts in our urban context that distinguish ecodistrict planning from other planning models: 1) the need for infrastructure renewal and integration into urban spaces, 2) the possibility of adaptive response to resource flows and climate change, and 3) the emerging demand for a new way of community participation.
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This collaborative effort is a milestone for Passive House design in North America. A 57-unit affordable housing project, Orchards at Orenco, Phase I is the largest Passive House project on this continent. Located in Hillsboro in the heart of the Silicon Forest tech companies, these units are geared towards providing inexpensive but quality places for people working lower income support jobs at larger companies, earning no more than approximately 50-60% of the MFI.
The new 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi opened in March 2016. The one-story museum’s façade and 30-foot-tall lobby features Tubelite Inc.’s curtainwall and entrance systems. Owned and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation, the Museum is located in Cleveland, Mississippi near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South.
ASID National HQ Office Earns LEED Platinum Certification. The headquarters houses 8,500 square feet of innovation supported by research that ties improvements in health and wellness with organizational metrics of engagement, retention, and productivity. Key design elements, such as the space’s real-time dashboard of environmental attributes, weave innovation, technology, and nature-based design together to create a space that conveys the core principles of LEED.
The design-build team, Hensel Phelps | Mithun, in late November was awarded the second phase of the East Campus student housing project at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). The UC San Diego Nuevo West is a $142 million, 442,000 GSF, Graduate Student Housing project consisting of over 880 beds and related amenity spaces in two main buildings.
REI sets new standard for sustainable operations with U.S. LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy distribution center
REI announced a major milestone in its continued work to lead on sustainable operations in a press release December 21, 2016. Its newest distribution center, located in Goodyear, Arizona, has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification — the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) green building rating system — making it the first distribution center in the U.S. to achieve both LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy.
Accella Performance Materials is very proud to be selected to support the unique architectural design of the USS Arizona Mall Memorial located on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, AZ. The Mall Memorial, which was dedicated on December 4, 2016, is an open-space design situated on the grassy university mall area in front of the university’s historic Old Main building. The special design includes a full-scale deck outline, made with specialty materials provided by Accella, of the iconic U.S. battleship that was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941- a date which will “live in infamy” as described by then-President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The One at Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), one of the latest hotel developments from leading Dubai-based property firm The First Group, has been named Leisure and Hospitality Project of the Year at the prestigious Middle East Architect Awards. The 40-story tower in Dubai’s JVC precinct is one of four hotel projects under development in Dubai by the British-owned international hotel and property firm, which is best known for its collection of highly popular aparthotels in the city.
Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, Monday unveiled new workplace strategy research to help businesses envision and leverage their workplace to inspire tomorrow’s talent. MPA’s research promotes a design discussion around the workplace as an environment where a company’s greatest assets – its people – come together to invent, produce, create, and improve lives.
COLOR AND DESIGN
The ASID Foundation is pleased to accept proposals for its sixth annual Transform Grants through March 15, 2017. This year, the Foundation will continue its mission to elevate the impact of interior design by funding evidence-based research on how interior design can foster well-being for all.
Park Hotel Tokyo January 17 announced the availability of two new Artist Rooms, ‘Jomon” and “Japanese Angel.” These were standard rooms that had been decorated by Japanese artists who had painted on the walls and the ceilings during their stay at the hotel. The concept of these rooms is the “Beauty of Japan.”
LMN Architects, a multidisciplinary design firm with a reputation for distinctive, community-focused projects, announces that the Cleveland Civic Core and Convention Center Complex has been recognized with a 2017 National AIA Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The Commonwealth’s leading voice for smart growth, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, has tapped Drexel University to be the inaugural recipient of the Joanne Denworth Founders Award, the highest award given by the statewide nonprofit. Drexel President John A. Fry will accept the honor and deliver keynote remarks at the Commonwealth Awards celebration on the evening of January 24, 2017 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia.
KPMG LLP January 9, 2016 unveiled plans to build a state-of-the art learning, development, and innovation facility to further enhance the world-class training capabilities it offers to its partners and professionals. The 55-acre campus will be built in the 14-square-mile community of Lake Nona in the City of Orlando, Florida, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2017.
A master development venture comprising Patrinely Group, USAA Real Estate Company and CDC Houston, announced today that HP Inc. has signed a long-term lease in Springwoods Village. The campus will be located on 12 acres near the intersection of Interstate 45 North and the Grand Parkway.
International real estate developer HB Reavis yesterday announced that construction has commenced on Varso Place, its flagship development in Warsaw city center. Plans for the 140,000 sqm mixed-use scheme include one of Europe’s tallest towers and two mid-rise buildings. Completion is scheduled for 2020.
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Home and personal well-being go hand in hand, according to a new policy brief that highlights a direct relationship between the design of affordable housing that promotes resident health and potential cost savings for developers, tenants, and public and private health providers. Leaders in the health and development community highlighted this positive ROI in a letter this week to new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, M.D.
New construction starts in December slipped 5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $613.0 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The latest month’s decline for total construction was due to sharply reduced activity for the nonbuilding construction sector, reflecting further erosion by public works as well as a steep plunge by the electric utility/gas plant category. At the same time, nonresidential building in December held steady with its November pace, and residential building was able to register moderate growth.
“By bringing ARCOM and InterSpec together, ARCOM is positioned to offer the industry the tremendous benefits of pairing innovative technology with unparalleled specification content,” said Mark Strauch, ARCOM Chairman and Alpine Investors Partner.
Late in 2016, the Gypsum Association (GA) released five revised technical documents. GA-220-2016 Gypsum Board Winter Related Installation Recommendations; GA-223-2016 Gypsum Panel Products, Types, Uses, and Standards; GA-226-2016 Application of Gypsum Board to Form Curved Surface; GA-234-2016 Control Joints for Fire Resistance Rated Systems, and GA-338-2016 Guidelines for Prevention of Mold Growth on Gypsum Board have been updated to reflect current best practices. As a service to the design and construction community, these documents, and more than thirty additional technical documents, are available for free download through the GA Bookstore.
“Corporations that take an active role in managing health and wellness programs for employees are seeing positive returns on those investments,” said Tim Venable, Senior Vice President at CoreNet Global, the leading professional association serving the corporate real estate profession. “As the line between work and personal life is increasingly blurred due to technology, remote work and 24/7 access to information, employers are taking measures to ensure employee health and wellness.”
The Gypsum Association (GA) is pleased to announce the release of two web-based applications devoted to the proper specification, installation, storage, and use of specialized performance gypsum panel products. Research conducted by the Gypsum Association indicated that awareness and understanding of specialized performance panels among architects, specifiers and other A/E/C professionals is less than optimal. Covering both commercial and multi-family structures, these new additions to the GA website are aimed at addressing that information gap by providing essential—yet impartial—information in one place.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated technical information report addressing the most commonly used composite thermal barrier systems. The 72-page AAMA TIR-A8-16, “Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Framing Systems,” was last updated in 2008 and now includes several new figures and instructions specific to testing dual cavities. Updated software and a user guide are forthcoming to aid users in understanding information contained in this report.
The Dodge Momentum Index increased 2.9% in December to 136.7 (2000=100) from its revised November reading of 132.8. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.
Architects are calling on manufacturers of building products and materials to advance their digital capabilities, as well as their ability to consult and advise customers in the many phases of construction projects, according to a study published by The American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The economic outlook remains mixed for landscape architecture firms, according to the latest ASLA Business survey. During the fourth quarter of 2016, firms reported a dip in billable hours and inquiries for new work, with hiring plans noticeably expanding from the previous quarter.
Folks from the Bloomfield/Friendship part of the Pittsburgh region appreciate their green space. An older established area with some houses dating back to the turn of the century, residents feel a well-deserved sense of pride in the history of their neighborhood and preserving its neighborhood feel, such as the facelift of the Friendship Play Park. After three years of bake sales, car washes and other forms of fundraising, residents saved enough to give Friendship Play Park a new play surface.
The sprawling estate and final home of Pablo Picasso in Mougins, France was sold for an undisclosed sum to Brunei financier Rayo Withanage. The Mayor of Mougins confirmed in an official press release the sale as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
In the News…
Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has earned a 2016 Product Innovation Award and a special citation for industry leadership from Architectural Products magazine.
J.E. Berkowitz, LP (JEB), a premier architectural glass fabricator and a division of Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH), January 17, 2017 announced the launch of its “Fabricated in the USA” initiative—a proactive effort to promote and ensure the use of American-made products in the production of the company’s architectural glass solutions.
RPM International Inc. yesterday announced that Charles A. Ratner, 75, has retired from its board of directors after almost 12 years of service to the company.
Pearlescent-flaked coating selected by readers, editors in building envelope category. The coating, which features PPG’s proprietary 70-percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) formulation inflected with pearlescent flake, was among 34 products selected in the “building envelope” category.
Steven Reinstadtler, market manager, Construction Coatings, Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties, Covestro LLC, will present the case study “A polyaspartic coating made a commercial bakery floor look really sweet,” at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31. He will detail the process of replacing a sheet vinyl floor with visible loose seams and patching in the commercial bakery kitchen at the SpringHouse Country Market, a well-known institution in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) today announced that Deems Lewis McKinley (DLM) has merged with HED.
AZEK Building Products, formerly known as CPG Building Products, is announcing the company’s name change at the 2017 International Builders’ Show.
Wright Heerema Architects, the award-winning Chicago-based architectural and interior design firm, announced Scott Delano has joined the firm as Design Director. Delano is a veteran Chicago-based corporate interiors leader with 25 years of experience in planning, architecture and interiors. In his new role, Delano is charged with leading, inspiring and growing Wright Heerema’s interiors practice to ensure exceptional client experiences.
Innovative Chemical Products (the ICP Group) has announced the acquisition of Rock-Tred Corporation, a leading manufacturer of polymer floor coating solutions that repair, maintain, protect and beautify floors. Rock-Tred will be integrated into ICP Construction, Inc., one of the three divisions of the ICP Group.
RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced that it has acquired Prime Resins to be part of its USL Group. Prime Resins is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and equipment for infrastructure construction and repair.