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PRISM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 EDITION

Building Envelope Design Education | 2018 RCI Internationa

January-February 2018PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment

Sustainability and Senior Living
How Vancouver Greened its Waterfront
Inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Five Myths of Specifying a High-Performance Door

NEW SERIES: THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Feature articles

Designing from the Outside In by Jami Mohlenkamp and Julie Edwards
Five Myths of Specifying a High-Performance Door by Siva Davuluri, director of product strategy for high performance doors at CornellCookson Inc.

Featured projects

How Vancouver Greened its Waterfront
Inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

NEW SERIES: ECONIMICS OF BIOPHILIA

INTRODUCTION: THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA by Terrapin Bright Green

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Feature article

Senior living communities that are designed with sustainability in mind can increase both energy efficiency and comfort for residents and visitors. When designing high performance buildings, it’s important to look at both interior and exterior building design. Photo credit: Fred J. Fuhrmeister for OZ Architecture

Senior living communities that are designed with sustainability in mind can increase both energy efficiency and comfort for residents and visitors. When designing high performance buildings, it’s important to look at both interior and exterior building design. Photo credit: Fred J. Fuhrmeister for OZ Architecture

Designing from the Outside In

by Jami S. Mohlenkamp (Principal) and Julie Edwards (LEED AP BD+C) at OZ Architecture| Feb 27, 2018

Sustainable design tips and predictions from OZ Architecture

When it comes to sustainability in the senior living built environment, we must look inside as well as outside for answers about the future of high performance buildings that promote improved energy efficiency and wellness for their aging residents.

Exterior elements

Exterior elements of a building often form the basis of a sustainable framework or foundation. From the window material to the parking options, here are some considerations for designing an efficient, eco-conscious building, beginning with the exterior.

Switchable glazing on windows

We are seeing a trend toward smarter glazing when it comes to windows. Switchable glazing — glass that darkens based on temperature, brightness or electric current — is becoming more commonly discussed in the industry. New emerging technologies are pushing the industry even further, such as the switchable solar window prototype designed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This solar window dynamically responds to natural sunlight, tinting over when it detects bright light and generating electricity as the glass darkens. It not only shades the building to prevent unwanted glare or heat, but it produces energy at the same time, which could be used for charging batteries, room fans, or even motors to power smart windows to open and close. Read more

Feature project

Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion, courtesy of LMN Architects. Photo credit PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.

Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion, courtesy of LMN Architects. Photo credit PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.

How Vancouver Greened its Waterfront

The Vancouver Convention Centre West holistically integrates a metropolitan downtown with one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America. Completed in 2009, and certified as the world’s first LEED Platinum convention center (and recently becoming the world’s first double LEED Platinum convention center following LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, v.4), the project weaves together architecture, interiors, urban design, and landscape in a unified piece of the urban fabric that functions literally as a living part of both the city and the harbor.

Reusing a former brownfield site, the development is approximately 14 acres on land and 8 acres over water, with 1 million square feet of convention space, 90,000-square-feet of retail space, 450 parking stalls, and 400,000-square-feet of walkways, bikeways, and public open space. Among other destination amenities, the project’s Jack Poole Plaza is the city’s first major gathering space on the water’s edge, and the permanent home of the 2010 Olympic Torch.

The convention center program emphasizes spaces for both public and private events, mixing the energy of convention visitors with the social life of the city. Urban spaces formed by the building’s landforms extend the downtown street grid to preserve view corridors out to the water. The public realm extends through and around the site, with continuous access to the water’s edge and explicit accommodations for bicycles and transit. Read more

Feature project

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Image credit: ©Nick Diggins

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Image credit: ©Nick Diggins

Inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

This award-winning project was an enormous undertaking, completed in a whirlwind of concrete slurry and carpet fibers. While the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV is now home to America’s newest NHL franchise, the project was started with a gamble. A longtime dream for metro Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International, the hospitality company took a risk and built the arena without a commitment from a team. “If you build it, they will come,” became the slogan behind the space, and while this made some financial backers uneasy, the bet paid off.

Just as impressive is the story behind the flooring installation. Completed by INSTALL Warranty Contractor Master Craft Floors, the timeline, material choices and design specifications were almost as ambitious as starting a hockey franchise in the middle of the desert.

Project Background

Work on the T-Mobile Arena officially broke ground on May 1st, 2014. The facility was projected during construction to be the home arena for a possible National Hockey League expansion team in Las Vegas. However, with no official commitment when construction started, doubt was beginning to grow that Las Vegas could attract a professional sports franchise. Read more

Feature article

Image credit: ©CornellCookson, Inc.

Image credit: ©CornellCookson, Inc.

Five Myths of Specifying a High-Performance Door

by Siva Davuluri, director of product strategy for high performance doors at CornellCookson Inc. | Feb 22, 2018

Specifications are an essential part of the design process, but not the most glamorous. It was said by Charles Eames that the details are not the details, they make the design. If the specification is unclear or lacking detail, it will often result in the wrong product being installed. In the case of high-performance products, it can mean costing a company time and money. Don’t fall for these top five myths related to specifying a high-performance door.

Myth: All high-performance doors are equal.

Fact: Door and Access Systems Manufacturing Association (DASMA) defines a high-performance door as one that can meet the minimum requirement of 20” per second opening speed and 100 plus cycles per day. When you specify a “high-performance” door, chances are, it will either not meet or drastically exceed your needs. Think ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ – If the application requires an opening that operates at 24” per second a door that operates at 20” per second will be too slow, a door that operates at 32” per second will be too fast but a door that operates at 24” per second will be just right. Defining the desired door opening speed in inches per second will eliminate any doors that aren’t quite the right fit for your application.

Myth: Faster is better.

Fact: Faster is NOT always better. The best approach when specifying a high-performance door would be to determine the minimum speed required in conjunction with your activation device for a seamless experience. If you need a door that operates at 24” per second, why specify a door that operates at 32” per second or more? Not only will that door be an additional initial cost, but the operating costs could be more depending on the operator voltage and phase requirements. Read more

NEW SERIES: ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA

Highline Park, New York. Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns /Flickr

Highline Park, New York. Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns /Flickr

“The Economics of Biophilia” is a six-part, republication of “The Economics of Biophilic Design” by Terrapin Bright Green. Each part explores economic indicators as they relate to biophilic design in six sectors: workplace, health care, education, retail, hospitality, and community.

INTRODUCTION: THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA by Terrapin Bright Green

Why designing with nature in mind makes financial sense

Humans have traditionally improved the places in which we live and work to increase our comfort and productivity. These improvements have often been based on technological advancements that enhanced the health and welfare of building occupants, but have paid little attention to our more subtle physiological needs. Recent advancement in our understanding of natural systems, coupled with a growing awareness of the subtle neurological and physiological functions associated with contact with nature, have increased our ability to identify appropriate strategies for increasing economic gains, improving productivity, and strengthening the social fabric of communities.

In the last twenty years, studies examining the human attraction to nature have yielded convincing evidence that link interactions with nature with positive gains in productivity, increased healing rates, and even enhanced learning comprehension. These investments in health and productivity may affect more sectors than initially anticipated. The monetary gains from providing people access to biophilic design range from increased retail sales and improved cognitive development in students, to savings associated with safer urban communities.

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HIGHLIGHTED AWARDS

2018 Collaborative Achievement Award Recipients

Last month, The Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and Klyde Warren Park were selected as the 2018 recipients of the Collaborative Achievement Award. This award recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

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Syska Hennessy Receives Eight Regional ACEC Awards for Engineering Excellence

“The ACEC New York awards are our local version of the Oscars for engineers, so we feel quite honored to win six awards,” says Cyrus Izzo, the New York-based co-president of Syska Hennessy Group.  “We’re also pleased that the winning projects reflect a broad cross-section of our practice areas, with healthcare, corporate, infrastructure and energy all represented.”

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Immigrant Architects Honored with 2018 Vilcek Prizes

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Vilcek Prizes in the Arts and Humanities, this year recognizing the field of architecture. Awarded annually, the prizes call attention to the breadth of immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences. “The social, political, and cultural landscape of America has been shaped by generations of immigrant contributions,” says Marica Vilcek, cofounder and vice chairman of the Vilcek Foundation. “With the Vilcek Prizes in Architecture, we are pleased to recognize the many ways in which they have shaped its physical landscape as well—through bold, original designs, and through research that challenges the status quo, both in the building arts and in society.”

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Steven Holl Architects wins international competition for new residential quarters in the Tushino District of Moscow

Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Art-group “Kamen”, has won the international design competition for the residential quarters of the Tushino district in Moscow, besting Fuksas Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Mad Global, and Tsimalo, Lyashenko & Partners. The development will provide a new mixed-use center filled with housing, social spaces, a kindergarten and an elementary school on a former paratrooper airfield. 

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PROJECT PROFILES

Shepley Bulfinch Unveils Iconic Library at Ringling College of Art and Design

Shepley Bulfinch announced the formal grand opening of the Ringling College of Art and Design’s new Alfred R. Goldstein College Library in Sarasota, Florida. At a cost of $20 million, the nearly 50,000 SF new facility is one of the largest art research libraries in the southeastern United States. The library creates a vibrant locus for learning at the heart of Ringling College’s expanding campus.

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YKK AP Curtain Wall Creates a Modern Look

Founded in the 1980s, the prestigious Georgia State School of Law was in need of a new facility that would meet the demands of modern schooling and standards of sustainability. For architect, John Elvin, it was vital that the vision not only be durable for college activity, but also inventive and meaningful to the local area. A key feature of the building would be a 7 ½- inch curtain wall. The team selected the YCW 750 XT IG Curtain Wall System from YKK AP America, a system proven to meet the strictest sustainable building codes and provide excellent energy efficiency.

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325 Westlake in Seattle

Part arts initiative and part residential development, 325 Westlake merges old and new structures to create a building that preserves the character of the existing building and the site, while ensuring its continued usefulness. “The project embodies an incredibly diverse mix of programs…not just a studio, not just a gallery, not just a place to live…it’s all of these uses combined and catalyzed to sustain the mission of sup-porting emerging artists,” said Jim Graham, AIA, principal, Graham Baba Architects.

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A Cultural Icon for 21st Century Istanbul

Renowned architect Murat Tabanlıoğlu is modernizing the cultural center his father, Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, once designed in the 1960s, and again in the 1970s after his first design burnt down. The Ataturk Cultural Center will be the new centrally located home for Istanbul’s arts and culture scene of twenty-first century Istanbul. Not only will the new center have one of the largest opera houses in the world but it will also provide art galleries, libraries, cafes and restaurants for visitors.

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SOLARBAN glass specified for Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that Solarban® 70XL and Solarban 72 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass have been selected for the Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) complex in the heart of Singapore Changi International Airport. Jewel is envisaged to be a world-class lifestyle destination that will be a game-changer for Changi Airport, amidst intensifying competition on the global airport landscape. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the structure will feature a distinctive dome-shaped façade made of steel and glass.

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Utah’s Sandy Commerce offices feature mountain views framed by Tubelite’s systems

Attracting Utah’s discerning office tenants, Sandy Commerce boasts floor-to-ceiling glass with mountain views, thanks in part to the storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems provided by Tubelite Inc. These high-performance systems also contribute to the project’s energy efficiency and sustainability goals, earning LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

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COLOR AND DESIGN

Calling all interior design students: Sherwin-Williams Design Competition now open

The 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is accepting submissions for residential and commercial projects through March 15. “Sherwin-Williams is proud to encourage excellence among the future leaders of the interior design industry,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “The Student Design Challenge provides students a unique opportunity to showcase their work to top designers and celebrates their creativity.”

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Simply Measured in Seattle

Simply Measured, a Seattle-based marketing analytics company, sought to reinvent their existing work environment while satisfying their need to accommodate a growing development team and sales force. Located in the World Trade Center East Building along the waterfront in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Recently named one of the “top 25 places to work in Seattle,” the client was interested in providing more informal, communal gathering spaces and work areas as well as traditional desk layouts to support their diverse staff. Splashes of color—blue-painted walls, ceilings, and floors—help organize the space while providing a not-so-subtle nod to the corporate brand color.

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Studio88 Becomes the West Coast’s First Co-Working Space for Interior Designers

Aimed at arming Orange County’s independent interior design community with the most innovative space to conduct their own business, Studio 88 is a uniquely designed studio space providing local interior designers access to an abundance of resources, as well as the opportunity to create and connect with other industry professionals in a collaborative, all-new creative work environment.

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BUILDING SCIENCE

RSC Architects Completes Design Work on The Office Tavern Grill in Ridgewood, NJ

“As architect of record on the project, RSC was able to bring the restaurant up to date, incorporating modern hospitality trends that appeal to a wider range of customers,” says RSC Architects’ senior project manager, Ralph Walker. “We were able to blend technical restaurant elements, including point of sale and low wattage signage, with high-end aesthetics to create a welcoming atmosphere and a more efficient establishment consistent with the updated brand.”

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BNBuilders Awarded Class A, R&D Building and Parking Structure

BNBuilders is pleased to announce it has been selected to construct Drawbridge Realty’s new Class A office building with surface parking and a parking structure on an adjacent site in the Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego. The property is being developed by Drawbridge Realty and designed by Pacific Cornerstone Architects (PCA).

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Howland Green introduces the first Net Positive Energy office building in Canada

Howland Green Homes Ltd., is about to embark on something that has not been done in Canada before. It’s bringing to market a building so revolutionary, that it will produce more energy than it will consume. Presenting the Howland Green Business Centre, which will be located on Cachet Woods Court near the 407ETR and 16th Avenue in Canada’s technological hub, the City of Markham.

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Solarban 90 glass by Vitro Glass used in “transformational” arts facility

Solarban® 90 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) is a defining feature on the Ent Center for the Arts, the first purpose-built performing and visual arts center on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ (UCCS) 550-acre campus. Designed by Semple Brown Design of Denver to encourage and support working relationships with community cultural organizations and to provide direct public access to performances, exhibits and classes, the 92,000-square-foot facility consolidates the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, which had previously been spread across six campus venues.

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Oakwood Olympic & Olive by KTGY Architecture + Planning

KTGY Architecture + Planning has designed Oakwood Olympic & Olive at 1001 South Olive Street.  The development combines fully furnished apartments with the latest amenities, hotel-like services, and a modern design befitting its location in DTLA’s booming South Park neighborhood. “We love working in South Park with all it offers and all that it is becoming,” said KTGY Principal David Senden. “We wanted to make the most of this relatively compact site and so we arranged the south-facing third-floor pool deck for maximum sunlight, and wrapped the deck around the corner of the building to provide great views of the neighborhood.”

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Cuningham Group Architecture-Designed Alpensia Resort is Winter Olympic Village

“It is an extraordinary honor for the community we designed to be chosen by the IOC as the home of the 2018 Olympics Games,” said Cuningham Group Principal James S. Scheidel AIA, LEED AP, who supervised Alpensia’s design. “Alpensia was conceived as an international resort and recreation destination, and it has thrived as such since its 2009 completion. Now, the eyes of the world will truly be on Alpensia and its many exceptional venues.”

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Goldray’s technographic interlayer film, Starphire glass by Vitro Architectural Glass combine to create stunning glass canopy

When development firm Vulcan Real Estate asked world-renowned artist Spencer Finch to design an architectural canopy to connect the two new office buildings at the center of Amazon’s expanded headquarters campus in Seattle, his first course of action was a walk in the woods. Such was born Finch’s “There Is Another Sky.” Situated four stories above an outdoor plaza, the decorative canopy features an abstract circular design pattern imprinted on technographic interlayer film by Goldray Glass and then laminated between two lites of Starphire® glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

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BNBuilders Awarded Borrego Springs, CA Branch Library, Park & Sheriff’s Office

BNBuilders, in partnership with Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects (RNT), is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the new Borrego Springs Branch Library, Park, and Sheriff’s Office. The $11.5 million design-build project is designed to celebrate the social and cultural history of the Borrego Springs community and the unique environment of this desert setting.

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Western Specialty Contractors restores three-level parking structure

Parking garages are important structures that require extensive maintenance to minimize damage from environmental stressors and daily wear-and-tear. And when parking is at a premium, contractors must make sure repairs are performed in a timely manner and with as little disruption as possible to drivers. Such was the case when Western Specialty Contractors – Little Rock, AR Branch restored a three-level parking structure for the Kirkpatrick Plaza office building at 10800 Financial Centre Pkwy.

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J.E. Berkowitz fabricates glass for “ultra-green” office building in New Jersey

J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) announced the completion of 804 Carnegie Center West, the latest office building on the Carnegie Center Campus in Princeton, New Jersey. JEB fabricated more than 46,000 square feet of glass for the facility, which was recently awarded LEED® certification at the Platinum level—the highest level of distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Opaque finish acid-etched on low-iron glass by Vitro Architectural Glass lights up H&M flagship store in Toronto’s “Times Square North”

Multinational clothing retailer H&M wants people to “stop in their tracks” when they see the company’s first flagship store in Canada. To achieve that goal, Petroff Partnership Architects (PPA) specified Walker Textures® acid-etched Opaque on Starphire Ultra-Clear® low-iron glass by Vitro Architectural Glass. The result is a stunning visual of glass and illumination at the bustling intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in Toronto, also commonly known as “Times Square North.”

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KTGY’s Community Planning and Urban Design Studio Unveils Adaptive Reuse and Development Plan for Chapman University

KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that after four years of careful planning and collaboration, Chapman University’s latest development project has been approved by the City of Orange, California. The project includes a new 402-bed student apartment building for upperclassmen alongside the adaptive reuse of one of the most valuable historic resources in Old Towne Orange, the Villa Park Orchards Association Packing House.

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BUILDING MATERIALS

New Ecophon® Product Options from CertainTeed Provide Even More Innovative Alternatives to Suspended Ceilings

New Ecophon acoustic products from CertainTeed aren’t just available in more shapes and colors. The innovative panels, tiles and baffles also help address construction and space limitations with multiple installation methods. This includes options for both ceilings and walls depending on the space. Superior acoustic properties help achieve improved acoustics for most types of indoor spaces.

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St. Cloud Window Launches New Historic-Replication Window Line

St. Cloud Window Inc., is pleased to introduce the SCW3000 -Series, a new line of historic replication/narrow sightline windows and terrace doors. The SCW3000 Series is designed around a three-inch frame engineered to maintain a narrow sightline profile yet facilitate the structural needs of large window openings and maintain the historic integrity required for landmark properties. It is available for awning, hopper, casement and fixed applications, as well as floating vent fenestrations that are common in buildings of historic significance.

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Kryton unveils its latest disruptive technology to the global construction industry

Kryton unveiled its latest product, Hard-Cem®, an award-winning integral concrete hardening admixture. This solution is added directly to the concrete mix and is specifically engineered to provide concrete with extraordinary resistance to abrasion and erosion, and increased mechanical-wear durability. This disruptive technology allows Hard-Cem-treated concrete to last up to 6 times longer than untreated concrete.

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Prespan Floor System Launched by Northeast Precast

Northeast Precast, manufacturer of custom precast panels and systems, has announced the introduction of a new product: Prespan. The patented new flooring system features insulated precast floor planks for both residential and commercial projects.

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UL and USGBC Announce Strategic Collaboration to Help Architects and Designers Find Products that Contribute to LEED v4 Requirements

“UL strives to solve the challenges that architects, designers and purchasers face finding products that help contribute to LEED v4 credits,” said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager, UL Environment. “UL’s SPOT platform is the largest credible green database in the market and enables users to search more than 50,000 products by the LEED credit they contribute to. This greatly simplifies the LEED design, building and submittal process.”

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Kingspan introduces GreenGuard XPS products in new thicknesses and for the commercial roofing market

Kingspan Insulation continues to expand its GreenGuard extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation board product offering with additional thicknesses of 3 inches and 4 inches in select 25, 40 and 60 psi compressive strength boards, and a new 4-sided routed drainage channel board. The new products help to round out Kingspan’s GreenGuard line in commercial markets such as roofing, cold storage, and various below grade and vertical wall applications.

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Environmental Product Declaration verification granted to PPG sealant formulas

PPG today announced environmental product declaration (EPD) verification for 15 formulas from the PPG TOP GUN® architectural sealants product line. PPG Top Gun is one of the first sealants in North America to publish a building and construction sealant EPD that is certified by the global public health organization NSF International.

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Latest North American Fenestration Standard Published

North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS) has received final approval and is now available. This standard is the result of a multi-year effort by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The updated 2017 standard replaces the 2011 edition of the joint standard.

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Johns Manville Advances EPDM FIT Product Line with Tape-to-Tape Offering

Johns Manville (JM) announced yesterday the availability of a new reinforced EPDM membrane sheet with tape-to-tape technology (JM EPDM R FIT). This next-generation product, designed to work on the single ply waterproofing membrane, is field tested and proven to speed up installation by as much as four times, leading to lower labor costs.

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2018 Brick Trends Show Whites, Grays, Black, Painted and Glazed Exteriors

Brick Industry Association (BIA) member manufacturers around the country report that clean, cool shades top the trends at all home price ranges, primarily whites with white mortar and all grays from light to charcoal and steel. Sandy earth tones are also trending, reflecting how fired-clay brick is made from abundant natural resources.

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New US Patent for Solidia Technologies’ CO2-cured Concrete Advances the Performance and Sustainability of Building Materials

Solidia’s systems offer superior products that address the cement industry’s goal of reducing its carbon emissions, which contribute 3-5% of global CO2 pollution. Solidia’s patented processes start with an energy-saving, sustainable cement. They then cure concrete with CO2 instead of water, reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete up to 70%, and recycle 60 to 80% of the water used in production. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the resulting CO2-cured concrete products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours.

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YKK AP Launches Zero Sightline Window for Structural Silicone Glazed Curtain Wall

YKK AP America Inc. (YKK AP) today launches its thermally broken, zero sightline window designed for curtain wall systems. The YOV Structural Silicone Glazed (SSG) Operable Vent enhances the aesthetics of a building without the large sightline of a traditional window. Additionally, it improves occupant comfort with high thermal performance and an intentional design to provide optimum natural ventilation and natural light.

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Guardian Sustainability Calculator Wins Multiple Awards

A digital program, the Sustainability Calculator helps architects and designers review how glazing make-ups from Guardian Glass can help a project earn certification from green building rating systems such as LEED®, the Living Building Challenge and the WELL Building Standard.

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The 2018 Most Innovative Building Product Goes to AeroBarrier

Receiving the top award, AeroBarrier is being called the decade’s most disruptive energy efficiency product.  Mandalay Homes, an Arizona homebuilder, uses Aerobarrier on all new homes.  Geoff Ferrell, Chief Technology Officer at Mandalay Homes says, “AeroBarrier is the key for us building net-zero homes as a standard feature.  Before AeroBarrier, it was not financially feasible or practical on a mass scale.” 

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CertainTeed Redefines the Traditional Look of Wood in New High-Performance, Fire-Rated Wall & Ceiling Panel

The natural warmth, depth and richness of wood have long made it a favorite ceiling and wall panel material among architects and designers. However, there is an emphasis on products that blend the visual aesthetic of wood with the added features and benefits of acoustical performance and safety. CertainTeed Ceilings® is answering the call with the introduction of Decoustics Rondolo™. The line of custom micro-perforated acoustic wood panels and planks merges the elegant look of wood with the lowest flame spread rating and superior sound absorption properties.

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URBAN PLANNING

New Report Demonstrates How to Achieve Healthier, More Resilient Cities – While Saving Billions of Dollars

Today, Delivering Urban Resilience, a new report authored by Capital-E, quantifies the range of costs and benefits for the adoption of citywide smart surface technologies in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and El Paso. “The Delivering Urban Resilience report gives the green building movement the momentum needed to widen sustainable building perspectives past walls and into environments and the lives of the people who occupy them,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Not only do the smart surface technologies in this report provide tangible cost benefits, but they promote the needed equity in quality of life for all city residents.”

Freehold Communities Announces Masterplans with Preserved Open Space, Agrihoods

Freehold Communities, developer of vital masterplanned communities nationwide, has announced residential and mixed-use communities in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and California. All of Freehold’s new communities express the company’s Vital Community™ approach that embraces healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. And all are distinguished by extensive amenities, including nature preserves, or innovative merging of homes and open space, such as “agrihoods.”

The Howard Hughes Corporation® unveils Hawaiʻi’s first turnkey luxury living solution at Ward Village®

“Our vision for ‘A‘ali‘i represents the culmination of several years studying the most cutting-edge residential product around the world in order to create an innovative type of home that does not exist in the market,” said David R. Weinreb, Chief Executive Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We are rethinking how space is used and empowering our residents to get the most out of their home, offering a move-in ready home and experiential lifestyle.”

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

OTL selected to bring Costa Rican flare to Buena Park’s next entertainment attraction

Outside the Lines (OTL), a design-build construction company that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind water features, rockwork and themed environments, has been selected to design and construct a 45-foot tall artificial mountain along with spectacular water features and other themed elements to bring to life the new Butterfly Palladium, a $25 million entertainment destination in the Southern California City of Buena Park.  Butterfly Palladium will be reminiscent of a visit to a tropical Costa Rica-inspired rainforest.

OTL to design and construct public art fountain for the Hillsdale Shopping Center’s Renovation

Outside the Lines (OTL), a design-build construction company that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind water features, rockwork and themed environments, has announced the design and construction of a show fountain that will serve as a public art piece for the renovation of Bohannon Development Company’s Hillsdale Shopping Center, according to J. Wickham Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer of OTL.

ASLA Officially Opens 2018 Call for Awards Entries

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is now accepting entries for the 2018 Professional and Student Awards, the world’s most prestigious juried landscape architecture competition. Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Burroughs & Chapin Selects Lifescapes International to Re-envision the Redevelopment of Two South Carolina Entertainment Destinations

Lifescapes International has been selected to design the landscape environment for the redevelopment of two entertainment centers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At Barefoot Landing, Lifescapes will design the landscape environment for the entire redevelopment, which includes 45,000 square feet of new retail space, a new restaurant district known as Dockside Village, the addition of an amphitheater, and a new boardwalk on the South end of the property. It also includes adding more shaded patio space throughout the destination-oriented center, as well as playful updates to the kid’s zones and floating retail on the north end of the property.

HISTORIC RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION

Oasis at Death Valley Resort Undergoing Major Renovation

OZ Architecture is leading the renovation of one of the nation’s unique resort destinations: the Oasis at Death Valley. The historic resort, operated by Xanterra Travel Collection, is undergoing a significant transformation that will bring a variety of new luxury amenities and facilities, while maintaining the historic ambiance, stylistic qualities and Mission architecture that have attracted visitors for over 100 years.

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Substantial’s new open work space

Substantial is a digital product studio that was founded in 2006 and moved into the 100-year-old building in 2013. goCstudio was brought on board to redesign the entire 14,000-square-foot upper floor of the building to create an open plan office that would accommodate the growing needs of the company. The challenge was to create a cohesive open plan work space which retained the feel of the original Substantial space and would maximize the existing character of the building; exposed brick walls, old growth Douglas Fir beams and roof decking, and warehouse style window walls.

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Western Specialty Contractors Working with Renowned Team to Restore Iconic Saban Building in Los Angeles

Western Specialty Contractors branches in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA are teaming up on a project to restore the historic Saban Building (formerly May Company department store) in Los Angeles, CA—the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Western crews are working alongside renowned historic preservation consultant John Fidler, New York Pritzker-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Gensler, general contractor Matt Construction of Los Angeles, CA, and owner’s representative Paratus Group of New York, NY.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

AAMA conference hosts expert on sustainability standards, certification in raw materials supply chains

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Annual Conference in Orlando, those in attendance heard from Dr. Fiona Solomon, CEO of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, on the topic of sustainability standards and certification in raw materials supply chains. Solomon focused on the role sustainability standards are playing in impacting sourcing and production across a range of natural resources sectors and more.

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City Building for the Future: The Urban Land Institute’s 2018 Spring Meeting Looks at Lessons from Detroit

Innovative city building will be front and center at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2018 Spring Meeting, set for May 1-3 at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. A major focus for the 2018 gathering will be the reinvention of urban areas into thriving places that are drawing talented workers and businesses and are becoming magnets for investment. The Detroit metropolitan area, which is experiencing an extraordinary renaissance, is a prime example of this urban evolution.

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New daylighting web page available on AAMA website

Daylighting information previously included as a fact sheet has been updated and posted as a web page by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). This daylighting-focused web page focused on daylighting and energy savings addresses key differences between fenestration products installed primarily vertically (windows, doors, curtain walls and storefronts) and those installed primarily overhead [skylights, roof windows and tubular daylighting devices (TDDs)] and their relation to daylighting and energy savings.

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4 Reasons Why ASLA Is Celebrating African American History Month

February marks African American History Month as a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans in every endeavor of our history. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) shares why it is celebrating including African American landscape architects have made numerous contributions to their communities and improved our national well-being.

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METROCON18 Expo & Conference Seeking Architecture & Design Continuing Education Presentation Submissions

METROCON is the largest not-for-profit, self-produced, volunteer-driven, design specification-focused regional expo and conference in the USA. This marks the event’s 16th year, as well as the second year the following five associations serving the built environment have joined forces to plan and execute it (listed in alphabetical order): ASID Texas Chapter, ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, CSI Dallas Chapter, NEWH Dallas Chapter, and USGBC Texas Chapter.

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Star architecture and its impact on the city

The Guggenheim Museum by star architect Frank Gehry led to an economic boom in the Spanish city of Bilbao. This “Bilbao Effect” is appealing to many urban planners and politicians who look to better position their cities in economic and social terms by building exceptional architectural projects. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have studied three projects to investigate whether or not the desired effects materialize.

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Dodge Momentum Index Falls to Start Year

The Dodge Momentum Index dropped 5.1% in January to 143.7 (2000=100) from the revised December reading of 151.5. The commercial component of the Momentum Index was 7.8% lower in the month, while the institutional component was down 0.9%. The fourth quarter of 2017 was particularly strong for the Momentum Index, and January’s retreat returns it to a more sustainable level.

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American Society of Interior Designers Releases 2018 Outlook and State of the Industry Report

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) released its 2018 Outlook and State of the Industry (OSI) report today, providing a scan of essential knowledge interior designers and the interior design industry require to thrive and remain competitive in 2018 and beyond. The 80-page ASID OSI explores the status of the U.S. economy as a whole and offers an in-depth look at the interior design and construction industries specifically; discusses current trends in design and their implications for the profession moving forward; and concludes with a look at the societal and technological advancements that will influence the interior design industry into the future.

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ASLA Business Survey Shows Balanced Conditions for Landscape Architecture Firms

Landscape architecture firms experienced consistently healthy conditions for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. Although billable hours slightly retreated, inquiries for new work grew. A growing number of firms are planning to boost hiring during the first quarter.

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GreenCircle Certification Recognized by EPA as a Recommended Ecolabel for Federal Purchasing

GreenCircle Certified, LLC’s (GreenCircle) Certified Environmental Facts (CEF) multi-attribute label for flooring products has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program as a recommended ecolabel for sustainable federal purchasing. The EPA EPP Program provides recommendations of specifications, standards, and ecolabels to help federal purchasers identify and specify environmentally sustainable products and services.

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Architectural products web pages created for AAMA website

A recent overhaul of the Architectural Products section of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) website means easier access to crucial information about architectural windows, curtain walls, storefronts, sloped glazing systems and more. This series of new web pages was created to focus exclusively on architectural products and the technology, tests and finishes associated with them.

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U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system. The list ranks states in terms of certified square feet per resident in 2017. The list draws attention to states throughout America that are making significant strides in sustainable design, construction and transformation at the building level and opens up conversations around community and city-level accomplishments in sustainable development. LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for occupants and the community at large.

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ATAS International, Inc. Joins the Construction Specifications Institute Corporate Partner Program at the Platinum Level

ATAS International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels, joins the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Corporate Partner Program (CPP) at the Platinum level. The partnership is customized to provide ATAS with opportunities to engage CSI members directly through easy access to resources and thought leadership in sustainable building envelope products, both for commercial and residential buildings.

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ASLA Statement on the Living Shorelines Act

“The Living Shorelines Act is smart policy for our nation, and gives communities options for their planning toolbox,” says Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “Green infrastructure helps position coastal communities to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters and provides critical services that improve human and environmental health.”

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Innovative ways to tackle the urban housing crisis proposed by winning student teams in Urban SOS hOUR City competition

AECOM and Van Alen Institute, with 100 Resilient Cities — Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, Thursday announced joint winners of the Urban SOS: hOUR City competition, which challenged student teams to work across disciplines to bridge the divide between thriving urban centers and struggling communities. “Rapidly changing household dynamics and exponential population growth are challenging our cities to accelerate supply and diversify housing options. This year’s winning teams have proposed innovative solutions that have the power to spark new conversations around how we think about neighborhoods,” said AECOM Senior Vice President and Global Director of Cities Stephen Engblom.

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Stephen Ayers, FAIA, honored with the 2018 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

Stephen Ayers, FAIA, Architect of the Capitol, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. The Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture recognizes architects in the public and private sectors, public officials, or other individuals who design distinguished public facilities and/or who advocate for design excellence. Ayers will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.

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Newschool partners with industry leaders to revitalize National City, Calif.

NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) last month announced an ambitious collaboration between the institution and several architecture, engineering, design and real estate development consultants in San Diego to revitalize the downtown of National City, located in San Diego County, California. NewSchool students and faculty will collaborate with the City of National City, the American Institute of Architects, Glumac Engineers, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Mackenzie Inc., Sillman Wright Architects, the San Diego State University (SDSU) Civil Engineering Department, University of California San Diego (UCSD) Structural Engineering Department, and Malik Infill Development.

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Dow and the U.S. Green Building Council Work Together to Support Sustainable Cities and Promote Energy Efficiency

The latest data indicate that buildings are currently responsible for about one-third of global energy consumption, and about 30 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 20 percent of total CO2 emissions. In an effort to reduce these emissions, Dow and USGBC will collectively advise two cities or communities to help in achieving LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification.

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AAMA presented with World Vision’s 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award during International Builders Show

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) was honored to receive the 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award on Wednesday, as presented by World Vision at the humanitarian organization’s 18th Annual Crystal Vision Award Breakfast during the 2018 International Builders Show in Orlando. World Vision’s Partnership Award is given each year to a company within the industry that has partnered with the organization’s Storehouse Program for a minimum of three to five years.

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The Urban Land Institute Receives Gift from Hines to Increase the Number and Visibility of Women in Real Estate Leadership Roles

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) have received a $90,000 gift from Hines, the globally renowned real estate organization, to support the creation of the WLI Hines Innovation Grants, with the goal of helping raise the visibility and number of women in leadership roles in the real estate industry and within ULI’s membership. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary institute whose 40,000-plus members are dedicated to leadership in land use and building thriving, sustainable communities.

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The Tower Companies becomes a Fitwel Champion, Optimizing Occupant Health in the DC Metro Area

“We commend The Tower Companies for its commitment to create healthier spaces in which their residents and clients will live and work,” said Lisa Creighton, Vice President, Development and Strategy, Center for Active Design.  “At CfAD, we seek to transform design and development practices to support health, and Tower’s commitment to Fitwel will help us realize that mission within the mid-Atlantic region.”

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U.S. Census Bureau Awards Contract to Dodge Data & Analytics

Dodge Data & Analytics has been awarded a multi-year contract to continue providing data for U.S. Construction Projects Started to the U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau. The Dodge projects are a key input to the Nonresidential Construction Spending forecast that tracks the monthly value of Construction Put in Place.

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CONSTRUCT 2018 Issues Call for Sessions

CONSTRUCT 2018 invites application submissions to present at the 2018 event, taking place on October 3-5 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.  CONSTRUCT welcomes compelling proposals that address a wide range of topics relevant to the commercial building team and those who design, build, specify, engineer, renovate and operate in the built environment.

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In the news…

Jessica Musick Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Musick as a shareholder. Musick, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Based in the firm’s Oakland, California office, Musick joins other KTGY Oakland shareholders: Jill D. Williams, AIA, principal and chairman of the board; and Bill Ramsey, AIA, NCARB, principal.

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Consolidated Glass Holdings Appoints John Mcknight as Chief Operating Officer

Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH) announced that it has named John McKnight as chief operating officer. In his new role, McKnight will be responsible for leading the operations for CGH’s family of companies, including Columbia Commercial Building Products, Dlubak Specialty Glass, Global Security Glazings, J.E. Berkowitz, North American Specialty Glass, and Solar Seal.

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Linetec wins Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award

Linetec was honored to receive the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award in the “Large” category for companies with 300-799 employees. Winners were announced and presented at the 30th annual award program held in Milwaukee on Feb. 22. The award celebrates the successes of manufacturers in the state for their innovations, philanthropy, technological advances, commitment to customer satisfaction and quality jobs.

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HGA Welcomes Lisa Matthiessen as National Sustainable Design Director

HGA Architects and Engineers is pleased to welcome Lisa Matthiessen, FAIA, LEED Fellow, as Associate Vice President and National Sustainable Design Director. In this newly created leadership position that reinforces HGA’s commitment to sustainable design, Matthiessen will help shape the firm’s approach to high-performance building design, guide related research, education and marketing efforts and support industry-leading projects.

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KAI Design & Build Expands Marketing Department

KAI Design & Build has expanded its Marketing Department with the addition of new hire Daniel Poole as Director of Marketing and Michelle Gray as Senior Marketing Coordinator. Ashley Mensinger and Kristina Glassl were also promoted within the department.

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U.S. Silica Announces Price Increases on Industrial and Specialty Products

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced February 8, that its Industrial and Specialty Products business has increased prices for the majority of its non-contracted silica sand, cool roof granule, aplite and specialty products used primarily in glass, foundry, paints, coatings, elastomers, roofing, chemical, recreation, building products and other applications.

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AkzoNobel distributor partner opens new location in southeast Texas

AkzoNobel welcomes the news that distributor partner, REO Company, has opened a new location in Beaumont, Texas. Serving refinery and chemical plant owners, fabricators, and paint contractors in the oil and gas and industrial markets throughout the gulf coast, REO exclusively offers product lines including Ceilcote®, Enviroline® and Chartek® from AkzoNobel’s International® and Devoe® ranges of protective coatings and passive fire protection.   

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Wil Wong, AIA, Joins the Board of Directors of KTGY Architecture + Planning

“KTGY’s board of directors is elected by the firm’s shareholders and sets the big-picture vision for direction, fiscal well-being and the growth of the firm,” said Tricia Esser, KTGY CEO. “Wil Wong has proven to be a valuable leader at KTGY. His work and ethic exemplify our commitment to continually searching for better. We are excited to recognize his contributions to KTGY with his election to our board.”

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KWK Architects Designs Mizzou’s Newest Student Dining Experience

KWK Architects, along with associate architect Lawrence Group, was contracted in 2013 to design a 30,000-square-foot, 600-seat dining facility and adjoining residence hall to replace the Pavilion at Dobbs, which was demolished in September 2017 upon completion of The Restaurants at Southwest.

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Oklahoma City architecture and engineering firm hires John Semtner to lead civic practice

FSB has hired fourth-generation Oklahoman John Semtner to lead its civic market. As Civic Market Principal, Semtner will bridge between the complex design work and FSB clients from this sector.  Active FSB civic projects total over $300 million in construction. Some past and current projects include the interior renovation of the Oklahoma State Capitol, Bennett Event Center, MAPS Senior Center #2, and the office relocation for the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.

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KTGY Architecture + Planning Honored with Six Best of 55+ Awards

KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s designs were recognized at the 2018 NAHB Best of 55+ Awards. The awards honor the firm’s excellence in designing active, age-qualified communities. The Best of 55+ Housing Awards are the industry’s only national awards program honoring excellence in building design, marketing and lifestyles.

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Wausau supports continuous growth with remote engineering office

Expanding its engineering capacity and capabilities, Wausau Window and Wall Systems opened a remote office in Oct. 2016 to support its continuous growth. Currently, six of Wausau’s engineering associates have their primary workspace in Minneapolis. This team includes two structural engineers and three design engineers, plus engineering manager Susana Rivera. She hopes to add at least four more associates to the team.

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Calling All Architects: 10th Annual Marvin Architects Challenge Officially Opens for Submissions

The Marvin Family of Brands invites architects in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Israel to submit their work to the annual Marvin Architects Challenge, which honors outstanding residential and commercial design projects that demonstrate creativity and ingenuity. This year for the first time, the competition has been expanded to include projects that use Integrity Windows and Doors products in combination with Marvin products or alone. The company is also expanding the number of categories eligible for prizes. The 2018 competition will recognize one outstanding design each in the following categories: Best Historic (new in 2018), Best Contemporary, Best Transitional, Best Traditional New Construction, Best Remodel/Addition and Best Commercial.

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Saint-Gobain recognized as Top Employer in North America for exceptional workplace, employee benefits

Saint-Gobain has received the Top Employers Institute’s Top Employer North America Certification for the third consecutive year for its exceptional employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute is an independent global organization that certifies employers for creating excellent workplace conditions for employees and will recognize Saint-Gobain at an award ceremony on Feb. 8 in Miami.

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Hathaway Dinwiddie and AECOM joint venture to manage construction of the University of Southern California’s L.A. Memorial Coliseum renovation

A Hathaway Dinwiddie and AECOM joint venture has been selected by the University of Southern California (USC) to manage the renovation of the renowned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Construction is now underway at the historic sports facility, which was formally commemorated with a groundbreaking ceremony on January 29. The Coliseum, located in Exposition Park adjacent to the university’s campus, has been the home field for USC Trojans football since its opening in 1923.

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Consolidated Glass Holdings Names Angela Beach Senior Marketing Manager

Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH) announced that it has named Angela Beach as senior marketing manager. In her new position, Beach will be responsible for managing all marketing initiatives for CGH and its family of companies, including Columbia Commercial Building Products, Dlubak Specialty Glass, Global Security Glazing, J.E. Berkowitz, North American Specialty Glass, and Solar Seal.

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ColorSnap® Visualizer App from Sherwin-Williams Now Offered in Multiple Languages

Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer, the mobile app that helps contractors, designers and homeowners find the perfect color, is now available in four languages. Users can now select Spanish, Portuguese and French, in addition to English, giving them access to the same great features and functionality of the ColorSnap app in their preferred language.

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Ashley McGraw Architects Promotes Matthew Broderick to President

Ashley McGraw Architects is pleased to announce that principal Matthew Broderick, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C has been named president of the firm. “In his 24 years at Ashley McGraw, Matt has played a central role in building the culture as well as the practice,” said Ed McGraw, Ashley McGraw founding partner and CEO. “I look forward to continuing our partnership and, together, guiding our team and our clients to exceptional results.”

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AkzoNobel announces 2018 Imagine Chemistry challenges

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has announced the challenges for its latest Imagine Chemistry program, which has fast become a key element of the company’s collaborative innovation approach. Launched in 2017, Imagine Chemistry is an opportunity for start-up firms or researchers to solve real industry challenges and create sustainable business opportunities in chemistry.

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Consolidated Glass Holdings Names Sam Benowitz Vice President of Point-Supported Glass/Metal Sales

“Sam brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the glass industry,” said Kevin Yaremchuk, senior vice president of sales and marketing, CGH. “He has extensive knowledge of point-supported glass systems, heavy glass applications, and commercial-volume glass shower enclosures, which he’ll be able to leverage in his new role. We’re excited for him to join our team and help expand our Invisiwall glass solutions and market share.”

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The Top 10 Architectural Trends that Should Be Left Behind in 2018

“We are happy to be at the forefront of change in the world of architecture,” explains Matthew Rosenberg, Founder of M-Rad, an architecture and design studio located in Los Angeles, California. “While some trends hold steady and survive the test of time, some trends should never have developed in the first place.”

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St. Cloud Window Launches Website with Responsive Product Selection

“Our goal with the new site is to provide a higher level of service at every step of the design, development and construction phases. We want architects, contractors, and engineers to have the tools they need readily available to embark on a new project or spark an idea that will bring their design vision to life,” said Casey Mahon, CEO, St. Cloud Window. “Our priority is to be a trusted partner from design to delivery, and help our partners achieve their building design and performance goals.”

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PPG Renews Sponsorship of Independent We Stand

Independent We Stand is proud to announce renewed support for 2018 from associate sponsor PPG, a global coatings leader. PPG, a six-time exclusive paint sponsor, is committed to enhancing the impact its independent dealers have in the communities they serve across the country.

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DREAM Collaborative Welcomes Jonathan Garland as Associate Principal

To his new role, Jonathan brings a deep understanding of dense urban environments and the capacity to connect buildings to their surrounding neighborhoods to engage users and communities. Jonathan is an accomplished and versatile designer with extensive experience ranging from large scale mixed-use developments and nationally recognized projects including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to smaller scale multifamily, K-12, commercial and worship facilities throughout the Greater Boston area.

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PPG PAINTS brand to unveil BUILDER PERFORMANCE product at 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show

Builder Performance is a high-quality latex paint for interior walls and ceilings. Its low odor and application characteristics make it easy to apply by spraying, brushing or rolling. The product provides a uniform flat finish to help hide tape joints and surface imperfections, and its excellent hide and touch-up properties result in an even and quality finish for every home. The curated Builder Performance color palette includes 10 top PPG Paints neutrals.

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Integrity Housing Closes on Ventura, CA Property and Commences Construction on Affordable Riverside Apartments

Integrity Housing, along with its developer partner, MW Development, Inc., is pleased to announce that it has closed on the property slated for the future Riverside Apartments, located at 691 Riverside Street in Ventura, CA.  Formerly used for lumberyard storage, the one-acre property will become home to a 23-unit affordable, multifamily complex designed to serve low-income families with children. 

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Margulies Perruzzi Architects Welcomes John Fowler as Associate Principal in Health+Science Studio

“The addition of John Fowler to MPA’s leadership team brings the clients of our Health+Science studio an even greater depth and breadth of technical expertise,” said Marc Margulies, FAIA, LEED AP, senior partner and principal at Margulies Perruzzi Architects. “Leading the Health+Science studio, Jason Costello and John Fowler offer complementary skills and talents in the complex design of healthcare, technology, and scientific projects. They will work together to expand the Health+Science studio and provide clients with technical expertise in new areas.”

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Edy Garipay joins Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Wausau Window and Wall Systems has hired Edy Garipay, LEED® Green Associate, as an architectural sales representative. She maintains a LEED Green Associate accreditation with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and has held various leadership roles with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) as a board member, the emerging professionals chair and an education committee member.

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