PRISM JUNE/JULY 2017 EDITION

Biophilic design, coatings for healthcare facilities and interview with Katie Bartolotta with the DVGBC

“Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council.” 1650 Arch Street project. Photo Credit: Meyer Design/Don Pearse Photographers

Table of Contents June/July PRISM

Feature articles

“Biophilic Design: Creating Joy Through Design” by Sonja Bochart, IIDA, LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP, principal at Shepley Bulfinch

“Get Back to Nature.” by Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, provisional WELL AP

“Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council” by Emma Kapp, Publisher of PRISM

“In the Know: The Difference Between Antimicrobial, Antibacterial and Microbicidal Coatings” by Steve Revnew, senior vice president of product innovation at Sherwin-Williams

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The BETA Project (Biophilia Enhanced Through Art) is housed in one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Showcasing more than 20 local, national and international artists working in media ranging from wood and steel to photography and sound art, BETA adds new levels of sensory immersion to the CSL’s focus on restoring bonds between people and the natural world. Biophilic design patterns proven to increase human and ecological well-being were the basis for the project and are an essential component of each piece of artwork. Photo credit: Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

Biophilic Design: Creating Joy Through Design

Biophilic Design: Creating Joy Through Design

Biophilic design is more than simply the inclusion of plants in the built environment. It takes into account every aspect of the design including lighting, flooring, window placement, air quality, art, access to the outdoors, and more. Aside from the psychological and physiological benefits that people experience when working, living, learning, and healing in spaces that connect us to nature, the positive effects on our psyche also translate into measurable positive effects on the bottom line.

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Large wall graphics of natural elements such as stone can also serve as a way to incorporate biophilic design. Credit: Tim Buchman Photography

“Get Back to Nature.”

“Get Back to Nature.”

The realization that humans have a physical and mental need to be exposed to nature is something that provides designers a reason to do what’s right for the people occupying their spaces.  This exposure to nature or things that remind us of nature provide ways for people to balance the needs that their bodies have to reduce non-productive stress, and really enjoy these spaces.

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1650 Arch Street project. Photo Credit: Meyer Design/Don Pearse Photographers

Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

To achieve a truly sustainable built environment, organizations such as the DVGBC are driving the green building movement in local communities across the country. The DVGBC is working diligently to get everyone on board, provide forums in which to share best practices and promote the importance of green building and sustainability. PRISM was given the opportunity to ask Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, questions about their current green buildings programs as well as their goals to further sustainability in the built environment in this region.

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Photo courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

In the Know: The Difference Between Antimicrobial, Antibacterial and Microbicidal Coatings

In the Know: The Difference Between Antimicrobial, Antibacterial and Microbicidal Coatings

In order to select the right coating for a health care project, it’s important to know the difference between these new advancements to ensure the correct one is chosen for the right project. One source of confusion is the use of the terms antimicrobial, antibacterial and microbicidal. Each term refers to specific benefits.

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Green Roofs

Green roof at 3333 Henry Hudson Parkway at The Whitehall, a high-rise co-op in the Riverdale community of The Bronx. Photo: Ronald L. Glassman

The Whitehall opens spectacular green roof

The Whitehall opens spectacular green roof

The Whitehall roof-top park, a $6.5 million project, was designed by Genie Masucci, principal of G. Masucci Architects, LLC, in consultation with Site Works, one of the landscape consultants to Manhattan’s renowned High Line.

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Credit: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Water Department Recognizes Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as Pioneer in Stormwater Management

Philadelphia Water Department Recognizes Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as Pioneer in Stormwater Management

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Debra McCarty and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell joined executives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for a rooftop ceremony recognizing sustainable design and cutting-edge green stormwater management systems at the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care on Wednesday.

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Designing with glass

Toronto-Dominion Centre. Photo: Phillip Castleton

Toronto Raptors training center unites bird-friendly Walker Glass with tinted and low-e glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass

Toronto Raptors training center unites bird-friendly Walker Glass with tinted and low-e glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass

When the architectural team at Guernsey, Oklahoma City, was tasked with designing BioSteel Centre, a world-class training facility for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, they had to address several competing demands. In addition to providing high levels of privacy and security for players and staff, the goal was to maximize views of nearby Lake Ontario while meeting local bird-safety and energy-efficiency mandates established by the city of Toronto.

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Bowie State University’s New Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing. Credit: SageGlass

Atlantic Plumbing sits at the north end of Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. Credit: The JBG Companies®

J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) announced the completion of The Hepburn, D.C.’s newest luxury apartment tower. Photo © Sam Kittner, kittner.com, courtesy of Guardian Glass North America

J.E. Berkowitz fabricates glass for The Hepburn apartment tower

J.E. Berkowitz fabricates glass for The Hepburn apartment tower

J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) announced the completion of The Hepburn, D.C.’s newest luxury apartment tower. Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) Architects & Planners designed the 260,000-square-foot apartment building as a distinct, yet architecturally respectful addition to the existing hotel. The design team achieved that goal by incorporating a contemporary glass façade, according to Hany Hassan, BBB’s partner on the project.

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Highlighted Awards

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center; La Jolla, California. Cannon Design. Photo: Christopher Barrett

AIA selects 2017 Healthcare Design Awards recipients

AIA selects 2017 Healthcare Design Awards recipients

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected the recipients of the AIA Healthcare Design Awards program. The award program showcases the best healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

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Finalist for the Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Global Awards for Excellence: Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago. Developer: City of Chicago, Department of Transportation. Designers: Ross Barney Architects (all phases), Sasaki (Phases 2, 3), Alfred Benesch & Company (Phases 2, 3), Jacobs/Ryan Associates (all phases) and Collins Engineers (Phase 1). Photo credit: @ Kate Joyce

Hospitality/Attractions Award and Renovated Buildings Award: OUE US Bank Tower Lobby Renovation. Gensler | Hathaway Dinwiddie | OUE Limited. Photo: Copyright 2016 by Zach Lipp Photography

 

IN EVERY EDITION

 

Noteworthy news and projects

 

Hollyhock House. Credit: Joshua White. Courtesy of Anne McCaddon

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation celebrates 150th anniversary of its namesake

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation celebrates 150th anniversary of its namesake

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision put him so far ahead of his time that our technology is only now catching up to his ideas,” said Graff. “We honor his life, not just by looking back on his greatness, but by following his lead and always looking forward to see how his legacy will continue to change how we live and how we build into the future.”

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PPG and the PPG Foundation today announced contributions to Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh totaling $7.5 million. The largest donation in the center’s history is earmarked for a new building that will be named the PPG Science Pavilion. Image credit: © Indovina Associates Architects

SVA Architects honored with Seven Gold Nugget Awards of Merit

SVA Architects honored with Seven Gold Nugget Awards of Merit

SVA Architects, Inc. announces that it has earned seven 2017 Gold Nugget Awards of Merit for six different projects, representing one of the most diverse project portfolios recognized. Earning seven Gold Nugget Merit Awards demonstrates SVA’s excellence in K-12, higher education, student housing, single family housing, and public housing renewal.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd., received a 2014 ASLA Award of Excellence in the General Design Category. Photo Credit: Sean Airhart

ASLA announces newest honors recipients

ASLA announces newest honors recipients

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Tuesday announced its 2017 honors recipients. Selected by ASLA’s Board of Trustees, the honors represent the highest awards ASLA presents each year. The honors will be presented at the president’s dinner on October 23, held during the 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO, October 20–23, in Los Angeles.

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Urban Discovery Academy. Courtesy of AVRP Skyport Studios

AVRP Skyport Studios honored with two Gold Nugget Awards of Merit

AVRP Skyport Studios honored with two Gold Nugget Awards of Merit

The firm’s award-winning projects include Urban Discovery Academy, a downtown school recognized in the Best Educational Project category, and Seaport San Diego, developed by Protea Waterfront Development and designed by AVRP Skyport in collaboration with Gafcon, AECOM and BIG, honored as a Best On-the-Boards Mixed-Use Project. 

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Best on the Boards Multifamily Community Fourth Street East in Oakland, Calif. Developer: Carmel Partners, builder: CP Construction West, Inc. and designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning. Image credit: Carmel Partners

KTGY Architecture + Planning earned top honors in prestigious Gold Nugget Awards design and planning competition

KTGY Architecture + Planning earned top honors in prestigious Gold Nugget Awards design and planning competition

KTGY earned top honors in the prestigious Gold Nugget Awards design and planning competition for site planning and architecture for attached, detached and an innovative net-zero energy concept home that was on display at 2016 Greenbuild Conference in Los Angeles. KTGY’s awards totaled three Grand Gold Nugget Awards and eight Merit honors in the annual Gold Nugget competition.

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PROJECT PROFILES

 

The 200,000 square-foot Energy Innovation Center (EIC) in Pittsburgh. Credit: evolveEA

Energy Innovation Center achieves LEED Platinum certification

Energy Innovation Center achieves LEED Platinum certification

“This project, capped off by its LEED Platinum certification, is an example of what can be done when we all work together,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “The preservation of this building, its reimagining and its place as a center for innovation in our community has all come about because of unique partnerships. Today’s announcement is just one more accolade and recognition to those who made this possible that their work and collaboration was successful. I congratulate all those involved on this significant accomplishment.”

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Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia. Credit: © Peter Aaron/OTTO for Robert A.M. Stern Architects

J.E. Berkowitz fabricates glass for the Museum of the American Revolution

Michael Quinn, president and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, said, “Thanks to the brilliance of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and the craftsmanship of companies like J.E. Berkowitz, the Museum not only seamlessly blends into our historic neighborhood, but also meets the demands of a 21st century, immersive educational Museum, as well as LEED standards for energy conservation.

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Slate earned LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council in Dec. 2016. Formerly called Block 75, the high energy-efficiency building features window, entrance and unitized curtainwall systems by Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Photo by Joshua Jay Elliott, courtesy of Works Progress Architecture, LLP.

Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development

Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development

Designed by Works Progress Architecture for co-developers Urban Development Partners and Beam Development, the property conveys a “push and pull” theme exemplifying the location’s vibrancy. The glass, metal and concrete façade consists of articulated, modulated, rectangular shapes, including some that are setback and some that project over the sidewalks below.

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The Microsoft Germany headquarters in Parkstadt Schwabing in the north of Munich. The building’s exterior is enveloped in Corian® design surface and features an unusual depth when illuminated by the sun. Design: GSP Architekten Munich, photos: Andreas Frisch, GSP Architekten, all rights reserved.

BUILDING SCIENCE

 

View of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building from the roof of the Glassell School of Art. Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston breaks ground for Nancy and Rich Kinder Building

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston breaks ground for Nancy and Rich Kinder Building

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has broken ground on the Nancy and Rich Kinder building for modern and contemporary art, designed by Steven Holl Architects. The new 164,000-square-foot museum building is shaped by gardens of horizontal porosity and is open on all sides. Seven gardens slice the perimeter, marking points of entry and punctuating the elevations. The largest garden court, at the corner of Bissonnet and Main Street, marks a central entry point on the new Museum of Fine Arts, Houston campus.

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UCI Middle Earth Expansion project. Credit: © Plompmozes

Aloha Pacific Center at Kapolei. Rendering courtesy of SVA Architects

SVA Architects announces Aloha Pacific Center in design phase

SVA Architects announces Aloha Pacific Center in design phase

Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, states, “Kapolei has recently experienced rapid growth, and has become the central business district on West Oahu. We’re proud to be a part of that growth, and to bring a unique opportunity for businesses to own their office space to this booming area.”

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414 Light Street, Baltimore. Credit: Questar Properties

414 Light Street to stand as the tallest residential tower in Baltimore

414 Light Street to stand as the tallest residential tower in Baltimore

Architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz have envisioned 414 Light Street as an iconic design that takes its inspiration from Baltimore’s nautical heritage. Soaring sail-inspired forms evoke the elements that surround the Inner Harbor, while the light blue glass exterior reflects the neighboring skyline and mirrors the water of the harbor below

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New Viega LLC Corporate Headquarters to be located in the Interlocken area of Broomfield, Colo. Courtesy of OZ Architecture

OZ Architecture to Design New Viega LLC Corporate Headquarters in Colorado

OZ Architecture to Design New Viega LLC Corporate Headquarters in Colorado

OZ Architecture, an award-winning, national architecture and design firm, was selected by Viega LLC to lead the master planning and design for the company’s new 90,000 square foot corporate campus. It will be located in the Interlocken area of Broomfield, Colo., where Viega LLC recently moved its U.S. headquarters.

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Arup Boston. Photo: © Darrin Scott Hunter

Seattle Aquarium expansion concept. Courtesy of LMN Architects

Nydree Flooring reveals first acrylic-infused wide-plank option for commercial spaces

Nydree Flooring reveals first acrylic-infused wide-plank option for commercial spaces

Design meets functionality in Nydree Flooring’s new Wide Plank Collection. Intended for high-traffic areas, these first-of-their-kind wide planks are made from marine-grade Baltic-birch plywood substrate with a UV-cured ceramic urethane and acrylic-infused top layer, making them 300% more dent resistant than standard wood. With 5 finishes, the 7.5” planks deliver the drama of wide dimension matched with trusted durability.

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COLOR AND DESIGN

 

ASID Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Eric Laignel

GLIDDEN brand by PPG names 2018 color of the year: Deep Onyx

GLIDDEN brand by PPG names 2018 color of the year: Deep Onyx

“Using a black paint color like Deep Onyx on your walls or in your decor may feel intimidating at first, but it’s actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easygoing style that’s trending for 2018,” said Misty Yeomans, PPG color marketing manager, Glidden paints. “Black can be overlooked as a neutral color, but it works well on an accent wall or as an alternative to white paint on doors, trim and cabinets. The sense of ease and authenticity it brings to a home can’t be denied. Just like a little black dress, Deep Onyx is a classic, timeless staple.”

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Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge Third Place Commercial Category winner: Children’s Library by Mariela Ortiz, University of Cincinnati.

Winners announced for Sherwin-Williams seventh annual Student Design Challenge

Winners announced for Sherwin-Williams seventh annual Student Design Challenge

Sherwin-Williams announced the winners of its seventh annual Student Design Challenge, which includes three winning parties in the residential and commercial categories out of the hundreds of original designs that were submitted, as well as two Facebook fan favorites. Celebrity designers Cynthia Rowley and Vern Yip, along with Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, selected the winners of this year’s contest.

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OLYMPIC paint by PPG unveils Black Magic as 2018 Color of the Year

OLYMPIC paint by PPG unveils Black Magic as 2018 Color of the Year

“In past years, consumers have gravitated toward open, airy spaces that are thought to leave room for exposure,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, Olympic paint. “However, in the current day, consumers often feel uneasy, restless or like their privacy is being invaded, so they crave deep, comforting colors that offer a welcomed escape from the chaos of daily life. Olympic paint’s Black Magic perfectly satisfies consumers’ desire for privacy.”

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PPG PAINTS brand unveils 2018 Color of the Year: Black Flame

PPG PAINTS brand unveils 2018 Color of the Year: Black Flame

“Black Flame acts like a black curtain, allowing your other décor elements to take center stage,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager. “It’s a fantastic blend of black and indigo, two classic hues. Black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the indigo offers possibility and a deep hopefulness. The blend of two colors makes it incredibly versatile – use it on a statement wall, with a matte finish on a ceiling, with high gloss on a naturally-lit staircase, on cabinets, interior and exterior doors, and in many more places. The versatile hue can also provide strength and a modern luxe vibe to spaces with a lot of whites, blush pinks and soft pastels.”

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Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (GBCC). Photo credit: Sabine Mueller Photography

Margulies Perruzzi Architects completes office design for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Margulies Perruzzi Architects completes office design for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

“At the Chamber, our membership is more dynamic, innovative, and focused on the strength of the collective greater Boston business community than ever before,” said James E. Rooney, president and CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “We wanted our new office space to be reflective of the Chamber’s work today, and of our vision for the future of our organization. Margulies Perruzzi Architects demonstrated their ability to understand that vision, and made our new office space reflective of who we are and how we want to serve our growing membership.”

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2018 Color and Design Trends from Dunn-Edwards Paints

2018 Color and Design Trends from Dunn-Edwards Paints

 Dunn-Edwards Paints has released its 2018 Color and Design Trends Report, featuring five color palettes with an emphasis on Celebrations – of memories, natural wonders, the stars and unknown, life’s adventures and childhood joys.

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PPG PAINTS brand launches Frank Lloyd Wright color palette to honor Wright’s 150th birthday

PPG PAINTS brand launches Frank Lloyd Wright color palette to honor Wright’s 150th birthday

“The PPG Paints brand Frank Lloyd Wright color collection consists of a blend of Wright’s carefully selected palette from the 1950s with additional modern colors and coordinating interior stain colors, showcasing how harmonizing the palette is even many years after its inception,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager. “Even the colors chosen more than 60 years ago stand strong today and coordinate with modern textiles and materials – a true testament to Wright’s timeless design sense.”

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URBAN PLANNING

 

Giambrocco neighborhood in Denver’s River North Arts District (RiNo). Credit: OZ Architecture

New Giambrocco neighborhood to transform eight RiNo acres into Denver’s latest mixed-use development

New Giambrocco neighborhood to transform eight RiNo acres into Denver’s latest mixed-use development

“Giambrocco will be a place in and of itself, but which also contributes to the ongoing renaissance of RiNo from an unexplored part of Denver to the most dynamic and vibrant district in the city,” said Rebecca Stone, OZ Architecture’s managing principal. “It’s critical to note the respect the entire design team is placing on the existing architecture and atmosphere of the area — from the rail yards to the found art — to ensure the culture and vibrancy are carried through to this latest evolution of the neighborhood.”

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JPI announces Phase II of Jefferson Stadium Park in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle

JPI announces Phase II of Jefferson Stadium Park in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle

Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle has been in an urban re-use planning process spanning over a decade.  The City expects that Platinum Triangle will generate more than $1.5 billion in investment. “Jefferson Stadium Park represents the ideals that the City originally envisioned for Platinum Triangle,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “JPI’s investment in the area – not only Stadium Park, but Jefferson Platinum Triangle, equates to approximately one-third of the City’s goals for developer investments.”

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Designed by KTGY, this 1.42-acre redevelopment project represents a unique public/private partnership between the city and TCR and is a culmination of more than four years of planning. Courtesy of KTGY Architecture + Planning

KTGY design transforms city parking lot into $135 million mixed-use destination

KTGY design transforms city parking lot into $135 million mixed-use destination

Designed by KTGY, this 1.42-acre redevelopment project represents a unique public/private partnership between the city and TCR and is a culmination of more than four years of planning. The new $135 million sustainable development located at 2330 Webster Street will feature a 234-unit mixed-use luxury apartment community with 15,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving street-front retail.

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Courtesy of Water Street Tampa

Water Street, transformative redevelopment in heart of Tampa, to break ground in fall 2017

Water Street, transformative redevelopment in heart of Tampa, to break ground in fall 2017

To implement the vision for Water Street Tampa, SPP is currently working with 10 award-winning architectural firms on the design of 18 distinct buildings and 12.9 acres of new and enhanced public space, breathing fresh energy into Tampa’s downtown. The revitalization is already underway with the construction of new roadways, streetscapes, and utility and technology infrastructure work in progress, which will bring distinctive pedestrian-oriented design to Downtown Tampa.

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New TKF Foundation Report Provides “How to” on Creating System of City Greenspaces

New TKF Foundation Report Provides “How to” on Creating System of City Greenspaces

Nearly 40 years of research confirms that contact with nearby nature is profoundly important for human health and wellness, from the earliest hours to the final days of our lives. A new report suggests how city officials, urban planners and community residents can better integrate nature into all urban settings. “Nearby Nature for Human Health: Sites to Systems” is published by the TKF Foundation, and authored by Kathleen L. Wolf, Ph.D., University of Washington (Seattle), and Weston Brinkley, M.U.P., director of Seattle Trails Alliance.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

 

ASLA survey uncovers bright spots for landscape architecture firms

ASLA survey uncovers bright spots for landscape architecture firms

General business conditions contained some bright spots for landscape architecture firms during the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest ASLA’ Business Quarterly survey. Firms reported a jump in billable hours, although inquiries for new work dipped slightly. Plans to hire remained steady.

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HISTORIC RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION

 

Springfield Union Station, Springfield, Mass. Courtesy of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority.

455 Eye Street in Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Credit: J. Larry Golfer Photography

A rendering of what skyline would look like after the renovation. The project team worked closely with Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board to ensure that the renovations of the alterations will be imperceptible from afar, not altering the historically significant view of the Space Needle that the city knows and loves. Rendering: Olson Kundig

Space Needle to launch historic renovation project

Space Needle to launch historic renovation project

In partnership with design firm Olson Kundig, led by design principal, Alan Maskin, and project architect, Blair Payson, the project team worked closely with the City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB), local architecture historians and preservationists, a surviving original Space Needle structural engineer, and the community to be consistent with the original design intent and respect the character-defining features of the Space Needle.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

 

AIA 2030 Commitment expands beyond 400 architecture firms

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced publication of 2030 by the numbers, the 2016 progress report assessing the work of architecture firms that are part of the AIA 2030 Commitment, a voluntary initiative to commit their practices to advancing the AIA’s goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. The report is available and can be viewed here.

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June construction starts climb 4 percent

New construction starts in June grew 4% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $679.9 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.  Nonresidential building increased 13% in June, strengthening after two months of lackluster activity, and the nonbuilding construction sector rose 8% with the help of elevated activity for electric utilities.  However, residential building slipped 4% in June, as both sides of the housing market (single family and multifamily) retreated. 

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CONSTRUCT offers Young Professionals Program; Becomes Official Partner of YoungArchitect.com

CONSTRUCT 2017, held September 13-15th at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI, features a variety of options for young professionals who are looking to learn more about the industry, network, and have fun with their peers.  Discounted young professional registration packages vary from exhibit hall only to full education for those who really want to immerse themselves in the experience.  The most popular program, Young Professionals Day, returns to CONSTRUCT for its third year. 

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gb&d now accepting nominees for Annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards

“We created these awards to celebrate the achievements of women who are making lasting change in the world of sustainability,” says Chris Howe, CEO and editor-in-chief at gb&d. “We’re connecting the most powerful women at the forefront of sustainability through our WSLA network, and we’re raising awareness around what these inspirational women are doing.”

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Founding Fathers chose brick for enduring appeal

Demonstrating enduring appeal, a new survey by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express found that millennials tend to value a mix of old and new buildings where they live, dine shop and travel.

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The American Society of Interior Designers releases five design sector briefs

Building on the research published in the ASID 2016-2017 Outlook and State of the Industry report, each brief presents an exploration of the unique factors affecting interior design in each of the five sectors, including the economy, environmental protection, security, generational differences, well-being, community, design excellence, data and knowledge, and value proposition.

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New construction starts in May edge up slightly

“While May revealed slight improvement over April, the pace of expansion so far this spring has generally slowed following the elevated activity in the first quarter,” stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics.

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PG&E and AIACC open seventh annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition

The competition strives to generate new, innovative ideas for ZNE construction to help achieve California’s goal for all new residential construction to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030. Last year’s competition spurred state-of-the-art designs for student housing at the San Francisco State University campus.

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ASID announces Premier Partnership with Sherwin-Williams

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce and welcome Sherwin-Williams back as an ASID Premier Partner. The Society is thrilled to have the support of Sherwin-Williams as it showcases the impact of design on the human experience, and celebrates the value interior designers provide.

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AAMA conference kicks off with workshop about new AAMA website

With the new AAMA member dashboard, which is customized to each individual user, members can request to join committees and task groups, add their social media handles along with a profile picture and use a comprehensive member directory to network with other members before they attend an in-person event like the Summer Conference.

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AAMA releases new white paper about aluminum fenestration and energy efficiency

“This white paper was needed in order to educate and inform the marketplace about the energy advantages of using aluminum fenestration,” said Elizabeth Cotton (Kawneer), chair of the AMC Marketing Committee. “With today’s technology, these products can achieve current and foreseeable stringent codes requirements in an efficient and innovative manner, as well as achieving credits through green building certification programs.”

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Registration Now Open for Greenbuild 2017

“Greenbuild offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address pressing issues in the built environment,” said Kate Hurst, SVP of Conference & Events, U.S. Green Building Council. “Important topics covered through this year’s line up include air quality, human health, energy and water use, indoor environmental quality, human health, land development, materials selection and reducing CO2 emissions, to name a few.”

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Dodge Momentum Index resumes growth in May

Following a dip in April, the Dodge Momentum Index advanced 4.0% in May to 139.1 (2000=100) from its revised April reading of 133.7. 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.

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In the news…

 

Officials celebrate start of construction for The Vineyards at Porter Ranch

The Vineyards will be built as a joint venture between Shapell Properties and Liberty Building Co., which have been long-term partners in developing Porter Ranch. The design includes a “main street” and central green area that will host community events, a 4,000-square-foot community meeting room, solar panels on rooftops to help supply power to the complex, a rainwater capture and irrigation recycling system and electric car charging stations.

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Cargill introduces polyaspartic ester that uniquely combines quick cure time and longer pot life

Cargill has launched a breakthrough polyaspartic ester product, Altor™ 205, which will fulfill a longstanding industry need for a coating that delivers faster return to service (cure time) with significantly longer working time (pot life). By combining these benefits, Altor 205 allows users to cover more square footage in less time, which can reduce labor time and enable them to take on more jobs.

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New app to quantify sustainability of coil coatings

For different applications such as roofing or façade systems, the Beckers SI app shows users the collective impact of the materials used to make the coating as well as the value certain functions add to a construction. This enables them to make an educated decision and can also be rewarded by green building rating schemes such as LEED and BREAM.

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Covestro pledges to advance resource-efficient building in emerging markets with IFC’s EDGE

“IFC’s collaboration with Covestro will help empower the private sector in emerging markets to adopt low-carbon construction materials,” said Alzbeta Klein, director and global head for IFC’s climate business. “It unites us in shared thought leadership so that, together, we can amplify the awareness and education of sustainable building practices in emerging markets.”

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Rockfon shares environmental product declarations

The UL EPD Program certification signifies that Rockfon acoustic stone wool products conform to the stringent Type III environmental declarations as defined by the International Standards Organization (ISO 14025).

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Rockfon metal ceiling panels, planks, linear and open cell systems

“Architects and designers use our metal ceiling systems to create beautiful, comfortable spaces that enrich modern living, support sustainability and provide peace of mind. Choosing from a breadth of sizes, colors, curves and perforations, they achieve the look they want and the performance they need,” says Rockfon’s Mark Taylor. “Contractors also appreciate these cost-competitive ceiling systems and their ease of installation, contributing to labor savings and on-time completion.”

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Vitro Architectural Glass launches Vitro InspireScapes blog

Recent topics covered on Vitro InspireScapes include how to use a new online tool for generating three-part Construction Specifier Institute (CSI) glass specifications; the importance of full-size mock-ups for accurate job-site evaluation of glass samples; and a line of patterned, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses developed jointly by Walker Glass and Vitro Glass to protect birds and the environment.

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Technoform Glass Insulation introduces TGI-Spacer M with Wire

He continues, “Thermally efficient building envelopes of today and tomorrow are critical to energy management, and TGI-Spacer M with Wire’s drop-in solution meets, or exceeds, the toughest industry expectations in all climates. By reducing the heat transfer at the edge of glass, our product helps minimize the risk of condensation on the interior glass surface, and improve thermal comfort for building occupants.”

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Major public art installations unveiled at ÏCE condominiums

“We have always recognized the important role of art in creating a sense of place which is both expressive and meaningful,” said Wayne Barwise, Cadillac Fairview’s Executive Vice President, Development. “By making world-class displays accessible to all who live, work, dine and visit here, we will consciously contribute to creating a stimulating environment and a vibrant community.”

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PPG debuts MEASURECOLOR MOBILE platform for quick coating color selection

PPG announced that its industrial coatings business has launched MEASURECOLOR MOBILE™, an innovative cloud-based color platform that combines a color-matching app and hand-held MeasureColor Mobile scanning device to immediately identify color matches to PPG industrial coatings products and improve the speed and accuracy of color selection.

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Apogee closes on acquisition of EFCO Corporation

EFCO is a leading U.S. manufacturer of architectural aluminum window, curtain wall, storefront and entrance systems for commercial construction projects. Apogee provides distinctive value-added glass and metal solutions for the architectural and picture framing industries.

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Renowned Acoustics Expert Raj Patel Recognized as Arup Fellow

“Arup Fellows inspire and encourage innovative thinking at Arup and with our clients,” said Andy Howard, Chairman of the Americas Region. “Going beyond this, Raj is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of how sound and visual design can fundamentally impact decisions and experiences in the built environment.”

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BEHR PRO™ Pre-Catalyzed Waterborne Epoxy

With a highly durable, low-odor and low-VOC formula, BEHR PRO™ Pre-Catalyzed Waterborne Epoxy is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of high traffic commercial, institutional and industrial facilities, such as schools, hospitals, food processing plants and USDA inspected facilities.

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EXTECH named select service provider of Geolam for North America

Geolam’s innovative and patented hybrid technology takes recycled aluminum, resin and wood, and extrudes them together under heat. This combination gives Geolam profiles their distinguishing features: They are three times lighter, four times more stable and eight times more rigid than alternative WPC profiles.

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Sto Corp. launches engaging new website with enhanced tools and features

New features include a new StoColor Tool, new Sto Texture Tool, a redesigned Documentation Center, Distributor Map, and Site Search, a new Home Page showcasing Sto’s capabilities, improved Product Pages, an enhanced Project Gallery, upgraded Video Gallery and a News & Updates section that includes Sto News, ARCHITRENDS blog posts, press releases and articles by Sto contributors published in major trade magazines

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PPG launches new website for architectural metal coatings

PPG has launched a new web site for architectural metal coatings featuring a streamlined appearance, intuitive navigation and enhanced access to popular coatings specification tools. Architects, specifiers and product manufacturers will find PPG’s product information organized by coatings type—coil or extrusion—as well as by finished end-use or performance requirement.

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TopBuild acquires Canyon Insulation

TopBuild Corp. has acquired Canyon Insulation, a heavy commercial insulation and firestopping company headquartered in Corona, California with branches in San Diego and Livermore.

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Airport tower featuring DURANAR SUNSTORM coatings wins metal design award

The 221-foot tower, designed by Denver-based Fentress Architects, features a metal-and-glass facade twisted into the shape of a torch. The tower is engineered to withstand a magnitude 8.0 earthquake and designed to achieve LEED® certification at the Gold level from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Keynote speaker Michael Collins to review industry’s legislative standing at Summer Conference

At the June 18-21 American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) National Summer Conference in Newport, RI, an industry expert will ask and answer the question, what does the Trump administration mean in terms of challenges and opportunities for the building products industry? A series of other speakers and panelists will discuss topics like U.S. aluminum trade with China, the WELL Building Standard, avoiding and defending lawsuits, an update from the Vinyl Institute and a workshop about using the new AAMA website. A presentation about a cradle-to-cradle material program and a code update will also be given. Registration for the conference is now open.

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Innovative STEM partnership builds stormwater garden designed by and for students at Philly high school

In December 2015, the CH2M Foundation awarded a grant to The Nature Conservancy to develop the STEM education pilot project at W.B. Saul High School’s campus in Philadelphia. The goal of the partnership is twofold: To increase student interest in green STEM careers through access to mentors and project-based learning in the fields of science and engineering, and to engage the school community around the value of green infrastructure solutions that create healthier urban environments such as the rain garden that students, teachers and volunteers installed Wednesday.

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John Mattke Appointed President of Stone Panels International

Coldspring® announces the appointment of John Mattke to President of Stone Panels International LLC, a recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiary of Coldspring. Stone Panels International is the Texas-based producer of StoneLite® solution for interior and exterior building cladding.

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Greg Flint Named President and Chief Operations Officer of Coldspring®

“As President and Chief Operations Officer, my primary goal is the continuous improvement of delivering value for our customers by capitalizing on our vast capabilities and resources, including the great people who are part of the Coldspring family. With a strong team in place, we’re well positioned to write the next chapter in the Coldspring story.”

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Axalta Coating Systems completes acquisition of Valspar’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings business

Axalta Coating Systems has completed its previously announced acquisition of The Valspar Corporation’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings business. The North American Industrial Wood Coatings business is one of the leading providers of coatings for OEMs and distributors engaged in industrial wood markets, including building products, cabinets, flooring and furniture, in North America.

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PPG announces decision to withdraw proposal to combine with AkzoNobel

PPG today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to combine with AkzoNobel and will not pursue a public offer for all the issued and outstanding shares of AkzoNobel. PPG made the final decision today after careful consideration, including the stakeholder interests of both companies.

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Zweig Group announces 2017 Hot Firm List

Zweig Group May 31, announced the release of the 2017 Hot Firm List, an annual ranking of the 100 fastest-growing firms in the architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting industry.

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PPG launches best-in-class virtual room painter tool across popular paint brands

Today, PPG announced the launch of a new virtual room painter tool that enables anyone searching for the perfect color to try paint colors and palettes without visiting a paint store or lifting a brush. Powered by proprietary technology and created by PPG’s award-winning developers, the tool provides a realistic color preview and is now available for popular PPG brands including the GLIDDEN®, OLYMPIC®, PPG PAINTS™ and PITTSBURGH PAINTS & STAINS® lines.

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SVA Architects celebrates dedication of CBU Events Center

Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, states, “It was an honor to work with CBU on such a spectacular facility. The multi-arena includes a 100-foot tall tower and complements the Mission Revival architecture style that is a hallmark of the CBU campus. As the campus’ largest indoor gathering space, this is where Lancers will create memories and experiences that will resonate throughout their lives.”

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Paint Shield® named a 2017 Bronze Edison Award Winner

“Our judges recognized Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield as a true innovation out of the many products in its category — as the first-ever, microbicidal paint created, it is very-deserving of this honor,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

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