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
“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
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 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.
Large wall graphics of natural elements such as stone can also serve as a way to incorporate biophilic design. Credit: Tim Buchman Photography
We know – through programs like the WELL Building Standard and others that address human health and wellness in the built environment – that humans have a built-in response to nature. Through factors that reach back to our origins as hunter-gatherers, the human response to exposure to nature results in a number of benefits that reinforce human health, wellness and performance.
1650 Arch Street project. Photo Credit: Meyer Design/Don Pearse Photographers
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.
Photo courtesy of Sherwin-Williams
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.
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
Credit: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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.
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
The solution was to glaze the 68,000-square-foot structure with with AviProTek® bird-friendly glass by Walker Textures® glass, acid-etched on tinted Optiblue® glass. This configuration, which creates the soft blue glass exterior, was then fabricated into triple-pane insulating glass units (IGUs) with Solarban® R100 solar control low-e glass. Optiblue and Solarban R100 glasses are both manufactured by Vitro Architectural Glass.
Bowie State University’s New Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing. Credit: SageGlass
SageGlass Installs Dynamic Glass at Bowie State University’s New Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing
SageGlass®, manufacturer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, announced the completed installation of 25,000 square feet of dynamic glass at the new Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing at Bowie State University on portions of the curtain wall façade and throughout “The Beacon,” a three-story multipurpose space.
Atlantic Plumbing sits at the north end of Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. Credit: The JBG Companies®
Atlantic Plumbing sits at the north end of Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood on the corner of 8th and V streets.The JBG Companies tapped Morris Adjmi Architects, which teamed with local architect Eric Colbert and Associates, to design the Class A project as two new industrial-style buildings.
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 (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.
Vitro Architectural Glass has published third-party-verified, product-specific Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its flat glass and processed glass products, becoming the first architectural glass manufacturer in North America to do so.
UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center; La Jolla, California. Cannon Design. Photo: Christopher Barrett
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.
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
Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs. This year’s finalists include three located in Asia, two in Europe, and 20 in North America.
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
The Los Angeles Business Council announced June 22, 2017, the winners of its 47th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, celebrating projects that embrace cutting-edge green design and smart transportation systems.
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Hollyhock House. Credit: Joshua White. Courtesy of Anne McCaddon
“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.”
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
Scheduled for completion in 2018, the PPG Science Pavilion will house science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning labs; a two-story, 14,000-square-foot exhibitions gallery allowing for large touring exhibitions; PointView Hall, a conference and event space overlooking the city skyline; and new, expanded STEM education programs
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.
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
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.
Urban Discovery Academy. Courtesy of AVRP Skyport Studios
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.
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 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.
The 200,000 square-foot Energy Innovation Center (EIC) in Pittsburgh. Credit: evolveEA
“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.”
Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia. Credit: © Peter Aaron/OTTO for Robert A.M. Stern Architects
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.
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.
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.
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.
Designed by Munich architectural practice GSP Architekten, the Microsoft Germany HQ consists of a staggered building structure with numerous plant-covered terraces and courtyards bathed in natural light.
View of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building from the roof of the Glassell School of Art. Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
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.
UCI Middle Earth Expansion project. Credit: © Plompmozes
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) awarded the second phase of their campus undergraduate student housing program to the design-build team of Hensel Phelps and Mithun in early April.
Aloha Pacific Center at Kapolei. Rendering courtesy of SVA Architects
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.”
414 Light Street, Baltimore. Credit: Questar Properties
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
New Viega LLC Corporate Headquarters to be located in the Interlocken area of Broomfield, Colo. Courtesy of OZ Architecture
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.
Arup Boston. Photo: © Darrin Scott Hunter
Arup’s Boston office serves as a living laboratory to test its own wellbeing approaches to help quantify the impact of health and wellbeing strategies.
Seattle Aquarium expansion concept. Courtesy of LMN Architects
The new Ocean Pavilion will be a unique facility, integrating a complex building program into a dynamic urban context and relating it to the natural ecology of the Puget Sound waterfront.
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.
ASID Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Eric Laignel
The ASID HQ office is the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) under WELL v1 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), under the LEED ID+C rating system.
“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.”
From vivid blue and digital green, to high-def yellow and rusty auburn, the Sherwin-Williams 2018 Colormix® Color Forecast exhibits three unique color palettes that draw from emerging global trends.
Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge Third Place Commercial Category winner: Children’s Library by Mariela Ortiz, University of Cincinnati.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (GBCC). Photo credit: Sabine Mueller Photography
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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
“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.”
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.”
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
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.
Center for Active Design releases first study to examine specific community design features that influence civic life
The Center for Active Design (CfAD) published original research from the Assembly Civic Engagement Survey (ACES), the first study to examine specific community design features that influence civic life, using large-sample survey methods and visual experiments.
Courtesy of Water Street Tampa
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.
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.
Theodore Lee, ASLA, PLA SITES AP, LEED AP, BD+C, and Trygve Hansen, ASLA, PLA SITES AP, LEED AP, BD+C— landscape architects with HGA—are part of the first group in the nation to earn the SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) credential through Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI).
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.
Springfield Union Station, Springfield, Mass. Courtesy of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority.
Reopened on June 25, 2017, Massachusetts’ Springfield Union Station was restored to its former grandeur with modern improvements, including energy-efficient, historically accurate Custom Window™ by Wausau double-hung and fixed windows.
455 Eye Street in Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Credit: J. Larry Golfer Photography
Integrating three historic structures into a luxury apartment building is an incredible challenge, and the results are magnificent and tinged with history. 455 Eye Street welcomed its first residents June 1 into the heart of the bustling Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.
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
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.
International Living Future Institute now accepting submissions for the Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design
The International Living Future Institute is now accepting submissions for the Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award in honor of Stephen R. Kellert, a pioneer in articulating and applying Biophilic Design principles to the built environment.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced a new event geared towards today’s industry thought leaders. Platform: A Retreat for Design Visionaries will cater to principals, partners, and owners, offering a broad spectrum of activities specifically built for high-level design experts. Platform looks beyond the design world to inspire its guests — speakers range come from the worlds of tech, business, and more.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
As ULI Global Chairman, Mr. Toomey will emphasize the Institute’s delivery of member value and mission advancement, with the overarching goal of ensuring that ULI continues to lead the future of global urban development.
“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.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the seventh annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs. The competition is open for entries from students and professionals worldwide now through January 30, 2018.
Soyoung Hwang from the International WELL Building Institute gave a presentation last Monday called, “A Window to WELL,” about understanding the link between health and the built environment. This link, she said, is important because of the prevalence of chronic diseases, some of which can be preventable through WELL.
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.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted Chip Gentry, founding member of Call & Gentry Law Group, to advise those at the conference about the important role of both proper installation and good insurance when it comes to avoiding litigation.
AEC President Jeff Henderson discusses Chinese aluminum extrusions and their impact on the curtain wall industry
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard an overview of U.S. trade orders on Chinese aluminum extrusions and their impact on the curtain wall industry, thanks to Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) President Jeff Henderson.
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.
The Center for Active Design announced a groundbreaking strategic partnership with BOMA Canada and Fitwel.
“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.”
“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.”
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.
USGBC Joins High Performance Building Coalition Members in National High-Performance Building Week June 5-9, 2017
This week is the High Performance Building Coalition’s (HPBC) High-Performance Building Week. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is one of 200 HPBC members that support policies and legislation that advance the next generation of buildings.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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).
Karine Galla joins Sto Corp. as Product Manager for StoGuard, StoPowerwall Stucco and Stucco Finishes
Galla comes to Sto with more than 16 years of experience in product marketing in EIFS, stucco, air and moisture barriers, and other materials related to Sto Corp. Prior to joining Sto, she worked for Omega Products International where she held the position of Product Line Marketing Director.
“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.”
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
Armstrong Flooring, Inc. announced that it has closed on the previously announced definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire the Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) business of Mannington Mills, a nationally recognized flooring company.
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.
Arup is pleased to announce that Raj Patel, Principal; Americas Region Board Member; Global Leader of Acoustics, Audio-Visual, and Theatre Consulting has been named an Arup Fellow.
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.
Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH) is now a select service provider of engineering design, fabrication and installation of Geolam hybrid aluminum/wood-plastic composite (WPC) profiles in North America.
Sto Corp. is rolling out its new website at www.stocorp.com for online visitors that is more engaging, easier to use, and optimized for mobile users.
Based on a unique proprietary resin system that incorporates 70 percent polyvinylidine fluoride, Durapon 70 HS is formulated as a premium finish to deliver superior protection from acid rain and corrosive environments. Its improved rheology delivers a smooth finish and higher volume solids to provide dirt and stain resistance.
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.
A dynamic leader in campus life design throughout the nation, Bob has been central to the design of over a million square feet of campus life projects, including arts and performance spaces, university centers, and dining commons, for many prestigious institutions.
TopBuild Corp. has acquired Canyon Insulation, a heavy commercial insulation and firestopping company headquartered in Corona, California with branches in San Diego and Livermore.
There have been many who have reported on the benefits that are inherent in modular construction, but what has not been reported on are the mold and moisture failures that have been associated with the modular construction industry.
Solarban 70XL glass was specified for VIA 57 West because of its positive impact on both the environment and the daily living experience of its occupants. Solarban 70XL glass provides a transparent, color-neutral aesthetic and exceptional solar control, striking the right balance between form and function.
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).
Michael Collins (Building Industry Advisors) will undertake a review of the legislative changes and executive orders under the Trump administration and additional changes and programs currently being proposed. The discussion will be centered primarily on which proposed changes will impact the building products industry, whether positively or negatively. Knowing where those changes might have the greatest impact allows building products manufacturers to create plans to mitigate any challenges and maximize any potential opportunities.
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.
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.
“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.”
Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has launched an online guide to help architects understand how their projects can earn LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits when they use products by Vitro Glass.
Anacolor joins a network of select commercial coatings applicators certified by PPG to apply high-performance fluoropolymer coatings such as DURANAR® liquid coatings to aluminum architectural components.
Benjamin Moore last week introduced Ultra Spec SCUFF-X – the first-of-its-kind, one-component interior latex paint engineered specifically to resist scuffmarks in high-traffic, commercial environments. SCUFF-X provides superior scuff-resistance to two-component coatings, without the strong odor, pre-mixing, short pot-life and application difficulties associated with similar products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.