Biomimicry and high-performance, green buildings
What’s trending this edition?
Metal coatings, ceilings and acoustics, and senior living paint colors
PLUS: 2020 paint colors
by Amanda Poole, Associate Product Manager, Coatings
Today’s color trends and how experts predict them
by Kiki Redhead, CMG, Global Color & Trend Manager, Sherwin-Williams DesignHouse
Revitalizing feeling of nature inspires tomorrow’s life-care destinations
by Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager, PPG paint brand
Five ceiling trends to consider for your next project
by Robert Marshall, Senior Technical Manager for CertainTeed Ceilings
LEGO Group opened the first phase of its new, state-of-the-art Campus at its headquarters in Billund, Denmark. Photo courtesy of the LEGO Group
With biomimicry, nature’s best ideas cover high-performance, green buildings
by Amanda Poole, Associate Product Manager, Coatings
New façade coatings technology draws from nature to improve performance related to a number of key sustainability measures
Nature offers inspiration for a wide variety of pursuits, from the fine arts and sports worlds to new ideas in improving health care and combating climate change. That is one reason that the principle of biomimicry has emerged over the last two decades, as not only an established discipline in applied science but also a preferred process for improving building performance. At its core, biomimicry looks to nature for design inspiration, uncovering innovative and sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating time-tested patterns and strategies in biological processes.
Examples of this approach, according to the Missoula, Montana-based Biomimicry Institute, include new wind-power turbines designed based on humpback whale fins, as well as the new buildings in cities such as Harare, Zimbabwe, with internal climate control systems developed by emulating the structures of termite mounds. Another significant area of study for sustainable building design and operations has been the successful application of biomimetic micro technologies in finish materials, sealants and coatings. One example is StoColor® Lotusan®, a highly water-repellent coating that emulates the function of a lotus leaf. Developed in Germany in the late 1990s, this product has a 20-year track record of self-cleaning and mold-resistant performance on building exteriors. A second façade coating that promotes rapid drying of water from its surface was introduced earlier this year. StoColor® Dryonic® takes inspiration from the fog-basking beetle found in the Namib Desert.
Today’s color trends and how experts predict them
by Kiki Redhead, CMG, Global Color & Trend Manager, Sherwin-Williams DesignHouse
We know that architecture is so dependent on color. After all, color is an integral element of our world. Typically, colors such as whites and grays have been favored by architects and designers, until more recently, they are choosing to design with a plethora of colors at their fingertips to highlight their building designs. Colors available today are endless and now more than ever, architects are looking for insights and trends to stay ahead of the curve.
But, why is color so important? Color conveys emotion, sells products and services and ultimately has the power to inspire, to connect and to bring every architectural vision brilliantly to life. It is constantly evolving. It is human nature to be attracted to color and to expect tastes in color to evolve. When that happens, new trends form – often around familiar topics.
Current Color Trends
A few current architectural and building products color trends have emerged within the metal coating industry. In architectural exteriors, the most popular colors remain whites and neutrals, accented by strategic use of more daring shades, the corporate equivalent of the orange door. Together, these colors help us feel comfortable in the architectural world by making us feel at home, even as they simultaneously reshape our understanding of space and function. Trending colors we are seeing are honest grounding shades derived from earth minerals. Hues like Rustic Orange and Stain lend a feeling of permeance and trust when combined with shimmery metal, the look is unmistakably luxurious. And within the agricultural market, today’s farms are versatile and creative, forming symbiotic relationships across industries.
Revitalizing feeling of nature inspires tomorrow’s life-care destinations
by Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager, PPG paint brand
Currently, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day and in the next 23 years, it’s estimated that America will need approximately two million more housing units to meet senior living needs. Generation X, the generation born after the baby boomers between early 1960s to mid-1970s, will start to enter their mid-70s. In the years to come, these generations will eventually be searching for the best lifestyle for their retirement, which will differ from current retirees and senior citizens. They may seek the option to live in semi self-serve environments, while others will prefer those that require more amenities and pampering. No matter the choice, the space’s color and its emotional influence will play a part in this important life decision.
As generations enter various stages of their life, their preferences and senses continuously change. Color choices often relate to a moment in time, how we feel and even how we remember certain experiences. Unlike many current assisted care facilities, paint color palettes for senior living developments will become more sophisticated over the coming decade, with infusions of modern architecture, colors and nature-inspired elements. Future life-care developments will soon mimic those of high-end hotels and resorts, as baby boomers and Generation X have refined expectations for their living spaces. From staff and services to design and décor, these communities will offer a relaxing, worry-free environment and a sense of being on permanent vacation, and color choices help contribute to the complete experience.
Five ceiling trends to consider for your next project
by Robert Marshall, Senior Technical Manager for CertainTeed Ceilings
How the larger commercial design landscape is influencing ceiling products, designs and specifications
Whether you are motivated by biophilic design to integrate natural looks into your project, working to enhance the wellbeing of a space’s occupants or simply looking to make a bold design statement, there is a ceiling trend to inspire. Influenced by larger trends in commercial design, ceilings play an integral role in achieving the overall design vision of any space. As we rapidly approach 2020, here is a look at some key trends driving commercial ceilings.
1. Wood Visuals
As larger trends such as biophilic and resimercial design continue to grow in influence, the warmth of wood and wood looks have naturally grown in popularity – in flooring, wall coverings and furniture as well as ceilings. There are now multiple options for achieving a wood ceiling aesthetic, with or without acoustical properties, and at a variety of price points.
“We selected First Light 2102-70 as our Color of the Year 2020 to represent a new dawn of idealism, design and living,” said Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore Director of Color Marketing and Development. “First Light 2102-70 reflects a new definition of the home – a shift in mindset from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism.”
“Earth’s prescription for the chaotic, busy lives we all live is to bring the tranquility of nature and the outdoor world into the home. That’s exactly what we set out to accomplish when forecasting the 2020 Colors of the Year,” says Sue Kim, Valspar Color Marketing Manager at Sherwin-Williams. “Take Mint Whisper, for instance. The crisp shade brings a sense of peace — and nature’s positivity — indoors.”
“2020 is the year to create a glamorous home space, one that welcomes you in with open arms every time you walk through the door and continues to wow you,” says Ashley Banbury, HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Senior Color Designer. “Romance, our distinguished Color of the Year, is a soft and dreamy blush hue that evokes serenity while simultaneously making a statement. It can be mixed and matched with any of the colors found within the Simply Blissful Color Collection to seamlessly coordinate in the home.”
Sherwin-Williams is announcing the 2020 Color of the Year: Naval SW 6244, a rich navy hue that strikes a balance between calm and confident. Naval is where the glamour of Art Deco meets the serenity of a yoga studio, pairing the contemporary desire to treat ourselves with the practice of self-care.
Dunn-Edwards Paints has released its 2020 Color and Design Trends Report, Optimistic Endeavors, which defines five key themes of how culture has influenced the design world.
Today, Behr Paint announced its 2020 Color of the Year, Back to Nature S340-4: a restorative, meadow-inspired green. Influenced by our innate desire to connect with nature, this biophilic shade imparts a fresh sense of vitality. Just as plants release oxygen into the air, incorporating an ecological green in the home helps purify and promote a balanced space—bringing the outside, inside.
Sherwin-Williams announces its annual Colormix® Forecast, a collection of 45 hues that bring joy, serenity and focus to the mind, body and spirit. Sherwin-Williams states this year’s standout hues are expressed through five inspirational and balanced color collections that warmly welcome a new decade in home and commercial design: Alive, Mantra, Play, Haven and Heart.
In a world where sleep is viewed as a luxury and the anxiety of a fast-paced life is all too real, it is only fitting that PPG paint brand’s 2020 Color of the Year, Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6), offers escapism in today’s technologically driven society. Hand-selected by PPG’s global color experts, the shade is a blend of cobalt and moody ink blue that imparts calmness and restful sleep while also offering the spirit of hopefulness – a precious commodity in a restless world.
565 Great Northern Way and Pavilion is a commercial and retail development by architecture firm Perkins and Will in Vancouver, Canada. The overlapping shingles which emulate a flower, are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat, and custom fabricated by Keith Panel Systems.
The LEGO Group’s new, state-of-the-art campus, designed by C.F. Møller Architects, will span 54,000 square meters and house more than 2,000 employees when it is finished in 2021. Sustainability is a core tenet for the LEGO Group, referred to as the “Planet Promise.” For example, the rooftops of the new buildings are covered with Sedum plants which absorb water and CO2, and rainwater will be used to irrigate the green parks in the campus area.
Contemporary, curvy curtainwall creates comfortable, sustainable, luxury residences using Technoform’s thermal barrier strip and warm edge spacer
Designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners, 465 North Park Apartments’ curved, jewel-like exterior is comprised of several EFCO products. EFCO relied on a combination of Technoform’s polyamide thermal barrier and plastic hybrid stainless steel (PHSS) warm edge TGI®-Spacer M to meet the project’s specified aesthetics, thermal performance, durability and sustainability.
Vertically expanded Philadelphia office renovation re-clad in glass and aluminum with wood grain finishes by Linetec
The new design of Philadelphia’s 2400 Market Street property was conceived by architecture firm Gensler, with Varenhorst serving as the executive architect. The renovated and expanded building was re-clad in a modern, high-performance façade. Its fresh exterior showcases Viracon’s glass within Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ aluminum-framed window wall system finished by Linetec.
As part of a $1.2 billion capital improvement program for its Main Campus in North Philadelphia, Temple University commissioned Stantec, as part of a joint venture with Snøhetta, to design its new library. The building’s base is covered in granite and appears different in color depending on the time of day, creating an evocative mood. Glass is strategically positioned at the three entrances to allow in the natural light and foster a sense of transparency.
RHEINZINK America and Fairview announce strategic partnership and highlight zinc cladding on New York luxury residential project
RHEINZINK America, Inc. and Fairview Architectural North America recently worked together to provide architectural zinc wall cladding systems on 70 Charlton St., a new 22-story luxury residential building in New York City. Designed with sustainable goals and constructed with long-lasting natural materials like zinc, 70 Charlton was LEED® Certified through the U.S. Green Building Council and recognized for meeting the provisions of New York City Department of Planning’s “Zone Green” resolution.
Long Island City’s Hunters Point Library’s aluminum-painted concrete shell is not just a facade, but a load-bearing structure, which omits curtain walls and columns. Sculpted cuts are carved out of the facade, showing the movement of people within and framing expansive views of the Manhattan skyline.
181 Fremont in San Francisco, engineered to be the most resilient tall condominium on the West Coast
Pre-certified as LEED-Platinum and engineered to be the most resilient tall condominium on the West Coast, 181 Fremont features a distinctive sawtooth curtainwall design which also acts as a passive solar control system. To supplement the design, window mullions are angled to promote additional solar shading as the sun crosses the building’s face each day.
Franklin Tower transforms former offices into luxury living, re-clad in glass and metal with wood grain finishes from Linetec
Gensler looked at developing an adaptive façade to replace the outdated precast, single-glazed strip-window façade. “While that exterior was built for a single use, the rhythm of the new façade allows for a variety of programmatic uses,” said Gensler Principal Robert Fuller, AIA. “The recessed channels at the vertical columns and horizontal spandrels express the structural module of the building, while the floor-to-ceiling glass creates a lighter façade that connects the interior spaces to views of the city beyond.”
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners’ contemporary design of the Washington Monument simultaneously meets long-term security, preservation, and operational requirements. It utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system to minimize the visual presence of equipment. As a result, the glazed and transparent envelope affords views of the 555-foot-tall obelisk.
As a “living memorial” for President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts takes an active position among the great presidential monuments in Washington, D.C. Through public events and stimulating art, the Kennedy Center offers a place where the community can engage and interact with artists across the full spectrum of the creative process. The REACH expansion, designed by Steven Holl Architects, adds much-needed rehearsal, education, and a range of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces to allow the Kennedy Center to continue to play a leadership role in providing artistic, cultural, and enrichment opportunities.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, who were honored at a Gala event during the Institute’s Concrete Convention & Exposition, October 21. The highest honor was presented to King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, located in Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.
In Pictures: The future projects tackling climate change and setting the agenda in sustainable design
Amongst the Future Project Shortlist in the twelfth edition of the World Architecture Festival are a number of schemes designed to play a major role in creating a more sustainable future. These include a tower which uses algae to produce clean air, to tackle the vast dust cloud which plagues Beijing; repurposed oil tanks creating a new eco-park to restore destroyed habitats in Brooklyn; affordable modular water dwellings for Bergen in response to growing risks of flooding; a surge protection system to counter rising sea levels in Houston; the first energy positive airport city in the world for Oslo; and a residential community incorporating a large forest ecosystem reconnecting people with nature in Samutprakarn.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Innovation Awards recognize the exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among architects, designers, collaborators and clients. Awarded projects must support the design, delivery and operation of buildings or research in practice and academia.
The University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Guardian Industries announce a new collaborative research partnership in advanced glass materials. The first study is a collaboration between Taubman College and U-M’s School of Information. “Biometric, Communicative, and Environmental Interfaces: Expanding the Functional Integration of Glass in Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace” is led by Robert Adams, associate professor of architecture and director of Taubman College’s M.S. in Design and Health program.
The SteelWeave™ Metal Mesh Grille by CornellCookson is a closure solution that combines the style and design of architectural metal fabric with the functionality and safety of traditional rolling grilles. The result not only enhances building design, but also provides unmatched security, stated CornellCookson.
Helping protect people and property, Tubelite Inc. introduces its ForceFront Storm® hurricane/impact architectural entrance door systems with an expanded choice of approved hardware. Engineered for compliance with High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) Wind Zone 3, large missile impact, these ForceFront Storm door systems also meet large missile impact glazing requirements for C, D, and E missile per Testing Application Standard (TAS) 201 and ASTM E1886-13a and E1996-17.
Tennant Coatings announces the introduction of its latest concrete floor solution, Eco-MVR™ 100. Launching the next generation moisture mitigation system, Eco-MVR™ 100, provides advanced protection against the deleterious and costly effects of Moisture Vapor Transmission (MVT), the company states.
The VersaFlex Companies is currently comprised of VersaFlex, Raven Lining Systems, Milamar Coatings, LLC, Specialty Products (SPI), Vanberg Specialized Coatings, and Bridge Preservation. The corporate strategy is to build upon the established brand equity and industry expertise.
Passive House buildings provide optimal thermal comfort with minimal energy costs. To achieve this level of energy efficiency, the quality of the components used in this type of construction must meet stringent requirements. Dörken Systems Inc. is pleased to announce DELTA®-VENT SA, a high-performance, three-layer air- and water-resistive barrier, has received Passive House component certification from the Passive House Institute (PHI).
Sherwin-Williams selected 10 unique colors of the hundreds created by architects during Color Mixology and matched them in various Fluropon 70 percent PVDF systems for exterior metal architecture. This special edition color series incorporates a wide range of color, texture and effects.
PPG will unveil a new mineral series of colors for its PPG DURANAR™ MXL and PPG DURABRITE™ metal coatings at METALCON 2019. PPG says its Mineral Series line offers semi-transparent earth tones that subtly shimmer.
“We chose to exhibit at HCD this year because we have had many healthcare designers and architects reaching out to us about our products. This show allows us to be in a location where the industry could actually see, feel and test our products firsthand,” said Fallyn Flaherty-Earp, Global Market Manager for Tedlar®. “Designers can stop by booth 2100 and test our wallcoverings for themselves and take samples back for current and future projects,” Flaherty-Earp added.
Kirei is pleased to debut EchoCloud Diamond and EchoPanel Diamond Tiles, two of the newest additions to the company’s EchoPanel series—a collection of decorative, functional, and acoustic products that include panels, systems, tiles, and partitions.
“Our skylight not only supports projects’ daylighting design strategies for occupant comfort and wellness, but also cost-effective fabrication, installation and maintenance. Most notably, the SKYGARD 2500 is engineered with separate gutters to control condensation and leakage,” said Jim Leslie, general manager of EXTECH.
Armstrong® Lyra® PB Direct-Apply and InvisAcoustics™ ceiling and wall panels can now be installed with ceiling adhesive
The most common complaint of occupants in open or exposed structure design is noise. Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions says smooth textured Lyra PB Direct-Apply and InvisAcoustics panels both offer architects, designers, and owners a cost effective way to reduce unwanted sound in exposed structure spaces, including both new construction and retrofit applications.
Elastoflex SA V Plus is 20 percent thicker than the existing Elastoflex SA V membrane. When used in conjunction with an approved Polyglass cap sheet, contractors can build a 240+ mils resilient roof system, according to Polyglass U.S.A., Inc.
“We are thrilled to become a Kynar Aquatec® trademark licensee along our journey to continuously innovate and improve the performance of our products,” said Phil Morton, director of business development and innovation for Deceuninck North America. “For larger windows and doors and commercial applications, using Rovex® XF lineal profiles means no more trade-offs between thermal performance and structural integrity. The added protection of a Kynar Aquatec® coating for extreme weatherability is an unparalleled combination of innovative technologies for achieving the high standards of product performance our customers expect from Deceuninck.”
FabriTRAK® Systems Inc today launched Autem™– a unique sound control acoustic solution for ceilings. Autem™ is a lightweight, easy-to-install polyester product available in 2″ and 1″ thicknesses in black, white and gray. Autem™ offer NRC ratings (2″ NRC .90) and provides high R ratings for insulation.
Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, 9th and Thomas is glazed with Solarban 60 glass, floor-to-ceiling windows on the eight levels of office space are intended to foster inspiration and innovation, as well as provide clear views of the iconic Space Needle.
Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Glenarden Woods Elementary School, designed by Moseley Architects, recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The project incorporated energy efficiency strategies in the building envelope design; efficient systems and equipment; and the introduction of daylight throughout the core learning spaces.
“Covenant House New York’s new purpose-built facility supports their mission of providing homeless youth with shelter and access to support services, giving the residents opportunities to work toward stable, re-engaged lives,” said Heidi Blau, FXCollaborative’s Partner-in-Charge of the project.
In line with both CorePower Yoga and MBH’s dedication to sustainable building practices, the studio features recycled and natural materials throughout, including light-wash studio flooring certified by the USGBC Green Building Council. Climate-controlled rooms utilize the latest in technology to heat and maintain humidity levels across the entire space, while Benjamin Moore Natura paint was selected for its zero VOC content and resistance to mildew.
Danni Washington, TV Host and Ocean Explorer, Announced as Keynote Speaker for Green Schools Conference & Expo
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that TV personality and science communicator Danni Washington will keynote the annual Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE), taking place March 2-4, 2020, at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Ore. GSCE is the only national event to bring together people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. GSCE will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020. Registration is currently open.
Visionaries honored by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania Commonwealth awards program for projects and plans that enhance livability and community resiliency
“Creating healthy, vibrant and resilient communities is the mission of 10,000 Friends,” said Stacie Reidenbaugh, President and CEO of 10,000 Friends. “This celebration brings together leading professionals in real estate development, architecture, engineering, transportation, planning, higher ed, healthcare, municipal government, and community development.”
American Society of Interior Designers releases two topic specific compensation reports for firm size and designer specialization
Following the release of its first-ever Interior Design Salaries and Benefits General Report in June 2019, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has compiled additional results highlighting how career path, specialty, and firm size impact salary in two reports: the ASID 2019 Salaries & Benefits Specialization Report and Firm Size report.
The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has extended the deadline for entries to November 7. Eligible projects include any work of architecture completed since January 1, 2014 in which new clay brick products comprise the predominant exterior building or paving material (over 50 percent) including: face or hollow brick, building brick, thin brick, paving brick, glazed brick, structural glazed facing tile, new clay brick products in special shapes and/or a combination of any of these aforementioned units.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar on Nov. 12 offering an update on the Texas Department of Insurance’s (TDI) Windstorm Program requirements for fenestration products. Dr. Paul Bove will provide an overview of the windstorm program, as well as relevant building code requirements, requirements for fenestration products, relevant products’ submittal requirements, the product evaluation process and common issues associated with submittals and evaluation.
International Code Council honors extraordinary building safety professionals at 2019 Annual Conference
The International Code Council honored outstanding individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and service to their communities, the building safety industry and the Code Council during the 2019 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, on October 21-23, 2019.
While architecture billings moderated in September, design activity shows signs of remaining sluggish at U.S. architecture firms, according to a new report released today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Discussions continue on potential collaborative efforts between NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
Last month the joint staff and leadership task group from NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, re-convened to continue discussion of a possible combination of the two organizations.
The International Code Council welcomed a new slate of officers and directors to its Board of Directors during the Code Council Annual Business Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Code Council Board of Directors sets the strategic direction for the membership association, which includes code officials, design professionals, engineers and the building trades.
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), in collaboration with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Emerald Expositions (Emerald), announced last week the planned launch of The WELL Conference. The WELL Conference will be designed to offer a rich, experiential opportunity for attendees from across multiple sectors—the traditional architectural, design and engineering communities, but also real estate developers, corporate officials engaged in advancing best practices in environmental, social and governance (ESG) protocols, public health practitioners, and technology companies who are playing an ever-greater role in the real-time monitoring of building and community infrastructure performance.
As senior engineer of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Trey Hamilton will provide technical and administrative support to ACI’s technical committees and assist with the development of technical resources, educational programs, and the adoption of ACI’s consensus-based standards.
New construction starts moved 5% lower in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $774.1 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. By major sector, nonbuilding construction fell 13% in September, while residential construction dropped 6%. On the plus side, nonresidential construction starts rose 1% during the month aided by the start of a large manufacturing project.
METALCON was established in 1991, and Claire Kilcoyne has been there every step along the way. Responsible for the organizational leadership of a tight-knit team in the planning and execution of METALCON’S event logistics, Kilcoyne began her career with parent company, PSMJ Resources, Inc., in 1985 with a focus on tradeshow sales. METALCON has come full circle for Kilcoyne with her grand finale taking place in Pittsburgh’s Steel City, home to long-time partners’ United States Steel Corporation and PPG Industries, both actively involved with METALCON since its inception.
A representative from the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), Dr. Paul Bove, spoke to those at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference about the state’s voluntary windstorm program and what manufacturers need to know when operating in 14 Texas counties in a designated catastrophe area along the Gulf Coast. He provided an overview of the program as well as relevant building code requirements; requirements for fenestration products; those products’ submittal requirements; the product evaluation process; and common issues associated with submittals and evaluation.
The gain in the September Dodge Momentum Index was due entirely to an 8.9% increase in the commercial component, while the institutional component fell 4.8%.
Emily Lorenz, PE, will represent the association as a liaison to various outside organizations, including supporting its initiatives in relation to building codes and standards. “Emily’s experience as chair of ASTM Committee E60 and as a member of ASTM Committee E06 gives us confidence that she will be a great advocate for IIBEC’s positions on building-enclosure-related issues at code hearings and elsewhere throughout the industry,” stated IIBEC CEO/EVP Brian Pallasch, CAE. “We are excited to welcome her to the IIBEC team,” he added.
Glass was a large focus among the topics addressed during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference, which incorporated speakers from the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA). During the summer, the memberships of AAMA and IGMA both voted to proceed with combining into one organization with a new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The IGMA speakers took center stage to inform those at the conference about the effect hurricanes have on insulating glass unit performance, as well as how to wash and cut glass and how to conduct a frost point test.
In a session hosted by Intertek, participants of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2019 National Fall Conference in Austin, Texas, learned techniques for managing risk. A focus was placed on effective pre-construction laboratory mock-ups (PMUs), as well as quality control field testing in a presentation by Intertek Regional Sales Director, Jose Colon. Colon’s presentation reviewed the performance characteristics of a building’s exterior walls that can be gained through the testing process.
“More than 20 years after the attack at Columbine High School, our schools deserve to be safer. As architects, we know how to help,” said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA. “Design serves as a critical element in making our airports, stadiums and office buildings safer following September 11. Senators Purdue and Jones should be commended for introducing new legislation that will give education officials the vetted information they are desperately seeking to create safe and secure schools for America’s children and teachers.”
Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe. Winners of these prestigious awards are chosen by a jury that represents the breadth of the profession, including private, public, institutional, and academic practice, and exemplify diversity in professional experience, geography, gender, and ethnicity.
It is expected that ACI’s new precast structural concrete code requirements will complement the requirements in ACI 318: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.
The International Interior Design Association’s New York Chapter (IIDA NY) is excited to announce the appointment of Annie Lee, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C as Chapter President. IIDA NY is a professional organization that unites A&D professionals in the New York area, providing them with networking opportunities, educational events, and charitable initiatives.
IIBEC to co-host 2020 International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies (ICBEST)
ICBEST – The International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies provides a worldwide forum for the exchange of information and discussion of recent developments in, and applications of, building envelope engineering. ICBEST’s scope is to bring together engineers, architects, scientists, and practitioners with a common interest to promote new knowledge and practice of building envelope systems and technologies.
The Carbon Leadership Forum, in partnership with industry leaders, announces breakthrough tool to evaluate carbon emissions of building materials
The Carbon Leadership Forum, in partnership with a coalition of more than 30 building industry leaders, announce that they have taken on a long-elusive goal – measuring and reducing the carbon footprint of building materials. The result is the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”), an open source tool for architects, engineers, owners, construction companies, building material suppliers and policy makers to compare and reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials.
Natural Stone Council (NSC) updates sustainability standard to align with evolving green building programs
“The heart of ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone is continuous improvement,” says Kathy Spanier, Marketing Director of Coldspring and Chair of the Natural Stone Council (NSC)’s Sustainability Committee. “With the standard being in the market for about five years, we took feedback from certified companies as well as input from key green building programs to make necessary updates and ensure relevance.”
ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) has received accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to provide third-party certification services to manufacturers of composite wood products.
Jennifer Scanlon to become president and CEO of UL – the first woman to lead 125-year-old organization
UL and parent company Underwriters Laboratories today announced that, after 15 years of service, Keith Williams has decided to retire as president and CEO. The UL Board of Directors has appointed Jennifer Scanlon as president and CEO of UL and a member of the UL Board of Directors, effective September 30, 2019.
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) last month announced it has published a free, downloadable guide that states what Security Window Film can and cannot do.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is excited to bring the new-and-improved Conference on Landscape Architecture to San Diego, Calif., featuring keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator and Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard C-CHANGE).
AIA’s 2019 AIA Compensation Survey finds average pay for architecture staff positions up over $10,000 since 2017.
The American Institute of Architects announced September 5 that the AIA Board of Directors has approved a landmark resolution—championed by AIA members—that defines immediate and long-term efforts to engage the architectural profession in the fight against climate change.
The Dodge Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, dropped 1.3% from July to August to 137.8. The drop was the result of a 16.6% decline in the institutional component offsetting a 9.1% gain in the commercial component.
The release of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) annual data report, NCARB by the Numbers, provides new insights into the makeup of candidates and metrics relating to the pursuit of architectural licensure.
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., in partnership with owners Presbyterian Homes and Wesley Homes, recently broke ground on a 400,000-square-foot senior living campus in the Tehaleh Development in Bonney Lake, Washington. “When we first visited the site, we could feel this would be a very special place,” says Cuningham Group Associate Principal Amy Cheever, AIA, LEED AP®. “We were immediately inspired by the beautiful landscape and the fresh air that surrounds us. The vision was clear — to capture this connection to nature as much as we could in this new community.”
Metsä Wood, a Finnish engineered wood product company, has awarded the Estonian start-up Team 99 for its innovative design of a module that can be used to construct buildings of different sizes and shapes, at the same time reducing their overall carbon footprint. The module has been completely designed using LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products.
Jim Hammond will support the company’s customers in the region and strengthen YKK AP’s local service to the market, which includes Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Southern New Hampshire. “We are excited about the addition of Jim to our sales team and the enhanced focus he will bring to the northeast territory to best serve our customer base,” said Derick Clutchey, general manager, northeast region. “We look forward to his success in building and enhancing our customer relationships in and around the Boston territory.”
Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA), a full-service architecture and design firm based in Philadelphia and New York, has opened a new office in Orlando, Fla. This expansion will strengthen the firm’s presence in Florida, enhancing its ability to design and deliver local projects as well as helping to forge new relationships within the community.
BNBuilders will complete a renovation to UC Los Angeles’ 4-level, 37,351-square-foot Botany Building and adjacent Herbarium. The work will include removing all existing interior partitions; Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems; and hazardous materials; and installing new MEP and life safety systems, new roof, entrance, accessibility upgrades, seismic upgrades, technical equipment upgrades, and interior finishes.
Stantec bolsters health sector advancement in the Washington, D.C. and Mid-Atlantic regions with strategic promotion of Allen Whitaker
Leading global design firm Stantec has promoted Allen Whitaker to Principal in the firm’s health sector practice. In this new position, Whitaker will work closely with regional and global health sector leadership to implement Stantec’s strategic plan focused on growth in the Washington, D.C. region and beyond.
Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that Daniel Sutton has been named a national architectural manager for the Great Lakes region. “Dan’s experience in sustainable construction and design will be a valuable asset to the architectural and design community,” said Joseph Sennese, director, architectural development, Vitro Architectural Glass. “His work with architects and customers, paired with his knowledge of sustainable construction, equip him well for this new role.”
Polycor Inc. announced October 1 that it has acquired Elliott Stone Company Inc., a leading quarrier and fabricator of Indiana limestone based in Bedford, Indiana. Polycor states the acquisition expands its ability to deliver the most comprehensive offering of natural stone building products for the hardscapes and masonry industry.
Resiliency is a key consideration of the design of Dock 72. In response to the waterfront site, the structure is raised 42 feet above the floodplain on 20 V-shaped columns that permit water to run beneath the building in the event of a flood. S9 Architecture is the design architect for the project, providing the overall design direction and documentation for the building. The project team also includes managing architect Perkins Eastman and interior designer Fogarty Finger Architecture.
KTGY Architecture + Planning announced that the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) has named its five finalists for its 2019 Innovation Challenge competition, with KTGY receiving two finalist honors. This year’s challenge sought solutions for reducing the construction costs or time to bend the cost curve of housing production as a way to address the nation’s housing affordability crisis.
Polyglass recently announced the new Velociflex high wind-resistant roof assembly system. The company states that it has been independently tested and the Velociflex system provides for high speed wind protection up to 270 psf (pounds / square foot).
Vitro Architectural Glass announced yesterday that Brian Lurie has joined the company as national architectural manager for northern California.
Tubelite Inc. has named John Giusti as logistics manager in Walker, Michigan. He will report directly to Tim Salach, vice president of finance, and his main focus will be on freight operations, and material planning and logistics. has named John Giusti as logistics manager in Walker, Michigan. He will report directly to Tim Salach, vice president of finance, and his main focus will be on freight operations, and material planning and logistics.
The Bruce Museum design vision led by EskewDumezRipple, ties the building to the landscape and to the unique geology of its New England context. Drawing inspiration from stone quarries found along the Connecticut coast, the design features a delicately striated façade of cast stone and glass that will be animated by the play of light across the building, changing appearance with the weather and time of day. The design orients the new entrance to face Bruce Park, connecting the project to the community while drawing the landscape in to create a light court in the center of the museum.
Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) is pleased to announce that they have recently promoted two team members to senior associate positions along with six team members who have been elevated to associate level positions. “Our newly promoted senior associates and associates will help support FCA’s mission of creating exceptional architecture across multiple sectors,” says John Campbell, President of FCA. “We are excited for what this new chapter will produce within our firm.”
The U.S. offices of Mosa, a Dutch porcelain tile manufacturer, have announced new additions to their architectural sales and support team. It has made a change at the top of its U.S. operation, naming Celeste Gilbert as Vice President of Sales, USA. Gilbert, formerly Eastern USA Regional Sales Manager, will lead the entire Mosa USA team and operations.
“We’re very excited for this project. It’s incredibly rare to get a project with a waterfront site in Colorado, especially for older adult housing,” said Jami Mohlenkamp, principal and head of the senior living team at OZ Architecture. “We’re implementing some fun design elements that enable residents to take full advantage of this unique location.”
The facility will manufacture polyurethane foams for construction, insulation, appliances, bedding and furniture applications. It will also produce systems for the footwear industry; and prepolymers for coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers applications. The site will also serve as the regional base for Huntsman’s Demilec spray polyurethane foam (SPF) business. Demilec is a global manufacturer of SPF insulation used in commercial and residential properties to improve energy efficiency.
New St. Louis Community College (STLCC) Center for Nursing and Health Sciences’ exterior is comprised of brick and metal panels, solar glass and shading, and an illuminated section. In respect to the interior, according to KAI Senior Interior Designer Terry Crotty, the LEED v4 requirements called for the use of lightly colored, highly reflective materials on the floors, ceilings and work surfaces.
RHEINZINK America, Inc., has named Michael Dell’Olio as its regional sales manager serving architects, contractors and other building team members seeking architectural-grade zinc materials for their commercial and residential projects. Dell’Olio transitioned into the position under the guidance of his long-time colleague, Charles (Chuck) Bell, who recently retired from the role.
Hope on Alvarado, in Los Angeles’ Westlake neighborhood (166 S. Alvarado Street), is created by HBG Construction Corp, KTGY Architecture + Planning and Aedis Real Estate Group. The project, with wrap-around supportive services for homeless individuals, is the first of a series of superior-quality Hope On developments in Los Angeles using an advanced, new modular design.
“Design, particularly the business side, is something I have been drawn to since childhood,” says Gollwitzer. “Perkins and Will’s commitment to design, as well as their focus on empowering industry professionals of all levels, makes the firm a natural fit for me. I am thrilled to be joining the firm at this exciting time of growth for the Houston studio.”
Vitro Architectural Glass announced that Dan Stipetich has been named sales director, eastern region, where he will lead a team of commercial account managers in the Eastern U.S. serving the commercial construction industry.
FXCollaborative, in collaboration with MHG Architects, is the design architect for the new 1.1-million-square-foot development. A combination of on-site cogeneration, solar panels and a super-tight building envelope will provide a sustainable environment for residents including savings on energy costs and a reduced reliance on the area’s electric grid.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, has announced design and construction partners Rockwell Group, Klai Juba Wald Architecture + Interiors, Studio Collective, Taylor International Corporation and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. – have joined the project to re-conceptualize and develop the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Ted Moudis Associates releases “Project X: A Chicago Story,” a report examining changes in Chicago workplace design over the past decade
Ted Moudis Associates has released Project X: A Chicago Story, which examines changes in Chicago workplace design over the past ten years and focuses on two main ideas – how the way we work has changed the way space is designed, and how those changes have affected construction and furniture costs.
KAI-designed VIA Metropolitan Transit’s Brooks City Base Transit Center takes cues from World War I biplanes with its curved roof and columnar support system. The Brooks Air Force Base once located on the site was one of the first training facilities for the US Army Air Corps, dating back to December 1917.
“Architecture is a part of who I am, and something I have had the privilege of practicing over the past 35 years. With the careful involvement of three principals taking lead in all aspects of our work, our projects are pushing boundaries to reach new levels of architectural excellence. Our collective aim is to deliver—and exceed—on our promise of enduring, thoughtful design,” said Lucien Lagrange, AIA, founding principal of Lucien Lagrange Studio.
Perkins and Will reveals interior renderings for UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health
Perkins and Will reveals interior renderings for UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health. A joint venture between the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the Texas State Health and Human Services Commission, the project will be the first public mental health facility in Houston in more than 30 years.
“I’m thrilled to return to Perkins and Will—a firm that does so much good for the Austin community, and for communities around the world, through its human-centered design,” Richter says. “I’m also excited to shape the future of the Southwest Region’s Branded Environments practice, and to work with an exceptional team of talented designers—many of whom I already have the pleasure of knowing.”
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