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PRISM SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 EDITION

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019

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

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

With biomimicry, nature’s best ideas cover high-performance, green buildings
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

2020 paint colors

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StoColor® Lotusan® on the façade of Old Rampart LAPD. Photo courtesy of Sto Corp.

StoColor® Lotusan® on the façade of Old Rampart LAPD. Photo courtesy of Sto Corp.

StoColor® Lotusan® is a highly water-repellent coating that emulates the function of a lotus leaf. Photo courtesy of Sto Corp.

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.

StoColor® Dryonic® takes inspiration from the fog-basking beetle found in the Namib Desert. Photo courtesy of Sto Corp.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.

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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.

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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.

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CertainTeed Gyptone® BIG™, Varina Library. Photo credit: Chris Cunningham Photography

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.

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2020 PAINT COLORS
Benjamin Moore welcomes a new decade with “First Light 2102-70,” its Color of the Year 2020

Benjamin Moore welcomes a new decade with “First Light 2102-70,” its Color of the Year 2020

“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.”

Valspar® announces 2020 Colors of the Year inspired by nature

Valspar® announces 2020 Colors of the Year inspired by nature

“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.”

HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams announces its 2020 Color Collection of the Year

HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams announces its 2020 Color Collection of the Year

“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.”

Look to the Skies: Sherwin-Williams Naval to guide next decade of design

Look to the Skies: Sherwin-Williams Naval to guide next decade of design

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.

Behr Paint’s 2020 Color of the Year brings us “Back to Nature”

Behr Paint’s 2020 Color of the Year brings us “Back to Nature”

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.

Color in balance: A look at design in 2020

Color in balance: A look at design in 2020

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.

Find ease, restfulness with PPG brand’s 2020 Color of the Year: Chinese Porcelain

Find ease, restfulness with PPG brand’s 2020 Color of the Year: Chinese Porcelain

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.

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Architects Design Pavilion to Mimic Flower with Stunning Red Petal Facade

Architects Design Pavilion to Mimic Flower with Stunning Red Petal Facade

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.

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Projects
The LEGO Group opens new campus in Billund, Denmark

The LEGO Group opens new campus in Billund, Denmark

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.

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Contemporary, curvy curtainwall creates comfortable, sustainable, luxury residences using Technoform’s thermal barrier strip and warm edge spacer

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.

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Vertically expanded Philadelphia office renovation re-clad in glass and aluminum with wood grain finishes by Linetec

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.

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Sustainable design featured at Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia

Sustainable design featured at Charles Library at Temple University in Philadelphia

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.

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RHEINZINK America and Fairview announce strategic partnership and highlight zinc cladding on New York luxury residential project

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.

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Franklin Tower transforms former offices into luxury living, re-clad in glass and metal with wood grain finishes from Linetec

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.”

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The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the opening of its first-ever expansion

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the opening of its first-ever expansion

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.

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NOTEWORTHY
ACI announces winners of annual Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards

ACI announces winners of annual Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards

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.

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In Pictures: The future projects tackling climate change and setting the agenda in sustainable design

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.

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2019 AIA Innovation Awards honor innovative technologies and practices

2019 AIA Innovation Awards honor innovative technologies and practices

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.

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BUILDING MATERIALS

U-M Taubman College and Guardian Industries announce research partnership

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.

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CornellCookson launches new SteelWeave™ Metal Mesh Grille models

CornellCookson launches new SteelWeave™ Metal Mesh Grille models

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.

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Tubelite ForceFront Storm hurricane/impact doors help protect people and property

Tubelite ForceFront Storm hurricane/impact doors help protect people and property

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.

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DELTA®-VENT SA receives Passive House Institute certification

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).

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Architects inspire new color series from Sherwin-Williams

Architects inspire new color series from Sherwin-Williams

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.

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DuPont™ Tedlar™ Wallcoverings debuts new designs for healthcare segment at Healthcare Design Expo

DuPont™ Tedlar™ Wallcoverings debuts new designs for healthcare segment at Healthcare Design Expo

“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.

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EXTECH introduces new skylight: SKYGARD 2500 Series

EXTECH introduces new skylight: SKYGARD 2500 Series

“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.

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Armstrong® Lyra® PB Direct-Apply and InvisAcoustics™ ceiling and wall panels can now be installed with ceiling adhesive

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. 

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Arkema welcomes Deceuninck North America to family of Kynar Aquatec® trademark licensees

“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.”  

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BUILDING SCIENCE
Glenarden Woods Elementary School earns LEED Gold

Glenarden Woods Elementary School earns LEED Gold

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.

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MBH Architects design sustainability-focused space for CorePower Yoga Design

MBH Architects design sustainability-focused space for CorePower Yoga Design

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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

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. 

BIA extends deadline for 2019 Brick in Architecture Awards

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.

Nov. 12 AAMA webinar to provide update from Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

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 welcomes new leadership from the building safety industry 

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.

Introducing The WELL Conference

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.

Trey Hamilton to join ACI staff

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.

September construction starts decrease 5 percent

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 vice president of tradeshows retires after 35 years

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.

Dr. Paul Bove shares what manufacturers need to know about Texas’ windstorm program

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.

IIBEC announces hire of Emily Lorenz as Senior Director of Technical Services

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 topics take center stage at 2019 AAMA Fall Conference

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.

Intertek Regional Sales Director discusses managing risk during AAMA Fall Conference

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.

Senate introduces The School Safety Clearinghouse Act

“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.”

ASLA announces 2019 Professional and Student Award winners

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.

ACI to develop Precast Structural Concrete Code

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. 

IIDA NY Chapter inaugurates Annie Lee as President

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.”

Coming soon to San Diego: ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture

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 launches landmark initiative to drive climate action

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.

In the news…

Cuningham Group breaks ground on Pacific Northwest Senior Living Community

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 awards Estonian start-up Team 99 for an eco-friendly modular design

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.

YKK AP America hires new architectural sales representative in Boston

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.”

FCA expands to a new region with opening of Orlando office

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 awarded $27 million Botany Building renovation at UCLA

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. 

Daniel Sutton named National Architectural Manager for Vitro Architectural Glass

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 announces acquisition of Elliott Stone Company Inc.

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.  

Dock 72, designed by S9 Architecture, celebrates official launch

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.

Two KTGY designs selected as 2019 NMHC Innovation Challenge finalists

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 introduces Velociflex high wind-resistant roofing system

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).

John Giusti joins Tubelite as logistics manager

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, celebrates the geology of New England

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.

FCA celebrates continued growth with the promotion of several team members

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.” 

Porcelain tile manufacturer Mosa welcomes new team members

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.

OZ Architecture designs Airie active adult community at Denver’s TAVA Waters

“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.”

Huntsman opens new polyurethanes systems house In Dubai

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.

KAI designs St. Louis Community College Center for Nursing and Health Sciences

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.

Michael Dell’Olio named regional sales manager at RHEINZINK

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.

Housing solutions for the chronically homeless using advanced modular construction

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.

Perkins and Will announces new director of operations for its Houston studio

“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.”

Two more buildings of the Bronx’s La Central mixed-use project top out

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 announces design partners

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.

Architect Lucien Lagrange embraces studio approach as firm celebrates third anniversary

“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.

Award-winning designer of Branded Environments returns to Perkins and Will in Austin

“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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