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IWBI assembles Task Force on role buildings can play in reducing health burden of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) announced yesterday that it is setting up a Task Force on reducing the enormous health burden from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. Its goal is to define the critical role buildings, organizations and communities play in prevention and preparedness, resilience and recovery. The Task Force’s work will take a broad approach, considering both new and recurring infectious agents that can affect large populations.

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Wellness-focused Knot Springs flows inside Portland, Oregon’s YARD

Inspired by the natural hot springs of the Alvord Desert, Skylab-designed Knot Springs is a wellness-focused social club situated within YARD on Portland’s Central Eastside. The spa opens up to the landscape, while the club spans both the 4th and 5th levels of YARD, allowing easy movement through a central open-air hallway. Knot Springs’ palette draws inspiration from elemental materials, the pools of water and space are constructed of wood, glass, steel, and concrete.

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International Living Future Institute honors Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions with Manufacturer Visionary Award

Anita Snader, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Armstrong World Industries, accepted the award on behalf of Armstrong. “We appreciate ILFI’s recognition of our commitment to transparency and to creating better spaces with the products in our Sustain® portfolio,” says Snader. “Our collaboration with ILFI to reach our common goals has been valuable to all of our stakeholders.”

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Registration now open for The WELL Conference

The WELL Conference, an event for those committed to improving the health and well-being of people through better buildings, communities and organizations, announces that registration is now open for this inaugural event taking place March 29-April 1, 2020 at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. A first-of-its-kind wellness gathering, The WELL Conference is a curation of information and inspiration from thought leaders, experts and innovators representing multiple sectors of the wellness movement. Presented through innovative, programs focused on the issues and opportunities this gathering will provide a deeper understanding how to live well at every turn— where we live, work and play.

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Margulies Perruzzi designs award-winning patient experience for Home Base Veteran and Family Care Center

Completed in 2018, Margulies Perruzzi-designed Home Base’s new 26,422 SF facility in Charlestown, Mass. doubles the organization’s program capacity and delivers a broad range of key innovations to its facility design, providing the space and resources needed to significantly enhance the mental healthcare and support services provided to U.S. service members, veterans, and their families dealing with “invisible wounds.” The new facility also combines wellness, nutrition and fitness into a first-of-its-kind brain health center.

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Three ways design can ease the transition to safety for survivors of abuse

“When we use design to reignite a sense of belonging for abuse survivors, we can encourage them to feel empowered to find strength in moments of weakness and choose a path forward to recovery. The space should help restore the individual’s sense of identity and their dignity,” explains Robyn Whitwham in her article “Three ways design can ease the transition to safety for survivors of abuse” just published on PRISM.

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ACEC California announces 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards

“California’s private sector engineers deliver strategic investments that are crucial to the state’s health,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “This year’s awards go to both public and private projects that embody accomplishment in net zero energy building, levee improvements, reducing roadway congestion, among many others. These firms’ partnerships with their private and public sector clients produce projects that help the people of California thrive.”

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Margulies Perruzzi’s Alison Buckley earns WELL AP certification

Margulies Perruzzi announced today that interior designer Alison Buckley, Associate IIDA has earned her WELL Accredited Professional (AP) certification. Developed by Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI) in collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), the WELL AP signifies advanced knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard.

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IWBI welcomes new organizations to its growing membership program

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is pleased to announce the continued growth of its membership program. The most recent members to join the growing global network of product manufacturers, research institutes, real estate developers and many more diverse organizations are united in the mission to build a healthier future.

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Francis Cauffman Architects helps repurpose supermarket into Virtua Samson Cancer Center in Moorestown, N.J.

Virtua Health selected a former supermarket for the location of the Virtua Samson Cancer Center, tasking FCA with repurposing and revitalizing the space, transforming it into an inspiring, patient-first facility. Sitting directly across from Virtua’s Health and Wellness Center, the 66,000-square-foot space was reimagined to promote a sense of hope, serenity, and healing, with high ceilings, windows that let in natural light, and vibrant artwork featuring scenes found in nature.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

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Cradle to Cradle Certified products

The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.