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Harvesting the Sun PRIORITY FOCUS: Designing for, Controlling and Utilizing Earth's Greatest Resource

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A Good Harvest Takes Foresight and Planning The other day I went to mass before work. Since it was early, I got the full effect of the large stainedglass windows in the Polish Baroque-style church I attended—a wonderful and inspiring experience. It’s what Marilyne Andersen—this year’s Velux international Daylight Award laureate for research—dubs “visual delight.” Yet, when I went outside, I had to avert my eyes and quicken my pace, as the intensity of the late summer morning sun was quite overpowering from both a glare and heat perspective. I had a similar experience, just a few days earlier, when I dropped my son off for registration at the local community college. Erected inside the length and breadth of the all-glass east elevation of the student services building was a giant fabric screen that made morning hours in the space bearable. But this is the question of the day: How do we harness this force of nature to light and delight those within our buildings without having to resort to massive, and often expensive, shading or cooling efforts? Andersen, a professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, was one of many speakers who participated at Velux’ biennial Daylight Symposium in Berlin, which I was also fortunate enough to attend earlier this year. Check out the feature inside for more insights from this event—including Andersen’s fascinating research— but as an aperitif, read on. Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architeken, whose firm, has designed some interesting projects in the U.S. beyond Europe, including Harvard’s Allston Science and Engineering Complex, was another keynote. The Stuttgart-based architect is among a handful of designers who are tackling the aforementioned dilemma with interesting architectural solutions. In setting the table for his lecture, Behnisch showed an old photograph of the Flat Iron Building in New York, which at the time, did feature a fabric solution—good, old-fashioned awnings. Of course, like AC units added after the fact, these shades were removed from the east façade, but not necessarily for the betterment of the occupants. Yet Behnisch, through a series of case studies, showed that architects don’t have to resort to giant screens to create interesting architecture that functionally addresses the power of the sun. Rather, his firm has been creating repeatable, but visually striking external elements as part of the facade that can add flare while functionally reducing glare. “In the U.S., there’s really an aversion to automated shading,” says the architect, who noted much of that recalcitrance originates with operator fear of system break down. “So, we created a fixed system. The key is not to let the structure become brutal

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and dominate the façade.” In explaining the unusual geometry of the façade components of the Agora Cancer Center in Lausanne, a predecessor of the Harvard project, Behnisch explained the shapes reflect science. “Daylight runs in parallels. That’s its beauty.” However, in addressing anti-brutalist measures, Behnisch added it’s important to create

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BEST PRACTICES IN BUILDING PERFORMANCE ›› RETROCOMMISSIONING

Options for Improving Buildings’ Operating Systems Whether involved in building a new structure or assessing operating costs on an existing one, you always can find options for better energy use. In a new structure, systems can be designed to reduce operating costs, but the results can’t be confirmed until the building is operating for several months. An existing building has the advantage of a history of usage, balanced by the challenge of identifying how to improve efficiency with existing equipment. In either situation, all elements that relate to energy usage need to be considered along with how their efficiency can be tracked. The systems in a building that typically pour into the energy model are heating, ventilation, cooling, electrical, and control and cabling systems. Tracking consumption of all related systems together is the key to improving energy usage. The easiest way to do this in an existing building is to add monitoring systems that will show how much power is being used and verify any savings that might be achieved. This process is called retrocommissioning. Basically, it uses the commissioning process to check the efficiency of an existing building’s systems, set an optimal performance model for them and, after a period of monitoring, fine tune everything. Since existing buildings may have a variety of equipment that may have been installed at different times, it may suggest replacing poorly working systems or finding ways to get new and old systems to efficiently work together.

Assessment The most important step in retrocommissioning is conducting an energy audit. This helps define what building owners want to achieve. In this process, we look at how energy is being used, then identify areas for improvement, and help clients evaluate which ones to put in place. Our energy audits are done through the multi-level ASHRAE system. Level 1 is a walk-through analysis; Level 2 is the energy survey and analysis; and Level 3 is the detailed analysis that includes a list of suggested capital modifications. Typically, Level 2 is where the core of work gets done. From this audit we create a dashboard for evaluating operating systems and a plan to optimize energy usage. A number of options can be used to monitor systems and correct issues. Having an information control system in place also gives the ability to troubleshoot items faster. Part of that means having algorithms built into the system. For instance, if there are 20 air handlers running

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through the night, but the inefficiencies are only noted in half of them, we would need to set up an algorithm that builds a history of what’s happening so we can look at the whole situation and make the proper changes. Another step may be to integrate more areas, such as occupancy. We might track when people arrive at the building in the morning and set the systems to warm the building(s) up in a more effi cient manner. Trying to tweak things like this means learning the behavior of building occupants to optimize programs. Motion sensors and occupancy control systems also can help. There has been a big push to install outlet controls so they turn off when not in use. Given the number of outlets in most buildings, this could become very expensive—a reminder that as we try to get to net zero, sensors and control system costs may or may not be offset by energy savings.

Tracking For those owners intent on the use of automated technology to monitor controls systems, success requires an engineered systematic approach. The approach will require sub-metering to monitor where the energy—both electric and gas—is used.

The most important step in retrocommissioning is conducting an energy audit. This helps what building owners want to achieve. Sub-metering refers to the monitoring system that is added on specific equipment, processes, or floors of a building. Some clients install a comprehensive sub-metering system while others choose a simpler less costly approach. Your choice will depend on cost to install and the projected payback. Tracking energy consumption through submetering is currently at a 40% to 60% ratio of clients who do and those who do not install submetering in their projects. As price per kilowatt hour increases, metering is becoming more prevalent because it gives building owners the information they need to bring down usage costs. The types of buildings most viable for sub-metering include laboratory environments, such as pharmaceutical research and development, data centers and commercial real estate.

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Retrocommissioning is a method of reviewing existing building operating systems, identifying optimal performance and establishing a step-by-step process for improvement. Determine objectives Evaluate current systems  Install monitoring as needed  Identify optimal performance factors  Create implementation plan and documentation  

Location Retrocommissioning and sub-metering are becoming more attractive in certain geographical areas such as the Northeastern United States where energy usage is higher as are utility rates. This makes it much more attractive for building owners in these areas to rely on occupancy control programs. In our experience, retrocommissioning has achieved between 30% and 40% cost savings. If an owner can get a rebate for buying new equipment such as a chiller, that can mean additional benefits. One example of how utility, municipality or state programs can prove helpful is evident in New York City. The city has programs that help consumers through local laws (LLs). For example: LL84 calls for property benchmarking; LL85 deals with energy conservation; LL87 encourages energy audits during retrocommissioning; and LL88 requires large non-residential buildings to install electrical sub-meters. These laws apply when a building owner requests rebates through the city’s green building program.

Greater Efficiency The benefits of retrocommissioning are ongoing. Upon completion of retrocommissioning, the team identifies low cost and approved items based on their investigation and will work with the client through implementation. They will also develop a systems manual for all the installed equipment and best practices for operation and maintenance of any new systems and may also conduct staff training as needed. For existing buildings, retrocommissioning offers creates a method to improve energy usage and allow modifications to be made faster and more efficiently.

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BEST PRACTICES IN ENTRYWAYS ›› HIGH-PERFORMANCE DOORS

Myths of Specifying a High-Performance Door Myths of specifying a high-performance door are an essential part of the design process, but not the most glamorous. It was said by Charles Eames that the details are not the details, they make the design. If the specification is unclear or lacking detail, it will often result in the wrong product being installed. In the case of high-performance products, it can mean costing a company time and money. Don’t fall for these top five myths related to specifying a high-performance door. Myth: All high-performance doors are equal. Fact: Door and Access Systems Manufacturing Assn. (DASMA) defines a high-performance door as one that can meet the minimum requirement of 20 in. per second opening speed and 100-plus cycles per day. When you specify a high-performance door, chances are, it will either not meet or drastically exceed your needs. Think Goldilocks and the Three Bears: If the application requires an opening that operates at 24 in. per second a door that operates at 20 in. per second will be too slow, a door that operates at 32 in. per second will be too fast but a door that operates at 24 in. per second will be just right. Defining the desired door opening speed in inches per second will eliminate any doors that aren’t quite the right fit for your application. Myth: Faster is better. Fact: Faster is not always better. The best approach when specifying a high-performance door would be to determine the minimum speed required in conjunction with your activation device for a seamless experience. If you need a door that operates at 24 in. per second, why specify a door that operates at 32 in. per second or more? Not only will that door be an additional initial costs, but the operating costs could be more depending on the operator voltage and phase requirements. Myth: Adding 100K cycle springs to a standard door makes it a high-performance door. Fact: Putting 100K cycle springs on a standard rolling door and calling it a high-performance door is equivalent to putting an emblem from a luxury car on an economy car and calling it a luxury car. Just because you added that one high-performance or high-end item, it does not change what it really is. When specifying a high-performance door, it is best to look at the entire construction of the closure to ensure that all components of the door are durable. It is also a good idea to look into a springless ver-

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sion if a true high-performance door is required because a springless door will last a lot longer without any concerns of the springs breaking. Myth: Lifetime cycles are the most important aspect of cycle life. Fact: Peak cycle times are much more important than lifetime cycles. Defining peak cycle times and ensuring that the door can handle your specific needs is the number one priority. For example, instead of specifying a 200,000-cycle door, it is more helpful to state that the peak period of cycling is 75 cycles per hour from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. so you can be sure the door that is installed is able to handle the peak times appropriately. Myth: Maintenance. Fact: Maintenance concerns may not always be at the forefront of a specifiers mind, but it’s crucial for a building owner or facility manager. A true high-performance door will require virtually no maintenance, outside of daily checks. No maintenance means no down time, which is hugely beneficial for many operations. Yes, the initial cost may be higher, but the benefit of virtually no maintenance costs and resulting downtime that you would have with a standard rolling door makes it worth it to many owners. Simply avoid these pitfalls when specifying a high-performance door, and you will ensure that you are choosing the right door for your application.

WAREHOUSE ENTRANCES The high-speed, high-cycle Extreme 300 Series Performance Door offers 300,000 maintenance-free cycles and the Apex SmartController. Its insulated model boasts an air leakage rating of less than 0.3 cfm/ft2— meeting and exceeding ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC 2015 air leakage standards.

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A Good Door Gone Too Soon Here are a few questions to ask yourself as to whether you need a high-performance door. If you answered yes to more than two, odds are you need such a door.  Is passage through a secure opening a key success factor in the productivity of the business?  Is there a need to control the temperature of an environment, even while exposing it to the elements on a regular basis?  If this door can’t operate, will the business lose money?  Will my daily cycles be in a short, peak time, not spread out evenly throughout the day?  Does the door need to open as quickly as possible?  Is the traffic going through the opening vital to business operations?  Does the client want to avoid ongoing maintenance expenses?

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RESILIENCE

Historical Hurricane Windows Winco has introduced a new hurricane rated window for historic preservation in coastal areas. The 3250 Steel Replica Windows are an economic, energy efficient window that ensures occupant safety in the event of a storm. It is capable of withstanding up to 200 mph hurricane winds, while it preserves the design integrity of traditional historic styles. 2.75 in. project-out vents make it ideal for factories, universities, government and military. Visit www.wincowindow.com or Circle

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MODERN MEASUREMENTS Winco provides the thinnest profile available: 3.25-in. deep frame with a 0.125-in. wall thickness permits large window sizes without the need for reinforcements. A laminated interlayer buffers noise, wind and water infiltration.

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Ecological Nightlights KlikUSA’s versatile Klik LEDpods are easily installed in any interior or exterior handrail assembly. The LEDpods feature angled LEDs that distribute light asymmetrically for the most efficient light output. The company offers an optional Kliktech sensor technology integrated into its LEDpods that activate the light only in the presence of motion or activity. The LEDpods are installed in an ecologically sensitive area in Marco Island, Fla. Deployed in the resort’s outdoor boardwalk, a special amber colored lens ensures the lighting provides safety and guidance of guests while it does not disrupt the successful migration of marine wildlife. Visit www.klikusa.com or Circle

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MOTION SENSING Deployed in an outdoor boardwalk, a special amber colored lens ensures the lighting provides safety and guidance while it does not disrupt the successful migration of marine wildlife. An optional motion detecting option will activate lights only when people are present.

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Glass Personality With glass continuing to grow as a trend in design, 3M FASARA Glass Finishes has introduced more than 30 new glass finish options, including fabric, natural, stripe, geometric and gradation. Visit www.3m.com or Circle

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ART BLOCKS Decorative window films offer an affordable way to stylishly tailor the amount of privacy and natural light in a space. New decorative options in 2017 include fabrics, nature, stripe, gradation and geometric collections.

3M Fasara window films modulate light in the new glass addition while creating an unexpected splash of colorful art. The semi-transparent films fashion a fitting opening for passers by to catch a glimpse of children at play in the “Scramble,” a four-story indoor vertical play structure at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, Minn.

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Deck Fire Testing Ignites Heavy Timber Construction Fire testing heavy wood timbers show that the materials are a safe method of construction, which meet and exceed fire safety standards. Using cross laminated timber, Portland’s Framework building underwent strict fire testing.

Proving what Japanese craftsmen have known for centuries, heavy wood timbers, commercially known as CLT, or cross laminated timber, have been fire tested to show that the material is a safe method of construction, which meets and in some cases exceeds fire safety standards. Arup, MyTiCon, D.R. Johnson and the Softwood Lumber Board, partnered to complete three fullscale fire tests for glulam beam to column connectors. All connectors passed a one-hour fire resistance rating which will now allow them to be used in buildings up to 85-ft. high. The tested assembly connections meet the IBC (International Building Code) which now allows authorities with jurisdiction to approve future building projects using mass timber. Download the full report at rethinkwood.com or Circle 426

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Project: Framework Architecture: Lever Architecture Location: Portland, Ore.

“These tests represent a significant step to ensure safety. I am confident more solutions will enter the market, making mass timber more viable for a wide range of projects.” —David Barber, Fire Safety Engineer and Principal, Arup

Renderings Courtesy: Lever Architecture

Framework, a cross laminated timber building, is likely to become the tallest mass timber building in the United States.

GLULAM CONNECTIONS FIRE TEST The expected performance is that the building will survive full burn and remain structurally intact, in the unlikely event of the sprinklers failing and the fire department not intervening. For these standards, the project conducted component testing of the CLT panels and glulam beams/ columns.

The testing was undertaken to meet ASTM E11 and carried out for a fire resistance rating of up to two hours. Testing also included connections between beam and columns; the floor and ceiling area; and beam-to-floor assemblies.

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OPEN 24/7 With year-round shade, Blue Garden is quiet, cool and calm. Intended as a meditative place, AHBE placed smaller, closely positioned seating in the garden for private conversations or solitude. Small circular reflecting pools with custom “firefly” light fixtures are placed throughout.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Gardens’ Beauty Heals Patients The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center features healing gardens that add natural beauty and biodiversity to the facility. Mount Sinai is known as a place of peace and power, so a fitting addition to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is its awe-inspiring healing gardens. The facility’s healing gardens mean that patients don’t have to trade-off access to natural beauty and biodiversity for access to a top-notch medical facility. The gardens are located on unused concrete plazas that sit atop a hospital parking structure in the center of bustling Los Angeles. AHBE Landscape Architects transformed the concrete jungle into a gateway to natural beauty for patients, staff and visitors to the medical center. Using the

metaphor of human skin, AHBE aimed to “heal the previously unused terraces by grafting a piece of living, breathing landscape” above existing parking decks. The layered landscape protects the integrity of the existing structural, mechanical and drainage systems. The multi-tiered design also takes into account emergency access, lighting design, wayfinding and severe weather. Four themed gardens: the Garden of Whimsy, Blue Garden, Plaza Garden and Education Garden aim for a balance of calm and stimulation, and provide a setting that anticipates every visitors’ needs.

FOYER GARDEN The Foyer Garden is located along the northsouth passage between the garden terraces and tower lobbies. This garden serves as a threshold, transitioning visitors and patients between the hospital and healing gardens.

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INTERACTIVE WHIMSY Ball-Nogues Studio’s Healing Pavilion in the Garden of Whimsy brings visual drama and public art in a structure that continuously interacts with the space. Along with the sculpture, undulating planters can be seen from patient rooms and are illuminated at night.

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PLAZA GARDEN Plaza Garden is a flexible event space with moveable and convertible furniture that functions as an outdoor cafe for a restaurant and a large courtyard space for tented receptions and larger events.

Project: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Location: Los Angeles Project Team: Zeke Triana, Adrienne Haynes, Kevin Hsu, AHBE Landscape Architects; Hensel Phelps Contractor: Frank Webb Architects Lighting Design: HLB Civil + Structural Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Fountain Design: Joma Design Studio MEP Engineers: M-E Engineers Pavilion Design: Ball-Nogues Design Studio Graphics + Signage: Ska Design Cost Estimating: AECOM Surveying: Mollenhauer Group Irrigation Design: Sweeney + Assocs.

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Universal Accessibility for Home, Office and In-Between New technology makes meetings and get togethers, much more pleasant, at least from a comfort and needs perspective.

Phillip Prestigomo, director of Industrial Design for Legrand North and Central America, has a diverse background in corporate and consulting environments working to integrate user-centered needs and desires into innovative and successful products.

Leading the design of Vantage Equinox, a 7-in. × 4-in. conference room interface, Phillip Prestigomo and his team at Legrand wanted Vantage Equinox, envisioned to be a clean, simple-to-use solution with an elegant graphic user interface. It was also important to develop control touch screens that could sustain itself in a conference room as the needs of building occupants evolved over time. Maintaining a dialogue with facility managers, building owners and occupants throughout the development processes brought to light that in order to stay relevant in office and conference environments, the technology design and interface would need to follow suit a

“corporatality” mindset, requiring a much more comprehensive set of controls. “Step outside your comfort zone and speak with folks who will use your products,” says Prestigomo. The team came to the conclusion that the Vantage Equinox system for conference rooms would not only schedule and track occupancy and meeting times, it would be designed to control the entire room environment according to occupants’ momentary needs. With the new interface, users can easily walk into a room to setup a presentation or collaborative meeting. “They can customize the screens, turn on and off the lights, adjust the color temperatures

to enhance workplace productivity, energize a room or mimic the sun to help align with circadian rhythms,” says Prestigomo. Users can also control shades to prevent glare during presentations, as well as control the projector and additional A/V systems.

increasingly expect a highly refined level of detail in hospitality settings. “The challenge is that these technologies—i.e., light switches and electrical outlets— are commodities that have been paid little attention from both a design and branding perspective. How can

“Step outside your comfort zone and speak with folks who will use your products.” “We also found through customer feedback that we needed to refine the product even further; for example, customization which allows customers to display their logo on the home screen.” Another instance of bringing users into the discussion is the radiant collections of switchplate products for the hospitality space. Both lights and power interfaces have typically been a residential offering, but today’s travelers

CONFERENCE ROOM CONTROLS

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL INTERFACE Vantage Equinox is designed as a universal line of communication between the room and its users, including illumination, climate and computer network settings.

we change the narrative and have people begin to care about these products from a design and form factor?” asks Prestigomo. One form factor that appeals to designers and their hospitality clients is offering a look that blends into existing wall paper, prompting customers to begin to buy these products based on brand preference and discriminating details. Visit www.legrand.com or Circle 425

USER CUSTOMIZATION With Vantage Equinox, users can customize screens, turn on the lights, adjust temperatures or mimic the sun to align with circadian rhythms.

SWITCHPLATE DESIGNS Offering switchplates in a number of styles and colors places Legrand in the preferred category of refined hospitality design. Switchplate colors include: black ink, powder white, greige, ashen tan, cappuccino and truffle.

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Blue Minded Cities across the world are making a conscious effort to rediscover and beautify their waterfronts through re-use, renovation and rethinking urban planning. Major cities, from Detroit to Marseille, are rediscovering their waterfronts through re-use renovation and major urban planning overhauls.

The project includes widening of sidewalks, curbless streets and permeable pavers in plazas and pedestrian gathering areas for special events and festivals.

Marseille, France In France, the Docks at Marseille project is a long, rectangular port-of-entry that separates the waterfront in Marseille from the historic city center. The old structure, formerly portside warehouses, was previously renovated into a multi-use structure with retail and office components, but it was not until it was connected by a series of signature courtyards imagined by 5+1AA that the place was truly transformed into a connective tissue of the city. The firm dissected the pedestrian level of the buildings into a series continuous arcade-like passages featuring consistent perforations that take on many forms in order to continuously weave the waterfront, city and built environment into a beautified public promenade that maintains connection between inhabitants, the pedestrian and the sea. A combination of tile, vegetation, color and lighting design makes the Docks at Marseille an inviting attraction that accentuates its authenticity and illuminates a sense of place for each outdoor room.

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DETROIT’S RIVERWALK Detroit firm McIntosh Poris Assocs. has developed a plan to reconnect the city to the waterfront. The plan concentrates on strategies for revitalizing, greening and connecting the riverfront.

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parks and open spaces in the district and making them accessible  Create greenways to connect nearby neighborhoods  Transform Jefferson Ave. into a pedestrianfriendly boulevard with medians, bike lanes, transit and sidewalks that provide access to the riverfront  Improve mobility and safety  Provide economic incentive to spur development

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Former industrial port cities, Detroit and Cincinnati are both discussing major plans to reconnect their cities to the waterfront, reviving them into hip destinations for residents and visitors. Cincinnati recently hosted a panel discussion to consider urban planning on the waterfront. It asked renown urban planner, Donald Clinton of Cooper Robertson, Chris Hermann, MKSK, Columbus, and Chad Edwards principal at local firm, Emersion Design in Cincinnati to consider new building along a key section of the Cincinnati riverfront. Moderators Cooper Gardiner, chair of AIA Cincinnati’s Urban Design Committee, and Steve Sendebeck, AFC’s executive director, asked the panel to address new opportunities atop the highway and Fort Washington Way that will reconnect the city grid to the Ohio River. Panelists agreed that capping the highway is now financially feasible. Initial plans envision three new blocks with three to four-story buildings integrated with the city fabric, and a fourth block dedicated to a new public space. Next steps include a public dialogue with the design community and planners to share ideas for the potential of building decks.

Cooper Robertson, the New York firm that served as an SME on the Cincinnati panel, has devised a waterfront plan for Coral Gables, Fla. It addresses the potential for hurricanes and rain events while beautifying the area and making it accessible and attractive to residents, visitors and businesses. The project includes widening of sidewalks, curbless streets and permeable pavers in plazas and pedestrian gathering areas for special events and festivals.

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DIRECTING STORMWATER “The stormwater system is designed to manage the heavy cloudbursts typical of the south Florida climate, using storm water for irrigation of the large-caliper trees and native understory planting featured in the design. On both Miracle Mile and Giralda Ave., we capture surface run-off by means of continuous trench drains (both streets employ a curbless design approach). Stormwater is directed to continuous below-grade beds of structural soil used at planting areas. In some areas, excess storm water then flows to below-grade exfiltration treatment structures. Only as a last recourse does the remaining storm water flow into the city’s storm drain system.” —Donald Clinton, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP, Partner, Cooper Roberson

Stormwater is directed to continuous below-grade beds of structural soil used at planting areas.

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TILES, LIGHT AND VEGETATION Italian tile company, Casalgrande Padana, awarded the Docks at Marseille its Grand Prix First Prize for the use of tiles, light and vegetation in courtyards.

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Natural Waterfront Strategies Allow Cities to Live Safely with Water Growing cities are getting innovative in their approach to water management, exploring ‘water-philic’ designs that manage stormwater and add natural beauty to urban settings. Rapidly growing cities including New York City, Atlanta, Seattle and San Francisco are becoming prepared to live with water. There’s no bickering about climate change, it is just that people and water need to live harmoniously and the only way to do that is to establish infrastructure that provides resilience on an urban scale, and reduces the vulnerability of city’s infrastructure and populations. Remarkably, the cities are not relying on conventional means

and are exploring the natural principles of water management that are not only robust ‘water-philic’ designs that manage stormwater while adding natural beauty to urban settings.

New York City In New York City— Queens to be exact— it’s raining, well, rain gardens. The city’s plan to alleviate some of the pressure on its water treatment facilities during storm events has resulted in a plan to incorporate 888 rain

gardens throughout New York City. Queens has recently completed the installation of 115 rain gardens in the north Queens neighborhood of Flushing. The rain gardens have the capacity to collect and absorb up to 2,500 gallons of stormwater when it rains. The $2.6-million project will continually be maintained by the city to ensure plantings are healthy; but what’s really going on is hidden under the soil, where layers of permeable media are installed.

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Atlanta is planning ahead for the disruptive potential of large rain events. It knows its sewers would become overwhelmed by stormwater during such storms. However, its plans to alleviate flooding did not involve a conventional storm sewer expansion or more culverts in an effort at underground infrastructure. Instead, HDR’s project team, led by Robby Bryant and Jennifer Ninetes, called for a beautiful water garden that meanders

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The rain gardens have the capacity to collect and absorb up to 2,500 gallons of stormwater when it rains.

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Beneath the soil, layers of permeable media are installed; the project will be continually maintained.

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Rain gardens in Flushing beautify the neighborhood of Queens, and collect and absorb up to 2,500 gallons of stormwater during a rain event.

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through park. The Givernyesque setting revitalizes the formerly blighted Fourth Ward community of Atlanta with an urban oasis.

Seattle On the opposite coast, Seattle’s Elliott Bay sea wall project is lauded as one of the most effective and attractive water infrastructure projects to be completed this year. The Magnusson Klemencicdesigned sea wall uses cast-in-place support slabs with precast custom façade panels. Across the street from the highly

trafficked downtown Seattle waterfront, the new seawall design is a pedestrian friendly public space including a light-penetrating sidewalk cantilevered from the sea wall overlooking the water.

San Francisco Further down the ‘slow’ coast, San Francisco made a New Year’s resolution to tackle the issue of rising water. In January, it called for Rebuild by Design competition entries, as it seeks to materialize a waterfront redevelopment effort sponsored by the

Rockefeller Foundation. The $4.6-million grant seed funds the winning project entry that will provide the San Francisco Bay with preventive measures to rising sea levels. Although the Bay Area does not experience hurricanes, it is vulnerable to sea level rise from high tides that encroach upon the Embarcadero downtown and some sections of major highways connecting San Francisco to Silicon Valley.

 In Atlanta, HDR designed distinct artistic features for each side of the reservoir, including a step down channel, a sculptural water wall, a tunnel and a dry stream bed.

 Instead of proposing a conventional storm sewer expansion or more culverts, HDR suggested beautiful water gardens.

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HDR’s Envision-GoldRated Fourth Ward project in Atlanta preserves a lowland area of the Clear Creek Basin transforming the area into a nature preserve for residents and wildlife. Stormwater flows into the pond from four sides.

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hink of the architecture of the American South and images of Greek Revival plantation houses are likely to come to mind. However, the region is also rich with vernacular traditions, from shotgun shacks to batten-board barns. A common thread running through many of these humbler structures is the use of metal, often corrugated and with visible attachments, for roofs and cladding.

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Project: Grammy Museum Mississippi Location: Cleveland, Miss. Architects: Dale Partners, Eley|Barkley

Making Music on the Delta Born out of a homegrown love for the musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta, the new Grammy Museum Mississippi is a celebration of roots, in music and in architectural design. Its development was truly a homegrown affair, with a local coalition, the Cleveland Music Foundation, promoting the idea through the regional and national Grammy organization. Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute, home to the state’s only accredited music industry studies program, made the campus a natural location for the new facility.

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“Mississippi has the most Grammy winners per capita in the world; there is a lot of history here,” says Jason Agostinelli, AIA, a partner with Biloxi-based Dale Partners, which designed the museum in a joint venture with the Cleveland, Miss., firm Eley|Barkley. “It’s very easy to make the argument that the Delta Blues influenced every style of American music.” The design team wanted the museum’s exterior to reflect the same mix of tradition and innovation illustrated in the collections and exhibits it

would house. This emphasis made metal—and, in particular, corrugated metal panels with exposed fasteners— a natural choice for the project. But, according to Agostinelli, fine-tuning that choice took some work. “We spent a lot of time looking at the different corrugation sizes—corrugated metal can be seen on a lot of buildings in the area, but getting the scale of the corrugation the right size on such large façades was very important,” he says. “If the corrugation is too small, it becomes difficult to notice. Too large, and it

just feels clunky and more industrial than what we were going for.”

by mitered corners to add a contemporary feel to the building’s traditional style.

The solution proved to be Pac-Clad 0.5-in. Corrugated Panels from Petersen Aluminum, finished in Cool Color Weathered Zinc for the majority of the exterior. Perforated aluminum panels in a custom green finish used as an upper-level accent and Cool Color Bone White panels forming a canopy over the entrance in a nod to the traditional Southern front porch. The mix of colors combine with the streamlined appearance created

“We wanted to use an industrial material, but not in the traditional way, with trim pieces at the corners,” Agostinelli says, explaining the unusual corner treatment. “Mitering the corners gave the building a more contemporary, seamless feel, almost like we just folded the panels around the corners.”

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The design team wanted the museum’s exterior to reflect the same mix of tradition and innovation illustrated in the collections and exhibits it would house.

The architects had to work their way through some installation challenges with the panels thanks to Mississippi’s then-recent adoption of the 2010 edition of ASHRAE’s Standard 90.1, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” which requires continuous insulation be provided exterior to the stud cavity. The rainscreen attachment approach from Knight Wall Systems offered a solution, however its girts and rails are designed for vertically oriented panels, and the corrugations of the museum’s panels run horizontally. The

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issue was easily worked out, though, with a couple phone calls. “We spoke with the technical department and asked them if we could flip the orientation of the girts,” Agostinelli says. “They signed off on it, so that’s what we did, and it worked great.”

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MIMIC THE WAVES The façade of the Tupelo Aquatic Center reflects its function in a metaphorical fashion, with broadly rolling curves that mimic the motion of waves. The fact the curves could be fabricated using stock material was a key decision point for the overall design.

Making Waves in Tupelo About 150 miles or so east on US 278, the city of Tupelo, Miss., recently added a new aquatic center to its lineup of Parks and Recreation facilities. The 43,000-sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility is designed for competitive use as well as community fitness and recreation, featuring two pools, diving boards, a climbing wall and related features. With such high-end amenities in mind, designers with Biloxi-based JBHM Architecture wanted to develop an exterior that was every bit as noteworthy, beginning with the building’s cladding.

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“A lot of public buildings are pretty traditional, with stone and brick,” says Joey Henderson, AIA, NCARB, a co-president of the firm. “We felt we wanted to do something different, a little cleaner and a little slicker. We did some studies with masonry, but at the end of the day, we felt metal panels gave us the look we wanted.” What Henderson and his team really wanted the center’s façade to do was make waves, at least figuratively speaking. They wanted a material that could be used to create a curving profile that would suggest water in motion.

“That was the concept— movement, motion, waves,” he says. Econolap and Ecoscreen Perforated Screenwall panels from Centria, finished in light gray, and silversmith, respectively, provided a way to bring that concept to life. Critical to the municipal-facility budget was the fact that their design could be created using stock products—custom fabrication wasn’t required. “Our curves weren’t so great that we needed to order custom materials,” Henderson says. “It was all stock material, so that really drove us to the decision. If the Econoline had not had the flexibility

Critical to the municipal-facility budget was the fact that team’s design could be created using stock products—custom fabrication wasn’t required. to make the curves with the stock material, just for budget reasons, we probably would have headed in a different direction.” The water theme even carried through to the design of the perforations. That particular effort didn’t translate quite as well as the panels’ wave-shaped curves and the entry canopy’s diving-board reference, but Henderson says the end result remains

a net contributor to the overall plan. “The initial idea was: can we get a perforation in such a way that the shadows cast on the floor would look like bubbles?” he says, describing the team’s creative ambition. “We soon discovered that was not going to happen. But we did like the perforations because they filter the light, plus it looks good from inside as well as out.”

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CLADDING THE REST To help the façade stand out from the rest of the building, the remaining three elevations are clad in the Centria Formawall Graphix Series 2, while the canopy is clad in Formawall Dimension Series 2.

To help the façade stand out from the rest of the structure, the remaining three elevations are clad in another Centria panel style, the Formawall Graphix Series 2, while the canopy is clad in Formawall Dimension Series 2. This isn’t Henderson’s first experience working with metal panels, or with Centria. He says JBHM has incorporated it into airport designs it has developed and it has plans for the material in

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“A room is not a room without natural light.” —Louis Kahn The idea of daylight in contemporary buildings is somewhat of an enigma: Is it purely an energy thing implemented only to cut down on the need for electric lighting? Is it a biophilic thing to connect humans back to nature? Is it an engineering concession that must be used sparingly as not to denigrate the integrity of an envelope or a building’s controlled climate? Is it artistic expression that lets spirit and imagination soar? Is it a human health matter? Is it a free and sustainable resource too good for designers not to exploit? The answer, of course, is all the above—a situation that can make starting points difficult, as each facet is valid in its own right. Invoking Kahn again, designers must first understand the relationship of natural light and buildings.

Integration must be key—use of natural light is not an afterthought. It is something that must be planned for both artistic and performance impact. The good news is that there are great minds and tools in the international architectural community that allow us all to carry on Kahn’s vision. On the subject of tools, a great starting place is understanding the work happening at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL). There, Professor Marilyne Andersen is leading a team of researchers who are revealing truly novel daylight science. In fact, Andersen, for her efforts heading up this work, was named the 2016 laureate of Velux’ Daylight Award for research.

AGORA CANCER CENTER The project in Lausanne, Switzerland, is representative of the multi-component façade systems Benisch Architeken is creating to manage solar gain. The firm’s head says the key is to not let such structures become brutal and dominate the façade.

“Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall. The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall.” —Louis Kahn Perspective, balance and harmony, it seems, is where the great architect suggests we begin.

“I sense Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light. What is made by Light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.”

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NEW VISION Virtual reality is being embraced to better gauge people’s reaction to lighting designs. EPFL researcher Kynthia Chamilothori provides a demonstration during Velux’ Daylight Symposium in Berlin this past spring.

FEEDBACK TOOL In the virtual scenario, viewers were shown different shadow patterns cast by façade elements during different times of day and season.

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DAYLIGHT CONTRASTED Snøhetta’s unique façade for the Ryerson Student Learning Center in Toronto was captured by researchers at EPFL using their Oculight software to study how changing daylight conditions affected inhabitants from both a health and delight perspective.

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STUDYING PATTERNS EPFL’s virtual reality testing found that the irregular pattern was evaluated more positively than the other two variations. Comparing the regular and irregular patterns, there was a significant effect of the irregularly patterned space on how pleasant, complex or exciting the space was perceived.

“Virtual reality allows a transition to a more spatial experience.”

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Diagrams to the right show the space and various floors at different times of day and seasons. Part of the study examined perception of the space as exciting (magenta), calming (blue) or neutral (gray). The diagrams also reflect whether people in a given space are getting enough daylight to trigger an effective circadian cycle at night (orange, yes; green no). The big idea of EPFL’s Oculight software is to give designers a more accurate early idea as to how their designed spaces meet the needs of inhabitants, including the kind of work being performed. For example, here, people prefer more dynamic lighting in social settings, but calmer dynamics in more concentration-intense areas.

The Reality of Virtual Reality One of the most fascinating research pieces being studied at EPFL deals with dynamic lighting. Former MIT professor Andersen, and her team, are using virtual reality to develop software as a means to gauge people’s reactions to different daylighting concepts that reflect the combination of optimal conditions for human health, optimal conditions for visual acuity, and what she calls “visual delight”— the enjoyment a person gets out of a space. She and her students presented their findings at Velux’ 7th Daylight Symposium in Berlin this past spring. Kynthia Chamilothori, a PhD candidate who works in EPFL’s LIPIDlab (Laboratory of PerformanceIntegrated Design), delivered a session on her research as to how a façade’s composition and componentry, as well as the variability of daylight (time of year, time of day, etc), via the shadows they

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create, affect people’s reception of an architectural space. For example, in one virtual reality (VR) scenario (noted above), she showed participants spaces where interesting shadows were created on the walls in both regular and irregular patterns. The researcher scored participant reaction in a variety of ways, including how exciting, interesting, pleasant, calming or diffuse the scene appeared. Most participants, she said, found the regular patterns, such as the bold linear shadows created by blinds, most pleasing. But responses also depended on what the spaces were being used for. In more social settings, for example, dynamic and exciting visual patterns were preferred; in more work-intense spaces, a more sedate setting was desired. Similarly, Siobhan Rockcastle, another EPFL PhD candidate, did a study measuring the effects

of the contrast of shadows through a space during the course of the day and year—in this case in the context of an actual space—the Ryerson Student Learning Center in Toronto (pictured above)—and the shadows created by the building’s funky façade designed by Snøhetta. “Contrast is definitely a positive thing,” said Rockcastle, of the general reaction to the effect. Another key finding revealed by the university’s VR work was head tracking, according to Andersen, who added the metric demonstrates where people tend to focus in a space, which the professor said could be factored to give designers ideas as to where to locate windows or other prominent features, as well as where to make spaces more or closed off.

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Architectural Leadership As to the cool effects created by façades, Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart, presented a number of case studies where his firm is doing just that—but not necessarily purely for aesthetic interior effect, but rather to make interiors more comfortable without excessive interior shading. For most buildings, he said it’s also incumbent to bring natural light deeper into spaces, especially those not readily approximate to sunlight. His firm did this, most recently, in the Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore, where custom LED fixtures mimic light from above. A predecessor of the work was created for the atrium on an earlier U.S. project—the Sanofi Genzyme HQ in Cambridge, Mass. There, Behnisch, via a series of heliostats on the roof, redirected natural light into the atrium via a series of mirrors, which created a prismatic mobile artwork. The mirrors were actually motorized to rotate to help reflect the randomness of light and create a more prismatic effect. “Natural light is dynamic, but when you run it through a heliostat it becomes static. Thus, the prisms move to so we can have constant change,” said the architect, who added ironically, they had to make a highly technical machine to create something romantic.

For its design of the Technical Faculty Building at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Danish architects C.F. Moller employed a similar exterior architectural shading concept, but using a much different technique. There, said Lone Wiggers, one of the firm’s principals, they created a 6-cm. external screen made of fiber-reinforced concrete which features a mix of 15,000 circles of varying sizes—almost like the clockwork of an old watch. The apertures let in significant sunlight, while reducing glare and heat gain. In this all-glass complex, the size of three soccer fields, light “canyons” between buildings were critical to help bring natural light in on the opposite sides. This brings up the question of lost real estate, and while Denmark has a mandatory 2% daylight requirement on the work task, Wiggers said the need for abundant daylight goes beyond code. The architect applies evidence-based design principles to her work, and as a result, said they have found that quality daylight efforts make a difference in occupant happiness, and that operational costs, over time, overcome any extra initial costs incurred. “Just raising the height of a ceiling makes a big difference,” said Wiggers.

U.S. architect James Carpenter, of James Carpenter Design Assocs. (JCDA), who has done significant work in Berlin, joined the chorus that architecture itself can—and should be—a solution to better harvesting the sun. He also presented notable case studies, including custom envelope work his firm was commissioned to do on the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City (below), as well as a retail project going up as part of the Hudson Yards complex in New York (far right). Both projects involve intricate elements that effectively manage and manipulate the sun for visual effect. When asked about the profile of his clients, as to who grants him the freedom to try such unusual approaches, the architect said much of it comes from institutional clients, as universities, especially private schools, have a need to attract students, so the more novel the building, the stronger the appeal. That said, Carpenter added his firm also does a lot of work with developers. “I’d say about 75% of them understand the benefit of good daylighting. But ultimately, if a building proves itself, the developer will come back,” said Carpenter. “But we’re actually cost effective, and that helps us. In the end, it’s all about detail and craftsmanship.”

SHADING The shading elements combine with ceramic fritting in the glazing to deliver an effective solution. “It’s all about detail and craftsmanship,” says JCDA’s Carpenter.

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INTERIORS The enclosure expands the presence of the sky, says Carpenter, simultaneously achieving performance while embodying the relationship between light and justice.

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SALT LAKE CITY COURTHOUSE Specific shapes and surface treatments were developed for the sunshade which consists of a series of aluminum shapes with selectively milled apertures that respond to specific solar apertures.

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ANGELOS LAW CENTER At the Angelos Law Center, Behnisch Assocs. incorporated Zumtobel LED fixtures at random angles to mimic daylight. The design harkens to a previous project, where the architect used mirrors and heliostats to reflect light from above into an atrium.

“Natural light is in the public domain, but sometimes when we construct a building, we take that away. We must find ways to give it back.” —James Carpenter HUDSON YARDS JCDA was commissioned to design an “art wall” for a primarily retail building that’s part of the Hudson Yards complex on Manhattan’s west side. The defining element of the 90-ft.-high, 300-ft.long wall is the inverted “J” of the curved glass geometry, which reorganizes reflected views of the sky, engaging viewers with a juxtaposition of the sky and landscape views within the plaza.

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DAYLIGHT-DRIVEN CLASSROOM Danish architects Henning Larsen certainly have created an interesting, daylight-driven classroom prototype in the Frederiksberg School in Aarhus, Denmark. The school is composed of unregimented classrooms with no assigned seats. So windows, correspondingly, vary in size, depth, and even pattern, beyond the goal to promote views.

“Light draws us. We turn to it, because we basically act as flowers. We have to help create new requirements in school design that help address creativity in experimenting with light and dark, shadow and contrast.” —Jakob Stromann-Andersen, Henning Larsen, Denmark

Education Leads the Way Productivity metrics also help, such as a 16% student performance improvement. According to Prof. Peter Barrett, with the University of Salford in the U.K., he and his team were charged with researching the effect of daylight on students. They discovered a number of notable things: First, in this sometimes soft metric, he said research needs to be more “telescopic”—a level above what’s been traditionally done—somewhere between a microscopic, and a periscopic view. “Our brains are just too varied to nail down one metric.” To that point, the study looked at other notable factors beyond daylight, including ventilation. However, of the seven factors identified, quality light was the biggest difference maker as far as student performance. The researchers, in fact, found schools with abundant daylight in classrooms

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achieved +1.3 sub-levels of learning per student— each student is expected to learn 2 sub-levels per year. “This is a huge effect, as in most schools, daylighting is unmanaged, and most administrators aren’t even unaware of it,” said Barrett. In fact, he suggests the study of daylight be part of a teacher’s learning curriculum so they can become stronger advocates for it. Surprisingly, Barrett added, specific schools made no difference in the results. “It’s all the classrooms. So we have to start designing from the inside out.” Danish architects Henning Larsen certainly have created an interesting prototype within the Frederiksberg School in Aarhus, Denmark. Jakob Stromann-Andersen, a partner and head of sustainability at the firm, explained the school is made up of unregimented classrooms with no assigned

seats; correspondingly, windows vary in size, placement and even depth—the goal is to promote views. To Stromann-Andersen, it’s a simple biological reaction. “Light draws us. We turn to it because we basically act as flowers,” said the architect, who added school designers shouldn’t follow traditional requirements so exactingly. “We have to help create new requirements in school design that help address creativity in experimenting with light and dark, shadow and contrast.” He sees this coming to offices soon too, and already has seen it, to limited extent, in the offices of one of their corporate clients, Siemens. There, a strong daylight plan brought about significant cultural change, to the point that the corporation “lightened up” its dress code to no longer require employees to wear ties.

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The Porch and the Dogtrot Just as the façade, itself, can influence how a building addresses solar heat gain, architect Brian Court, of the Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle, says architects need to actively incorporate photovoltaics into a project’s overall architecture, rather than let it be a post-design decision to lower a building’s energy use intensity. Court was a participant at the Vertical Group’s recent net zero conference, where he addressed highperformance work at the university level. Of particular note to the subject of architecture and solar power, was a project at Georgia Tech, where the architect actively integrated PV into the architecture of the building by borrowing from two common southern U.S. home styles: the “porch” and the “dogtrot.”

Porch Style SUPERARCHITECTURE This children’s hospital in Brisbane, Australia by Lyons Architecture, according to Dr. Terri Peters with the University of Toronto, is an example of the growing need for “superarchitecture,” where designers think about creating multi-sensory buildings that are better for both the environment and occupant.

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” —Le Corbusier

Pros: • Compact, efficient shape, lower skin-to-area ratio • Better blocks noise from neighboring buildings • Allows for a demonstration opportunity with active solar controls on the east and west (not every building has an ideal alignment) • The north-south axis of the atrium reinforces the connection to Circadian rhythm—solar noon Cons: • Longer east and west exposures • Less site opportunities for gravity flow stormwater detention and infiltration

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Human Health Beyond productivity gains, research also suggests daylight impacts health. According to studies by Laura Johnston, an artist and researcher working with Durham University in the UK, she’s found interesting results from bringing daylight to patients in isolation, as well as to visitors of very ill patients. Johnston became interested in healthcare about a decade ago when her sibling became very sick, and was frequently in and out of the hospital. “It’s when I discovered how alien a hospital can be.” Johnston began creating artwork—many with reflective and prismatic lights—to help humanize these spaces. In fact, at one installation she was thanked by a visitor who told her the sculpture was “a release from present worries.” This pushed the artist/researcher further into creating solutions for patients in intensive-care spaces, who often suffer delirium, in part, from a disconnect to time of day and weather outside. Since then, she’s experimented with saturated LED colors; creating “views” where none existed with back-lit, color-changing panels with abstract imagery; and finally, using a series of reflective mirrors simply to improve views to the outside. Of course, evaluating impact is the key. Johnston is taking a three-prong approach to do so, collecting evidence that is anecdotal, physiological and behavioral. Earlier in the symposium, Dr. Terri Peters, with the University of Toronto, reminded attendees of the importance of the sun in the healing process,

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LESSONS LEARNED Sun-drenched solariums, and “cure cottages” were important architectural components commonly employed in the past. Peters says such concepts need to be revisited.

pointing out the days of sunlight-drenched “cure cottages,” as well as solariums. Peters noted its incumbent that architects fundamentally ask themselves what kind of environments they want to create, and how they want these buildings to make people feel. “We have to design to all senses and to all seasons.” As a takeaway, the event moderator, Michel Langrand, a member of Velux’ board, as well as a special advisor to its CEO, noted daylight can clearly be used for emotion, proving “it has a heart.” He also said to remember the words of Le Corbusier, who said people fundamentally need “space, light and order.” In summing up the event, Michael Rasmussen, Velux’ chief communications officer and director of branding and marketing, beyond what was touched on above, gleaned these key takeaways: “Humans can grow in a lot of daylight,” “daylight bridges art and science,” and “buildings are beautiful when people are happy.” Hmmm… It seems the nuances of daylighting are more complicated than ein, zwei, drei... Time to break out the Rosetta Stone.

Pros: • Better passive solar orientation and daylighting • Strong connection and engagement with the grounds • Active dynamic space at the cross-axis • Better passive downdraft pollen filter opportunity • Greater opportunity for gravity flow stormwater detention and retention Cons: • Higher skin-to-area ratio

The “porch” concept—a large overhang extending from the main building and the “dogtrot” concept— where a PV roof bridges an active opening between buildings each offer a means to actively integrate solar power into a building’s architecture.

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products for daylighting Following are a handful of products that can facilitate the incorporation of natural light into most architectural spaces.

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HOURGLASS ARCHITECTURE With a unique hourglass shape carving out the southwest corner of its 29-story façade, 7 Bryant Park in New York City, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, features curved glass, stainless steel spandrels and highly transparent 10-ft. × 10-ft. openings glazed with Solarban 60 on Starphire Ultra-Clear glass. Despite the building’s high levels of transparency, Vitro’s Solarban glazing delivers a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.41 inside 1.25-in. insulating glass units.

NATURAL EDUCATION The 126,000-sq.-ft. Pathways Innovation Center in Casper, Wyo., designed by Cunningham Group, features naturally lit learning spaces. The design provides daylighting with a translucent façade from Exterior Technologies’ (Extech) LIGHTWALL 3440 interlocking polycarbonate translucent wall system. Using its standard wall system, Extech also created a dual wall system to provide high thermal performance, plus customized vertical sunscreens for aesthetic accents and light diffusion.

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SPANISH DESIGNED FRAMELESS GLASS With its innovative frameless glass system, developed by a team of Spanish architects, WECO’s double- or triple-glazed sheer glass plane is encased in an outside wood frame. The uninterrupted panes of glass maximize the window opening for enhanced daylighting.

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FILM HELPS DELIVER NET-ZERO RESULTS Thanks to 3M’s Daylight Directing Film, capable of redirecting up to 80% of natural light up to the ceiling, Walgreens’ first net-zero project in Evanston, Ill., was able to extend its daylight zone, reduce glare and cut down on electrical light consumption. Installed in the store’s 4000-sq.-ft. west-facing curtainwall, the technology’s micro-structure features a unique geometry, optimized to redirect light deep into the building. For every vertical foot of glass treated with the film, daylight can be extended up to 8 ft. into a building’s interior, translating into as much as a 52% reduction in lighting energy savings. “By applying 3M Daylight Redirecting Film, we were able to solve our primary goal of reducing glare, while simultaneously saving energy by increasing the area we could use for daylight harvesting,” reports Jason Robbins, manager of mechanical engineering, Walgreens.

ACCESSIBLE DAYLIGHTING SOFTWARE Making its complex daylighting modeling software available to architects and lighting designers using industry standard AGi32 software or Lighting Analysts’ ElumTools add-in for Autodesk Revit, Licaso from Lighting Analysts is capable of computing workplane illuminance for every daylit hour of every day for an entire year. With calculation times measured in minutes, as opposed to hours or days, the software can also be used to determine a wide variety of annual daylight metrics. Lighting Analysts www.agi32.com Circle 417

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Last month I was introduced to the “new age” of materials at the Living Product Expo in Pittsburgh, thanks, in part, to Suzanne Lee, chief creative officer of Modern Meadow, who’s the founder of Biofabricate, an annual summit for the emerging

DNA-literacy has ushered in a new age of material production processes healthy for people and the planet. world of grown materials. Instead of fast-forwarding to the space-aged future you might imagine, those embracing bio-fabrication look to primitive protozoa or single-celled organisms, like spores, yeast, bacteria and fungi, as the models for determining what might become the powerhouses of material factories. By genetically engineering the DNA of said organisms, we can use those organisms to grow new materials to the exact specifications desired, including shape, size and performance attributes. “Being DNA-literate means we can go back to nature and use biological systems to grow things like nature does,” says Lee, “But we can design and engineer materials that nature never could have.” Lee’s company grows leather in a lab, using genetically engineered yeast. Its like brewing beer, she says, but instead of alcohol, the yeast are reprogrammed to produce a collagen by-product with the same structure as cowhide. The late Steve Jobs predicted the magnitude of biotech—what he described as the intersection of biology and technology—as one of the most disruptive innovations of the 21st century. “The new Apples of the 21st century will be built on biological software,” says Lee. You may already be familiar with Ecovative, a company that grows wood-like construction material (Mycoboard) from mushrooms. Or North Carolina-based Biomason, which grows bricks in a greenhouse using genetically engineered bacteria. “There’s a shift in thinking around where most of our ingredients come from,” says Lee. Ultimately, these living products require less energy, land, water and chemicals.

FLAT SCREEN Inspired by glistening modern skyscrapers, Wayne Dalton’s Luminous collection offers a sleek, full-view glass door with no visible framework from the exterior. The commercial (Model 464) is ideal for restaurants, bars and urban office environments. Doors are built-to-order and can be customized in Opaque White, Opaque Black, Mirrored Gray, Mirrored Bronze and Translucent Black glass finishes. Circle 415

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AGC GLASS Lacobel T and Matelac T www.agc.com

SLEEK FAÇADE Lacobel T and Matelac T from AGC are tempered back-painted float glass produced using a high-quality environmentally friendly paint. Matelac T is a tempered backpainted acid-etched glass. Both offer a palette of 10 satin colors, and can be used for interior and exterior applications. Circle 414

Lacobel and Matelac back-painted decorative glass are designed for interior applications and are available in a range of 20 colors. Together, they seamlessly combine glossy and satin finishes, enabling designers to play with combinations shade by shade. They are Cradle-to-Cradle Bronze certified.

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“The glass box is not the enemy. With proper materials and a keen design, architects balance natural light and views harmoniously with energy efficiency.”

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A HIP, NEW TASK LIGHT GROWS IN BROOKLYN So, it was actually designed in California, but the Brooklyn AC task light still looks hip enough to meet the standards of its namesake New York City borough. The LED light panel offers diffuse, warm illumination at three light levels, and the base also doubles as a mobile-device stand, with two integrated universal AC sockets and an additional two integrated USB ports providing charging access. Table- and floor-fixture versions also are available. Circle 413

Able to create quiet. Able to increase light.

LUX LED LIGHTING Brooklyn AC www.luxledlights.com

Able to enhance air quality. Able to inspire. DURAVIT Darling New www.duravit.com

JUST DARLING Another Red Dot Product Design Award winner, Duravit has updated its Darling New range toilet to incorporate rimless flushing technology. Supporting optimum flushing and enhanced water conservation, the product offers a variety of wood decors and plain surfaces, and can also be paired with Duravit’s SensoWash Slim. Circle 412

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LOW-FLOW Titus TJD is a standard Omni diffuser designed specifically to address low-air volume codes. Circle 411

TITUS TJD Omni Diffuser www.titus-hvac.com

A steel plaque face provides a durable and architectural appearance that harmonizes with the ceiling system.

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ZOLA Panoramic Lift & Slide www.zolawindows.com

SLIP’N’SLIDE Zola’s PanoramicView Lift & Slide offers slimmer frames and improved airtightness for high-performance building envelops. The fixed glass portion is completely frameless, offering a sleek profile to enhance the minimalist look. The operable sliding sash comes in a 3.5-in. width and carries an 8-ft. × 10-ft. panel of glass. The window offers 71% light transmittance and is available with U 0.07 glazing for improved energy performance. Circle 410

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EVER CLEAR Luxclear Protect anti-corrosion glass features a new coating technology that maintains the desired clean and clear look of new glass. Primarily for shower enclosure glass, the coating is designed for a wide variety of commercial applications, protecting the end user’s long-term investment. Circle 409

AGC GLASS Luxclear Protect www.agc.com

RONBOW Aravo Petite www.ronbow.com

FINELITE E2-ID www.finelite.com

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Bringing a new level of control to linear luminaires, the E2-ID fixture provides uplighting and downlighting that can each be independently dimmed and switched. The slim-lined fixtures can be ordered with several different electrical-box options to meet application-specific mounting requirements. Circle 408

With an innovative ceramic sinktop featuring a geometric beveled shape with a unique drain cover, Ronbow’s Aravo Petite vanity collection maximizes storage within a modest space. At 18 in. × 14 in., the vanity features door-hung storage, an LED mirror with a frame of illumination and a hairdryer holder. Circle 407

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TOUGH AS ANYTHING Ironcraft porcelain tile resembles bare concrete, brushed and burnished with oxidized metals and is ideal for multi-family construction or industrial spaces. Available in five modern metallic colors, Ironcraft comes in three sizes, polished or unpolished: 12-in. × 24-in., 24-in. × 24-in. and 2-in. × 2-in. mosaic (unpolished only). Three random interlocking mosaic blends are also available. Circle 406

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Oldcastle Architectural Echelon brand offers its InsulTech concrete masonry systems full height and a half-height product lines. The InsulTech half-high products feature a dozen profiles in finished, nominal dimensions of 12.25-in. × 4-in. × 16-in. InsulTech meets building codes and increases design flexibility in hospitals, schools and institutional. Circle 405

Rocket Science uses Bentley’s Colorcast technology, which matches color from any source, including paint chips and fabric swatches. With Rocket Science, schools can spark students’ motivation and launch school spirit—just by adding school colors to the floor. Rocket Science includes two styles: Time Warp features an organic broken line design while Hyperspace evokes oversized layered geometrics. These two designs deliver magnetic pattern capabilities, available in two carpet tile sizes for maximized installation options. Circle 404

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PREDRILLED POSTS Developed specifically to work with Feeney’s CableRail infill, Feeney’s pre-drilled stair posts and pickets feature slotted holes that are drilled to minimize the size of openings for a clean, aesthetically pleasing look while also maintaining angle flexibility. Pre-drilled posts are available for Base Mount, Stanchion Mount and Fascia Mount configurations. Circle 402

FEELIN’ FANCY FREE Fil Doux textiles Vinylife product adds color and care with the addition of Pro-Tech, the company’s proprietary ink and stain treatment. Phthalatefree Vinylifes’ production process enhances biodegradability at the end of its useful life. Ideal for hotels, commercial and government projects, it is 54-in. wide and is backed with 100%-post-industrial recycled polyester. Prestige, the first collection in the line, includes saturated colors and 34 designs ranging from linen looks to exotic animal-inspired textures. Circle 403

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FASTEN UP DISCREETLY Fasteners remain out of view with the new EB-TY Premium system designed for high-end decking applications. Boards are joined together, one at a time, using biscuit-shaped discs installed into slots cut into their sides. The discs are screwed into the deck’s joists, with no screws visible on the deck’s surface. The result is precise spacing and added strength, with the flexibility needed to expand and contract with changing weather. Circle 401

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Shading Solutions Your building, and its people, demand the best in shading. Smart, well designed shading reduces heat gain, increases comfort levels and improves productivity. Draper window shades: Custom designs to meet specific project requirements. Assembled in Spiceland, Indiana. Featuring SheerWeave® fabrics woven by Phifer in Alabama. Delivered when you need them. Most Draper products meet the requirements of the Buy American Act and the Berry Amendment.

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NO CANS NEEDED Downlight installation just got much easier with the self-contained J-Box Downlight, which features an integral junction box that is wired directly to a wall switch without need for a traditional recessed housing. The white baffle trim blends easily into most ceiling designs. Four diameters and three lumen packages are available. Circle 400

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SAY IT WITH TEXTURES Some intriguing new surface concepts are coming from Formica in 2018. From bubbles to metals to layers of paint screed, the various dimensions and colors evoke a sense of place like no other color. Also coming in 2018 is a new canvas-like surface material dubbed Plex, which can be used to enhance solid colors and patterns, including the new Paint Scrape laminate design. The collection—comprised of three distinct palettes: Personal Sanctuary, Spectral and Smart Organic—are inspired by major global design influences and unified by the theme of tension and balance. Shown here are Paint Scrape Sky and Bubble Science—the result of an experiment of inky soap bubbles popped onto industrial grade paper, and Tonal Paper Terrazzo. Circle 399

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FEEL THE CHEMISTRY You can create your own molecular designs with the Catalyst chandelier—its adjustable arms connect LED light sources capped by mouth-blown diffusers, looking a bit like the models seen in an introductory chemistry textbook. It is available in polished nickel and with eight, nine or 10 lights. Circle 398

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The Dedalo fixture family translates the ornate lines of traditional Murano-style luminaires into a 3D minimalist sketch, with wire finished in chrome, satin gold or white standing in for the traditional Italian glass. With chandelier, sconce and table lamp styles available, the family stars in the initial Uplight Group lineup of European luminaires now being imported to U.S. shores. Circle 396

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STARRY NIGHT Inspired by the night sky, the Trove collection of mosaics mixes various marbles and metals to create surfaces that shimmer like a starry night. Michael, shown here, is a waterjet mosaic, pairs honed Bardiglio and polished Calcutta Tia marbles with polished brass. Circle 395

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MOD MOTIF New from Carnegie, Moto invokes a sense of action and movement, but also a sense of classic modernism in its design, weaves and color palettes. Moto offers a subtle geometry in PVCfree soft polyurethane. The highly cleanable textile stands up to ink and other staining agents and may be wiped with a dry cloth. Circle 394

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INSPIRED BY THE 1920S Collaborating with internationally-recognized interior designer, Timothy Corrigan, THG Paris’ new West Coast collection is inspired by intricate jewelry detailing from the 1920s, the likes of Tiffany’s, Cartier and Christofle. Faucet handle inlays are available in black or white onyx, or a guilloché metal pattern, which is a highly precise design, mechanically engraved with a rose engine lathe. Circle 393

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Work that room Put every square inch of floorspace to use, with WoodFold Accordion Doors. Subdivide a too-large space for multiple functions, or reduce noise from area to area in schools, daycares, churches, and group homes. ADA compatible, WoodFold Accordion Doors feature ease-of-use, custom materials and finishes, and durable hardware options like locks and curvable tracks.

“Its economical price point, light commercial durability, broad range of aesthetics and easeof-installation make luxury vinyl tile an alluring choice of flooring for multi-family construction.”

DESIGNED FOR LIVING Gerflor USA combines residential aesthetics with commercial features, which offers resiliency for commercial applications. The Creation Living collection is a 2-mm thick, low-traffic luxury vinyl tile with micro-beveled edges suited for multi-living spaces including apartment, townhouses, senior living facilities and college dorms. The collection offers wood with on-trend modern stains such as warm grays and whites. Circle 392

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Roll with it Top-mounted roll-ups define public and private areas, secure customer windows or service areas at closing time, and divide rooms with the classic style of a rolltop desk. Choose from a variety of latches and locks and let it roll with manual, motorized, or crank operation. WoodFold Roll-Up Doors provide sophistication and smooth, problem-free performance, tailored to your needs. For more ideas, go to www.dividespace.com

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Upholstered in an elastic tissue, Petale delivers soft non-glaring light while acting as an acoustic sound absorber.

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Ketra has developed the retrofit downlight, the DR4, a cost-effective lighting system that offers high-quality natural light and integrated control system. The natural light technology offers aesthetic wellness benefits to occupants of commercial and residential spaces. Circle 390

These synthetic brick and stone masonry panels are fabricated from a polyurethane material and hand-glazed to create unique, non-repeating patterns. Shown above is the stacked stone pattern in a smoked slate finish, the panels can be used inside and outside, for accent wall, skirting and other applications. Circle 389

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Featuring a rectangular faucet and a spout with defined edges, Brizo’s brand new Vettis Bath Collection presents a visual depth and balanced aesthetic. With a four-sided open chamber spout, the water flows evenly from all four sides into a steady, graceful stream. Circle 388

Wilsonart Undisturbed helps conservation-minded designers leave the wild in the wild with a collection inspired by exotic woods. Using laminates to replace authentic exotics helps preserve endangered tree species and forests. Circle 387

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SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS No Clog Point 8 www.sustainablesolutions.com

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? As one of the lowest low-flow toilets on the market, Sustainable Solutions International’s No Clog Point 8 operates at a low 0.8 gallons per flush. Not dependent upon complicated pressure or vacuum assisted mechanisms, the ADAcompliant toilet’s simple design makes it an affordable choice for hospitality and other commercial buildings. Circle 386

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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Medical Center New Orleans Built to serve those who served, the complex features nine buildings uniquely specified to aid the more than 70,000 vets who visit each year. Veteran-specific design includes straight, long stairways, without switchbacks to increase visibility; blind corners were also minimized. Bathrooms are prominently located, as many vets travel from rural areas. Accessibility was championed, with ample and easy wheelchair storage at the entrance. “To design for this specialized patient population and its healthcare needs, we recruited over 100 veterans and 180 VA hospital staff from Louisiana—many of whom are vets themselves—for research workshops, interviews and design charettes,” says Steve Maslen, senior vice president, Clark/McCarthy Healthcare Partners (CMHP). The SLVHCS replaces the New Orleans’ VA destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, and sets new standards for patientcentered care, and both honors veterans’ service and reflects the local New Orleans’ culture. “A lot of resilient thinking went into the design of the facility to make sure that what happened with the previous hospital doesn’t happen again,” adds Edwin Beltran, design leader of NBBJ’s interior architecture and design practice. “It’s built to last.”

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This main campus concourse features the VA symbol. “Since all the buildings are connected by a central concourse, landmark U.S. symbols— the U.S. flag, the VA symbol, and the symbol of each branch of the military—identify each campus building,” says Beltran. “This way, the receptionist can tell the veteran to walk until they see a specific symbol and then they will know they have arrived.”

Accessibility was championed, with ample and easy wheelchair storage at the main entrance. Staircases were displayed prominently to encourage veterans to use them. Beltran also assigned a color to each concourse to aid in wayfinding. The colors were chosen to provide a contrast in shades for colorblind veterans.

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Project: Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Medical Center Location: New Orleans Opened: Nov. 2016 Owner: Dept. of Veterans Affairs Architect: Studio Nova, a joint venture of NBBJ, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, and Rozas Ward Architects Lead Architect: NBBJ Construction Manager: Clark/McCarthy Healthcare Partners (CMHP), a joint venture of Clark Construction Group and McCarthy Building Co., with local partners Landis Construction and Woodward Design+Build

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Furniture selections and layouts were also deliberate. A range of furniture sizes accommodates a variety of body types, and layouts are designed to be flexible to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. By placing seating arrangements against walls and partitions, patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress have the ability to survey their surroundings, which further reduces anxiety.

Veteran patients are more likely to be older, have multiple disabilities or have mental health issues, compared with typical patients. As a result, VA design guidelines are more stringent to encompass mobility, visual impairment and other physical needs. An environment that meets those needs can signifi cantly impact the physical, emotional, social and psychological health of veteran patients.

Because color-blindness affects veterans in disproportionately high numbers, the color palette predominantly features colors like blue that are more recognizable to the vision impaired. Each building features Vivid Chrome back-painted with anti-fingerprint treatment in different colors to aid in wayfinding. Here, blue signifies the rehab building.

Silver metallic ceilings complement the blues in the rehab lobby.

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“The seating arrangement in the outpatient lobby was important, because for many veterans, it’s a day out when they go to the doctor’s office—a club for veterans. Sometimes they spend the entire day at the VA with their buddies,” says Beltran. “We had to make sure the outpatient lobby layout and furniture were strong enough to easily accommodate multiple mobility devices and higher levels of obesity.”

“One of the things that was very important to the VA was to use products that were made in the U.S.,” says Beltran. “Daltile was able to achieve the design we were after and have it made in the U.S.”

“The carpet design was inspired by the stripes that our veterans earn as a part of their service, indicating which war they served in and which countries they fought in as well as the beautiful raw iron scrolls of the New Orleans-area,” says Beltran. “We were able to integrate the elements that speak to the institution and the local culture together.”

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“Several local, disadvantaged, veteran-owned businesses were used as subcontractors in building the medical center, with more than $230 million in contracts awarded to small businesses. CMHP used a phased approach to make this possible, dividing the project into smaller scopes that were more manageable for the firms. A typical project of this size would have between 70 to 90 subcontractors, while this effort had nearly three times as many.”

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DPR Construction Regional Office, San Francisco, Calif. Successful monitoring practices at DPR’s Phoenix and San Diego offices—and green building solutions—helped the company prepare for its next net-zero design in the city by the bay.

For DPR Construction, sustainable office design is no stranger. With net-zero certified offices in Phoenix and San Diego in its portfolio, there was no question as to the direction the firm would take with its San Francisco office design. Producing as much or more energy than it consumes, DPR’s 24,010-sq.-ft. San Francisco office aimed to achieve official NetZero Energy Building

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(NZEB) certification by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) through its Living Building Challenge program. The office boasts a host of unique green solutions, including recycled products: dynamic glass that tints to let in the appropriate amount of light, fans to circulate air, and solar panels, which should generate more electricity than the building needs—about a third of the amount that

a typical San Francisco office building uses. Working with design firm FME Architecture + Design, the lessons learned from the Phoenix and San Diego offices were more about process and communication, says Mike Messick, project manager, DPR Construction. “Choosing to build a net-zero space was a commitment to sustainable living. It meant that we were going to have

to accept certain tradeoffs: a wider thermal band—a little colder on cold days, a little warmer on warm days; more interaction with the building systems; and adapting to selfmonitoring systems,” says Messick. Messick’s associate, Mike Humphrey, DPR management committee, echoes the thought, “From the previous locations we learned that we needed to communicate

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early and often. We had to prepare our people for these changes and make sure they were all on board to make the small sacrifices for the greater good. It needed to be a team effort.”

that making the monitoring very public—big dashboard in a highly visible space—got people’s attention and help to change behaviors when we were trending poorly,” says Humphrey.

The office is by likeminded clients that share a commitment to the environment, community and employees. In fact, “We learned

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ACOUSTICS Acoustics were a huge concern, especially with locating the work space over the top of the training and conference rooms. The existing wood framed mezzanine was an acoustic nightmare for this layout. DPR engaged an acoustic engineer and reviewed numerous options and decided upon adding an additional layer of plywood throughout the mezzanine and an acoustical rubber underlayment on top of the plywood, prior to carpet being installed.

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The ceiling systems in the training and conference rooms consisted of double layers of sheetrock, insulation and vibration isolators. It turned out to be quite an involved and expensive, but well worth it, as the acoustics in these rooms has never been an issue.

ATRIUM SKYLIGHTS Two large atrium skylights that were retrofitted with View Dynamic Glazing control heat gain and diffuse natural light.

“We learned that making the monitoring very public—big dashboard in a highly visible space—got people’s attention and help to change behaviors when we were trending poorly.”

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Fans and solar tubes takeup significant space in the overhead coordination. The design team spent multiple iterations getting the fans, solar tubes, lights, sprinklers and speakers all to work with the office layout.

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Learning from Other Offices Monitoring of the previous projects guided DPR through the San Francisco office. For instance, “Phoenix and San Diego monitoring revealed the impact of ice machines and chilled water coolers in their total load. We had to make trade-off decisions to accommodate one ice maker instead of two water filters without cooling elements,” says Messick. The San Francisco office monitoring revealed that the full building systems were turning on when the janitorial crew arrived at night and also when, say, one person came in on the weekend. “We reset the programming to only turn on essential functions, or require a user to manually turn the HVAC system on,” says Messick. “We also learned that the PV panels were not generating as much power as the design calculations predicted. We tried some experiments with cleaning agents on the PVs and had to adjust our demand side to match the reduced supply side,” continues Messick. Also, the ice maker was consuming a lot of electricity. “It drove us to question whether or not the ice maker was absolutely needed. The end users of the space ultimately decided that it must stay and we determined that it would not derail us off our NZE goals,” says Humphrey.

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Net Positive Dylan Connell, the project engineer from Integral Group, says, “The integrated design process DPR set up for this project led to incredible results. The teams collective experience allowed the project to achieve 20% net positive energy and create a fantastic space. The project blurred the lines between net positive features and design enhancement features leading to cost savings and a successful project.”

“Choosing to build a net-zero space was a commitment to sustainable living. That meant we were going to have to accept trade-offs.” —Mike Messick, DPR Construction

Site Objectives In five months, the team researched, designed, permitted and built the highly-efficient, 24,000-sq.-ft. modern workplace with a number of sustainability features including:

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CHALLENGE: Developed by Greenland USA and designed by Gensler, Metropolis encompasses 6.3 acres of real estate, and features three residential towers, a hotel, a 60,000-sq.-ft. retail pavilion and high-end restaurants. A wide variety of architectural glazing systems were needed to help improve the function, safety and aesthetics of the new, ultramodern complex. CRITERIA: Glazing systems were designed to meet the code, schedule and aesthetic requirements of the project.

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SOLUTION: The main entryways on the lower levels feature iconic “all-glass” entrances that utilize CRLU.S. Aluminum DRS Door Rails and CRL-Blumcraft Panic Handles. DRS Door Rails provide clean, uninterrupted glass spans that complement the overall contemporary aesthetic. They also incorporate the company’s patented Wedge-Lock technology, which produces exceptional glass holding power and a faster installation time. The accompanying Blumcraft Panic Handles’ elegant and slim tubular design maximizes views. Because they’re UL classified to ANSI/BHMA A156.3-2001 Grade 1, it makes

them appropriately specified for Metropolis due to the high-foot traffic it’s expected to attract. Hotel Indigo is Metropolis’ flagship luxury hotel, offering in-demand amenities and services. Its grand staircase features CRL’s GRS Laminated Guardrail System, which was installed by BAPKO Metal. With its clean sightlines and minimal hardware, the guardrail system improves transparency and light flow while increasing safety. It also incorporates LED handrails for added function and visual appeal. The CRL GRS Guardrail System complies with 2015 IBC

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GLASS ENTRYWAYS The main entryways on all of the lower levels feature iconic all-glass entrances.

SLIDING GLASS DOOR SYSTEM IS PRETTY “SUITE” The suites feature a Top-Hung Sliding Glass Door System. This custom-engineered system acts as a versatile glass wall that separates the sleeping areas and the living areas, while adding contemporary elegance to the space.

PRODUCT CRL-U.S. Aluminum DRS Door Rails and CRLBlumcraft Panic Handles

Like most new developments, Metropolis faced a strict construction schedule, particularly because of its urban setting. Both DRS Door Rails and Blumcraft Panic Handles offered rapid customization and short lead times to expedite the project.

Section 2407. It also incorporates the first and only ICC-ESR approved base shoe system. This proved a critical reason as to why the GRS Guardrail System was specified Basis of Design—the ICC-ESR approval satisfied the stringent Los Angeles Dept. of Building Safety LARR requirements. In addition to the GRS Guardrail product installed in Hotel Indigo, CRL supplied 6,500 lin. ft. of GRS Base Shoe that was used across residential towers one, two and three. The swimming pool at Hotel Indigo offers impressive views of downtown LA. To maximize comfort

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and safety for guests, the pool area is protected by a custom-fabricated CRL glass windscreen system. Installed by Azurelite, the system features stainless steel posts that are highly resistant to the elements and an integrated gate for code-compliant access.

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Historic London Office Space Revitalized Former Victorian depository draws inspiration from elegant woven metal fabric to enhance the new office space. CHALLENGE: The Studio at 10A Greenwood Place in London completes its stylishly industrial revitalization with a unique lift enclosure. Two mesh patterns, layered closely together, enhance the new office space created in a former Victorian depository. INFLUENCE: As the office is designed as an open plan, the lift is a focal point, offering transportation between floors and is designed to evoke the building’s Victorian era. It’s complemented by brick walls, concrete soffits and exposed cast iron supports.

CURB APPEAL The studio provides ample light via expansive, modern windows, which open into the space and illuminate the lift cladding. The two combined woven metal patterns emphasize the era and accompanying architectural elements.

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The Campus Beacon The University of North Dakota’s (UND) Robin Hall’s sleek, light-filled design features a curtainwall and storefront system to meet the structure’s modern aesthetic, sustainability goals and performance requirements. CHALLENGE: Opened last year as the tallest building in Grand Forks and the headquarters for the unmanned aircraft systems programs at UND’s nationally acclaimed John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, the $22-million, 72,000-sq.ft. Robin Hall—designed by ICON Architectural Group—rises five stories and ascends into a 127-ft. glass and metal tower at the structure’s entrance. Brin Contract Glazing worked closely with ICON and Tubelite to accomplish this signature element. CRITERIA: The new building accommodates the exponential growth of unmanned aerial systems in the region. “We carried this vision into the design with such areas as the executive board room featur-

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Roinila also emphasizes, “Managing solar heat gain was a key performance requirement due to the design intent for the 127-ft. glass tower. The Tubelite system provided this performance requirement, while allowing ultra-clear glazing to be utilized.”

SOLUTION: Capturing these views, Brin enclosed the building’s tower on all sides using Tubelite 400 Series screw spline curtainwall. The aluminumframed system was fabricated using 11,261 sq. ft. of insulated glass with low-E coatings. “The tower’s glass is crystal clear. When backlit at night, it radiates across the campus. During the day, the interior is brightly lit with natural light,” says Brin’s senior project manager, Elias Tovar.

Including the curtainwall on the glass tower, the building’s façade showcases four Tubelite systems installed by Brin: nearly 10,000 sq. ft. of Tubelite’s 400 Series screw spline shear block curtainwall for the tower and lower levels; 1,400 sq. ft. of 200 Series shear block curtainwall on the northwest corner; 13,000 sq. ft. of 14000 I/O Series storefront for the punched openings; and 360 sq. ft. of E4500 Series interior framing for the vestibule.

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3 BRACKET OPTION FOR TRAPEZOIDAL PROFILES RibBracket I-IV solar-racking brackets are available in four shapes to fit the fast majority of trapezoid roof profiles and provide a wire-management option for related cabling. The accompanying fasteners come with a factory-applied EPDM rubber gasket seal attached for added protection against moisture penetration.

4 FASTER BALLASTED INSTALLATIONS Ballasted solar racking systems eliminate the need for through-roof penetrations, and the EcoFoot2+’s preassembled components can make such installations even easier. The system’s online estimator enables equally fast project layouts and pricing.

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1 D.C. HILTON’S NEW NEIGHBOR Mimicking the neighboring Washington D.C. Hilton’s sweeping, semicircular form, the new Hepburn luxury residence tower is wrapped with a glass façade. Fabricated by J.E. Berkowitz, 62,300 sq. ft. of Winduo insulating glass units incorporate Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 54 glass throughout the 195-unit building.

Thanks to Guardian’s new Sustainability Calculator, designers and architects can more efficiently evaluate environmental performance of Guardian’s glazing products as stand-alone specifications or in relation to LEED, the Living Building Challenge and the WELL Building Standard accreditation. “The program generates a comprehensive report on a range of rating systems, helps architects and designers see what’s possible and aids in the specification process,” explains Brian Schulz, product manager, Guardian Glass North America, Auburn Hills, Mich.

J.E. Berkowitz www.jeberkowitz.com Circle 359 2 NEW RESIDENCES FOR ROWAN With white and orange-shaped projected metal panels alternating between Wausau’s 2250i Invent fixed and project-out windows, Glassboro, N.J.’s Rowan University’s new Holly Pointe Common’s residence hall presents a modern aesthetic and serpentine-shaped footprint. A polyamide thermal barrier inside 2.5-in. aluminum framing enhances performance for the 1,500 window units specified by Erdy McHenry Architecture.

3 MAKING A SPLASH Making its architectural mark with a unique pyramidshaped building form, the new VIA 57 West 32-story condo features floor-to-ceiling windows outfitted with high-performance Vitro Solarban 70XL glazing. With an interior landscaped communal courtyard, the sustainable building features a highly efficient mechanical system, lighting occupancy sensors and a hybrid water source heat pump. The BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group-designed mid-rise also received a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Tall Buildings award in 2016.

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3 WOOD-LOOK TILES FOR HIGH-TRAFFIC AREAS Mohawk Group’s Hybrid Media enhanced resilient tile collection blends different species of woodgrain visuals together in a range of sophisticated tones. The variation of color from each plank is produced with a 2.2-m-wide print film, which allows for an ombré effect, ranging from light to dark. Ideal for areas with heavy foot traffic, the product’s 4.5-mm overall thickness and 20-mil construction is a direct glue down, transitions easily to carpet tile and has inherent acoustic properties.

4 THREE-IN-ONE BASELAYER MEMBRANE Electric floor warming system, DITRA-HEAT-DUO, reduces floor impact sound transmission and supports any floor covering to ensure a lasting installation. Ideal for multi-story residential construction, the system’s membrane warms tiles up 70% faster than concrete substrates by directing heat to the tile itself, not the subfloor. Typically, achieving all of this requires multiple layers of subfloor, but it does it with a single 5⁄16-in.thick membrane.

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CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES AT PHIPPS CONSERVATORY Phipps Conservatory has reduced CO2 emissions by 56% from 2005 to 2016 and purchases offsets for 100% of carbon it produces. It’s the only building in the world to meet: the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, WELL Platinum, and 4 Stars Sustainable SITES certifications. More importantly, the beauty of its sustainable setting has spread “eco” literacy throughout Pittsburgh and the northeast region.

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“Once you have inhabited a Living Building, you will never go back.”

Peaceful Warrior The lush landscape of the botanical gardens is the physical manifestation of Richard Piacentini’s leadership as Executive Director at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pa. Quite literally a Living Building hero, he’s made it his life’s work to advocate for collective health and healing of the environment. I met Richard Piacentini serendipitously during “Innovation and Market Disruption: Lessons from the Field,” an inspiring session at the Living Product Expo. When instructed to share for our group’s interactive assignment, I ask Piacentini to chronicle his journey as executive director of Living Buildings at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Over the years, Piacentini has become an ambassador for LEED, Living Building Challenge and WELL Buildings. “Once you’ve inhabited a Living Building, you will never go back,” says Piacentini. He first considered green buildings in 1996 after listening to Michael Braungart speak and becoming aware that a building’s use of energy, resources, and the resulting carbon emissions, jeopardizes everything Phipps works to conserve. From that moment, Piacentini’s quest became to practice the environmental ethos and conservation the botanical gardens stand for in every facet of its operations, “At the time, LEED was the standard, so I wanted everything to be LEED Gold, and now we’re LEED Platinum,” says Piacentini.

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Although we are in a session about market disruption, Piacentini himself advocates for green building methodically through action and extensive implementation. All of Phipps’ Buildings are LEED Platinum, WELL Platinum and Living Building Challenge petal certified, and Piacentini and the Phipps have just announced that the Living Campus has reduced carbon emissions by 56% per sq. ft. from 2005 to 2016; far exceeding the goals set at the Paris Climate agreements for 2025. LEED is often criticized as a point-grabbing exercise, but Piacentini embodies the values behind LEED certification, and is hands-on in sharing his passion for best practices in green construction with every member of the crew. Once on a jobsite he noticed a tradesman laying imported tile in the conservatory building instead of the local tile that was specified for the LEED project, “He told me, ‘It’s okay, we already got the point for it;’ so I explained that it’s not about the points, it is about doing the right thing, which is best thing for people and the health of the environment.”

Richard Piacentini, Executive Director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and past chair of the International Living Future Institute.

Despite USGBC’s initial denial of Phipps’ request to certify the all-glass production greenhouses, Piacentini continued to build conscientiously. “They are the most efficient and sustainable greenhouses in the world,” says Piacentini proudly; in fact, they are 39% more efficient than most, and have been toured by over three million people. Currently, they are LEED Certified Platinum EBOM. It has been a process of discovery and an evolution in manifesting heartfelt beliefs into existence, says Piacentini, who is grateful for the opportunity to share the elegant functionality of the Phipps with others because of its intriguing allure. For this he lauds the Living Building Challenge for giving beauty equal footing as sustainability in its Living Building Certification petal system. “I think that’s one thing that the environmentalists got wrong the first time,” says Piacentini, “In order to embrace it, people need to see that a green building can be [this] beautiful.” —Megan Mazzocco, Senior Editor

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Architectural Products - October 2017  

The product publication of the U.S. architectural market.

Architectural Products - October 2017  

The product publication of the U.S. architectural market.