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Form by Mindi Zissman Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C. SmithGroupJJR presents the oldest book in history in a new, and very digital, manner to keep its message going in this new century.




by Chuck Ross Resilient Roofs. To be truly resilient, designers must approach roofs as a true system, and not a collection of products.


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Population Adaptive As schools welcome Generation Alpha to the mix, architects have to start thinking about long-term shifting populations, and in turn make educational spaces as flexible as possible.

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Way to Move Past Zoo Politics: ‘It’s People’ Antelopes, once crooned Paul Simon in the song “The Zoo,” could be classified as missionaries; zebras, reactionaries; orangutans, skeptics—not liking changes in their cages; while elephants, he concluded, were kindly, but dumb … In my zealousness for sustainable, humancentric, and just plain smart, building and community design, I acknowledge I easily could be categorized with the initial genus, while those subscribing to the philosophies or tendencies of latter species frustrate me to no end in context of the seeming outright hostility toward advancing the 2030 agenda. The zookeeper-in-chief certainly continues to lob chaos bombs to make matters worse, be it tariffs or the systematic dismantling of EPA initiatives. Over the past 1.5 years, undone have been: tougher emissions standards mandating cars to average 54.5 mpg by 2025; the Clean Power Plan, that would have limited power plant emissions; and the Waters of the U.S. rule that had begun a process to scale back pollution emitted into small streams. As far as tariffs, AIA formally railed against the executive action, noting the imported aluminum and steel crackdown would stifle new projects. It was not alone. “Tariffs may help a few producers, but they harm contractors and anyone with a limited budget for construction,” said Assn. of General Contractors’ CEO Stephen E. Sandherr. Such anti-construction, anti-environmental actions seem counter to what many corporations are doing to protect themselves vs. the growing frequency of weather-related disasters. According to a survey by insurer FM Global, 62% of executives at companies with more than $1B in revenue said they were “not completely prepared” to deal with climate risk and the effects of last year’s hurricanes; 64% said the storms had an adverse impact. One of the reasons cited—denial of risk. But for the most part, says the study, these execs are vowing to be more prepared, with 68% saying they will make changes. The military, too, is buying into better risk management. According to Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, at the Microgrid Global Innovation Forum in Washington, D.C., the army will be using microgrids as a means to enact resiliency measures. But let’s assume there’s no such thing as climate change; what then, is behind all these disasters—God? If so, the Good Lord must be plenty angry with us—we’re talking Charlton Heston-level wrath. In pondering the possibilities of Noah-like flooding, Heston’s angry Ten Commandments’ Moses resounds in my ears: “Let my people go.” Pharaoh, in the epic, however, could, or would not,



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see the wisdom in such action, and despite multiple natural disasters, it was only the death of his son, that made him come around. Today, despite great floods and plagues, like pharaoh, must death be the wake-up call? Maybe I have a little orangutan in me, because I’m not sure even that will work, given how the horror in Parkland, Fla., and elsewhere, hasn’t made much difference to reactionaries on the gun front. Yet, The Ten Commandments is traditionally

“Contractors will be forced to pass these cost increases along in bid prices, but that will mean fewer projects get built.” broadcast during Easter/Passover weekend—a time when we’re reminded that to forgive is Divine. Indeed, another Heston role may put us on a better path—that of El Cid where the legendary reconquistador continually showed mercy to his Moorish “enemies” in his vision of establishing a true sense of Spanish nationalism and fraternity. Clearly, in our country, there’s a divide between those following red and blue principles; but like The Cid, it’s time to stop Cold War-like hostilities and reconcile. Maybe it can start with messaging on the blue side, by eliminating ire-inducing words, like climate change and greenhouse gas. Case in point, I received an Earth Day news release about a net-zero project opening in Whitefish, Mont.—a red state—but one that’s home to much of the country’s remaining frontier. Further exploration unearthed the town’s climate action plan, which was revealing; notable were the results of a survey issued to begin the process. Questions that garnered the least approval as municipal priorities: 1) “The City should be a leader in addressing climate change in the community;” 2) “The City should prioritize greenhouse gas emissions.” That said, the priorities garnering the greatest response: “The City should coordinate and partner with the school district, local business and other organizations.” Also, “The City should strive to prepare for projected change and build resilience.” How about that? With a new lexicon and public engagement involving an amalgam of all citizens, tempered with a little green, might just win the day.

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Tarkett has joined forces with INSTALL professionals to develop and host a robust education program specifically designed for healthcare and education environments. Visit Bluedge offers complimentary AIA accredited Brunch n’ Learns to help expand knowledge of 3D printing, 3D scanning, VR, large and small format color printing and managed print services. Visit

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HLB Lighting offers WELL Building education called Light, Health & WELL Building Standard. Contact Jamie Medeiros at ONLINE

Owens Corning recently became the first company to have its products Safety Act Designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For architects, this designation protects them from liability in the event of an act of terrorism. Visit Mortar Net now offers downloadable technical data sheets and installation instructions in Spanish and Polish. Visit Schindler Elevator Corp. launched its new website at

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Infrastructure Placement in the Modern Built Environment Over the last decade or so, the modern built environment has been undergoing a significant evolution in both form and function. Interior work spaces now feature open floor plans and shared workspaces, with non-walled communal meeting areas meant to embrace the needs of an increasingly Millennial-dominated work space. At the same time, interior design trends continue to embrace a minimalist, industrial aesthetic where building materials are proudly displayed and integrated into the

The average office now utilizes 151 sq. ft. per worker, which is down from 225 sq. ft. per worker in 2010. overall look and feel of the building. Together, these aspects combine to create unique and interesting opportunities for architects and designers to put these new concepts into practice without sacrificing functionality.

The Modern Work Environment Today’s work spaces are being called upon to be multi-functional and adaptive in order to increase office density. In fact, a recent study by CoreNet Global found the average office now utilizes 151 sq. ft. per worker, which is down from 225 sq. ft. per worker in 2010. At the same time, employers are realizing the value of replacing cubical walls for communal spaces. But the increased collaboration that comes with these newly designed spaces also needs to incorporate elements of well-being and still allow for a feeling of individual privacy when needed.

Design Aesthetics Continue to Change The increasing popularity of open floor plans has also coincided with a move toward a minimalistic, industrial look and feel that permeates every aspect of a modern building. This manifests itself in many ways, from modern, lighter weight furniture that can’t facilitate the cable and wiring, which used to be run through cubical walls and desks, to the incorporation of natural building elements into the larger workspace. One of the most recognizable and conspicuous industrial details is an exposed ceiling. An open ceiling means larger multi-paned windows. This lets in more light, which has been shown to increase employee satisfaction and overall employee productivity. Exposed beams allow aspects of the building once hidden by a drop ceiling to be on dis-



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UNDERFLOOR ACCESS Access floor systems address challenges by moving wire and cable into the void created by the access floors system and utilizing underfloor service distribution, which can help you devise open floorplan layouts while providing easy access to your service pathway.

play—and utilities, such as plumbing lines and HVAC air returns, are left visible and often painted monochromatically to blend into the ceiling. All of this combines into one design conundrum—if the design needs to be sleek and minimal, where do you put all the wires, cables and HVAC infrastructure necessary in a modern office?

The Answer Right Beneath Your Feet Access floor systems are a solution that has been around for decades, and seems perfectly situated to address these new challenges by moving your wire and cable into the void created by the access floor system and utilizing underfloor service distribution (UFSD). UFSD, ideally with modular plug-and-play zone wiring and cabling, gives you the ability to quickly and efficiently devise the open floorplan layouts you need while providing easy access to your service pathway. And since these modular pieces can be

reused and reconfigured over time, you’re able to create a cleaner and safer workplace and respond to the changing needs of your business while minimizing the impact these changes have on your employees or the building itself. UFSD means that data and power cabling is out of sight and under the floor to ensure a sleek and minimalist look, while still remaining accessible. It’s essential from a cost perspective for the modern office space to be adaptable, flexible and future-proof. But, with the supply of talent falling short of demand until at least 2021 (Oxford Economics), there’s also a more immediate benefit to embracing these new trends. Simply put, organizations that have appealing workplaces will have an advantage when it comes to recruiting and retaining employees. Access flooring systems and the utilization of UFSD just might be the key to unlocking one of the significant challenges facing the modern built environment.

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Music to Interiors’ Ears: Using Sustainable Acoustic Insulation One of the best ways architects can select the most sustainable insulation option is by researching alternative material types. Materials composed of high recycled content are critical because they directly decrease the industry burden on landfills. Some organic insulation types are also rapidly renewable, like sheep’s wool and cork, which are effective in decreasing the environmental burden of raw material acquisition. Other varieties of insulation such as recycled carpet and recycled clothing products utilize post-consumer materials, which subsequently improve landfill diversion for the construction and demolition industry as a whole.

Health and Safety Insulation material often sheds when handled or moved. This increases the health risk of inhaling insulation fibers, which may have hazardous chemical components and increases the amount of volatile organic compounds. Microscopic fiber sheds are ingested by animals and aquatic life, and accumulate throughout the food chain, which ultimately poses a risk to human health. But these health concerns are eliminated when using a natural or recyclable material. Also, look to source products locally, as local manufactures are more likely to consider the end-of-life stage. More research is available today with more third-party verifications, including two foundational verifications: Health Product Declaration (HPD) and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). EPDs are valuable resources that detail a product’s life cycle. A product’s lifecycle covers aspects including raw material extraction, energy consumption and end of life impact on the environment. HPDs focus on product health by providing documentation that discloses material and chemical ingredients, and also identify which may be hazardous. Data platforms like Portico, Mindful Materials and the Living Building Challenge’s Material Petal are new resources attempting to streamline the research process.

Sustainability The lifecycle for insulation in general is problematic for sustainability. Fiberglass and mineral wool insulations require a large amount of heat during the manufacturing stage for the fibers to form. This aspect of insulation manufacturing necessitates high levels of energy consumption that is not often addressed as an environmental impact when specifying products. The end-of-life stage for insulation is another non-sustainable component that needs to be addressed. Insulation is rarely (if



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ever) recollected for reuse: the product is unfit to be reused in a circular economy because of hazardous material or chemical components, or because the insulation is contaminated with debris, which negates its ability to be recycled. A significant focus of sustainability should be locality. Insulation negatively impacts the environment most at the beginning of the life cycle (shipping) and at the end of its life cycle (when it ends up in landfills). Sourcing material locally and using sustainable material helps solve both of those issues.

Cost and Productivity One area that often necessitates selection compromise is cost. New, innovative insulation products may cost more than traditional ones. However, there are benefits to using sustainable, local insulation products that outweigh traditional products. For one, sourcing from local manufacturers not only contributes to environmentally friendly practices, but also improves local economies through job creation. In addition, the insulation you specify has the potential to improve working conditions in the buildings in which it is installed through sound attenuation. Recent research concludes excessive noise can have negative health effects on people over time. There’s a greater need for acoustic insulation with today’s design trends of collaborative and open offices and natural lighting, which are limiting the availability where noise can be absorbed. Designers and architects should be considering an insulation’s noise reduction qualities to improve worker productivity through more comfortable sound levels. There are two different measurements to evaluate an insulation’s acoustic performance. Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) measures a material’s ability to absorb sound. Performance ranges from 0 to 1, while 1.00 suggests 100% noise absorption. Sound Transmission Classes (STC) evaluates how much is transmitted between spaces, and incorporates an entire wall assembly to accurately gauge. Higher STC represents more noise reduction. To properly evaluate, one must compare the wall assembly with and without the insulation installed.

What’s Next for Insulation? Fiberglass is the leading material used for insulation, despite health concerns. While there is some back-and-forth on just how detrimental fiberglass is, today’s architects and designers are presented with a tremendous variety of material options. So, why keep using traditional materials that are potentially hazardous to your health and the environment?


Insulation’s History Green construction is a design practice crucial for creating a sustainable economy, with building materials playing a vital role. Insulation is typically considered sustainable due to its thermal qualities, which reduce energy consumption; however, insulation’s history has been anything but sustainable. Asbestos insulation use dates back to European Middle Ages. This naturally occurring mineral was effective for thermal resistance and flame retardancy. From 1866 to 1978 it was commonly used for its effectiveness, until its cancer causing health effects became widely known. Now asbestos is banned from future construction use, and is regularly removed from existing buildings and homes with extreme precaution. After this, flammable insulation manufacturers began adding halogenated flame retardants. One popular chemical is hexabromcyclododecane (HBCD); however, recent studies conclude this is a hazard because of its effect on the environment. It is detrimental to animal life and the environment because of its toxicity and rate at which it accumulates in ecosystems. Both European and North American countries are beginning to phase it out. Mineral wool and fiberglass are popular insulation materials because they are naturally flame retardant, but soon these products started to use fiber-binding chemicals including formaldehyde. But since 1987, studies have linked formaldehyde to cancer, and in 2011 the National Toxicology Program officially classified it as a known human carcinogen. Today, formaldehyde is considered a volatile organic compound (VOC) and is used much less frequently in insulation products.

DUE DILIGENCE Specifying sustainable insulation products entails due diligence in research, which necessitates all sustainable aspects of a product’s life.

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MARS NANO The Mars Nano is the next generation to the Mars IP20 downlights. It features a modular, linear LED downlight with new optical systems that improve light distribution and control.

The AIA reported an increase in architecture firm billings for February. While the pace of growth in design activity slowed a bit in February for an ABI score of 52.0. In particular, firms with a multifamily residential or an institutional specialization continued to report extremely strong billings. 

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GoodWeave has expanded to work in five new sectors, including home textiles, apparel, fashion jewelry, bricks and tea. ARCHICAD and ARCHICAD Solo are now available as “subscription” licenses. Available subscription terms are either on a monthly or annual renewal basis.

Incheon International Airport, South Korea at Light+ Building Frankfurt, Germany

The AIA and the University of Minnesota today announced the signing of an agreement to develop “Guides for Equitable Practice.” Perkins+Will has named Bill Harris, AIA, LEED AP,

VENUS Venus True Color is a bendable LED fixture using polyurethane encapsulation technology, and offers an IP67 Ingress Protection Index and zero color shift.

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G. Hong, AIA, CDT, NCARB as Principal Architect for LeeSak’s Irvine office. ATAS International has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor for the third consecutive year by The Morning Call. SmithGroupJJR associates Suzanne Napier and Rosa


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LUMBAR SUPPORT With an innovative tripanel mesh backrest that provides custom back and lumbar support and a lightweight design, Diffrient World is, like all of Humanscale’s products, simple, beautiful and functional.


The Future is Upcycled The world needs another chair like it needs a plastic garbage patch bigger than the size of Texas drifting in the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, that plastic garbage patch already exists, but thankfully, two responsible companies—Humanscale and ocean-plastic-cleanup

ILFI LIVING PRODUCT Diffrient World is Humanscale’s first foray into all-mesh task seating. Designer Niels Diffrient wanted to create the most minimal, full-function task chair ever made.

enterprise, Bureo—have hatched a plan to make a chair out of ocean plastic. It is a remarkable feat, as they pay people fairly, produce it ethically, and get certified as an International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Living Product while keeping the price competitive. The new prototype of Humanscale’s Diffrient World Chair uses 13 pounds


of ocean nets. Previewed last year at NeoCon, it will

The new prototype of Humanscale’s Diffrient World Chair uses 13 pounds of ocean nets.

be on display and available for order this summer. Visit or Circle


 Gap, Times Square, New York City


On Broadway Gap Global Creative services specified Extech’s frameless polycarbonate panels for the interior and the exterior fit-out of its new flagship store in Times Square. The frameless outside vertical corner detail is unique to Extech and allows the calming blue glow of the exterior radiate uninterrupted. For interior store fixture applications, the material is much lighter and also allows for product and lighting to stand out. Logistically, it saves time, money and installation cost, since the relatively light polycarbonate panels require less structure. Visit or Circle

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CLOUD-LIKE COMFORT Cove is suitable for public lounges, receptions and, showrooms, and has been designed to function as part of a cloud-like cluster of chairs. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests. The inner and outer surfaces can be customized in a variety of leathers and fabrics. Images © Aaron Hargreaves

“The design explores the spatiality of personal space, expanding the notion of a simple chair in terms of function and materiality. Its compact form carves out a generous volume that provides a secluded space to eat, work or relax.”


Privacy in the Public Realm

—Mike Holland, Head of Industrial Design, Foster + Partners

An airport is a place of waiting, a public realm where passengers are oftentimes alone together. In that vein, the urge to seek solace and privacy and be productive is there, but there is seldom a private niche or corner available for work, a phone call or reading without a visual distraction or acoustic intrusion. The Cove lounge chair, manufactured by Poltrona Frau and designed by Foster + Partners, made its debut at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Stockholm. Its generously curved form provides ample room for a person to relax or work in comfort, while offering them a sense of seclusion without the need for walls. The circular form incorporates a wide, comfortable seat, an integrated USB-charging point and an optional main power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. Visit or Circle



Clearly Rugged Ceramic Transparent ceramic products are often unseen, but always indispensable. This is the case of CeramTec’s Photo credits: CeramTec

Perlucor transparent ceramic glass coating, which has many uses in the built environment. Last month at Light + Building in Frankfurt, Germany CeramTec’s innovative coating material was introduced as part of the new Dasar Premium product series for lighting manufacturer SLV as a glass cover fitted with a transparent layer of Perlucor. It acts as the reinforcement of in-ground and FLOOR LIGHTS The SLV floor lights line DASAR PREMIUM with PERLUCOR protection for cover glass.

at-grade landscape luminaires. The transparent ceramic is a functional addition to the design of SLV’s 316Ltype stainless steel fixture; at the same time, it also lives up to the design’s sleek aesthetic requirements. Glass with Perlucor coating is scratch-resistant and can withstand extreme environmental factors, including chemical, mechanical or thermal stress. It is strong enough that it may be used instead of sapphire glass, enabling a range of design possibilities in architectural

Transparent ceramic PERLUCOR

applications, including protection and reinforcement PERLUCOR withstands sand and footfall at this beachfront bar.

of glass stairs, walk-on windows, skylights and glass floors. It is also suitable as a complete alternative to glass, and can be used monolithically in certain applications in place of laminated glass. Visit or Circle



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Punchlist Meets Punch Bowl

Punch Bowl Social, Denver

FORMER AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL Transforming the abandoned Stapleton Airport tower into an airy environment required refitting the building with efficient systems.

Nationwide “eatertainment” venue, Punch Bowl Social’s tenth location has landed in Denver at the defunct former Stapleton air traffic control tower building. OZ Architecture of Denver was charged with transforming the venue from one of the most stressful workplaces to a light and airy hospitality environment. The historical renovation required the entire infrastructure to be refitted with modern, efficient systems and 6000 sq. ft. was added on to the ground floor. OZ’s renovation proved extremely creative and extremely technical, as the building’s original height and design intent needed to be honored and preserved. “Designing and reusing a former airport tower is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enhance an iconic municipal structure while revitalizing that which was once abandoned,” says Rebecca Stone on OZ Architecture’s blog. Although many finishes would have to be new or replaced, OZ sought every opportunity to repurpose original materials; for instance, exterior materials with their airport patina appear as interior wall finishes to complement the fresh interior elements that suggest the “golden age of flight.” An expansive outdoor space encourages guests to get outside and enjoy sunny skies views and temperate weather of the western clime. It includes bocce courts, fire pits and an 18-in. deep swimming pool that gives cocktail-sipping guests the illusion of a classic Hollywood pool party. Stone says that projects like this one will keep Denver on the map as one of the country’s leaders in creative and successful adaptive reuse projects.

James Florio for OZ Architecture

An example of a creative adaptive reuse project, a vacant airport tower is infused with vitality.

GO WEST Oz Architecture’s renovation of the Stapleton air traffic control tower into a Punch Bowl location added 6000 sq. ft. to the ground floor, which includes several elevations of dining and bar areas, plus an extensive enclosed outdoor courtyard The bocce courts, fire pits, and an 18-in. deep swimming pool encourage guests to eat, play, linger, and socialize as if transported back in time to a mid-century pool party.

UPCYCLED MATERIALS Throughout the space, exterior wall materials with their patina appear as interior finishes to complement refreshed interior elements that suggest the “golden age of flight.”



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Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Troy, Michigan Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)

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TreeHugger Embraces Island Life Living his ethos off-grid on Maui, TreeHugger founder and architect, Graham Hill, leaves behind New York for his version of ‘LifeEdited.’ The former chief of TreeHugger, an exceptionally interesting blog that positioned sustainability as both sexy and accessible, Graham Hill has set up house in Maui using some versatile and sustainable technologies some would call the four-bed, twobath house spartan while others may refer to it as a modern luxury. Powering the house and its outbuildings is the most technical element of the project. It involves Sunflare solar panels on top of standing seam metal roof. Each 0.125-in. thick panel provides lightweight, thin solar power for 25 years. According to Hill, they are the cleanest manufacturing footprint and logistics available. The solar panels disappear into the roof as they charge the 1000-sq.-ft. home’s power plant— a huge bank of Blue Ion batteries in the garage. The battery life is 21 years and require zero maintenance.

RAIN CISTERN The gutters and rain chains collect water in a 15,000-gallon cistern, and the composting toilets don’t use water.

FURNISHINGS Like a pop-up camper, the clever furniture—much of it from Resource Furniture—expands from small to family-sized, so that pieces like a dining room table and a sofa can go from seating four to dinner parties of 12.

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TOILETS Composting toilets are actually cleaner than most. Separating solid and liquid waste prevents fermenting and odors while producing organic fertilizer.

Separett Composting Toilets

THIN-FILM SOLAR Sunflare outfitted an integrated standing seam roof to power everything in the house, some outbuildings and car with 10,500 W of power. Features also include: ultra-thin, low-profile SUN2 of solar bendable solar panels that complement the sleek roof system and have the ability to flex to any rooftop. Its cells have a lower temperature coefficient, allowing the home to store more power during the hottest hours, with no need for air circulation to cool them down. They require no aluminum framing, glass or hardware mounting, so are less labor-intensive and more cost-efficient to install than silicone panels.

VOLKSWAGEN THING Sunflare Solar thin film solar panels appear on the standing-seam metal roof, and generate enough energy to power the home and the Volkswagen ’73 VW Thing, an antique vehicle that Hill had converted into an electric vehicle.

BLUE ION Blue Ion batteries capture energy from the Sunflare solar panels. The batteries offer long life and an exceptional performance warranty. Blue Ion batteries require no rare earth minerals and operate stably under harsh conditions.

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Indoor-Outdoor Connection The Best of LaCantina Doors’ Architecture competition unearthed several attractive commercial projects that expertly use LaCantina to bring the outdoors inside. The winning entry in the commercial category, Stein Erickson Lodge, is a highend resort and condos in upper Deer Valley, in Park City, Utah. The resort is surrounded by ski runs and trails with expansive views to the Uinta Mountains. Think Architecture specified four LaCantina folding door systems to open up the space between indoor and outdoor pools and spas as well as open a fitness room to an outdoor deck. Runners up in the commercial category include a multi-use project, a hospitality application and a retail bookstore. The multi-use projects take advantage of large glass expanses to create a connection between the street and occupants to create an authentic feel for the setting and place, while the bookstore uses a folding-door system to offer a glimpse of the merchandise and allow medical students to experience the benefits of studying indoors while giving the feeling of sitting at an open air café. Prizes include a three-day trip to New York City to celebrate “Archtober,” New York City’s month-long celebration of architecture, a tour of LaCantina’s showroom and manufacturing facility, and 2018 AIA membership dues. To view winners from each category visit

Project: Stein Erickson Lodge, Deer Valley, Park City, Utah Firm: Think Architecture A high-end resort and condos are surrounded by ski runs and trails with expansive views to the Uinta Mountains. Think Architecture specified four LaCantina folding door systems between the indoor and outdoor pools and spas, as well as open up the fitness room to an outdoor deck. Product: Four LaCantina folding door systems open up the space between the indoor and outdoor pools.



Project: Ēma, Chicago

Project: Chophouse Row, Seattle

Project: UPenn College Bookstore, Philadelphia

Firm: DLR Group

Firm: SKL Architects and Graham Baba Architects

Firm/Company: Tricarico Architecture and Design

Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Ēma is a new Mediterranean restaurant concept conceived as a part of a larger renovation and addition to an existing Hyatt Place hotel lobby.

The last piece of developer Liz Dunn’s 10-year master plan encourages small scale “incremental urbanism” in Seattle’s Pike/Pine neighborhood, with a mix of new and old, retail, restaurant offices and housing, all in the same building.

This project was a conversion of an existing Community Board Center into a College Bookstore, with an incorporated café and seating area.

Product: Aluminum Thermally Controlled Multi Slide Windows were utilized to give the restaurant/hotel lobby an abundance of light and fresh, as well as opening the restaurant to al fresco dining and street life.

Product: LaCantina sliders were used in the new portion of the building at three penthouse apartments, accessing large decks overlooking Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, as well in office/retail space above the restaurant.

Product: Six-panel Aluminum Thermally Controlled folding doors systems created an expansive and inviting indoor/ outdoor seating area that appeals to medical students, as well as other potential patrons from nearby hospitals and offices.

Credits: Lettuce Entertain You, Friedman Properties, Hyatt Place Chicago/River North

Credits: SKL Architects and Graham Baba Architects

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Design Team: John Kennedy, Jim Graham, Jeremy Imhoff, Wing-Yee Leung, Carlos Lopes

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ACOUSTICAL CEILING PANELS InvisAcoustics Basics ceiling panels are designed specifically for exposed structure spaces. With an NRC of 0.75, they absorb 75% of sound that strikes them. The panels attach to the deck of an exposed structure space, allowing them to provide acoustical absorption while virtually disappearing into the ceiling. Available in 2-ft. × 4-ft. in white, Tech Black or Field Paintable. Many contemporary spaces that feature an exposed structure design lack acoustical absorption; as a result, they often become too loud. A new acoustical solution from Armstrong maintains the integrity of exposed structure designs while reducing noise.

ACOUSTICAL SHEERS: ART MEETS TECHNOLOGY Carnegie’s Printacoustics is a clever way to reduce sound by dressing windows in a soft, sheer shade. A new collection of acoustical sheers by Creation Baumann for Carnegie, allows custom artwork to be printed as digital pattern captures. Two colorways mimic hues at dawn and dusk and the third is inspired by natural tones from the sky, ocean and forest.


An Acoustic Update Top designers for acoustically forward thinking brands help to decipher room acoustics and determine what products help where. As BuzziSpace international acoustics ambassador Daniel Verlooven would tell you, room acoustics are key to occupant comfort and performance. Because high performance of acoustics is critical to the success of the design of any space, the following is a brief on the latest products that are helping mitigate room acoustics in the most attractive and practical ways possible, along with some tips and acoustic considerations from a few more voices of acoustic expertise.

“It’s so important that you don’t skimp on acoustic treatments. Time and time again, the acoustic treatment in open offices and conference rooms is the first thing to be cut from the budget, but it is also the first thing added back in once employees start to complain about loud and dysfunctional work and meeting space. We would recommend proactively adding acoustic treatments to your budget to reduce the sticker shock effect. We work a lot with Kirei, Buzzi-space and Unika Vaeve for acoustics, which are available through Outfit by Workframe—our expansive digital product catalog.” —Abbey Rom, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Workframe

“Products that allow for efficient noise control not only guarantee increased productivity for the employee, but are a wise investment for employers who are interested in durability and performance benefits. “In today’s work environment, we see the trend of the temporary office spaces where employers are constantly changing layouts and locations to respond to growth and demand. Instead of installing acoustical walls or floors, they are opting for acoustical partitions and pods, such as Oblivion or Cap—sound-absorbing products that can be moved around the office as needed.” ACOUSTICAL PARTITIONS & PODS Temporary or pop-up offices that shift around to adapt to departments and changing task forces are opting for sound-absorbing products that can be moved around the office as needed, for instance, acoustical partitions and pods like Oblivion or Cap, says Koray Malhan, Chief Design Officer at Koleksiyon.



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—Koray Malhan, Chief Design Officer, Koleksiyon

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ACOUSTICAL PODS According to Steve Delfino, VP corporate marketing and product management at Teknion, the company believes it’s important to create “neighborhoods of sound”—each designed with an awareness of the type of work pursued by those who will occupy that neighborhood. These acoustical zones include welcome areas, calm and quiet spaces, and collaborative spaces that minimize the transfer of voice-noise. Furniture, finishes and all other design elements will be selected to create an acoustic experience consistent with the space. Pictured is the Zones modular seating in conjunction with the Zones enclosures.


From the Ground Up

 The Zones collection

features an intentional angle that is repeated throughout all of the elements of the collection to allow a loose configuration of Zones, yet maintain a cohesive design.

Lisa King, VP of Product Innovation and Insights at Interface, reports that its Soundchoice proprietary backing is Quiet Mark labeled, which means it is endorsed by the Noise Abatement Society, a UK-based organization on a mission to promote the responsible use of sound in the built environment. Partly inspired by the documentary, In Pursuit of Silence, which recounts the constant bombardment of noise and sound one may encounter—or avoid—in a lifetime, Interface helps tackle issues of acoustics as part of its commitment to creating “‘Positive Spaces,’ designed to support the needs, wants, desires and activities of the people within it,” says King.

“We believe that it is important to create ‘neighborhoods of sound,’ with an awareness of who will occupy the space.” —Steve Delfino, VP Corporate Marketing/Product Management, Teknion

ACOUSTICAL TILES Topo Tiles and H-Baffles from Kirei create visual interest while providing a sound solution. John Stein, Kirei president, says acoustically absorbent materials can significantly reduce echo. The key is to find the right product or treatment that will reduce the “ringing sound” often heard in spaces with all hard surfaces. Shown are EchoPanel Balance Tiles, which provide a midpoint between a conservative design element that can be quickly installed.

“Acoustically absorbent materials can significantly reduce echo. The key is to find the right product or treatment that will reduce the ‘ringing sound’ often heard in rooms with all hard surfaces. EchoPanel Balance Tiles provide a great midpoint between a conservative design element that can be quickly installed for use in a variety of settings with strong acoustic performance to really make a difference in spaces. The modular, peel-and-stick tiles— available in nine colors and three sizes—transform plain walls into visual art.”

Coping with exposure to excessive or incessant noise has been found to increase the risk of blood pressure, stroke and heart attack. Even the World Health Organization reports noise pollution as only second to air pollution in detrimental environmental health factors. Flooring company Interface has paid attention to the research and has developed products with backing that solves the problem of interference from noise in new and existing environments by putting their product in place.

Topo Tiles are a simple solution for spaces where sound matters. Tiles may be arranged in regular or random rows for a variety of design options.

In some cases, there is sound vs. noise—where sound is a flower and noise is a weed. In a classroom for instance, the sound transmission class of objects and materials affects how speech may be understood intelligibly at all times. “We are focused at getting the noise out of the immediate environment.” When it comes to mixed-use environments, hotel, healthcare or education renovations, flooring is where acoustics is concerned. Especially for guests in a hotel or hospital setting, says King. “It is hard to ignore noise because we’re in an unfamiliar environment.” The Sound Choice backing layer can contribute materially to making floors quieter and reducing noise from floor-to-floor. The backing is inherent to the heterogeneous (multi-layered) LVT, says King, and is designed to act as robustly as an underlayment. Visit or Circle 425

Interface’s LVT Collection with Sound Choice backing layer doesn’t require adhesives to install. It creates a healthy, homey indoor environment cohesive to listening, reflecting and learning.

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A New Approach to an Old Technology Applying higher flow rate ceiling sprinklers to in-rack applications lowers costs by 40%

ADVANCED EARLY SMOKE DETECTORS TECH Recent FM fire modeling discovered that standard K5.6, non-fast response sprinklers could be replaced with quick response, larger orifice sprinklers with a higher flow rate of K25.2. The upshot? As Weston C. Baker, Jr., AVP, senior engineering technical specialist, Engineering Standards division, FM Global says, “the number of in-rack sprinklers needed for an installation could be greatly reduced. This could lower the cost of an in-rack sprinkler installation by an estimated 40%, as well as reduce the likelihood of damage to sprinklers and stored products.”

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By applying quick response, larger orifice sprinklers with a higher flow rate to in-rack applications, installation costs can be reduced by as much as 40%.

OXYGEN REDUCER Recently earning FM approval, Flame Guard USA’ FirePASS technology is a permanent oxygen reduction system that creates a permanent hypoxic environment. This innovation creates a breathable oxygen-reduced environment, thereby preventing flame ignition, and is also safe for human occupants.

Image courtesy: FM Global

Taking an innovative approach to in-rack sprinkler fire protection, insightful FM Global research has led to what Jerry Schultz, P.E., owner, FPI Consortium, Woodridge, Ill., calls an “a-ha” moment for the fire-protection industry. Departing from National Fire Protection Assn. criteria for rack storage based upon ’70s-era testing, FM Global performed small-, intermediate- and full-scale fire tests that were analyzed with computer modeling. The testing discovered that standard, non-fast response sprinklers could be replaced with quick response, larger orifice sprinklers with a higher flow rate of K25.2. The upshot? The number of in-rack sprinklers needed for an installation could be greatly reduced. This could lower the cost of an in-rack sprinkler installation by an estimated 40%. While the higher K-factor sprinklers have typically been specified for ceilings, its newer application for in-rack sprinklers is very promising. In other words, install “an in-rack sprinkler that will respond quicker, put out a whole bunch more water from one sprinkler, and limit the fire spread. In this way, we get away from control into suppression of the fire,” explains Schultz in a recent company blog. “We are no longer dependent upon manual fire-suppression measures and are thereby protecting the individuals within the facility, along with those fighting the fire. By default, we’re also protecting the contents and the building in a more effective manner.” In support of this innovation, FM Global has released new Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 8-9, Storage of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and Plastic Commodities guidelines, based on its three-year fire tests and computer modeling, which significantly reduce sprinkler installation increments. As opposed to NFPA 13, which requires in-rack sprinklers to be installed on vertical increments ranging from 10 ft. to 15 ft., and limiting the maximum storage area above the top level of in-rack sprinklers to 10 ft., the new guidelines allow installation on vertical increments ranging from 30 ft. to as high as 40 ft., depending on the commodity, and storage heights above the top level of in-rack sprinklers as high as 40 ft. Elsewhere, Schultz points out improvements in early smoke detection as making a big difference. Utilizing patented air sampling points and multi-channel microbore air-sampling, says Schultz, VESDA-E’s VEA Addressable Aspirating Smoke Detector, from Honeywell Xtralis, sucks air from each room and sends it to the remote detector. “We can now identify which room itself has smoke and provide an actual location for the fire.”

SURROUND AND DROWN Taking a “surround and drown approach,” Tyco’s QUELL fire protection system, for cold storage and unheated warehouses, is capable of delivering extremely high ceiling protection without the need for antifreeze or in-rack sprinklers. “This is an extremely large sprinkler, but the ability to store with a 55-ft. high ceiling and 50-ft. high racks is unprecedented,” reports Jerry Schultz, P.E., owner, FPI Consortium, Woodridge, Ill.

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Just What Is a ‘Resilient’ Roof? Roofs are the first line of defense for buildings facing severe weather. To be truly resilient, however, a roof must be considered as a system—not as a collection of products. Developing a resilient roof system is dependent upon the materials used, the way it is designed, and the way it’s installed. By Chuck Ross, contributing writer

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“Sustainable design” has been an architectural catchphrase for almost two decades, but in most cases it refers to buildings and materials with a reduced environmental impact—through their use of renewable energy resources, nonVOC-emitting materials and high-efficiency operations. More recently, “resilience” has become an equally important target for both designers and owners, especially in the wake of severe weather events that

could become a more common side effect of a changing climate. Roofs are the first line of defense for buildings facing such challenges. As a result, roofing manufacturers are working hard to understand how resilience applies to roofs and what architects and engineers need to know as they design and specify these systems. “With roofing, it is about more than one event—I think a resilient roof is able to withstand events over time,” says

Brian Lambert, director of products and systems for Garland Co. He ticks off a range of hazards roof systems can face, from hail and wind uplift, to UV exposure and foot traffic. “I think a resilient roof system is able to handle those issues.” Ana Meyer, executive director of sustainability for GAF, argues that, to be truly resilient, a roof must be considered as a system, not as a collection of products that, each, on its own,

TAKE CARE, OR ELSE... Wear and tear from the sun and rain, age of a roof membrane, as well as foot traffic and other environmental factors can wreak havoc on a roof. “Every extra year you can get out of the roof, is that much more money a client can spend on other things,” says David Bade, owner of roofing specialist Bade Roofing.

might be marketed with resilience as part of its branding. Developing a resilient roof system is dependent upon the materials used (and ensuring they are one to two steps above code requirements), the way the roof is designed and the way it’s installed. And, she notes, at each of these steps, building-team members need to be thinking beyond the basic performance of keeping building occupants dry.

“Providing protection against water infiltration is not enough,” she says. “Making sure that the building can function, that the insulation works, and that people can feel safe are all important considerations in roof design.”

Taking time to understand the stresses particular to specific regions and building sites is a critical element in ensuring this kind of [roofing] longevity.

Buildings are subject to destructive forces: fire, storms or other hazards. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, drought and wildfires are no longer one-off, once-in-a-lifetime events. Architects have a responsibility to design resilient environments that can more readily absorb and recover from adverse events. Following are key considerations: QUANTIFY RISK Determining the level of “acceptable risk” is critical to designing for building performance. Considerations: What is the building’s projected lifespan? What are its critical functional requirements before, during and after a hazard? How long is it acceptable to be out of service? VULNERABILITY A resilient building in a vulnerable community isn’t truly resilient. Infrastructure, utilities, etc., are all necessary for adequate functionality. MITIGATION Preventative measures may include instituting zoning and building codes or floodplain buyouts, as well as efforts to educate governments, businesses, and the public on measures they can take to reduce loss and injury. Mitigation is most successful when policies and decision-making support appropriate development, land use, site selection and adoption of codes. DURABILITY & FLEXIBILITY Incorporating changing environmental, social and economic conditions into projects requires foresight. This requires designs be tough as well as flexible; to allow buildings not only bounce back, but move forward.

COWELL RANCH HAY BARN, SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. Fernau & Hartman Architects won a 2017 WoodWorks award for their restoration of the hay barn on this Univ. of California campus.



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INSULATION ADDS LIFE Careful detailing replicated the hand-cut joinery found in the original, but the new barn’s detailing includes a substantial layer of insulation that the original lacked.

ADAPTATION Acknowledge changing conditions in the physical, economic and social environment. Communities are ultimately successful when they are adaptable to change.

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Separate Yet Equal Resilience and sustainability can seem to be obvious partners— what’s more sustainable than a building that doesn’t have to be replaced in the wake of a hurricane or earthquake? The means to reaching one of these

goals can conflict with the other if both aren’t given equal attention. Scott Lockyear, LP Roofing’s national sales manager for the architecture and engineering community, notes one such dilemma

designers can face when creating roof systems that enhance a building’s efficiency while also remaining secure during severe weather events. “If I’m in an area with an extremely cold climate, how do I attach my roof

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material if I’ve got this thick foam? As energy requirements increase, how do I attach my siding or roof cladding?” Meyer has seen an evolution in how the building community addresses such design questions, from the performance of specific building materials to a broader, more holistic perspective. “When you aim to design a more resilient roof, you are designing for environmental, economic and social sustainability,” she says. “The customers who are looking at a resilient roof want to make sure that their tenants and clients are protected over a long period of time.”

Understanding the stresses particular to specific regions and building sites is a critical element in ensuring this kind of longevity, Meyer adds. Among these are the building’s climate zone and proximity to bodies of water and exposure to specific climate conditions, including severe events like wind, hail and tornadoes. Lambert echoes the importance of such awareness, since different threats can require different approaches.

of those Florida wind hazards, he said, edge detailing can be critical to ensure roofs remain secure during hurricanes and other coastal storms. In the Midwest, on the other hand, hail is a more frequent occurrence, requiring designs to address the risk of direct physical impact.

“I think tailored roof systems for a specific

“There’s not just one solution,” he says, noting the assistance manufacturers can provide to architects and engineers in their efforts to understand project-specific requirements. He

building customer and environment are very important—wind situations in Florida that are critical, we might not see in Chicago,” he says. As a result

turns to an automotive metaphor to explain his point. “There are a lot of cars on the road— some people need an F150 and some people need a Prius.”

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Points of Weakness While the components of a roofing system may vary by region and project-specific needs, the points of vulnerability seem to be common across all building types. It’s an obvious, but easily overlooked, rule of thumb that any interruption of a roofing surface, at edges and penetrations, requires special attention from designers and installers. “When I think of the weakest points, it’s penetrations, edging details, anywhere the surface is interrupted,” Lambert says. “We want architects and engineers to design those specific details. We need to make sure we’re giving contractors what they need.” Lockyear adds that roof/wall connections can also be overlooked in design detailing, an oversight that can lead to catastrophic failure. “After Hurricane Andrew, the design and construction community saw they didn’t have proper connections,” he says. “If your

roof and walls aren’t properly connected, you might actually see the entire roof come off.” Of course, it’s not only the roof’s top surface that needs to be considered in resiliency plans. This top layer— whether membrane, asphalt or metal—is primarily intended to provide moisture protection. Subsurface components also need to be understood for the advantages they can provide in keeping a building operational during, or soon after, a significant event. “Rigid cover boards, placed immediately below the membrane, can help protect the structure against impact, and increased insulation levels can keep a building more habitable during power outages,” Meyer says. “These are just a few examples of how system components can impact a roof’s resilience. Resilience, as a whole, is achieved by the collection of these components.”


Roof-mounted air handlers and other such equipment can add resiliency risks and benefits, Meyer notes. Particular attention needs to be paid to how this equipment is attached and how it is protected from severe weather events, and detailing needs to make such design intents clear. “Making sure that this equipment gets the right curbs and that penetrations are flashed at a level that matches roof design are important considerations,” she says. But with these concerns addressed, she says, a rooftop position for mechanical systems can help sustain overall building operations in some situations. “Incorporating this type of equipment onto the roof can help a building’s overall resiliency by avoiding potential flood damage that could have resulted had it been installed at ground level.”

The Importance of Education Designing roof systems has become more complicated over the last couple decades, a fact manufacturers say they understand. “It is definitely getting to be more complex,” Lambert says. “You have to really understand how the HVAC system and wall system and roof system interact, and they’re going to interact differently in Miami than in Boston and Los Angeles. We need to have architecture and engineering firms that know that information—that’s why manufacturers are having more information to support them.”

LEED Resilient Design Pilot Credit by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

ROOF PANELS LP laminates a thin sheet of aluminum to its OSB sheathing material to create its TechShield Radiant Barrier Sheathing. As a roof panel, the material blocks up to 97% of radiant heat from emitting into attic space, below. Aiding its resilience, the sheathing’s aluminum covering is perforated using the company’s patented VaporVent technology to allow the panel to dry quickly if it’s exposed to moisture during construction.


This credit, backed by a standard developed by Perkins+Will, Deloitte Consulting and Eaton Corp., is intended to be a stand alone rating system for resiliency.


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And, post-installation, there’s also an education effort required, he says. These members of the building team have their own responsibility in maintaining a roof’s resilience, over time. “Roofs get abused and ignored until there is a problem,” he says.



COASTAL CONDITIONS In coastal locations, resilience can be more of a marathon than an extreme event sprint. This California school roof incorporates Garland’s StressBase80 base sheet and StressPly E rubber-modified cap sheet to stand up to the salt, fog and UV challenges its siting creates. And the company’s R-Mer Span metal roofing features a heavy-duty continuous clip allowing for unlimited expansion and contraction.




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Headquarters Pilots the Way to Resilience GAF knows a thing or two about the challenges severe weather can pose to building operations— the company’s former Wayne, N.J., headquarters experienced power outages, high winds and flooding during and after Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. So, the company made a bold commitment to resilient design when renovating the 330,000-sq.ft. office building in Parsippany, N.J., that became its new headquarters in 2015, and in Oct. 2016 that facility was awarded the first LEED Resilient Design Pilot Credit by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This credit, backed by a standard developed by Perkins+Will, along with Deloitte Consulting and Eaton Corp., is administered by the USGBC. Additional pilot projects include the Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas,

which withstood Hurricane Harvey with little to no damage. According to Ana Meyer, GAF’s executive director of sustainability, the company’s new headquarters incorporate a number of specific design tactics to boost resilience, including: • Flood preparation and back-up capabilities to allow company operations, including customer service, to continue, even during long-term power outages. • Roofing designed to FEMA Wind Zone II (160 mph) criteria, to withstand the more severe weather events climate change could bring to its location. • Maximized daylighting access in work areas to minimize the need for artificial light during power outages.

MANUFACTURER PUTS ITS PRODUCTS TO USE GAF’s Parsippany, N.J. headquarters is the first building to have earned a LEED Resilient Design Pilot Credit. The criteria used to outline that credit’s requirements now form the basis for the new RELi rating system being developed by the USGBC.

Late last year, the USGBC adopted the RELi resilient-design standard used in the pilot-credit program as the basis for a separate, standalone rating system. Though managed and operated by USGBC and Green Business Certification, which also manage LEED efforts, RELi is intended to grow into its own global system. In its effort to earn the pilot credit, GAF, of course, had its own full product line to drawn on when planning its new resilient roof. Specified products included RUBEROID HW 25 Smooth Membrane as a vapor retarder, EnergyGuard Polyiso Insulation and EnergyGuard HD Cover Board. This system was topped with the company’s EverGuard Extreme Fleece-back TPO Membrane.

ROOFTOP GAF used Fleece-back EverGuard Extreme TPO membrane as the top layer of its headquarters’ roof. The polyester-fleece backing is intended to provide puncture resistance, especially where hail is a hazard, and long-term heat and UV exposure are prevalent.


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Generation Alpha A look at the emerging Generation Alpha demographic directs K-12 designers to enhanced adaptability and flexibility, modular designs, health and wellness, and decentralized learning platforms. by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, contributing writer



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FLEXIBLE SPACES: A LEARNING CORRIDOR At Community Consolidated School District 59 Early Learning Center in Mount Prospect, Ill., a daylit corridor space is utilized for teaching. PLANNING FOR POPULATION ECHOES

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F lexible, adaptable, technologically equipped, multipurpose spaces are not new when it comes to planning for school facilities. But what is “new” is a growing understanding of what the Generation Alpha demographic looks like. Children of Millennials, Generation Alpha is defined as children born from 2010 to 2025, and is anticipated to predominantly be a generation of one-child families. The upshot is that school enrollment will likely decrease over the coming years. That said, Stephen C. Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, K-12 studio leader/ senior project architect, KAI Texas, Dallas, notes that different parts of the country are experiencing population shifts entirely outside of these demographic projections.

“Currently, Texas is experiencing population growth ... whether this trend will continue long enough and be strong enough to counter the projections of generational-reduced student population remains to be seen.” Considering these uncertainties, Marijke Smit, SVP, sales and marketing, Project Frog, San Francisco, states, “Schools are going to have to adapt faster to shifting demographics and enrollment concentrations across their districts than ever before.”


Birth Year: 2010-2025 The children of Millennials have been dubbed Generation Alpha.  One-child families: 18% of women at the end of their childbearing years have only one child, up from 10% in 1976.  School enrollment will decrease over the coming years.  Connectivity is a growing issue to support wireless devices.


At Fremont Union School District in Sunnyvale, Calif., Project Frog—a technology and building systems company that delivers prefabricated component buildings at all levels of the construction industry—modified a prototype classroom building design to fit the school’s evolving curricular needs.

“Job climate and opportunity, lower taxation, even physical weather climate contribute to citizens moving from one part of the country to another,” he explains.

Fremont Union School District, Sunnyvale, Calif.

BROWSE FLOORPLANS Project Frog allows users to browse through pre-configured building typologies or set sitespecific parameters for the design of custom Type 5 commercial buildings.

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Offering some big picture advice for addressing these shifting demographics, Smit recommends creating a facilities master plan which incorporates demographic projections, community participation, utilization rates and curricular intent. This way, a team of architects, planners and analysts can best utilize available funding to craft stable, longterm facility solutions, as opposed to shortterm temporary fixes such as portables.

“Districts also need to leverage more efficient use of the buildings and spaces they already occupy,” instructs Smit. “When shown space utilization studies, administrators are often shocked to learn how underutilized their spaces actually are throughout the day, when their perception was originally that they were bursting at the seams.”

Along these lines, multi-purposing existing spaces is an important strategy. For example, large classrooms with a couple of sinks can be used for a variety of activities such as science, art or dance. Similarly, both underutilized interior corridors and outdoor areas can be utilizes as informal, break-out spaces or other uses aimed at fulfilling curricular goals.

In order to build flexibility and adaptability into these spaces, products like movable furniture—in place of built-in cabinetry—and operable glass walls to divide up larger spaces are recommended. Offering some advice, Maggie Howland, director of marketing, business development, American Modular Systems, San Francisco, explains,

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“An open-concept design gives schools the ability to scale to more students while offering a flexible floorplan adaptable to different age groups and programming. Moving walls and mobile seating increase adaptability, allowing teachers to reconfigure space on demand.”



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Modularity allows a campus to be designed, built and installed in less than five months— something that wouldn’t have been possible with conventional construction.

Featuring a pre-fabbed modular design, Educare Los Angeles’ Clara Barton Elementary School campus in Long Beach, Calif., includes a two-story administration building with 25-ft. high ceilings and three single-story classroom buildings delivering natural light, premium acoustics and fresh air.

Clara Barton Elementary School, Long Beach, Calif.


Next Generation Modular Ramping up the options offered by today’s modular systems, American Modular Systems recently installed the first-of-its kind, two-story prefabricated building for Educare Los Angeles’ Clara Barton Elementary School campus in Long Beach, Calif. Serving low-income children on a 31,483-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art campus, the high-quality facility aims to prevent the achievement gap between children in poverty and their middle-income peers long before they enter kindergarten.

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“We introduced our Gen7 two-story solution last fall and were able to design, build and install a custom modular campus in less than five months—something that wouldn’t have been possible with conventional construction,” relates Tony Sarich, vice president of operations, American Modular Systems, Manteca, Calif. “The modular construction delivery has significantly shortened the disruption of construction activity onsite while providing a legacy environment for the children and community,” agrees District Architect Brian Dougherty. The new facility includes a two-story administration

building with 25-ft.-high ceilings and three singlestory classroom buildings, accommodated up to 200 students in 16 open-concept classrooms with abundant natural light, premium acoustics and fresh air. The facility was also designed to exceed California’s Green Building and Energy Code standards. As a bonus, the building is solar-ready, engineered to support future photovoltaic panels. In order to meet the owner’s high design expectations, while maintaining strict budget control on an occupied campus, Educare partnered with American Modular Systems to optimize budget, schedule and design in utilizing this new two-story modular product.



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Technology and More Technology Of course, technology is a large piece of the puzzle for Generation Alpha, who are projected to be the most tech savvy generation to date, growing up with smart phones and tablets from infancy. “Connectivity for both wired and an ever increasing number of wireless devices should anticipate at least one device per student and faculty member,” instructs Johnson. Common areas used for teams and projects also require connectivity and recharging ports. Naturally, all these connections will continuously increase the demand for through put both within the school’s network and to the Internet.

Putting these ideas into practice, Svigals + Partners recently designed West Haven, Conn.’s new Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS), for grades 6-12, with large opening glass walls to open and connect classrooms for varied class sizes. “Technology is embedded into the building, creating a ‘maker campus’ for project-based learning everywhere, and supporting integrating science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics for a true STEAM education is ideal for this incoming generation of tech-savvy children,” reports Julia McFadden, AIA, Svigals + Partners, New Haven, Conn.


As the popularity of informal, collaborative learning spaces increases, K-12 facilities will embrace flexible floor plans to support assorted learning and play activities. ‘MAKING’ A DIFFERENCE

FLEXIBLE, MODULAR: MEMBRANE WALL Described as a kit of parts with interchangeable components, Legat Architect’s Membrane Wall for classrooms enables schools to “plug and play” different selections such as shelving and display space, storage and interactive seating. It can incorporate changing features such as recessed seating, lockers and recycling stations.

Designed to support the latest trends in STEAM learning for grades 6-12, the 122,000-sq.-ft. ESUMS facility, by Svigals + Partners, represents a new breed of educational environment: a five-story “maker campus” where architecture and art merge with a STEAM curriculum aimed at improving student outcomes. It includes labs, computer rooms and fabrication shops for hands-on student learning.

Image courtesy: Legat Architects/Moore Ruble Yudell




This “membrane wall” offers learning interfaces on both the corridor and classroom side: exhibit niches, technology screens, views into the classroom or corridor, and even an aquarium. The kit of parts on the corridor side might also include recessed seating, lockers and recycling stations. Possibilities on the classroom side include shelving and display space, storage, and interactive seating and critique space.



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In order to avoid this, Project Frog’s design approach is preconstructed modular building systems. This gives school districts “predictability with regard to mechanical, electrical and plumbing, which makes technology upgrades easier and more predictable, and renovation work becomes less intrusive and less costly.” Similarly, the core and shell systems in these buildings are easily customizable and can adapt to district specifications, providing the architect with a clear set of rules for flexing the building system to meet program fit and finish needs. A word of caution, though: when low-quality portables were used as a quick fix to manage the ebbs and flows of enrollment in the past, this, unfortunately, has led to inadequate school facilities. Fortunately, today’s modular building products feature natural light, good acoustics, good indoor air quality and higher quality finishes.



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“Open, bright and airy, the flexible layout can serve as science or art labs, maker spaces, music rooms and extracurricular space, allowing schools to meet diverse needs with limited square footage,” explains Howard. Gen7 modular buildings are even designed with a structural overhang engineered to hold photovoltaic panels, that can be installed at a future date, to support net-zero buildings. Meanwhile, Project Frog has partnered with Autodesk to develop a transformational cloudbased platform to standardize and simplify data flow between the architecture studio, the factory and the jobsite. “Using modular buildings that arrive in kits ready to be installed, reduces districts construction schedules by up to 50% and delivers new school buildings in half the time it takes using traditional construction methods,” reports Smit. “The end result is the creation of 50-year buildings, delivered quickly and economically.” While Jim Kisel, principal, director of school planning, LPA Inc., Irvine, Calif., agrees modular structures are a cost-efficient and time-effective strategy, he advises school districts to weigh potential lack of flexibility in the building design parameters against the educational program requirements and budget.

Building teams also need to ask if the modular solution under consideration will create an effective, nurturing and inspiring educational setting. “Is it safe and secure? Does it provide a healthy and supportive platform for teaching and learning?” asks McFadden. That said, she anticipates that modular strategies will continue to increase. “The cost efficiencies are too hard to ignore.”

Fortunately, today’s modular building systems feature natural light, good acoustics, good indoor air quality and higher quality finishes.

STEM Academy at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Eastvale, Calif.

Pointing to the residential market, McFadden has witnessed the development of attractive homes at more affordable price points, along with customizable options and enhancements. “School design is ripe for this development, since it has a similar program of spaces throughout the country. Specificity to place could be achieved with attention to configurations, material options, as well as site specific artwork and signage.” Applying the modular concept to classroom walls, Legat Architects developed what they call a membrane wall. “Schools could be designed as a ‘kit of parts’ with interchangeable components that can be plugged in or unplugged as needed, almost like Legos for walls,” explains Robin Randall, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal/director of PreK-12 education, Legat Architects, Oak Brook, Ill.

Image courtesy: LPA Inc.

While technology is a major part of today and tomorrow’s K-12 designs, it must be incorporated with forethought and good planning. “The biggest mistake we’ve seen districts make is putting a ton of money into fancy technology and AV equipment that becomes obsolete in two years,” warns Smit.



This rendering of STEM Academy at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, Calif., shows how students can flow directly from their flexible classroom to exterior learning spaces equipped with writable wall surfaces for outdoor instruction. Work tables and open spaces allow for experiments and lab work, while the campus quad will house an open-air amphitheater adjacent to the student union. The academy will provide new classrooms to accommodate the student population growth and specialized learning environments to support the district’s Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.

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Exterior learning spaces equipped with writeable wall surfaces Work tables Open space for experiments and lab work

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Decentralized Learning Another significant trend in Generation Alpha K-12 planning and design is creating spaces to support decentralized learning. “The ‘sage on the stage’ has became a ‘guide on the side’ who travels from pod to pod assisting students who learn from each other, rather than from a centralized source,” explains Justin Banda, Associate AIA, associate, Legat Architects, Chicago. Anticipating this trend to continue into the next decade, Banda projects, “learning settings will begin to resemble the classical model—think Socrates and Plato, centered on discussion rather than lecture—where teachers guide pods of students in a classroom augmented with technology we can’t even begin to imagine yet.” Similarly, McFadden anticipates that school building designs will incorporate more collaboration zones. “When students are actively involved in learning or teaching each other, they find the learning experience more authentic. Through collaboration, students acquire diverse perspectives and experiences, practicing democratic decision-making skills, and increasing interpersonal development.”

Consequently, products and systems which help support the ability to transition from lecture-based curriculums to solution-based learning in studentcentered environments will be in demand, says Howard. “As new educational pathways emerge, classroom design will become more decentralized, providing greater autonomy with thoughtful integration of private workstations and collaborative workspaces that engage students through hands-on projects.”

Adaptable and Flexible Ultimately, Johnson sees adaptability and flexibility as the key to supporting this type of learning environment. “As students of all ages take more control of their own education, and collaborative projectbased learning becomes the norm, the ability of the school facility to adapt to a continuously changing environment will determine its ultimate success,” he concludes.

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The WELLs and LBCs of K-12 As Generation Alpha children take the ranks in today’s K-12 facilities, school designers expect green building programs will continue to take hold. Extending beyond traditional sustainable principles of natural light and good indoor air quality, Justin Banda, Associate AIA, Associate, Legat Architects, Chicago, anticipates that newer, more ambitious programs such as the WELL Building Standard and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) will grow in popularity. While WELL focuses on building occupants’ physical and mental well-being, LBC challenges designers to create truly carbon-neutral, zeroenergy buildings. Following the LBC framework, Banda anticipates that more and more K-12 designers will begin asking the following questions when designing school buildings:

Place Where is it acceptable to build? How do we protect and restore a place once it has been developed?

Water How do we use water? Are we being wasteful? Can our buildings capture and collect natural rainwater for our use?

Energy Hamilton Elementary School, Moline, Ill.

Can we make our buildings efficient enough to operate year-round solely on renewable energy without creating pollution?

Material Can we source materials that are non-toxic, transparent and equitable? Can we build without resorting to using Red List materials? Do we know where our products are coming from?


Photo courtesy: AJ Brown Imaging/Legat Architects

How can we create robust, healthy spaces and encourage a productive indoor environment? Does everyone have access to fresh air and natural daylight?

Equity Can our buildings create communities with equitable access to all people, regardless of physical ability, age or socioeconomic status? Are we preventing someone else from doing the same?



Can we ultimately design a building that elevates our spirits, creates aestheticallypleasing spaces and links us to nature?

Collaborative learning is facilitated by group seating, smart boards and overhead doors, which open to connect classrooms to a corridor learning space at Hamilton Elementary School in Moline, Ill.

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Building Wellness? The idea of enacting Well Building principles sounds great on paper, but the key to success is sticking close to three core concepts. If you’re still catching up on the alphabet soup of EPDs, HPDs and the other myriad methods of product declaration, and haven’t had the time to digest new wellness standards—the method RDC-Studio 111 followed to guide its new design, as noted in this month’s Function feature (p. 74)—don’t fret, as there are many resources available, including material from the Center for Active Design, Fitwel, the WELL building standard and the Living Building Standard. However, there is some bad news in all of this—in exploring these guidelines you’ll open the door to many possibilities—napping pods, meditation


BuzziHat is available in different sizes to fit different sonic environments, making it desirable for any space that needs acoustic absorption treatment combined with quality lighting.

IAQ, acoustics and lighting are key measures that must guide any design hoping to make Wellness work. rooms, in-house yoga, even basketball courts—it’s sometimes staggering. Another concern is what happens if you can’t guarantee a high level of participation in the wellness initiatives outlayed? Or, for that matter, how does one measure short-term results of these health recommendations? To be safe, consider these three elements when specifying wellness: INDOOR AIR QUALITY: While many are concerned

with what they eat, what they breathe goes overlooked. Seven million people die annually of air pollution, so it just makes sense to ensure building occupants are ingesting pristine air. Locations matter. ACOUSTICS: BuzziHat acoustic lighting (pictured right) reminds that excessive noise seriously harms human health. According to the World Health Organization, noise disturbs sleep, causes cardiovascular disease and psychophysiological effects, such as reduced performance, elevated irritability and changes in social behavior. LIGHTING: Poor circadian health, caused by a

disruption to the natural sleep cycle, has been connected to certain cancers. Bathing occupants in adequate natural light during the day (measured with Melanopic Lux calculations), such as we see in the AGC Glass item opposite this page, can make a huge difference. It’s also important to ensure light pollution does not disrupt sleep.

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GOODBYE TO NOISY SPACES A recognizable hat-shaped decorative pendant with excellent sound absorption capabilities, BuzziHat’s unique design combines an upholstered component with a metal shade. The upholstered foam body is available in a wide palette of color and fabric combinations, while the metal shade and ring come in four finishes (black, white, beige, red and gold). Colors and fabric can be mixed. The luminaire produces 2000 lumens at 3000K. As of June 2018, all new Buzzi lighting products will be UL listed. Circle 413

Designed by industrial designer Alain Gilles, BuzziHat is available in different sizes to fit different sonic environments. “The length of the sound absorber varies in order to accommodate to the sound level and size of the room. These lengths also allow architects to define certain areas within a room by using certain lamp heights either by themselves or in a cluster.”

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PRISTINE VIEWS Clearvision is a low-iron glass that offers the ultimate in neutrality, purity and color enhancement. It has 92% light transmission, more than any other glass product on the market. This makes it ideal for architectural applications requiring a high degree of transparency or color optimization. Even in its thickest iterations, Clearvision remains perfectly neutral. Available in laminated, heat-treated, bent, silk-screened, or insulated configurations, it can be specified for interiors and exteriors. Circle 412

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The colorless glass offers light transmission of up to 92% and is available in a broad range of thicknesses, making it ideal for office and healthcare settings or anywhere that access to natural light is critical to performance of the building occupants.

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This low-iron, highquality glass is being used more and more by architects and designers for projects requiring a high degree of transparency or a boost to colors. Even when used in its extra-thick variation of up to 19 mm (e.g., furniture or interior design) it remains perfectly neutral with subtle edge color.

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Bringing the outdoors in with large expanses of glass means that polished landscapes are critical to the success and value of a property. The grounds should provide visual relief for the eye and a sense of depth from dawn to dusk.

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TOUCHY TEXTURES With the addition of three new textures—Craftsman, Stone Rolled and Warble—specifiers of these masonry units now have a total of six texture options to choose from. Designers can choose any of these textures in any of a variety of standard or custom colors (Black Pearl is shown here), for use on products in a range of more than 12 different sizes. Circle 411

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Skyline, designed by Antoni Roselló, is an LED path light that brings international style with dramatic flair to lighting architectural settings.

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URBAN SKYLINE The strikingly original Skyline light, from global partner Santa & Cole and designed by Antoni Roselló, is an LED pathway light that brings international style with dramatic flair to lighting for architectural settings. A simple flat rectangular painted volume punctuated by a “window of light,” extends a warm welcome, defines the edges of spaces and pedestrian walkways, and signals wayfinding. It illuminates a footpath, stairway, and architectural elements, and provides opportunities for layered lighting. Skyline is available in two sizes with “windows” at different heights for ground applications, is manufactured of structural steel, and finished in bold red, blue, black and white and silver Santa & Cole powdercoat colors. Circle 410

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With its advanced ECM motor with intelligent selfadjusting SmartFlow technology, the WhisperValve DC from Panasonic is a highly energy-efficient ventilation system. The SmartFlow moves more air using less energy by sensing the amount of resistance in the duct run and automatically adjusts the fan speed to deliver optimal CFM output. Meanwhile, a condensation sensor helps control bathroom condensation to prevent mold and mildew. Circle 409

TIME MACHINE TOUCH The Wilsonart Blurred Lines collection in Soft Silk finish recalls yesteryear’s luxury of furniture-grade laminate. Blurred lines implies generations of design, warm and cool tones, and the digital transformations of natural visuals to digital design, revealing materials that go beyond what we see. Circle 408

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Designers with Charleston, S.C.-based SGA Architecture ran 12-in. PAC-CLAD Flush Panels at a diagonal to create a stand-out appearance for the entrance of the redesigned Goose Creek High School just northwest of Charleston. The distinctive cladding approach is a signature touch against the horizontal lines of the surrounding brick and Precision Series HWP panels. Circle 407

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EXPRESSIVE GLASS Inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, Bendheim offer its laminated safety glass in Ultra-Violet. Combined with textures and LEDs, the colored glass offerings, make a statement in any color and apply an artful splash of color and a unique experience to buildings. Circle 406

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In Chicago, the city’s historic Navy Pier includes a Bendheim glass kiosk by nARCHITECTS. The kiosk is illuminated with an array of pinks, oranges and a mysterious purple hue in the image of the kiosk. Inspired by the color, Bendheim offers a laminated safety glass in “Ultra Violet.”


A NEW DIMENSION The Dink sconce’s tapered profile creates an opportunity for an elegant contrast in interior and exterior finishes, pairing either matte-black with gold leaf or powderwhite with silver leaf. The metallic interiors add reflective ‘oomph’ to the fixtures’ upward and downward illumination. Circle 405

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A juxtaposition of classic shapes with mid-century color palette adds refreshing, whimsical flair to the everpopular and pervasive mid-century aesthetic. These multi-color encaustic cement tiles add a Bohemian chic feel that enlivens a space or brings a design down to earth, depending on color choice.

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TILE ORIGINS ClĂŠ cement tile plays on the word clay, and these playful cement designs add to the style vernacular for interior tile, giving an aesthetic that complements sleek and modern settings by adding warmth and unexpected color and form. Available in seven unique shapes and 50 colors, the tiles are hand-crafted in the traditional encaustic method. Combine tiles with contrasting shapes and grout for an artistic feature wall inside and out. Circle 404

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METROPOLITAN METROPOL With its cube-shaped body, geometrical contours and rectangular lines, the Phoenix Design-created Metropol collection offers three different lavatory faucet heights and various handles, spout heights and configurations for truly customizable designs. For example, the faucet handles include a flat lever, delicate loop and integrated Select technology to turn off the water with the push of a button. Circle 403

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FINISH PANACHE Pella offers anodized aluminum finishes on its latest line, Architect Series Reserve wood windows and patio doors. The new anodized finish comes in eight durable, matte-metallic colors, including black, dark bronze, light bronze, clear, champagne, medium bronze, copper and extra dark bronze. Circle 402

Legrand offers an expanded line of power-inplace products for furniture and work surfaces. The new product suite includes radiant Furniture Power Centers, adorne Furniture Power Centers with integrated switching and dimming and the new desktop Power Center Slim, a component with standard electrical outlets and USB ports. Finally, sleek, low-profile deQuorum Flip-Up Table Boxes provide flexibility in delivering power and communication hubs to work surfaces. Circle 401



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SCREEN TIME Interstyle’s new line, No. 6, is created by screenprinting abstract shapes onto fine layers of glass. Designer Gabriella Equizi, developed four handcrafted patterns for the glass tile. Circle 400

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SHIELDS UP For a seamless transition from indoors to exterior entertaining spaces, consider the sculptural Offset Panels sconce collection. Rectilinear aluminum panels in a choice of textured white, gray or bronze finishes, shield the integral LED illumination to reflect light off the panels and adjacent walls. Circle 399


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As reflected in its name, the new Skyline faucet from Franz Viegener is refined and elegant. With its 5.75in. spout and a choice of eight different finishes, the faucet comes in widespread, single handle and wall configurations, with a choice of flow rates: 2.2 gallons per minute, 2 gpm, 1.5 gpm or 1.2 gpm. Circle 398

Leveraging timeless bricks into a subway-styled tiles, Crafted from Hastings Tile & Bath is handmade and hand-glazed tiles in a variety of patterns from handdrawn horizontal lines to more intricate horizontal and vertical lines combined. Circle 397

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Tyvek Protec synthetic roofing underlayments are designed for walking, with a specially embossed surface that creates better traction for on-the-job roofers in even wet and dirty conditions. Additionally, the bottom layer includes a slip-resistant coating for better adhesion to the roofing substrate. Circle 396

Phifer’s latest color addition to the SunTex 95 exterior sun control family is a nod to the natural exterior finishes found in warm climates. The new hue, Stucco, joins the current range of nine neutral color options in this fabric collection designed specifically for exterior roller shade applications. Circle 395

Back-painted glass provides a modern, sleek and hygienic water-resistant, non-porous surface that is easy to clean and prohibits mold and bacteria. The special adhesion promoter creates a bond between the glass and color coating on the surface. It withstands wear and tear without paint peeling off. Circle 394


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The Skydome Edge brings edge-lighting technology to the Skydome line of pendants and surfacemount luminaires—and they can be paired with unlit, sound-absorbing units of the same design for a consistent appearance where acoustics are critical. A broad range of lumen packages and color temperatures are available for the 2-, 3and 4-ft. diameter fixtures. Circle 392

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This chandelier represents part of a lighting solar system. Its gyroscopic circular patterns demonstrate the new forms and shapes capable with LEDs. Today’s decorative chandeliers are designed to be showstoppers whether illuminated or not.


IT’S SO BIG A monolithic, 60-in. diameter chandelier now tops the size offerings in the Kinetic family of gyroscopic luminaires. The fixtures’ edge-lit rings—crafted of aluminum and clear optic glass, can be individually adjustable to customize form and light direction. Circle 391


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Museum of the Bible Washington, D.C.



Like many buildings in our nation’s capital, history and meaning abound. These values are equally communicated in the 430,000-sq.-ft., eight-level Museum of the Bible. Of course, it’s all about the most published and widely distributed book in the world. The 40-ft.-tall grand entrance is flanked by 16-tons of bronze artwork with Gutenberg’s printing of Genesis inscribed on 16 panels of custom art glass containing 16 translations of Psalm 19. It’s the first of many ways the museum brings ancient words and manuscripts to life through architecture. Housed in a circa-1922 refrigerated warehouse, the facility seeks to bring the Bible to the modern visitor through its $42 million technology budget. Walking around with a small tablet, visitors can set their own tour and a GPS tracker provides them with additional information based on their location. In line with their focus on biblical scholarship, visitors can log onto the museum’s website postvisit and dig deeper into exhibit topics. “Like the book it’s dedicated to, the Museum of the Bible will be many things to many people,” said lead architect David Greenbaum, SmithGroupJJR.

The bricks are manufactured according to centuries-old craft traditions. Once the clay has been processed, the bricks are handmade in wooden moulds after which they are dried and fired. Reminiscent of ancient manuscripts, the new brick represents the overwriting of Biblical manuscripts over time.

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GLASS GALLEY (TOP FLOOR) The galley’s distinctive glass structure was fabricated by Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions. The glass itself, including the frit, is AGC Interpane, Ipasol Ultraselect 62/29. The exterior channel glass is Pilkington Profilit’s channel glass system, in “T” color.

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David Greenbaum, FAIA, LEED AP, Lead Architect, SmithGroupJJR, works with the Cultural Studio in D.C., and designs civic spaces such as museums, visitor centers, memorials and historic sites.

Sarah Ghorbanian, LEED AP, Exhibit Design Coordination and Project Manager, SmithGroupJJR, has dedicated her career to the master planning and design of notable cultural facilities.

Matt Odell, RCDD has more than 35 years of design and integration experience, and serves as the director of technologies for S2N Technology Group, a subsidiary of Clark Construction Group.

Jared Oldroyd, PE, LEED AP is a Vice President at Clark Construction Group, and serves as business unit leader on monumental, public assembly and private development projects in the Mid-Atlantic.

Clark Construction, the project’s GC, had its technology division, S2N, involved from the onset to reflect the project’s $42-million technology investment to aid design, standardize product selection, integrate the technology and manage the installation. Tech included 360-degree projection mapping employed in a 472-seat performing arts hall, which leverages 17 state-of-the-art 4K projectors to turn the entire venue into a stunning and dynamic digital canvas. The projectors, which are individually capable of casting a 30,000-lumen image, align within millimeters of one another to give the effect of complete immersion in a given environment. The digital entry arcade ceiling is an example of how technology shapes the guest experience, as it’s the first impression visitors entering the museum.



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Photo credit: Alex Fradkin Photography, courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

In the arcade, 555 LED panels with a 5-mm. pixel pitch draw guests’ eyes to the kaleidoscope-style content featuring images from the museum collection.

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The bronze panels and entry glass were designed by artist Larry Kirkland, and were fabricated and installed by Zahner.

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Stone Walls, Columns Jerusalem Ramon Cream limestone provides a nice balance between a traditional American look, and the warm look of authentic Jerusalem-style stone.

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A 140-ft. long × 15-ft. wide digital arcade ceiling features views of biblical exhibits enhanced by 384 monitors, 93 projectors, 83 interactive elements, 12 theaters and 200 miles of low-voltage cabling.

140-ft.-long × 15-ft. wide, the digital arcade ceiling features 555 LED panels. Opaque white glass on both sides, just below the ceiling, and atop the stone walls, is Bendheim’s single and doubled glazed, tempered, low-iron channel glass. “The combination of clear and obscure glass was meant to point out that the Bible is there to provide ethical and moral advice and you can find your clarity through it,” said Greenbaum.

“The lobby’s flooring transitions from dark to light as you move in toward the circulation space. Heavy weighted stone transitions to lighter materials and more daylight. The visitor becomes more enlightened as they travel through the space.”

“With the museum’s architecture, we encourage a multiplicity of views, interpretations and experiences.” —David Greenbaum, FAIA, LEED AP, SmithGroupJJR


Cream stone: Tunesian Courtaud polished limestone, trapezoid custom cut

Photo credit: Alex Fradkin Photography, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Dark stone: Portuguese Lagos Blue L983, polished limestone, trapezoid custom cut

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Petersen Product: 5600 Four Sided SSG



Historic Windows 

Wausau Windows Product: 4250i Invent Series



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AGC Interpane Product: Ipasol Ultraselect 62/29



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Pilkington Product: Profilit’s channel glass system in “T” color



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Zahner Product: Custom, by artist Larry Kirkland



Lighting 

“The World Stage Theater, a 472-seat performance theater on the museum’s fifth floor, takes its shape from the flowing fabric of a tabernacle tent.” —Sarah Ghorbanian, LEED AP, Exhibit Design Coordination and Project Manager, SmithGroupJJR



The ‘ribbons’ surrounding the house of the theater hide lighting and projectors that allow for a completely immersive 3-D mapped projection experience. The lighting can even be set to create a sunrise and sunset.

Vertical custom wood acoustical panels on either side of the stage.

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Photo credit: Alex Fradkin Photography, courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

“The pattern on the custom-etched glass is a recreation of the hand-painted marginalia decoration that went around the outside of the pages of the first Bible printed with the Gutenberg Press,” said Oldroyd. “Each floor’s exhibit space features a lot of color, each with its own façade off the atrium,” said Greenbaum. “With the idea of having a sorbet that cleanses your palette between each exhibit, this is intentionally neutral and quiet.”


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RDC-S111 Urban Office, Long Beach, Calif. From a company-wide fitness initiative, custom-designed bicycling kits and a DIY basketball court, wellness is ubiquitous to the corporate culture at Retail Design Collaborative and Studio One Eleven.

RDC-S111 was recently recognized by the USGBC-LA as one of its Project of the Year winners in its Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards. The LEED Platinum certified and Gold WELL certified adaptive reuse of a former Nordstrom’s Rack, transformed the company’s notion of an office from a traditional



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model into a wellnessfocused transparent workspace; Relocating from an office tower to this open, large-volume space allowed for more creative teamwork in a shared space more aligned to its values of connectivity to local community. This was no small commitment to relocate, but with its founding

partners transitioning to retirement, explains Assoc. Principal and Design Director, Jonathan Lopez, it was an opportunity to achieve larger objectives. “We’ve had the fortune of being in a great space with great views, but throughout 40 years, we’ve cultivated great relationships and a collaborative connection

with the community,” says Lopez. As a result, the team jumped all-in on this chance to be part of a re-positioning of a formerly bustling retail center. The move also reunited the team, formerly divided into two levels in the old tower, into a single, large and open- format at ground level. “That

tower created spatial divide. We felt, culturally, it led to less interaction. Even when we had all-office gatherings we had to go to a separate space to accommodate that,” recalls Lopez.

place-making and architecture. It also ensures that the space facilitates growth and extends a welcome to co-complex tenants from the urban creative community, such as the Mayor’s Education Fund.

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ACOUSTICS: OUTDOORS & INDOORS Since they’re embedded in a bustling retail district just off the 710, a major highway, acoustical conditions outside of their location are a factor. Depending on what’s going on outside, Lopez and Hickman say they may open or close the two operable skylights, as it may affect indoor air quality—something they’re proud of, as many times it meets or exceeds quality levels outside of the office, due to the space’s great convection airflow.

Curtainwall Storefront System The storefront looks into the office’s kitchen, and gives the look and feel of a community café. In fact, notes Hickman, sometimes people mistakenly wander in and ask for menus. RDC is fine with this as it presents an opportunity for education and awareness, and is just part of being woven into the fabric of the community—one of the objectives of the move. “It engages that curiosity,” says Hickman. In fact, their exuberance for this kind of serendipitous event can’t be contained: when the firm participated in the city’s bicycle week, with a window display of bike tires, people walked into what they thought was now a bike shop. Not only did the firm not take down the display, one

associate designed the firm its own custom riding apparel. The repositioning of the office space in the former store—they’re tucked in the southeast corner—which was itself part of a large retail center that was six-city blocks, was intimidating. “We were the first ones who went through that,” says Hickman. As a result, one of the first priorities to address in the monolithic volume was light and air quality. The team devised a skylight plan, and replaced most of the opaque walls on the front façade with glass. “We really opened up to be transparent, as a big part of wellness is education and awareness. We used it as an opportunity to show just exactly how big-box environments can be transitioned into a front porch-like frontage, just as a retail space would,” says Hickman.

WORK & PLAY RDC boosts a robust corporate culture which helps ensure its longevity. Outside areas act as a social bridge between public and private zones. Former loading docks, for example, host a private basketball court featuring a custom-designed court logo. Employees and visitors are drawn outside not only for biophilia breaks, but places where they can move, yet still create. They have overwhelming participation in their yoga and bike-to-work programs, as well as participation at the fitness program at the local gym, which has blocked out time for just their associates.

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Lighting RDC’s artificial lighting follows suit with tough California codes and is a benchmark for energy consumption. Lighting is controlled by various means, including timers, occupancy sensors or intuitive touchscreens. Natural light is delivered to the core through 20 skylights, which allows lights to be off the majority of the time. “We had the fortune of taking a shell of a space and engaging a building system that was highly effective for our program,” says Lopez.

Acoustics Coming from an office environment featuring high-performing materials, the team didn’t foresee how much acoustics would be affected by the architecture of the space. However, in early 2017, the firm’s post-occupancy acoustic comfort score was low—“much lower than we anticipated compared to the old building,” recalls Hickman. An acoustics consultancy recommended a sound-masking system. Now, despite ceiling heights twice that of normal corporate office setting, Hickman says you can’t hear anyone’s phone calls or conversations, “even when it’s super-quiet here.” Sure enough, during the next post-occupancy survey, employee satisfaction markedly improved. “The key point is that when you take people out of their comfort zone, they become highly sensitive to acoustics,” says Hickman.

Indoor Air Quality Enhancing the air quality indoors are several interior green walls, cared for by a former associate who now owns a plant care company. Surprisingly, RDC did not earn the WELL point for biophilia—“I did the math and it would have looked like a jungle in here,” says Hickman. “I mean, I love the jungle, but we’re just going for a different aesthetic.” Instead, they choose to invite associates to do “guerilla gardening,” adding desktop plants and succulents here and there, and taking ownership of caring for the greenery around their spaces. “It’s a way to bring in the human element to life,” says Hickman.

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BREAKOUT MEZZANINE With large work surfaces and pin-up walls naturally lit by skylights, breakout spaces on the mezzanine are ideal for collaboration.

Jonathan Lopez, associate principal, and design director at RDC, leads project visioning and design of architecture, interiors and planning.

Sara Hickman, LEED AP, WELL AP, EcoDistricts AP has experience in green building, energy analysis, and serves as RDC’s sustainability director.

BIOPHILIA Associates are welcome to bring in and care for plants they love, which accentuates the human element of biophilia.



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Get up, Stand Up Although RDC didn’t reach its objective for copious interior foliage, the design asserts a strong commitment to movement. “Our main axis is about getting people to our outdoor patio, which is the lushest little urban oasis,” explains Lopez. “Even without views, you sense that connection to the outside.” Two of the skylights are operable, which he says creates a synergy between circadian health, views and indoor air quality. The space plan also includes a mezzanine level, which besides getting staff walking up stairs, adds areas for collaboration and breakouts.

MATERIAL HEALTH Material health is an all-around challenge to wrangle, and the team dedicated time to it, but also made sure that they allocated enough resources to results-oriented elements of the design that affect human performance—things that could be measured in the immediate future, such as fitness, nutrition, comfort and air quality.

H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S

RDC has overwhelming participation in its yoga, bike-towork and fitness programs. “Our staff is our firm’s most valuable asset, so we take health and wellness seriously. As we continue our quest for optimal health, our staff continues to take advantage of local fitness and social activities,” says the firm leadership.

WELL GOLD EVALUATION DETAILS SHARED BY RDC + STUDIO ONE ELEVEN Air Quality: The only contaminant found were remnants of particulate matter. The surrounding exterior environment showed PM2.5 at an average of 30, the WELL threshold is 15, and the interior readings came in at an average of 5, resulting in a 84% reduction in PM2.5. PM10 showed an average exterior reading of 80, WELL threshold of 50 and interior readings came in at an average of 10, resulting in a similar 88% filtration rate. Lighting Design: The average reading was 281 lux, exceeding the WELL threshold of 215. Water Contaminants: Readings showed virtually zero contaminants. The only items found were very minor levels of turbidity and residual chlorine, both below the WELL threshold. Circadian Lighting: The skylights and “optional” task lights played a role in the success of this credit. We averaged 350 EML, which exceeds the WELL threshold of 150 EML.



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YOGA ROOM The team hosts yoga and meditation three times a week with an inhouse instructor. Beyond increasing flexibility by improving strength, respiration and energy, yoga helps employees establish and maintain focus.

QUIET ROOM The studio includes three quiet rooms. Short naps are an effective, and healthy means, for improving mental and physical acuity, even more so than caffeine, which can disrupt circadian health and sleep.

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RECYCLE/REUSE As for the more technical aspects of the move, the firm first addressed its deconstruction plan, including what furniture it could reuse from the existing office. Any discarded pieces were resold, donated or properly recycled. And, in looking for new, healthy building materials, when it came to things like desks, the surest route they found was to have the furniture custom made by a local fabricator.

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SHADING MADE EASY The adjoining Kresge Hall atrium contains more than 36 automated shades along the first and second floors, offering views into the courtyard from the west. The Kresge atrium also includes 12 customframed TZ100 Zipper Tension System skylights mounted at two angles to control natural daylighting from above.

Business School Improves Student Experience with Renovation Designed by architects at Kohn Pederson Fox Assocs., the Stephen M. Ross School of Business opened new facilities last year that provide classrooms, study space, offices and nonacademic spaces to serve the student and faculty community.

CHALLENGE: Kohn Pederson Fox Assocs. sought to improve the student experience at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and maximize site usage by constructing a new building, Jeff T. Blau Hall, and renovating the connected Kresge Hall. CRITERIA: Completed in 2017, the project received LEED Gold recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council. Features such as daylighting systems, low flow bathroom fixtures, energy-efficient light fixtures and occupant-sensing controls contribute to an estimated 30% energy savings compared to a code compliant building.

SOLUTION: Hunter Douglas Architectural and installers at Creative Windows worked closely with the team at KPF, construction leads at Walbridge Aldinger and electrical contractors from Conti to balance design intent, daylighting performance and construction requirements. They settled on a system that features several groups of RB 500 automated shades and a bank of TZ100 Zipper Tension System skylight shades.

These 30 shades manage solar heat gain and glare from the south-facing windows that overlook the newly renovated courtyard. Sunlight can be easily manipulated to keep the area warm in winter with plentiful light and cool in the summer with more regulated daylighting. Students and faculty will be able to view devices like laptop screens and phones more easily with less glare as well.

The new Jeff T. Blau Hall atrium, an open space for students to meet and collaborate, consists of three separate levels of 10 RB 500 shades, the highest hanging 50 ft. above the main floor.

GLARE CONTROL The shades manage solar heat gain and glare from the south-facing windows that overlook the renovated courtyard.

Project: University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business Location: Ann Arbor, Mich. Architect: Kohn Pederson Fox Assocs. PRODUCT SPECS:

Product: TZ100 Zipper Tension System skylight shades

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Perforated Panels

Soccer Stadium Boasts ‘Lion Pride’ The new Orlando City Stadium wanted to show off its “Lion Nation Pride” as it installed custom perforated panels with the trademark lion symbol of the Orlando City Soccer Club Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League team. CHALLENGE: Opening for the 2017 season, the 290,000-sq.-ft. Orlando City Stadium seats 25,500 and is the first stadium with this concept in North America. Located in downtown Orlando, the stadium is home to Major League Soccer’s Orlando City Soccer Club and Orlando Pride National Women’s Soccer League team.

CRITERIA: The perforations are functional, because they allow the panel to provide needed airflow. By adding a custom painted logo, the panels’ functionality transforms into an art form. The custom image can be created from nearly any image so there is no limit to the possibilities when working with custom panels.

The stadium features an expansive fan plaza, balcony-style bar, single deck safe-standing supporter section, shops and restaurants. The fans are shaded by aluminum canopies, which also reflect the crowd’s cheers back to the pitch to kick up the feel of a soccer match.

SOLUTION: Eastern Corp., Norcross, Ga., installed 5037 sq. ft. of 0.08-in. aluminum Dri-Design panels. The perforated panels were painted City Purple and Overjoy. Dri-Design custom painted panels use advanced computer-based manufacturing to create complex multi-color images.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous, designed perforated panels with custom painting, which created the trademark lion symbol for the Orlando City Soccer Club.

“Our new facility truly reflects the energy and intensity of the growing soccer market here in the United States,” says Orlando City Soccer Club CEO Alex Leitao. “From the start, Populous understood we were designing for soccer first, everything else came second. As a result, we’re extremely proud of the new home they have helped us create for the Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride.”

INFLUENCE: The perforated panels were the ideal

choice for the scoreboard that displays Lion Nation Pride. Nancy Mullins, project manager with Eastern Corp., says, “The perforated panels let the wind go through on the scoreboard, and these panels were used to create the shape of the logo in a purple and gold. This came out very cool. The logo on the scoreboard is the trademark feature in this stadium.”

Project: Orlando City Stadium Location: Orlando, Fla. Architect: Populous PRODUCT SPECS:

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FUNCTIONING ART By adding a custom painted logo with Lion Nation Pride, the perforated panels’ functionality transforms into an art form.

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Aquarium ‘Sheds’ Water Usage With nearly two million guests each year, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago needed a commercial restroom upgrade to match its water efficiency objectives. CHALLENGE: Welcoming nearly two million guests

each year, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is not only home to 32,000 animals, but also a popular location for local business meetings and events. So when the Chicago institution required an upgrade to its commercial restrooms, its goal of water efficiency and saving were top of mind.

ing Sloan’s new custom feature to engrave its brand on the crown of its 42 new BASYS faucets, Shedd added an increased level of visibility to differentiate its 87-year-old brand. Shedd’s polished chrome BASYS faucets now bring a luxurious and elegant aesthetic to its restrooms, while also meeting sustainability demands with various flow rates, integral water supply shut off and sleep mode settings.

INFLUENCE: Devoted to its vision of a world thriv-

ing with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it, Shedd is a leader in the rescue and rehabilitation of aquatic wildlife across the world. Not only that, but the aquarium located along the banks of Lake Michigan is working to set the standard for conserving water and energy in an effort to restore the health of the Great Lakes. SOLUTION: Sloan was tasked with providing fixtures that would do more than just stand the test of time, but to also extend Shedd Aquarium’s brand where it had never been before—its restrooms. The brand and logo have become recognizable throughout Chicago for decades due to its long-standing commitment to the community. And by implement-

The aquarium met its water efficiency and durability objectives head on, in part by installing UPPERCUT retrofit handles to complement all of its 80 flushometers throughout the facility. Designed to reduce water volume by up to 30%, the flushometer that is recognizable for its green handle, provides two flush options—pushing the handle down for a full flush (1.6 gpf) or lifting the handle up for a reduced flush (1.1 gpf)—to help Shedd continue its mission toward water conservation. Busy weekends often see up to 10,000 people going in and out of the aquarium’s restrooms, and the UPPERCUT retrofit kits come equipped with two metal wall plates to educate users about the product’s water conservation abilities on a daily basis.

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UPPERCUT Retrofit Handles

CUSTOM BRANDING: The faucets feature Sloan’s custom branding, which highlights the Shedd’s logo on the crown of 42 newly-installed BASYS faucets. This brings a feel of luxury and aesthetics, while meeting sustainability demands. WALKING THE TALK The Shedd Aquarium, located on the banks of Lake Michigan, is progressive in its approach to set the standard for conserving water and energy in an effort to restore the health of the Great Lakes.

Project: Shedd Aquarium Location: Chicago PRODUCT SPECS:

Products: BASYS Faucets, UPPERCUT Handles

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Citadel not only manufactures metal composite material (MCM), but also designs, tests and provides a number of installation systems. The result is ultimate performance.

ASTM D1781: Bond Strength Meets or exceeds the peel strength of nearly all continuous run production MCMs. ASTM D5420: Impact Resistance Durable phenolic core provides greater protection than plate or polyethylene cores. NFPA 285 / UBC 26-9: Fire Resistance No special FR composition required. Standard composition meets requirements. ASTM D1929: Fire Resistance Meets or exceeds ignition temperature of nearly all continuous run production MCMs (including FR). ASTM E283, E330, E331: Air, Water, Structural Passed industry standards with shop-fabricated AND budget/time-friendly field-assembled systems. LEED MR 4: Recycled Content Helps contribute towards the effort of sustainable building practices. 30-Year PVDF / 20-Year Anodized Long-lasting Kynar 500 ® finishes with COOL technology or actual integral anodized finishes.

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Progressive Apartment Visually Tied with Neighboring Buildings In Seattle’s sought-after Eastlake neighborhood, housing is becoming scarce. The community is sandwiched between the city’s beautiful Lake Union and main freeway, creating a popular destination with limited real estate.

CHALLENGE: Recognizing the need for improved housing in this land-strapped space, Shilshole Development undertook construction of a new multifamily residence, the Shelton Eastlake Apartment Complex.

Right away the development team realized the success of their project hinged on creating an apartment complex that added both housing and character to the Eastlake community. Multifamily developments have a reputation for focusing on function, rather than form, to maximize profits. An eyesore at the expense of increased housing was not what Seattle wanted in one of its long-standing communities—especially one known for its mix of traditional, European-style homes and idyllic houseboats. INFLUENCE: To ensure the Shelton Eastlake Apartment Complex was a departure from these often mundane structures and visually tied in with neighboring buildings, Shilshole Development hired locally based Public47 Architects to create a progressive 61-unit residence that paid homage to its surroundings from the outside in. The developers wanted a mix of brick and another high quality façade on the exterior to set the tone for this modern-meets-traditional structure. The challenge was finding a siding material that was contemporary enough to attract design-forward city dwellers while also seamlessly integrating with the brick aesthetic.

“We wanted the siding to have an overall look and feel of quality. We also needed a product that would blend well with brick,” said Mike Yukevich, Principal of Shilshole Development.

PAYING HOMAGE To shake the look of the often mundane structures in the neighborhood, Public47 was hired to create a progressive residence that paid homage to its surroundings.

SOLUTION: The design team found their solution with Trespa Pura NFC (Natural Fiber Core) exterior sidings, a contemporary form of exterior cladding material. It is a high-pressure laminate made from up to 70% natural fibers, impregnated with thermosetting resins. The product comes in several beautiful colors designed for a distinctive look. The project team installed 9000 sq. ft. of Trespa Pura NFC horizontal flush siding on the exterior walls of the apartment complex. The siding’s Slate Ebony color is rooted in timelessness, combining deep gray tones with the rich beauty of wood. Compared to alternative siding materials, it created a much warmer look—one that blended seamlessly with the brick. “There was an overall sense of superior quality,” said Yukevich.

Project: Shelton Eastlake Apartment Complex Location: Seattle Architect: Public47 PRODUCT SPECS:

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COLORING OF SLATE The siding’s Slate Ebony color is combines deep gray tones with the rich beauty of wood. The Trespa Pura NFC exterior cladding material—a laminate made from up to 70% natural fibers—comes in several beautiful colors designed for a distinctive look.

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Channel Glass

MONUMENTAL GLASS Visitors to the new Museum of the Bible are greeted by monumental 22.5-ft. tall channel glass walls featuring in a translucent white color frit. Project: Museum of the Bible Location: Washington, D.C. Architect: SmithGroupJJR PRODUCT SPECS:

Product: Clarissimo; 504 Rough Cast Material: Channel Glass

Channel Glass Shines at New D.C. Museum The Museum of the Bible features channel glass, which not only defines the museum’s entrance, but also brings daylight in and establishes a sense of privacy.

CHALLENGE: Washington, D.C.’s new Museum of the

Bible features a brilliant, 22.5-ft. towering channel glass wall-cladding, which defines the museum’s entrance and Arcade. The glass conveys a crystalline appearance, symbolic of the original building’s function as a cold storage warehouse. In other areas throughout the museum, translucent channel glass façade elements bring daylight in, while establishing a sense of privacy. CRITERIA: Channel glass creates virtually uninterrupted walls of glass, limitless in length and up to 23-ft. tall, with little or no need for intermediate framing. The U-shape of the glass enhances its structural properties, allowing it to achieve far greater spans than flat glass of the same thickness.

SOLUTION: The entrance and arcade of the Museum of the Bible are clad in Bendheim’s low-iron Clarissimo channel glass, featuring a translucent white ceramic frit. Many of the channels are selectively fritted, providing a seamless transition from opacity to transparency. Light radiating from the highly polished Clarissimo glass surfaces bounces off the 140-ft.-long image-projecting ceiling. According to the architects, the effect magnifies the arcade and surrounding areas. The reflected light, working in tandem with the LED screen technology, helps transform the character of the space and creates an immersive experience.

“The translucent channel glass bridges the old building and the new museum,” said David Green-

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baum, FAIA, SmithGroupJJR lead designer. “It creates a contrast with the brick and refers back to the ice storage function of the refrigerated warehouse.” Bendheim’s 504 Rough Cast channel glass, installed in the company’s SF-60 frame system, enhances the exterior of the building. The light-diffusing textured glass channels create a contrast with adjacent clear insulated glass units. The design team was able to successfully integrate the two glass types with Bendheim’s assistance, by implementing elegant, minimal tie-ins. From a design standpoint, “when compared to the clear windows, the channel glass implies the human struggle to find an ethical and moral path in our daily lives,” added Greenbaum.

SEAMLESS TRANSITION Select channels are partially fritted to provide seamless transition from opacity to transparency, changing their role from wall cladding to a translucent wall-to-ceiling glass partition that opens views from the upper story to the main hallway below.



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Móz Designs • Perforated Metal

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Partitions are the single most flexible, fresh and fun elements of any interior; what is more, they even lend themselves to outdoor designs. With a broad palette of materials and several methods of mounting, portable partitions are a simple and economical way to refresh a design any day. Check out the latest selection below.



Oakland-based Móz Designs fabricated two laser-cut metal partitions at Maximus Office in San Francisco. The custom partitions—one flat and one curved—create two dedicated conference rooms in the open office environment. The metal material solution offered an easy and economical way to divide the space without having to alter the architecture.

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Shimmerscreen makes a perfect partition for restaurant and hospitality applications. The easy-to-specify and install solution looks elegant and event delicate, yet stands up to high-traffic contract settings.



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Transwall’s Silence glass walls for offices feature an ultra thin profile and acoustically superior doubleglazed wall system. The wall system supports design customization, observance of sustainability objectives, efficiency, comfort and safety. Silence’s vertical surfaces are created with tempered glass between 10 to 12-mm thick. It is easy to customize a space with Silence’s double or single glass panels in a variety of finishes from melamine to wood. Circle 368

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Furnishings EDITOR’S NOTE:

The sophisticated design consumer is demanding an experience in their environments. Part of that relies on elegance and another element of the experience relies on the uniqueness of the interior design. Manufacturers like ALVA, MDC and HBF are making elegance and customization economical by offering multiple product finishes as standard options. So whether its the material, fabric, color or finishing touches, these options give designers the opportunity to create custom furnishings for their clients, all the time adding value to their interior designs and enhancing the occupant experience. Enjoy this freshly curated selection of customizable furnishings.


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Auberge, a new brand from ALVA Lighting allows designers to simply and easily create tasteful custom sconces for a variety of applications. It combines the best-in-class LED illumination with durable resin shades for elegantly diffuse light. Design options include mounting, decorative hardware and shades. Wood panels and nameplates for room numbers make this the perfect resource for hospitality settings.

Introduced at HD Expo recently, MDC’s decorative acoustic solution transforms traditionally loud, open spaces into peaceful, productive environments. Suspended from the ceiling, graceful structures evoke cumulus, cirrus and stratus clouds; however, thanks to the most advanced 3D free-form tube-bending technology in North America, they can also take on a variable radius for completely custom, precise shapes.

Designed by Studio Gorm for HBF, the Studio Table series is a standing height, open design with honest materials and elegant lines. The Shaker-inspired design is simple in its functionality and uses intuitive cues for cord management, and a smaller secondary storage shelf is ideal for stowing belongings during a standing meeting. The table can also be paired with bar-height stools for dining or to create a café-like work setting.

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To meet the University of Washington’s budget, while meeting stringent energy efficiency requirements for Seattle’s new Nano Engineering and Sciences Building, ZGF Architects worked with Wausau to specify 22,000 sq. ft. of standard four-sided structurally glazed INvision unitized curtainwall system, in lieu of a customized one, after going through several iterations. Designed to match the neighboring Molecular Engineering and Science Building, the curtainwall brings daylight deep into the new building’s interior and incorporates Viracon’s VNE-63 solar-control, RoomSide Low-E, argon-filled, insulating glass.



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Supporting its cantilevered roof and window design to give controllers an unobstructed view of the airfield below, Wausau’s four-sided, silicone-glazed curtainwall also helped the San Francisco International Airport traffic control tower earn LEED Gold certification. The SuperWall 8250 Series curtainwall, INvision 7250-UW Series unitized curtainwall and INvent 3250i Series in-swing casement thermal windows combine to meet the multiple performance requirements. In addition, 7250 Series BHM curtainwall and Tubelite ForceFront Blast entrance systems meet the General Services Administration Inter-Agency Security Committee’s security design criteria and the Dept. of Defense United Facilities Criteria 4-010-01 requirements. Circle 361

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A trend in curtainwall today, according to Mic Patterson, director of strategic development, Schuco USA, Los Angeles, is incorporating cassettes. The latter, he says, offer reduced labor costs, improved supply chain options, enhanced pre-fabrication techniques and the ability to accommodate challenging installation requirements. They can be particularly useful for façades incorporating large glass panels and complex surface geometries. Another benefit is the technology’s ability to provide continuous support to an insulated glass unit edge, which limits glass deflections as compared to point-fixed glazing, he says. This cost-saving option has been used in a number of long-span high-transparency façade designs.



With the Reliance Cassette curtainwall system, installers can glaze the infill onto cassette frames using structural glazing tape or structural silicone, thereby creating a four-sided structurally glazed system. It incorporates thermally improved door framing adaptors and also accommodates exterior face caps to support unique architectural framing features.

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Hurricane-resistant, ProTek YHC 300 SSG Cassette is a four-sided structural silicone glazed system. The preglazed cassettes interlock with integral adapters on the horizontals to create full-width engagement top and bottom; vertical sides are toggled to mullions to complete the attachment. The system offers glazing options for 70 and 90 psf.

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Fenestration EDITOR’S NOTE:

Demand for windows, according to Principia Consulting, is forecasted to increase from 49 million units in 2016, to 56 million units in 2019—a 4% annual growth rate driven largely by new construction. That said, the market researchers note the majority of market demand is comprised of replacement windows, but this segment is projected to increase at just 3% annually, while new construction growth is projected at 9% annually. In new construction, “better” windows are replacing the “good” category in the classic “good-better-best” lineup.


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Daylighting Daylight harvesting, for the record, is an active strategy to offset electric light. Controls, from photo sensors that provide automatic switching to dimming control, to automated shading systems, allow users to adjust light levels based on available daylight. Other strategies include light shelves, which help direct daylight further into a space by reflecting light to the ceiling. This helps natural light to fill an entire space instead of what it can naturally reach from an open window. When using daylight harvesting, commercial spaces can expect a 20% to 60% savings from lighting, and a 10% to 20% savings on cooling with controllable shades. Automated shade controls also contribute to LEED and WELL Building Standard certifications.

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Thoughtful Design Tips and New Product Solutions for the K-12 Space Create beautiful interior spaces that promote learning, comfort, security, privacy and health. By Jeanette Fitzgerald Pitts

The Continuing Architect (TCA) is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Service Provider (AIA CES).

• Go to or click the Read for Credit banner on top of the home page of Clicking on the banner will take you to the course and test.

You must enroll and take the test online to receive credit (provided you pass the test with an 80% score). After reading this article, you should be able to: Compare and contrast the performance of fabric ductwork and metal ductwork systems as it relates to the comfort and efficiency they provide. Use mechanical and electromechanical locking solutions throughout schools to create safe and secure shelters, as well as paths of egress for students, teachers and administrators. Describe how translucent panel systems allow daylight penetration, mitigate glare and improve the thermal performance of a space. Identify product features that improve the hygiene, safety and privacy provided in K-12 restrooms. Specify low- and no-maintenance solutions that improve durability and cleanability of walls and doors, as well as capture dirt and water at the building entrance, so as not to track it throughout the interior.

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“The scale of U.S. public K-12 school facilities is staggering: every school day, nearly 50 million students and 6 million adults are in close to 100,000 buildings encompassing an estimated 7.5 billion gross square feet and 2 million acres of land,” explains the 2016 “State of Our Schools” report published by the Center for Green Schools. “These school facilities have a direct impact on student learning, student and staff health, as well as school finances. Research shows that high-quality facilities help improve student achievement, reduce truancy and suspensions, improve staff satisfaction and retention and raise property values.” The sentiment that good design is critical in creating high-performing K-12 schools is as true now as it ever was. However, over the years, the definition of a high-performing K-12 space has evolved as the needs of the learning environment have changed. There are new challenges, demands and research on the impact different materials and elements of design have on students. New products and the way those products are applied in a space are also redefining the possibilities in the K-12 building. This article focuses on some of the design objectives for creating a high-performance K-12 space, such as providing students with access to glare-free daylight exposure; eliminating uncomfortable drafts; allowing for the safe and secure movement of people in an emergency; improving privacy and safety in the restroom; decreasing the efforts necessary to maintain the appearance of interior walls and doors throughout

the school; and reducing the amount of dirt and water tracked throughout the building. It will also explore some of the new products on the market that can help designers achieve these new goals.

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Incorporate Glare-Free Daylight & Improve Thermal Performance Controlled daylight in the K-12 classroom improves student mood, comfort and performance. These were the paraphrased findings of the 2002 study conducted by the Heschong Mahone Group entitled “Daylighting in Schools.” The critical key to creating daylight-infused performance areas is daylight management. While students learn faster, are calmer, and are more alert when they have access to natural light, uncomfortable glare and hot spots, in areas like computer rooms, classrooms, libraries and indoor athletic facilities, can be visually distracting and decrease productivity and performance. With the intensity of the sun reaching over 10,000 foot candles (fc) during the school day in the United States, it’s important to manage direct sunlight and control direct solar energy at the façade as much as possible. Designers have been addressing the daylight challenge with thoughtful design in terms of careful siting and orientation practices for years. There are also many exterior and interior daylight management solutions, each offering a unique blend of daylight transmission and daylight management capabilities. Light shelves, exterior louver systems, electrochromic glass, as well as interior blinds or shades, each offer a certain degree of daylight control, but none is particularly adept at helping insulate the daylighting assembly.

Translucent Panel Solutions A solution to consider involves translucent panel daylighting systems, as they offer both impressive daylight management and improved thermal management. Basic translucent panel systems are comprised of interior and exterior fiberglass-reinforced polymer face sheets that are supported by an aluminum grid. The translucent nature of the polymers and glass fibers enable the face sheets to effectively diffuse direct solar energy as it passes through the interior and exterior panels in the assembly and into the interior of the school. These lightweight and durable translucent

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Insulation can be incorporated into translucent panel systems allowing them to mitigate glare and solar heat gain and improve thermal management. (Project: Montour Elementary School, McKees Rocks, PA, Architect: Architectural Innovations)

panel systems can be configured into solutions for skylights, walls, canopies and awning applications.

Mitigate Glare and Solar Heat Gain The reinforced fiberglass sheets used in the translucent panel systems diffuse direct sunlight more effectively than traditional clear glass glazing, preventing building occupants from experiencing discomfort from glare or hot spots. There are a number of sheet color and insulation options offering designers a wide range of performance in terms of the visible transmittance provided by the system. Visible transmittance is the metric for measuring the amount of light that passes through the assembly. Values range from 0 to 1 with higher values representing solutions where more daylight passes through the system into the interior; lower values represent solutions that keep larger amounts of available daylight out of the space. Translucent panel



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Improve Thermal Performance with Insulation While translucent panel systems offer designers a solution allowing daylight to transmit into a space without exposing the interior to problematic glare, hot spots or solar heat gain issues, that is not all they do. A key point of differentiation, between a translucent panel solution and other daylight management solutions available, is the ability to add insulation inside the panels themselves. This allows panels to pass diffused natural light to an interior, while keeping cold air out, and preventing heat from escaping. Designers may use translucent panel systems to improve the thermal performance of a space by specifying the inclusion of translucent insulation, thermally broken aluminum framing or pultruded fiberglass framing. All of these elements improve the U-factor of the application. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer across the translucent assembly. The lower the U-factor of an assembly, the better insulated it is. Translucent panels can offer U-factors as low as 0.06, making it a viable solution, even in cold climates.

Include a View of the Outdoors There are many areas in a school where a designer may wish to include a view to the outdoors, while also providing necessary glare and solar heat gain control on the façade . Mixed glazed systems combine panels with multiple glazing materials into one solution. Designers can mix sections of clear glass with translucent panels to match the system’s performance to their needs, providing access to views in some areas and creating privacy and an even distribution of diffuse sunlight in others.

Silver Rail Elementary in Bend, Oregon, features a translucent panel wall system in the gymnasium, filling the space with soft, diffuse daylight throughout the school day. (Architect: Steele Associates Architects)

Improve Air Distribution, Eliminate Drafts Another common problem in K-12 environments is uneven air distribution. It may not sound egregious, but imagine a student trying to concentrate on algebra or history, while feeling a constant draft tickling the back of his or her neck, or sitting in a desk that always seems to be hotter than the rest of the room. Drafts, as well as hot and cold spots, are the result of uneven air distribution and can be incredibly distracting and uncomfortable in the classroom. The cause of this poorly mixed air is the distribution system. In an open ceiling architecture, duct systems are used to distribute the air from the air conditioning unit throughout the larger project space. Traditional metal duct systems discharge air through sidemounted metal diffusers spaced 6-, 8-, 10- or 15-ft. apart. The conditioned air is directed into specific zones and then mixes haphazardly with the other air in the area, once it has been delivered. The velocity with which the air is expelled from the duct system creates a noticeable breeze to students and teachers who happen to be positioned underneath a diffuser. Luckily, there is an air distribution solution, an alternate to metal, designed to eliminate these problematic drafts, hot spots and cold spots, by providing air evenly and uniformly throughout a building. The solution is fabric ductwork. Not only does this solution provide more precise air distribution, but it also helps to increase the efficiency of the HVAC system.

Additional Benefits Beyond the unique blend of effective daylight management and improved thermal performance, translucent panel systems can be configured to feature operable glass windows that offer occupant ventilation control and views. These types of systems can be a great retrofit for glass block systems, or inefficient older glass systems in classrooms and entryways.

Silver Rail Elementary School Silver Rail Elementary School in Bend, Oregon, features the translucent panel wall systems in the gymnasium. The clerestory installation fills the large space with soft, diffuse daylight throughout the school day, while preventing student exposure to glare and overly bright conditions. Students, athletes and their supporters enjoy the extra levels of natural illumination, free from the hot spots that can cause visual discomfort and distraction.

Introducing Fabric Ductwork Systems Fabric ductwork and diffuser systems carry and release air through a space using a combination of porous fabrics, engineered orifices, and linear vents, instead of the airtight metal ducts often seen snaking across an exposed ceiling. The breathable fabric ducts enable these systems to release air more uniformly across the entire length of the duct system, instead of forcing air to explode out of little spouts spaced every few feet. This results in more uniform air dispersion throughout the space, which means better air mixing, eliminating hot and cold spots. Another advantage of selecting fabric ducts over metal ducts is the removal of pesky drafts. Air moves through the fabric duct and into the conditioned environment with less velocity than the air exiting the metal duct systems, enabling the fabric solution to distribute

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systems can offer transmittance values that reach as high as 0.64 and as low as 0.05. The reinforced fiberglass sheets also block the energy in direct sunlight that can enter the space and be absorbed by the interior furnishings, creating heat. The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) describes how effectively the system blocks this type of energy. SHGC values also range from 0 to 1, with lower values representing solutions that allow less solar energy through the assembly; higher values allow more potential heat to penetrate into the interior. Translucent panel systems can offer solutions with an SHGC value as low as 0.14.

Fabric ductwork systems provide more uniform and precise air distribution than traditional metal duct systems and have been proven to increase the efficiency of the HVAC system.

air without creating a noticeable draft. Fabric ductwork systems are custom engineered to meet the air dispersion needs for each specific space. Unlike the metal alternative, one size does not fit all. Fabric systems can be applied in a number of configurations, shapes, and even color, ensuring that there is a fabric ductwork solution able to match the unique needs of any K-12 space.

Efficiency Study: Fabric vs. Metal Ductwork Beyond improved air dispersion, a recent study conducted by Iowa State University concluded that fabric ductwork systems heat rooms faster and more uniformly than metal ductwork systems, enabling fabric systems to satisfy temperature set points more quickly, reducing mechanical equipment runtime and saving an impressive amount of energy. The study, “Thermal Comparison Between Ceiling Diffusers and Fabric Ductwork Diffusers for Green Buildings,” found fabric ductwork systems performed 24.5% more efficiently than metal ductwork systems, when tasked with heating an 8-ft. × 8-ft. × 8-ft. room to a certain temperature set point over a 10-month period. The study used computation fluid dynamics (CFD) to analyze the airflow of a typical 1-ft. × 1-ft. metal ceiling supply fixture with a four-way diffusion pattern and compared it to the performance of a ceiling-suspended fabric supply duct that was eight feet long, six inches in diameter, with seven pairs of one-inch diameter air dispersion orifices spaced 1-ft. apart. Although the experiment was conducted in a relatively small room, the authors stated that the significantly improved efficiency of the fabric ductwork system could be achieved in larger spaces, such as big box retailers, warehouses, and other commercial, industrial and educational buildings.

Improve Safety and Security During a Lockdown Over the past year, the demand for improved safety and security across the nation’s schools has reached unprecedented levels, creating conversation around how a school should be able to protect students and staff during an emergency. Just as fire drills became popular decades ago, in response to several deadly fires that had occurred, today students and teachers practice lockdown drills to prepare themselves in case a certain


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At the perimeter of the school building, locking solutions need to keep unauthorized individuals out, without inhibiting the freedom of movement for students and staff. Equipping perimeter doors with mechanical push bar devices, often referred to as panic bars, enable doors to offer a single mode of operation, allowing people to swiftly and easily exit a building, while preventing people from entering the school at these designated openings. There are two interesting features of an exit device that can enhance the level of security provided at a perimeter door: a visual indicator and a security kit. The visual indicator is located on the head cover of the exit device and enables people by the door to tell if the lock has been successfully engaged. The indicator displays red with a locked icon when the door is locked, and displays white with an unlocked icon when the perimeter door is unlocked. A security kit is also available that fills the gap that exists between the exit device and the door, so that chains and ropes cannot be wrapped around the push bar, essentially disabling the exit.

Interior Communicating Door Locking Solutions In a K-12 space, there are often doors that students use as they navigate through the building, before reaching their classroom. These doors may separate the vestibule and the main entrance, be positioned at a stairwell, or segment a long hallway. In a lockdown scenario, these doors can be locked to prevent intruders

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New classroom door locking solutions enable the door to be locked from inside the classroom and offer clear visual indicators to communicate its locked/unlocked status, so that operators know when the lock has been successfully engaged.

Creating an increased sense of privacy and safety is now being emphasized in restrooms as well. Optimized learning occurs in an environment that promotes a sense of safety and self-esteem. School bathrooms are a space where the need for privacy and safety is at its highest, and given their very public nature, they can have a disproportionately high impact on how a student might feel during the entire day. Over the years, the design goals for these frequently used spaces have evolved from durability and ease of maintenance to include a new emphasis on safety, privacy and hygiene. However, many of the traditional design practices and typical products selected for the K-12 restroom space may undermine the achievement of these loftier goals, if designers mimic old practices. Advancements in many restroom products offer solutions that make more private, sanitary spaces possible, but simple, thoughtful tweaks to the layout can be powerful tools in creating these public and private spaces that provide greater degrees of privacy to students, improve the overall safety and security of these high-traffic areas, and increase hygiene by limiting shared surfaces that can house germs and pathogens.

Entryways Locking solutions for classroom doors enable teachers or students to secure themselves inside, without creating a barricade of desks and chairs, and exit efficiently when the opportunity presents itself. Ease of understanding is one of the most important features of classroom locks. Students, teachers and support staff should be able to operate the lock with no special knowledge or training. Designers can choose from a variety of mechanical and electromechanical locking solutions equipped with special features that make operation especially intuitive.

Mechanical Classroom Locks Bored and mortise locks rely on physical keys to lock the classroom doors. On certain bored locks, arrows clearly indicate which direction to turn the key to lock the door. Mortise locks offer an additional visual indicator to communicate whether the door is locked or unlocked. One important new feature is the double-cylinder design, which now allows classroom doors to be locked from inside. Operators can use either a cylinder or thumbturn on the inside chassis to effectively engage the lock. Older models could only be locked from the outside, requiring a teacher to open the door to secure it.

Consider the entryway and exit of the restroom. Door handles and surfaces are a hot spot for hosting germs. It’s one of the reasons why many airport restrooms have replaced the contagion-riddled front door with an S-shaped entryway design. The seemingly small design tweak still successfully limits the lines of sight into the restroom’s interior, protecting the privacy of those inside, while eliminating a pathogen-collecting surface from the immediate environment of national and international travelers. As it concerns the K-12 space, this redesigned entryway features one less contaminated surface for students to touch, helping to stop the spread of germs and viruses, as well as one less space where a student might feel more susceptible to bullying.

High-Privacy Toilet Compartments Improve privacy in the K-12 restroom by specifying high-privacy toilet compartments that eliminate sightlines and make it difficult to see over or under stall doors and side panels.

Electromechanical Classroom Locks In recent years, the demand for electromechanical locking solutions in the K-12 space has increased as reliance on a physical key seemed to undermine the emergent nature of lockdown and active shooter scenarios. These intelligent locks provide easy everyday access to the classroom using a PIN code or smart credential, and the door can be quickly locked wirelessly from either a central location or from within the classroom itself. An interior indicator will flash red

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to show that the door has been successfully put into lockdown mode.

or students from moving deeper into the building, but they must be unlocked to enable students and emergency personnel to move through and exit the school. Wireless locking systems can offer remote locking and unlocking functionality of these interior doors. Access rights can also be changed, allowing people to open these doors only when safe. While it may not be possible to create a wired infrastructure at every door, battery-powered locking solutions can access the secure wireless network, without being hardwired into the electrical system. Another advantage of using battery-powered locking systems on these doors is that they will continue to work even if the power to the school is out, perhaps as the result of a tornado or flood.

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type of emergency should arise, like an active shooter situation. The need to plan for the successful lockdown of a school is something that must be considered and addressed during the design phase of new schools, because the layout of the building and the products specified into a K-12 project significantly impact the ability to create appropriate shelters and provide safe and secure paths of egress. Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions about the purpose of a lockdown, which have led to some misguided responses that result in making spaces more unsafe, not more secure, during these emergencies. It is mistakenly thought that a lockdown is solely focused on keeping students and staff in one location. To that end, training programs like ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) instruct teachers to barricade doors with desks and chairs, which makes it difficult to safely leave the space in a quick and efficient manner. The goal of a lockdown is actually more complex. It is to enable students and staff to effectively shelter-in-place and provide for the safe and secure movement of people through a space, so they can get out of the building. New mechanical and electromechanical locking solutions have been designed to simultaneously support both lockdown goals, helping teachers and students fortify a position and enable groups to move quickly and safely out of the school. The range of available locking solutions ensures schools will be able to protect students, teachers and administrators, when in lockdown mode, regardless of whether the school receives funding earmarked for security measures. These solutions are specifically designed for application at perimeter, communicating and classroom doors.

Some of the current restroom issues can be addressed with better product solutions. Improving privacy, for example, is a goal that can be realized with a product that will eliminate the gaping sightlines that often adorn toilet compartments in the United States and make it impossible to see over or under the stall door and side panels. Some manufacturers offer high-privacy toilet


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compartments with soft rubber strips to obscure the sightlines that offer views into and out of the stall. As an additional bonus, the soft rubber pieces also improve the safety at the stall door, providing extra padding to protect little fingers that may find themselves pinched between the pilaster and the door. The more readily available options for privacy come with extra height doors and pilasters with routed edges that overlap to remove any sightlines into stalls. Specifying these types of partition systems can prevent roving eyes from successfully looking into the stall from underneath or over the compartment, further enhancing the experience of privacy in this very private place.

Once the products have been selected, designers can impact the overall safety of the space by placing the hand dryers or the paper towel dispensers in locations that don’t require students to drip water all over the floor as they travel to the drying stations. It is also important to ensure that the placement of these units is compatible with the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Thankfully, there are many available options in material, construction styles and product type. Working with manufacturers that have a wide variety in washroom accessories, toilet partitions, lockers, faucets and other products will ensure that designers have all the tools to create the bathrooms students deserve.

Partition Material Considerations As designers work to meet the new restroom objectives, they are still tasked with creating spaces that are durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of the harsh restroom environment and remain easy to maintain. Selecting the right partition material is an important step in meeting the durability and maintenance goals that designers have traditionally faced. For example, the use of plastic laminate partitions in an indoor swimming area or natatorium should be avoided, because the laminate will not withstand the moisture and chemicals in the air. Instead, consider specifying the hardier and more robust solid plastic or phenolic panels for these spaces. Some K-12 areas must also be equipped to withstand a rowdier crowd. Opposing team locker rooms, for instance, can be treated particularly rough. In these areas, explore paper towel, trash cans and toilet tissue dispensers with a higher gauge stainless steel, such as 16-gauge stainless steel, the thickest available in washroom accessories, to create spaces that will successfully weather the wins and losses season after season.

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Consider placing hand dryers in locations that don’t require students to drip water all over the floor as they travel to the drying station.

Some objectives require both new products and thoughtful design to achieve. Consider the great hand dryer vs. paper towel debate and the pros and cons of each technology in the K-12 setting. While hand dryers are generally considered more environmentally friendly and easier to maintain, there is the understanding that sometimes a student may need to physically wipe their face and hands. Including both hand dryers and paper towel dispensers in a K-12 restroom, to provide students with the method of drying they need and prefer, is the approach that seems to currently be gaining momentum in this market. Designers can choose from combination units or specify side-by-side hand dryers and paper towel dispensers. Other important product features include the paper towel capacity of the dispensers and whether or not the units will be manual or hands-free.

Reduce Maintenance Necessary on Interior Walls, Doors and Floors Maintenance is another critical issue for today’s K-12 building. The 2016 State of Our Schools report aptly summarized the problem schools face by saying, “To provide learning environments that are safe, healthy, and comfortable for students and staff, a school district must devote substantial funds to maintain and operate its facilities. Proper maintenance also extends the operational efficiency and expected lifespan of facilities and ensures that the school district obtains the maximum possible return on its capital investments. The maintenance and operation of school facilities is labor intensive. Building engineers, custodians, grounds keepers and repair workers tend to daily maintenance and operations, such as patching roofs and cleaning gutters; changing filters in mechanical systems; refinishing floors; replacing lamps and filters; replacing failed equipment components such as motors, pumps, and switches; monitoring programming controls and settings on equipment; and responding to calls for emergency and non-emergency repairs to furniture, fixtures, doors and windows. These maintenance activities have become more complex—and expensive—as new technologies are introduced into building systems and components. The amount of space used in education also has increased, giving districts more space to maintain and operate—sometimes with no new funding with which to do so.” The report projected that the United States will continue to under-invest in school buildings by $46 billion annually. Designers can help to reduce the level of maintenance required throughout a school by specifying low-maintenance and no-maintenance products in the K-12 space. New solutions specifically designed to improve the durability and cleanability of interior walls and doors, two of the most abused surfaces in a school, and entrance flooring systems that keep dirt, mud, debris and water from being tracked deeper into the school make a big difference in the daily and annual upkeep these areas require.

PETG: The New Material for K-12 Wall Protection and Doors Walls and doors typically sustain a lot of dings and damage over the course of the school year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. A new rigid sheet covering is now available for walls and doors that improves the durability of these surfaces, making them significantly more impact resistant, and easier to clean, enabling

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Walls clad in the PETG rigid sheet never need to be repainted, allowing designers to create a beautiful and low-maintenance interior.

maintenance personnel to wipe surfaces down with non-abrasive cleaners, instead of intensely scrubbing to remove incidental marks and graffiti. In addition, the coverings are available in several solid colors, patterns, and textures and can be fully customized with artwork or special imagery, allowing designers to use walls and doors to create a unique identity for different interior spaces, without burdening maintenance teams with constant painting projects. In fact, the maintenance team will never need to paint a rigid sheet-protected wall or door, ever. The secret to increasing the durability, cleanability and aesthetic impact of these K-12 surfaces is the polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) coating. PETG is a plastic resin of the polyester family. This amorphous thermoplastic ranges in rigidity from semi-rigid to rigid, depending upon the thickness of the sheet. It is incredibly lightweight and fully recyclable. The wall protection solution features a PETG rigid sheet that is applied as a protective shield onto the face of interior walls. PETG-enhanced doors are manufactured by completely encasing a chosen core material in the PETG rigid sheet, making these doors much stronger and more durable than doors constructed from hollow metal, wood veneer and high-pressure laminate. These solutions are strong and sustainable. PETGclad walls and doors are made of environmentally-friendly, PVC-free material that contains no halogens, monomers or other known persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs). The coatings are also bacterial-and fungal-resistant. Many protected wall and door products with this covering are now Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver and can contribute toward achieving LEED v4 credits.

New Solution: Entrance Flooring Systems Beyond reducing the maintenance required at the walls and doors throughout the school, designers can reduce the amount of dirt, mud, debris and water tracked through the interior by specifying the use of entrance flooring systems. Entrance flooring systems essentially pair an aesthetically pleasing flooring surface and invisible receptacle at the entrance of a building. The flooring surface removes dirt present on the bottom of a shoe, when a student or staff member walks over the flooring, and then stores the captured dirt, debris and water in a permanent base underneath the flooring surface. The surface is easily removed for cleaning and the contents of the base can be vacuumed.


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Drying Capability Entrance flooring systems capture dirt, mud, debris and water before it can be tracked throughout the school building.

The surface of the flooring system is constructed from a stainless-steel grid, in one of many available styles, and can feature only the stainless-steel rails or combine the rails with carpet, rubber or other slip-resistant inserts. The various systems offer three distinct capabilities in various degrees: scraping ability, shoe drying capability and trapping/storage capacity. It’s important to match the blend of capabilities provided by a system to the needs of the K-12 space in order to identify the right flooring surface and system.

While there are many slip-resistant inserts, flooring surfaces that include a carpet insert is most effective at drying the bottom of a shoe, when a person walks over the entrance flooring system. The drying capability ensures that water and sludgy residue is not tracked further into the building, creating dangerous, slick puddles. The constant advancement in products and their application make it possible for designers today to create high-performance K-12 buildings that deliver more possibilities to students and staff and effectively address many of the environmental issues that have emerged. Schools can be designed to feature beautiful and clean interior spaces that promote learning, comfort, security, privacy and health, creating a positive learning experience school year after school year.


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1.) Which of the following design objectives do translucent panel systems support? A B C D

Mitigate glare Reduce solar heat gain Improve thermal performance All of the above

2.) What is the lowest U-factor offered by a translucent panel, making it a daylighting and insulating solution suitable for cold climates? A B C D

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3.) Which of the following was a conclusion of a recent study conducted by Iowa State University, “Thermal Comparison Between Ceiling Diffusers and Fabric Ductwork Diffusers for Green Buildings?” A Metal ductwork systems performed

more efficiently than fabric ductwork systems. B Fabric ductwork systems performed. 24.5% more efficiently than metal ductwork systems. C Metal ductwork systems were louder. D There was no difference in the performance of the two systems. 4.) What is the estimated range of temperature impact that a high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) ceiling fan can have on a space?

A It is estimated that an HVLS fan can make

rooms one-to-two degrees warmer or cooler than the temperature set point. B It is estimated that an HVLS fan can make rooms two-to-three degrees warmer or cooler than the temperature set point. C It is estimated that an HVLS fan can make rooms three-to-four degrees warmer or cooler than the temperature set point. D It is estimated that an HVLS fan can make rooms four-to-seven degrees warmer or cooler than the temperature set point. 5.) What is the benefit of specifying that a mechanical lock on a classroom door feature a double cylinder? A An operator will need two keys to open/

close the door. B The classroom door can be locked from

inside the classroom. C People can tell by looking at the door if

the lock has been successfully engaged. D Chains and ropes cannot be wrapped around the push bar, disabling the door. 6.) Which type of locking solution requires a PIN code or smart credential? A B C D

Mechanical lock Electromechanical lock Push bar device Mortise lock

8.) Which of the following is the thickest gauge of stainless steel available in washroom accessories? A B C D

8-gauge stainless steel 10-gauge stainless steel 12-gauge stainless steel 16-gauge stainless steel

9.) Which of the following is a benefit of specifying that a PETG rigid sheet coating be applied to interior walls in a school? A Improves the durability of the wall surface B Makes wall surfaces easier to clean C The wide range of colors, patterns,


High Volume, Low Speed Ceiling Fans Another powerful solution for air movement in a K-12 space is the high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) ceiling fan. HVLS fans offer designers an energy-efficient solution for moving great volumes of air and making spaces more comfortable. They can provide a stand-alone solution in unconditioned spaces or work in conjunction with HVAC units, often reducing the load and time frame that the HVAC equipment must run. In terms of size and speed, these large ceiling fans range in diameter from 8 ft. to 24 ft. and operate at very low speeds, typically between 10 and 152 revolutions per minute. These fans are designed to move great volumes of air. One fan can cover an area of up to 22,000 sq. ft., pulling air in from above the fan and pushing it down to the floor below. This massive air movement can be used to heat and cool large spaces. In the winter, the heat rises to the ceiling and normally gets trapped there. HVLS fans push the warm air back down to the floor, where the students, teachers and staff are located. This warm air control enables K-12 facilities to reduce their winter set point and avoid wasting energy to overheat the ceiling, because the warm air is working harder and recirculating where needed. In climates where the air conditioning is not running year-round, HVLS fans can further delay the use of the HVAC system, enabling schools to maintain cool and comfortable spaces by opening the doors and letting the fan circulate the available air. It is estimated that an HVLS fan can make rooms four to seven degrees warmer or cooler than the set point, significantly reducing the load on the HVAC system and the energy costs associated with heating and cooling the building.

textures and artwork allows designers to create a unique identity for a space, without creating painting projects for maintenance personnel. D All of the above 10.) Which of the following product solutions removes dirt, debris and water from the bottom of a shoe, when a student or staff member walks over it? A B C D

PETG rigid sheet Entrance flooring system Transparent panel wall system Fabric ductwork system

7.) Some manufacturers offer high-privacy toilet compartments with soft rubber strips to obscure the sightlines and provide extra padding to protect little fingers that may find themselves pinched between the pilaster and the door. (True/False)

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Scraping ability refers to how effectively dirt, mud, snow and debris is removed from the bottom of a shoe when an occupant walks over the flooring surface. The deep architectural grids in the heavy-duty grid system are best at removing debris from a shoe. When choosing a combination surface, pairing the grid with a carpet or abrasive insert will create a surface that is most adept at dirt removal.

High-volume, low-speed (HVLS) ceiling fans offer designers an energy-efficient solution for moving great volumes of air and making spaces more comfortable.


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Ben van Berkel Channels His Inner Elon Musk Professor Ben van Berkel, founding partner of Netherlands-based UNStudio, maintains the digital revolution is radically changing our lives—except the built environment. To drive innovation, he founded what promises to be the Apple of interactive building technology: UNSense. Based in the Freedom Lab Campus in Amsterdam, it integrates digital technology and 30 years of architectural experience to enhance quality of life at the city, building and interior scale.

Q: What was the impetus for the creation of UNSense? VAN BERKEL: We decided to set up UNSense because we believe that technological innovations (such as sensors and connectivity) bring about new possibilities that can improve how we use and experience the built environment. We also wonder why in our buildings and cities we are so slow in adopting these new possibilities. As a leading edge architecture firm, UNStudio has always embraced the latest technologies in our process of creating architecture, urban designs and products. We now think it is time for our buildings and cities to catch up with technology—not for the sake of technology itself (the hardware or software), but to really make a difference for people; to have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

Q: Is this a model you have seen before in an architecture firm or a high-tech business? Or is it unique among architecture and technology firms? VAN BERKEL: I am not aware of any other architecture firm that has founded an independent company that is tasked solely with the development of new technologies for the built environment. But it was precisely because of this that I felt it was imperative to pave the way, to make this expansion of knowledge and expertise possible within the profession. I do, however, believe that eventually all architecture practices will become arch/tech firms.

Q: It seems like you have a lot of leverage—almost like an Elon Musk of architecture—you get a really great idea and go for it; you’re all in. How do you make these great new things happen? VAN BERKEL: I have to truly believe in the validity and the viability of a project before I will take it forward. But once I do, I indeed go ‘all-in.’ A very important part of that is putting together the right team of people to take it forward with me: a highly motivated and dedicated group that share my vision and want to make it a reality.

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“We wonder why in our buildings and cities we are so slow in adopting these new possibilities.”

Q: How big is the UNSense team? What are the seed projects—the initial projects—they are working on right now? VAN BERKEL: Roger Tan (Associate Director New Business) is in charge of leading UNSense. He is working with a core team of highly experienced people, all of whom are motivated to make a difference in the intersection between technology and the built environment. We work with people from architecture, urban design and technology backgrounds to gain the best insights into human behavior and how a space can adapt to this. Our approach is research and data driven social impact and this is reflected in our team. However, in an endeavor such as this we have to work in a collaborative and co-creative way and partner up with other small innovative companies, big established corporate and leading academics and research institutions. It is our aim to collaborate with data analysts, algorithmists, neuroscientists, policy makers, students, municipalities, sociologists, economists, data architects, business case modelers, financial specialists, architects and more, all of whom can provide insights and expertise that enable the creation of innovative concepts that go deeper into the usability and modality of a city and its buildings, essentially into human behavior and how spaces can respond to this.

SEED PROJECT I: CITYSENSE Health, safety, liveability and mobility are complex challenges that require innovative, social and adaptive solutions. UNSense believes that the goal of urban planning should positively impact the life of people in the city. To do this, the firm collects data through a sensory digital infrastructure. “Based on this data, we design and implement positive, personal experiences for people and continuously improve on them, profoundly changing the way people live and work in our cities” says van Berkel. Trials are currently running in Amsterdam and a number of other Dutch cities.

Ben van Berkel, Prof. of Arch., AA Dipl, FRIBA, Hon. AIA is founding partner of Netherlands-based UNStudio and UNSense, a new company solely focused on harnessing advanced digital technologies to the building industry to create smart built environments.



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