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Function by John Mesenbrink UNC Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science, Wilmington, N.C. Climate and geography had a significant impact on the design of the building.


2019’s Top Door Trends

Be it evolving end-user needs—including more flexible spaces—bringing the outdoors in, or just adding in a touch of home, panache is winning the day when it comes to portals and porticos.

by Mindi Zissman 2019 Door Trends. Leave security for the hardware manufacturers, as style is in and door trends will focus on user experiences and flexible spaces.

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Navigating Tech Traps

Basix Headquarters, Tel Aviv Trends in interior design include creating more usable experiences and adding more flexible spaces. Indoor space at Basix Headquarters is divided by fixed and moving partitions to provide the perpetual movement and changing combinations of today’s flexible office. Page 37.

Smart building experts demystify IoT and identify and illuminate how technology streamlines today’s building design and operation.

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Inspiration is Everywhere The need to create is an almost genetically imprinted trait curated by an intense desire to acquire knowledge. As architects, the arc of learning never really bends toward anywhere other than the place where you can find more information… about everything.

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Three decades ago Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant coined the term “cohousing” from a Danish concept they had been studying. McCamant & Durrett Architects have designed over 50 cohousing communities to date. The book, Quimper Village: How 40 Seniors Made a New Neighborhood to Suit Their Real Needs is a guide to help others start their own cohousing community. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has published Damping Technologies for Tall Buildings.

In its monograph, Groundswell, BNIM’s Landscape Studio illustrates how to transform urban spaces into ones that promote wellbeing and human vitality in cities with beautiful and integrated living environments. ONLINE

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 2018 Tall Buildings Year in Review is now available. Steelscape redesigned its website with expanded functionality to become a greater source of design inspiration for pre-painted metal. Denver-based international design firm Civitas recently unveiled its new website. Specialty Lighting has updated its website with a new look and a smooth user experience that effortlessly guides visitors along an intuitive path to find required information.

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Dri-Design Metal Wall Panels offer virtually limitless possibilities of design variation with the same fully tested, easy to install, dry joint system. The design team for the Orlando City Soccer Stadium utilized Dri-Design’s high level of customization as a solution for displaying the team logo at the entrance of the stadium. Employing a unique painting technique, Dri-Design can apply several different colors to a single panel in an exact pattern. This process is precise and can be used to manufacture a complete image on several different cassettes. Orlando City Soccer Stadium – Orlando, FL Architect: Populous

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Best Practices in Roofing ›› Insulated Metal Roof Panels

Designing with IMP Roof Panels Combining both utility and aesthetics, insulated metal roof panels are growing in popularity. These roof panels provide air, water and vapor barriers all in one product, and have a design life of 50 years or longer. In fact, they can outperform traditional membrane roofs by many decades. Greater roof longevity helps reduce maintenance and repair expenses over the course of a building’s lifetime. Installation can also be streamlined. Most manufacturers cut roof panels to size and feature a simple clip and fastener system. This speeds up the installation process, reducing

Once used primarily for cold storage, this versatile building solution is ideal for commercial/industrial projects. labor costs. It is also helpful to have an engineering department review the project to ensure the use of the roof panels fits the overall project design. It is important to follow the panel installation guidelines.

Attractive and Efficient In addition to being practical, insulated metal roofs are also attractive and aesthetically versatile. IMPs come in a variety of designs and colors and are seamlessly integrated with insulated metal wall systems, as well as other wall assemblies. Building codes have become more stringent and now require an R-value of 19. IMP roof panels rise to the challenge. The polyurethane core comes in thicknesses of 2 in. to 6 in. IMP roof panels with 3 in. of continuous insulation meet the new building codes and offer a simple, comprehensive solution. Continuous polyurethane insulation boosts energy performance of the project for the life of the roof and does not have issues with compressed insulation points. The polyurethane core prevents thermal bridging for exceptional thermal performance.

Installation Criteria IMPs can be installed either vertically or horizontally. With most manufacturers’ wall panels, the exact same panels are used for either orientation. However, there are key differences in how the supporting wall system must be designed to accommodate the panel direction. In addition, the details used to design and the labor used to install vertical vs. horizontal panels can be quite different. Let’s explore some of the similarities and differences in the two approaches.



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Vertical Applications Vertically installed panels typically offer the most cost effective and simple wall assembly. There are numerous panels available in lengths of up to 52 ft., offering the ability to install a single panel from base to eaves. When laying out the panels on a wall, the starting panel at the corner can be cut along its length so the first and last panel on a wall elevation are equal in size (width). Standard metal flashings are generally used to close off the cut ends and edges of vertical panels. Windows are usually installed to align with the outside plane of the structural framing and are therefore recessed (not flush) relative to the outside face of the panel. Typical wall framing systems for vertically installed panels involve the use of horizontal supports, usually light or heavy gauge girts.

Horizontal Applications Panels installed in this manner require more sophisticated details and tighter tolerances for both panels and framing. Panels are usually arranged so the ends of the panels align with architectural features, such as framed openings for windows and doors. Corners are often built with factory-folded transverse bent panels, shipped ready to install. The vertical ends of horizontal panels are often post-fabricated with trimless ends. This involves manufacturing the exterior panel face longer than the interior face of the panel, providing extra metal at the ends that can be bent back at a 90-degree


IMP roofs streamline the installation process because they are a onepiece solution.

angle. This trimless end is an efficient and attractive way to cover the exposed foam core at the ends of the panels. Some companies offer an integrated window system that fits directly into the panel’s joinery, allowing them to be installed to provide a flush window system. That along with the exterior panel faces improves continuity of building control layers. Horizontal panels also require a vertical support system, which is generally comprised of a steel stud wall assembly or occasionally a vertical tube steel system. When using horizontal panels, it is also generally necessary to use thicker (22 gauge) exterior faces to achieve satisfactory aesthetic performance, particularly when using flat or nearly flat panel profiles. Thicker gauges tend to stiffen the metal and provide a visually flatter appearance than lighter gauges, greatly reducing the tendency for oil-canning (waviness). Also, it is important to keep horizontal panels shorter—usually no more than 20 ft. in length—than those used in a vertical orientation. This is because a casual observer tends to detect more visual flaws when looking along the length of horizontal panels than looking up and down vertical panels. £

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Best Practices in Life Safety ›› Fire Containment Systems

Incorporating Perimeter Fire Containment into Sustainable Buildings

Achieving a building that embraces sustainable practices can never come at the expense of occupant life safety. At the same time, architects are interested in building materials that contribute to the sustainability of the building while addressing safety in high-rise buildings. Fortunately, innovations in building science are allowing architects to advance their commitment to sustainable buildings that support occupant life safety. That innovation relates to perimeter fire containment systems. Simply defined, a perimeter fire barrier system is a compilation of installed materials, that when tested to ASTM E2307 conditions—the standard test method for determining fire resistance of perimeter fire barriers using the Intermediate-Scale, MultiStory Test Apparatus—such barriers must remain securely in place for the time period equal to the fire-resistance of the floor assembly. While building code requirements are straightforward, the unique design elements that contribute to a building’s architectural aesthetic typically present challenges when it comes to specifying and installing materials for the perimeter fire containment system. Various design elements, such as curved spandrels, angular symmetry and complex curtainwalls, present diverse concerns for architects and contractors specifying and installing perimeter fire-containment systems in the building enclosure. As a pioneer in perimeter fire containment, Owens Corning Thermafiber Insulation has cultivated nearly a half-century of experience testing various perimeter fire containment assemblies in



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In 2018, Owens Corning introduced a formaldehyde-free version of its Thermafiber mineral wool insulation—the first in North America—to support architects interested in integrating materials that meet green building program goals, such as those in Sales Force Tower in San Francisco.

buildings ranging from One World Trade Center in New York, to Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, pictured above. Yet with the push for more sustainable products, this industry desire led to internal research to consider a formaldehyde-free approach to perimeter fire containment systems in the building enclosure. Formaldehyde-free products provide architects focused on achieving the highest level of sustainability with the opportunity to integrate life safety and green building into their projects. Specifically, the fire-resistant properties of mineral wool insulation make it a natural choice for passive fire containment, while the removal of formaldehyde in the insulation helps architects promote their commitment to sustainability, as new insulations, tested to ASTM E119, have been shown to withstand temperatures above 2000°F. Such fire-resistant properties are essential in skyscrapers where passive fire safety systems complement detective and active systems such as heat/smoke detectors and sprinkler systems. Equally as important, systems-based, formaldehyde-free perimeter fire containment systems, such that installed in Salesforce Tower, contain all of the products and details necessary to design and construct aluminum and steel-framed curtainwall

perimeter fire containment systems in accordance with ASTM E2307 and the International Building code; this is essential in helping prevent the spread of fire from floor to floor. Such systems will serve any typical building situation with an F-rating of two hours and in specific systems up to three hours. Of course, sustainability cannot come at the expense of material performance. As the formaldehyde-free perimeter fire containment system was developed, it was critical to Owen Corning developers that removing formaldehyde did not impact performance or application use. The Thermafiber system retains both its fire rating performance and high R-values. Insulation can represent a large amount of surface area in a building, so choosing a formaldehyde-free insulation can help support sustainability objectives with a single specification. As architects search for ways to make buildings more efficient for occupants, the growing selection of formaldehyde-free building products present new possibilities that can make an important difference in the environmental profile of projects. £

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Best Practices in Fenestration ›› Window Treatments

Optimizing Energy Efficiency and Comfort: Window Treatments Building design often begins with the fenestration system, which includes the glazing and framing system, doors and entryway, curtainwalls, skylights and more. Yet, another component of the fenestration, window treatments, tends to be an afterthought in the Architecture and Design (A&D) community. When considering thermal performance, it is important to first consider the windows themselves. As the first line of defense against the sun, they will determine how much light and heat is transmitted and/or reflected into the space. The shade, then picks up where the glass leaves off, enhancing the performance of the glazing system and providing the occupants with control of their environment. However, there is still a gap in understanding the value of specifying an integrated fenestration system. Typically, architects are not yet comfortable with a system-based approach where window attachments are specified at the same time as glazing and framing. With a wide range of shading options available, and their high potential impact on performance to the exterior envelope, it is understanding how it can all be overwhelming. Admittedly, it is a big leap to view shading attachments as an integral element in the building facade, rather than solely an aesthetic consideration, or just an interior fixture. If the goal for architects is truly to optimize energy efficiency and occupant comfort, building to code doesn’t necessarily guarantee a consistent level of performance. Building code only specifies the minimum required. Adding solar shades can help provide a level of adaptability that enables buildings to exceed code and optimize occupant comfort while adjusting to seasonal sun angles to maintain passive solar heating when desired. Fenestration is not viewed from an integrated system perspective, and many components, such as window attachments, are specified later in the design process and many times not by the architects themselves. To this point, architects are not specifying the shades as part of the fenestration system in order to meet code, they are relying on the glazing and framing system to do that. While energy codes are all affected by climate zone, it can be a complicated process to decipher which code version is adopted by each state. On top of that, architects need to know if there are additional state or local amendments that would dictate a more appropriate solution for a particular climate zone. As an example, as of November 2018, only two states, California and Nevada, have adopted the most current ASHRAE 90.1-2016. 19 states



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Architects and designers are increasingly finding that a carefully crafted glass and solar shade solution for a school facade can increase daylighting, help reduce artifi cial light and energy costs, and increase occupant control over glare while maintaining exterior views. Case in point: Natural daylight was an important design element at the Drayton Mills Elementary School, Spartanburg, S.C. (left). High-performance shades and glazing played an integral part in the general wellbeing of the school’s students.

have adopted version 90.1-2013, while 24 states have only adopted 90.1-2010 or less. In contrast, 11 states have yet to adopt state energy codes. With that, there are a variety of requirements for the prescriptive solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) requirements. There continues to be a lack of awareness of and uncertainty around rated performance values for shade materials. To address this issue, professional organizations are now involved to provide additional validity to the performance of shading systems. The Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC), commissioned by the Department of Energy, is working with Lawrence Berkely National Labs (LBNL) to create a viable rating, certification and labeling program for residential and commercial window attachments. Using the association’s website (, design professionals can access performance information and integrate it into their modeling tools in order to make true data-driven decisions about the entire fenestration system. Using free online software tools, such as LBNL Window, you can analyze just about any commercial glazing makeup, using the International Glazing Database (IGDB) in combination with a variety of shading materials from the Complex Glazing Database (CGDB).

Mermet has been active within the AERC and the Mermet Fenestration Lab is an approved testing lab to submit shading materials to the CGDB. The fabric performance tests are conducted in accordance with AREC 1.1, ASTM E891, and ASTM E903-96 with the use of a full spectrum spectrophotometer. In addition to fabric performance testing, there has been a larger focus on product transparency and the effects of those products on the built environment. Delos’ Well Building Standard, solely based on occupant well-being rather than energy considerations, is gaining momentum among architects for similar reasons. And widely accepted standards, such as LEED v4, recognize performancebased design is all about the occupant, providing credits for windows that enhance daylighting, view preservation and glare control. Architects have a unique opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to innovation by selecting products that not only look beautiful, but also contribute to energy efficiency and occupant comfort. A detailed understanding of innovations in solar shading, as well as how they can be used to enhance overall building performance and occupant comfort, is a valuable tool for any architect or designer. £

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But First, Creativity In Product Developments, I lean on experts in their fields to explain the nuts and bolts of solving design problems architects face in the everyday quest for resilience, quality of life, equity and longevity of today’s new construction and renovations. Some solutions, when first imagined may seem over-thetop, like the design solutions in this month’s priority feature (p. 42), which illuminates technology as another critical piece of the design equation, as it increases operational efficiency, reduces redundancies in the design process and informs future iterations of building designs. I think it’s the hope of most designers featured here, that their innovations will help humankind to salvage our only habitat by reducing energy and water use, creating food resilience and discovering the potential of renewables, and that these innovations may come to serve all of society with equity and dignity. But the origins of solutions of this magnitude don’t just manifest out of the ether. They are a product of time devoted creative thinking and problem solving. However, creative momentum is hard to come by; according to IDEO’s founder, David Kelly, the majority of corporations are starved for creativity, innovation and design thinking. In fact, “nearly 60% of CEOs cited creativity as the most important leadership quality in an IBM survey, and creativity is the World Economic Forum’s top ten skills needed to thrive in 2020,” reports IDEO. I learned “brainstorming” from a young age, and it molded me into one of the 8% of Creator-Innovators among worldwide professionals and one of only 2% in Reporter-Advisors and Upholder-Maintainers, according to a TMP (Team Management Profile) I recently completed. I research, evaluate, write and advise of what should and can be done, while considering ethics. This ability to brainstorm, experiment, create and evaluate is a common thread among the projects and products in this department, and the winning firms and clients recognized by ASID’s Inaugural Outcome of Design Awards. Clearly, it is time for firm leadership to overcome a balance sheet that doesn’t attribute playfulness, experimentation and trial and error as a profit center. Investment in creative space is key for truly innovative solutions to manifest. Learn from firms like IDEO, and be inspired by these successful Product Developments’ design thinkers, who have overcome the financial fear factor and taken the lead in applying brainstorming and the scientific method to creative design thinking.

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Debris from construction and demolition is one of the biggest waste streams in the world. In Europe, it accounts for approximately 30% of all waste generated. In countries like the United States and China, the percentage is even higher. There are many great initiatives in place around the world for recycling this material, but in practice they often lead to downcycling: building products that once had value end up as fill under roadbeds or in one of many landfills. Vast excavations often destroy landscapes and ecosystems; basic raw materials such as construction sand and high-quality clay are becoming scarce.

Europe’s leading importer and distributor of organic fruit and vegetables, Eosta, Nature & More, feature mushroom waste-based brick in the main reception area and lobby of its new headquarter’s office in Waddinxveen, Netherlands.



AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for January was 55.3 compared to 51.0* in December. Indicators of work in the pipeline, including inquiries into new projects and the value of new design contracts, also strengthened in January.

Hunter Douglas Ceiling and Wall Products division was acquired by CertainTeed Ceilings.

CetraRuddy has announced that one of its leading architects, Erica A. LiBritz, AIA, LEED AP, has been named a recipient of the 2019 Young Architect Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). 

Multiple Polyfab USA products comply with California Proposition 65 Labeling requirements.

HNTB Corp. added a new region, a new operating division and named these presidents to its leadership structure: • Michael Inabinet, PE, Central Region, United States, a newly created region • John Friel, PE, Western Region, United States • James Thomson, PE, Northwest Division, a newly created division • Keith Hinkebein, PE, Design Build, providing alternative delivery services nationally.

The IALD welcomed three new members to the IALD College of Fellows: Patricia Glasow, FIALD, Mark Major, FIALD and Kevan Shaw, FIALD

CannonDesign is included in Fast Company’s prestigious “Most Innovative Companies” list.

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 AIAS and Schindler Elevator have teamed up for the “Elevator Your Pitch” student competition to the AIAS membership for the third year. Students present their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win a cash prize.

Mark Lam, Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP, ALEP joined Pfluger Architects as Chief Operating Officer, a new position for Pfluger.

LP Building Products announced its new name: LP Building Solutions.

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 Lighting Science Group has launched Healthe, whose mission is to create environments where light is an active component of one’s health. Healthe’s technology is now being adopted as part of the standard for human-centric built environments.



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Design Competition


The Power of Art The LAGI design competition provides an opportunity for creative minds around the world to reflect on the nature of energy infrastructures and they can aspire to be in their built form.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) launched in 2008 as a way to bring positive recognition to renewable energy sources that are as beautiful as they are efficient. Teams of architects, artists and engineers enter beautiful sitespecific renewable energy power plants that create a sense of place, while also illustrating the potential of even a power plant to beautify a community and environment, while

remaining consistent with the master plan of the host city. The team that best illustrates this phenomenon will be presented during the 24th World Energy Congress. Last year’s competition, featured here, involved Melbourne’s St. Kilda Beach. This year’s location involves Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City with the theme, “Return to the Source.”

Masdar, in Arabic, means “source,” and refers to the sun as the “source” of power, that drives all things. The Land Art Generator Initiative was established in the UAE in 2008.

For Sun Ray, at night, the luminous line presents itself to the dark as an ideological symbol of place—pointing to a prosperous and harmonious future.


St. Kilda’s location in Port Phillip has always been special. The Boonwurrung people saw the bay as both resource and source, fishing its waters and respecting its life-giving potential. When the railway line reached St. Kilda in 1857, thousands of visitors poured in each year to sunbathe on the beach, soak in the sea baths, and later, ride the roller coaster at Luna Park. Today, arts and cultural resources draw in visitors worldwide.

Award: Submission to the 2018 LAGI competition for Melbourne Project: Sun Ray Team: Antonio Maccà Team Location: Padova, Italy Energy Technologies: Linear Fresnel Reflector Annual Capacity: 1100 MWh A FLOATING CANOPY

Award: 1st Place Winner to the LAGI 2018 Competition for Melbourne Project: Light Up Team: Martin Heide, Dean Boothroyd, Emily Van Monger, David Allouf, Takasumi Inoue, Liam Oxlade, Michael Strack, Richard Le (NH Architecture); Mike Rainbow, Jan Talacko (Ark Resources); John Bahoric (John Bahoric Design); Bryan Chung, Chea Yuen Yeow Chong, Anna Lee, Amelie Noren Team Location: Melbourne, Australia Energy Technologies: Photovoltaic, wind energy harvesting, fuel cells Annual Capacity: 2220 MWh



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This exciting landform artwork weaves solar, wind, plant fuel-cell energy harvesting and battery storage into the landscape of the St. Kilda Foreshore. Flexible, ultra-high efficiency PV modules are supported by a lightweight tensile structure. The latter is made from a subset of cables spanning between the bridges and hotel, while the undulating surface form is achieved with cross-tension cables. Individual micro-regenerative dampers at each solar module attachment point harvest torsional energy from the wind. Additional regenerative dampers at the stainless-steel cable anchor points harvest tensional energy within each cable as it flexes. Plants photosynthesize organic matter, which is released into the soil. Electrochemically active micro-organisms break down the organic matter producing electrons, which are transported to the anode of the fuel cell. The energyrich electrons flow through a load to the cathode to generate electricity 24 hours per day.

Sun Ray is a new symbol of renewable energy, lighting the way to the State of Victoria’s zero-greenhouse gas target. It is also a cultural attraction for Melbourne, an investigation of light as a physical and symbolic source of illumination for life. It is a place for relaxation—and it is a linear Fresnel reflector solar power plant that provides heat and electricity for hundreds of homes in St. Kilda. A round solar field of parallel flat mirrors reflects the sun’s rays and converges them onto the linear absorber of solar power—the fixed north-south receiver. This canopy is composed of linear mirror rows equipped with a single-axis tracking system to ensure that sunlight is always concentrated on the receiver. A power block below grade houses the equipment and support facilities necessary to convert captured solar energy into electricity, or deliver district heat to the city grid. The floating canopy overlays the park of the latest St. Kilda Triangle Masterplan, maintaining its topography and landscape while forming an open pergola which acts as a filter for light effects, air and atmospheric phenomena. Changeable light under the canopy creates a fluctuating space as the mirrors vary their inclination throughout the day.

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Design Competition

St. Kilda Halo invites the public to explore, experience, and have fun with the future of energy production.

Award: Submission to 2018 LAGI Competition for Melbourne Project: St. Kilda Halo Team: Pete Spence, Hiroe Fujimoto, Sacha Hickinbotham, Michael Richards, Alison Potter, Jason Embley, Michael Zito, Robert Butler (Grimshaw Architects) Team Location: Melbourne, Australia Energy Technologies: Silicon Photovoltaic Thin-Film (Sphelar) Annual Capacity: 2000 MWh


Award: 2nd Place Winner to the 2018 LAGI Competition for Melbourne

St. Kilda Halo is a dynamic new gathering place in the form of an iconic beacon. It is a forest, synthesized into an object, capturing sunlight with multiple layers of energy-producing foliage, and an interactive art installation that invites the public to engage with and celebrate the future of energy infrastructure.

Project: Night & Day: St. Kilda Hydro-Solar Generator Team: Kevin Kudo-King, Annie Aldrich, James Juricevich, Evan Harlan, Vikram Sami, Erin Hamilton, Gabriela Frank, MacKenzie Cotters, Lauren Gallow, Jonathan Nelson (Olson Kundig) Team Location: Seattle Energy Technologies: Mono-Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic, Pumped Hydro Storage

On an urban scale, the shimmering St. Kilda Halo connects local landmarks that define the intersection of Melbourne’s party, travel, fitness and beach cultures. Inspired by how nature gathers sunlight through layers of forest canopies, the lightweight artwork incorporates PV technology in an innovative, three-dimensional array. Layers of transparent PV foliage filter energy and provide lush, dappled shade for activities taking place underneath. In the forest, the high-level leaves are small, while low-level ferns have large surfaces, accommodating an increasing density of PV receptors.

Annual Capacity: 1000 MWh NIGHT & DAY

Arts and cultural resources, like the Palais Theatre and the annual St. Kilda Festival, draw in both locals and visitors from around the world. The Night & Day proposal would add to this legacy while producing clean electricity on demand using seawater and sunshine. The Hydro-Solar Generator works night and day, combining solar energy with a hydro battery to leverage the full potential of St. Kilda’s most abundant natural resources, water and sunshine. An inhabitable machine, the artwork takes the form of a pedestrian bridge linking the Esplanade and waterfront. Knitting together public spaces that have become fragmented over time, Night & Day connects the city to the bay, offering dynamic new spaces for gathering and observation. Suspended above the walkway are a solar sail and water vessel, exhibiting the generator’s transformation of sun and water into power. During the day, harvested solar energy is used to pump bay water into the hydro battery storage vessel, high above St. Kilda Triangle. As the sun sets, the water is released through a turbine, transforming the kinetic movement of water into electricity.

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St. Kilda Halo invites the public to explore, experience and have fun with the future of energy production. Tactile and demonstrative, its form mirrors that of the historic roller coaster at nearby Luna Park, and its energy output can be increased or decreased as necessary over time. A work of public art, and a power plant, the modular design also functions as a living laboratory that can incorporate new technologies as they evolve. St. Kilda Halo brings two of the most serious issues facing humanity—energy security and environmental wellbeing—to the forefront of conversation in an enigmatic and inspiring way. Visitors can experience the machine’s full diurnal cycle, watching renewable energy in action and deepening their understanding of the potential inherent in both St. Kilda and the larger natural world.



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Bridging Gaps in Urban Mobility Thyssenkrupp Elevator’s MULTI receives three new awards and launches a new skybridge research project at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats’ Conference in the Middle East. Skybridges have existed for years but only recently have they moved well beyond simple architectural novelties. SHoP Architects have used them at the American Copper Buildings to create what Urban Hub has coined “cities in the sky” and now architects and developers are viewing them as a critical element to solve urban mobility.

Unconventional thinking combined with new technologies like MULTI and ACCEL have potential to expand skybridges beyond their current roles to transform them into multi-functional spaces with architectural and programing opportunities. Thyssenkrupp Elevator’s groundbreaking MULTI elevator technology has been recognized with three prestigious international industry awards, and now thys-

senkrupp is also collaborating with the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH) on a research project to explore the next frontier in urban design and planning: the sky. Dubbed “Skybridges: Bringing the Horizontal into the Vertical World” the 18-month project explores cultural, organizational and jurisdictional challenges to creating new horizontal habitats in the sky

and to illustrate the potential for skybridges to provide a solution to city overcrowding and inefficiency. The project was kicked off at the CTBUH Middle East Conference in Dubai last October. It aligns with the year’s guiding conference theme, “Several Cities within a City,” as polycentric cities are in urgent need of innovative mobility solutions. The Skybridges Symposium set the stage to explore the feasibility

of skybridges to act as horizontal connectors to vertical towers as skybridges may soon become commonplace in the design or renovation of any dense urban tower.

age interconnectivity between buildings, enabling advanced mobility, additional access to amenities, and enhance safety with alternative escape routes between skyscrapers.

Think what skybridging and a MULTI can do together—or even implementing ACCEL’s moving walkway technology—to help breeze people through long swaths of skybridges. Elevated to a new level, they can encour-

“Cities housing 10 million people or more need intelligent transportation systems, and we will continue to work on realizing our visions by employing thyssenkrupp elevator’s capacities and competencies for future-oriented transportation concepts.” —Andreas Schierenbeck, thyssenkrupp Elevator, CEO



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Thyssenkrupp and CTBUH will begin an 18-month collaboration to examine how skybridges might facilitate building interconnectivity. Specifically, the project will take a unique approach to overcrowding in cities by advancing mobility between high-rise structures.

According to Urban Hub, thyssenkrupp’s futuristic cities publication, Smart Mobility keeps people moving in congested cities. Innovating smart mobility includes new mobile technologies and intuitive apps to integrate public transportation, better infrastructure and car sharing.

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Green Has a Backbone in Australia Southbank by Beulah is integrally organized by one big detail: a “green spine” of vertically networked platforms, terraces and verandas. Within the podium, a marketplace, retail and entertainment spaces and a BMW experience center are housed. The Marketplace Entrance is a permeable open space that invites both visitors and residents.

UNStudio and Cox Architecture’s design proposal for Southbank by Beulah aims to establish a new destination for the Southbank area and Melbourne. The project is organized around a “green spine” of vertically networked platforms, terraces and verandas. The spine enables an extension of the public realm on the podium, the continuation of green onto the towers and orients itself toward the CBD and the botanical garden at the top of the towers. At ground level, the spine directly engages with Southbank Boulevard by bringing people up and into the building, thereby expanding the public realm up and into the building. Indoor-outdoor spatial frames integrate nature, public space and civic life, forming a vertically stepped public infrastructure. The podium marketplace houses retail and entertainment spaces including a BMW experience center. Retail spaces have their own access to balconies and terraces, alluring shoppers to an extraordinarily refreshing shopping experience. Plantings absorb noise and air pollution while tall eucalyptus trees facilitate dappled light. Floors textured with



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The design of the two distinct façade types—a green façade and a glass façade—was subject to an optimized variation of architectural parameters based on height—low, middle, high.



The spine is created by the splitting open of the potential single mass at its core, thereby forming two separate high-rise structures and causing them to reveal the almost geographical strata of their core layers.

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The design intent of the Green Spine is to bring healthy living into the vertical realm, offering spaces of active circulation, exercise and a multitude of conservatory-like spaces for occupants to live, work and play that foster human physiological and psychological comfort and stimulation.

forest ferns provide a cool atmosphere. The construction of the spine uses materials and textures native to Australia, making the spine more sustainable. The façade plays a key role in implementing sustainability measures, starting from the massing. The northerly and westerly orientation of the self-shading Green Spine facilitates passive design on the upper exposed faces of the towers. The parameters varying throughout the building’s height are: depth/overshadowing, screen density and planting types. These inform the spine façade to assure thermal comfort, air quality, noise absorption and promote biophilia. The glass façade incorporates the balance of window-to-wall ratios, recessed balconies/ windows and external shading fins to limit heat loss and control solar gain. The building environmental strategy utilizes energy efficient and smart building technologies that exploit synergies between energy and water systems for resource usage. The development is modeled to be futureproofed and resilient against predicated climate change or shifts in work and lifestyle patterns.

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Series: Post-Occupancy Evaluation


Making the Case for Post-Occupancy Evaluations Part II Essential for verifying that a building is performing as intended and that the building occupants are satisfied, healthy and productive, post-occupancy commissioning is an important, yet often overlooked exercise.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In Dodge Data and Analytics World Green Building

Trends 2018, technology, it noted, ranked at the top of many designers’ minds. That said, data is essential in this puzzle, and disturbingly, many architects interviewed noted most owners do not share data—or even have it to begin with. This second installment further explores postoccupancy evaluation as a means to gather data for better buildings.

In an ideal world, everyone would see that post-occupancy evaluations are a great investment for a building’s long-term efficiency and performance. In reality, many building owners, and their designers, struggle to see the value. “Postoccupancy evaluation is still an expensive and time-consuming proposition and there is a tendency to take the attitude of ‘if it ain’t broke...’” reports Jiri Skopek, managing director of sustainability for JJL, Toronto. While true at a surface level, Olson Kundig’s Vikram Sami suggests it doesn’t cost that much in the context of the overall project budget. But truly understanding that cost is what’s at issue, and it creates an even greater perceived cost when post occupancy study is not budgeted at the onset of a project. But beyond such misperceptions are deeper fears of litigation. “Some architects see post-occupancy evaluations as a possible means of drawing criticism for things that aren’t working well,” explains Sami. “To them, I would point out



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that a dissatisfied client will let you know when things aren’t working, and you are more likely to arrive at a solution, and maintain good client relations, by being proactive.” Similarly, building owners may be reluctant to create a forum where users can complain. In his experience, however, Sami suggests environments with such proactive measures frequently result in happier, more productive workplaces. That said, even if the latter was the case, most organizations, notes Steve Leight, HDR’s director of commissioning, do not have staffing capacity to process the data and understand how to react to it. “Facilities departments are traditionally understaffed; energy bills get paid out of a different budget, and occupant complaints are dealt with without regard to energy impact.” Yet another obstacle is the fact that traditional leased structures inhibit building improvement investments as owners are not penalized for poor

efficiency, and lease holders are reluctant to install equipment in property they do not own. Toward this end, a new “Green Lease” movement is starting to change that. In such scenarios, owners, tenants and brokers modernize lease language to account for energy efficiency and encourage tenant-landlord collaboration toward sustainability goals. “Low-cost digital platforms for energy usage analysis are gaining ground with users and are providing data for commissioning analysis like never before,” notes Fanning Howey’s Doug Lafever. Still, Leight argues architects must be clear and concise in emphasizing the importance of postoccupancy commissioning. “The engineering design community too, must foster a community that engages in feedback and a services approach that can generate revenue.” Hard numbers, as the project to the right attests, make all the difference in the world. —Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

WEI LEI MANSION, Zhengzhou, China In this 80,000-sq.-ft. hotel/office complex, mechanical systems were retrofitted with higher efficiency pumps and controllers from Armstrong Fluid Technologies (Design Envelope 4300 pumps and an ipc 9521 controller). The manufacturer then proceeded to have its technology monitored for a year and certified by a third-party agency, Bureau Veritas, to documented success: Annual energy costs dropped 75% from 298,030 RMB, to 104,626 RMB (approximately $28K U.S.). This meant payback in less than two years. Equally as impressive, annual emissions were reduced from 283,647 kg CO2 to 99,577 kg CO2.


The Facts for Post-Commissioning Summing up some key post-commissioning findings from a Jones Lang LaSalle study presented at the World Sustainable Buildings conference, Jiri Skopek, managing director, sustainability, JLL, Toronto, notes these factors: Changes in building occupancy occur faster than anticipated. When these changes impact the building systems, recommissioning should take place, but often doesn’t.  Insuffi cient commissioning is directly correlated with poorer performance.  Conversely, good building performance is correlated with the quality of the management.  Complex and innovative systems often require several years to refi ne and understand.  Buildings should be designed to the technical skills and capacity of the building operation management.  Speech privacy is a frequent cause of new buildings complaints. 

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Trends to Shake the Renewable Energy Industry in 2019 The solar industry has lived up to its “solar coaster” moniker in 2018, but this bodes well for consumers and solar companies willing to grid themselves into the energy mold of the future, and likely 2019 trends are proof. Total Solar Installations Will Increase Again: Although residential installations are at a standstill, solar as a whole is climbing. The U.S. has installed 4.7 gigawatts of solar power in 2018. Utility-scale solar has hit over 1 gigawatt of solar for the past 11 consecutive quarters. To date, utility-scale solar represents 55% of 2018 installed solar capacity. China’s Poly-Crystalline Overstock and the World Market: Although solar panel prices continue to fall, Green Tech Media predicts China will decrease poly-crystalline further. This is due to America’s importation tax on foreign panels as well as China’s demand decrease. China has enforced installation caps and feed-in-tariffs that will decrease their solar installations. This means that China’s surplus solar will most likely drop in price. Which will in-turn force competition prices to drop in order to compete. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) expects solar will decline by 10% to 15% in 2019. Alarmist Overreactions to the 201 Trade Case Tariff Will Further Magnify Missed Opportunities: The solar tariff on imports has postponed many utilityscale projects, at the loss of the investors: Many of whom overlook the fact that solar panel costs only account for a fraction of the total cost of going solar and operating a solar business, provided the company is financially healthy. If you are getting residential solar, this is an even smaller fraction of the total cost. Although the tariff is currently 30%, it is set to decrease by 5% each year over the next four years. This means that although this price increase will affect the cost, it won’t be catastrophic, and it will make up for the slight Federal Tax Credit declines. Each year comes with new challenges and changes. Taking a look at what to expect will help you be better prepared. Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Will Take the Forefront In State Legislatures and Utility Companies: State renewable energy incentives are a little more tricky. Which state you are in and what solar policies they have in place make a large difference. Make sure to look into your state and utility incentives before you purchase solar. Federal and state tax incentives represent a large part of solar affordability. As of 2018, the federal solar tax credit covers 30% of solar installation costs. ITC Extension: This tax credit will continue to cover 30% in 2019. This is a major win for individuals that want solar. The bad news is that this credit will



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(Above) SolarWorld’s Hillboro, Ore., facility is where cells are manufactured for PV modules. The company was recently acquired by SunPower.


According to Environment America, PV in many U.S. cities is expanding rapidly. As of the end of 2017, 20 cities accounted for over 4% of our capacity. Los Angeles leads the way, but New York and Indianapolis were Nos. 7 and 8.

Despite sluggish residential installations, solar in general is on the rise. The United States has installed 4.7 gigawatts (56GW installed in total) of solar power in 2018, with utility-scale solar representing 55% of 2018 installed solar capacity.







decrease to 26% in 2020. And it is set to continue to decrease until 2022. After this point, only commercial installs will get 10%. Widespread Adoption of Solar Plus Products: By solar plus—any technology that extends, redefines, or enhances the existing solar modules on businesses or residences. Battery Storage: A major issue with solar has been that when the sun is down, so does one’s power source. Many have used net metering as a solution. Net metering allows one to sell excess production to offset the cost of night usage. During a power outage, however, some form of backup is required, as for safety reasons, PV arrays are disconnected from the grid when there is an issue. There are now a variety of solar backup options, including battery storage, to provide electricity. Solar Screens for Windows and Other Smart Home Renewable Energy Tweaks: Combining solar with solar screens or tinted windows allows even greater savings. Not only does this strategy use less energy,

but you are also producing it. Surprisingly, 21% of energy use is from heating and cooling our homes. With the invention of the smart thermostat, users are now able to change this. HVAC can be turned off remotely. When one combines smart home updates with solar control over production is gained as well. New Solar Tech Progressions in 2019: There are many solar improvements in the works, but there are two solar enhancing technologies that will likely take off in 2019. These include smart grid and blockchain technology. Implementing Smart Grids and Proliferation of Block Chain Technology: Smart grids create a two-way dialogue between the customer and the utility. This allows utilities to quickly pinpoint issues and track energy consumption and production. Solar blockchain technology increases smart grid reliability by cataloging and linking information through crypto-energy. This makes it harder to alter recorded information. —Scott Cramer, President, Go Solar Group

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Passive Energy


The Electric Company is Back The reuse and renovation of former energy plant results in a widely sustainable campus and community recreational center. Studio Gang’s renovation of the Beloit College Powerhouse in Beloit, Wis., was recognized by the World Architecture Festival X Prize for its reuse and passive energy solutions, including considerations for integrating a recirculating loop of the nearby river waters into the building’s climate control system to significantly reduce dependence on fossil fuels and local energy.



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The Powerhouse will serve as a recreational resource and a community forum, while fostering a public connection to the riverfront—embracing it rather than polluting it—that foregrounds the connection between human and environmental health. The judges were impressed not only with the repurposing of cavernous industrial spaces, but with how the project maximizes its riverfront location, utilizing river water to manage the temperature of the building while also minimizing total energy use.


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Locavor ‘Agritecture’ Architecture intersects with real-life solutions to food security and food resilience, especially in urban areas. Are real-life projects that help buildings grow food and reuse waste really feasible? One of the hippest restaurants in Paris offers crickets and mealworms on the menu. However, this “luxury” experience may now become a real-life solution to food security and food resilience, especially in dense urban areas. Cities faced with becoming protein self-sufficient turn to the cultivation of insects and the preservation of pollinators. Within the latest exhibition at the Roca London Gallery, “London 2026: Recipes for Building a Food Capital” explores the feasibility of real-life projects and products that might help city buildings grow food and reuse waste. Set in London in 2026, when the capital’s population will have passed the 10 million mark, the show imagines how ‘agritecture’—buildings that can grow food—will have

London 2026 imagines how ‘agritecture’—buildings that can grow food—will have impacted our cityscape, with food being produced at a variety of scales.

impacted our cityscape, with food being produced at a variety of scales. Eating hothouse and local vegetables is nothing new, but one concept by Stockholmbased Belatchew Arkitekter, suggests that cities rely on insects as sustainable source of protein. Designed with

Taipei, Taiwan in mind, the “BuzzBuilding” houses an insect farm with 10,350 sq. meters of farmable surface, which also acts as a safe haven for endangered pollinators. “We are overwhelmed with the interest the world has shown in


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Ren-A-Circle Roundabout in Taipei is transformed into an insect hub with the goal of becoming selfsufficient in protein.

Art, infrastructure, architecture and biology come full circle in Belatchew Arkitekter’s “BuzzBuilding.” The shape, derived with computer modeling, presents an urban greenhouse from easily adaptable to busy traffic circles, that can house and protect pollinating insects critical for urban farming.

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“We see public spaces as environments that pose many acoustic challenges that remain unsolved. We hope that these shapes and scales will solve those issues.” —Ryan Smith, President of LightArt


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Bird Glass Spares Sparrows Vitro’s Solarban 70XL Glass with Walker Textures emblazoned upon it is helping to deter bird casualties at the Historic Humber College Building in Etobicoke, Canada. The bird-friendly glass optimizes daylight and adds depth to the Centre for Entrepreneurship. The acid-etched glass is a focal point of the new structure while renovating selective areas of the Toronto historical college—formerly a defunct hospital campus on the lakeshore. The one-story glass-and-zinc clad addition serves as a study hall and student lounge. The Walker Textures acid-etched AviProtek E bird-friendly pattern capitalizes on the interplay of light and muted textured shadows in the space. The glass optimizes natural daylight and energy efficiency creating a vibrant hub for cultivating collaborative relationships within the campus and community. and or Circle


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2019’s Top Door Trends Style, not security, is in, and today’s big trend involves creatively using doors to not only accommodate flexible spaces in commercial settings, but create new user experiences.


Basix Headquarters Axelrod Design’s 2018 AIA SF Merit Award winner exemplifies a top 2019 door trend. The space is divided by fixed and moving glass partitions to provide for the perpetual movement and changing combinations of today’s flexible office.

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Beatrix Restaurant, Oak Brook, Ill. Design Team: Marc Jacobs, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

When thinking commercial doors, “security,” often, is the first word that comes to mind these days. That is what I expected to hear from building operators, product specifiers and door manufacturers when discussing the latest trends for this critical building component. I was wrong. Everyone wanted to talk style. Specifically, using doors to create a new user experience and flexible spaces. Here are four top trends in 2019. Spec them in your next design, and don’t worry about security—leave that to hardware manufacturers.

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Design Tip: Jacobs added a sliding screen at Beatrix that fits into the wall like a canister and pulls out from left to right. It helps keep the bugs out of the restaurant, but still allows the restaurant to open the patio space more days of the year.


Bring the Outdoors In When it comes restaurant design, Marc Jacobs, executive partner and divisional president, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, is the expert. He has done it 18 times—successfully. Jacobs says he specifies flexible doors, walls and windows to match the unique ambiance he creates at each restaurant. “Our goal as restaurateurs is to bring the outside into the space. It’s all about harnessing energy in our space and flexible windows and doors help you do that,” said Jacobs. “In every space that I have, we try to add an element of flexibility to our exterior walls to allow for openness, and grow the energy— essentially bringing the outside in.” Jacobs used LaCantina’s Aluminum Thermally Controlled Folding Door Systems for his Oak Brook, Ill., Beatrix Restaurant and Market, because it helped create a bigger footprint, naturally and seamlessly expanding the restaurant to the outside during nice weather. The folding door system creates a frame around the opening, giving Jacobs the ability to design the door to match the architectural décor of the space.



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With limited outdoor space and a very tight dining area, the LaCantina folding door systems allowed owners to maximize every inch of our restaurant seating by quickly going from open to close, providing the perfect solution for Chicago’s climate.

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End User-Inspired More architects and manufacturers are also going to the source—AKA surveying end users—before specifying doors for key spaces. It is helping them answer questions like: What functionality is important? What are the doors currently in play not doing? What can they do better? The Stanley ProCare 8300 Series is a case in point. “We brought a bunch of nurses in to talk about what works and what doesn’t during design. They wanted to know why the opening to the door is always out of their reach?” says Henry Kao, director of product management, Stanley Access Technologies. “We wanted the ProCare to help patients heal. With the nurses, we were able to answer the question: ‘How can we design a door like that?’” The new ProCare has a flush bolt at eye level, instead of out of reach at the top of the door, and features a simple push button that allows nurses to push down to open doors when their hands are full; the thoughtful design also won’t latch onto patient’s IV tubes or staff ID badges. Ganesh Sathyan, RA, associate principal, The Lawrence Group, St. Louis, Mo., has been designing healthcare spaces for more than 30 years, and is a fan. He specified 32 of the ProCare 8300 doors for an ICU, radiology department and labor and delivery unit this year after installing a mock-up of the door in the existing hospital for nurses to test. He points to the system’s soft close and break-away features as those the nurses appreciate most. “I don’t have to completely close the door with my hand; it will latch itself, but even more important, is the door’s break-away feature, which allows it to open to 78 in. or 90 in. That’s usually the mechanism that makes a lot of noise, one of the biggest struggles in the ICU. With the ProCare 8300, though, the noise issue has finally been solved.” Sathyan says meeting ADA requirements and the needs of bariatric patients has created a demand for wider doors in healthcare spaces. Even without a breakaway feature, these specs can be met by specifying a two-panel leaf, or by specifying two doors, one that swings in and another that swings out. “As architects, we have to be cognizant of the needs of the patient,” said Sathyan. “We want to be forward-thinking and propose solutions as part of the process rather than an after-thought. It is part of a good planning effort in the design phase.”

Design Tip: Specifying two doors, one that swings in, one that swings out, is ideal for behavioral health applications where end users need increased flexibility.


The ProCare 8300 has a flush bolt at eye level, instead of out of reach at the top of the door, and features a simple push button that allows nurses to push down the door when their hands are full. It also won’t latch onto patient’s IVs or staff badges.

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Even without a breakaway feature, nursing and patient needs can be met by specifying a two-panel leaf, or two doors—one that swings in, and another that swings out, such as at the Cypress Creek Medical Pavilion, which feature VT Industries doors.


San Francisco-based Axelrod Design/Axelrod Architects designed the interiors for the Basix office headquarters in Tel Aviv. The design team translated these company values into a flexible, dynamic office design, which incorporates a major element—three-dimensional striped glass—in order to transform a narrow, medium-sized office space into an open, subtle and expansive one. The office has been divided by fixed and moving glass partitions to provide for the perpetual movement and changing combinations of today’s flexible office spaces.

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Create Flexible Spaces The 120,000-sq.-ft. American AgCredit headquarters in Santa Rosa, California, was designed to accommodate rapid growth and change while championing transparency to reflect the company culture. Architect Don Tomasi, AIA, principal of local TLCD Architecture used the NanaWall HSW60 Single Track Sliding Glass Wall System to promote this theme—aiding in circulation and creating a connection between indoor and outdoor office spaces. “A lot of businesses today want flexibility and the NanaWall allows them to configure spaces in a different way,” said Tomasi. “There is also a lot of attention paid to outdoor office spaces. Calling this a trend would imply that it is short lived. Instead, I believe this is a new method of design for businesses.” Tomasi employed two NanaWall HSW60, 13-ft. × 8-in.-wide single track sliding glass doors in the facility’s two meeting/project rooms that can be adapted for various sized group work. The 9-ft. × 9-ft. panels slide into a parking bay when doors are opened and closed with a simple operation when the space is occupied by groups working on different projects. In the office’s main conference room, the HSW60 stands 10-ft. tall × 38-ft. wide, adjoining the boardroom with the adjacent outdoor patio, filling the room with fresh air and natural daylight, providing the flexibility to adapt to different space requirements for each meeting or corporate event.


Architect Dom Tomasi, principal, TLCD Architecture used the NanaWall’s single track sliding glass wall system to aid in circulation and create a connection between indoor and outdoor office spaces.

Design Tip: While there may be less expensive options when it comes to retractable doors, Tomasi recommends investing in a high-quality door like NanaWall for enterprise facilities that plan to own/operate their buildings long-term.

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Residential Trends Seep into Commercial Spaces

Barn doors have a rustic feel that creates a signifi cant contrast when used indoors. VT Industries 5502 Crossbanded Particle board Core was specified to create a new user experience at Ft. Lauderdale’s Cypress Creek Outpatient Surgical Center.

“Old barn doors are becoming more popular again. People have seen them in consumer magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and they are asking architects and interior designers about those features they love and applying it to commercial spaces,” said Steven Orlowski, senior director of standards and technical activities, Window and Door Manufacturers Assn. In addition to the unique aesthetic-look barn doors bring to just about every application, they are also functional in a way other doors are not. For one, barn doors save space. Traditional swing doors need 9-ft. or more to properly open and close. While this isn’t an issue in larger commercial spaces, more space-starved are considering them. Another advantage of the barn door is their support system. Off-loading the weight of a door onto a track means a heavier door can be specified.

“Old barn doors are becoming popular again... People are asking about features they love and applying it to commercial spaces.” —Steven Orlowski, Window + Door Mfrs. Assn.

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Design Tip: Make sure there is enough adjacent wall space for the barn door to slide over completely when open. Because barn doors are heavy, they may not close as quietly as traditional doors. Work with the project contractor to employ the right hardware for the load.

Unlock the Keys to Designing with Doors From restaurants to corporate offices and healthcare spaces, doors open many design possibilities that can both reflect the space and further its desired ambiance. Look for these trends across markets in 2019—or put them into play yourself to maximize any space.


As part of the greater style trend, Therma-Tru has expanded its Classic-Craft American Style Collection of Shaker-style doors, to include “High-Fashion Farmhouse,” as well as Satin Etch privacy and textured glass options for select Classic-Craft style products.

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Two ornately clad Schweiss Doors bifold designer doors blend in with the historic 1926 look of a new apartment complex at Seattle’s historic auto row. The custom-made liftstrap doors measure 11 ft., 10 in. × 11 ft., 11 in. and 11 ft., 1 in. × 10 ft., 1 in.. Each door is equipped with photo eye sensors.

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Navigating Tech Traps Digital technology is permeating into architecture.

The financial case for high-performance buildings is out, but architects are losing sleep over the Internet of Things (IoT). “Smart” building experts demystify IoT and identify and illuminate how technology streamlines today’s building design and operation.

by Megan Mazzocco, contributing writer

“Architecture firms don’t typically include a data specialist amid their ranks. But maybe we should,” posited Joe Connell, Design Principal at Perkins+Will Chicago, during a “FuturePurposed Design” roundtable at Lightfair 2018, sponsored by wireless lighting controls manufacturer Audacy. The technology integration discussion spurred Architectural Products to explore the subject further. According to David Herd, managing partner, North America, for BuroHappold Engineering, today’s A/E design equation prioritizes the creation of sustainable, healthy, flexible and resilient buildings. Technology, controls and other “smarts,” he says, support that broad sustainability vision.



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To remain relevant, architects must consider things like IoT, notes Harry Pascarella, a consultant and project manager at Harbor Research. “It is a valuecreation mechanism for architects and designers who can take this into consideration from the beginning.” Herd does not disagree, but points out architects must understand that new building technologies are not to be considered a “bolt-on solution.” He suggests architects should think about IT as they would an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model, which ties owner, design team and contractor together contractually for shared goals, a transparent process, and added value, using technology to reduce redundancies and waste in buildings’ construction and operations.

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Embrace Tech, Release Redundancies Someone who has observed this rapid change in the marketplace is Siemens’ President of Building Technology, Dave Hopping, who notes it’s becoming more common for building intelligence specialists to be brought in very early in the process to partner. “We’ll talk to the design engineer and architects about smart buildings, applications and apps, and what the potential is.”

What is even more valuable, says Hopping, is that the data that rolls in can inform the next generation of building design. “The output [data] coming from these technologies helps determine how the building is being used; it shows walking and traffic flow patterns throughout buildings,” reports Hopping.



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Using building data as input to design their next building helps design teams and their clients be more efficient, and more useful. “We are seeing that across all markets, office, healthcare, even retail. For a retailer, that’s a huge value add, especially for a repeat client that has a big building footprint globally or nationally,” says Hopping.

Project: Shirley Ryan Ability Labs, Chicago


Architect: HDR, Gensler and Clive

The entire facility was constructed to facilitate connectivity and data gathering for research. This is accomplished through a mix of cabled and wireless connectivity. Data points are gathered electronically in the corridors and within the labs to assist in monitoring patient progress. This provides a feedback loop, offering key insights to clinicians.

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In fact, he adds any successful tech process should involve the creation of an ecosystem of technology partners that, upfront, can assist and remove costs by eliminating waste and duplication of efforts. As an example, reducing the number of sensors by using devices that perform multiple functions, is a major asset, also reducing hardware equipment, controllers and building wiring networks. Such consolidation also cuts down the man-hours it takes for multiple project managers and commissioners to do so on-site.

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Culture as Critical as IOT Winner in the “Health” category of the 2018 World Festival of Interiors competition, the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, by HDR, Gensler and Clive Wilkinson Architects, was deemed “exceptional” by judges as it challenges and places patient care at the center of the design process, and is able to break away from the historically rigid structure of institutional healthcare buildings. At the aforementioned Lightfair technology session, another participant was Gensler’s Anne Gibson, who offered some insights into how technology impacts the design of the project. While it’s easy to gravitate to buzzwords like Big Data and IOT, Gibson noted a client’s culture is a factor that must not be dismissed

Big Data has a place in design, but its purpose must be defined, and involves changing company culture to integrate into its core functions. in any technology equation. Big Data, she said, has a place in architectural design, but its purpose must be clearly defined, and likely involves changing a company’s culture to integrate it into its core functions. Case in point was the Ability Lab, which ended up doing both. According to Gibson, any “intelligence” discussion must start with the client, and frankly, involves pushing them beyond their comfort zones to start thinking about the future and how they are going to deal with non-traditional business issues that might affect business interruptions, be it catastrophic weather; political/social unrest; financial crises, etc. In the end, this forest-for-the-trees heart-toheart will lead to a cultural change. For example, at Shirley Ryan, a decision was made to architecturally attempt to spark new creativity by integrating different staffs and departments together to encourage new collaborations. Having established such a baseline, Gensler ended up instituting some IOT/Big Data initiatives where they did incorporate technology to record staff interactions with patients. Thus, if a “eureka” moment occurred when staff discovered or encountered something unusual, they could immediately pull relevant data, and assemble it quickly into a report in order to apply for a grant to further study the matter—something totally in concert with the center’s mission, and one that also provided an end game: money for research. Beyond that, Gensler is also tying staff and patient experiences, via an app, to various spaces in the facility to gauge reviews as to what people like, what’s working and what’s not, as a means of feedback to improve their designs.

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Comfort-Forward Tech Buildings, of course, have been getting smarter since the 1970s and 1980s. But with the advent of digital technology, “smart” goes well beyond better control of building systems to the point where it has expanded its reach to improving the experience and wellbeing of occupants. “When building systems are automatically controlled and interoperable, they should result in more efficient use of natural resources making buildings more responsive to human needs,” says Herd. “From our perspective, ‘open, sustainable and well’ buildings go handin-glove.” Ultimately, he says smart buildings should be the backbone of healthy design. “They are the back-of-house process of making better buildings. They should improve the occupant experience, comfort and needs— which happens when you commission—and then tune, buildings over time. From a technological perspective, if you were to aggregate all this data, you should be able to have a more efficient and responsive building, based on user requirements.”

Technology systems that are designed to be connected with occupant-(tenant)facing apps, like Enlighted and +Comfy, help individuals input their experience of the building and how it can be improved; data is then used in real time to affect changes in the building environment, while also providing the operations or portfolio manager with a picture of how the building is being used by the occupants. In the last year, Siemens has acquired both Enlighted and Comfy+. “Our strategy around smart buildings is to connect more systems and devices to develop customer market applications to create more value for that customer and enable the people who live and work in the building to control their own spaces and schedule rooms through that,” explains Hopping. “Then the building becomes smart, live and interactive. It is a win-win for all.”


Enlighted’s Aire and Space apps promise to optimize a building’s energy efficiency. Starting with one of the most sophisticated sensors available, the system gathers detailed data on building occupancy and usage 65 times a minute. Space utilization and user preferences pertinent to HVAC and lighting systems are collected in a cloud platform. Building operators may access detailed finding via the apps, which present the data in usable, visual interfaces that can indicate adjustments for a complete building systems overhaul or simply fine-tuning. Circle 384


The democratization of the workplace is slowly breaking down barriers to personal comfort, so before you don a snuggie, check out Comfy and +Comfy systems. An Internet interface allows building users to vote on their comfort levels in the space. Users vote either “Warm my space” or “Cool my space,” and based on aggregated data in a zone, the environment responds to the results. The +Comfy system addresses visual comfort by activating View Dynamic Glass or deploying window shades when it’s too bright, or there’s screen glare. Circle 383

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Smart + Comfortable Successes A good example of a smart building is SaintGobain’s new headquarters outside of Philadelphia. There the Building Science team deployed an app for occupants that allows employees to respond to real-time conditions and request changes to suit them. This data is collected and used to continually fine-tune the building’s visual and climate comfort levels, relays Lucas Hamilton, manager of Building Science Applications at SaintGobain. This data also helps the manufacturer track the effectiveness of the use of their own building materials in-situ. He says their facility is an innovative model that illustrates how building data comes together to form a truth about ROI, and where to invest in one’s building. Another fine example involves the new L.A.-area offices of Morphosis. The goal of the project, which was seeking net zero energy status, was to naturally ventilate the Culver City space 95% of the year. With the architects, BuroHappold collaborated to implement a sophisticated air exchange system. The system includes Monodraught Windcatchers, a set



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of digital sensorcontrolled louvered steel boxes containing interior cross blades that both draw cool air into the building and extract hot air out. A critical key in the successful implementation of any high-tech system, says Herd, is post-occupant evaluation. Over a two-year period, BuroHappold conducted such studies, analyzing building performance and feedback from the occupants. This analysis and insight was utilized to further optimize the project’s net-zero goals. “It was a phenomenal—and rare—opportunity for architect and engineer to really collaborate on ‘fine tuning’ a smart building,” says Herd. “Clients often don’t provide us the operational data we need to help them for the all-important postoccupancy period,” says Herd. “In our minds, this project is a case study in how to improve a client’s building over time and it offers helpful lessons for smart buildings as a class.”


Project: Morphosis Offices, Culver City, Calif Architect: Morphosis Engineer: BuroHappold

A first in terms of installations in the U.S., BuroHappold and Morphosis implemented an air exchange system to naturally ventilate the architect’s Culver City office, which uses a set of digital sensor-controlled cupolas that contain interior cross blades that both draw cool air into the building and extract hot air out.

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Project: Saint-Gobain’s HQ, Malvern, Pa. Architect: Jacobs/Bernardon

Talk about having a healthy conversation with your building, employees at Saint-Gobain’s new HQ can respond to real-time conditions through an occupant app, and request changes to suit them. This data is collected and used to continually fine-tune the building’s visual and climate comfort levels. This data also helps them track the effectiveness of the use of their own building materials in real time.

Occupantcentric apps allow employees to respond to real-time conditions and request changes to suit them. The facility is an innovative model that illustrates how building data comes together to form a truth about ROI and where to invest in your building.


Leviton has unveiled its next-generation Load Center, an internet-connected system that sends users real-time monitoring data and customizable alerts to their smart devices. Debuting at the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, the enhanced Load Center with intelligent circuit breakers gives contractors, builders and homeowners a smarter and safer solution.


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Project: Sanger Building Renovation/Sinclair Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas Developer: Farukh Aslam Architect: Merriman Anderson/Architects


Fort Worth’s Sanger Building will be home to the first “intelligent building” in Texas, and when complete it will have with more than 2,000 lights powered using Ethernet cables. Fort Worth will also be home to the first hotel in the world, the Sinclair Hotel, to use POE (power over ethernet) technology to power all of its lighting.


Dubbed Lightmotion, the smart EV charging post is part of an all-in-one solution that includes video surveillance camera, WiFi, parking payment and street light, and fits into any modern light pole. Available as both a complete street light and as a separate installable unit for a retrofit solution. Installed with the Friso Kramer LED, it is the epitome of classic Dutch design combined with today’s technology. Circle 381

Latest in Lighting: PoE on the Rise Osram, which sold off its last luminaire business to become purely a technology company, has dubbed 2019 the year of IoT. “We believe lighting infrastructure will be the backbone of IoT in the future for one very simple reason: If you look at the ceiling, the lights are everywhere,” said Wilhelm Nehring, speaking at the LuxLive exhibition in London. Now Osram Digital, the company focuses purely on softwarebased systems and digital light management systems.



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Real estate developer Farukh Aslam is betting on Osram’s example, remodeling two premier Dallas-area properties entirely with Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. Fort Worth’s Sanger Building will be the first smart building in Texas, with plans that include more than 2000 PoEpowered lights. Built in 1923 as Sanger Brothers Department Store, and now a residential building with 59 lofts and ground floor retail, PoE will also power all motorized shades and drapes.

The tech is expected to soon power VRF air conditioning units, 55-in. flat screens, and even guestroom minibars. Aslam is also developing the neighboring Sinclair Hotel, an iconic art deco building built in 1929. On the National Register of Historic Buildings, it is currently being redeveloped as a luxury Marriott Autograph Hotel and will be the first hotel in the world to use PoE technology to power all of its lighting.

Merriman Anderson/ Architects is coordinating with the owner and MEP engineers to help implement this technology throughout the buildings.

The Benefits of PoE Uses no more than 60 volts Safe to install  PoE eliminates redundancies of running power and data, requiring less material and labor.  Computers have their own IP address and can find each other’s network. Each light fixture can find its own network, which allows each switch to be reprogrammed instead of rewiring a whole room.  An Energy Storage System (ESF System) is used as back-up power instead of a generator. An ESF System is quiet, requires less space than a generator, and is easier to accommodate in a land-locked building—especially a historic building renovations with limited space for new equipment.  

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Virtual Buildings Live Long and Prosper Another technology that may effect the building world is Digital Twin technology. Routinely used in the design and development of vehicles, NASA, for example, employed it to digitally build and test the Mars Rover. Companies like Siemens are keeping Digital Twin technology close to its vest as it enters the realm of building design and operations. While it is common for architects to design buildings digitally, there’s now a capability to put such models into the framework of a building’s operation, and model different systems and

see what that means to service, costs and efficiency,” says Hopping. In the long term, systems integrators will “keep alive” the digital twin, which is connected to all of the building’s sensors to use it to perform predictable analytics outside of the building. The digital twin produces a live, ongoing record of the building, explains Hopping. A similar example in the building industry is Thyssenkrupp’s MAX predictive maintenance tool using technology dedicated to fine-tuning the operation of any conveyance system

it is contracted to maintain. “Digital twins give granular control and position use of these buildings and potentially mitigate how people’s behaviors effect technologies in place,” explains Pascarella. “In any given building at any given time, it [a digital twin] makes it easy to see and fix things when they are happening.”

Trust in Tech Clients may be tentative about the adoption of full-on digital integration and automating every aspect of their building and interiors for a few reasons, observes Herd. “Cli-

ents are reluctant to overcomplicate and automate controls for the fear that limited resources in the future will not enable the client to support the building in a successful way. Smart buildings can be complex and require trained people to run them. He suggests a frank conversation to determine whether the benefits of a proposed overall system outweigh the drawbacks, but the most important part of that conversation should be a common goal of continued vigilance. “Everyone should plan for a post-occupancy ‘tuning’ process that extends

well after the building is up and running.” In renovation situations, a systematic approach to bringing a building to the digital age is a viable option, says Pascarella. Owners making renovations to bring new value to old properties can implement one technology at a time, Beta Test it, and then decide whether it is worth it or to move forward. You don’t have to go it alone to capture the value of IT in smart buildings. This is an opportunity for architects to partner with professionals in the systems integrations marketplace, such

as Siemens or Johnson Controls, who have such teams in-house, advises Pascarella. Another rule of thumb when it comes to technology, is keeping it simple and solving the right problem. “Do your best to try not to make this too complex. It doesn’t have to be the most advanced thing out there,” stresses Pascarella. “It needs to solve a well-defined problem and it should directly solve that problem. You don’t always need the most bells and whistles; then you are just adding complexity.” £

MAXIMUM RELIABILITY Project: Brown University’s Engineering Research Center, Providence, R.I. Architect: KieranTimberlake Engineer: BuroHappold


Working with architects KieranTimberlake, BuroHappold and the rest of the project team successfully employed an integrated project delivery approach at Brown University’s new Engineering Research Center, which opened in 2017 and has become a model of smart sustainability.

Thyssenkrupp Elevator now introduces MAX, its IoT-based predictive maintenance system in France at the energy supplier EDF’s headquarter in Paris. MAX continuously and accurately monitors elevators’ functions. The real-time data collected by sensors in the elevators are sent to the Microsoft Azure platform where they are analyzed by a learning system using Artificial Intelligence. The system anticipates which technical components need to be serviced or replaced before any failure occurs.


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Over-Arching Values Gateway to the West leads to science, nature and mid-century splendor. A recent spring outing to St. Louis brought us to Eero Saarinen’s iconic Gateway Arch in all its mid-century splendor, which is much the same as when it was built. However, our trek was rewarded with an expanded and renovated Gateway Arch Museum. The new museum portrays a rich tapestry of the American West’s history, including perspectives of women, indigenous Americans, slaves, and even children, who played a role in American’s Westward expansion. Riding the chain-and-bearing tram up the stainless steel structure was an experiential exhibit in itself: crammed in a space-age pod

The Mills Fleet Farm Parking Garage in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minn.

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Sullivan and Saarinen may have admired each other’s unique design aesthetic. traveling to the apex of a rare architectural monument is both terrifying and memorable; and the ride reminded me that as Saarinen intended, the Arch is best admired from the outside as a beautiful, inspiring structure and technical feat. “Conveying significant meaning is part of the inspirational purpose of architecture, and therefore, for me, it is a fundamental principle of our art.” The following day, a visit to the Sullivan Gallery at the St. Louis Museum evoked Sullivan’s similar conviction that there was a deeper meaning in architecture; but rather than the sleek, space-age object of Saarinen’s mid-century modern times, Sullivan’s ornamental details are based on our bonds with nature and the idea that our environment has the power to shape our behavior. As nature is the ultimate architect, organic ornamental embellishments emphasized the port columns and entrances of Sullivan’s high-rise designs. Both architects’ works symbolize the foundations of our nation, and their popular longevity serves to remind us that we are still a nation of migrants whose prosperity is inextricably linked to nature.

Dri-Design Wall Panels with Perforated Imaging are featured at the entrances of the Mills Fleet Farm Parking Garage; they depict a natural woods scene that enlivens the streetscape and provides much needed parking for local venues in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis. Circle 278

Bringing a little biophilia into a downtown parking structure camouflages necessities of urban life while reminding city dwellers to seek shelter in quieter, softly textured scenes from nature. And just like their imprinted design of tree foliage, the perforated panels allow light and air to stream through in refreshingly random patterns.

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TAKE COVER En-Fold is a pre-engineered, stadium-grade, automated retractable awning system. It can safely remain fully deployed in winds up to 90 mph and is available in a variety of configurations and sizes to fit any space. Manufactured by Uni-Systems, En-Fold offers more than 1,500 sq. ft. of covered outdoor space at the rooftop level at the push of a button, to create an outdoor room sheltered from strong sun, winds and other inclement conditions. Circle 379

En-Fold offers more than 1,500 sq. ft. of covered outdoor space on rooftops, creating an outdoor room sheltered from the sun, wind and other inclement weather conditions.


The En-Fold stadium-grade retractable awning system enhances the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel’s rooftop lawn, providing an attractive, high-end solution to ensure the facility is available for year-round use. The En-Fold canopy itself has an extension of 26 ft.-9 in. and is 63-ft. wide. Seven aluminum extrusions support Sefar TENARA 4T40 fabric that provides protection from the sun, wind and rain when fully extended.

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SPRING AWAKENING Inspired by the early, free-flowing shoots of early spring, the Ivy pendant is crafted from satin bronzed metalwork that’s paired with glass shades available in opal and smoked finishes. The collection, from London maker CTO Lighting, also includes several wall and floor fixtures. Circle 378



STANDS UP TO WIND AND RAIN This 3-in. louver has been tested to meet Miami-Dade standards for impact and wind-driven rain. Its closely spaced blades prevent rain penetration and its lowmaintenance extruded-aluminum construction offers high resistance to corrosion. Circle 377

UNIKA VAEV ecoustic Sculpt

Ecoustic Sculpt tiles are supplied standard with sound screen mesh. This acoustic fabric enhances the acoustic performance of the tile, and has been specifically designed to complement the full range of ecoustic ceiling and wall tile systems.

ATTENTION DRAWN UPWARD A ceiling can now be a work of art thanks to ecoustic Sculpt Ceiling Tiles by unika vaev. An award-winning acoustic ceiling tile collection, it is available in nine striking designs with the ability to create custom profiles for specific interiors. It achieves a high level of acoustic performance by virtue of its shape, construction and the combination of Instyles’s ecoustic SC panels and sound mesh. The tiles can be installed easily into existing or new fit outs and can be easily removed to gain access to services. Circle 376



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Fire Resistant. Design Consistent. TONE-ON-TONE An eye-catching pattern of interlocking brushed-silver and brushed-gold forms highlights the six-lamp Adagio pendant. The collection also includes single-lamp and island pendants, along with a sconce. All are controllable with standard wall dimmers. Circle 375


Fire-Rated Aluminum Window And Door Systems Aluflam has a complete offering of true extruded aluminum fire-rated vision doors, windows and glazed wall systems, fire-rated for up to 120 minutes. Available in all architectural finishes, our products are almost indistinguishable from non-fire-rated doors and windows. You won’t have to compromise aesthetics to satisfy safety regulations.

Stand out acoustic solutions have been found in the form of lighting fixtures and now in decoratively dimensional acoustical felt panels. For designers working with a standard grid ceiling, these undulating profiles are a simple and effective method to add a refreshing variation to the design landscape.

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Falls are the construction industry’s leading cause of death, an issue addressed by the new Fall Protection Grating System for floor-access doors. Compatible with most existing doors, the aluminum grating features stainless steel hardware and an automatic holdopen device, along with a unique hinge that allows the panel to open to a full 90 degrees. Circle 374

Five international artists designs inspired 5x5, a new digitally printed Crypton upholstery collection. Each artist’s design is printed in five colorways at Designtex’s state-of-the-art digital printing facility in Portland, Maine. A portion of the proceeds from this collection will benefit RxArt, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help children heal through the extraordinary power of visual art. Circle 373

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COMPARE AND CONTRAST Designers with R2L:Architects in Washington, D.C., paired two profiles of metal panels in a recent project to create a rooftop common area for an apartment project in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. The prePATINA graphitegrey Flat Lock Tiles and Standing Seam Panels help define the space, with a geometry that’s complemented by other materials in the plan. Circle 372

RHEINZINK Flat Lock Tiles, Standing Seam Panels

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Artisan Shingles offer the look of traditional cedar shake products, with the long-lasting performance of fiber cement. The variety of individual shingle widths and detailed woodgrain patterns add to authenticity. The shingles are available primed and prefinished. Circle 371

Titan Grey is the new Granite Collection Classic Series color engineered with Bianco Montorfano, a granite quarried in the Northwest of Italy. This fine-to-medium grained grey granite blends white, grey and black crystals to perfection and is scratch, crack, burn, mold and stain resistant, offering color consistency and ease of maintenance. Circle 370

With its ball and claw feet, the Ashburn freestanding cast iron bathtub takes its cues from the 18th-century bateau bath. At just 59 in., the piece is conveniently compact while still offering the comforts of a classic double-ended design. Also available in a skirted version called Tweed, the bathtubs come in polished, painted, primed for additional painting and raw metal finishes. Circle 369


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FILL ’ER UP Expanding its East Square collection, Newport Brass introduces a new freestanding tub filler. The tub stands 36.5-in. high, comes with an integrated hand shower and is available in polished chrome, polished nickel and satin nickel finishes. Circle 367

A CODE THAT WON’T CRACK Designed using an artful interpretation of technology, coding and data, Patcraft has created a new luxury vinyl tile in 15 refined colorways. Named Creative Code its varying hues dispersed throughout each tile along with both neutral and bright color options make it a good fit for branding, wayfinding, color blocking and mixing. The tiles are available in 12-in. × 24-in. and contain 20-mil wear layer to enhance product durability and performance in high demand environments and an ExoGuard+ finish that provides enhanced scratch and stain resistance. Circle 368

Good chemistry.

Our superior chemistry delivers stronger stone. Calcium silicate’s internal chemistry is different from that of concrete and far superior. A natural reaction chemically binds the elements into a homogeneous unit – a replication of how natural stone is created in the earth, delivering the most durable, strongest manufactured product on the market. |

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A BETA APPROACH Beta cylinder fixtures, in surface-mount, cable pendant and rigid pendant models, offer a streamlined profile in white, black and matte-chrome finishes. Designers can choose from multiple beam spreads and lumen packages. Circle 366


Pursuit housings can be connected to form an uninterrupted ribbon of light without any breaks or light leaks.


The practical requirement for ambient or task lighting in a space requires visible light sources and their luminaires to become icons of design. These divine details complement the architecture of a space with thoughtful construction of housings, closures, mounting and lens designs.

NO MORE SEPARATION ANXIETY Pursuit exterior linear luminaire from Architectural Area Lighting (AAL) opens a world of unlimited opportunity for lighting designers. The visible presence of section separations in linear exterior luminaires is traditionally considered necessary to achieve longer, continuous runs. How? Pursuit housings can be connected to form an uninterrupted ribbon of light up to 150 ft. without any breaks or light leaks. Pursuit removes the need for separations by providing seamless continuous runs with IP68 end-to-end internal connections, and a continuous, external diffuser. The diffuse lens material is shipped in a coil which can then be installed onsite after multiple housing sections have been attached to one another. Circle 365

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STRING PATTERN Recently, 3form launched a new addition to the Full Circle collection with a team of textile artisans in Magelang, Indonesia. Inspired by long-lasting global relationships created by Full Circle, string was used throughout the new patterns to represent the connections and intersections the program fosters between people and communities. What resulted is four new stunning patterns that can be used in a variety of 3form products. Circle 364



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An online gallery features a variety of patterns created using different WoodWorks Shapes ceiling panels and finishes.

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ARMSTRONG WoodWorks Tegular

STANDARD SHAPES NOW AVAILABLE Formerly available only in custom shapes and sizes, WoodWorks Shapes for DESIGNFlex by Armstrong Ceilings are now available in standard 45-degree and 60-degree triangles, parallelograms and trapezoids, offering wood look without custom lead times. Available in 13 standard real wood veneer finishes, WoodWorks Shapes Tegular ceiling panels have been seismically tested for installation with a heavy-duty Suprafine XM suspension system. An online DESIGNFlex Pattern Gallery features a variety of pre-designed patterns that can be created using different WoodWorks Shapes ceiling panels and finishes. Circle 363


CREATING A SPLASH As a multilayered, ultra-thin 0.25-in. (6-mm) decorative laminate that emits light evenly across its surface, LumiSplash has impressive impact-, scratch-, chemical- and abrasion-resistant properties. LumiSplash is the first ultra-thin, lighted laminate system with no air gap required for LEDs. This system uses a Light Bar and Light Guide Panel to produce luminance across a translucent surface. Using this system, it combines art with lighting in a durable laminate, creating a unique focal point for any home or business. It comes with necessary electrical components to simply plug into a 110-volt receptor or it can also be hardwired for permanent installations by a local electrician. It is suitable for most vertical and horizontal applications where other decorative laminates could be used. Circle 362

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MODERN BENCH Nienkämper’s Perplex Bench is a unique and versatile seating solution created by industrial design group, Fig40. Officially introduced at NeoCon in Chicago, the bench is defined by a minimalist, gently sloped shape that adds sculptural flare to a variety of commercial, hospitality and residential spaces. The sloped bench also effectively prevents water from pooling on the surface of the bench. Made of Ductal, a ultrahigh performance fiber reinforced concrete and durable cast aluminum components, the bench is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. Circle 361

NIENKÄMPER Perplex Bench

The Perplex bench is made of a ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete and durable cast aluminum.


AROUND THE GLOBE Spanish designer Antoni Arola joins two-halfspheres of blown-opal glass with an aluminum ring (in white or graphite finishes) to create the globe-shaped fixture at the heart of his Palma collection. Alone, or in groupings suspended by aircraft cable, mounted as sconces or configured as table lamps, the luminaires provide dimmable, ambient illumination for a range of settings. Circle 360



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ACCENTUATE ACOUSTICS MUTO products from Soelberg offer the ability to turn function into high design. The PET-core acoustical divider panels offer visual interest with graphic geometry, color and texture with high-functioning noise control. The NRC Value of the acoustic divider panels may be boosted with the addition of 0.5-in. MUTO acoustical slab panels backer. Monochrome or two-tone designs are available in up to 12 different colorways. Circle 359


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OPPOSING VIEWS Tek Vue from Teknion was designed in response to customers’ increased emphasis on aesthetics, simplicity and value. The system focuses on single-center glazing and thin-profile frames, while providing effortless integration with conventional building construction and existing Teknion wall programs. Tek Vue wall and door programs are built on the concept of a universal platform, which re-envisions a system that can be specified, planned and installed within constantly evolving architecture and interiors. Circle 358


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Morin systems feature over 25 integrated profiles, combined with a wide choice of colors, corners, perforation options, and natural metals. Our systems provide unique design solutions for you to create and specify your own custom look. Integrity, Matrix and Pulse Series feature a common interlocking joint detail allowing you to mix and match, creating an unparalleled range of aesthetic effects.

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Inspired Product + Material Choices

Exterior Metal Panels + Cornice Alucobond

A steel frame, the façade is made of aluminum sheets bonded to a polyethylene core, fine articulation of the off-white skin material keeps water from leaving dirty streaks.

Aluminum Windows SchĂźco USA

Horizontal Pivot Glass offers a solution for intelligent openings, which can be used to create panoramic formats, while also creating more flexible room ventilation to optimize user comfort.

Window Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass Solarban 60 blocks 66% of total solar energy while allowing 70% of visible light to pass through. This combination produces an excellent light to solar gain ratio: 1.79.



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433 Broadway 433 Broadway walks a fine line between historic form and modern function, visually blending in to Manhattan’s historic SOHO district. Owned by Cubico, it is the first building entirely devoted to shared workspace constructed from the ground up. With this came a host of design challenges to allow varied companies to coexist—and thrive—within the same workspace. “Because it is being used by any number of different people, we wanted it to be as general and anonymous as possible,” says Nelson Vega, Associate Principal, AIA, RKTB Architects. RKTB also set out to avoid enclosed spaces that would block daylight from getting deep into each floor, with a lot of interior transparency while also achieving acoustic isolation between independent office spaces. Likely the biggest hurdle, though, was meeting the historic SOHO landmark requirements. RKTB designed 433 Broadway to make reference to the neighborhood’s historic cast iron construction, while still maintaining a 21st-century feel. “One of the things you are concerned about with when you build in NYC is the dirt factor,” says Carmi Bee, FAIA, President, RTKB Architects. “Brick hides a lot of that dirt, but in this case, we have an off-white Alucobond building. The way we dealt with this is through the detailing of the skin: there is a lot of articulation to keep water from running straight down the building. Instead it drops off in specific areas, eliminating the problem of streaks of dirt.”


Carmi Bee, FAIA, President, RKTB Architects is committed to creating environments that serve human needs and develop a sense of historic continuity.

Nelson Vega, Assoc. AIA, Associate Principal, RKTB Architects coordinates design and construction efforts for residential and commercial projects.


Project: 433 Broadway, New York City Opened: 2015 Owner: Omari Properties; Cubico Architect/Interiors: RKTB Architects Concrete Construction: Champ Construction Geotechnical Engineer: Langan Engineering Structural Engineer: Wexler & Associates MEP Engineer: Abraham Joselow, P.C., P.E. Photography: © Albert Vecerka/ESTO, courtesy RKTB unless otherwise noted


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“There is a lot of articulation to keep water from running straight down the building. Instead it drops off in specific areas, eliminating the problem of streaks of dirt.” —Carmi Bee, FAIA, President, RTKB Architects



Stone Base

For the entrance, a custom canopy was developed by a local fabricator that manufactures structural steel and miscellaneous iron products, including stairs and rails.

ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems

The darker stone base stands in contrast to the white Alucobond panels.


Country Wide Stone

Barone Steel Fabricators

Lobby Custom Furnishing The tiered reception desk was custom designed by Carmi Bee, President of RKTB Architects, with a strip of light illuminating each tiered surface. YD Design (fabricator)

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Surfaces To the architect’s knowledge, this is the first “ground up” office building in New York City entirely devoted to shared work space. Floors two through six contain shared workspaces that are divided by glass partitions and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of SoHo. Contract Furnishings

• Chairs from Coaster Co. • Desks that are sit/stand tables: YD Design (fabricator)



The LED pendant fixtures are 15 in. wide, and 7 in. deep, and are available in a lacquered aluminum, brass or painted finish.

Italian Porcelain tile used in the offices and kitchenettes is a wood-effect tile which has the look of the rugged material and is low-maintenance, lowwater absorption, and is stain resistant.


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The most interesting AIA-approved courses on the internet are streaming video

Here are some of the latest courses available free on in full HD video.

Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming? This course is a recording of a presentation from GreenBuild 2018. According to experts, carbon emissions from the built environment need to peak within the next 15 years for Earth to have a chance of staying below the global warming tipping point.

The Pathway to NetZero PLUS with Pearl Homes & Sonnen, Using Solar and Smart Home

Measuring Up Healthy Buildings: Modes, Methods, and Meaning for Discovery and Practice

Selecting and Specifying a Railing System for Your Building Project

A video recording of a presentation delivered at GreenBuild 2018: for more than a decade, experts have sought an answer to the solar energy conundrum: How to generate and store clean solar for our homes and businesses.

A video recording of a course presented at Greenbuild 2018: Sustainable buildings have typically been measured in two ways: by their reduction in resource consumption and their achievement of green building certifications.

An overview of codes, safety of use and fall protection, material selection, secure installation methods and design that must be considered when selecting or specifying a commercial or residential railing system.

Innovative Water Conservation Fixture Systems This course explores critical issues related to water usage and the need for water conservation awareness and implementation.

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Meeting the Living Building Challenge Architect Brian Court will give an overview of the LBC, design strategies for the Bullitt Center and highlight virtues of heavy timber structural systems such as renewability, contribution to energy efficiency and light carbon footprint.

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Converging Architectural + Performance Goals

UNC Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science Trying to increase connectivity and sense of community on its campus, MARBIONC’s vision is to position the state’s marine biotechnology industry as a key element in realizing economic and environmental solutions on a global scale.

Located 100 yards from the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway and 500 yards from the Atlantic Ocean, UNC Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science was designed to provide space for large companies, start-ups and other educational institutions to further the Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina’s (MARBIONC) mission to stimulate economic development in North Carolina through the discovery and development of



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new products and technologies derived from living organisms found in the sea. According to Mark Sealy, AIA, LEED AP, project director, principal, EYP, it was crucial to both the client and the design team to create a dramatic presence on campus while also creating synergy between the new research building and adjacent, existing academic buildings. Further, because of the nature of

building (research) and the construction type—post-tensioned concrete—coordination of penetrations had to be spot on. “Combined with a very tight site campus noise restrictions, construction phasing, and the fact that the facility was designed to be leased privately—vs. used by the college itself—collaboration and open communication proved key to the ultimate success of the project,” says Sealy.

Designing the building also included thoughtful planning of laboratory and office spaces to protect against potential damage from natural disasters resulting from its location on the coast. MARBIONIC

“Climate and geography had a significant impact on the design,” says Sealy. The research facility is located in a coastal and corrosive environment, so carefully selecting appropriate exterior material was crucial.

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UNC Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science, Wilmington, N.C. Owner: State of North Carolina through The University of North Carolina Wilmington


The research facility includes 18 labs, 7 environmental control rooms, tissue culture rooms, two microscopy labs, electrophysiology lab, two autoclave/ media sterilization rooms, inoculation clean room, offices, conference facilities and a food service area.

Architect and Interior Design: EYP


A priority in designing the building was respecting the wetlands on site, especially given that the building is situated adjacent to an existing wetland. A raised footbridge traverses the wetlands between the parking areas and main building, allowing users and visitors to experience the natural surroundings as they approach the entry. In fact, along that path, you may get to see a Venus flytrap—native to this area only. Stormwater management is carefully separated and strategically diverted to a series of bio-retention cells that complement the natural wetlands and outdoor hardscape areas. Stormwater is further directed across the parking areas via planted island conveyance swales and ultimately to a newly created, constant body of water wet pond.


The structure is cast-in-place concrete with a post-tensioned floor slab, and features a brick veneer and metal stud backup with continuous insulation and fluid applied membrane air barrier. The fenestration depicts programs inside with punched windows at research lab areas and curtainwall at public and non-research areas. All glazing units are three layered, fully tempered insulating units with laminated exterior lights for maximum wind-borne debris impact resistance. Due to the private and restricted nature of the research incubator space, laboratories are located on the building’s interior side, with the offices closer to the exterior serving as an insulator and additional buffer in the case of exterior damage or penetration during a storm.

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single pass air, with a glycol/water energy recovery system on lab exhausts. Due to concern for the HVAC system and how it handled the humidity, Steve Sharpe, energy manager for UNCW, selected Smardt chillers using Danfoss Turbocor compressors. “Summers can get pretty swampy on the North Carolina coast,” says Sharpe. “We have to deal with high

latent loads for cooling. But it’s a mid-Atlantic region, so we experience climate variations throughout the year. Consequently, we decided to build a chiller plant that could take advantage of that wide range of operating conditions and still run reliably. If we lose cooling, we can lose research—which is very bad. As it turned out, Smardt centrifugal chillers with magneticbearing variable-speed compressors could

handle that range of conditions with 100% reliability.” The Central Plant Energy Control System (CPECS) report from 2016 to 2017 shows the plant ran 6,687 hours using 1,123,373 kWh for an average annual plant efficiency of 0.576 kW/ton. A baseline ASHRAE Standard 90.1 plant modeled on those same hours would have had an efficiency of 1.034 kW/ton, consuming an extra 929,529

kWh and costing an additional $67,855. “There’s the rule of thumb concerning supplying conditioned air at 55°F and producing 45°F chilled water supply temperatures (CHWST) year-round. But, when you are using those hard, static setpoints, you lose big opportunities to save energy,” says Sharpe.

not work as hard. If you have a plant that can unload efficiently, run at those part-load conditions, and take advantage of cooler outside conditions, the savings cascade hour by hour, day by day. We’re saving a lot of money, with a payback well under five years, with less maintenance and 100% uptime—all while shrinking our facility’s carbon footprint.”

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HVAC Energy manager Sharpe aimed to build the chilled water plant to exceed ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. By using this standard as a baseline and following other ASHRAE recommendations, such as chiller plant optimization, Sharpe knew he could reduce the chilled water plant energy consumption by nearly 40%. ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 requires selecting chillers optimized for part-load conditions as gauged by the Integrated Part Load Value (IPLV) metric. IPLV measures chiller efficiency over a range of operating conditions—precisely the situation Sharpe was facing. “Our climate extremes are 97.5°F (36°C) dry bulb and 88.3°F (31°C) wet bulb temperatures,” says Sharpe. “These conditions are very taxing on a system. The MARBIONC building uses nearly 100% outside air. So, when you have high wet bulb temperatures, you have to ring the moisture out of the outside air being supplied inside,” says Sharpe. Outdoors, the high humidity hampers evaporation, making it tough for cooling towers to reject heat into the atmosphere. “Fortunately, in actual day-to-day operation, less than 150 hours a year occur at the highest dry bulb and wet bulb temperatures,” adds Sharpe. “This offers a lot of potential to save energy at all the hours spent at lower operating conditions.” Based on ASHRAE recommendations at that time, the most efficient type of plant would be a single, primary-flow, fully variable-volume chiller plant. In this design, variable-speed pumps circulate chilled water to cooling coils in air handlers that provide space cooling. Along with variable-speed pumps, variablespeed chillers are employed because they can track the variable thermal load very closely, saving energy for the remaining 8,610 hours operating below peak load. To take maximum advantage of all the hours below full load, Sharpe selected two 750-ton Smardt WA240 water-cooled variable-speed chillers. Each chiller uses five Danfoss Turbocor TT400 oil-free magnetic-bearing centrifugal compressors, individually rated at 150 tons nominal. “Variable-speed multi-compressor chiller technology provides outstanding annual building efficiency in a climate like ours,” says Sharpe. “The key is to use multiple compressors that can throttle back or ‘turn down’ capacity to match the reduced load. At low loads, multiple compressors also mean the chiller can shut down compressors to keep them running in their Unlike positive-displacement reciprocating and efficiency sweet spot.” screw compressors that use brute force to create lift, centrifugal compressors use impellers to create lift similar to a jet engine, says Sharpe.



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750-ton Smardt WA240 water-cooled variablespeed chillers. Each chiller uses five Danfoss Turbocor TT400 oilfree magnetic-bearing centrifugal compressors, individually rated at 150 tons nominal.


Central Plant Energy Control System (CPECS) 2016 to 2017: 6,687 hours using 1,123,373 kWh Average Annual Plant Efficiency: 0.576 kW/ton Baseline ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Plant Modeled Efficiency: Consuming: 929,529 kWh 1.034 kW/ton Costing: +$67,855


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Old-World Brewpub Mixes Charm with Boston Character Having a reclaimed wood appearance, the brewery team needed flooring that would stand up to heavy foot traffic.


economic justice organizer-turned-brewer, James Razsa, and veteran brewer, Jason Taggart, opened up the brewery in 2018. Razsa, Taggart and their team wanted to establish a brewery that blended old-world brewpub charm with classic Boston character. Democracy opened for business on the Fourth of July—fitting for a brewery that describes itself as celebrating “Boston’s rowdy revolutionary history from the 1700s to the present.” CRITERIA: A challenge in any hospitality space, the flooring chosen needed to stand up to heavy foot traffic and food or drink spills that were likely to happen in such a busy space. Designers knew from the start luxury vinyl would be an ideal choice for the brewery.

“We wanted the luxury vinyl to have a reclaimed wood appearance. The color fit in seamlessly with the other design elements while also acting as the perfect backdrop for the space,” said Michelle Acosta, Embarc interior designer. “Everything fell into place—the graining was right, the color was ideal, the price point was perfect. It was a no-brainer for the project.”


STAND UP TO FOOT TRAFFIC Luxury vinyl flooring was chosen to stand up to foot traffic and drink spills that were bound to happen in a busy place.

SOLUTION: EMBARC, the Boston-based architect and design firm, called upon Parterre Flooring to outfit the 2880-sq.-ft. space. From working on previous projects together, Acosta knew that Parterre’s Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) designs would fit the look and needs for Democracy Brewing.

Acosta eventually selected Heart Pine, a natural wood look from Parterre’s InGrained Resilient Plank collection, for the entire second floor space. Heart Pine fit perfectly with the aesthetic for which the owners of Democracy Brewing were striving. The design team paired elements like exposed brick walls and textured plaster ceilings with the flooring to tie the old in with the new. “All the finishes in the space are grittier, but with a warmth and refinement to them. The flooring tied in well with that aesthetic,” adds Acosta.

NATURAL WOOD LOOK Parterre Flooring’s Heart Pine fit seamlessly with the aesthetic for which the owners of Democracy Brewing were striving.

Democracy Brewing Boston, Mass. Design Team: EMBARC PRODUCT SPECS:

InGrained Resilient Plank Collection in Heart Pine

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Plumbing Fixtures

Neighborhood Inspiration A boutique hotel in the heart of Wrigleyville, Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way is one of the most popular destinations in Chicago’s North Side. CHALLENGE: Located

just across the street from Wrigley Field, the hotel is certainly a hot spot during Chicago Cubs’ home games, but also attracts guests for its fine dining options, state-of-the-art meeting areas—like the American Airlines Conference Center—and entertainment and shopping options at Gallagher Way. When the boutique hotel was built in 2018, it only had to look across the street to Wrigley Field for inspiration for its commercial restroom products.

Hotel Zachary sports a timeless design throughout the facility, drawing on inspiration from Wrigley Field architect and Chicagoan, Zachary Taylor Davis to provide guests with an authentic, neighborhood experience with a subtle nod to baseball.


As one of the most popular, new year-round destinations on Chicago’s North Side, the hotel needed restroom fixtures that could stand up to heavy traffic.

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Hotel Zachary draws on inspiration from Wrigley Field architect Zachary Taylor Davis, with an authentic neighborhood experience and a subtle nod to baseball.

SOLUTION: Sloan effectively complemented that design vision with products that extend the hotel’s charm into the restroom. Hotel Zachary specified Sloan Optima EAF-700 faucets, customized with a Brushed Amber Gold aesthetic to match the trim along the restroom mirrors, as well as the handlebars in the water closet stalls. The gooseneck-style faucets also provide guests with a touchless hand-washing solution to promote proper hygiene and minimize cross-contamination across the rest of the hotel. Sloan Royal 111 ESS flushometers deliver 1.28 gpf to provide a high-efficiency flush, helping to promote water conservation. With automatic sensor operation, the flushometers work in tandem with Sloan faucets to create a completely hands-free restroom experience. The flushometers work alongside Sloan hybrid urinals and ST-2459 water closets—each composed of vitreous china with vandal-resistant design.

EFFICIENCY PARTNER Sloan outfits the Chicago Cubs’ clubhouse, as well as the concourse with sustainable plumbing products, and is now providing Hotel Zachary communal lobby restrooms with those same amenities.

Hotel Zachary Chicago, Ill. Design Team: VOA Assocs. PRODUCT SPECS:

Optima EAF-100 Faucets in Brushed Amber Gold; Royal 111 ESS Flushometers; ST-2459 Water Closets; SU-1009 Hybrid Urinals

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Metal Fabrications

DESIGNING A BRAND In 2018, Celebrity Cruises Port Everglades unveiled a renovated Terminal 25, its first branddesigned terminal located within the port.

Creating a Visual Voyage Aptly named Florida’s “powerhouse port,” Port Everglades represents one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. The design vision included a more visually dynamic façade. CHALLENGE: Update

the façade of Celebrity Cruises Port Everglades terminal. The port is one of the top three cruise ports in the world and among the most active containerized cargo ports in the U.S. In 2018, Celebrity Cruises unveiled a renovated Terminal 25 (T25), its first brand-designed cruise terminal located within the port.

CRITERIA: At the helm of the renovation was architects Bermello Ajamil & Partners who had a vision to create a visual voyage for those waiting to embark. Part of this included a visually dynamic façade. SOLUTION: A combined 2300 sq. ft. of GKD Mediamesh and 800 sq. ft. of Tigris metal fabric were specified to fulfill this vision. When being introduced to the project, GKD was selected in part for their ability to produce a product that achieved the aesthetic vision, but was also functional. The idea was to have Mediamesh display a simple PSA or advertising messages from the interior portion of the port. It was also entertained to have the Mediamesh serve a similar function outside of the building. According to Andy Franks, regional sales manager, GKD Metal Fabrics, the major task was communicating with the architects to understand their vision, and being able to provide an elevated product that also served a purpose.

The marriage of high-end architectural design and digital media combine to provide a transparent LED façade, capable of displaying anything—from branding graphics to video, live broadcast feeds to conceptual art. The metal fabric features a patented



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system of LED modules, which are interwoven into the robust stainless steel metal fabric. The LED aspect of Mediamesh allows for unlimited message delivery options. Messages can quickly be substituted, allowing for news or weather. Being on the Florida coast, T25 would quickly benefit from providing up-to-date weather conditions, arrival times and more to visitors. Once Mediamesh was determined for the renovation, GKD immediately faced a challenging situation. The construction schedule was one year, a very tight window for two Mediamesh projects of that scale. The contractors had to demo the terminal, remove all mechanical equipment and completely rebuild the entire building. “When dealing with Mediamesh, regardless of the size of the screen, there is a great deal of back-end work and coordination that has to be done,” said Mike Leonard, Technical Director of Mediamesh Systems with GKD Metal Fabrics. “Creating an architectural media façade requires more than half of the components to be integrated into the architecture. Considering the extremely brutal environment of South Florida, we had to take serious additional considerations in the designs and integration of our product.”

Port Everglades Fort Lauderdale, Fla. METAL FABRIC GKD Mediamesh and 800 sq. ft. of Tigris metal fabric feature a patented system of LED modules, which are interwoven into the stainless steel metal fabric.

Design Team: Bermello Ajamil & Partners PRODUCT SPECS:

GKD Mediamesh, Size 2300 sq. ft. Tigris metal fabric Size 800 sq. ft.

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To create efficiencies during the tight construction window, GKD was able to speed up the design process through 3D modeling to ensure everything was manufactured correctly.




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McCormick HQ Hunt Valley, Md.


Design Team: STUDIOS Architecture PRODUCT SPECS:

Winduo IGUs; Guardian Glass’ triple-silver, low-E SunGuard SNX 51/23 coating on clear glass, SNX62/27 coating on Crystal Gray glass

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Glass Key Ingredient for 130-Year-Old HQ McCormick & Co.’s 350,000-sq.-ft., seven-floor new global headquarters based in Hunt Valley, Md. features nearly 85,000 sq. ft. of glass and serves as the centerpiece of a world-class, growing corporate campus. CHALLENGE: The Washington, D.C.-based office of STUDIOS Architecture designed the base building of the 130-year-old McCormick & Co.’s headquarters to be sleek, modern and energy efficient. The four-year project involved stripping an existing utilitarian building down to its concrete and steel structure, adding a refined glass curtainwall, and carving out a central atrium to provide natural daylighting, open floor plans and a variety of workspaces to cultivate innovation and collaboration among nearly 1000 employees.

“The vision for the new headquarters drew inspiration from the entire site to express McCormick’s identity—locally and globally,” said Ashton Allan, principal at STUDIOS Architecture. The landscape incorporates plants native to the region, evoking colors and textures that are found in spices around the world. The project’s color palette focused on fundamental agricultural elements— earth, trees and sky—expressed through materials including stone, wood and glass. “Ultimately, we were able to achieve our design goals, while simultaneously establishing a strong identity for McCormick.”


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“Utilizing glass enabled the design team to optimize the amount of daylight passing through the building—from the exterior through to the offices, amenity spaces and central atrium— as well as reduce unwanted solar heat gain and match desired aesthetics,” said Allan.



the project’s façade, JEB fabricated Winduo insulating glass units (IGUs) featuring Guardian Glass’ triple-silver, low-E SunGuard SNX 51/23 coating on clear glass and SNX62/27 coating on CrystalGray glass. In addition, JEB supplied approximately 5000 sq. ft. of Vitro Architectural Glass’ tinted Optiblue laminated glass panels for rooftop guardrails and architectural fly-bys. The IGUs and laminated glass panels were captured in custom aluminum framing provided by Northern Façades, which also incorporates a horizontal sunshade system by Clover Architectural Products on the south-facing elevation. The building, which is located near three of the company’s manufacturing facilities, also features state-of-the-art test kitchens, as well as a café, coffee bar, pantries and a culinary training center, among other employee amenities.

THE RIGHT MIX Mixing high-performance glass and other energy efficient features was a recipe for success, as McCormick’s headquarters is expected to earn LEED Gold Certification.



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Façade Revamps Old San Jose Office Building Designers customized a glass façade for San Jose’s 111 Market Square to attract new tenants. CHALLENGE: MODULUS

Architects customized a second-skin glass façade for 111 Market Square; the back-lit decorative glass cladding is a key element in the upgrade of two 1960’s Class B office towers into Class A commercial real estate assets.

CRITERIA: MODULUS was charged with changing the appearance and perception of the two multistory office buildings on a tight construction schedule and budget. The architects started by exploring several economical cladding finishes, including metal panels, but none was able to deliver the desired façade upgrade.

GLASS PANELS The glass panels attach to the building via adjustable metal fittings that tie back to the existing structural beams and concrete façade. The compression attachments eliminate the need for cumbersome glass drilling, speeding installation.


previously worked with Bendheim’s ventilated glass façade systems on another commercial retrofit in San Jose, the architects and developers decided to use decorative glass to achieve the sought-after elegance and sophistication.

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Bendheim’s jewel-like glass cladding changes the way the towers “read,” making them appear lighter and more sophisticated, without requiring expensive modifications to the building mass and window lines. The backlit glass system covers major areas of the exterior walls and creates new overhangs and decorative fins. The translucent white laminated panels of glass reach sizes up to 4 ft. × 6 ft. The architects specified low-iron glass to create a cleaner look that reads whiter, lighter and more modern. Its luminous aesthetic highlights the building. According to MODULUS, the decorative glass façade elements successfully changed the perception of the property, and are expected to deliver substantial return on investment. “The difference in the rent revenues between a Class A and B building is substantial. Clients recognize the value of the design, because they see it on multiple fronts—from aesthetic to monetary payback,” said David Fenster, MODULUS lead architect.



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111 Market Square San Jose, Calif. Design Team: MODULUS PRODUCT SPECS:

Photo Credit: MODULUS

Bendheim’s technical design team collaborated closely with the architects, developers and installers to meet structural, aesthetic and budget goals. The glass façade system is used in several different ways on the project, including a creative staggered panel layout that adds visual complexity, while maintaining a straightforward structural design.

RATE OF RETURN According to the architect, the decorative glass façade elements successfully changed the perception of the property, and are expected to deliver a substantial return on investment.

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Creating a Culture of Performance The goal of creating a culture that is true to New Belgium’s mission is what made translucent sandwich panels such a prominent feature of the company’s brewery in Asheville, N.C. “Culture isn’t what you say; it’s about what you do ... We believe that our dedication to high involvement culture and a loving, high performing workforce sets us apart.” This is the message the people at the New Belgium Brewing Co. want you to know about them and the way they foster a productive and engaged workforce.



New Belgium Brewery in Asheville, N.C. the company’s first on the East Coast, earned three LEED Certifications: Silver for the Distribution Center, Gold for the Brew House and Platinum for the Liquid Center. Plus, it was designed to be a vibrant workplace that encourages collaboration by using natural daylight to take advantage of the brewery’s open floor plan and picturesque views of the French Broad River. The architects, the international firm of Perkins+Will, also successfully incorporated the brewing equipment into their design.

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goal of creating a culture that is true to New Belgium’s mission is what made Kalwall translucent sandwich panels such a prominent feature of the company’s brewery. The panels are used in the clerestory of the brewery’s Liquid Center tasting room and Brew House, as well as for the monitors inside the brewery’s production area. The look is striking and in line with New Belgium’s philosophy of creating a welcoming workplace.

New Belgium Brewery Asheville, N.C. Design Team: Perkins+Will PRODUCT SPECS:

By introducing diffuse natural daylight into a commercial setting, the space not only becomes more energy-efficient, but also more productive. The result? A sustainable facility with a local flavor and a sleek, industrial-style design twist that is representative of both New Belgium and Asheville’s River Arts district.

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OPEN FLOOR PLAN The brewery was designed to be a vibrant workplace by using natural daylight. Perkins+Will also incorporated the brewing equipment into their design.







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Classically inspired modernism was the design intent in the plans that Edgewater, N.J.-based Virgona + Virgona Architects developed for a luxury mixed-use complex in Cliffside Park, N.J. SlenderWall precast panel assemblies allowed designers to offer a natural-stone appearance and easy detailing to create decorative reveals and projections. The panels combine an exterior precast panel with a vapor barrier, closed-cell foam insulation and galvanized interior framing studs into a single assembly. Once they were craned into place, interior finish work could start right away.

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The new Grezzo stone panels are available in a range of panels sizes, enabling greater design and customization options. Inspired by coastal Italy, it is available in three finishes that take their names from sunny Italian beaches: Principe (shown here), San Domino and Sabbie Nere.

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Architects with Cleveland, Ohio-based Vocon were creating a streetscape, not just an apartment building, with their plans for The Quarter, a $60 million, mixeduse housing/retail development in their hometown’s Ohio City neighborhood. Varying shades of OmegaLite ACM panels help define the shifting depths of the building’s façade. In all, more than 27,000 sq. ft. of the material in four finishes were installed using the manufacturer’s one-piece, tight-fit system.

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Pyramid Glass, shown in Azure Blue, is available in 15 pearlescent colors. Designed for large-scale façade applications, panels of the three-dimensional glass material can be ordered in sizes up to 6-ft-6-in. x 11-ft. It can be installed against other wall materials or used as a partition.

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Supported by manufacturers, utilities, industry experts and academia, the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) is driving awareness and adoption of data-driven solutions in the water and wastewater sectors. As global water challenges continue to mount, the forum is actively promoting technology and smart water solutions to support the need for more resilient cities. In our water savers’ coverage, Brown and Caldwell is the newest company to lend its water infrastructure planning and design expertise to SWAN’s expanding resources. The full-service environmental engineering and construction firm recently launched BC Blue, a smart utility approach to efficiently manage and operate water, wastewater and stormwater utilities. The program equips endusers with tools, user-friendly interfaces, improved data quality and artificial intelligence-enhanced analytics for enhanced utility performance.

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Delta Faucet • VoiceIQ


Stone Forest • Elemental Collection




Icera • Palermo II



Ideal for deck-mount faucet installations, Jacuzzi introduces the oval-shaped Amalia and rectangular Adatto. Both provide a wide enough deck for most tub fillers.

Designers can combine stone sinks, wood drawers and steel or wood shelving in unlimited arrangements to create bath consoles and stand-alone storage systems.

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Spaciously designed, the Adina vanity is defined by its clean lines. ADA compliant, both dark cherry and glossy white finishes deliver a nice aesthetic.

Leveraging Amazon-, Alexa- and Google Assistant, VoiceIQ technology enables users to voice activate a sink to dispense the exact amount of water needed.


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Duravit’s Brioso collection offers innovative mirror features, flexible finishes and smart storage with openshelving, matching cabinets and varying sizing options.

At just 1.0 gallons per flush, the Palermo II is ADAcompliant with a chair-height bowl that is compact and elongated for enhanced comfort.


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Solar Control EDITOR’S NOTE:

While there’s no common theme in this month’s selection of daylighting products, each offers its own useful solution for architects. For starters, a new set of GREENGUARD-certified blackout and light-filtering fabrics from Phifer are a great daylight control option. Meanwhile, the LightFlex LED from Sunoptics is a daylighting/LED hybrid, tapping into energy savings while maintaining required light levels. Finally, a Chicago parking garage was transformed from a boring concrete structure into an attracting translucent façade.


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Offering two low-cost options to architects seeking high-quality window blinds, Phifer introduces two new blackout and light-filtering SheerWeave fabrics. Style 7200R combines total light blockage with a neutral, yet subtly variegated pattern while the 7250R offers light filtering. Meanwhile, the 7700R features a soft, textured pattern in both blackout and light-filtering options. The new offerings are certified to GreenGuard standards for low-chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage.




In seeking to hide its unattractive concrete cladding at the Spoke Apartment Complex parking garage in Chicago’s River West, and enabling it to blend in to the attached residential tower covered in glass and brick, Fitzgerald Assocs. Architects specified 17,430 sq. ft. of Kingspan Light + Air | CPI Daylighting’s Pentaglas cladding. The green matte glazing is not only attractive, but it facilitates the movement of daylight and natural air in and out of the garage, and helped put the mixed-use development on track to earn LEED Silver certification.


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With integrated tunable-white LED and lighting controls, the LightFlex LED delivers a hybrid of natural and electric light from the same luminaire. The system delivers color uniformity and the benefit of natural light throughout the day. Together with Sunoptics’ nLight controls, LED lighting is only used when necessary, thereby delivering energy savings.

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“It doesn’t take a lot: if you design green places that are healthy and feel good, the impact of that can be very dramatic in terms of value creation and the ability to change peoples lives, habits, behaviors, beliefs.”


The new gardeners believed in the power of inspiration; faith that if the intention is good, you can accomplish anything.

A Force of Nature Founder of Los Angeles’ Better Buildings Challenge, Ben Stapleton is now the executive director of USGBC-LA chapter. He skillfully yokes the pervasiveness and patience of Mother Nature to create consensus and demonstrate how green building makes economic sense.



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the end of the day, I’m a huge believer in the triple bottom line, and trying to create positive environmental change; it was a little naive in retrospect, but I’m trying to build business models for it.” A green building design budget and detailed operations can only get you so far, says Stapleton; in his experience, creating community is one of the most powerful factors in accelerating the market. In fact, it was involvement in a grass roots community garden project that opened his eyes to what’s possible. The Urban Agriculture cluster initiative in the under-served Watts neighborhood—which aimed to educate people about how to grow food in an urban environment using less water, energy and waste— started with no resources and no funding, but as the idea gained momentum, won a grant for the garden as part of a more environmentally healthy community housing development. The first part of the project to be implemented was the garden, and it became the place where people came together to discuss the development proposals. “The garden gave them a place where they could envision the future as something different, and expose kids to the [green] technologies at this moment,” says Stapleton. The garden initiative in Watts is a powerful demonstration of how, with a noble vision, ideas, hard work, communication and networking, almost anything can happen, says Stapleton. “They believed in the power of their story, the power of inspiration, and faith that if the intention is good, you can accomplish anything.”

Ben Stapleton, chief partnerships officer, LACI, brings a creative mind and consultative approach to real estate advisory.

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Ben Stapleton, the newest leader of the USGBCLA chapter, as well as the LA Clean Tech Incubator, understands the economics of Mother Nature. Raised on a farm in northern Wisconsin, inspired by the cyclical rhythms of nature and the seasons, he wanted to be a naturalist; however, he was also influenced by the tutelage of two astute businessmen in his life: his grandfather and father. Stapleton observed the actions of the two, which indoctrinated him in noble business practices that champion the tenets of integrity, honesty and other principals ahead of “making the deal.” Graduating with a degree in economics, Stapleton aimed to champion investment in firms and companies that make products, or generate energy, with sound business models, and the ability to create positive social impact. Applied to Southern California’s real estate market, Stapleton’s natureimmersed brand of business established the first Clean Tech Practice Group at Jones Lang LaSalle. “It was a centralized place to come together and exchange ideas between project managers.” In his role, Stapleton organized a monthly call with case studies and experts from the green building industry who would explain how clean tech makes business sense while simultaneously affecting the positive transformation of society. More than 150 of his colleagues, including the president of JJL called in to listen. “Today it would have been a podcast,” he jokes. But in all seriousness, Stapleton saw climate change as the most existential threat to his and future generations’ wellbeing. “Essentially, at


The Urban Agriculture cluster initiative was aimed to educate people about how to grow food in an urban environment using less water, energy and waste. The garden gave people a place where they could envision the future as something different, and expose kids to the green technologies of the movement.

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