April 2017

ASID HQ Goes Platinum with Health Focus

ASID’s Platinum designation illustrates the commitment and efforts of ASID and Perkins+Will to include advanced sustainable design practices in the creation of a workspace, says ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “Physical and mental health issues such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and stress, can all be influenced by the choices we make when designing the built environment. ASID is committed to advocate for the integration of health and wellness in all spaces, buildings and communities.” Fiser couldn’t be more pleased with the accomplishment, “We are immensely proud of the efforts of our project team that enabled ASID to achieve LEED Platinum.”Fise

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ARUP’s Spinning Circles Around the Circular Economy

The January-February 2017 issue of AP covered a project at the London Design Festival showcasing the capabilities of CLT (Cross-laminated Timbers); now AP is exposing the Circular Building, a project by Arup that puts the concept of the Circular Economy at the forefront of design. This is not surprising as finite natural resources have become scarcer, raw material prices have increased, as have the value of finished products. Consequently, companies, design firms and communities planning for sustainable and resilient futures are beginning to envision buildings as “material banks,” dealing with buildings like life-sized Legos; after all, Legos can be re-used for generations and like finite re

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Unraveling Custom Carpets

One of the advantages to using large-scale broadloom carpet found in hotel and hospitality designs is that they may be custom designed to evoke the sense of place even inside of a large ballroom or lobby. AP spoke to interior designer and architect, Jim Looney, president of Looney & Assocs., about his experience designing with Axminster carpet. For 21 years, Looney has specialized in interior design for hospitality environments at 4 to 5 star properties. Recently, for his client the Related Companies, Looney specified custom Axminster carpet from Brintons at Hilton West Palm Beach property. Looney says, “The reason we like to use it so often in our properties is from a construction, dura

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Business School Clears the Air

Washington University business school in St. Louis clears the air with natural ventilation and a five-story glass atrium as the centerpiece of a recent $65M renovation project. Washington University connected two adjoining buildings at the heart of the Olin School of Business with a five-story glass atrium as the centerpiece of a $65M renovation. What had been a shared, open courtyard would now be enclosed space, requiring ventilation and smoke controls. The geometry of the structure would essentially trap smoke in the event of a fire. Maintaining unbroken space and allowing natural light to filter through the atrium and illuminate all five levels below is one of the most welcoming design as

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Team Effort at Practice Facility

The Advocate Center, the new practice home to the Chicago Bulls, needed a resilient envelope due to Chicago’s seasonal weather changes. The metal panels chosen feature high-performance thermal efficiency and moisture control. After holding practices in Deerfield, Ill. since 1992, the Chicago Bulls moved into their new Advocate Center practice facility in downtown Chicago in early 2015. Situated directly next door to the United Center—where the Bulls play their home games—the new practice facility eliminated what had previously been a half-hour commute for the players, coaches and team staff . Features such as two full-length basketball courts, media and weight rooms, a mini

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Dressing Up Houston

A new 40-story residential tower in Houston’s urban core is quickly becoming a local icon, thanks in part to its lighted, curved balconies, creating a wavy, organic appearance up and down the building's gleaming façade. Known by its address—2929 Weslayan—the LEED Gold-certified tower includes 254 luxury apartment homes and 12,500 sq. ft. of retail space on the ground floor. Designed by Dallasbased RTKL Assocs., it provides panoramic views from spacious balconies. The balconies are on every floor, and they are curved, creating a wavy, organic appearance up and down the building’s gleaming façade. At night, those curves are accentuated by lines of light, which outline the edges of the balconie

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Scenic Views Provide Spiritual Growth

A place of quiet refuge, the Hope Church in Richmond, Va., wanted to create interior spaces for its Lodge expansion project that would blend the interior seamlessly with the outdoor environment. The Lodge, an expansion project for the Hope Church in Richmond, Va., is a multipurpose facility with a large gathering space and small break out rooms, designed primarily to support the growth of the church’s teen ministry programs, as well as to facilitate community connections. Hope Church is a place of quiet refuge, a place to belong and a place to grow. All of these details were reflected in the design of the building.

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College Hits High Note with Acoustics

Mesa Community College’s re-dedication to music and the arts gave birth to a new performing arts center, acoustically fine-tuned with an inner and outer shell of sound-reflective masonry. The transformation of the Mesa Community College (MCC) Performing Arts Center began when the college purchased the Harkins Movie Theatre, a vacant movie house built in 1979, to drive student interest in the arts and offer a broad range of musical, dance and theatrical performances. Designed by Jones Studio of Phoenix, the $10.3 million, multi-purpose facility, opened as the MCC Performing Arts Center in 2014. This rebirth and rededication into the arts found the center in need of some acoustic fine-tuning,

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The View Is Great from Up Here

RJTR architects designed a glass-clad highrise, which was built atop the Mint Museum in Charlotte's Uptown neighborhood. Scheduled to open in March 2017, the 43-story Museum Tower is expected to earn LEED Silver certification. The residential high-rise houses 394 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 10 penthouses, a rooftop plaza and the Mint Museum. Rule Joy Trammel + Rubio (RJTR) designed the high-rise to complement the contemporary architecture of the existing Mint Museum, and help transform the city into an iconic centerpiece of the Queen City.

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