January/February 2022

Net-positive Office Chair

Humanscale’s latest net-positive certified product, the Liberty Ocean chair is manufactured with two pounds of recycled fishing nets, considered the most harmful type of ocean plastic. The Liberty Ocean is Humanscale’s 26th product to receive Living Product Challenge net-positive certification for climate, energy and water. With its form-sensing mesh back and self-adjusting lumbar support, the chair creates a customized fit for the user and a self-adjusting recline feature provides back support, regardless of the sitter’s size or weight.

LSX Frameless Solar Modules, LSX Rail System

Solar Canopies Everywhere

NeoCity Academy, located in Kissimmee, is Florida’s first net-zero energy K-12 School. In alignment with the school’s sustainability goals, it integrated a unique, curved solar canopy for food trucks in front of the school, as well as solar covered walkways to access the school, and a large solar canopy over the outdoor seating area. This project was designed by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting using LSX frameless solar panels from Lumos. The award-winning module system integrates with the company’s LSX Frameless Solar Modules, and theLSX Rail System.

Sentara Brock Cancer Center in Norfolk, Va.

Sustainable Finish

Complementing the extensive curtainwall on the face of the 253,000 sq.-ft. Sentara Brock Cancer Center in Norfolk, Va., designed by Odell Associates, is an Acurlite Structural skylight system finished with a Linetec clear anodize finish. The anodized aluminum frames 12 bays which make up the canopy skylight’s total 60-ft. 7-in. span. The high-quality coating highlights the aluminum’s natural look and accentuates the center’s clean, contemporary appearance. The anodize finish requires minimal maintenance, offers great wear and abrasion resistance and delivers long-lasting performance. It is 100% recyclable and certified with a Declare Label for the Living Building Challenge


Colorful Glass

Glen-Gery’s Venetian Glass Series taps directly into the spirit of the Venetian artisans who produce glass in its finest form: pure and crystal. This signature style is the centerpiece of a new range of transparent, colored designer glass bricks. The bricks come in golden amber, aqua marine, arctic crystal and blue sapphire.

1010 Sherbrooke West Lobby

Three-Dimensional Design Creates Lobby Focal Point

Triangular-shaped ceiling panels arranged asymmetrically at various angles create the visual of a geodesic dome in the lobby of a landmark office building in downtown Montreal. The renovation of the elevator lobby inside the 1010 Sherbrooke West office building in downtown Montreal was long overdue. The dimly lit lobby had a cavernous feel and included outdated features such as the half-barrel shaped ceiling that dominated the 700-sq.-ft. space.“Our goal was to add pattern and shape to the ceiling with the necessary lighting for it to become a beautiful focal point,” says Andre Dimitrovas, senior interior designer at Groupe Marchande Architecture Design (GMAD) of Montreal. T

Serenity now The eight canopies provide visitors to the New York Botanical Garden a place to find some shade and charge their mobile devices.

Enjoying Super Shade

Solar-powered canopies provide New York Botanical Garden visitors a chance to rest and recharge. Visitors to the New York Botanical Garden needed a place where they could seek shade, enjoy a beverage, and charge their mobile devices. To solve the garden’s need for accessible, sheltered outdoor seating, the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Botanical Garden turned to Pvilion and their solar-powered shade canopies.


Pergola Perfection

One issue in creating good outdoor spaces is defining said spaces to clearly delineate function, and avoid a too-monolithic appearance. LARIA from Jane Hamley Wells, does just that. The clean lines of this architectural structure help create a modern jewel box experience. LARIA is highly durable, made of GL24 Glulam which helps resist mildew, insects and weather. Roof slats help block glare, as well as the heat of the sun, yet still allow light to move through. Ships in easy-to-assemble kit.


Standing or Sitting Ovation

AMAi is an adjustable system that can be tailored to the needs of any gathering, whether indoors or outdoors. Two A-shaped side frames provide a solid construction for multifunctional applications. Its innovative design allows even a single person to smoothly slide the tabletop from ‘sitting height’ into ‘standing height’ and vice versa. Companion height-adjustable chairs and benches match the chosen height of the table. LED lights for illumination and power outlets are also provided. A shade structure is also available.


Made in the Shade

As COVID once again picks up steam with its latest Omicron variant, investing in outdoor spaces remains a high priority, despite the time of the year. For multi-family dwellings, community centers, restaurants, corporate campuses, public facilities and the like, awnings and canopies are gaining traction. Serge Ferarri’s latest offering is the Soltis Proof W88, a waterproof, translucent material bringing in natural light while providing protection from UV rays and the elements. The square-weave textured pattern incorporates Precontraint technology lending dimensional stability, resistance to stretching over time, and enhanced UV protection.


Beyond Faucets

While Delta Faucet’s latest WaterSense innovations are largely focused on faucets and showerheads, the company’s high-efficiency toilet collections include Foundations, Haywood, Prelude and Turner. Available in both elongated and round front styles, the products generally offer ADA compliant chair heights, between 1.1 and 1.28 gpf, and thoughtful design that makes these products an option to consider. The Turner dual-flush toilet, for example, features a SmartFit Tank-to-Bowl Connection for reduced leakage and a powerful HydroWash for a cleaner bowl.