June 2019

University of the District of Columbia Student Center Entrance

A Sense of Place

The new student center at the University of the District of Columbia was designed to create a sense of welcome to an urban campus that has long been seen as something of an afterthought. The four-year college has undertaken a major redesign to reposition itself in the dense, Van Ness neighborhood, and the student center’s entrance plaza certainly sets a stage for the upgrades that have taken place.Landscape architects with D.C.-based Lee and Assocs. took the lead on the plaza design—the student center was the work of CannonDesign, in collaboration with Marshall Moya Design. The entire project is one of only two student unions in the U.S. to earn leed Platinum.The university has t

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University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Sciences

Driven by Data

The University of Rochester, in Rochester, N.Y., began accepting students to its new Goergen Institute of Data Science program in fall 2015, and two years later the school opened the doors to an ambitious new facility to house the effort.The building features a creative façade design by Kennedy & Violich Architects (KVA) that plays with the theme of a data-centric mission, offering a “coded” indicator of the work going on within its walls. At the same time, it also ties this very modern building to the larger campus, with its roots back to the 1930s.The campus is the university’s third home and was originally built as its College for Men in 1930. Its oldest buildings fe

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Suspended Animation

On the campus side, light-colored brick, along with concrete, predominates, drawing on the limestone shades of the school’s oldest structures. The town side, however, features brick in deep red tones. For this building, New York City-based Weiss/Manfredi brought those downtown hues onto campus, combining millennia-old masonry technology with cutting-edge architecture to create a high-performance structure that’s also become a teaching tool.Aiming for LEED Platinum certification, Weiss/Manfredi’s architects selected brick that was produced locally. And they got their own lessons in how brick is fired and in how its color can shift based on how it’s produced from suppli

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Stronger Composite Decking

The Vision line of composite decking now features DiamondDefense Coating, an all-polymer cap that can stand up to a range of abuse, from furniture legs to golf cleats. The cap also adds durability in the face of spills and solar exposure. The decking, itself, is designed to resemble interior hardwoods for a smooth transition in indoor/outdoor living spaces. 

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Chiseled Texture

The Everywhere Texture collection from Designtex features an uniquely engineered polyester yarn collection that make it inherently suitable to be used as wallcovering, upholstery, drapery and even for wrapped wall panels. It also meets fire-safety requirements for all those applications. With no added finishes or flame retardants, the textile can be repeatedly cleaned with a water-based solvent or bleach. 

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Classy Take-Offs

Designers using decorative glass to preserve the role light plays in creating vibrant, welcoming environments in air travel facilities worldwide. Bendheim specialty architectural glass is an increasingly popular choice among designers for its variety and luxurious, clean aesthetic that conveys quality and prestige. In addition to its enduring elegance, a wide range of architectural glass options provide improved environmental outcomes, including naturally hygienic surfaces and improved energy efficiency. The non-porous glass surfaces discourage the spread of bacteria and are easy to maintain in high-traffic airport environments. 

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Marble Re-Envisioned

The name Rilievo, which is the Italian word for relief, reveals the collection’s inspiration from the art of sculpture. Rilievo is the second collection of modular marble claddings by Lithos Design Domino, the company’s brand that targets a medium-high end market by revolutionizing the customary production methods associated with marble to offer a smart and unprecedented product. Six textures are available, including Polis (shown here), which offers a strong textured chiaroscuro effect in modular marble cladding. Dimensions: 45.7 × 45.7 × 1.4 cm. Materials: bianco cotone, carrara ghiaccio, bianco narciso, dhalia cream, botticino vaniglia, beige de marell, grigio cener

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Elementary Elemental

As a creative contrast to Ventus Wall Hung Sink’s industrial-inspired exposed hardware, Stone Forest’s new integrated sink features a modern, geometric shape. As part of the Elemental collection of brass legs with knurled fittings, any combination of stone, wood and steel components can be incorporated. 

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Univ. of Delaware Reimagined

By using non-traditional materials, like undulating coiled wire fabric walls and ceiling treatments, the new iSuite boasts an impeccable, award-winning design. Designed by Page, the former metal foundry turned iSuite includes a cyber range, collaborative hub and a maker space. Working with the college directly, the facility was designed using Page’s 3D printers and a student-created virtual reality model, developing a half-scale mockup to demonstrate that inverting the metal fabric would, in fact, be successful.“We’ve seen metal fabric draped as a catenary before, but this is the first time someone has used Fabricoil in the ‘wrong direction,’” says Lou Kru

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UCLA Athletics, Los Angeles, Cailf.

UCLA Scores Big with Smart Lighting Retrofit

The university’s athletics department featured a lighting control retrofit, which helped the football team’s operations and assisted in meeting California’s stringent energy codes. Implement a lighting controls retrofit that would serve UCLA Athletics, as well as help meet California’s tough energy codes. Given Title 24’s stringent requirements, the most efficient light is one that is off. In fact, the quest to retrofit began when someone said, “Hey, turn the lights off.”

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