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November 13, 2019

The Cost of Doing Nothing

In the summer of 1993, many of the Midwest’s rivers flooded, including the Iowa River in Iowa City—a 100-year event. Fifteen years later, it happened again. If resiliency practices were incorporated, however, might such disasters be mitigated?

Will larger coastal cities like Miami need to move or their populations flee at some point? Or undertake engineering on a massive scale to safely stay put? After all, consider the devastation that Super Storm Sandy brought on Lower Manhattan. What if, like Iowa City, the next 100-year flood happens fifteen years later, and the center of the financial universe is submerged again? It all comes back to mindfulness and planning ahead.

“We know that it is less expensive to design resilient buildings and communities in advance of a natural or man-made event, than it is to rebuild after the fact,” says Nadja Turek, who serves as Woolpert’s research and development facilitator. “So we have to help clients make informed design choices with resiliency in mind as early in the planning and design process as possible.”

The key to developing a resilience plan is understanding and addressing the specific issues for the project based upon site geographic location, climate zone, function served, demographics of the users, economic parameters and context within the surrounding community. Depending on your specific criteria, we've highlighted four case studies below that may provide insight on you next project.

New & Noteworthy

Retaining Water

The Louisiana Children’s Museum, by Mithun, builds off the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, first by taking advantage of the natural habitat, and including a lagoon as part of the grounds. The facility itself, was also broken into a pair of joined buildings to protect a grove of oak trees.

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Monsoon Proof

Building in a mega-city that is vulnerable to rising sea levels, intense tropical cyclones with high-wind speeds and an extremely wet Asian monsoon season required the design to incorporate passive, redundant and low-maintenance building envelope solutions.

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Beating the Heat

Even for Phoenix, temperatures in its Edison Eastlake neighborhood are hot—and in fact, are among the hottest in Maricopa County. On average, the mercury hits 105°F during the summer at this public housing site adjacent to downtown Phoenix, and even reaches 130°F on occasion, taking the concept of an urban heat island to new extremes.

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New Downlight Collection Provides Tailored Solution

The all-new LED downlight collection from Williams provides a tailored solution for sleek and modern architectural lighting. With 2, 4, 6 and 8-inch apertures available in round, square, fixed, adjustable and shallow plenum styles, the downlights help create ambiance in every environment. Featuring a variety of trims and beam angles, each LED downlight guarantees flawless illumination. The innovative TrimLock reflection retention system ensures the trim remains flush with ceiling plane. Engineered with demanding environments in mind, Williams downlights are IP65 rated, CCEA Chicago Plenum approved and Energy Star certified, with industry-leading efficacies as high as 120 lumens/watts.

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Doug Mocket & Company

Doug Mockett & Company specializes in providing “Fine Architectural Hardware for Your Fine Furniture”. A timeless blend of classic and contemporary style, creating beautiful complementary accents that add function and value to your furniture. Enjoy our collection of Power Grommets and Wire Management solutions, Drawer Pulls, Table Legs, Shelf Brackets, and more! Architectural Hardware plays a vital role in the design process by providing the finishing touches that define and enhance your overall design. You do what you do best – take care of your customer. Let us worry about the details

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Clearly Different

With Guardian UltraClear low-iron glass, the difference is clear. An innovative process reduces iron oxide content—achieving stunningly clear glass that transmits abundant light. In standard glass, iron content creates a greenish tint at the surface, along the edge and in views on the other side. UltraClear glass offers beautifully transparent results, no matter the glass size or thickness.

UltraClear glass can maximize light, defy boundaries and render colors with impressive fidelity. The possibilities are endless. Combine with Guardian SunGuard low-E coatings for high-performance in commercial façades, or get the green out for interior applications.

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Panels are Bird-Strike Friendly

Architecture that protects wildlife is part of the bigger picture of sustainable building. Every year in the United States, more than one billion birds die flying into buildings.

When bird strikes occur, it is usually due to birds flying into glass that they don’t detect. This is an issue in cities as well as suburbs where there’s a greater amount of glass low to the ground.

Kalwall’s translucent structural sandwich panels, which appear to birds as a solid wall, are bird-strike friendly.

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