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May 1, 2019

The Heart of the Office

Office cafés have become inviting social gathering spaces with curated objects, intimate lounges and fully loaded kitchens. The heart of any office is its kitchenette, says Stantec Sustainability Design Leader, Blake Jackson. Beyond creating a sense of warmth and community that surrounds this proverbial hearth in the heart of the office, Jackson says the office kitchenette plays a crucial role in office wellness and productivity. For those striving for WELL or LEEDv4, Jackson says it is a key to focus on kitchenette planning from the start. Space requirements must be adequate for 25% of the employee population at any given time: at first it was a challenge to get that kind of space, but evidence-based design metrics have convinced leaders to embrace the variety of productivity facilitated by a generous kitchenette, and especially since the kitchenette could replace underutilized auxiliary spaces, such as isolated conference rooms. “Both ‘typical’ and ‘healthy’ eating spaces include the same basic components: furnishings, cabinetry and appliances,” says Jackson. “The main difference is in the sizing, and specification of materials.” Following are a few products giving pulse to the “Heart of the Office” trend.

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Free Your Space

+VENOVO from Poggenpohl is derived from an open layout concept. With cabinets no longer tethered to walls and floors, it sets the stage for people to break free from the conventions of defined workstations and spaces. Islands, lowboards and highboards can be combined and moved from one office to another.

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Hydration Station

Elkay’s Smartwell is a fully integrated, intelligent system offering fresh, filtered water through Elkay’s WaterSentry filter that is NSF/ANSI 42 and 53 certified. Designed specifically with offices, auto dealerships, hotels and waiting rooms in mind. It gives users the option to create their own custom beverages on demand—while promoting healthier choices, cost savings and environmental sustainability. It offers a variety of flavors and nutritional add-ons.

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Hands-Free Clean

No one likes to clean out the office sink trap after lunch, but Blanco professional faucets make the task a bit easier. SOLENTA Senso features sensor technology for a hands-free faucet. It features a quick release magnetic hand spray and a flexible steel closed coil spout for easy usage and cleanability. The faucet comes in a stainless or polished chrome finish and sensor or non-sensor models.

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Cool Heads Prevail

The Vario cooling 400 series from Gaggenau offers a fully integrated, built-in modular range of refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezers and wine climate cabinets which can be partnered to meet an array of interior configurations. A cooling wall concept integrates into the overall kitchen structure. Clear glass shelving is complemented by a glow from warm white, glare-free LED lights. The 400 also features a wine cabinet for a weekly cocktail hour. Available with an opening assist system, a proximity sensor activates ice and water dispenser, light and touch keys.

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Taking Wall Assemblies to a New Level

Hunter Panels Xci Ply is a high thermal rigid insulation panel that meets stringent fire- and life-safety criteria while simplifying cladding for building envelope designers. It is composed of a closed cell polyisocyanurate foam core bonded to a premium performance coated glass facer on one side and 5/8” or 3/4” fire treated plywood on the other. The insulation panels are NFPA 285 compliant in numerous wall assemblies, including CMU, concrete, steel stud and fire retardant treated walls. The product also simplifies exterior cladding installation by providing the full panel surface as an attachment point.

With its high R-value per inch, it is designed to minimize overall wall thickness while still meeting or exceeding energy efficiency standards.

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Modular 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles

Bison Wood Tiles offer the design flexibility to create versatile, unique rooftop environments. This independently tested system allows rooftop decks to be installed quickly and easily. Since alignment and material layout are paramount to the connection between architecture and landscape, OJB Landscape Architecture collaborated with Bison to create custom 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles to align to the typical five-foot architectural mullion spacing for Partner’s HealthCare Administrative Campus in Sommerville, MA. Bison now offers these beautiful Ipê Wood Tiles as a standard surface option! The 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles have a smooth surface, 10 top running planks, and each Tile weighs only 34 pounds.

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A Bollard Unlike Any Other

TEKA Illumination’s Beacon Bollard (BSB) with Classic Cone Top (CCT) now offers a new emergency battery backup, and an exclusive Hi/Low switching programmable motion sensor, as well as surge protection options.

Utilizing leading chip on board (COB) light source technology, the fixture’s modular components are designed with electrical quick disconnects simplifying field maintenance. It is available in copper and copper-free aluminum finishes with hundreds of polyester powder coat finish options.

The fixture is available in 12W or 23W LED, with CCTs of 2.7K, 3K or 4K and a dimming driver for use with 0-10V dimmers. Three cap options are also offered: Cone, Flat or Dome top, with 10", 12" or 15" shades and optional mesh screen, house side shield or dark top. Heights up to 48”.

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LaCantina Doors sponsors new AIA-approved CEU course

LaCantina continues to support architects, designers and building professionals by sponsoring its newest AIA-approved CEU course “An Open Invitation: Multi Slide Doors Revolutionize Open Design by Creating A Focal Point and Bringing the Benefits of the Outdoors In”. Offering 1 AIA/LSW credit, 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 IDCEC CEU/HSW credit, this course explores the design flexibility and performance characteristics of multi slide doors and how they create a direct connection to the outdoors while contributing to energy efficiency and sustainability. Available online or schedule a Lunch n’ Learn presentation.

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