Irony is probably one of the most misused words in the American English lexicon—too often substituted for coincidence. And while our upcoming late-summer issue, coincidentally, will have a wellness theme to it, the situation is somewhat ironic, in that, unplanned, and unexpected, I found myself needing to deal with a health issue. Indeed, in the big picture of our national well-being, the impact of COVID has been far more ranging than merely those who contracted the virus. So as the second half of 2021 attempts to establish degrees of normality, speaking from experience, don’t undervalue the edge that designing for employee wellness brings to the table, including a need for bright color and daylight. Following are a handful of select products that give us a fighting chance on the IAQ, views, and biophilic fronts.
New & Noteworthy
Abandoned university site in the redwoods gets a new lease on life as an immersive learning center and corporate retreat. 1440 Multiversity was founded by former Silicon Valley executive Scott Kriens and his wife Joanie with a mission to help people foster stronger connections and evolve in relationship, spirit, and wellness.
DuChateau offers a full range of fine hardwood and vinyl plank flooring as well as hardwood wallcoverings sold through the DuChateau and Atelier series brands. The flagship hardwood series features eight collections engineered from European Oak, as well as European and American Walnut trees.
Request for custom mixed flooring proves no deterrent in implementing an underfloor access system to achieve comfort and performance goals, including greater daylight harvesting. The design for these floors needed to convey a high-end professional feel while maintaining the benefits which had been achieved using an access floor system.
Arisfor Stencils add character, depth and visual dimension to a variety of exterior surfaces. They can be used for horizontal surfaces such as patios, walkways, pool decks, driveways and steps, as well as vertical surfaces, including walls, perimeter walls, signs, building exteriors, and balcony platforms.
Interpres Building Solutions, an engineering firm, chose a building revitalization project for their new office and used Williams lighting solutions to bring the space to life. Williams products complemented the modern architecture with a variety of linear fixtures and square downlights. Color tuning 4DS square downlights were chosen because of their ability to adapt to the environment, branding the building with company colors, important for lighting demonstrations. MX4R recessed continuous with corner feature provided clean, straight lines to enhance architectural detail in the reception area.
Listen to the Rite from the Source podcast for information on current trends and best practices for optimal loading dock design. We’ll detail important considerations when it comes to equipment selection and loading dock layout as well as ways to incorporate enhanced safety and productivity into your loading dock design. If you are building a new facility or redesigning an existing one, be sure to listen to this episode of Rite from the Source.
With the introduction of EN-V by Dri-Design, the company aims to restore the true meaning of “value" in value engineering. Without cheapening the metal panel system, the company has optimized its processes to deliver cost savings without sacrificing performance or longevity. EN-V is a surprisingly economical and tested, architectural, dry-joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system. The product doesn’t compromise on aesthetics either, as it is available in dozens of standard colors as well as custom color-matching capabilities that make the possibilities nearly endless.
Building supertall can present supersized challenges, and Midtown Manhattan’s tallest office building was no exception. One of the most pressing problems architects and engineers faced was how to design the top, where an elegant spire had to accommodate mechanical equipment, elevator machine rooms, façade maintenance hardware and a tuned mass damper, all without breaking the building’s aesthetics with lateral bracing or floor diaphragms. Jumbo HSS up to 40' long and 22" square helped solve the problem, carrying axial, torsional and biaxial bending loads, all without bracing. Build tall and strong without sacrificing looks with Atlas Tube Jumbo HSS.
Does it ever feel like there’s no perfect product that meets all the needs of your project? Well, you can trust that our beautiful translucent systems offer every benefit under the sun.
- A healthy environment filled with museum-quality daylighting—and validated with complimentary daylight modeling
- Best-in-industry thermal performance and solar heat gain control
- A rugged panel that stands up to the extreme: wind, fire, impact
- Outstanding load capacity and structural integrity that polycarbonate systems and insulated glass units (IGUs) simply cannot match
Why choose when you can have it all? Explore the possibilities with Kalwall.