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Perkins+Will selected best architecture firm by USGBC

December 5, 2014 | Comments

Perkins+Will is this year’s winner of the “Best Architecture Firm – Large” award as part of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s first annual Best in Building Awards. The Best in Building Awards celebrate the year’s best products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in “green” building.

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Architects’ Design and Health Research Consortium to expand

August 20, 2015 12:00 pm | by American Institute of Architects | Comments

The Architects Foundation, along with the AIA and the ACSA, announced a new member Request for Qualifications will be available September 1 as part of an expansion of the AIA’s ongoing Design & Health Research Consortium, which helps translate research into the influence design has on public health for the public, policymakers, design and public health professionals.


Strong conditions persist for ABI

August 20, 2015 10:05 am | by American Institute of Architects | Comments

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting healthy and sustained demand for design services in nearly all nonresidential project types. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.


Nine projects selected for 2015 Education Facility Design Awards

August 17, 2015 3:30 pm | by American Institute of Architects | Comments

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected nine educational facilities for this year’s CAE Education Facility Design Awards. The program honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.


Research provides guidance to clean plumbing systems

August 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue Univ. | Comments

A new study provides guidance to health officials and drinking water providers on how to decontaminate plumbing systems. The study is the first step toward science-based flushing protocols that can be applied to recover from a drinking water contamination incident.


Architecture firm compensation back on upward trajectory

August 11, 2015 4:30 pm | by American Institute of Architects | Comments

Though U.S. architecture firms are still recovering from the Great Recession, overall business conditions are improving allowing an increase in compensation for architecture positions. Compensation across the profession increased an average of 1.8%/yr over the 2013–14 period.


Discovery Hall, Univ. of Washington, Bothell

August 7, 2015 7:30 pm | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | Comments

17,125 nsf of lab and lab support space in a 77,690-gsf building for the Depts. of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Technology/Engineering and the Univ. of Washington. Facility includes teaching labs, such as environmental science, geology, life science, physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry and software development, as well as student/faculty research space.


Sukup Hall for Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State Univ., Ames

August 7, 2015 12:00 pm | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | Comments

The building houses many educational and research labs critical to enhancing the department’s global impact. Research is directed toward biosystems engineering through the use of biosensors, image analysis, biological systems modeling and the design and control of biological systems and processes. Biorenewable and biofuels products and processes are an important focus of these research efforts.


Mid-Campus Complex Helium Recovery Facility, Univ. of Pittsburgh

August 6, 2015 1:30 pm | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | Comments

Helium is a finite resource required to perform low-temperature applications in a once-through process where compressed liquid helium is inserted into a cryostat and gaseous helium, created as the liquid boils, is expelled into the atmosphere. As the quantity of known helium is decreasing, the market cost rises, resulting in the reduction of start-ups and lower quality of ongoing work.


JM Coull completes two-phase renovation project for Acton Medical

August 5, 2015 11:45 am | by JM Coull | Comments

JM Coull recently completed construction services for a two-phase renovation project at Acton Medical Associates’ primary location at 321 Main Street in Acton, Mass. Work was performed in some of the facility’s busiest areas, including ultrasound, phlebotomy and reception.


NCARB adopts alternative for certification of foreign architects

August 5, 2015 11:38 am | by National Council of Architectural Registration Boards | Comments

At the 2015 Annual Business Meeting of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Member Boards agreed to discontinue the current Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program in favor of a simplified alternative for receiving an NCARB Certificate.


EYP revolutionizing undergraduate STEM education at Virginia Tech

August 5, 2015 10:57 am | by EYP | Comments

Responding to the call to reinvent university science instruction, Virginia Tech’s new classroom building is poised to create “a bona fide learning revolution.” Slated for completion in 2016, the EYP-designed 73,400-sf facility will offer flexible, innovative teaching spaces that are “radically different” from anything previously seen on the Blacksburg campus.


Iowa State Univ. Biorenewables Complex

August 5, 2015 9:31 am | by Laboratory Design Newsletter | Comments

Designed by ZGF Architects LLP, in association with OPN Architects, the 244,300-sf Biorenewables Complex showcases Iowa State Univ.’s (ISU) commitment to cutting-edge energy research and sustainability. The complex was designed to support interdisciplinary research and teaching; to promote the campus’s biorenewable and agricultural education and outreach activities; and to serve as a model for sustainability.


SmithGroupJJR hires Bryan Cannon

August 4, 2015 5:00 pm | by SmithGroupJJR | Comments

SmithGroupJJR has hired Bryan Cannon, AIA, to lead the Science & Technology Studio at its Washington, DC office. Cannon brings his industry-leading expertise to the studio and its growing presence in the region. Cannon was formerly design principal at ZGF Architects, Washington, DC, where he was employed since 2000.


Perkins Eastman to lead design of new university campus in Kuwait

August 4, 2015 4:43 pm | by Perkins Eastman | Comments

Perkins Eastman in a joint venture with SSH Design and Soor Engineering Bureau announced it was recently awarded the master plan and design of the Technology, Business, Health Sciences and Education Complex by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) in Kuwait. The 12,000-student campus will comprise four colleges: Technology, Business, Health Sciences and Education.


UI Labs’ Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute opens

August 4, 2015 3:51 pm | by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP | Comments

UI Labs’ new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) opened in May in Chicago. The institute is the first in the nation that will unite key university and industry partners and enable them to collaborate side-by-side as they work to reinvent manufacturing for the 21st century. Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP led the planning, programming and design of the 64,000-sf facility.



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