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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 issue 2015 legislative agenda

January 22, 2015 11:32 am | Comments

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced a legislative agenda for the 114th Congress that sets a path for increasing construction activity, creating jobs, preserving the nation’s heritage and ensuring that new generations of architects design a resilient future for America.

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CH2M HILL named leader in global EH&S technology services

January 21, 2015 12:38 pm | Comments

“CH2M HILL’s all-round strength is an ideal match for customers wanting to drive value from solutions,” according to a new Green Quadrant report by Verdantix. Previously Verdantix has named CH2M HILL a leader in its Green Quadrant studies on U.S. Sustainability Consulting (May 2013), U.S. Environmental Services (May 2012) and U.S. Sustainable Engineering (Sept. 2010).

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Architecture Billings Index rebounds to end 2014 on solid footing

January 21, 2015 12:32 pm | Comments

There were 10 out of 12 months of increasing demand for design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. 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.

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“Smart windows” have potential to keep heat out, save energy

January 16, 2015 1:33 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings. Along with light comes heat that, in warm weather, we often counter with energy-consuming air conditioning. Now scientists are developing a new kind of "smart window" that can block out heat when the outside temperatures rise. The advance could one day help consumers better conserve energy on hot days and reduce electric bills.

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Georgia Tech, Engineered Biosystems Building, Atlanta

December 5, 2014 2:46 pm | Comments

Georgia Tech’s Engineered Biosystems Building will provide 218,880 sf of flexible interdisciplinary lab space for researchers collaborating in the fields of chemical biology, cell therapies and systems biology. A principle goal of the design is to foster interaction between chemists, engineers, biologists and computational scientists from two separate colleges: the College of Engineering and the College of Science.

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Sensata Technologies, U.S. Headquarters, Attleboro, Mass.

December 5, 2014 2:39 pm | Comments

Sensata Technologies is a company developing mission critical sensors and electrical protection for use in the aircraft/military, appliance, automotive, electronics, solar, transportation, HVAC/R, industrial and semiconductor industries. Renovations to the company’s U.S. headquarters in Attleboro, Mass., which houses 850 employees, comprise full upgrades to the second floor.

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Bioscience Education Center (BEC), Montgomery Community College, Germantown, Md.

December 5, 2014 2:26 pm | Comments

The BEC, which houses biotechnology, biology and chemistry programs, is located to the southwest of the existing Science and Applied Studies Building (SASB), and is the first building to enclose a new student quad, to be developed within the scope of the project, to the south of the SASB. The quad will foster the connectivity of the south side of the SASB, the BEC and a proposed Student Resources Center (SRC).

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Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD) Muir College Biology Labs renovation

December 5, 2014 2:18 pm | Comments

RBB provided programming planning, design and construction services for the interior renovation within the existing Biology Building at Muir College, built in 1967. The building is a wet-lab research building supporting the Div. of Biological Sciences research. The third floor labs exclusively support biology functions, and were in need of renovation.

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@4240, Cortex Innovation Community, St. Louis, Mo.

December 5, 2014 2:07 pm | Comments

Developer Wexford Science & Technology LLC teamed with HOK and Tarlton Corp. to transform a 1940’s historic phone factory in St. Louis into dynamic lab and research space, earning LEED Platinum. The $73 million renovation created @4240 in the Cortex Innovation Community. It’s designed for flexible tenant solutions.

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Oakland Univ. Engineering Center, Rochester, Mich.

December 5, 2014 1:59 pm | Comments

Oakland Univ.’s Engineering Center (OUEC) provides cutting-edge instructional and R&D space for the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS), whose programs were dispersed over four buildings on the campus. The new OUEC, along with two renovated floors of the existing Dodge Hall of Engineering, consolidates teaching and research functions into a new environment that promotes collaboration and active learning.

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Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery Laboratory at Cool Springs Life Science Center (CSLSC)

December 5, 2014 1:51 pm | Comments

As a leading academic medical center with an increasingly limited amount of space on campus, Vanderbilt Univ. needed to extend programs beyond the medical center campus. The project consists of the build-out of 13,000 gsf of shell space on the first level of an existing developer-constructed science center.

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Wright State Univ. Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building, Dayton, Ohio

December 5, 2014 1:39 pm | Comments

Designed to foster collaboration between neuroscientists, engineers and physicians in the field of human performance research, this four-story building unites teams from Wright State Univ. College of Engineering and the Boonshoft School of Medicine to focus on synergistic opportunities. The focused lab building features an atrium surrounded by research labs, collaboration spaces, office suites and an auditorium.

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Univ. of Minnesota Physics & Nanotechnology Building

December 5, 2014 1:28 pm | Comments

ZGF Architects LLP, in association with Architectural Alliance, programmed and designed the new Physics and Nanotechnology building at the Univ. of Minnesota (UMN). The project replaces outdated facilities and collocates programs within a new, flexible, interdisciplinary lab located in the heart of UMN’s science district.

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Windover Construction wins multiple achievement awards

December 5, 2014 12:55 pm | Comments

Windover Construction has received multiple awards recognizing their work, including the Excellence in Construction Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and two PRISM Awards from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB).

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Alternatives to flame-retardant building materials

December 5, 2014 12:52 pm | Comments

Perkins+Will has released new research in response to the need for architects and interior designers to develop a better understanding of flame retardants and their impact on health. Flame retardants in the built environment are associated with a range of health impacts including cancer, endocrine disruption and neurodevelopmental problems.

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