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Mailroom Design Inspiration - from ordinary to visionary

June 15, 2020

Mailroom Design Inspiration - from ordinary to visionary

Section 10 Postal Specialties may not be the highest priority for architects when they are in design mode... but statistics show the mail and package delivery room is visited more often than the fitness room in multifamily housing. So why not give the mailroom more love?

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Bird control made easy with SpectrumV™ Holographic Bird Gel™

March 25, 2020

Bird control made easy with SpectrumV™ Holographic Bird Gel™

SpectrumV™ Holographic Bird Gel™ is an easy, economical, and effective sensory bird control solution. Each easyto-apply dish contains an innovative gel that uses a combination of sight, sense and smell to keep birds away from edges, ledges, and more.

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Single-hung side-load thermal windows: quality and performance that never interfere with style

March 13, 2020

Single-hung side-load thermal windows: quality and performance that never interfere with style

Kawneer’s TR-9100 Single-Hung Side-Load Thermal Windows offer versatility and design flexibility. The windows are tested for both blast mitigation and hurricane resistance. Security features include locks that automatically engage when the sash is closed.

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Taking the indoors outdoors

March 6, 2020

Taking the indoors outdoors

We humans spend more than 70% of our time inside a building. Yet we have a deep connection with the natural world. This dichotomy is the root of two recent design trends. One trend is biophilic design, where an effort is made to connect the indoors and outdoors. This is done by opening up buildings to natural views while also physically bringing elements of nature inside.

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Trends in façade design: Office and Multifamily

January 15, 2020

Trends in façade design: Office and Multifamily

People of all ages continue to move into multifamily communities, requiring developers to meet a range of needs. Kawneer delivers systems and solutions that offer the performance, aesthetics and sustainability required by today’s multifamily applications.

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Creative Option: Removable Skylights

January 13, 2020

Creative Option:  Removable Skylights

Hospitals and medical centers have found a unique way to utilize removable skylights by placing them over equipment like MRI machines that are too large to move and occasionally need to be serviced. In these applications, the skylight, or a portion of it, is simply removed and workers are provided with easy access to the machinery.

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Louver and Architectural Solutions

January 10, 2020

Louver and Architectural Solutions

Designed to provide superior performance and great aesthetic appearance, Ruskin® louvers are backed by experienced engineers and reflect Ruskin’s commitment to high quality product standards.

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StonePly Textures & Finish Options

January 6, 2020

StonePly Textures & Finish Options

StonePly, world's leading producer of lightweight natural stone panels, provides natural stone that is lighter, stronger, faster to install and offers greater design freedom. StonePly offers a wide variety of textures, finishes, and edging options for stone. See how each option can put a unique spin on your project's stone panels.

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Daylighting Design Guide: Athletic Facilities

November 29, 2019

Daylighting Design Guide: Athletic Facilities

Belief in the sun’s power to influence physical performance dates back to the first Olympic athletes of ancient Greece who were required to routinely bathe in the sunlight in preparation for competition; and as more studies on the subject emerge, it is becoming increasingly evident how based in fact this belief really is. Recent research has now confirmed the sun’s role in everything from reducing the risk of sports-related injuries and regulating the release of muscle-building hormones like testosterone to developing healthy sleep habits and improving reflexes. And as more athletic competitions move to indoor gymnasiums, arenas, and practice facilities, it is more important than ever that athletes have access to the abundant advantages of natural daylight during indoor workouts as well.

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2019 Innovation Awards - Performative Millwork: The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre

November 1, 2019

2019 Innovation Awards - Performative Millwork: The Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre

Trahan Architects used augmented reality to overcome production/acoustic challenges designing Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Stage using hand-crafted millwork. This year, AIA awarded the stunning design with its Innovation Award.

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Glass house with load-bearing timber curtainwalls

October 25, 2019

Glass house with load-bearing timber curtainwalls

Architect Jerome Engelking was engaged to create a nature-infused vacation retreat for a growing family on a wooded property on Long Island, NY – an architectural space that was to be a natural extension of the landscape. 

His mandate was challenging. The house had to be open, yet private. Warm and natural, but with daylighting and heat controls. Stylish, yet exceedingly functional. Modern, but with an organic aesthetic. And it had to have wood framing that would support the roof structure – a very unique architectural feature. All in all, a tall order!

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Sustainable architecture: how to help prevent bird strikes

October 7, 2019

Sustainable architecture: how to help prevent bird strikes

The statistics sound like something from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Every year in the United States, more than one billion birds die flying into buildings. Yes, one billion. In fact, one of every ten adult breeding birds succumb in this manner, and because 100 eggs are usually needed to produce one adult breeding bird, that’s like losing 100 birds each time one adult breeding strikes a building.

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Daylighting Systems Project Spotlight: Carver Public School

August 5, 2019

Daylighting Systems Project Spotlight: Carver Public School

When Carver Public Schools in Massachusetts looked to replace two older school buildings with one new facility to house students pre-K through 5th grade, they sought the help of HMFH Architects to assist them in designing an energy-efficient and vibrant learning space. What resulted is the new Carver Elementary School, a more than 110,000 square foot learning space that was 1 of 5 schools nationwide to receive a “Citation of Excellence” from Learning by Design Magazine.

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To lead with climate action, architects can start by reducing emissions

July 19, 2019

To lead with climate action, architects can start by reducing emissions

To lead on climate action, architects can start by reducing emissions with zero net carbon buildings. Ed Mazria, FAIA, describes how Architecture 2030’s ZERO Code is a pathway to zero net carbon in new construction

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Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

June 17, 2019

Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

Almost every city in America has a historic building awaiting a rebirth. Whether it’s a 300-year-old church, a 19th century warehouse, or even a 1950’s gas station, there is potential for great new spaces in your community. Every year AIA’s Committee on the Environment recognizes ten innovative projects that integrate design excellence with environmental performance. Beyond rigorous sustainability and ecological criteria, special attention to community and wellness factors is critical for selected projects. This year’s COTE Top Ten featured more adaptive reuse projects than ever before, signifying that the social and health value of these properties is on the rise.

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What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

May 24, 2019

What’s the best strategy for solar-hungry homeowners?

Once overshadowed by high costs and low aesthetics, residential solar energy applications are now brightening the landscape, thanks to technological advances and financial incentives. From IKEA to Tesla, it seems like everyone is getting into the solar game. But is it better to invest in a solar roof, add panels to your existing roof, or replace your roof in tandem with a solar installation? Do you want to make the solar system a seamless addition to your home or bring it front and center to showcase your commitment to a sustainable future? Successfully integrating solar into a house calls for considerable knowledge and design skills. Consulting with an architect will make your decisions much easier.

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Influx in healthcare and senior living means big opportunities for architects

April 22, 2019

Influx in healthcare and senior living means big opportunities for architects

The need for senior living and healthcare facilities is greater than ever with an aging population and changing needs in health services. How can architects and emerging professionals rise to the occasion?

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Inclusive communities need to be designed that way

March 18, 2019

Inclusive communities need to be designed that way

Architects are working to create spaces where all members of a community can thrive. Learn more:

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Architectural Trends for 2019

February 21, 2019

Architectural Trends for 2019

Here’s a quick look at the key architectural trends forecasted for 2019. According to Build, advanced technologies and materials will continue to impact the way we design and build. We already know that augmented and virtual reality, AI and drone devices, as well as 3-D printing and other technologies, are altering construction practices — as is the trend for off-site, prefab construction.

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Six services architects provide on residential projects

February 6, 2019

Six services architects provide on residential projects

Many prospective homeowners remain uncertain as to how an architect can influence and benefit a residential design project. The following are six distinct and valuable services your architect will typically provide.

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