Friday, January 18, 2019

Tamlyn and the University of Houston partner to educate the architects of tomorrow

A rigorous university program is essential to prepare students for a career in architecture. But academics can only take you so far. Visits with working architects, builders and product manufacturers bring concepts to life and prepare architectural students for the first steps in their careers. That’s why it was so exciting when nearly 100 students from the University of Houston visited Tamlyn, a world-class supplier of quality building products, to learn about architecture in the field.

BIM: Sharing is caring

For more than a decade Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been increasing its market share as the primary documentation tool for the architectural practice. BIM promises a more collaborative and integrated design and (hopefully) construction process. The fear is a “Wild West” amalgamation of models authored by various parties, unclear responsible control and licensing issues, and the reliability and changeable nature of digital data.

Texas city sues developer over changes in $1 billion mixed-use project

The City of Rowlett, Texas, has sued the developer of a $1 billion mixed-use project for not adhering to approved plans.

According to city officials, the Bayside development is in default of their development agreement with the city. The developer is accused of changing features that city officials felt were critical to the project’s success after the city met its obligations.

‘Paramount’ will become Nashville’s tallest tower

Paramount, a 65-story luxury residential tower, will become the tallest tower in Nashville once completed.

Stretching 750-feet into the sky, the skyscraper will be set on a parcel of approximately 12,000 sf on Nashville’s Church Street between Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard and 6th Avenue. The tower will eclipse the city’s current tallest, AT&T Tower, by 137 feet.

See Also: AS+GG-designed tower will be the tallest in China

Chicago’s newest library branch preserves the old and ushers in the new

Yesterday, the city of Chicago inaugurated its Public Library’s 81st branch, a 16,500-sf adaptive reuse of a two-story building in the Windy City’s West Loop neighborhood, which itself is being transformed into a live-work-play community.

The former office and studio building is West Loop’s first library. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s design preserves the building’s industrial character while creating a new cultural and social center for the neighborhood. Blinderman Construction conducted the renovation.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

New year, new fire rated glass game-changer: Introducing SuperClear 45-HS-LI

SAFTI FIRST started the new year with a bang announcing its newest patent-pending SuperClear 45-HS-LI (hose stream, low-iron) product - a revolutionary, 45-minute, fire rated glazing product that is set to disrupt the market – in a good way. Here’s why:

Strategies to improve the human experience during interior renovations

Healthcare facilities offer a unique challenge for renovations due both to the rapid changes in technology and delivery of care, and also difficulty in preserving vital operations during construction. Often, the areas of the hospital that most urgently need upgrading are the ones that will be most difficult to relocate or temporarily shut-down. On occasion, the needed upgrades are so extreme that the hospital will build a replacement facility elsewhere to minimize the disruption to patient care, but many facilities must renovate within the existing footprint and seek creative ways to improv