Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Rx for noise control at Virginia hospital: Large dose of acoustical ceilings

Inova Health System recently opened a new 12-story, 660,000-square-foot building that houses two distinct facilities, Inova Women’s Hospital and Inova Children’s Hospital. Located on the Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia, the two facilities collectively house 310 private patient beds.

Because noise control plays such an important role in healing, safety, and the well-being of patients and staff alike, the design team at Wilmot Sanz Architecture, of Gaithersburg, MD, knew acoustics would be a key consideration in the interior environment of both facilities.

Design industry lagging in meeting AIA 2030 Commitment goals, says AIA

The American Institute of Architects released a report recently stating that the industry is lagging in meeting AIA’s 2030 Commitment goals

Each signatory to the 2030 Commitment program pledges to reach the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, and the industry has a long way to go to meet that goal. Only 4% of projects so far have met the 70% energy savings target for 2015 building performance, with the average savings coming in at 38%. 

The power of office amenities in the workplace

Nothing says “we care about you” more than an employer providing meaningful amenities within the workplace environment. It is no longer enough to attract and retain the best and brightest, C-suite occupiers realize that in order to excel in today’s global economy they must provide a work environment that motivates and inspires the most highly sought after employees.

The world’s 100 tallest buildings: Which structural engineers have worked on the most?

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently released 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings, a book detailing the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the projects found within the book’s pages.

As part of its company rankings, the top structural engineers were listed and ranked according to the number of buildings within the 100 tallest they have completed work on. Arup, the top firm on the list, has worked on almost one-fifth of the world’s 100 tallest buildings.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Dominion Office Building employs a fantastical design for its atrium

The Dominion Office Building is one of the first new projects to be built in an area of Moscow that has primarily been home to industrial and residential buildings. The new office building, however, represents the recent growth of the creative and IT sectors in the southeast portion of the city.

Construction Waste Management Gets Help from Circular Building


New practices from viewing building as a circular process could drastically improve construction waste management and sustainability.

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Arriscraft thin-clad stone solution meets ASHRAE 90.1 compliance

Naturally-made Arriscraft stone offers both the aesthetic and durability qualities needed for the Mountain Point Medical Centre in Lehi, Utah.