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ASLA Unveils New Virtual Reality Video of Park in Dallas

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released a virtual reality (VR) video of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. The video takes viewers on a vivid journey through this park built over a highway. It is narrated by landscape architect James Burnett, FASLA, president of OJB Landscape Architecture, which designed the park. Created using… Read more →

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KAI Design & Build Hires Michael Hein as Chief Integration Officer

In November 2017, KAI Design & Build announced the addition of Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, as chief integration officer. In his new role as the firm’s chief integration officer, Hein will work closely with KAI president Michael Kennedy Jr. to drive the firm’s strategic initiatives, plus work to incorporate the highest level of efficiency in… Read more →

Brick Costs Half of Manufactured Stone: Updated Study

Brick vs. Manufactured Stone, Stucco, Wood Siding, Wood Shingle, Fiber Cement, Vinyl Siding 7 December 2017— An updated study comparing the installed cost of fired-clay brick to six common home exteriors shows that brick costs about half as much as manufactured stone, and just a third more than fiber cement before considering fiber cement’s lifetime… Read more →

USGBC to Adopt RELi Building Standard

4 December 2017 — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced at Greenbuild 2017 that it will formally adopt RELi, a resilient construction standard developed in 2012 by the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, Perkins + Will and others. Like the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, RELi uses a point system… Read more →

Designing a World-Class University Commons

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Village Center By Dawn Henning Opened in early 2017, the University of Colorado Boulder’s 113,000-square-foot Village Center Dining and Community Commons was built to serve the nearly 3,000 students living at the university’s Williams Village. Located adjacent to the university’s central campus with stunning views of the Flatiron Mountains, the… Read more →

Recent Features

Better Relationships, Better Specifications

By Ron Baer The relationship between an architect and a contractor is not always smooth, but in the end they need to work as partners. After a few successful projects, perhaps the intermediate relationship problems can be nearly eliminated and the teamwork can be established early in a project. In this way, the masonry contractor… Read more →

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Much at Play: Early Learning Center Design Trends

The classroom has always been and will continue to be a core learning space. But why should the learning stop there? Since early learners are constantly on the prowl for new information, today’s early learning centers (ELCs) should offer learning opportunities around every corner. Traditionally, the school corridor has functioned solely to transport students from one classroom to another. That is a wasted opportunity. Breakout areas just outside of classrooms support small-group activities and specialized instruction. They also create a sense of community and arouse curiosity among passing students.… Read more →

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Building a Community for a Booming Campus

At 216,000 square feet and spanning nearly an entire city block, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s (UNCG’s) Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness more than doubles the size of the university’s previous recreation building. The facility was designed to provide indoor recreational space for a projected population of 24,000 students, along with faculty, staff and alumni.… Read more →

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Freedom Walkway

If you pay a visit to downtown Rock Hill, S.C., you might find yourself in the Freedom Walkway, walking on bands of red and cocoa pavers from Pine Hall Brick Co., laid into a running bond pattern that turns into a basketweave pattern at gathering spots. The Freedom Walkway takes its design from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, commemorating the sit-in, an often-used method of civil disobedience. Black college students adopted the method of going to segregated lunch counters and ordering food. When they were denied, they would refuse to leave and ended up under arrest. Bolstered by a sit-in in February 1960 by four North Carolina A&T State University students at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, N.C., the movement spread to 250 cities across the U.S. by the end of that month and 400 by the end of the year. In January 1961, the Friendship Nine — so named because eight of the nine were students at Friendship Junior College — attempted to integrate a whites-only lunch counter at the McCrory’s department store in Rock Hill.… Read more →

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