7.22.15 | Washington, D.C. | ASID has partnered with HOST 2015, taking place in Milan, Italy Oct. 23–27, and the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) to bring 20 interior designers from North America to the show. Those who are accepted to attend (10 from ASID and 10 from IDC) will have their airfare, accommodations, and registration fees covered by HOST. HOST is an international hospitality exhibition in its 39th year that features more than 1,800 exhibitors from 48-plus countries showcasing products suitable for hotels, restaurants, and related hospitality businesses. This year, HOST overlaps with Expo Milano 2015, which has been running since May 1 and concludes on Oct. 31. Application deadline for designers wishing to participate is Friday, Jul. 31.
7.22.15 | New York, NY | Perkins Eastman, in a joint venture with SSH Design and Soor Engineering Bureau, was awarded the master plan and design of a new university campus in Kuwait. The 12,000-student campus will comprise four colleges: Technology, Business, Health Sciences, and Education. Strategically located in the Jahra Governorate approximately 24 miles (39 km) from Kuwait’s capital, the 2,476,000 sf (230,000 sm) campus will be a landmark within the greater metropolitan Kuwait City.
7.21.15 | New York, NY | One World Trade Center was awarded the 2015 Best Tall Building Award for the USA from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. WSP, a global engineering and professional services organization, served as structural engineer for the 104-story office tower on behalf of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The CTBUH Awards are an independent review of new projects, judged by a prestigious panel of experts. The Best Tall Buildings have been named from each of four competing regions in the world, from nominees representing a total of 33 countries. The CTBUH judges noted: “One World Trade Center is of undeniable importance to the Americas as well as the World. The building had high design expectations which the jury felt were met and exceeded.”
7.22.15 | New Orleans, LA | The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Member Boards, at their 2015 Annual Business Meeting, agreed to discontinue the current Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect Program in favor of a simplified alternative for receiving an NCARB Certificate. The change, effective July 1, 2016, will optimize the process for foreign architects who are licensed but do not currently meet the requirements for the NCARB Certificate. This credential facilitates licensure among jurisdictions and signifies that an architect has met national standards for licensure established by registration boards. The new alternative for foreign licensees will replace the current BEFA Program’s requirements, eliminating the committee dossier review and the need to document seven years of credentialed practice in a foreign country. Instead, foreign architects will be required to document completion of the Intern Development Program (IDP) experience requirements and successfully complete the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) to obtain NCARB certification.
7.14.15 | San Francisco, CA | No Starch Press will release a new coffee-table book, The LEGO Architect, in September. It showcases art deco skyscrapers, neoclassical federal buildings, postmodern office complexes, and sleek modern homes—all built with thousands of plastic LEGO bricks by a community of remarkably patient and visionary artists. Author Tom Alphin notes that "The official LEGO Architecture sets are bestsellers because they allow people to experience architecture hands-on, by recreating famous buildings. My book runs with this idea, but with the broader goal of exploring many influential architectural styles."
7.20.15 | Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is releasing a number of new architecture titles, including LEEDING the Way: Domestic Architecture for the Future: LEED Certified, Green, Passive & Natural. Co-authored by E. Ashley Rooney, Ross Cann, Adam Prince, and Virge Temme, this book takes readers on a tour of 53 homes that reflect the growing trend for environmentally-friendly houses.
7.20.15 | New York, NY | HWKN and Architizer recently celebrated the opening of their new offices located at One Whitehall Street in the heart of New York's Financial District. The 4,600-sf open plan office features sweeping views of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. Along with food, drink and music, guests enjoyed the incredible skyline and were able to see and experience Allsteel furnishings in play: Clarity seating, Stride benching, Rise collaborative seating and Beyond architectural walls. Representatives from Allsteel included members from the New York and Muscatine, IA locations along with more than 100 A&D industry guests from notable firms were in attendance, including Architectonica, DS+R, Ewing Cole, Gensler, Gluckman Mayner, HLW, HOK, Perkins+Will, SHoP, Studio Gang, and others.
7.24.15 | Lakeland, FL | KI's Lightline architectural wall is protecting Susie the Mastodon, now on exhibit at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL.
7.22.15 | Sheboygan, WI | Mayline® added a fifth table line to its already robust height-adjustable family – the ML-Series. Sleek, stylish, and quiet, ML-Series is offered in a two-stage base with two legs; or in a three-stage base with an option for either two or three legs. The expandable frame can accommodate a multitude of top sizes – empowering users to change their posture throughout the day.
7.23.15 | Sheboygan, WI | Mayline's newest laminate casegoods product offering, Sterling, is now available to order. Crafted with a contemporary décor in mind, this complete line includes desks, reception, and conference furniture. Sterling brings with it three new laminate options: Textured Driftwood (pictured), Textured Mocha and Textured Brown Sugar. “Over the past couple of years we have seen the popularity of our laminate casegood lines grow vs. the veneer options,” said Amy Kiefer, VP of Strategic Marketing. “We feel that Sterling is a great addition to our laminate casegoods product family and brings additional laminate options to our customers.”
7.20.15 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Louis Poulsen USA Inc.'s new F+P 550 Pendant LED is designed to be simple and light. The fixture emits 100% glare-free light directed primarily downwards. A light guide directs a portion of the light onto the glass, which becomes softly illuminated. The edge of the glass creates a decorative light effect.
7.23.15 | Los Angeles, CA | Baresque, an Australian manufacturer of interior finishes, entered the North American market with its launch of Zintra™ Acoustic Panels. Zintra is a line of cost-effective acoustical panels that combine noise-reduction performance with modern and versatile design aesthetics. Manufactured in 110-inch-long sheets, the panels are suitable for a multitude of applications, including walls, ceilings and screens, and joint-free floor-to-ceiling installations. Class A fire-rated, they can be trimmed with a carpet knife and adhered to a wall or ceiling using contact cement or Liquid Nails. Zintra Acoustic Panels in ½" are pinnable and digitally printable, delivering a noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 0.35 – 0.90, depending upon installation and distance from the wall. It is also available in 1/8" rolls.
7.21.15 | Chicago, IL | MDC introduced FUZE™ Dry Erase Paint, designed to turn any wall into a floor-to-ceiling brainstorm space. Design flexibility and commercial durability make high performance dry erase paint a popular addition to education, healthcare and corporate spaces. Available in white and clear, FUZE makes nearly any smooth surface dry-erasable. It boasts the industry’s longest pot life of four hours and is Low VOC, low odor, Isocyanate-free and LEED®-compliant. It is also highly resistant to chemicals and stains and can be applied by roller or sprayer.
7.20.15 | Calgary, AB and Lake Zurich, IL | SMART Technologies Inc. announced that ACCO Brands will begin marketing a co-branded version of the SMART kapp® digital capture board in North America. The co-branded solution, Quartet® SMART kapp®, targets both the office and education markets and will be sold through ACCO Brands’ sales force and distribution networks. Designed to revolutionize traditional dry-erase boards and flipcharts, SMART kapp is a Bluetooth® enabled dry-erase board that is easy and intuitive to use. It is lightweight, easy to install and a true plug-and-play solution. Customers simply secure the board to a wall, plug in the power supply, and begin using SMART kapp immediately - no need for IT integration or internet connections.
7.21.15 | Woodridge, IL | Magnuson Group is the exclusive North American distributor of CELES, a group of minimalist and durable auxiliary contract tables suitable for exterior use. Designed by Víctor Carrasco of Spain, and manufactured by Systemtronic in Valencia, Spain, the circular-top tables are available in three heights and four finish colors. Tabletops and bases are manufactured from recycled aluminum finished in fireproof polyester paint. Finish colors offered are: Black, Satin Grey, Satin Mustard and Satin White.
7.22.15 | New York, NY | Carol Karasek, AIA, joined Francis Cauffman as Principal, Science and Technology. Ms. Karasek is a practice leader with 35 years of experience in the programming, design, and delivery of research and clinical facilities. Her specialty is the design of academic medical centers engaged in translational research. This emerging model integrates basic science and clinical studies, leading to more meaningful health outcomes. Previously, Ms. Karasek was a Senior Vice President at Cannon Design. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including a New York Construction Award for Merit for the Feinstein Institute at North Shore Long Island Jewish Healthcare System and a “Build Brooklyn” award for the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Biotech Incubator.
7.23.15 | Phoenix, AZ | Niki Ward joined Ware Malcomb as Senior Project Manager, Interiors. In this role, Ms. Ward will lead business development and growth of the firm’s interior architecture and design team in Phoenix. She has more than 15 years of experience in corporate interior architecture and the construction industry, most recently as Director of Business Development at RJM Construction in Scottsdale, AZ, and earlier served as a Marketing Coordinator at Colliers International in Phoenix. For over a decade, Ms. Ward worked in Associate Partner, Project Manager and Senior Planner roles at McCarthy Nordburg, an architectural interior design firm in Phoenix, where she specialized in tenant improvement design projects.
7.24.15 | Dalton, GA | David Fuehrer joined J+J Flooring Group as the company’s new Director of Product. Mr. Fuehrer has nearly two decades of successful product design and management expertise, most recently as an Associate and Product Design Practice Area Leader for Gensler. During his five years with Gensler, he oversaw more than 40 manufacturing partnerships and more than 50 product development projects. He and his team were also responsible for garnering several notable industry recognitions, including five Best of NeoCon Awards. Prior to that, Mr. Fuehrer was a product designer for various manufacturers.
7.20.15 | Randolph, VT | Gerry Gatch is the newest vice president of sales at WallGoldfinger. A Toronto native, Mr. Gatch spent the majority of his career in the contract furniture industry in New York City. He began his career with Geiger in Toronto, then Atlanta, where he led the effort to develop a new, 120,000-sf factory, and then NYC as a designer, project manager and in technical sales. He went on to work for nine years for ManesSpace as a founding partner responsible for technical services and project management and designs. He then spent more than two decades with Meadows Office Interiors as a project manager, then design department manager, and then director of technical services. In January, Mr. Gatch and his wife moved to Vermont, which had always been a vacation spot for their family. He began working at Amoskeag Woodworking in Fairfax as a designer, project manager and in technical sales until joining WallGoldfinger this month.
7.23.15 | Cerritos, CA | Encore’s new Fling collection of guest and lounge seating by David Ritch and Mark Saffell of 5d Studio is characterized by a distinctive curved back that forms a sculpted arc. It also features ample proportions, gently sloping arms, and memory-foam cushioning, with both the proprietary knit suspension back material and standard back upholstery possessing a firm-yet-pliable quality to deliver an added level of support. Lounge and guest seating models are available with two base options: four-leg or swivel with a self-return feature.
7.23.15 | Holland Landing, ON | Andrew Cicisly joined Inscape as Director of Sales for Northern California, and Michael VanDonkelaar joined Inscape as Business Development Manager for Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Both report to Jim Mitchell, Vice President Sales, Western Region. This team leads the sales efforts for Inscape and West Elm Workspace with Inscape in the Western Region.
7.21.15 | Los Angeles, CA | Kim Patten, AIA, LEED AP BD+C joined Steinberg as Associate Principal based in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Patten is a passionate university planner, focused on process and strategy. Working with academic institutions across the country, she helps clients navigate complex problems with integrated research and education planning solutions to achieve direction and clarity. Her partnership approach creates an environment to collaborate, plan, and discover paths unique to that client. Prior to joining Steinberg, she was an Associate Vice President and Education Market Project Manager at Cannon Design, leading noteworthy projects at Arizona State University, San Diego State University, University of Utah, and other higher education clients.
7.21.15 | Chicago, IL | IIDA will host its first Advocacy Symposium in Austin, TX, Sep. 11-13. The event will help attendees develop a more definitive understanding of what advocacy means, how to apply practical skills and proven techniques to articulate the value and mission of interior design, and to energize and encourage advocates for the interior design profession.
7.20.15 | Green Bay, WI | KI entered a new educational furniture contract available through National IPA. This agreement was competitively solicited and awarded by Norfolk Public Schools, VA (Contract #2015000067) and includes “piggybacking” language that allows public procurement officials from local and state government agencies, K-12 school districts, higher education and nonprofits across the nation to utilize the agreement.
7.20.15 | Crossville, TN | Crossville Inc. updated its popular Color By Numbers wall tile line with four new hues: 19th Hole, a vibrant orange (available in gloss finish); 20-20 Vision, a deep, true purple (available in gloss finish); Edge of 17, a beige-toned neutral (offered in satin and gloss finishes); and 1812 Overture, a neutral of the gray scale (offered in satin and gloss finishes). The collection, for interior vertical surfaces residential and commercial installations, now has a 16-color palette of brights and neutrals for designers to create custom works of interior wall art.
7.23.15 | Chicago, IL | USG Corp. reported results for the second quarter of 2015. On a consolidated basis in the second quarter of 2015, net sales were $970 million, up 2% from the second quarter of 2014. Operating profit improved 7% to $105 million. The corporation’s adjusted operating profit in 2Q15 was $118 million, compared to an adjusted operating profit of $87 million in 2Q14. “All of our businesses expanded their margins and contributed to our strong second quarter,” said Chairman, President, and CEO James S. Metcalf. “We generated the highest level of net income since the fourth quarter of 2006 when demand was fifty percent higher.”
7.22.15 | Muscatine, IA | HNI Corp. announced sales for the second quarter ended July 4 of $568.2 million and net income of $23.9 million, or $0.52 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share improved 35.9 percent from the prior year quarter to $0.53, which excludes restructuring, impairment, transition costs and gain on sale of assets.
7.21.15 | Jasper, IN | Kimball International, Inc. received the Great Place to Work® designation. This recognition of the company's workplace culture is based on a review of 1,125 employee surveys focused on five key areas: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride, and Camaraderie. "More than four out of five employees report that they are comfortable being themselves at work and are proud of what they do," said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, senior editor of Great Place to Work® Reviews.
7.22.15 | Washington, DC | AIA reported that the Architecture Billings Index increased in June to 55.7, up substantially from a mark of 51.9 in May. The new projects inquiry index was 63.4, up from a reading of 61.5 in May, and the design contracts index was 52.5, down slightly from 53.4 in May. “The June numbers are likely showing some catch-up from slow growth earlier this year,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “This is the first month in 2015 that all regions are reporting positive business conditions and aside from the multi-family housing sector, all design project categories appear to be in good shape. The demand for new apartments and condominiums may have crested with index scores going down each month this year and reaching the lowest point since 2011.”
7.9.15 | International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) President Iris Dunbar posted Part 1 of a special report on World Interiors Day, which took place May 30. "Designers came together in friendship sharing views at varying events from city walks to lakeside venues, from student portfolio reviews to pro bono projects, from iconic houses in Australia to historic sites in Switzerland," she noted. "This year’s theme ‘Design for All’ gave interior designers around the world the chance to expand the perception of our profession."
7.7.15 | Dublin, Ireland | The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies awarded 65 new buildings, commercial and institutional developments, landscape architecture, and urban planning projects from 26 nations for The International Architecture Awards for 2015. This elite group of projects selected by the jury will be premiered at the 3rd Chicago Architecture Biennial this November.
7.10.15 | Upper Montclair, NJ | The McMorrow Reports for Facilities Management is offering a 30-day free trial of its new Facilities Manager's Costbook 2015.
7.9.15 | Philadelphia, PA | Plans for the 13th edition of NeoCon® East, Oct. 28-29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, are well underway. The show will include dynamic partnerships with IIDA Headquarters, as well as regional chapters including IIDA PA/NJ/DE and AIA Philadelphia. In addition, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) will bring its Specify With Care cause-related marketing program to the exhibition floor. IIDA Headquarters will kick things off with its Eastern Regional Leadership Breakfast, which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 28, before the show opens. The IIDA PA/NJ/DE chapter, in collaboration with show organizers, will round out the first day in style with a celebratory cocktail party incorporating the organization’s annual Product Parade. AIA Philadelphia is co-locating its annual Design on the Delaware Conference at the show. The event brings together 300 principal-level architects from the Greater Philadelphia region and will offer 32 programs, three general sessions, 12 tours and a design charrette.
7.8.15 | Washington, DC | The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' authoritative data on the architectural profession, NCARB by the Numbers, is available for download at no cost. The report reveals a profession that is thriving, with a number of positive trends including a record-high number of aspiring architects working toward a license as well as an increase in the number of women and minorities making up a greater portion of the architect talent pool.
7.14.15 | New York, NY | Nancy Jackson, President of Architectural Systems Inc., was inducted into her seventh consecutive term as an IIDA NY board member. Ms. Jackson's most significant role within the Association is serving as Co-Chair and Moderator of the IIDA New York Hospitality Forum. This year’s Forum, held in March at the refreshed Haworth showroom, discussed the timely topic, 'Customizing the Guest Experience in Hospitality.' During the moderated discussion, a panel of renowned leaders in hospitality design from different parts of the country gave their viewpoint on design challenges the industry faces including the arrival of Airbnb, the advent of “bleisure” (the blurring of business and leisure destinations) and the impact of social media for the modern traveler.
7.13.15 | New York, NY | IIDA NY on Wednesday, Aug. 12 will present Credits and Cocktails at the Herman Miller NYC showroom, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event features two programs for double CEU credits: Alexander Girard, presented by Danielle Zinn of Maharam; and Human Factors in Workplace Design: Designing Spaces that are More Naturally Human, presented by Brad Tukey of Herman Miller.
7.13.15 | New York, NY | IIDA NY on Wednesday, Aug. 5 will present a Facilities Forum, "Finding Your Tribe: Knowledge Transfer in the Evolving Workplace." To be held at Viacom, 1515 Broadway in NYC, 6:00-9:00 p.m., it will focus on the evolution of mentoring at all stages of career development and explore new forms of knowledge transfer in today’s workplace such as peer to peer, reverse mentoring, creative, and digital mentoring. Speakers will include Elle Moser, Sr. Director, Global Organization & Leadership Development, Viacom and Peter Mears, President North America, Initiative, with the discussion moderated by Justin Mardex, Director of Workplace Strategy, Ted Moudis Associates.
7.15.15 | San Francisco, CA | Herbert Els was appointed national leader of the Building Technology Systems group at WSP. A WSP vice president, Mr. Els has managed the San Francisco office BTS team since joining the firm in 2012. He has 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of a wide range of technology systems and has conducted research into emerging trends, enabling his teams to introduce new concepts to meet clients’ evolving technology needs. He has designed technology systems for transit facilities, commercial buildings, educational and government facilities, hospitals, laboratories, museums and cultural facilities, and high rise residential complexes.