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Interior Design Project Inquiries Reach Three-Year High

12.12.14 | Washington, DC | ASID reported that inquiries for interior design projects are at their highest in three years. In September, the ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) registered 60.5, while inquiries rose to 69.5. As a leading economic indicator of residential and nonresidential improvement spending, the IDBI brings additional perspective to the already established construction indices. Three different variables had a strong effect on billings in Q3: firm size, region and market sector.

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Inscape Announces Second Quarter Results

12.11.14 | Holland Landing, ON | Inscape reported second-quarter fiscal 2015 sales of $20.9 million, 8.1% higher than the same quarter of last year; and year-to-date sales of $39.9 million, 9.1% higher than sales during the first half of last fiscal year. This year's second quarter had a net loss of $1.1 million or 7 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $0.3 million or 2 cents per share in the same quarter of last year. Quarterly results included a $1.5 million pre-tax decrease in the fair values of U.S. currency hedge contracts due to the spread between the higher U.S. spot exchange rate and the hedged rates of the contracts at the end of the reporting period. With the exclusion of the unrealized currency hedge contract fair value adjustment and exchange gain, the quarter would have a net loss of $0.06 million compared to last year's similarly adjusted net loss of $0.08 million.

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Richard Heriford Joins Landscape Architecture Foundation Board of Directors

12.12.14 | Kalamazoo, MI | Richard Heriford, President of Landscape Forms, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. The Washington, DC-based organization was founded nearly a half century ago to support the preservation, improvement and enhancement of the environment and is today the nexus of inquiry and innovation for the landscape architecture profession. It invests in research to solve the complex, interrelated environmental, economic, and social problems central to achieving sustainability; supports scholarships for outstanding students to cultivate the next generation of sustainability leaders; and provides leadership in strengthening the profession to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

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OMA Appoints David Gianotten as Managing Partner-Architect

12.8.14 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | David Gianotten was appointed to serve as managing partner-architect at The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). In his new role he will lead OMA worldwide, overseeing the firm’s offices in Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Beijing, Doha and New York. He will be primarily responsible for the daily operations, business growth, and long-term strategy of the company. In his previous role as partner-in-charge of OMA’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices and director of OMA Asia, Mr. Gianotten led the firm’s large portfolio in the Asia Pacific region. Projects under his design and supervision include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, the Hanwha Galleria in Busan Korea, the Taiyuan Industrial Heritage masterplan in China, and the Prince Plaza Building in Shenzhen China. He was responsible for the recently completed Shenzhen Stock Exchange headquarters, the end stages of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing, and OMA's conceptual masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.

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Donna Cherlin To Join Sam Clar Office Furniture

12.12.14 | Concord, CA | Donna Cherlin will join the Sam Clar Commercial Services Group division of Sam Clar Office Furniture Inc. as a Senior Account Executive for California's North Bay market. “Donna Cherlin has a successful 25 year track-record in the contract furniture industry, and her focus on delivering creative and innovative design and furniture solutions to her clients aligns perfectly with our company direction”, said John Schwartz, president & CEO of Sam Clar. She will be based in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area region, where she will continue to work with her regional and national clients.

Meet Configura's December CET Designer User of the Month Chelsea Keiller

12.12.14 | Chelsea Keiller has a bachelor of fine arts degree in interior design from Syracuse University in New York. She started her career at an architecture firm as a designer of corporate interiors but, when the recession of 2009 hit, this kind of work slowed down. She was presented with the opportunity to work for a dealership. After experiencing the technicality, creativity and potential of commercial design, she was hooked. Today, Ms. Keiller is a designer at Red Thread, a Steelcase dealer in Boston.

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Tickets Now Available for 36th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast

12.11.14 | New York, NY | Tickets are now available for Contract magazine’s 36th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast, Friday, Jan. 30. To be held at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC, the event will honor a new Designer of the Year plus Legend Award winner David Mourning, Founder of IA, in addition to recognizing international projects in 14 categories.

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SunCon Florida 2015 in Fort Lauderdale Jan. 29

12.9.14 | Miami, FL | IIDA South Florida Chapter and the SunCon Florida committee will host the third annual SunCon Florida post-Neocon trade show at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Jan. 29. More than 100 exhibitors and hundreds of guests are expected at the region’s largest interiors and contract furnishings show.

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Major Producers Eliminating Flame Retardant Chemicals as Major Buyers Are Demanding Flame Retardant-Free Furniture

12.11.14 | Oakland, CA | The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) published a list of companies that sell office furniture made without toxic flame retardant chemicals, based on its survey with HDR Architecture of major national furniture producers. CEH also released the names of major corporations and government purchasers who have signed the CEH Purchaser’s Pledge to preferentially purchase furniture made without these toxic chemicals. This movement by leading companies that collectively purchase more than $520 million of furniture annually continues the national trend towards safer products made without flame retardants, chemicals that are linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption and other serious health problems.

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Stylex Ups Sustainability Game with level Certification, ANEW

12.11.14 | Delanco, NJ | Stylex's current seating portfolio has attained BIFMA level® certification. The company has also partnered with ANEW (Asset Network for Education Worldwide) to offer a take-back program for its used furniture.

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Moroso Exhibition at Miami Beach Botanical Gardens During Art Basel

12.11.14 | Miami, FL | Moroso furnished the Botanical Garden and The Garden Café – the restaurant in the garden – during Miami Art Basel Dec. 1-7. For this occasion the brand selected some of its most colorful outdoor products such as the M’Afrique collection made in Africa by local artisans using the technique of plaiting by hand the plastic cord traditionally used to make fishing nets. Highlighted products included Shadowychairs by Tord Boontje; Banjooli tables and chairs by Sebastian Herkner; Nopolou, Madame Dakar, and Bayekou seats by Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck; Reii and Toutipoufs by Patricia Urquiola; Moon seats by Tokujin Yoshioka; Osorom poufs by Konstantin Grcic; and Supernatural chairs by Ross Lovegrove.

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Maglin Introduces LEXICON Custom Site Furnishing Collection

12.11.14 | Woodstock, ON |  Maglin Site Furniture's new LEXICON bench series by Clayton Mousley is a collection of modular multi-functional components designed for flexibility. Components can form an array of geometric shapes, creating long smooth curves and bold angles with optional arms and backrests. Triangular and square modules function as either side tables or stools, and can be turned into planters. Durable surface materials include warm ipe wood and wood alternatives, high-quality plastics, and sleek metal.

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Tall and Wide by Morgan Bajardi for Wolf-Gordon

12.11.14 | New York, NY |  Wolf-Gordon introduced Tall and Wide, two patterns by Morgan Bajardi, designed to create the illusion of taller and wider walls. The collection, inspired by architecture and visual perspective, uses pattern to edit and enhance space, solving common design issues found in short or narrow areas. A young textile designer, Ms. Bajardi engineers graphics to modify the visual experience of pattern, integrating research, life experience, and the science of sight. For Tall and Wide, she drew on her experience designing innovative women's dresses that use optical illusions to enhance the female form exaggerating a woman’s height, curves or slenderness.

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3M Architectural Markets to Display Products Through Material ConneXion

12.10.14 | St. Paul, MN | 3M architectural surface materials were selected to join the renowned Material ConneXion library. 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes, 3M™ Dichroic Glass Finishes, 3M™ FASARA™ Glass Finishes, and 3M™ Crystal Glass Finishes will be among the featured products in Material ConneXion’s Spotlight Panel program. They will be on display through Material ConneXion at a series of industry events during the coming year.

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Bendheim Unveils Back-Painted Glass in Custom Marsala Pantone® Color of the Year

12.10.14 | New York, NY | Bendheim’s decorative architectural Color Coated (back-painted) glass is available in the recently revealed Pantone® 2015 Color of the Year – Marsala. Rich and welcoming, Marsala makes an elegant, polished statement. It adds a sense of warmth to interiors ranging from hotel lobbies and restaurants to conference rooms and living spaces. Bendheim can supply its extensive line of specialty textured glass and satin-smooth etched glass in almost every imaginable color. Its production facilities incorporate the advanced color technologies for precision matching of Pantone, paint manufacturers’ color chips, or corporate and brand colors.

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Marsala in Mosaic from New Ravenna

12.11.14 | Exmore, VA | New Ravenna introduced the Illusions Collection with Red Lake, a warm red marble from Turkey that matches Marsala, the Pantone color of the year. The marble is used in two designs, Euclid and Francois, paired with Afyon White and Horizon, two shades of white stone also from Turkey. The classic opus sectile designs have a historical precedence in majestic floor patterns first seen in Roman and Greek antiquity.

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ASI Wins Best of Year Award for Steel Fusión Panels

12.12.14 | New York, NY | Architectural Systems, Inc.'s Steel Fusión Panels won Interior Design magazine's 2014 Best of Year Award in the Material and Surfaces category. This is ASI's second winning BOY award. Blending old world craftsmanship and contemporary design, Steel Fusión Panels are made from reclaimed chicken coops.

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Powerhouse Designers' New Intros for FLOS

12.9.14 | New York, NY | FLOS introduced two new lamps in the U.S.: Chapo by Philippe Starck is a table lamp which doubles as a hat stand, and Orotund, a modern wall sconce by Marc Newson glows on the wall like a cloud of light or luminous halo.

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WAC Lighting Introduces Niveous LED Pendant

12.9.14 | Port Washington, New York | WAC Lighting’s new Niveous LED Pendant optimizes light distribution with multiple LEDs to achieve an evenly lit globe. The pendant has a CCT of 2700K and a CRI of 90. Using just 14 watts, it provides a light output up to 715 delivered lumens, with smooth and continuous dimming via an ELV Dimmer.

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West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Benefits From LaMar’s VO-LED Luminaires in Staircases

12.9.14 | Farmingdale, NY | LaMar Lighting luminaires were selected as part of a renovation at the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center. LaMar’s VO-LED occu-smart bi-level lighting fixtures, installed on every staircase landing, provide full illumination when the stairs are occupied and dim to minimum code illumination the rest of the time, offering the potential to save up to 88% of energy costs.

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Bjarke Ingels Returns To The National Building Museum

12.9.14 | Washington, DC | BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group returns to the National Building Museum this January with a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. The exhibition, HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation, takes visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explores how BIG´s design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts. More than sixty three-dimensional models will be suspended at the second-floor balconies of the Museum’s historic Great Hall in an unprecedented use of this public space. The exhibit opens on Jan. 24 and remains on view through Aug. 30.

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HOK Los Angeles, City of Anaheim Celebrate Opening of New Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

12.8.14 | Anaheim, CA | HOK Los Angeles Design Director Ernest Cirangle, FAIA participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials and other VIPs of the new Anaheim Regional Transportation Center (ARTIC). Mr. Cirangle was the lead designer for the 66,000sf project, drawing inspiration from great transportation halls like Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal, and the structural elegance of local airship hangars. The vault-shaped building employs a diagrid structural system of diamond-shaped steel arches in-filled with translucent, environmentally high-performance ETFE pillows.

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Cooper Hewitt Reopens Dec. 12 After Three-Year Renovation

12.12.14 | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum opened the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion on Friday, Dec. 12. The transformed museum, located at 2 East 91st Street on New York’s Museum Mile, offers 60% more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. Ten inaugural exhibitions and installations, many of which draw from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 210,000 objects that span 30 centuries, feature more than 700 objects throughout four floors of the mansion.

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COFCO Regrets to Announce the Passing of Founder David Einstein

12.10.14 | Philadelphia, PA | David Einstein, founder of COFCO, died Friday, Dec. 5. He was 95. COFCO is a premier full service office furniture company and the oldest Allsteel dealer in the country. Mr. Einstein started the company in 1946. "His exceptional work ethic, long term commitment to his clients and suppliers, diligence in strong financial practices, unwavering desire to always do the right thing and his belief that his colleagues were integral to both his personal and the company's success made him truly one of a kind," said COFCO in a statement announcing his passing. His vision for the company will be continued by his son, Alan Einstein, COFCO’s President, and the company's CEO Joan Waters.

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IIDA NY Professional Development - NCIDQ Study Group

12.10.14 | New York, NY | IIDA New York Chapter will launch a kick off session of its NCIDQ Study Group on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Mentee registration for the group closes on Dec. 30. Exam dates are Apr. 16-25 for the Spring 2015 Interior Design Fundamentals (IDFX) and Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX).

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2014 Highlights From The Center For Active Design

12.10.14 | New York, NY | The Center for Active Design shared its 2014 highlights. A multidisciplinary advisory session funded by the Knight Foundation explored the relationship between design and civic engagement. Active design implementation achievements in NYC included conducting more than 20 training sessions; providing direct technical assistance to three affordable housing projects in schematic design phase; and collaborating with Brookdale Hospital to identify design opportunities for promoting health among the hospital community. The Center also supported a new stair bill that allows NYC buildings to use magnetic hold-open devices on fire stair doors. As the expert content advisor to the Urban Land Institute's Building Healthy Places initiative, projects included developing a Toolkit that outlines evidence-based strategies for enhancing health outcomes in development projects.

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Key Deadlines for Presenting CEUs & Attending METROCON15

12.8.14 | Frisco, TX | METROCON15 Expo & Conference will take place at Dallas Market Hall in Dallas, TX, Aug. 13-14. CEU submission opens online Jan. 2, and the deadline to submit CEU presentations is Feb. 27. May 1 is the deadline to qualify as a "Member" to receive discounted trade show and CEU pricing. Online attendee registration opens Jun. 1 and closes Jul. 31. Online exhibitor booth purchase opens Apr. 1 and closes Jun. 19.

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Latest News From The Center For Health Design

12.8.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design issued its call for presentations for the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference. It will be held Nov. 14-17 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC. Presentation proposal submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 30. Another upcoming event is the Environments for Aging Conference, to be held Apr. 19-21 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. CHD also announced the recipients of its 2014 New Investigator Research Award, the availability of its 2015 EDAC Advocate Brochure, a "risk-free" offer for designers who register for the EDAC Exam by Jan. 31, and more.

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2014 New Investigator Award Recipients Announced

12.9.14 | Concord, CA | The Center for Health Design’s Research Coalition selected the 2014 New Investigator Research Award recipients. Nayma Khan, PhD, of The University of Kansas and Naomi Sachs of Texas A&M University have won the award.  Dr. Khan’s research project expands the findings from her PhD dissertation on the link between the wayfinding experience and overall satisfaction.  Dr. Khan earned her PhD in Architecture from the University of Kansas.  Ms. Sach’s research project will create a toolkit to help design and assess gardens in healthcare settings.  She is pursuing her PhD in Architecture from Texas A&M University.

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Quadrangle Architects Win An IIDEXCanada Innovation Award

12.9.14 | Toronto, ON | Quadrangle Architects won a Silver Innovation Award for a 200+sq.ft. booth for #Started at IIDEXCanada. A collaboration between Quadrangle, Herman Miller and creative visualization agency designstor, #Started was one of three booths created for StartupSpace, which showcased workplace concept spaces for startup tech culture. a living sketch that came to life through a custom-fabricated metal rod wireframe, bridged the real and the virtual to give each user the opportunity to realize their ideal StartupSpace. All white, Public Office Landscape furniture from Herman Miller embodied the space like an artist’s canvas. Through interactive play, users were invited to navigate a digital scenario in which they created their personalized StartupSpace with real time 3D modeling and renderings that were projected simultaneously to a tablet in hand and onto a wide screen wall running the length of the installation.

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Interface's Human Nature Carpet Tile Wins Best of Year

12.10.14 | New York, NY | Interface, Inc.'s Human Nature collection received Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year award in the Flooring: Carpet/Modular category. A new skinny plank series inspired by Mother Nature’s most elemental surfaces, Human Nature brings biophilic inspiration to commercial interiors of all types.

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Global SPREE Wins Best of Year for Contract/Task Seating

12.9.14 | Marlton, NJ | Global - The Total Office received Interior Design's 2014 Best of Year award in the Seating: Contract/Task category for its Spree seating series. Designed to provide freedom of movement with full support in multiple positions, Spree offers a breathable mesh or fully upholstered back option with a contoured padded seat.

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Nemschoff’s Palisade™ Collection Wins Interior Design “Best of Year” Award for Healthcare Furniture

12.5.14 | Zeeland, MI | Nemschoff’s new Palisade™ Collection received Interior Design magazine’s “Best of Year” Award in the Healthcare Furniture category Dec. 4 in NYC. Designed by Jess Sorel of Sorel Studio, Palisade supports multiple functions within the patient room footprint and can also be used in lounges, waiting rooms, and public spaces. It features seating, technology support, lighting, storage, sleeping, and work space. This is the fifth major industry award this year for the Palisade Collection. In June, it earned a Best of NeoCon award, followed by Nightingale Gold and “Best of Show” wins at the Healthcare Design Conference in November. Early this month, Palisade was also named a “Record Products Winner” by Architectural Record.

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Paola Navone Inducted into Interior Design Hall of Fame

12.3.14 | New York, NY | Culture + Commerce congratulated designer Paola Navone for her induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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LandDesign Appoints Deborah Miller as Global Director of Business Development and Marketing

12.4.14 | Washington, DC | Deborah Miller joined national urban planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and branding firm LandDesign as Global Director of Business Development and Marketing. Ms. Miller has nearly 20 years of experience in business development and strategic marketing for the A/E industry. Prior to joining LandDesign, she held leadership positions in business development and marketing for VOA Architects, Morris Architects, and EDSA.

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HOK Names Sofia Fonseca Vice President and Regional Leader of Workplace Strategy

12.4.14 | Houston, TX | Sofia Fonseca, a recognized authority in architectural programming, was named vice president and leader of HOK’s workplace strategy team in the Gulf Coast region. As a workplace strategy and programming specialist, Ms. Fonseca will ensure that HOK’s clients benefit from the latest knowledge and best practices in creating high-performance workplaces that attract and retain the most talented employees.

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Eileen Vitelli Joins Studio3877

12.4.14 | Washington, DC | Eileen Vitelli, LEED AP ID+C, NCIDQ, ASID, NEWH, joined D.C.-based architecture and design firm Studio3877 as Interior Designer. With 15 years of experience, Ms. Vitelli’s work spans hospitality, high-end residential, and mixed-use projects in 30 countries. Most recently, she managed a nationwide portfolio of select-service hotel renovations for Marriott International, and has worked at ForrestPerkins as well as the U.S. Department of State. At Studio3877, she will design interiors and streamline the spec-writing process for the firm’s growing roster of hospitality projects.

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CPG Continues to Expand

12.5.14 | Stamford, CT | Paul Johnson joined CPG Architects. Born and raised in Bermuda, Mr. Johnson moved to New York City in 2000 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with honors from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Since getting his start with a corporate interiors firm, he has worked on a large number of commercial interior projects in the tri-state area and across the U.S.

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Lobbies Hold Key to Branding at Office Properties, Says Poskanzer Skott Architects

12.3.14 | Ridgewood, NJ | Poskanzer Skott Architects' recently completed corporate headquarters for Mediacom Communications Corp. in Blooming Grove, NY, exemplifies the growing importance of entryways in property branding, according to Barry Poskanzer, AIA. Sitting on 200 acres of farmland with expansive hilltop views, the 110,000sf building makes a "definitive statement" about the company's work environment with its soaring three-story lobby, said Mr Poskanzer. "Striking design elements include a sweeping stainless steel and glass staircase and a serpentine glass wall that maximizes the location's abundant natural light and dramatic views. Neutral finishes are punctuated with bright splashes of color in the furniture and accents. The lobby's light-filled, spacious and open feel projects the aesthetic that visitors will find throughout the building."

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Meridian Transforms Former Post Office into State-of-the-Art Medical Facility

12.2.14 | San Ramon, CA | Meridian, a full service real estate developer and owner of medical real estate, transformed a dated and abandoned post office in Walnut Creek, CA, into a state-of-the-art, 8,530sf medical clinic. The renovations on this building, built in 1968 and purchased by Meridian in 2013, presented numerous design challenges, including upgrading the roof, walls, and columns to current seismic and OSHPD 3 standards, and overcoming major unforeseen structural conditions such as missing grade beams and column connections. Meridian entered the project, completed in September, in the “Best Renovated or Repurposed Healthcare Facility (Less than 25,000sf)” category of Healthcare Real Estate Insights magazine's 2014 HREI Insights Awards™, and recently learned that it was a finalist in the competition. Winners will be announced on Dec. 16 during the RealShare Healthcare Real Estate Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Fernando Romero EnterprisE Unveils Design of New Latin American Art Museum

12.1.14 | Miami Beach, FL | Fernando Romero EnterprisE (FR-EE) unveiled its model and renderings for the new Latin American Art Museum (LAAM) during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. The 90,000sf museum, being developed by art dealer and collector Gary Nader, will showcase Latin American modern and contemporary art. The different levels of the building define LAAM’S program. The first floor will be reserved to young and emergent artists; the second one will be for temporary exhibitions; the third floor will house a selection of 600 pieces belonging to the permanent collection; and a restaurant will crown the top of the building. The design calls for generous terraces on each level featuring open-air sculptural gardens.

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ADD Inc Designs Brickell Link Executive Office Center and Co-Working Space

12.1.14 | Miami, FL | ADD Inc, now part of Stantec’s Buildings Group, designed the new Brickell Link executive office center and co-working facility in Miami. Encompassing the entire 16th floor of the LEED Platinum-certified 600 Brickell Avenue building, the 24,000sf space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. All offices have glass walls to take advantage of Miami’s city and bay views and to create a sense of transparency. Different professional spaces include executive suites, conference rooms, collaborative workstations, and lounges to accommodate startups, entrepreneurs, or the individual office of a national or multinational company.

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Configura Launches Space Planning Blog

12.4.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, has launched a new blog about space planning for manufacturers of configurable products. “With the blog we’ll provide education and insight to industries that deal with the manufacturing and space planning of configurable products,” said Configura Communications Manager Jon Lindholm. “We’ll talk about how software technology can streamline the specifying and selling of these products.”

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Configura Announces December Webinars

12.4.14 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free December webinars...

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IDLNY Grass Roots Town Hall Jan. 28

12.2.14 | Interior Designers for Legislation in New York on Jan. 28 will host a Town Hall Gathering, Grass Roots Empowerment for the Interior Design Profession. To be held at the Teknion showroom, 641 6th Avenue, 6:00-8:00 p.m., the program will include refreshments and networking, legislative update from IDLNY lobbyists, step-by-step guide to register for the NYS Certification, and Q&A with Certified Interior Design Professionals.

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Stitch Team Registration Now Open

12.1.14 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Illinois Chapter will celebrate Stitch’s 10th Anniversary, Thursday, Feb. 12, for a night of merriment, music and masks through the decades at the House of Blues in Chicago. Designer team registration and ticket sales are now open.

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The Lighting Quotient Announces Call for Entries for 2015 Memorial Scholarship

12.1.14 | New Haven, CT | The Lighting Quotient, a leading U.S. manufacturer of energy efficient lighting fixtures, announced its Call for Entries for the 2015 Sylvan R. Shemitz Memorial Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to one student who demonstrates creativity, vision and knowledge in the field of architectural lighting. It is open to all second, third, fourth or fifth year undergraduate or graduate students in a design program. The deadline for submission is Apr. 17, 2015.

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Bendheim & Längle of Austria Introduce First Compression Fitting Glass Rainscreens

12.2.14 | Bendheim Wall Systems has partnered with Längle of Austria to introduce new decorative glass rainscreen systems. The new systems surpassed the ASTM and AAMA test requirements for water penetration, pressure equalization, air leakage, and structural performance. Unlike other systems, the compression fittings require no cut-outs or holes in the glass, affording superior wall strength and low fabrication costs. They offer easy setup and patented quick assembly methods. Bendheim's tempered and 100% heat soak tested or laminated safety architectural glass is available in a range of decorative options, including fritted and etched. Translucent glass varieties designed to the guidelines of the American Bird Conservancy allow the building to maintain its daylighting capacity while facilitating bird-friendly architecture.

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Keilhauer Introduces Jusky

12.1.14 | San Diego, CA | Keilhauer introduced Jusky, a new versatile stool designed for healthcare environments, but equally at home in many different applications. All Jusky stools have a rotating tablet - on stools with backs, it rotates 160°, and on stools without backs, the tablet rotates a full 360°. “That feature alone will make facility managers very happy,” said Keilhauer VP Sales & Marketing Jackie Maze, “because it eliminates the need to specify right- or left-hand tablets when ordering new stools.”

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Friant Launches Verity Desking System

12.1.14 | Oakland, CA | Friant & Associates launched Verity, a complete benching solution to support various types of work and foster interactions throughout the office. Choices include pre-configured Verity Stand-Alone units for fast and convenient ordering and installation, with accessories and storage easily added; or customizable Verity Elements, which offer a greater selection of materials including frames, surface, storage, and accessories. Screens in fabric, glass or marker board and space-dividing storage options create privacy for workers that need focused attention to perform their tasks. Power and data run discreetly underneath the bench for full connectivity and a seamless look.

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Six Carnegie Xorel™ Patterns Now USDA BioPreferred

12.1.14 | New York, NY | Six patterns of Carnegie’s proprietary high performance Xorel have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. The fifth environmental certification for the Xorel brand, the USDA BioPreferred program verifies that the product’s amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. Biobased products are finished or intermediate materials composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry or marine ingredients.

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Winners of the 2014 IDC & IIDEXCanada Innovation Awards Announced

12.3.14 | Toronto, ON | Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and IIDEXCanada announced the winners of their annual Innovation Awards program. This year, 32 products were selected to receive awards, including five Gold, 18 Silver and nine Bronze.

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Volunteers Honored at IDC/IIDA Toronto Leaders Breakfast

12.3.14 | Toronto, ON | Lynn McGregor, Principal, McGregor Design Group, and Peter Grimley, Owner, Grimley & Associates, received the Leadership Award of Excellence for 2014 from Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and IIDA. The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the interior design industry, was presented at the eighth annual IDC/IIDA Leaders Breakfast, on Dec. 3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre as part of IIDEXCanada.

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2015 Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design Awards

12.2.14 | Toronto, ON | Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, in partnership with Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and IIDEXCanada, launched the 2015 Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design Awards. The competition invites Canadian interior designers and architects to submit new and/or extensively renovated hotel projects completed between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014. Entry deadline is Mar. 10, 2015. Winners will be announced in the December 2015 issue of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and will be presented with their awards during an awards gala at the 2015 IIDEXCanada show.

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