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DIRTT's Enzo™ Approach Wins CaGBC 2015 Green Building Product of the Year

6.30.15 | Calgary, AB | DIRTT's Enzo™ Approach was named the inaugural winner of the Canada Green Building Council 2015 Green Building Product of the Year. Enzo represents an evolution in prefabricated modular construction for building interiors, overcoming barriers that previously impeded the use of manufactured construction in healthcare and residential environments. "The fact that the CaGBC — a thought leader in high-performing, healthy green buildings — cited Enzo's sustainability, transparency, and innovation is affirmation that DIRTT's sustainable construction philosophy and methods are indeed the way to build better," said DIRTT co-founder and Vice-President of Product Development Geoff Gosling.

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New Handcrafted Glass Pendant Collection from JESCO Lighting

7.2.15 | Port Washington, NY | JESCO Lighting Group introduced the Envisage VI Mini Glass-Pendant Light Collection — 16 smaller-scale decorative, ceiling-pendant lights, each individually hand-blown or hand-chiseled. Myriad designs, shapes, sizes and colors, luminaires bring memorable visual interest and lower-watt ambient/accent illumination to any interior space.

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ATI Decorative Laminates Revamps Website

7.1.15 | Greensboro, NC | ATI Decorative Laminates' website has undergone a visual and functional overhaul. Most noticeable are the streamlined graphics evident on the home page and coordinating subpages. Large, clear and inspiring images showcasing some of ATI’s best work are prominently displayed, and additional white space helps the eye focus on pertinent content. Navigation has also been upgraded for a more user-friendly style.

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KI Awarded Contract to Supply TCPN Members

7.1.15 | Green Bay, WI | KI has partnered with The Cooperative Purchasing Network to provide furniture and architectural wall solutions to 37,000-plus participating TCPN members throughout the U.S. The contract (#R142210) is the result of a competitive public bid by Region 4 Educational Service Center, on behalf of local and state government agencies, K-12 school districts, higher education, and nonprofit entities.

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RTM Increases Presence in Florida Market with Strategic Acquisition

7.1.15 | Chicago, IL | RTM Engineering Consultants acquired Milan Engineering, located in Winter Park, FL. Milan Engineering brings more than 15 years of experience with contemporary design techniques to provide efficient MEP/FP engineering services for projects including renovations, upgrades and new construction. The firm will continue to provide high quality and responsive design services for clients in the education, government, transportation, commercial, hospitality, retail, and mission critical markets, but will bring the added expertise and service capabilities of a 100-person team of professionals who serve every major market sector. Going forward, Milan will be operating as Milan Engineering, a division of RTM.

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Edward Pisarski Joins OFS Brands as National Accounts Manager, Healthcare

7.1.15 | Huntingburg, IN | Edward Pisarski joined OFS Brands as National Accounts Manager, Healthcare. He will be responsible for key strategic partnerships and to further develop the portfolio of regional and national accounts in the North American market. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Mr. Pisarski has 25 years of contract industry sales and leadership experience. Prior to joining the company, he achieved success as a global account manager with Haworth, vice president of sales for a Top 10 Steelcase dealer and most recently national accounts manager for Herman Miller Healthcare.

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J+J Flooring Group Names Bill Blackstock Corporate VP, Sales Strategy

6.29.15 | Dalton, GA | Bill Blackstock joined J+J Flooring Group as Corporate Vice President for Sales Strategy. An industry veteran with 29 years of experience, Mr. Blackstock on Sep. 1 will succeed Corporate Vice President of Sales, Bill Crosley, who is retiring after 36 years with the company. In the interim, Mr. Blackstock will work closely with the entire J+J leadership team to further hone the company’s short and long-term sales strategies and product initiatives. He previously served in a variety of leadership roles at Milliken & Company, most recently leading Milliken’s hospitality sales before assuming the sales leadership role for all contract and hospitality sales in North America and Latin America.

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Perkins+Will Welcomes Jessica Figenholtz

6.30.15 | Chicago, IL | Jessica Figenholtz joined the Chicago office of Perkins+Will as Director of Higher Education Planning. She will be involved in generating growth and exposure for the Chicago office’s higher education practice by engaging clients and ensuring the creation of innovative 21st century learning environments. Ms. Figenholtz is a widely-recognized expert in higher education design with more than 13 years of professional experience. She is deeply involved in planning, redevelopment, and sustainability, and has developed long-term relationships with some of the world’s top higher education and K-12 institutions. She served most recently as the Associate Vice President & Operations Leader for the K-12 & Higher Education Studio at Cannon Design, which she joined in 2002.

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IIDA NY Chapter Appoints Katie Michael-Battaglia As President

7.1.15 | New York, NY | Katie Michael-Battaglia, design director at Nemo Tile Company, is the new Chapter President of IIDA NY. She succeeds former president Rebecca Dorris Steiger. A member of the chapter since 2002, Ms. Michael-Battaglia served as the vice president of membership from 2008 2009 and has worked with the Leaders Breakfast committee since 2011. During her year-long tenure as chapter president, she plans to inspire current and prospective members by building on IIDA NY’s existing forums and outreach programs offered to New York’s design community. She will work closely with Forum and Committee Directors to provide members with engaging events that not only enhance their professional careers, but their personal lives as well.

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IFMA Announces 2015-16 Executive Committee and Board of Directors

7.1.15 | Houston, TX | IFMA introduced its 2015-16 board of directors and member-elected executive committee members. Jul. 1 marked the beginning of one-year terms for Michael D. Feldman, FMP, CM as chair; Maureen Ehrenberg, FRICS, CRE as first vice chair; and former board member William M. O'Neill, CFM as second vice chair. IFMA also welcomed two new board members, Diane Coles-Levine, MCR and Wayne Harvey, CFM, SFP, LEED AP, who will serve a two-year term beginning Jul. 1.

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Matt Prochaska Named Vice President of Sales for Neutral Posture

6.29.15 | Bryan, TX | Matt Prochaska joined Neutral Posture as Vice President of Sales. He will be responsible for implementing overall sales operations strategies, the achievement of Neutral Posture’s growth goals, managing its network of sales representatives, and supporting initiatives to meet customers’ needs. He has 22 years of experience in the furniture industry, starting as a plant manager, then VP of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, to President and National Sales Manager.

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BIFMA Announces New Marketing Manager

6.29.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Nicole Cook joined BIFMA as Marketing Manager. She will oversee the marketing, communications, brand management, event planning and outreach related activities of the organization; including the 360 Leadership Conference communications and event planning, promoting the level® certification program and coordinating educational programming. Ms. Cook currently serves as a board member of the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America. Prior to joining BIFMA, she was the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Humane Society of West Michigan.

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AECOM Pledges $50,000 to Support STEM Program in SF Middle School

6.23.15 | Los Angeles, CA | AECOM is donating more than $50,000 to the San Francisco Unified School District to support the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program at the Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School. AECOM made the announcement locally at a charity benefit that it co-sponsored with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to celebrate the scheduled fall opening of the school, which is the first SFUSD school aligned with the internationally benchmarked “Next Generation Science Standards.”

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WSP and ccrd Combine Houston Operations

6.29.15 | Houston, TX | WSP and ccrd have combined Houston operations and will function as WSP + ccrd. The combined office will have nearly 60 employees, specializing in MEP (mechanical/electrical/plumbing) engineering, commissioning, and fire protection/life safety.

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Landscape Forms Manufacturing Expansion and New Outdoor Showroom

6.11.15 | Kalamazoo, MI  | Landscape Forms announced a multimillion dollar investment in three major facility projects and unveiled its new outdoor lighting and furniture showroom. A first for the industry, the outdoor showroom enables customers to experience award winning LED lighting products fully integrated with site furniture collections. Two new facilities will augment existing manufacturing operations at the company’s corporate headquarters and 50-acre campus in Lawndale, MI. Both are within a six-mile radius of the Lawndale facility, which will be reengineered to align with manufacturing functions at other facilities and improve production flow. The third expansion project is a new production facility for Ultra High Performance Concrete, located in Richland, MI. Nearing completion, the 17,000-sf facility is dedicated to the production of the company’s Meldstone™, a proprietary composite for producing lightweight concrete products.

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ASID to Host Celebration Awards Gala July 18 in Boston

6.26.15 | Washington, DC | ASID will host Celebration – The ASID Awards Gala, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Saturday, Jul. 18. Marking its 40th anniversary, ASID will honor the individuals and organizations who are transforming lives through design. “Celebration is an evening dedicated to recognizing our industry’s best,” said Randy Fiser, ASID CEO. “Each of our honorees has made a significant contribution toward improving lives through design, and their remarkable work continues to advance our profession and impact communities across the country.”

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Global Leaders in Corporate Real Estate to Convene in Los Angeles

6.29.15 | Atlanta, GA | The CoreNet Global 2015 Global Summit, North America will be held Oct. 18-20 in Los Angeles. The theme of the conference is Disruptive Innovation: The Business of Change. Corporate real estate professionals, regardless of position, industry and geography, are being challenged to respond to an ever-changing set of business dynamics and economic conditions. The educational program of the summit will center around how to successfully manage an ever-changing environment. Keynote presenters include Academy Award-Winning Producer Brian Grazer, innovation expert Luke Williams, and and entrepreneur/entertainer Vinh Giang.

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IFMA’s World Workplace 2015 in Denver Takes Center Stage After Record Facility Fusion Attendance

6.29.15 | Houston, TX | IFMA is anticipating another exceptionally productive World Workplace Conference and Expo following a record turnout of 1,295 at the combined 2015 Facility Fusion conferences held in Canada and the U.S. The 2015 World Workplace Conference and Expo will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, Oct. 7-9. Registration is currently open; the early bird registration discount ends after Aug. 15.

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You're invited to LAUNCH: The Power of Pinterest

6.29.15 | New York, NY | LAUNCH by Editor at Large will present a class, The Power of Pinterest, on Wednesday, Jul. 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the 200 Lexington Avenue Conference Center in NYC. It will be led by Noelle Cantarano, a Digital Strategist at Lippe Taylor, an award-winning marketing and public relations agency specializing in marketing to women. 

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Golden Waters: Light Installation by Grimanesa Amorós Extends From Soleri Bridge in Scottsdale, AZ

6.22.15 | Scottsdale, AZ | Scottsdale Public Art sponsored Golden Waters, a temporary light installation by artist Grimanesa Amorós. On view through Sep. 30, it extends from the famous Soleri Bridge designed by artist, architect and philosopher Paolo Soleri. The hovering light sculpture is inspired by the natural elegance of the Arizona Canal, a nearly 50-mile-long body of water that runs through Scottsdale. It is mounted on a secure structure attached to the bridge and extends parallel to the canal channel eighty feet west of the bridge. The LED tubing system appears to rise from the canal waters below, celebrating the union of light and water.

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Two Exhibitions at Art Center College of Design Celebrate Rich History of Chairs

6.25.15 | Pasadena, CA | Art Center College of Design’s Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery in Pasadena opened two exhibitions on Jun. 25 - The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, and Classroom to Market: 20 Years of Innovation in Seating. Both celebrate the rich history of chairs, with one presenting a detailed look at designs by such masters as the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry; and the other showcasing chairs created by by Art Center students and graduates.

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Hansgrohe Launches “#WaterYouDoing” Instagram Campaign for July

6.30.15 | Alpharetta, GA | Hansgrohe USA is asking Instagram users to share fun water related posts in its #WaterYouDoing sweepstakes through Jul. 31. To enter, Instagrammers must follow Hansgrohe USA on Instagram, @HansgroheUSA, and use the hashtags: #WaterYouDoing and #Sweepstakes in their snapshots. Ten randomly selected grand-prize winners will receive Hansgrohe's new Croma Select E 110 Handshower set and an Apple Sports Watch.

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Ligne Roset Offers 20% Discount on Alcantara® to Architects and Interior Designers in July and August

7.1.15 | New York, NY | Ligne Roset launched a promotion to architects and interior designers for products upholstered in Alcantara®, an innovative, luxurious material based on proprietary technology. Combining aesthetics, functionality, and durability, it is breathable, washable, soft, and comfortable for applications in the hospitality, contract, or healthcare industries. Through Aug. 31, the company is offering designers in its trade program a 20% discount on any Ligne Roset product specified with Alcantara.

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Raymond James Brief 7.2.15 - BIFMA: May Orders +2%; Shipments +4%

7.2.15 | St. Petersburg, FL | Raymond James & Associates analysts, reporting on BIFMA's May 2015 market statistics, noted that “After a series of solid mid-single digit/low-double digit order growth statistics for five consecutive months, May's ~2% order growth could have investors a bit ‘jumpy’ at first glance. Our observation, as discussed in past notes, is that the contract office furniture industry has become lumpier and May's slowdown in the order growth rate demonstrates this characteristic. This inherently makes sense given that there has been a shift in the industry toward more project-based business, and the timing of large projects entering the order book can influence the monthly figures. Irrespective, the order and shipment trends reported over the past six months have remained positive, and trailing-12-month growth numbers are encouraging.”

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NeoCon Ends on a High Note

6.29.15 | Chicago, IL | NeoCon® 2015 organizers, in their post-show wrap-up, described the 47th annual edition of NeoCon as "a runaway hit." Drawing over 50,000 attendees from around the world, the show was buzzing all three days up until the very last hour. A Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup win on the first night ignited a city-wide celebration. The excitement seemed in keeping with the pervasive energy that could be felt on the NeoCon floors throughout the show. In addition to top-notch exhibitors (including many new to NeoCon), fresh educational programming and invaluable networking opportunities, the show featured sold-out keynote sessions by superstars Patricia Urquiola and Martin Lesjak & Anastasija Sugic. A new river-facing park in front of the Merchandise Mart was unveiled, along with a super-intuitive enhanced NeoCon app. Improved way-finding and thoughtfully designed layouts on the 7th and 8th floors also enhanced this year's NeoCon experience. Dates for NeoCon 2016 are June 13-15.

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Hunter Douglas Donates $300,000 for Nepal Relief

6.26.15 | Pearl River, NY | Hunter Douglas Inc. donated $300,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to aid the people of Nepal following the two catastrophic earthquakes on April 25 and May 12.  According to USAID, the quakes left nearly 9,000 Nepalese people dead and 2.8 million displaced, with almost 800,000 homes destroyed or damaged. Hunter Douglas matched donations from its employees on a two-for-one basis; for every dollar donated, the company added another two dollars. In four weeks, it received $100,000 in contributions to its Hunter Douglas Nepal Relief Fund and added another $200,000 for a total of $300,000.

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The New Occasional Table APP from Domitalia

6.25.15 | Milan, Italy | Domitalia unveiled App, a new side table by Radice Orlandini design studio. App is made up of a tray (black or white) in rigid polyurethane on four wooden legs. For the partial closure of the tray, there is a top available either in a wooden version (natural oak or lacquered) or in glass. The name of the creation and the square shape with the rounded corners of the tray take their inspiration from the world of smart phone Apps. A hidden cable hole offers a practical to charge devices or to support a lamp.

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Call for Entries: Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition

6.10.15 | New York, NY | Hansgrohe U.S.A is now accepting for entries for the second annual Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. The competition calls upon U.S. architects and designers to submit exceptional projects that incorporate Hansgrohe and/or Axor products. It is open to projects that were built in the U.S. within the past three years (between Jan. 1, 2012 and Aug. 14, 2015). The winner in each category (Residential, Commercial, Hospitality) will receive a $2,000 product credit and a trip to NYC to attend an awards ceremony and VIP event in October. Deadline for submission is Aug. 14.

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ECi Announces First Annual Everyday Hero Contest

6.11.15 | Fort Worth, TX | ECi Software Solutions launched its inaugural Everyday Hero contest to recognize outstanding community service among ECi’s customer base. ECi customers, partners, and employees are invited to nominate ECi customers who are doing an outstanding job of supporting their communities. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 from ECi to donate to the charity of their choosing. The winner will be revealed during ECi’s 2015 Connect Conference at Walt Disney World® Resort, which takes place Nov. 9–11. In addition to cash prizes, the three finalists will receive free registration and accommodation for the conference. Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Aug. 1.

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NASA Challenges Designers to Construct 3D-Printed Habitat for Deep Space Exploration

6.9.15 | Youngstown, OH | NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration. The multi-phase 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, part of NASA's Centennial Challenges program, is designed to advance the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond. The first phase of the competition, which runs through Sep. 27, is a design competition calling participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts that take advantage of the capabilities of 3-D printing. The top 30 submissions will be judged and a prize purse of $50,000 will be awarded at the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York.

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Inaugural Building Content Summit July 22

6.8.15 | Las Vegas, NV | RTC Events Management will hold its inaugural Building Content Summit (BCS) on July 22 in Washington, DC prior to the Revit Technology Conference. The BCS conference aims to gather manufacturers, engineers, BIM creators, and architects to discuss challenges facing each industry in connection with the creation and utilization of BIM content. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet professionals from groups that are affected by the creation and use of BIM in different arenas and ways, allowing an overview of issues faced by all professionals involved.

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Configura Announces Free July CET Designer Webinars

6.26.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free July webinars with CET Designer instructors...

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J+J Flooring Group Releases 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report

6.25.15 | Dalton, GA | J+J Flooring Group released its third annual corporate sustainability report. The new report, entitled Sustainability, Every Day, focuses on the social and environmental responsibility activities and achievements accomplished last year. It also provides an update on the progress the company is making toward the conservation, resource reduction and environmental performance goals it has set for the year 2020. One of the report’s most notable highlights is the company’s achievement of third-party certified zero waste to landfill status realized five years ahead of the 2020 goal.

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Davis Furniture Debuts New Website

6.24.15 | High Point, NC | Davis Furniture Industries' newly redesigned website is now online.

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Welcome to Sandler Office

6.24.15 | Atlanta, GA | Sandler Seating launched Sandler Office, a collection of innovative chairs, tables and desking for the contract market. A website dedicated to the new brand is now online.

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Concept Surfaces Debuts Pascal and Geometric Collections

6.23.15 | Dallas, TX | Concept Surfaces introduced two new tiling collections, Pascal and Geometric. The Pascal Collection, available in four playful styles and large-size format (24 x 24) in matte finish, is suitable for flooring or wall coverings. It is available in black and gray, white and beige, and black and white. The Geometric Series, available in 8 x 8 in matte or gloss finish for wall applications, presents a creative twist to tiling and features two sub-series, Archimedes and Euclid. The Archimedes Series offers four patterns in nine vibrant colors (liso, pearl, grey, blue, red, black, jade, apple, and violet). The Euclid Series offers circles in a concave or convex design on top of a square tile in black, gray or white.

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Possibilities Inside and Out from Ultrafabrics

6.23.15 | Tarrytown, NY | Ultrafabrics® launched a new Indoor/Outdoor offering - 40 colors in four collections: Cora, Brisa®, Brisa® Distressed, and Promessa®. These collections were designed for maximum durability, engineered to deliver a full circle of performance and protection, safeguarding against active use and harsh exposure while looking and feeling great. Solar endurance properties withstand extended periods of direct sunlight exposure without fading or spotting, climate control technology shields against temperature change for essential skin protection. Additional properties include water repellency, mildew defense, stain protection, and colorfastness to chlorinated water, seawater, and perspiration.

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Ultrafabrics Selected as a Steelcase Premier Supplier

6.8.15 | Tarrytown, NY | Ultrafabrics, LLC was selected as a Steelcase Premier Supplier for 2015. The selection puts Ultrafabrics is in a select group of suppliers to Steelcase, as Premier Suppliers must meet and maintain rigorous relationship, quality and delivery standards to achieve this designation.

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Goettsch Partners Wins First San Francisco Office Tower Project

6.23.15 | Chicago, IL | Goettsch Partners was hired by The John Buck Company and Golub & Company, a 50/50 joint real estate development venture, for the design of San Francisco’s latest Class A office tower. The 29,000sf site for the Park Tower at Transbay is located at the corner of Howard and Beale streets in the SOMA area, near the San Francisco Bay and across the street from the new Transbay Transit Center currently under construction. GP will lead the design for the project, collaborating with the San Francisco office of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, who will serve as local architect, as well as Stevens + Associates Architects. The 605-foot-tall Park Tower will be 43 stories and include 750,000sf of commercial office space.

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Perkins Eastman Joins GMU in Celebrating Groundbreaking of New Health Sciences Building

6.22.15 | Washington, DC | Perkins Eastman and George Mason University celebrated the recent groundbreaking of GMU's new building for the College of Health and Human Services on its main campus in Fairfax, VA. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 160,000-sf building will include a working health clinic accessible to the public, a kitchen where students will practice nutrition science, program classrooms for the College and general University classrooms, and labs for nursing, healthcare data, and rehabilitation studies. It is expected to open in 2017.

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Elkus Manfredi Architects Designs New Headquarters for WS Development

6.11.15 | Chestnut Hill, MA | Elkus Manfredi Architects designed the new headquarters offices in Chestnut Hill, MA, for retail development firm WS Development. Located on the two upper floors of a new three-story building featuring full retail on the ground floor, WS’s new 30,400-sf workspace is characterized by high industrial ceilings; a spacious, open floor plan; abundant natural daylight; and expansive wood walls that bring the outside view of forested Hammond Pond into the space. It includes three executive offices, 10 management offices, 122 open workstations, a total of 14 conference/collaboration rooms designed to support a wide variety of different team needs, plus a break room with kitchen.

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ASI Featured Project: Wells Fargo Center Lobby, Billings, MT

6.11.15 | New York, NY | Architectural Systems, Inc.'s Sculptured Collection panels transformed the lobby of the Wells Fargo Center in Billings, MT. To reflect the quality of the tenant spaces on the upper floors of the multistory tower, designer James Kordonowy of A&E Architects incorporated a dimensional, horizontally oriented pattern from the collection and chose a white, high gloss automotive finish to play off the light.

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BIG Unveils 2 World Trade Center

6.10.15 | New York, NY | Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled the design of 2 World Trade Center. The 80+ story building being developed by Silverstein Properties will rise to 1,340 feet, respectfully framing the 9/11 Memorial Park alongside One WTC, 3 WTC and 4 WTC. The design of 2 WTC is derived from its urban context at the meeting point between two very different neighborhoods: the Financial District with its modernist skyscrapers and TriBeCa with its lofts and roof gardens.

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One World Trade Center: ThyssenKrupp Supplies Elevators and Stainless Steel

6.1.15 | Essen, Germany | ThyssenKrupp has installed the fastest elevators in North and South America at One World Trade Center in New York. The technology group also supplied stainless steel for the spire of the tower. The five elevators servicing the observatory, which opened Jun. 1, represent a significant engineering feat, are able to travel at nearly 23 mph and climb to the 102nd floor in just 60 seconds. Altogether, ThyssenKrupp installed 71 elevators and 12 escalators in the building. The materials for the spire were supplied by Ken-Mac Metals, a U.S.-based affiliate of ThyssenKrupp. The top weighs about 6.3 metric tons. AIN Plastics, another U.S. affiliate, delivered special plastic boxes which protect the roots of 500 trees at the foot of the building.

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ASID Announces 2016 Board

6.24.15 | Washington, DC | Sandy Gordon, FASID, MFA, LEED AP, principal, Sandy Gordon Interiors, was elected Chair of the 2016 ASID Board of Directors; and Charrisse Johnston, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Associate AIA, principal, Steinberg Architects, was elected Chair-Elect. They will be joined by four new at-large board members: Sarah W. Colandro, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, director of interior design, Fawley Bryant; Melanie Murata, Allied ASID, NEWH, LEED Green Associate, project designer, Gensler; Denise Rush, ASID, director of undergraduate interior architecture, Boston Architectural College; and Teresa Sowell, FASID, senior manager, Raytheon. Eddy Schmitt, senior vice president Americas, Steelcase will be the new industry partner representative. The term for the 2016 ASID Board of Directors begins on Oct. 1.

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At NCARB, New Leadership, Medals for Distinguished Service

6.24.15 | New Orleans, LA | Dennis S. Ward, AIA, NCARB was inaugurated as president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and Kristine A. Harding, AIA, NCARB was elected first vice president/president-elect. In addition, five individuals were awarded the President's Medal for Distinguished Service, NCARB's highest honor.

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Scott Robbins to Lead Academic and Science Projects for WSP in Boston

6.22.15 | Boston, MA | Scott Robbins, P.E. has been named a senior vice president in the Boston office of WSP. In his new position, Mr. Robbins will manage design efforts for academic and science/technology projects throughout New England and nationwide. He has more than 24 years of engineering, construction and project management experience, specializing in project management and mechanical engineering for colleges and universities, laboratories, and cleanrooms, as well modeling systems for true informed design.

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Stephen Sessler Joins WSP in Atlanta in Senior Management Role

6.22.15 | Atlanta, GA | Stephen M. Sessler, P.E. was named a senior vice president in the Atlanta office of WSP. Mr. Sessler has more than 35 years of mechanical engineering, acoustics and project management experience. He comes to WSP from an Atlanta-based engineering firm, where he was a partner since 1984. In his new position, he will focus on growth in Atlanta and the broader Southeast region. He will lead WSP’s team on the New Atlanta Stadium, the future home of the Atlanta Falcons, where WSP is providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; stadium lighting; and high-performance design on the $1.2 billion project.

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Kentwood Office Furniture Adds Designer

6.16.15 | Novi, MI | Katie VanderVeen joined Kentwood Office Furniture in the role of Design/Business Development in the Novi, MI, office. Ms. VanderVeen previeously served as Senior Designer at CI Select. She has a BFA in Design from Harrington College of Design.

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Kimball Office Announces Strategic Personnel Moves

6.29.15 | Jasper, IN | Ti Schulze was hired as the new North Central Region Manager for Kimball Office, and Adam Bedell was promoted to the position of Area Market Manager for the company’s New York teams.

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American Heart Association Recognizes National Office Furniture as a Fit-Friendly Worksite

6.24.15 | Jasper, IN | National Office Furniture was recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association, for the second year in a row. This honor was awarded to National for helping employees eat better and move more.

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Architecture Billings Index Returns to Positive Territory

6.24.15 | Washington, DC | AIA reported the May Architecture Billings Index score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8 in April. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from a reading of 60.1 the previous month. The design contracts index was 53.4.

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Inscape Announces Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

6.25.15 | Toronto, ON | Inscape reported sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 at $12.6 million, a decrease of 16.7% compared with the same quarter of last year. The decrease in sales mainly affected the furniture segment where a few major projects originally scheduled for delivery in the quarter were delayed to future quarters. Fiscal year 2015 sales of $69.4 million was $3 million (4.9%) higher than last year's $66.2 million. The fiscal year ended with a net loss of $13.1 million or 91 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $7.1 million or 49 cents per share in FY14. Excluding unusual items, the current year's adjusted loss before tax was $6.4 million, compared with last year's adjusted loss of $5.9 million.

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Steelcase Reports First Quarter Results: Americas Results, Orders and Backlog Remain Strong

6.24.15 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Inc. reported first quarter revenue of $705.5 million and net income of $20.0 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.16. Excluding net restructuring costs, adjusted earnings were $0.17 per share. In the prior year, Steelcase reported $723.1 million of revenue, diluted earnings per share of $0.17 and adjusted earnings of $0.12 per share. Organic revenue growth over the prior year was 3% after adjusting for approximately $34.1 million of unfavorable currency translation effects and the impact of small divestitures. In the Americas, organic revenue growth over the prior year was 3%, while EMEA posted organic revenue growth of 1%, and the Other category was essentially flat.

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Herman Miller Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Results and Announces Dividend Increase

6.24.15 | Zeeland, MI | Herman Miller, Inc. announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended May 30, 2015. Net sales in the quarter totaled $550.7 million, an increase of 13.0% from the same quarter last fiscal year. New orders in the fourth quarter of $556.9 million were 16.1% above the prior year level. On an organic basis, which adjusts for acquisitions, divestitures, and foreign currency translation, sales in the fourth quarter increased 3.9% from the same quarter last fiscal year. The company also announced an increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.1475 per share payable in October. This change represents an increase of over 5% from the current dividend payout of $0.14 per share.

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