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IA Announces 2008 Mid-Year Appointments

7.2.08 | New York, NY | IA Interior Architects announced its 2008 mid-year appointments.

  • Christopher Blackadder was named principal for the New York office.
  • Jeffrey Gay became a Senior Associate for the Washington, DC office.
  • Stephanie Pero Schmitz was named an Associate for the Denver office.

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Maxon Furniture To Partner With Office Furniture USA

7.2.08 | Renton, VA | Maxon Furniture Inc, an operating company of HNI, announced that it has partnered with Office Furniture USA, a nationwide network of dealers, to expand its distribution of panel systems and freestanding office furniture throughout the United States. In further news, Maxon Furniture recognized individual IMR's and Rep groups for outstanding achievement. The Highlands Group received the Rep Group of the Year award and Anne McShea, also of The Highlands Group, received the Maxon Furniture Inc. Rep of the Year award for her commitment to excellence and outstanding success throughout the year.

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Colebrook Bosson Saunders Adds Two To NYC Showroom Staff

7.2.08 | New York, NY | Colebrook Bosson Saunders added two staff members to the newly opened NYC showroom located at 200 Lexington Ave. Carlos Diaz was hired as Market Research and Development Manger and can be reached at carlos.diaz@cbs-products.com. Kiki Batista joins the company as GSA Account Executive. She can be reached at kiki.batista@cbs-products.com.

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June Issue of Implications Released

7.2.08 | Minneapolis, MN | Implications' June issue features an article titled "Growing Water" by Martin Felsen, AIA, and Sarah Dunn. The Growing Water project addresses a report from the United Nations that states two out of every three people in the world will be facing water shortages by 2025.  www.informedesign.umn.edu

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Vienna Design Week

7.2.08 | Vienna, Austria | The Vienna Design Week festival, including an installation by a Design Miami/Basel's Designer of the Future Award winner, will take place in Austria from October 2-12. The event is organized  by Tulga Beyerle, Thomas Geisler, and Lilli Hollein of Neigungsgruppe Design, and includes a series of special events. www.viennadesignweek.at

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Paoli Names New Eastern Region Sales VP

7.2.08 | Orleans, IN | Dan Cogan was promoted to Regional Vice President, Eastern Sales Area for Paoli. In his new position, Dan will be responsible for growing Paoli's revenue in the Eastern Sales Area. Mr. Cogan joined Paoli in February of 2007 and previously led government sales. 

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Unika Vaev And Instyle Contract Textiles Join Forces

7.2.08 | New York, NY | Unika Vaev, a division of The ICF Group, and the Australian based company Instyle Contract Textiles joined forces. Unika Vaev will become the exclusive distributor of Instyle's textile collections in the US and Canada. Instyle is known for its wool upholstery textiles and in particular it's LIFE (Low Impact For the Environment) sustainable textile collection. Unika Vaev is recognized as a leader for its collection of textiles, steeped in rich vibrant colors and patterns, designed for multiple applications.

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Dauphin North American Welcomes Carol Wickoren

7.2.08 | Boonton, NJ | Dauphin North America welcomed Carol Wickoren as its Regional Sales Manager of central territories. Most recently, Ms. Wickoren was President of MIC SERVICES in Minneapolis and prior to that was Senior Vice President of Sales & Design at Target Commercial Interiors, a division of Target Corporation. 

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Perkins+Will Awarded For Sustainable Design Leadership

7.2.08 | New York, NY | Perkins+Will received two awards for its example of sustainable design leadership. Its New York office space, completed in early 2007, received a LEED-CI Gold rating for its open workspace layout, water conservation, and healthy, multifunctional materials. It is the 23rd LEED certified project completed by Perkins+Will, with nearly 100 more LEED registered. Perkins+Will also was awarded a a 2008 Sustainable Leadership Award from CoreNet Global, the American Institute of Architects, and the International Interior Design Association at CoreNet's annual conference in San Diego.

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KTGY Earns Three Grand Nugget Awards

7.2.08 | Irvine, CA | KTGY GROUP received three Grand Nugget Awards in the following categories:

  • Best Adaptive Re-Use Project for Whole Foods Market in Pasadena, CA.
  • Best Mixed-Use Project for Market Lofts in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Best California Green Builder Residential Community for Poppy Lane at Natomas Meadows in Sacramento, CA.

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Young Architects Making NYC's Old seaport New Again

7.2.08 | New York, NY | South Street Seaport: Re-envisioning the Urban Edge will be on display at the Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place, NYC, from July17-September 20.  The exhibition showcases 37 prospective designs from the third Biennial Ideas Competition launched by the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the AIA NY that that would change the face of lower Manhattan. ENYA partnered with the Seaman's Church Institute, which acted as a hypothetical client, to challenge participants to consider the area's past before suggesting interventions to its future. 

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Haworth Releases 2007 Sustainability Report

7.2.08 | Holland, MI | Haworth, Inc. released its third annual sustainability report, expanded to include a more comprehensive representation of the company’'s worldwide operations. The 2007 Sustainability Report tracks Haworth’'s successes and challenges in meeting its global commitment to sustainable business practices and the design and construction of its own facilities including showrooms, corporate offices and manufacturing plants. The Haworth 2007 Sustainability Report is available for download on Haworth’'s website at www.haworth.com/2007_GlobalSustainabilityReport.

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Knoll Participates In Green Procurement Exposition

7.1.08 | East Greenville, PA | Knoll participated in the inaugural Green Procurement Exposition and Conference in Chicago. Knoll, one of 68 exhibitors at the exposition, met with representatives from government, corporate, academic and facilities management sectors about how Knoll is taking a leadership role in environmental sustainability. Knoll also featured its Knoll Life chair, which recently achieved SMaRT gold certification from the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS).

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Transystems Names Louis Rondinello Assistant VP

7.1.08 | New York, NY | Louis Rondinello was named Assistant Vice President in the New York office of TranSystems, a transportation consulting company. Mr. Rondinello comes to TranSystems with over 18 years of experience as a project manager and senior civil engineer for aviation and transit projects. His technical background includes planning analysis and design of energy power systems.

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W.A.C. Lighting Spearheads Relief Efforts In China

7.1.08 | Garden City, NY | W.A.C. Lighting is spearheading relief efforts to help earthquake victims in western China.  The company recently opened a state of the art manufacturing facility insouthern China that employs 42 people from the earthquake zone, seven of whom losttheir family homes there. The firm has helped to raise nearly $250,000 for quakerelief. www.waclighting.com

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MAiSPACE At NeoCon Draws Strongest Attendance In 15 Years

7.1.08 | Mt. Olive, NJ | MAiSPACE reported its most visible and strongest showing in 15 years at the NeoCon World's Trade Fair. Using the theme, "Raising the Bar," the exhibit highlighted its choices in fabrics and finishes, plus glass and metal tiles, new Coverseal drawer and bin fronts and a complete freestanding furniture line. 

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Herzog & de Meuron, Anish Kapoor Receive Major Commission

7.1.08 | New York, NY | Alexico Group will construct a residential tower designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron in the Tribeca Historic District and will be named for its site, 56 Leonard Street. The project design will be revealed in the fall, 2008. It also was announced that Alexico Group commissioned a public sculpture by London-based artist Anish Kapoor to be integrated into the project design. alexicogroup.com

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Bendheim Restoration Glass Selected For Jefferson Davis Home

7.1.08 | Passaic, NJ | Light Restoration Glass supplied by Bendheim’'s Restoration Glass division was selected for the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library restoration, a project currently underway in Biloxi, MS. Bendheim provided 209 panes of mouth-blown Restoration Glass to restore the windows and front and back glass doors of Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis. The home was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 

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Shen Milsom & Wilke To Provide Services For Dubai Hospital

7.1.08 | New York, NY | Shen Milsom & Wilke, working with architectural and engineering firm Ellerbe Becket, will provide integrated technology services to the new University Hospital in Dubai Healthcare City. Partners Harvard Medical International, a subsidiary of Harvard Medical School that provides planning services to healthcare entities worldwide, is responsible for defining the requirements for the 400-bed teaching hospital. The facility will be linked to Harvard Medical School Dubai Center. Shen Milsom & Wilke's services include technology master planning and design of information technology, multimedia, and security systems. A completion date is set for 2010.

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J&J/Invision Introduce Shantung

7.1.08 | Dalton, Ga | Invision Carpet Systems added to its Second Nature Collection with Shantung, a collection that plays on the variation of thick and thin, luster and matte, and smooth and textured. Shantung incorporates 40 neutrals and saturated brights to form an overall palette that is harmonious and alluring. 

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The HON Company And Sherwin-Williams Offer New Color Program

7.1.08 | Muscatine, IA | The HON Company teamed up with Sherwin-Williams to offer a high-tech color matching system on all metal casegoods and desk products. Through the ColorCorrect program, designers and end-users have the option of chosing from 42 colors or to specify an custom-matched color they choose. The ColorCorrect program offers three different levels: –an expanded offering of HON'’s core colors, the choice of industry standards, and custom colors for design options. 

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Joe Nacci Joins Tobron As A&D Account Director

7.1.08 | New York, NY | Joe Nacci joined Tobron, a long standing dealer for Herman Miller, as its A&D Account Director, where he will be a liaison between Tobron and New York City architectural and design firms. Mr. Nacci has worked in all aspects of the interior design profession for 27 years.

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Cinto Chair From Humanscale Now Available

7.1.08 | New York, NY | The Cinto chair, a mid-priced ergonomic and environmentally conscious stacking chair from Humanscale, is now available for purchase. Cinto features a backrest that is attached to the chair's frame via a flexible belt, allowing the backrest to move with the body for recline and lumbar support and the cross-slits on the chair's seat allow for even weight distribution. Available in nine colors—Red, White, Yellow, Taupe, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Light Gray, Gray and Black, Cinto can be configured with or without armrests, with a sled base, or with four legs on either glides or casters. 

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CIDA Board Of Directors Adopts New Standards

7.1.08 | Grand Rapids, MI | CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation Board of Directors, adopted new quality standards for interior design higher education programs that prepare graduates for entry into the profession. Professional Standards 2009 elevate the concepts, such as critical thinking, global context for design, collaboration and creativity, and professional values deemed most significant for successful entry-level interior designers. Visit CIDA's  website a http://www.accredit-id.org/profstandards.php for more information about the recently adopted Professional Standards 2009. 

Prof. Assoc. >>, Research >>

EMCOR Subsidiaries Awarded Contracts For New Cardiovascular Center

7.1.08 | Norwalk, CT | EMCOR Group, Inc. announced that its Dynalectric Company and University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc. (UMEC) subsidiaries were awarded contracts to provide the entire electrical and mechanical infrastructure for the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center’s new 128,000 sq. ft. Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center. Dynalectric will provide all electrical systems for the facility and UMEC will provide the HVAC. 

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Rune Akselberg Joins izzy

7.1.08 | Spring Lake, MI | Rune Akselberg will join izzy, August 1, as Vice President for sales of izzydesign branded products as well as products offered by izzy's strategic alliance partners, HAG and Nemschoff. Mr. Akselberg has 18 years of office furniture industry experience and most recently was managing director for HAG in the U.K. and Ireland.  Mr. Akselberg also was president of HAG, Inc., responsible for the North American market.  

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

Skanska Named Construction Manager For Le Bonheur Hospital

7.1.08 | Memphis, TN | Skanska USA Building Inc. was  named construction manager for the Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center project in Memphis, TN. FKP Architects  partnered with Memphis firm Self Tucker Architects Inc. to provide the design services for the 610,000 sq. ft. hospital. A 2010 completion date expected. The facility will hold 225 beds with units designed for pediatric intensive care, cardiovascular intensive care, and neonatal intensive care. 

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Kimball Office Donates To The Chicago Lighthouse

6.27.08 | Jasper, IN | Kimball Office contributed $10,000 to the Chicago Lighthouse for blind and visually impaired people. The gift was made possible, in part, by the record number of designers and facility managers who visited the company's Wells Street showroom during NeoCon this year. Kimball Office donated $10 for every scanned visitor. Kimball Office's donation will be used to advance one or more of the 24 programs offered by the organization. www.kimballoffice.com

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Steelcase Declares Quarterly Dividend

6.27.08 | Grand Rapids, MI | The Board of Directors of Steelcase Inc. declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share to be paid on or before July 17, 2008, to shareholders of record as of July 7, 2008.

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Inscape Announces Financial Results

6.27.08 | Holland Landing, ON | Peter Brunelle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inscape announced the company's financial results for the quarter and year ended April 30, 2008. Sales of $24.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 were 1.1% lower than the sales of $24.8 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2007. For the fiscal year ended April 30, sales increased 2.4% from $92.3 million in fiscal 2007 to $94.5 million in fiscal 2008, despite the U.S. dollar exchange rate erosion of 4.2%. Based on current order levels, Inscape anticipates that its revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 will be lower than the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. A conference call held June 27 to discuss the company's results can be accessed through July 4 at 1.800.558.5253 (Reservation # 21386012).

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Susan Szenasy Awarded Medallion Of Honor Award By SARA

6.27.08 | New York, NY | Susan S. Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis received the 2008 Medallion of Honor Award from the New York Chapter of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA). The award recognizes her efforts during 22 years as editor in chief for having informed, taken measure, stimulated, and evangelized on the potential and power of Architecture, Design, and Culture. Other award winners include: Karin Bacon, Lydia Rose, Renzo Piano, Santiago Calatrava, Ricardo Lagorretta, and Enrique Norten.

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Mannington Mills Acquires Burke Industries

6.27.08 | Salem, NJ | Mannington Mills acquired Burke Industries, a manufacturer of high-quality resilient products including rubber flooring tiles, wall base, treads, and accessories. Burke will maintain its brand identity and become a Mannington subsidiary, and operations at both locations will continue.

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Significant Interiors Book Release

6.27.08 | Washington, DC | Significant Interiors, a publication authored by the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, features 24 significant projects from this group of award winners, as selected by members of the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community (KC). AIA members will receive a 25% discount off of the retail price when they order through the bookstore.

Prof. Assoc. >>, Research >>

Green Patient Room Launches At IIDEX/NeoCon Canada

6.27.08 | Toronto, ON | The Green Patient Room will debut at IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, Direct Energy Centre, on September 25 & 26, to demonstrate the future possibilities for patient healthcare environments. The five key areas that Green Patient Room designers focused on were: Family Zone: Bringing in the Home, Terrace: The Great Outdoors, Patient Zone: Healing Starts here, Staff Zone: Taking Care of the Caregivers and Patient Bathroom / Building Systems: Conserving Energy and Water. 

Environment >>, Event >>

Aquafil USA To Publish Annual Sustainability Report

6.27.08 | Cartersville, GA |The Aquafil Board of Directors made a commitment to raise awareness of the Group's environmental sustainability efforts with the creation of an official sustainability report. Aquafil intends to enhance its public profile on environmental sustainability to be consistent with its economic structure. The Group's goal is to nurture a sustainable future by carefully assessing its processes to grow efficiency in manufacturing, logistics, waste control and handling.

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Trendway Announces Heeringa Scholarship Awards

6.27.08 | Holland, MI | Trendway Corporation announced the annual George and Lucile Heeringa Scholarship Awards. Created in honor of the company’'s founding proprietors, these scholarships are designed to assist with the higher education expenses of area young people. This year $28,000 was awarded to students throughout the greater Holland area. The awards are given in the following categories:  The George and Lucile Heeringa Community Scholarship, for seniors in each of the Holland area high schools; The George and Lucile Heeringa Trendway Scholarship, for children of Trendway’s full-time personnel; The George and Lucile Heeringa Continuing Education Scholarships, for  students who received 2007 Trendway scholarships, reapplied in 2008, and maintained personal and scholastic excellence. A new $1,000 scholarship opportunity also was initiated for one son or daughter of a Trendway employee enrolled in a 2-year Technical or Trade School. www.trendway.com

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Sergio Mannino And Jan Habraken Present Lamp ooo!

6.27.08 | New York, NY | Lampooo! is the first out of a series of lights designed in a collaborative effort by Sergio Mannino and Jan Habraker. It is a blend of Italian architecture and Dutch design. The light contains three 10 watts light bulbs in an era where compact fluorescent (CFL) lights are a must. While looking for a suitable manufacturer, the designers will sell their light, together with a stack of books personally handpicked, in a limited edition of 99 pieces. For further information, contact www.janhabraken.com or www.sergiomannino.com

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