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Federal Brace Teams up with Chief Architect

Posted on 02 April 2018 by cradmin

Federal Brace Chief ArchitectFederal Brace added its complete product catalog to Chief Architect, a software that enables designers and architects to complete drawings, 3-dimensional renderings and 360 degree panoramas of projects, allowing them to perfect their design through modern technology. Federal Brace added its products with the goal of enhancing customer experience.

Chief Architect allows designers to render selected products into design plans for customers, including construction drawings, elevations, and CAD details, professional-quality 3D models including floorplans and framings, and, most recently, 360 degree panoramas that lean into the virtual reality realm. They partner with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) to ensure that wall elevations and dimensions are to standard and even allow designers to take NKBA certification exams on Chief Architect’s downloadable software. Many custom options are available, but name-brand products, such as Federal Brace’s expanding catalog of premier and designer supports, are always in high-demand by designers and consumers alike.

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Carol Ross Barney Receives 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on 05 October 2017 by cradmin

AIA Chicago’s Board of Directors has selected Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, to receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. From her earliest projects to her most contemporary work as the founder of her namesake firm, Ross Barney has been elevating architecture in the public realm for more than 40 years. She will receive the award on October 13 at Designight 2017, the premier awards night celebrating Chicago’s architectural community and the 2017 recipients of the Design Excellence Awards.

Ross Barney has been in the vanguard of civic space design since founding her firm, Ross Barney Architects in 1981. Barney has made significant contributions to the built environment, the profession, and architectural education. As an architect, urbanist, mentor, and educator, she has relentlessly advocated that excellent design is a right, not a privilege. Her body of work occupies a unique place within the panorama of contemporary architecture, being exclusively composed of work in the public realm.

Ross Barney’s projects vary in type and scale, but uphold a deep commitment to the role architecture plays in life quality; from transit stations that enrich the metropolitan experience; to buildings that are environmental stewards, showcasing sustainability in an overtly compelling way; to spaces that inspire young children and the brightest minds of tomorrow to learn, invent, and break boundaries.

Ross Barney’s work has been honored with more than 100 design awards, including four national AIA Institute Honor Awards, more than 40 AIA Chicago Awards, two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Project Awards, the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson award for Public Architecture and the AIA Illinois Gold Medal.

For nearly two decades, the Ross Barney studio has been working along Chicago’s rivers. These efforts include the design of the Chicago Riverwalk and studies on all 150 of riverfronts across the city. Other Notable projects include the Bloomingdale / 606 Trail Master Plan, CTA Cermak-McCormick Place and Morgan Street Stations, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building, Oklahoma City Federal Building and design of schools for Chicago and communities across the country.

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Dwell On Design Announces Speaker for 2017

Posted on 04 April 2017 by cradmin

Dwell on Design announced architect Sir David Adjaye as the first of several in the new featured speaker series at Dwell on Design 2017.

Sir David Adjaye

Sir David Adjaye

Adjaye’s use of materials and his sculptural ability have established him as a leading architect. Most recently, Adjaye gained recognition for his design of the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Dwell on Design is honored to present Adjaye onstage Friday, June 23rd, accompanied by Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times.

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ISFA to Offer CEUs through American Institute of Architects

Posted on 13 December 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has been approved to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to architects through an agreement with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). ISFA’s first presentation, “Solid Surface Design Basics” has already been approved as a course, providing one Learning Unit (LU) for participants. Additional courses on quartz surfacing, advanced solid surface design, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and more are already under development for 2014. The new ISFA program has three current sponsors, Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company, Meganite and Aetna Plywood, and additional sponsors are welcome.

As an Approved Provider for the AIA, the Continuing Education Program at ISFA will be developing content for a variety of approved courses through a program with participating ISFA members. ISFA is responsible for the coordination of the CEU efforts, and provides the point-of-contact for the AIA and other professional organizations that conduct continuing education programs. The ongoing administration of the CEU programs will be the responsibility of ISFA, with guidance from Continuing Education Program participants. ISFA will also train and register presenters who will be qualified to deliver approved courses on behalf of ISFA.

“This program will help participating ISFA member companies to have more contact with architects and designers and also help to education potential customers on a variety of topics,” said ISFA Executive Director Chuck Sawyer. “We think this will be of great value to our members to increase their reach and influence with more specifiers.”

For more information, contact Chuck Sawyer at [email protected].

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University of San Francisco Case Study: A look at the usage of the Avonite Wet Wall System

Posted on 29 October 2012 by cradmin

Avonite wet wall CS picIn fall of 2011, first-year students selected to live in Phelan Residence Hall were welcomed by a long-awaited change. As the oldest operating hall on campus since 1955, it’s one of the most popular for young student placement, but was also one of the most unlivable.

The most anticipated renovation was that of the bathrooms. Many Phelan residents were disturbed by the overall cleanliness. “I didn’t like Phelan because of how dirty and smelly it was. I remember in the shower, I would stay in the middle because I was disgusted by touching the walls,” said junior Philip Sy.

The massive scope of work included gutting the interior structure, building a new entrance, and adding seismic reinforcements to the exterior. All of this had to be done in just eight weeks.

This challenge went to the design and construction team of Oculus Architects Inc. and Turner Construction. Avonite® reps Priscilla Miranda & Lisa Meenan had visited Oculus and highlighted the advantages of the Avonite® wet wall system. Solid surface walls were already being considered for the showers, but when Steve Connelly of Oculus learned that the Avonite® wall panels came in 60-in. widths, he began to consider covering all the wet area walls with the Avonite® product. The wall panels could be installed faster than tile and would last longer. However, Turner Construction wondered if it had been done before.

Fischer Tile was just finishing a similar installation at the Veterans Administration Medical Complex (VAMC) in Palo Alto, Calif. Fischer Tile ordered 60-in.-wide panels and custom heights of 108 and 105 inches. Mike Betschart of Turner Construction was introduced to John Salmon of Fischer Tile and allowed to tour the VAMC installation site. Turner was impressed with the clean look of the panels and the quality workmanship. Betschart decided this was the solution he was looking for, but was concerned about the products being ready in time. The owner and designer wanted a color called Cordoba, which is not one of the standard wall panel colors.

This presented a new twist on the timing challenge: custom size orders generally take six weeks. So, with the understanding of the customer’s constraints in mind, Aristech proceeded with the Avonite® panel production preparation so it would be ready to produce and deliver once the order came through. The anticipated order was delayed by several weeks, but once the order was placed, Fisher Tile received the custom color, custom-sized panels in just three weeks.

Then the real fun began. “We only had three and a half weeks to install more than 30,000 SF of solid surface on all of the wall surfaces,” Salmon explained. “We ended up hard seaming everything so it really looks nice. My crews were working seven 12-hour days and even had me helping Thursdays through Sundays.”

“With such a tight time frame, this job could have gone south with a delayed shipment or anything at all,” Salmon continued. “I give special thanks to our Avonite® Surfaces Regional Manager Priscilla Miranda and the production crews back at the Avonite® facility. They really pulled through on their end. After completing our second major project using Avonite® Wall Panels, I told Priscilla we love working with the 1/4-in. wall panels. They have great traits you probably really wouldn’t understand unless you had to sling as much as we have on the walls.”

For more information, go to www.avonitesurfaces.com.

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