Monday, November 16, 2015
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The nation’s first all cross-laminated timber (CLT) hotel, built on the site of a former Army troop barracks at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is expected to open by the end of the year. The 62,688 sq. ft., four story building known as Candlewood Suites, will house on-post military members, their families and all government travellers to the area.
CLT, a next-generation building material made from several layers of glued lumber stacked crosswise, provides dimensional stability, strength and rigidity to a building system. The mass timber product is well suited for floors, walls and roofs, and because the panels are prefabricated off-site, it allows for speedy construction. CLT was an obvious choice for the Redstone Arsenal project, according to Jeff Morrow, program manager at Lend Lease. “We specified CLT because it was a better solution than conventional building materials. CLT provided faster and safer installation while meeting stringent design needs. More than 1,533 CLT panels were installed in just 11 weeks with an 11 man crew and the project was built to surpass highly restrictive military blast requirements. CLT is an innovative means to do more with less.”
For more on CLT and other mass timber building systems, visit reThink Wood.
Japanese retailer MUJI teamed up with well-known designers Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison, and Konstantin Grcic to create Muji Hut, a collection of three prefab homes. The minimalistic-inspired homes made their debut during Tokyo Design Week, which took place October 24 to November 3.
El Niño may be predicted, but life in the west is still parched. With an eye towards climate change, California’s State Architect has enlisted seven noteworthy architecture firms to develop seven case studies in sustainable school design, for seven representative school campuses.
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The building’s pleated glass envelope contains 1,672 energy efficient panels that uniquely responds to its location.
SOM has floated a glass cube above a large stepped civic plaza negotiating a sloped site in downtown Los Angeles for their United States Courthouse project, scheduled to open July, 2016 with an anticipated LEED Platinum rating. The 633,000 square foot, 220 foot tall facility includes 24 daylight-filled courtrooms and 32 judges’ chambers.
For many homeowners and landlords, big ticket repairs can leave gaping holes in the budget. For many low income homeowners, mending a leaky roof or weatherizing an older home can be prohibitively expensive. Vital repairs go unmade, damaging the structure and exposing residents to mold and weather extremes. Responding to this challenge, the Design Advocacy Group, a coalition of planners, architects, and activists, founded the Healthy Rowhouse Project (HRP) in 2014.
According to Moving Together Providence has the potential to be a “world model for urban design.” That is of course, if the city decides to go ahead with their ambitious proposal of tearing up the 6/10 connector which joins Routes 6 and 10 between Olneyville and the interchange with Interstate 95, replacing it with a bicycle- and bus-friendly green boulevard.