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IA Interior Architects Hires Six For Chicago Office

3.31.10 | Chicago, IL | IA Interior Architects hired six new members, including two senior level professionals, for its Chicago office. The are:

  • J. T. Garofalo, Project Director
  • Elizabeth Larson, Senior Designer.
  • Alex Aubry, Job Captain; Shan Lin,Designer; Oliver Aguilar, Job Captain; and Angie Whang, Junior Designer.

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Steelcase Declares Quarterly Dividend

3.31.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Inc. declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share to be paid on or before April 26, 2010 to shareholders of record as of April 9, 2010.

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The Next 100 - Join Us For A Critical Dialogue At Steelcase

3.31.10 | New York, NY | Steelcase will host, The Next 100, on April 6, 6-8:30 pm, at its Steelcase showroom, 4 Columbus Circle, NYC. Moderated by Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis, panelists Michael Buckley, David Lewis, Mina Marefat, and Toshiko Mori, will hold a critical dialogue on what shapes 21st architecture and design, and the ongoing relevance of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

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HOK Named a 'Best AEC Firm To Work For'

3.30.10 | St. Louis, MO | HOK was selected a 'Best AEC Firm to Work For'  by Building Design + Construction. HOK is the only architectural practice to earn the honor, which recognizes the firm's commitment to its people, projects and communities. HOK is featured in BD+C's March 2010 issue in a three-page profile titled "Giant Firm, Big Heart." 

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How Design Can Transform Your Life And Maybe Even The World

3.30.10 | Chicago, IL | Warren Berger, author of GLIMMER, will be a guest lecturer on April 15, 5-7pm, followed by a book signing for his book at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Main Campus, Siegel Hall Auditorium, 3301 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL. GLIMMER, written in collaboration with Bruce Mau and other world-famous designers offers ten groundbreaking principles of design shown in action - addressing business, social, and personal challenges.

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Global FM International Workshop Works Across Boundaries at BIFM Conference

3.30.10 | London, UK | The BIFM 2010 Conference, April 13-14 is the hosting event for the Global FM International Workshop, ‘Working Across Boundaries – the FM Challenge in an Advancing World.’ The workshop will be held at the Riverbank Park Plaza, 18 Albert Embankment, London, UK. Chair of Global FM, Steve Gladwin will introduce the session, followed by a talk from Dave Wilson on cultural diversity. The session will also feature a talk fromQube Global Software

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Hon Furniture Creates Flexible Educational Environment

3.30.10 | Muscatine, IA | The Hon Company provided SmartLink classroom furniture for Keller ISD, Keller, TX. To accommodate rapid growth, the school district began a construction initiative that included Timbercreek High School. After consideration and review of several competitive products, the district chose to purchase a variety of SmartLink offerings for the school, including 128 teacher stations, 2,000 student desks, 3,200 stacker chairs and 128 modular storage cabinets. 

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The Earth Awards - Call For Entries

3.30.10 | London, UK | Earth Awards issued a Call for Entries for sustainable innovations designed for the 21st century. The Earth Awards invites design submissions in six categories: Built Environment, Fashion, Products, Systems, Future and Social Justice. Ideas, great or small, realized or prototypes, will be considered but must distinguish themselves in six criteria: Achievable, Scalable, Measurable, Useful, Original and Ecological. The grand prize winner will receive $50,000. Submissions will be accepted until May 10,2010.

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Mohawk Partners With Polar Industries

3.30.10 | Marietta, GA | Mohawk Industries formed an alliance with Polar Materials, Inc., Covington, GA, a company specializing in the use of recycled materials to replace mined minerals. Using Polar Materials' manufacturing process C2C (carpet-to-carpet),  a first-of-its-kind carpet backing filler was created from recycled carpet waste, significantly reducing the amount of carpet waste sent to the landfill every year. 

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ASID - Illinois Announce Scholarship Winners

3.30.10 | Chicago, IL | The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter announced the winners of the Richard A. Smith Memorial Scholarship for excellence in design. Each full-time student received a check for tuition, books and supplies for the current school year.
The student scholarship winners are:

  • 1st Place ($1,000 scholarship): Sarah Washburn, Chicago, IL, Harrington College of Design
  • Honorable Mention ($100): Elzbieta Rapacz, Bensenville, IL, Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, IL 
  • Honorable Mention ($100): Leslie Allyn, Plainfield, IL, Leslie Allyn,Plainfield, IL, Jenni Fair,Crest Hill, IL - a three-person team who attend Joliet Junior College

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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter To Speak At IFMA’s Facility Fusion Conference

3.30.10 | Houston, TX | Mayor Michael Nutter will headline the International Facility Management Association’s Facility Fusion conference in Philadelphia, PA, April 13-15. Mr. Nutter, as well as professor and sustainability expert Chris Laszlo, Ph.D., will speak on April 14 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown,1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Author Jim Mathis and sustainability consultant Sheila Brown will speak on the conference’s final day, Thursday, April 15. 

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Knoll Released Spring 2010 Voyage Collection

3.30.10 | New York, NY | KnollTextiles introduced The Voyage Collection, high performance fabrics for healthcare, hospitality, corporate, and educational environments. The spring 2010 collection, inspired by international cultural trends and designed by Dorothy Cosonas, comes in three patterns - Entourage, Roundtrip, and Spectator. 

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DIFFA/Chicago 2010 GALA: BELIEVE:2010. SEE:2020/ June 12

3.30.10 | Diffa|Chicago will hold Believe:2010:See:2020 on June 12, 6pm. The 22nd annual gala, dedicated to the vision of an AIDS free world, will be held at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL.

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CIRT-ACE National Design Competition Finalists Announced

3.30.10 | Washington, DC | The CIRT-ACE National Design Competition concluded with the announcement of the three national finalists. They will present their projects at the CIRT Spring Conference in Washington, DC on April 26. The three finalists are:

  • ACE Greater Bridgeport, CT chapter for “A Creative Experience Center for the Arts”
  • ACE Denver, Green Mountain/Team Brugman/Bayley for “Ideal School” 
  • ACE New Haven, CT for“East Haven Green Housing Row" 

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HPFI Hires Herb Duer As Sales Manager

3.30.10 | High Point, NC | Herb Duer joined High Point Furniture Industries as Sales Manager for Region 2. Mr. Duer will manage the company's independent sales representatives throughout the southeastern and southwestern U.S. His previous experiences included eight years as Vice President of Sales for Zoom Seating where he managed all sales activities. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

Linen And Polyurethane Combine To Create Hard Candy From Brentano

3.30.10 | Wheeling, IL | Brentano introduced Hard Candy, a wall and upholstery textile.  Part of the 20th anniversary Platinum collection, Hard Candy gets its texture from a linen and rayon ground coated with polyurethane. Available in 12 colors, Hard Candy measures 54” and passes over 100,000 double rubs. 

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IA Seattle Office Hires Catherine Lategan And Brian van Stipdonk

3.30.10 | Seattle, WA | Catherine Lategan and Brian van Stipdonk joined IA Interior Architects, Seattle, WA. Ms. Lategan, Senior Project Manager, joins IA from NBBJ and brings 17 years of experience, specializing in program management. Mr. van Stipdonk, Project Designer, comes to IA from Gensler. His 17 years of work experience includes master planning, mixed-use development, speculative and high-rise office buildings, retail and high-density residential centers, workplace, and showroom and restaurant design. 

Arch & Design >>, People >>

Herman Miller To Acquire Colebrook Bosson Saunders

3.30.10 | Zeeland, Mi | Herman Miller, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Colebrook Bosson Saunders (CBS), a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of ergonomic work tools. CBS's headquarters are located in London, England, with additional showrooms in New York and Australia.

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Dynalectric Receives Safety Awards

3.30.10 | San Diego, CA | EMCOR subsidiary, Dynalectric, received a First Place Safety Excellence Award from the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, given in the Specialty Division for 300,000 to 700,000 work hours. Dynalectric also received a Construction Safety and Excellence Award in the same category. Dynalectric’s commitment to safety is part of a multi-tiered, integrated approach that includes a Zero Accident program.

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200 Lex Hospitality Day/ April 6

3.29.10 | New York, NY | The New York Design Center will host 200 LEX Hospitality Day, April 6, 3-8 pm. New hospitality products will be featured in more than 50 showrooms and information and entertainment are present as the following suites:

  • 3:30 pm 2nd floor, Atelier: Discover how Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio approaches hotel design by likening it to theater design
  • 5:45 pm 15th floor, HBF/HBF Textiles: Alexandra Champalimaud illuminates the challenges in expanding her firm's design influence and expertise in China.
  • 6:30 pm 11th floor, Keilhauer: Paris-based Patrick Jouin shares insights into his international business and working on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • 7:15 pm 15th floor, Brueton: Learn about the craft of Jordan Mozer and how he puts his mark on all his projects.

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Bob Rohlman To Lead Sales For National Office Furniture

3.29.10 | Jasper, IN | Robert E. "Bob" Rohlman was promoted by Kimball International to Vice President of Sales for National Office Furniture. He will be responsible for the selling, distribution, and execution of National's growth goals. Mr. Rohlman, 49, has over 25 years of industry experience, including eleven years with National in a Division Manager role.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

Hunter Douglas Announces New Internet Policy

3.29.10 | Upper Saddle River, NJ | Hunter Douglas, Inc. announced a new Internet policy today.  Effective June 1, 2010, Hunter Douglas brand window coverings will no longer be sold through the Internet sales channel in the U.S. or Canada. Although discontinuing Internet sales is expected to result in some loss of business, the policy also will enhance and preserve the image, value, and reputation of the Hunter Douglas brand. Hunter Douglas’s Web site will continue to direct consumers to dealers in their local areas.

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Kartell Announces Management Changes

3.29.10 | Milan, Italy | John J. Jenkin was named Executive Vice president of Kartell SpA, U.S. Before joining Kartell, Mr. Jenkin ran his own firm representing Italian furnishing and lighting lines in the U.S. Kartell also announced that Emanuele Corvo, Managing Director of Kartell resigned and to pursue new business interests. 

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Allan Lee Joins M Moser

3.29.10 | New York, NY | Allan Lee joined M Moser Associates as Director of Strategic Planning. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lee was a director and senior associate at Gensler. With over 30 years of experience offering pre-design and consulting services, Mr. Lee will help clients with strategic business goals toward creating integrated planning models and options. 

Arch & Design >>, People >>

Pallas Textiles Amps Up Performance With High Fideltiy

3.29.10 | Green Bay, WI | Pallas Textiles released High Fidelity for corporate, hospitality, healthcare and education spaces. The patterns include:

  • Tempo. Using 46% post-industrial recycled polyester and 54% bamboo viscose post-industrial recycled polyester, the small-scale geometric pattern comes in 11 colors.
  • Perfect Pitch - Made from 100% recycled polyester, the wave design is a balance of color and pattern. 
  • Reel to Reel - The conjoined circles play on a shadowed background, giving the illusion of rotation. 
  • Melody Maker. Using bouclé yarns to create a solid with dimension and texture,  Melody Maker offers highlights and shadows against a matte textured field. 

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2010 Pritzker Prize Goes To Japanese Arhcitects Kazuyo Sejima And Ryue Nishizawa

3.29.10 | Tokyo, Japan | Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates  were awarded the 2010 Pritzker Prize. The architects were given the award for their "significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture." Ms. Sejima, 53, is the second woman to win the prize and Nishizawa, 44, is the youngest ever. Their work includes the 2007 New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and a satellite branch of the Louvre, Lens France, opening in 2010. 

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Warren Alfred Peterson Dies

3.29.10 | Baltimore, MD | Warren Alfred Peterson, architect and foundingpartner of Peterson and Brickbauer, Baltimore, MD, died March 21 ofcomplications from pneumonia inJamestown, NY. He was 81.Included in the firm's design portfolio is the former headquarters of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, and the passenger terminal at the Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

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Rod Ganiard Joins Exemplis As Executive Vice President

3.29.10 | Cypress, CA | Rod Ganiard joined Exemplis Corporation as Executive Vice President. Most recently, Mr. Ganiard served as President of Krueger International (KI) and prior to joining KI, he served as Vice President of Sales with The HON Company. 

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Bob Dillon Appointed President For Hubbardton Forge

3.26.10 | Castleton, VT | Bob Dillon was appointed President for Hubbardton Forge, a manufacturer of lighting and accessories, Castleton, VT. Mr. Dillon joined the company in July 2009 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles with Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Holly Hunt Enterprises, and Stickley Furniture Company. 

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Arcadia Sponsors Golf Tournament Benefiting Orangewood Children's Foundation

3.26.10 | Dana Point, CA | Arcadia sponsored the 18th hole in the Athletes First Classic Golf Tournament benefiting the Orangewood Children's Foundation. Arcadia provided four of its Caption conference/executive chairs for players to relax in while remaining team members gave it their best shot, both for their team game as well as in an individual competition for the longest drive.  Making it even more interesting, the drive had to be executed while sitting in a Cerra XT chair. 

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Hubbardton Forge Names Contract Furniture And Hospitality Veteran To Key Post

3.26.10 | Castleton, VT | Christine Woodard was named Contract Division Manager for Hubbardton Forge, a manufacturer of lighting and accessories. In her new role she will be responsible for the development and oversight of the Hubbardton Forge Contract Division. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Woodard held management positions at Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

AIANY Hosts The Changing State Of The Design Press: Now What?

3.26.10 | New York, NY | AIANY will host The Changing State of the Design Press: Now What? on April 26, 6-8 pm. Media experts will discuss shifts in the design press and readership at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NYC. At a time when design publications are shrinking their staffs or disappearing altogether and online media are gaining prominence, what’s next for design journalism?

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Kimball Office Names Director Of Architecture And Design

3.26.10 | Jasper, IN | Allen Parker was hired as Director of Architecture and Design for Kimball Office.  Mr. Parker's responsibilities include communicating with professional design clients, assisting in sales and marketing strategies and overseeing key company design decisions. Mr. Parker currently serves on the IIDA international board of directors as vice president of industry relations.

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BULBRITE Unveils Eco-Friendly Halogen A19

3.26.10 | Moonachie, NJ | BULBRITE now offers Halogen A19 bulbs that are compliant with the Energy Independence and Security Act planned to take effect in 2012. Halogen A19 bulbs, available in clear and soft white finishes, fit all standard and dimmable lighting fixtures and meet the requirements for incandescent lamps. 

Environment >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>, Products >>

Spring Issue Of Implications Looks At Designing Age-Friendly Communities

3.25.10 | Minneapolis, MN | InformeDesign released its monthly newsletter: Implications. The issue examines, Designing Age-Friendly Communities and the strategies the Twin Cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN) and Vancouver metropolitan areas used to make their communities more age-friendly. 

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Syska Hennessy Designs Building Systems For KAPSARC

3.25.10 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Syska Hennessy Group is designing the building systems for the residential and community buildings of KAPSARC. The King Abdullah Petroleum Study and Research Center is scheduled for completion in 2011 and will be designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. The KAPSARC development, comprising nearly 3.8 million sq. ft., includes residential, community and commercial space as well as petroleum research facilities. 

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IIDA Foundation Announces Award Recipients

3.25.10 | Chicago, IL | IIDA Foundation announced the recipients of the NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement Fund and the Sustainable Design Education Fund. The NCIDQ Fund offers IIDA Associate Members an opportunity to apply for financial assistance upon passing all three parts of the NCIDQ exam. Associate Members who passed the exam and are now Professional Members of IIDA are:  

  • Rebecca Brown, IIDA, Wisconsin Chapter
  • Christina de Saro, IIDA, Texas/Oklahoma Chapter
  • Katherine Fishborne, IIDA, Carolinas Chapter 
  • Kate Obenour, IIDA, Ohio/Kentucky Chapter 
  • Catherine (Kate) Saroka, IIDA, Great Plains Chapter
  • Claudia Tejeda, IIDA, New York Chapter
  • Marina Vaynshteyn, IIDA, New York Chapter 
The Sustainable Design Education Fund awards tuition reimbursement to IIDA Professional and Associate Members who pass the LEED Accreditation Exam. The following passed the exam:

  • Elizabeth Kelly, IIDA, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
  • Jennifer Kern, Associate IIDA, Southwest Chapter
  • Abby Scott, IIDA, Great Plains Chapter
  • Calley Springer, Associate IIDA, Carolinas Chapter
  • DeAnne Thomas, Associate IIDA, Illinois Chapter

Awards >>, People >>, Prof. Assoc. >>

Brian Lutz To Present Lecture On Knoll: A Modernist Universe

3.25.10 | Boston, MA | Brian Lutz, author and former Knoll Associate will discuss his soon to be released book, Knoll: A Modernist Universe on April 9, 6:30 pm. The lecture will be held at AD 20/21, Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Knoll: A Modernist Universe is a monograph detailing the history of Knoll and the high-end furniture company's influence on modern design in America. 

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Architect Andre Kikoski Finalist For 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards

3.25.10 | New York, NY | Andre Kikoski was named a finalist by the James Beard Foundation Awards in the category of Outstanding Restaurant Design. His design of The Wright in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum references the building’s architecture without repeating it, and in the process transforms familiar geometries, spatial effects and material qualities. 

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Knoll Dealer Opens Showroom In Kuwait

3.25.10 | Kuwait City, Kuwait | Knoll dealer, Advanced Group Center, opened a new showroom in Kuwait City. The showroom features North American and European Knoll systems and KnollStudio residential furnishings. Joe MacIsaac, President of Knoll International; Abdulaziz AlRubie, Owner of Advanced Group Center; and the Minister of Kuwaiti Commerce attended the opening celebration.

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Staples Announces Finalists Of Global Search For The Next Green Office Product

3.25.10 | Framingham, MA | Staples, Inc. announced the finalists in the Staples Global EcoEasy Challenge. Teams from five countries will compete for the grand prize at a finals event in New York City on April 20, 2010. Students at technology institutions were challenged to develop a new design of an existing product that represents greater environmental responsibility or sustainability. The finalist teams include;

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Engineering of Piracicaba (Brazil) 
  • Technical University of Berlin (Germany)

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Design Within Reach And Heller Resolve Litigation

3.25.10 | San Francisco, CA | Design Within Reach, Inc. and Heller Inc. amicably resolved the litigation captioned Heller Inc. v. Design Within Reach, Inc., et al., Case No. 09 CV 1909 (S.D.N.Y). Both parties are pleased with the resolution of this dispute and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship in the future. 

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HBF Introduces Down to Earth

3.25.10 | Hickory, NC | HBF Textiles released a new upholstery collection, Down to Earth. Designed by Mary Jo Miller, the collection for healthcare environments, higher education, hospitality areas and corporate installations, incorporates post-consumer polyesters, addresses the needs of high performance and are affordable. The three patterns include Bedrock, Clay Wall, and Shoreline Stripe.

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New Green Construction Code Unveiled

3.25.10 | Washington, DC | The International Code Council released Public Version 1.0 of the International Green Construction Code to regulate construction of new and existing commercial buildings. IGCC aims to significantly reduce energy usage and greenhouse gasses.  It addresses site development and land use, including preservation of natural and material resources.

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Colin O'Donnell Joins Corporate Concepts

3.25.10 | Chicago, IL | Colin O'Donnell joined Corporate Concepts, a Knoll dealership, as a sales representative. Prior to joining Corporate Concepts, Mr. O'Donnell was the Midwest Business Development Manager for Bisazza North American. 

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Bentley Prince Street Adds Marvelous Mohair For Natural Strength And Beauty

3.24.2010 | Los Angeles, CA | Bentley Prince Street, Inc., added Marvelous Mohair to its collection of sustainable area rugs. Marvelous Mohair is made from woven wool, a natural and renewable fiber, which is in keeping with the company's Mission Zero promise. Marvelous Mohair is available in six, deep-dyed color ways including: Black Diamond, Utah Powder, Spring Sliprock, Shiver-Fest, Hot Chocolate and City Sleet. The colors are neutral, yet saturated, and are as vivid as their names.

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Artek Opens Showroom In New York City

3.24.10 | New York, NY | Artek, a Finnish furniture and design company, opened a showroom at 199 Lafayette St., NYC. The opening coincides with the 75th anniversary of the company, and is intended to introduce the "ideology of a new era of design," at the same time honoring the traditions upon which Artek was built. The company, currently owned by Swedish capital investor Proventus, also plans small scale production in the United States. 

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Vista System Adds Laser Cut Pictogram Series

3.24.10 | Sarasota, FL | Vista System International added a new series of laser cut pictograms that can be attached to the sign frame. The client chooses any icon or logo to be featured, either previously produced or custom designed. The chosen design is then laser cut from an aluminum sheet and attached to the appropriate sign extrusion. 

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IFMA Foundation Announces International Student Of The Year Award

3.24.10 | Houston, TX | The IFMA Foundation introduces the International Student of the Year award program. The initiative was launched at IFMA’s World Workplace 2009 Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL. The inaugural International Student of the Year award will be presented alongside the annual scholarships  awarded at IFMA’s World Workplace 2010 in Atlanta, GA. The award program is open to students from around the world and will recognize the  student who best exemplifies the future of the facility management profession through academic achievement, excellence and enthusiasm for the industry.

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Texas Tech Names Vice Chancellor Of Facilities, Planning and Construction

3.24.10 | Lubbock, TX | Michael Molina was hired as vice chancellor of facilities, planning, and construction for Texas Tech University System.  Mr. Molina, who begins April 1, will work to expand the research facilities on campus and will collaborate with Texas Tech, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University to develop a facilities and construction plan that accommodates each institution's enrollment goals of 40,000 students at Texas Tech, 10,000 students at Angelo State and 5,000 students at the Health Sciences Center by 2020.

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Modest Rebound In Architecture Billings Index

3.24.10| Washington, DC | The Architecture Billings Index rose to 44.8 in February following a drop of nearly three points in January to 42.5. The new projects inquiry score was 52.0. "We continue to hear that funding dedicated for construction projects in the stimulus package has not yet been awarded, resulting in a bottleneck of potential projects that could help jumpstart the economy," said American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker. "That, coupled with a persistently rigid credit market for private sector projects, is a key reason why the design and construction industries continue to suffer at near historic levels in terms of job losses."

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Metrocon10 Offers Best Value

3.23.10 | Dallas, TX | METROCON10 comes to the Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX, August 12-13. The affordable expo and conference for interior designers, architects, facility managers, interior design students, and other design industry members is organized through volunteer collaboration between the Texas Chapter of ASID and the Texas-Oklahoma Chapter of IIDA. Any ASID or IIDA member attendee gets on the tradeshow floor for free and may take any amount of continuing education for a flat fee of $50. 

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Pierre Frey Archives Exhibition 1935 To 1955

3.23.10 | New York, NY | Pierre Frey celebrates its 75th anniversary with a 1935-1955 exhibition from the company’s archives. Pierre Frey specializes in woven and printed home furnishings textiles. The exhibition kicks off May 12, 2010 at the D& D Building, suite #1611, 979 Third Avenue, NYC, with a lecture by author, textile historian, and Pierre Frey’s archivist Sophie Rouart and will remain in New York through July 30, 2010.

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Steelcase Reports 4Q Results

3.23.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Inc., which saw break-even net income in its third quarter, reported a net loss of $13.6 million for both its fourth quarter and its 2010 fiscal year. Total revenue was $551.9 million for the quarter and $2,291.7 million for the full year, down 15.7% and 28.0% respectively from year-ago figures. "While we saw that fourth quarter seasonal patterns were unusually severe, we believe the industry is on a recovery curve that could result in modest growth for us in fiscal 2011," said President and CEO James P. Hackett.

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IIDA NY Kicks Off Pioneering Design Lecture Series April 26

3.23.10 | New York, NY | IIDA NY will kick off its 12th annual Pioneering Design Lecture Series on April 26, 6pm. This year's programs focus on collaboration, connection and community. The April event at the 92nd Street Y in Tribeca will celebrate textile pioneer, Michael Maharam. Joining Mr. Maharam is Maira Kalman, artist, illustrator, product designer and chronicler of daily life in New York City.

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Contract Furniture Associates To Represent Jofco

3.23.10 | Phoenix, AZ | Jofco, Jasper, IN, will be represented by Contract Furniture Associates for Northern California and Nevada markets. CFA, specializing in corporate, hospitality, and healthcare markets, is staffed by Dan J. Lynn, principal; Roxanne Benge, associate; Eric Benge, associate; & Bonnie Sorman, associate.

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Junior Achievement Wine Tasting/ April 29

3.23.10 | Chicago, IL | The sixth annual Junior Achievement Wine Tasting fund raiser will be held April 29, 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Tishman Speyer Properties, 125 S. Wacker Drive, 31st floor, Chicago, IL. Junior Achievement is a non-profit education organization dedicated to bringing the free enterprise system to life in the classroom and reinforcing the importance of staying in school.

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Rockstar Haute Couture/ April 21

3.23.10 | Costa Mesa, CA | ROCKSTAR Haute Couture 2010, a rock music-inspired runway showdown where music, fashion and media collide takes place April 21, 6 pm, at the SUTRA LOUNGE, Triangle Square, 1870 Harbor Blvd, 2nd floor, Costa Mesa, CA. Nick Verreos, rockstar of FIDM and “Project Runway”will serve as celebrity host.

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Siemens Selected For U.S. Navy Power Monitoring Project

3.23.10 | Atlanta, GA | Siemens Industry, Inc. will team with AMERICAN SYSTEMS to provide power metering equipment and services for the U.S. Navy's Southwest Advanced Metering Infrastructure project. AMI will establish an energy usage baseline, collect information on energy consumption for ways to reduce consumption and lower costs.

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Environments At Work Provides Furniture For Dynamics Research Corporation

3.23.10 | Boston, MA | Environments at Work completed the installation of furniture for Dynamics Research Corporation’s corporate headquarters in Andover, MA.  DRC is a provider of mission-critical technology management services and solutions for government programs. A Haworth office furniture dealer, Environments at Work used Haworth Compose System for a flexible work environment and Haworth Zody seating

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"Architectural Excellence Through Civic Design" - March 25

3.23.25 | West Hollywood, CA | JANUS et Cie will hold a panel discussion about the legacy of public works infused with creative design on March 25, 2-3:00 pm. The discussion will take place at 8687 Melrose Avenue. Suite B-146, West Hollywood, CA and will be followed by a reception.

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Steelcase Reports $13.6 Million Net Loss For Fourth Q And FY10

3.23.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Inc., which saw break-even net income in its third quarter, reported a net loss of $13.6 million for both its fourth quarter and its 2010 fiscal year. Total revenue was $551.9 million for the quarter and $2,291.7 million for the full year, down 15.7% and 28.0% respectively from year-ago figures. "While we saw that fourth quarter seasonal patterns were unusually severe, we believe the industry is on a recovery curve that could result in modest growth for us in fiscal 2011," said President and CEO James P. Hackett.

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Grand Rapids Chair Company Opens New Facility

3.23.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | The Grand Rapids Chair Company announced the completion and opening of its new table plant. The 28,000 sq. ft. facility was developed in response to an increase in table orders and will enable the company to expand in both volume and the variety of its offerings. 

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Francis Cauffman, Bergmann Associates To Design RIT's Institute Hall

3.23.10 | Rochester, NY | Francis Cauffman and Bergmann Associates were selected to design Institute Hall at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  The facility will provide space for new chemical and biomedical engineering departments and will complete the science quadrangle on the Modernist campus. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2010 with expected completion for the 2012 Fall semester. The university, which already has buildings certified LEED Platinum and Gold, anticipates that Institute Hall will achieve a rating of LEED Silver or higher. 

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Milliken Named To Most Ethical List For 4th Year

3.22.10 | Spartanburg, SC | Milliken & Company was  recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2010. It is the fourth year that Ethisphere has published the rankings, which has earned Milliken a spot all four years.  Ethisphere is a think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. 

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URS Designing San Diego Landside Improvements

3.22.10 | San Diego, CA | URS Corporation, subcontractor to the Kiewit/Sundt design/build team, is designing the landside improvements in front of Terminal 2 for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. The URS subcontract calls for a second-level roadway across from the terminal, an automated departure curb known as a “Smart Curb” that will allow passenger check-in before entering the terminal, two pedestrian bridges, six roadway bridges, a baggage tunnel, and USO and parking management facilities.

Projects >>

AGATI Completes Johnson County, Leawood Public Library Renovation

3.19.10 | Chicago, IL | AGATI announced the completion of the Johnson County Leawood Pioneer Library, Leawood, KS. The library expansion added technology resources, as well as more public spaces, meeting rooms, study rooms, and teen areas. AGATI partnered with Scott Rice Office Works and Clark Enersen Partners to provide study tables, carrels, OPACS and AGATI Prima chairs. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Projects >>

WAC LIGHTING Appoints James McMahan To General Manager And Vice President

3.19.10 | Garden City, NY | James McMahan was hired as General Manager and Vice President for WAC Lighting. Initially, Mr. McMahan will overse the company's marketing department.  He is scheduled to manage business operations company-wide by the end of the year. For the past 21 years Mr. McMahan worked for Schonbek Lighting Worldwide.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

Interior Design Magazine Sold

3.19.10 | New York, NY | Interior Design magazine has been purchased by Sandow Media. Publisher Mark Strauss and editor-in-chief Cindy Allen announced the magazine's latest development. Interior Design will keep all of its employees, including its support departments like production, research, circulation and prepress. "To the reader community, web community, and manufacturing community, there will be no changes," Mr. Strauss said.

Arch & Design >>, Business >>

Carnegie Offers X-Protect Barrier Backing For Xorel

3.19.10 | New York, NY | Carnegie now offers a X-Protect Barrier Backing for its Xorel line of textiles. Engineered specifically for Xorel fabrics, X-Protect Barrier Backing makes Xorel 100% water repellent and prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi in Xorel fabric. The protective barrier can be applied to any Xorel fabric approved for upholstery use and meets ASTM resistance to blood and blood-born pathogens penetration.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Surface Materials >>

Raymond James Upgrades Knoll, Steelcase, And HNI; Downgrades Herman Miller

3.19.10 | St. Petersburg, FL | Raymond James & Associates upgraded Knoll, Inc., from Outperform to Strong Buy; Steelcase, Inc. from Market Perform to Strong Buy; and HNI Corp. from Market Perform to Outperform. These revisions were based on the firm's view that "office furniture demand is nearing a meaningful trough," and each of these companies "boasts strong management, sound financials, and attractive operating leverage," said analyst Budd Bugatch. Raymond James also downgraded Herman Miller from Outperform to Market Perform. While citing the company's "excellent management, innovative design, and lean manufacturing," Mr. Bugatch explained that Herman Miller stock's recent outperformance versus peers and the broad equity market "leaves less room for upside, in our view."

Business >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

Call For Entries For New Practices New York 2010

3.19.10 | New York, NY | AIA NY issued a Call for Entries for the New Practices New York 2010 design competition. The competition serves as a platform to recognize and promote new, innovative and emerging architecture firms within New York City. Submissions are due May 7, 5:00 pm.

Awards >>, Prof. Assoc. >>

Specifiers Discover "The Right Light" On Schreder Lighting USA's New Website

3.10.10 | Elk Grove Village, IL | SchrÈder Lighting USA launched a new website at www.schreder.US. It features easy navigation, extensive product lineup and technical data, and SchrÈder news and events.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Technology >>

Allsteel Adds Soy Resin To Products

3.19.10 | Muscatine, IA | Allsteel reformulated its Landscape surfaces to include at least 7% soy-based resin in addition to recyclable polyester. The reformulation reflects Allsteel’s ongoing initiative to increase the bio-based content in its offerings, and the three surfaces on Seaglass, Infinite Spectrum, and Pearlescent Strata represent part of that initiative.

Environment >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

HÅG Futu Task Chair Receives Red Dot Design Award

3.19.10 | Spring Lake, MI and Oslo, Norway | HÅG received the red dot design award: product design for its HÅG Futu task chair. The red dot design award is given for high quality design. Marketed and distributed by izzy+, HÅG's Futu is a task chair that looks impressively simple from the outside, but has all functionality built inside the chair.

Awards >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

Trendway Names New Regional Sales Manager

3.19.10 | Holland, MI | Cindy Strickland was appointed Western Regional Sales Manager for Trendway. Her most recent position was as National Sales Manager for Coriander Designs of Woodinville, WA. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

KI Sponsors Studio At University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

3.19.10 | Green Bay, WI | KI and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee continue its partnership with a new studio. Learning Landscapes: Fabricating the Architecture of Education, will have students researching and designing environments for higher  education, building on the research of auditoria design that was conducted through a KI-funded studio over the last two years.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Research >>

Bretford Previews New Book And Utility Trucks During PLA 2010

3.19.10 | Chicago, IL | Bretford Manufacturing, Inc, will be at booth #1701 for the PLA 2010 National Conference, March 24-26 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 Northeast M L King Boulevard, Portland, OR. Attendees will have a first-look at its newly enhanced line of DURO and VOYAGER book and utility trucks for public libraries.

Event >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

MMPI And Designer Pages Unveil New NeoCon.com

3.18.10 | New York, NY and Chicago, IL | MMPI and Designer Pages launched the new NeoCon.com. NeoCon.com will include MyNeoCon, an interactive platform to help attendees explore exhibitors and products in advance of the show and save favorites to their NeoCon Guides. NeoCon.com will include various grade offerings for exhibitors, providing access to client insight and enhanced brand visibility online. 

Event >>, Technology >>

Lees Carpets Earn INVISTA Antron Carpet Fiber Designed To Perform Awards

3.18.10 | Marietta, GA | Lees Carpets was honored with numerous INVISTA Antron Carpet Fiber Designed To Perform Awards. Category awards recognized the following Lees Carpets products: DesignConnect, Arrival and Departure, Heartland, Rifts, Granite, Buncrana and Wayfinder II and Shirt:

Awards >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

EMCOR's Government Services Unit Contracted By Bureau of Engraving

3.18.10 | Norwalk, CT | EMCOR's Government Services Unit was awarded a facilities services contract by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing for its Western Currency Facility, Fort Worth, TX. EGS will be responsible for supporting the underlying infrastructure at the facility, and will also oversee several industrial systems including industrial shredders, compressed air systems, and vacuum systems. 

Facilities/FM >>, Projects >>

level Training CEU Approved For LEED AP's

3.18.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | BIFMA became a U.S. Green Building Council Education Provider. A two-hour BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard and level Certification training course has been reviewed and was approved by the USGBC for 2 GBCI CE Hours for LEED Professionals. Approval of the course allows BIFMA to offer AP credit for the 2-hour training sessions scheduled in 9 cities that will provide the architect, interior designer and furniture specifier with an understanding of how level certification works to make the identification of "green" products easier. 

Environment >>, Research >>

Steelcase Introduces Campfire

3.18.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Steelcase Inc. introduced Campfire, a collection of products designed by Turnstone. Campfire interprets favorite indoor and outdoor spaces for the office, creating a comfortable, vibrant work environment.  The collection includes:

  • The big lounge - ideal for relaxed individual work or informal group meetings. 
  • The big lamp - not just about lighting but a shade that subtly defines space
  • The monolithic big table - informal and inviting, the big table functions as a meeting place or a workstation for four people.  
  • The paper table - the heart of the collection where people can gather around the table for easy conversation and collaboration.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Products >>

Herman Miller Releases 3Q10 Earnings

3.18.10 | Zeeland, MI | Herman Miller, Inc., reported double-digit percentage growth in orders within its international, healthcare, learning, and retail vertical markets for its 2010 fiscal year third quarter relative to the same period last year. While net sales of $329.6 million were 7% below the prior year level, total new orders of $290 million for the quarter represented an increase of 3.8% versus last year. While new orders in the company's North American segment decreased 1% from last year, non-North American segments increased 21.4%. The order growth "serves as a measurable signal that business conditions have stopped deteriorating," said CEO Brian Walker.

Business >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

Scandex Announces Ergonomic Seating Designed Specifically For Men

3.18.10 | Newton, MA | Scandex announced a new generation of ergonomic seating designed specifically for men. The series 600 Björn Swedish Ergonomic Saddle Stool is designed to help minimize lower back problems and reduce the potential for musculoskeletal disorders, and has been adapted specifically for the male user to remove pressure on the prostate.

Products >>

Gunlocke Products To Be Released In ICE Software

3.18.10 | Salt Lake City, UT and Wayland, NY | Ice Edge Business Solutions and Gunlocke formed a partnership that allows all Gunlocke products to be released in ICE software. Offering a software system with patented video game navigation and an interactive, 3D graphic interface, ICE automatically prices, specifies and creates 3D fly-throughs for dealers. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Technology >>

Atlas to Share Findings On Split Keyboards, Safe Patient Handling

3.18.10 | Grand Haven, MI | Atlas Ergonomics will present two studies at the Applied Ergonomics Conference, March 23-25. David Brodie will speak March 23 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway, San Antonio, TX, 2:30-3pm, on the “Impact of Split Keyboard Design on Office Design.” On March 25 from 8:45-9:30 a.m., Mr. Brodie will present a second topic entitled “Addressing Knowledge and Culture to Achieve Success in Healthcare”.  

Event >>, Research >>

Compatico Promotes Two

3.18.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Patrick Green and Jodi Lehman were promoted to Regional Directors for Compatico, Inc. Mr. Green will oversee the central states and Ms. Lehman will oversee efforts in the western states. In addition to handling their accounts they will serve as the company’s liaison with all outside sales representatives and provide customer service and sales support with end-users in their regions.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

EMCOR Government Services Announces Senior Management Appointments

3.18.10 | Norwalk, CT | EMCOR Group, Inc. announced senior management appointments for its EMCOR Government Services unit.

  • Michael W. Shelton, previously President of ESG, was appointed Chairman, EMCOR Government Services.
  • Joseph M. Gleeson was appointed President, EMCOR Government Services.
  • Michael L. Rodgers was named Senior Vice President, Operations, EMCOR Government Services. 

Facilities/FM >>, People >>

Mannington Receives Environmental Stewardship Award For VCT Program

3.18.10 | Salem, NJ | Mannington Commercial received an Environmental Stewardship Award from the Society of Plastic Engineers. The company was honored for its recycling efforts where large quantities of VCT (vinyl composition tile) are being reclaimed and recycled back into flooring products. Through its VCT n2 VCT program, three premium commercial tile product lines have been introduced with 25% post-consumer content. 

Awards >>, Environment >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

Connecticut's First LEED Platinum Apartment Building Opens Leasing Office

3.18.10 | New Haven, CT | Becker+Becker, Fairfield, CT, announced that residential leasing has begun at 360 State Street, a 32-story mixed-use tower in New Haven, CT.  The sustainable, environmentally-friendly design is the state's first LEED Platinum residential project.  Key green design features include: an irrigated green roof; bike storage; electric car charging stations; recovery of waste heat; and high-efficiency lighting and occupancy sensors. 

Arch & Design >>, Environment >>, Projects >>

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute Offers Two New Continuing Education Courses

3.18.10 | Atlanta, GA | The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute announced the addition of two new fully-accredited Continuing Education Courses.

  • "Clearing the Air on Sustainability: Why Good Indoor Air Quality Matters"
  • "Making the Grade: Healthy Schools Nurturing Healthy Kids"
Both Continuing Education Units are accredited for one hour of continuing education credit.

Research >>

Architecture Firms NBBJ And Chan Krieger Sieniewicz Announce Merger

3.17.10 | Seattle, WA, and Cambridge, MA | NBBJ and Chan Krieger Sieniewicz announced a merger of the two firms. Together they will create an integrated team of over 700 architects, urban designers, planners and interior designers. The Chan Krieger Sieniewicz team, including its five principals, will continue in their current roles. As part of the transition to the NBBJ name, the Cambridge office will operate as Chan Krieger NBBJ.  

Arch & Design >>, Business >>

O'Reilly Office Becomes Kimball Office Select Dealer

3.17.10 | Columbus, OH and Jasper, IN | Kimball Office added O'Reilly Office, Columbus, OH, as a Select Dealer. Thom and Erica O'Reilly, principals of O'Reilly Office, bring over 30 years of industry and banking experience to the full-service business. As a Kimball Office Select Dealer, O'Reilly Office will offer outstanding customer support and office space solutions to the central Ohio market. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>

Humanscale Hires Joshua Barnett

3.17.10 | New York, NY | Joshua Barnett was hired by Humanscale as the newest representative of its Architecture & Design division. Mr. Barnett comes to Humanscale from Benhar Office Interiors. 

People >>

KFI Seating Awarded GSA Contract

3.17.10 | Louisville, KY | KFI Seating, a manufacturer of commercial, healthcare, hospitality and institutional seating, was awarded a GSA contract. KFI Seating meets the government's  standard for Domestic End Products and over 90% of its items accepted by GSA are TAA compliant.

Mfg. & Distr. >>

AGC Introduces Krystal Klear

3.17.10 | Alpharetta, GA | AGC Glass Company North America introduced Krystal Klear glass. The low-iron glass delivers the strength and design flexibility of a heavy glass while eliminating the greenish tint that is traditionally found on the edges of glasses with high iron contents. Krystal Klear glass offers a visible light transmission level of 91% percent and a high shading coefficient.  It is intended primarily for use in interior application, including partitions, railings, furniture, appliances, framing, shelving, shower doors and specialty items, but can also be used as a solar glass.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Products >>

Nurture Extends Support Of AAHID Fellowship

3.17.10 | Washington, DC | Nurture by Steelcase agreed to continue its support of the AAHID / Nurture Graduate Research Fellowship for the next five years. The recipient of the 2009 AAHID / Nurture Graduate Research Fellowship was James J. Marstiller whose research focused on finding the best interior design practice methods for people living with dementia and other cognitive disorders. The winner of the 2010 fellowship will be announced in April.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Research >>

ASID Launches Informative ASIDatNeoCon.com

3.17.10 | Washington, DC | The American Society of Interior Designers launched www.asidatneocon.com to provide information on ASID's national conference at NeoCon, June 14-16. The website will offer information on:

  • Keynote Speaker - Michael Graves
  • Experiential Learning Tours - June 14-15
  • Forums - June 14-15, 1-3 pm 
  • Student Lounge - June 14-16
  • Celebration | The ASID  Awards - June 14, 5:30-7 pm
  • FIRSTnight | ASID Toasts Design - June 14 -7-10 pm

Event >>, Prof. Assoc. >>, Technology >>

Kurt Sickler Joins Trendway

3.17.10 | Holland, MI | Kurt Sickler joined Trendway as Business Development Manager for Architectural Products. He will be responsible for the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada. Mr. Sickler was principal at Denver Office Interiors and prior to that he served in District Manager positions for Allsteel. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

Hunter Douglas Donates $550,000 To Haitian Relief

3.17.10 | Upper Saddle River, NJ | Hunter Douglas, Inc. donated $550,000 to two nonprofits for Haitian relief.  Receiving $275,000 each were International Rescue Committee and Habitat for Humanity International. Hunter Douglas matched all contributions from its employees, independent fabricator partners, retail dealers and other friends. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>

HOK London Achieves UK's First LEED-CI Gold Certification

3.16.10 | London, UK | HOK London earned LEED-CI Gold certification. It is the first office space in the United Kingdom to achieve this distinction from the U.S. Green Building Council. The project, completed in 2009, is the 11th HOK LEED-certified office. In addition to LEED certification for its sustainability efforts, HOK London also achieved the international standard for environmental management, ISP14001

Arch & Design >>, Environment >>

Leslie G. Moldow, Perkins Eastman, Elevated To College of Fellows

3.16.10 | New York, NY | Leslie G. Moldow, Managing Principal at Perkins Eastman, Oakland, CA, was elected to the AIA College of Fellows. Over her 30 year career, she has focused on senior living and special needs housing communities. She is a regular speaker at national conventions and is past chair of the AIA’s Design for Aging Knowledge Community. The 2010 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony in Miami, FL on June 11 during the AIA National Convention.

Awards >>, People >>, Prof. Assoc. >>

Six Kimball Office | interstuhl Seating Lines Qualify For SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Level Certification

3.16.10 | Jasper, IN | Kimbal Office | interstuhl announced that six of its seating lines received SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Certification. The certification was granted to  Axos, Xantos, Hero. Just for You., Silver, Fit, and Mitos. 

Environment >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

Arc-Com Launches New Website

3.15.10 | Orangeburg, NY | Arc-Com announced the launch of its new website, www.arc-com.com.  Notable features include: easy account set up, up-to-date price information, instantaneous results, and high-resolution photographs.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Technology >>

IFMA Launches The IFMA Energy Challenge: ENERGY STAR

3.15.10 | Houston, TX | IFMA formed a partnership with the EPA's ENERGY STAR program to help facility professionals improve building performance through energy conservation. ENERGY STAR encourages all facility professionals to track their progress as they work toward reducing their organization’s measured facility energy use by 15%. By measuring, benchmarking energy use, sharing, implementing efficiency measures, ENERGY STAR can help organizations save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve facility performance. 

Environment >>, Facilities/FM >>

Architecture firm Francis Cauffman Honored With Vista Award

3.14.10 | New York, NY  | Francis Cauffman received a 2010 Vista Award for excellence in design and construction teamwork in the category of new construction. The firm was recognized for its design of the Critical Care Building at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The CCB has Level II trauma accreditation and LEED Silver certification and houses an emergency department, a helipad, 12 surgical suites, and an intensive care unit.

Arch & Design >>, Awards >>

Mannington Announces Six Finalists In Tx:Style Design Challenge

3.12.10 | Calhoun, GA | Mannington Commercial announced the finalists in its Tx:Style Design Challenge.  The finalists are Athena Abrol, WWCOT; Bethany Burton, Ellerbe Becket; Laurel Harrison, AECOM; Heather Miller, Heather Miller Design; Joanne Titcomb, Spillman Farmer Architects; and Samantha Gotta and Jenny Song, ZGF architects. Each of the finalist teams wins $3,000 and will join Mannington's design development group for a three-day creative session at the end of March. 

Awards >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

Humanscale Hires Marc Moeller For West Coast Region

3.12.10 | New York, NY | Marc Moeller was named A&D Regional Manager for the west coast region by Humanscale. Mr. Moeller comes from five years of independent film production, where he developed television series, documentaries, and feature films in London and New York.  Mr. Moeller will be responsible for driving sales programs and initiatives and for providing support, mentoring and coaching for the A&D team.

People >>

Diffrient World Chair Receives Red Dot Award

3.12.10 | New York, NY | Humanscale’s Diffrient World chair received the Red Dot: Best of the Best award for Product Design. Among a field of more than 4,200 entries, the Diffrient World chair stood out as an example of efficiency, functionality and design simplicity. Made from just eight major parts, the frame  automatically creates perfect recline resistance and back support for every user without manual controls or user training.

Mfg. & Distr. >>

Bruce J. Graham, Designer Of Sears Tower, Dies At 84

3.12.10 | Hobe Sound, FL | Bruce J. Graham designer of the Sears Tower, Chicago, IL, died at the age of 84. The 110-story Sears Tower, now the Willis Tower, was the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1974. Mr. Graham also was instrumental in the design of Chicago's Hancock Center in 1970. Other projects include the Inland Steel building and the Chicago Civic Center. Mr. Graham was an architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill until his retirement in 1989.

People >>

InformeDesign Released New Research Summaries

3.12.10 | Minneapolis, MN | InformeDesign released new research summaries.

  • Adolescent Experiences of Children's Hospital Wards
  • Benefits of Transit-Oriented Neighborhoods
  • Health Effects of Home and Office Dampness and Air-Conditioning

Research >>

LAN Celebrates 45 Years Of Architectural And Engineering Innovation

3.12.10 | Midland Park, NJ | LAN Associates Engineering, Planning, Architecture, Surveying, Inc. celebrates 45 years of design and project excellence. Since its inception, the firm has grown to more than 70 employees and generated more than $9 million of revenue in 2009 through architectural, engineering, environmental, and surveying services. LAN, started by John Lacz, has been the recipient of more than twenty awards and this year was awarded the ACEC New Jersey Distinguished Award for "Engineering Excellence" for the Asbury Tower, Asbury, NJ. 

Arch & Design >>

BULBRITE Introduces CFLs Featuring Enhanced Amalgam Technology

3.12.10 | Moonachie, NJ | BULBRITE introduced the Amalgam CFL Triple 4-Pin family featuring improved Amalgam technology to perform better in higher temperature applications. Designed for residential, hospitality, industrial, retail and commercial applications, the Amalgam CFL provides better mercury vapor control in the lamp and a reduced start-up time.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Products >>

Durkan Adds New Designs To Synthesis Collection

3.12.10 | Marietta, GA | Durkan, the hospitality brand of Mohawk, added to its Synthesis line with eight new offerings inspired by the movement and texture of nature. The new designs will be on display at the HD Expo and Conference in Las Vegas, May 19-21, Booth 3804. The expanded line includes: Ripple, Grassland, Shattered, Sediment, Branches, Stria, Altostratus, Watermark.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Products >>

Coalesse Adds To Topo Office System

3.12.10 | San Francisco, CA | Coalesse added to its Topo office system with a series of freestanding components. Topo is an office system with four base lines, multiple veneers, an array of dimensional options and an extensive range of sizes and shapes. Topo now offers a range of choices on how and where work is done in a space: privacy wall and open floor options, pull-out surfaces to manage piles, storage for filing and organizing, and technology-enabled functionality. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Products >>

J&J Industries Winner Of GSA Evergreen Award

3.11.10 | Dalton, GA | J&J Industries received the 2009 Evergreen Award from the U.S. General Services Administration. The award recognizes efforts in recycling, affirmative procurement and waste reduction. J&J Industries’ environmental initiatives are centered around EnAct, their organization-wide focus on reducing, recycling, reusing and creating a healthier environment.

Environment >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

Bendheim Wall Systems, Inc. Introduces New Channel Glass Frame System

3.11.10 | Passaic, NJ | Bendheim Wall Systems introduced its SF60S Single Glazed Store Front channel glass frame system. The system is designed for single-glazed walls with open or sealed joints and is fully tested for air and water infiltration, structural design load, and seismic displacement. It can also be used as a rain screen with open or sealed joints and with or without a structural wall behind it. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Products >>

The Evolution of Design: A Book Launch

3.11.10 | New York, NY | AECOM will celebrate the launch of three new books on March 18, 6-8 pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NYC. Climate Design: Design and Planning for the Age of Climate Change, The Bigger Picture, and Asia Beyond Growth were written for designers, architects, planners, engineers, policy analysts, and academics and each offer a unique take on the current paradigm shifts concerning the evolution of the design practice.  

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EMCOR Subsidaries Contracted For Riverside Energy Resources Center

3.11.10 | Norwalk, CT | EMCOR Group, Inc. subsidiaries, Dynalectric San Diego and Dynalectric Los Angeles received contracts for electrical systems for the Riverside Energy Resource Center, Riverside, CA. The companies will be responsible for the installation, start-up and commissioning of all the electrical systems and also will be responsible for the installation of all plant control systems. The project is scheduled for completion in October 2010.

Projects >>

M2L Genuine Design Competition Deadline Extended to March 15

3.11.10 | New York, NY | The deadline for M2L's Genuine Design Competition was extended to Monday, March 15. The competition asks participants to create a video in the form of a Public Service Announcement on the topic of genuine design and why furniture designers deserve the right to protect their work against unauthorized copies and counterfeits. M2L will award $8,500 in scholarships to four chosen finalists and honor the winners at an event at M2L's NYC showroom this spring.

Awards >>

KI Rallies Relief Efforts For Haitian Employees

3.11.10 | Green Bay, WI | KI employees rallied support for their Haitian co-workers at the Montreal facility.  Nearly 20% of workers at the Montreal plant are of Haitian decent, most of whom still have immediate family members in their native country. Multiple fundraising efforts, including a bake sale and various raffle activities were held and several thousand dollars were sent to Montreal for the direct benefit of Haitian employees and their families.  

Mfg. & Distr. >>

IIDA Announces 2010 Winning Design Projects For Interior Design Competition And Will Ching Design Competition

3.11.10 | Chicago, IL | The International Interior Design Association announced the winners of two of the Association’s interior design competitions. The six winners in 37th Annual Interior Design Competition are:

  • FIDM, San Diego, CA
  • LYNNsteven, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Rennie Art Gallery and Offices, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Dubai Mall Medical Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
  • Guess?  Inc. Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA
  • MUMUTH Music Theatre, Graz, Austria
Kubrick Bookshop and MOMA Movie Centre, Beijing, China, designed by One Plus Partnership Limited of Hong Kong, China was the winner of the 18th Annual Will Ching Design Competition, which honors outstanding commercial design by firms of five or fewer individuals. 

Awards >>, Prof. Assoc. >>

Landscape Forms Appoints Sales Rep In UK

3.10.10 | Kalamazoo, MI | Landscape Forms hired Kevin Bloomfield as the Direct Sales Representative for Landscape Forms UK. He will be based in London for international Sales and Business Development. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bloomfield served as Senior A&D Sales Representative for Vitra UK. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

RTKL To Design Shanghai Hospital

3.10.10 | Arnhem, The Netherlands | RTKL, a subsidiary of ARCADIS was selected to design the Shanghai Changzheng New Pudong Hospital. It will be the largest new hospital built in one phase in China. The facility is scheduled to begin later this year and will include four inpatient towers, a VIP tower, an outpatient center, an emergency center, and an infectious disease building. 

Arch & Design >>, Projects >>

CEDIA To Host Online And Instructor-Led Training For Lead-Based Paint Certification

3.10.10 | Indianapolis, IN | The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association is offering a solution for companies that must comply with the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule from the Environmental Protection Agency. The online portion of the training will be available through the CEDIA e-Learning platform, and the hands-on lab portion of the training will be hosted by CEDIA at select ADI locations throughout the U.S. The Lead: Renovation, Repair & Painting rule sets forth special requirements for anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs surfaces that may contain lead-based paint and applies to work done in homes built before 1978 as well as in pre-1978 buildings occupied by children under the age of six or by a pregnant woman. The rule is set to be fully implemented by April 22, 2010. 

Environment >>, Research >>

DIFFA/Chicago 22nd Annual Gala/ June 12

3.10.10 | Chicago, IL | DIFFA/Chicago announced plans for its 22nd annual Gala. Believe: 2010:  See: 2020:  Perfect Vision:  An AIDS Free World will take place at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL, June 12. 

Event >>

2ND AVE. LIGHTING Announces New Management

3.10.10 | Yorkville, NY | 2ND AVE. LIGHTING announced  that it is under new management. The Mesa, AZ, company was acquired by Meyda Lighting and will operate in the Meyda manufacturing and distribution facilities at One Meyda Fine Place, 55 Oriskany Boulevard in Yorkville, NY. 2ND AVE. LIGHTING is a manufacturer of interior/exterior custom lighting designs, including chandeliers, wall sconces, pendants, lanterns, and street lighting.

Business >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

HBF Expands LOGICmeet Conference Series

3.10.10 | Hickory, NC | HBF introduced enhancements for its LOGICmeet Conference Series. Designed to meet a variety of a multitude of conferencing requirements, the back-painted glass tabletops and wood veneer bases expand the options available for these areas. In addition to the new white back-painted glass tops, top surfaces are offered in seven veneers, solid surface and laminate materials. The wood veneer panel base option and the metal panel base, in a satin pewter finish, are available with any top surface. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Products >>

Luxo's Ninety LED Light Selected For Cooper-Hewitt Exhibition

3.10.10 | Elmsford, NY | Luxo’s Ninety LED task light will be featured in the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum exhibition National Design Triennial: “Why Design Now?”  The series runs May 14, 2010 -January 9, 2011. Ninety, featured in the Energy category, uses four 1.4W LEDs while providing 100 footcandles at a height of 16" above the worksurface. 

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Indiana Furniture To Reduce Vehicle Emissions

3.9.10 | Jasper, IN | Indiana Furniture is the second area company to join the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM’s) Voluntary Idling Program, making a commitment to reduce vehicle emissions. As part of its VIP commitment, the company will post “No Idling” signs at their facility, reduce unnecessary idling on the trucks they operate, and encourage their vendors to reduce unnecessary idling. Indiana Furniture is the 26th company to join VIP. 

Environment >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

Urban Renewal By Crossville

3.9.10 | Crossville, TN | Crossville introduced Urban Renewal, a tile with a dimensional composite body and a metal finish that looks like heavy metal but is lightweight and easy to install. With a 50% post-consumer recycled content it is suitable for interior and exterior vertical applications. It comes in four finishes and all pieces are given a protective, clear coating for durability and a maintenance-free finish. 

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Mannington Commercial Debuts Palma Collection

3.9.10 | Calhoun, GA | Mannington Commercial launched the Palma Collection. The collection comes in two patterns - Scena and Portela -  and is designed as a coordinating mix of sophisticated geometrics. Scena uses texture and shading to create a pattern reminiscent of hardwood floor planks; Portela overlays ornate, abstract curvilinear shapes for a dynamic interplay of scale, texture and color. The patterns come in sixteen colorways, ranging from formal neutrals to deep accents and are engineered with Antron Lumena type 6,6 nylon.

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Healthcare Principal Robert Larsen Establishes New Orleans Planning Practice

3.9.10 | New York, NY | Robert G. Larsen, healthcare principal, Perkins Eastman, relocated to New Orleans, LA, to continue his 45-year career in healthcare planning. Prior to merging his practice with Perkins Eastman in 2006, Mr. Larsen headed New York-based Larsen Shein Ginsberg + Snyder. Mr. Larsen’s work includes a range of academic medical center planning and construction projects. He is a member of the College of Fellows and a member of the American College of Healthcare Architects.

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EMCOR Named Most Admired By Fortune Magazine

3.9.10 | Norwalk, CT | EMCOR Group, Inc. was named the 2009 World’s Most Admired Company in the Engineering and Construction Industry by FORTUNE magazine. It is the second consecutive year EMCOR has received this recognition. EMCOR received a strong overall score from executives, directors, and analysts based on key attributes in Innovation, People Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Quality of Management, Long-Term Investment and Quality of Service.

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FX Architecture Relocates

3.9.10 | Royal Oaks, MI | FX Architecture relocated to a renovated building at 419 E. Fourth Street. Frank and Carol Ann Arvan, owners of FX Architecture, bought the building in 2008 and transformed it into a modern office space that enhances its original character. Recycling, adaptive reuse and many other green construction techniques were incorporated in the new design.

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SmithGroup To Design POW/MIA Accounting Command

3.9.10 | Phoenix, AZ | SmithGroup will design a new facility for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, HI. The multi-story facility will hold an identification laboratory, administrative offices, and a warehouse. Silver LEED certification is its top goal.

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Raimund Abraham Dies In Car Accident

3.9.10 | Los Angeles, CA | Raimund Abraham, 77, as reported in The Architect's Newspaper, died in a car crash in Los Angeles, CA.  The Austrian born architect and professor linked closely with the Cooper Union and the Pratt Institute, built the Austrian Cultural Forum on East 52nd street in New York in 2002. 

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Aqua Named Emporis 2009 Skyscraper Of the Year

3.9.10 | Chicago, IL | Aqua, the world's third tallest building designed by a woman, was the winner of the Emporis 2009 Skyscraper of the Year award. Designed by Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects, the residential and hotel tower was praised for its shape, its technical achievement in relation to the precision of the building's construction, and for its green design innovations.

Arch & Design >>, Awards >>

Work Revolution Discussed In Dallas Talk: DEGW And Humanscale

3.5.10 | Dallas, TX | Dr. Andrew Laing from DEGW will discuss changes in the workplace on March 9, 5:30 pm at the Humanscale Showroom, 2651 North harwood, Dallas, TX. He will speak on how technology and new modes of work are rapidly changing the modern workplace. The talk is sponsored by Humanscale as part of its "Design Smart" series of events. The next scheduled event is March 18 at 535 Anton Blvd., Suite 160, Costa Mesa, CA.  www.humanscale.com/about_us/programs-edu.cfm#alaing.

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KI Houston Sponsors CEU And Celebration

3.5.10 | Green Bay, WI | KI Houston sponsored a continuing education credit  seminar, entitled Storage Planning for Today’s Evolving Workplace with speaker Craig Crock, Southwest Solutions, Dallas, TX.  Other participants included Shaw Contact Group, Pallas Textiles, Spacesaver, Southwest Solutions Group and Koroseal. The CEU, attended by about 40 people, was followed by an evening of celebration with dining and music. 

Mfg. & Distr. >>, Research >>

BIFMA Brief For January From Raymond James

3.5.10 | St. Petersburg, FL | Investment analyst Budd Bugatch of Raymond James & Associates provided commentary on January office furniture order and shipment statistics released by the Business and Institutional Manufacturers Association (BIFMA). Orders of $480 million for the month were down 15% compared with last year and also down from $630 million in December. January shipments decreased 12% year-over-year to $555 million, down from $720 in December. Mr. Bugatch noted that while the January statistics "were somewhat discouraging," the year-over-year rate of decline on a trailing twelve-month basis for both orders and shipments actually showed slight improvement. 

Business >>, Mfg. & Distr. >>

EMCOR's Energy Services Unit Receives BPA From GSA

3.5.10 | Norwalk, CT | EMCOR Group's subsidiary, EMCOR Energy Services, Inc., was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement by the General Services Administration. EMCOR Energy Services was one of 19 organizations to be awarded a BPA, which is a way for federal agencies to acquire comprehensive professional energy services to make their properties more energy efficient. EMCOR is located in all 11 GSA regions, and authorization to work under all 11 Energy Special Item Numbers, regardless of where facilities are located, the number of properties involved, no the services required, will mean that projects can be started more quickly through a single source.

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Burch Fabrics Group Introduces The Dynamic Collection

3.5.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Burch Fabrics Group released Dynamic, its first collection featuring INCASE. INCASE, manufactured by Crypton, is a high performance treatment that uses silver ion technology for spills, stains, odors and microbes and doesn't require a moisture barrier. The collection of textural solids, lively circles, modern geometric forms, and intertwining lines, is constructed with 100% recycled polyester. 

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Inscape Corporation Announces Third Quarter Results

3.5.10 | Holland Landing, ON | Inscape Corp. reported a "modest return to profitability" in the third quarter of its 2010 fiscal year despite continued decline in sales. Net income for the quarter totaled $0.1 million or $0.01 per share compared to a breakeven result in the same period of FY09. Total sales for the quarter were $17.9 million compared to $22.9 million in 3Q09, a 21.7% decrease. 

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New Happenings At NeoCon World's Trade Fair, June 14-16

3.5.10 | Chicago, IL | NeoConWorld’s Trade Fair, returning to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, June 14-16, will offer a Career Development Educational Track. The program will assist industry professionals who are looking for a job or trying to secure their current position. NeoCon also will feature keynote speakers each day including: Michael Graves, Majora Carter, and Yves Behar, industrial designer and founder of fuseproject. Buildex Chicago also will make its debut to offer the latest products and strategic solutions to help manage and operate buildings more efficiently and effectively. 

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Herman Miller Again Tops Industry In FORTUNE's 'Most Admired' Survey

3.5.10 | Zeeland, MI | Herman Miller received the No. 1 ranking in Fortune magazine's "Most Admired" companies. It is the 22nd time in 24 years that the company has been recognized among executives and board members of peer companies and industry analysts. Herman Miller had the further distinction of being the only Michigan-based company to place first among the magazine's distinct industry listings. The "Most Admired" list is included in Fortune's March 22 issue.

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Bentley Prince Street Launches Cathedral Square

3.5.10 | Los Angeles, CA | Bentley Prince Street launched Cathedral Square made from 100% New Zealand wool. The tufted textured loop broadloom with Action-Bac is renewable and durable for reducing its impact on the environment.

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Creating Environmentally Friendly Federal Workplaces

3.5.10 | Washington, DC | Kevin Kampschroer, director of GSA's Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings wants to create more environmentally friendly federal buildings. Mr. Kampschroer has challenged his team to transform the GSA headquarters, constructed in 1918, into a high-performance, sustainable design. The building will be renovated over the next six years with solar photovoltaic panels, a rain water collection system, and windows which will turn off air conditioning automatically when opened. 

Environment >>, People >>

Rick Glasser Joins izzy+ As VP Of Marketing, Product Management

3.5.10 | Spring Lake, MI | Rick Glasser was named Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for izzy+. Mr. glasser has 22 years of experience in product and marketing management.  Previously, he was director of distribution and market development for Haworth.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

Juno Lighting Launches New Mini-Flood And Mini-Cylinder Spotlights

3.4.10 | Des Plaines, IL | Juno Lighting Group launched energy efficient Trac 12 LED Mini-flood Fixtures and LED Mini-cylinder Spotlights. The Trac 12 LED Mini-Flood offers effective flood and task lighting, approximating the lumen output of a 20W halogen flood, but utilizing less than 25% of the energy. All of Juno's LED trac fixtures are mercury free and are fully dimmable.

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2010 Design Awards Winners Announced

3.4.10 | New York, NY | AIANY announced the winners of the 2010 Design Awards. Four juries -- architecture, interiors, unbuilt work, and urban design -- reviewed 425 entries, selecting thirty-four winners. The winners will be honored on April 14 at Design Awards Luncheon, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St, NYC. 

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Call For Entries For 2010 Lester Dundes Interior Design Competition

3.4.10 | New York, NY | IIDA NY issued a Call for Entries for the 2010 Lester Dundes Interior Design Competition. The competition recognizes extraordinary design projects and honors members of the New York chapter of the IIDA for their contributions to these exceptional projects and the design teams that created them. Mr. Dundes was the publisher of Interior Design Magazine. Competition Entry Submission(s) must be postmarked no later than May 5, 2010.

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New building At U-M Health System Expands Eye Care

3.4.10 | Ann Arbor, MI | The Brehm Tower at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, part of the University of Michigan Health System, officially opened March 1. Designed by TSA, Cambridge, MA, the facility for eye care, research, and education, covers 230,000 sq. ft. and spans eight stories. The upper floors will hold the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research. 

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"Office Needs For Good Deeds" Contest Accepting Entries

3.4.10 | Wayland, NY | Gunlocke is still accepting entries for its "Office Needs for Good Deeds" contest, an office makeover for a non-profit organization worth $75,000. To help improve the style and productivity within its space, the winning organization will receive a makeover up to 1,200 sq. ft. for its offices featuring Gunlocke's casegood line, Silea. Submissions will be accepted until April 16, 2010.

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Hickok Cole Architects Completes Plans For Square 54

3.5.10 | Washington, DC | Hickok Cole Architects solidified its plans for Square 54. The mixed-use office,  housing, and retail project at 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, is expected to be completed later this year. The space, previously held by George Washington University Hospital, will consist of three buildings, will be LEED Silver certified.

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Research Shows That Workers Prefer Split Keyboard Design

3.3.10 | Grand Haven, MI | Atlas Ergonomics conducted a five-month study to determine workers' preference in keyboard design.  The results indicated that 85% of workers preferred an experimental split keyboard design and 84% preferred components further apart than the market's best-selling split design.  Atlas Ergonomics will present detailed results in a free, one-hour webinar hosted by National Ergonomics Conference and Exhibition on  March 10 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

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GSA Sustainable Development Guide Wins APA Award

3.3.10 | Washington, DC | HOK, the General Services Administration, and the University of Maryland, earned a top award from the Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association. Together they authored a guide for sustainable development in the federal government that is being recognized in the "Outstanding Sustainable Planning, Design and Development Initiative" category. The 40-page guidebook, The New Sustainable Frontier: Frinciples of Sustainable Development, was published in September 2009.

Arch & Design >>, Awards >>, Environment >>

David Meech Joins Perkins Eastman, Charlotte, NC

3.3.10 | Charlotte, NC | David Meech joined Perkins Eastman-Charlotte, NC, as Associate Principal. Prior to joining, Mr. Meech was a Principal at Gresham Smith and Partners, working with regional and community medical centers. A LEED Accredited Professional, he has over 30 years of specialized experience in healthcare architecture, business development, and master planning. 

Arch & Design >>, People >>

Herman Miller Celebrates LA Showroom March 13

3.3.10 | Los Angeles, CA | Herman Miller's LA showroom will host a celebration on March 13, 2010, to commemorate its recent LEED CI Platinum recognition. The showroom will be open to the public for tours from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and a plaque dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with a presentation led by representatives from the Los Angeles USGBC chapter and Herman Miller. Those interested in attending the event must reply by March 10, 2010.

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Bendheim's Channel Glass In Montclair State University's Student Recreation Center

3.3.10 | Passaic, NJ | Bendheim Wall Systems' Lamberts channel glass is featured at the Montclair State University Student Recreation Center. Energy-efficient, programmable LED lights illuminate the curved interior channel glass wall for a visual draw to students and visitors. The 20-foot tall, single-glazed channel glass walls provide a sweeping backdrop to the curved center staircase and the computer-controlled LED system can display an infinite array of light shows. 

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Grand Rapids Chair Company Opens New Table Plant

3.3.10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Grand Rapids Chair Company announced the completion and opening of a 28,000 sq. ft. table plant. The woodworking  facility was developed in response to an increase in table orders from the company's healthcare, education, hospitality, corporate and government customers. All wood in the rehabbed industrial building is certified by FSC and a water-based wood-finishing system eliminated solvents.

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Antolini Introduces First Branded Natural Stone

3.3.10 | San Francisco, CA | Antolini, a producer of natural stone products, debuted its Signature Stone Collection. The collection includes varieties of granite and quartzite and is considered to be the first branded natural stone. While natural stone has been used in decor and construction for thousands of years, Antolini is the first producer to put its name on its products. 

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Gunlocke Announces Key Organizational Changes

3.2.10 | Wayland, NY | Gunlocke announced several key organizational changes. Jim Foster was named vice president, finance; Jason Wolfanger was promoted to director of management development; Arelis Caba was hired as web designer; and Michael Lewis was hired as a supply quality manager.

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InformeDesign Releases New Research Summaries

3.2.10 | Minneapolis, MN | InformeDesign released new research summaries.

  • Bridging the Gap: Façade Colour, Aesthetic Response and Planning Policy
  • The Stress-Reducing Effects of Art in Pediatric Health Care: Art Preferences of Healthy Children and Hospitalized Children
  • Associations Between Neighborhood Open Space Attributes and Quality of Life for Older People in Britain 
  • An Experimental Parametric Study of VOC from Flooring Systems Exposed to Alkaline Solutions

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GREENGUARD Announces New Web Site

3.2.10 | Marietta, GA | The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute launched a new web site. The following improvements were made:

  • Redesigned Site Structure and Navigation
  • Upgraded GREENGUARD Product Guide
  • Additional Resources
  • Communication Tools

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Indiana Furniture Appoints New Director Of Marketing

3.2.10 | Jasper, IN | Chris Rogers joined Indiana Furniture as Director of Marketing. In his new position, Mr. Rogers will oversee all new product development, marketing and public relations campaigns. Mr. Rogers served 11 years as Regional Manager, Director of Marketing and Director of Design for OFS Brands, Inc.

Mfg. & Distr. >>, People >>

Design-Team Selected For Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building Project

3.2.10 | Denver, CO | The General Service Administration officially selected the design-build team for the modernization of the Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building in Denver, CO. The team includes: Mortenson Construction, Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects, HOK, The RMH Group, Inc., Rocky Mountain Institute, and Martin/Martin, Inc.  Work on the 620,000 sq. ft. building includes complete design and construction for upgrades to the structural elements and all major building systems.  The building upgrades are projected to reduce energy use by more than 80% over current levels and attain LEED Platinum certification.

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Janice Barnes Moves To NY Office Of Perkins+Will

3.2.10 | New York, NY | Janice Barnes, Global Discipline Leader for Planning + Strategies, is relocating to Perkins+Will New York Office. She will continue to be responsible for advancing the group, which focuses on eliciting information on work practices and organizing this information to better serve client needs across all practice areas. Ms. Barnes joined Perkins+Will in 2001 as a Strategic Planner and has than 20 years of design experience as well as a significant research background. 

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Educational Forum For Design Professionals

3.2.10 | New York, NY | The National Kitchen & Bath Association-Manhattan Chapter will present a Day of CEU Accredited Seminars on March 16. The educational forum will be held at the Architects & Designers Building, 150 East 58th Street, NYC, beginning with seminars at 9 am and ending with a cocktail reception, 6-8 pm. Up to 6-CEU credits can be earned in one day.

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Pacific Design Center Announces 2010 Stars Of Design Winners

3.1.10 | West Hollywood, CA | The Pacific Design Center will celebrate the 16th Annual Stars of Design Awards at WESTWEEK 2010, March 24, 5:30 pm. The awards  recognize California-based luminaries in seven design-related fields and honors one individual with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Rose Tarlow
  • Architecture: Wallace E. Cunningham
  • Art: Jorge Pardo
  • Graphic Design: Ron Fleming
  • Interior Design: Suzanne Rheinstein
  • Product Design: Brandon Morrison
  • Photography: Karyn Millet
  • Urban Design: Sean Knibb

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Summer & Associates To Represent Mayer Fabrics

3.1.10 | Indianapolis, IN | Mayer Fabrics’ will be represented in Southern California by Summer & Associates, headed by Jean Summer. Ms. Summer has been a sales rep for 10 years with 19 years overall industry experience.

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PB Receives A Safe In Sound Award

3.1.10 | New York, NY | Parsons Brinckerhoff  received a 2010 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award from the National Institute for Occupational Saftey and Health. The awards honor those who are dedicated to the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss through innovative or excellent hearing loss prevention practices in the work environment. Nominations for the next awards are due by September 1.

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DIFFA To Host Dining By Design Cocktail Party

3.1.10 | Chicago, IL | DIFFA presents COCKTAILS BY DESIGN, March 18, 6-10 pm, Pier 95, 55th St. & 12th Ave., NYC. The occasion celebrates the launch of DINING BY DESIGN and the opening of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Proceeds will benefit the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.  

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The HON Company Donates $10,000 Office Furniture Makeover

3.1.10 | Muscatine, IA | The HON Company will donate a $10,000 office furniture makeover, as part of The UPS Store “Perks & Paydays” Instant Win Game. The scratch-and-win promotion highlights The UPS Store network’s service offerings, including online printing, packing and shipping, and mailbox services. The HON Office Makeover prize features the Vicinity work storage system. 

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Vocon Recognized By Inside Business Magazine With NEO Success Award

3.1.10 | Cleveland, OH | Vocon, Cleveland, OH, was honored by Inside Business Magazine with the NEO Success Award. Vocon secured a spot on the list due to an increase in overall project revenue, including interior design and architecture income growth. 

Arch & Design >>, Awards >>

EMCOR Subsidaries Contracted By Terremark Worldwide.

3.1.10 | Norwalk, CT | EMCOR Group, Inc. subsidiaries were awarded contracts for a new colocation facility. Marelich Mechanical  and EMCOR Services Integrated Solutions will install mechanical systems for the data center where where multiple customers locate network, server and storage gear and interconnect to a variety of service providers---for Terremark Worldwide, a provider of IT infrastructure services in Santa Clara, CA. 

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