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Ryerson professor named ASLA honorary member

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced its 2015 honorary members, which included Toronto’s Ryerson University professor, Nina-Marie Lister. Honorary members are among the highest honours ASLA bestows upon non-landscape architects. Recipients are also recognized for their notable service to the industry.

CTBUH announces the world’s best tall buildings

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released the winners of its Best Tall Building Awards, highlighting the top new skyscrapers and super-tall structures. A panel of judges examined 123 entries from four competing regions: the Americas, Asia/Australia, Europe, and Middle East/Africa.

Downtown Montréal building receives LEED Gold certification

Tour AIMIA, a category ‘A’ office building in the international district of Montréal, is reportedly the first new office building in its category to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

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Riding the cloud

A project may involve not only general contractors, architects, inspectors, engineers, and developers, but also regulators, city planners, estimators, and many others. This is why technologies capable of facilitating and streamlining document management, sharing, and collaboration are a central component in strategies tasked with increasing construction productivity and efficiency to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.

If you need sound masking, ask for it by name

Many people believe white noise, pink noise, and sound masking are synonymous, and tend to use these terms interchangeably. However, there are distinct differences between each of them.

Glazing technology promises greater architectural freedom

One of the strategies employed by architects to increase (or regain lost) glazing area to meet the performance objectives of building energy codes and standards involves using established building envelope elements such as window louvres, fins, and shelves, along with emerging technologies such as vacuum-insulated glazing and panels (VIGs) and electrochromic (EC) glass.

The community health centre of the future

With an aging population and an unmanageable burden on most hospitals, the community health centre is an increasingly in-demand neighbourhood resource. Stretched regional and non-profit finances mean these new facilities are often asked to do double (or triple) duty, accommodating many needs and user groups. The challenge then falls to design teams to successfully integrate disparate building requirements—often under a tight move-in deadline determined by grant and funding deadlines.

Freestanding roof guard woes

HVAC equipment is generally installed on top of the flat roofs of industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings. The maintenance personnel sometimes are exposed to danger of falling if the units are close to the roof’s edges. In this case, a guardrail system is required. How do you know if it is sufficiently structurally secure?