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  • Healing design: Healthcare’s flooring promotes wellness

    Winter 2016 By K.J. Quinn Remember when much was written and said about how certain floor coverings contributed to “sick building syndrome” in healthcare? It took about 25 years to dispel these notions, but the industry completed a 180-degree turn as research studies indicate soft and hard surfaces actually contribute to improving wellness outcomes for patients while positively impacting the general health of medical facility staff. “Selecting appropriate materials for

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    2017: A look ahead at sustainable design

    Winter 2016 By Liz Switzer A look ahead promises to deliver technology and data trends to the built environment in 2017, balanced by a focus on health, wellness and simplicity. Architects and designers from some of the nation’s most cutting-edge firms share their thoughts on how that is likely to take shape in all four commercial segments. RETAIL / HOSPITALITY A shift in the focus on green label materials from

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    Greenbuild 2016 emphasizes technology, transparency, social issues

    By Sarah Bousquet This year’s Greenbuild, held Oct. 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, utilized its Southern California locale to pay homage to the great buildings of our time. Themed “Iconic Green,” the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building touted the mantra, “Like iconic screen roles and the Hollywood sign, our buildings have withstood the test of time.” Owned and operated by Informa and presented by

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    K-12: Making the grade through design

    Fall 2016 By K.J. Quinn When it comes to flooring choices, public school systems have been creatures of habit specifying products based on immediate cost and function. But, times are changing and so are the interior design needs of today’s K-12 education sector as aging buildings undergo makeovers nationwide. “Needs have changed over the years as clients are now looking for flooring products that encompass ease of maintenance, acoustical properties,

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    Answering the GSA call

    Fall 2016 By K.J. Quinn An unlikely source is emerging as a trendsetter for work- place design. With building interiors long considered ugly ducklings for their mundane looks, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate owners is raising the bar for requirements in performance standards and style. “GSA has really been a leader in new workplace design, from the standpoint that we were among the first people to say

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    Transparency today

    Fall 2016 By Liz Switzer Transparency is taking the flooring industry in innovative directions and in the process changing the way business is done. The secretive silos of proprietary information that dominated the manufacturing landscape a decade ago are giving way to practices of inclusivity and integration, built on the foundation of collective awareness around environmental and health impacts. In the building community, transparency is no longer just a buzzword;

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    LVT mills help the A&D community navigate products

    Fall 2016 There is no question luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has revolutionized the flooring industry. While the commercial vinyl market had once pledged its allegiance to VCT and sheet, the hottest resilient offering available today has gob- bled up market share from seemingly every other flooring category, including its closely related predecessors. With that, top LVT manufacturers take every opportunity to share their latest innovations to help differentiate from the

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    Innovations in LVT

    Summer 2016 By K.J. Quinn Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is bursting onto the scene of nearly all commercial sectors — and with good reason. Now sporting a greater variety of styles, patterns and sizes, the product is reported to be the fastest growing commercial flooring category today. Last year sales were estimated to have increased 8% to 10%, and there is a similar spike projected for 2016. Obviously expanded aesthetics

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    Top 4 HD Expo trends

    Summer 2016 Since its inception in 1992, the Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo) has remained a premier trade show for this important segment of the commercial market. Each year it offers hospitality professionals the opportunity to connect, share ideas and gain insight into the most innovative products and services on the market. Green Operations compiled what it found to be the top four trends hitting hospitality in 2016.

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    Sustainable, active design tops corporate agenda

    Summer 2016 By Liz Switzer As the traditional C-Suite headquarters gives way to a millennial-driven workplace — multigenerational users often in remote locations — architects and designers in today’s corporate sector must have more on the drawing board than structures. Corporate design today is about far more than places or destinations; it has to reflect the corporate culture that moves a workforce into the future. With a growing focus on

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