LEED Gold Cambie Fire Hall is a beacon of sustainability in Richmond, BC

June 25, 2018 by  
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Vancouver-based Assembly Architecture and Alberta-based S2 Architecture recently completed the Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and BC Ambulance Services Station, a LEED Gold -certified facility that shows how civic architecture can be beautiful, effective and sustainable. Built to serve the City of Richmond in British Columbia, the new building spans over 26,000 square feet and rises to three stories, with room for fire rescue vehicles and up to six ambulance vehicles. The station is illuminated by ample natural light during the day and is built to post-disaster standards. The $20.7-million Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and BC Ambulance Services Station sports a distinctly contemporary design with its geometric form, clean lines and abundance of glazing . The massing, design and use of transparency throughout were informed by the surrounding residential fabric and help reinforce ties between the new station and the community. The red cladding on the upper level adds a punch of color and is a nod to the red-brick architecture of traditional fire stations . The north stair tower is wrapped in translucent fiberglass panels to create a glowing beacon-like effect at night. “From this notion, we looked at the building as an anchor to the local area and residences, as well as a landmark for the larger region,” explains Robert Lange, Principal-in-Charge in a project statement. “By listening carefully throughout the design process, the design team were able to create a design that immediately resonated with RFR and their vision for Hall No. 3.” Related: LEED Platinum fire station boosts firefighter wellness in Seattle The facility integrates fire-rescue and ambulance services under one roof and prioritizes natural lighting. A glazed outdoor patio, for instance, forms the organizing element around which the offices, kitchen and dining room are placed. The Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and BC Ambulance Services Station will also serve as a Department Operations Center (DOC) thanks to post-disaster design features, such as the on-site emergency generator and tie-ins for concrete aprons, that keep the building operational even after a seismic event. + Assembly Architecture + S2 Architecture Images by Sunny Jhooty and Liam Wake, Lobby

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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils Sberbank Technopark for Russias Silicon Valley

June 25, 2018 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects has just received planning permission for their design of Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow, a 400-hectare, government-supported high technology business district known as Russia’s ‘Silicon Valley.’ The building was designed with Zaha Hadid Architects’ iconic curves, which give the massive structure a futuristic and spaceship-like appearance. The building will accommodate 17,000 people working in Sberbank’s information technology and marketing components. The Sberbank Technopark was commissioned by the eponymous state-owned Russian banking and financial services company headquartered in Moscow . Over 70 percent of Russia’s population relies on Sberbank’s services. Designed with dramatic cantilevered facades, the Sberbank Technopark sprawls out over 2.8 million square feet and serves as the bank’s hub for IT innovation. “These are the people who will be responsible for all the bank’s ‘substance’ – its technical content, its brains,” says Sberbank President German Gref. Zaha Hadid Architects designed the Technopark to facilitate collaborative thinking and innovation—such as large communal spaces and light-filled atria —following extensive analysis of current work processes in the bank’s technology and marketing departments. “The necessity to innovate and collaborate within the workplace environment is fundamental to Sberbank’s operations,” says Christos Passas, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects. “Technopark’s design reconfigures working relationships by adopting a holistic approach to create an inter-connected, multi-functional workplace ecology driven by the bank’s requirements for enhanced communication, interaction and diversification that promotes creativity and engagement.” Related: Zaha Hadid Architects wins bid to masterplan Russia’s largest port The Sberbank Technopark has received the ‘State Expertise’ certification from the city’s planning authority. Construction on the project is slated to begin in the near future. + Zaha Hadid Architects Renderings by Anima, VA, and ZHA; Photography by Skolkovo Innovation Centre

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Steven Holl Architects LEED Gold-seeking museum is a beacon for sustainability

May 22, 2018 by  
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Environmental design and contemporary art go hand-in-hand in Steven Holl Architects’ recently completed The Markel Center , the home of the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Located at the busiest intersection in Richmond, The Markel Center embodies VCU and the ICA’s commitment to sustainability with its LEED Gold-seeking design and energy-efficient technologies. Filled with natural light to reduce electricity demands, the museum draws energy from geothermal wells and features over 8,000 square feet of green roofs for extra insulation. Opened last month, VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art is free to the public and marks Richmond’s first art institution dedicated exclusively to exhibiting contemporary art . Sandwiched between VCU’s Monroe Park campus and the city’s art district, the ICA is a sculptural, 41,000-square-foot structure spread out across three floors and flooded with natural light from large glass walls, windows and skylights. The glass, which ranges in transparency from clear to opaque, filters out UV rays and, when backlit, gives the titanium-zinc-clad building a light, box-like appearance. The lobby, offices, cafe, bar, 240-seat auditorium , and concept shop, along with a 4,000-square-foot gallery, occupy the first floor and connect to the ICA’s central forum and outdoor garden, dubbed the “Thinking Field.” The second floor houses two forking galleries, an interactive “learning lab,” and a publicly accessible landscaped terrace . The top floor features a gallery with 33-foot-tall walls in addition to administrative suites and the boardroom. “We designed the ICA to be a flexible, forward-looking instrument that will both illuminate and serve as a catalyst for the transformative possibilities of contemporary art,” said architect Steven Holl. “Like many contemporary artists working today, the ICA’s design does not draw distinctions between the visual and performing arts. The fluidity of the design allows for experimentation and will encourage new ways to display and present art that will capitalize on the ingenuity and creativity apparent throughout the VCU campus.” Related: Steven Holl Architects unveils designs for geothermal-powered Angers Collectors Museum Clad in 100% recyclable titanium-zinc exterior paneling, the LEED Gold -seeking building draws energy from 43 geothermal wells for its radiant floor system. Native plants are used in the permeable landscape design as well as on the green roofs that cover three of the four gallery roofs. Nearly a third of materials used during construction were recyclable and nearly a quarter of the materials were regionally sourced. + Steven Holl Architects Images by Iwan Baan

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Ford Focus Electric Becomes the First All-Electric NASCAR Pace Car

April 16, 2012 by  
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Ford has announced that the new 2012 Ford Focus Electric is set to become the first all-electric pace car ever to lead the field for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond 400. The Focus Electric pace car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on April 25. It will then perform all pace car duties at Richmond International Raceway on April 28. Read the rest of Ford Focus Electric Becomes the First All-Electric NASCAR Pace Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , epa , ford , ford focus electric , Ford Focus Electric pace car , green car , green transportation , Nascar

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Deceiving Shipping Container Home That Doesn’t Look Like One

July 16, 2010 by  
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BP Announces That No More Oil is Flowing into the Gulf

July 16, 2010 by  
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87 days after the news of the Gulf oil spill hit our computer screens, BP has finally announced — and backed up with their video feed — that no more oil is flowing into the Gulf of Mexico . The statement was made yesterday and BP noted this morning that their temporary solution was working and there was no sign of fresh leaks. BP is continuing their work on relief wells that are thought to be a more permanent fix, but at least no new oil will be entering the waters of the Gulf (for now)

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