Dr. Whitney Austin Gray, Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, recently sat down with GreenSource magazine to talk about the role that research and innovation plays within an architectural firm; and particularly, how responsible sustainable design can contribute to a healthcare facility’s goal of creating positive outcomes for both its patients and caregivers.
Indiana University Health’s LEED Gold Neuroscience Center of Excellence
Leading Cannon Design’s research activities as its principal investigator, Whitney is responsible for translating research into practical design applications—continuing to build upon the firm’s initiative of maintaining a research data and knowledge base, develop research education/training programs, and publish and present the firm’s research findings. This fall, Whitney will be adding coursework to her busy schedule at Cannon Design—teaching “Designing the Future of Health: The Impacts of the Built Environment on Public Health,” at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies where she is Adjunct Faculty.
As the sister publication to Architectural Record, GreenSource presents architects, interior designers, and building owners with the latest, comprehensive guidance on designing and constructing environmentally responsible buildings.
This interesting analysis of General Electric’s sustainable growth documents how the company’s total water use fell 18.3 percent from 9.1 billion gallons in 2011 to 7.43 in 2012. From 2006-2012, water use fell 46 percent, far exceeding the company’s target of a 25 percent reduction by 2015. Over the same six year period, once-through cooling water use fell from 8.9 billion to 3.92 billion – roughly a 55 percent decrease.
This analysis is further evidence that once-through cooling is a dated and ineffective method. More and more companies are finding ways to eliminate the cooling method with modern methods and technologies including the eVap. The innovative eVap chilling systems provide necessary cooling for research facilities and also eliminating the risk of flooding.
Moving to technologies like the eVap cooling systems is simply the right thing to do. One quick look at GE’s sustainability reports indicates that billions and billions of gallons of water are being wasted every year around the world. The eVap is an opportunity for research institutions to operate in a significantly more sustainable manner, conserve water and reap operational cost savings.
Formed via the adaptive reuse of the Rainbow Centre Mall building in Niagara Falls, New York, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute fully engages the community both academically and through urban economic development.
The 85,000 sf project harnesses the building’s 85-foot-tall atrium as a gathering space showcasing the Institute’s educational, production and service capabilities to students and visitors. Designed to evoke an outdoor plaza, and featuring an exposed elevator, this central public space provides access to:
~ Savor, an 85-seat fine-dining restaurant and lounge
~ La Patisserie pastry shop
~ Old Falls Street Deli
~ Wine boutique and mixology lab
~ 100-seat culinary theatre
~ Culinary-focused Barnes & Noble bookstore
Six state-of-the-art culinary academic spaces, designed to accommodate current and future techniques and technologies, provide the education and experience needed to operate the foodservice venues.
With celebrity chefs on stage in the theatre and full beverage service in the wine boutique and restaurant, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute transforms a vacant structure into a vibrant educational building bustling with students, faculty, tourists and visitors in downtown Niagara Falls.
In our Chicago office, we watched a presentation from the 2012 Greenbuild conference titled Wind Towers and Cool Towers in Commercial Applications. I think it would be particularly interesting to people working on projects on the west coast as cool towers work well in dry, arid climates. It is clear that passive ventilation and cool towers can help facilitate the goals of high performance buildings. However, the successful implementation of such strategies remains relatively uncommon for many building owners and designers. This presentation provided insight to the industry on the proper use of such technologies. The presentation was given by James Crockett from the National Park Service, Glen Friedman from Taylor Engineering and Michael Kaufman from Ambient Energy. Remember, each presentation you watch counts as one hour of continuing education credit and some are even LEED specific.
All the 2012 Greenbuild presentations are available to view for free, just follow this LINK.
The American Institute of Architects/Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AAH) has announced the recipients of their annual National Healthcare Design Awards program—selecting 12 projects, among five categories, to receive this honor. Showcasing the best of healthcare building design and health design-oriented research, award-winning projects must exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns, as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.
We are excited to share the news that the Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute/SUNY at Buffalo Clinical Translational Research Center was among three recipients to be honored in the category of Innovations in Planning and Design Research. This most recent award builds upon other major wins received in design competition from the International Academy for Design and Health, the Society of American Registered Architects, Contract and Interior Design magazines and additional recognition from both the LA and Buffalo/WNY chapters of the AIA.
The spirit of collaboration was the driving force uniting Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo within a single structure, and the building strives to bring several disciplines and its patients, surgeons and researchers, together to exchange knowledge and ignite innovation. The 476,000-square-foot facility achieves this by stacking a translational research building over a clinical vascular institute. The first four floors of this 10-story “vertical campus,” house the Gates Vascular Institute, with the Clinical Translational Research Center occupying the top half of the building. Sandwiched between the two, is a two-level “collaborative core”—the binder that connects doctors and researchers from varying specialties to meet in a variety of dynamic situations to accelerate medical discoveries—moving science from the bench to the bedside.
Cannon Design worked with Kaleida and UB to create a facility that exceeds code requirements and standard practice to make truly patient-centered care a hallmark. The single most significant manifestation of GVI’s patient- and family-centered care is the “hotel” offered for patients undergoing cardiac, vascular, or neurosurgical procedures in the interventional labs. The hotel metaphor was chosen because it reflects both the privacy, comfort and the concierge services available.
Both Kaleida and UB recognized that increasing multidisciplinary collaboration and speeding the bench to bedside cycle for medical breakthroughs would require a fundamental change in culture. The design of the facility compels occupants out of their silos and into productive “collisions” with each other. For instance, research is pushed into clinical areas by putting touchdown and conference space right into the procedural labs work core. Similarly, the building’s café is nestled beside a collaborative area on a research level, bringing clinicians up to mingle with their colleagues in research.
Syracuse University has released the first renderings for its new indoor football practice facility via its athletics website Tuesday. Cannon Design is the architect of record for the project.
The 102,250 sf practice facility will house a regulation-sized football field, as well as lines for lacrosse and soccer, and officials’ lockers, bathrooms and storage space. An orange “S” sits in the middle of the turf field and the height to the ceiling will reach 79’. The exterior walls will be white translucent panels and a 337 sf orange illuminated “S” will adorn the exterior of the building.
Syracuse University expects the building to help the team practice during all seasons, aid in recruitment and also help the team stay extremely competitive as they move to the ACC Conference. The university is on track to begin construction on the facility before the 2013 fall semester.
Here is a press story from the unveiling on USA Today Sports and other media sites. Below are initial renderings.
From the Syracuse University Athletics page, “The momentum continues to build for the Syracuse Athletics program as the University and Athletics Department are in the design phase for the Indoor Practice Center. The progress in this project comes on the heels of Syracuse’s most successful athletics season in school history, the move to the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1 and the announcement of the generous ‘I’m in’ campaign gift from Jean and Dick Thompson. The design phase includes renderings of the facility and public discussion.”
The heart-rending and thought-provoking movie “The Attack“, by Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri tells the story of an assimilated palestinian surgeon living in Tel Aviv who discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing Cannon Design’s Tel Aviv Medical Center is showcased prominently in the film.
There are some stories better told in 3-D.
That’s what “Cube Cities” is helping us realize as it creates innovative 3-D videos of major North American cities. The videos combine commercial real estate data with Google Earth to reveal the growth and change of cities over the past century. Some videos focus on key time periods of growth for certain cities while others span 150 years of development. These 3-D maps reveal how hard it is to truly get a sense of a city from traditional 2-D mapping measures.
Also, the maps have commercial purposes as they allow people to scope out views from apartments or hotels before they book, or best select office space in a new city. Interestingly enough, there are videos of several cities in which Cannon Design has offices including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Toronto. I’ve included several videos below – give them a watch.
Nina - 24 Feb 2014
How many speakers total were installed?
max - 02 Feb 2014
*faceplam* ugh... i hate it when arrogant New Yorkers go on and on about ho...
Sergey Alexeev - 01 Feb 2014
The task of modern architecture, just like thousands of years ago, remains ...
Aven - 06 Jan 2014
Woo, looking great, but I think the second view, it's not good to see a dar...
Syed Khundmir - 30 Dec 2013
Looks like a cool place to work for and develop as an engineer. The interns...