The Joint Commission says hospitals will have until November to prepare for new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. CMS will begin surveying health care facilities on its new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on November 7, 2016, after the CoP effective date of July 5. Beginning November 7, facilities will need to comply with the new CoPs, which adopt the 2012 editions of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code.
The Dallas Center for Architecture is holding a panel discussion, inviting local architects to speak on the exhibit "A Place for Learning: Designing Educational Spaces."
This Thursday, Anita Picozzi Moran will join architects from Dallas' finest firms to discuss the best spaces for learning and how they are being designed for the future. They will examine projects designed specifically for peer learning, transparency as a safety measure, collaboration and the community captured by school design.
The panel discussion will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m. with the discussoin beginning at 6:30 p.m. AIA members can earn 1.0 HSW/SD credit for attendance. Find out more, here.
Three Treanor Designed Buildings Listed as Highest-Rated LEED Certified Buildings in the St. Louis Area
Three Treanor-designed buildings were recently recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal in The List: Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings. This list ranked LEED-certified local* buildings by the percentage of USGBC LEED standards met.
- Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Local 36 Union Hall took first on the list meeting 89.86% of the LEED Platinum standards.
- Staples Promtional Products tied with two other buildings for seventh on the list meeting 76.36% of the LEED Platinum standards.
- Page Business Center was listed 17th on the list meeting 65.57% of the LEED Gold standards.
* Local is defined by the St. Louis Business Journal as St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Washington and Jefferson counties and the city of St. Louis in Missouri; and St. Clair, Madison, Jersey, Clinton, Calhoun, Macoupin, Bond and Monroe counties in Illinois.
The Dillon House rehabilitation was recognized this past week as one of Preservation's Best of 2015. Every year Preservation Action, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation recognize projects that demonstrate exemplary use of the Historic Tax Credit. The HTC is a driver of economic development in our nation's cities and small towns by taking historically significant buildings, that are underutilized and vacant, and turning them into viable community assets for our modern economy.
The awards presentation took place during the annual National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week's Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C.
Treanor is proud to announce that Robert Koenig, an associate principal with the healthcare design team, became a John G. Williams Fellow, as a continuation of his support of and dedication to the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas.
Social-study spaces that bring students out of their rooms
In theory, residence hall lounges and common areas provide easy, accessible spaces to meet friends, hang out and study in a semi-social environment. They can be an important element in building community and fostering students’ psychosocial development, especially in a first-year residence.
Yet in reality, students too often remain in their rooms, leaving these spaces underused or even empty. How do you entice students to use the spaces that are meant for their own success?
Treanor Architects, along with the University of Kansas and support from Steelcase Furniture, conducted a controlled research study at Sam Houston State University to find the answer. Here’s what they found:
Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!
Caen stone plaster
a type of plaster mixed to look like the limestone quarried in northwestern France near the city of Caen, Normandy; a blend of colored sand, pigment, mica and quartz that reproduces the sparkling look and texture of limestone (Sources: Cyril M. Harris, Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, Dover Publications, Inc., 1977.; Specialty Plaster LLC, Caenstone, accessed Feb. 4, 2016, http://www.specialtyplasterllc.com/.)
Caen stone plaster was created in an attempt to replicate the yellowish color and rippled-figure texture of the Caen stone used to build churches and prominent buildings in the medieval period. The plaster was popular from the late 1800s to the early 1900s and was applied over either lath or masonry as the finish coat or in all three coats of plaster. (Source: Association of the Wall & Ceiling Industry, Wachuwannano, accessed Feb 4, 2016, http://www.awci.org/cd/pdfs/0203_wac.pdf.)
First, let's look at an example of Caen stone.
The Church of Saint-Pierre, constructed between the early 13th and 16th centuries in Caen, is an example of a building with Caen stone. Note the light, creamy-yellow color of the limestone. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Martin', https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caensaintpierre.jpg, accessed Feb. 4, 2016.)
Now for an example of Caen stone plaster.
Caen stone plaster is present in the Great Overland Station's main waiting room. Drawings from the 1927 building, located in Topeka, Kan., show where "imitation Caen stone" should be installed.
Caen stone plaster was use to decorate a portion the waiting room walls.
This original elevation of the main waiting room clock indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.
The main waiting room clock wall after restoration.
This original elevation of the main waiting room wall facing the street indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.
The main waiting room after restoration.