New Commercial Conversation Podcast on Education

The Commercial Building Products editors have added a new Commercial Conversation podcast. The new discussion is with architect Amy Stein, MGA Partners Architects, Philadelphia, and focuses on education-facility design, how it’s being affected by technology, the demand for “green” facilities, security, power delivery, and several other factors that affect new and renovated school facilities. Stein is a talented and experienced architect who specializes in education and historical structures.
   In addition, Commercial Conversation offers four other podcasts related to commercial-building design and construction. Look for a new podcast approximately every two weeks. Be sure to subscribe to Commercial Conversation so you’ll be notified when a new podcast is made available.

Stuttgart, Germany project wins GE Edison Award

The 2009 GE Edison Award was presented to Andreas Schulz and Alexander Rotsch of Licht Kunst Licht AG (Bonn, Germany) for lighting EnBW City in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 2009 GE Edison Award was presented to Andreas Schulz and Alexander Rotsch of Licht Kunst Licht AG (Bonn, Germany) for lighting EnBW City, Stuttgart, Germany. A personalized Steuben crystal award for the 27th-annual lighting design competition was presented by GE Lighting on May 11, 2010 in Las Vegas. The GE Edison Award competition is open to those lighting professionals who creatively employ significant use of GE light sources (lamps and/or LEDs) in a lighting design project completed during the previous calendar year.
   Light is energy, and energy is the business of EnBW, the third largest supplier of power, gas, and water in Germany. Energy is made tangible throughout their new headquarters complex, the EnBW City, designed by architect Lars Klatte from the firm RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky.
   Inside the entry hall, a luminous cloud of polished aluminum wire and innumerable xenon light points defines the visual center of the space. Complemented by two water feature walls, it forms a narrative approach to the theme of energy. The mirrored surfaces of the glass and water enhance the brilliance of the space.
   Full glazing allows plenty of daylight into the entry hall. Grouped in sets of four, downlights with GE 70-watt ConstantColor CMH T6 3000K ceramic-metal-halide lamps are attached to the roof structure and provide light and shadow. The concept of strongly directional light is continued in the waiting area. Reflected light from floor surfaces brightens ceilings and the underside of the connecting bridge. GE T5 Starcoat Ecolux 3500K fluorescent lamps, mounted in the stair stringers, provide a functional layer of light while accentuating the shape of the stairway.
   An additional Forum building houses meeting rooms and a staff cafeteria, arranged around a four-story atrium. To emphasize the height of the space, tight rows of GE 35-watt CMH T6 ceramic-metal-halide lamps, housed within an in-ground trough, graze monolithic service ducts. A string of downlights at the roof structure crowns the lighting effect and continues the strong directional lighting theme established in the entry hall and waiting area.
   The lighting design exemplifies architectural integration and more than meets strict European regulations for power consumption.
   Visit www.GEEdisonAward.com to view all of the 2009 GE Edison Awards winners in more detail and to find information related to the 2010 GE Edison Awards.—Gary L. Parr

Fun with Corian

Talented people can have so much fun with DuPont’s Corian material. The most recent example of this is the Corian Bench Inventions collection that resulted from a collaboration between C.H. Briggs Co., Reading, PA, an independently owned distributor of interior and specialty building products; DuPont Corian, Wilmington, DE; and elite Philadelphia-area architects, designers, and fabricators. The object of the project was to create inventive and contemporary benches made entirely of DuPont Corian. The resulting benches are being exhibited, through Oct. 31, in three Philadelphia locations as part of the DesignPhiladelphia event.
   “It is truly thrilling to have the opportunity to exhibit the incredible, avant-garde work of our local architects and designers during DesignPhiladelphia,” said Luis Arias, chief marketing officer, C.H. Briggs Co. “We are honored to support Philadelphia’s national reputation for the arts, while also showcasing the limitless possibilities of Corian as an inspirational and innovative design material.”
   The benches combine technology and design to produce stirring images in unexpected locations, many of which pay homage to deep-rooted Philadelphia traditions and push the limits of a traditional bench. The 14 designs include illuminated crates and futuristic pods, stoops, ribbons, and Lego-like benches.
   Here are some examples:

"Milk," designed by Todd Tully Danner of ArQitecture, Wilmington, DE, and created by McGrory Inc., Kennett Sq., PA.

"Milk," designed by Todd Tully Danner of ArQitecture, Wilmington, DE, and created by McGrory Inc., Kennett Sq., PA.

"Permutation," designed by Andrew Simmons of Francis Cauffman, Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

"Permutation," designed by Andrew Simmons of Francis Cauffman, Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

Foreground: “S’il Vous Play: Shipping Crates in Faux Bois,” designed by Kevin Derrick of Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, and created by R.D. Wing Co., Inc., headquartered in Kirkland, WA. Mid-ground: “Leg-Go,” designed by Kate High of EwingCole, Philadelphia, and created by Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. Lititz, PA. Background: “Conversation Bench,” designed by Rick Marencic, Daroff Design, Inc. Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

Foreground: “S’il Vous Play: Shipping Crates in Faux Bois,” designed by Kevin Derrick of Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, and created by R.D. Wing Co., Inc., headquartered in Kirkland, WA. Mid-ground: “Leg-Go,” designed by Kate High of EwingCole, Philadelphia, and created by Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. Lititz, PA. Background: “Conversation Bench,” designed by Rick Marencic, Daroff Design, Inc. Philadelphia, and created by Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies, Hanover, PA.

   You can see all of the benches at the C.H. Briggs website. DesignPhiladelphia is a city-wide cultural festival featuring more than 135 exhibitions, workshops, studio tours, lectures, special events, book signings, installations, and product roll-outs. Learn more at the DesignPhiladelphia 2009 website.—Gary L. Parr