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A partnership made in 3D

Janice
Design, General News, Technology
Students at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy got hands-on, real-world experience over the last year in collaborating with a pair of businesses on creating three-dimensional models of a bank that will soon go up in the Richmond suburbs. The students worked with Portsmouth-based TowneBank and HBA Architecture and Interior Design of Virginia Beach to create 3D models of a bank that will be built over the next 18 months in the suburban Richmond area. read more about it....     https://www.suffolknewsherald.com/2019/04/26/a-partnership-made-in-3d/
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Stihl USA New Headquarters AIA Hard Hat Tour

Janice
Events, General News, Technology
As Stihl nears completion, HBA's Bruce Prichard and Mariusz Mijal, along with Tyler Park with Hourigan Construction, led a tour for local architects and engineers. HBA teamed with AIA Hampton Roads as part of their "Hard Hat Tours" which allows licensed architects to continue their education by observing unique construction challenges faced by other local architects, and young aspiring architects to gain valuable first hand experience on a construction site.     The learning objectives for this tour, inlcuded: Exterior envelope acoustic isolation to meet Building Code required STC values for airport zone Interior acoustic isolation for integrated mixed uses.  Stihl Headquarters consisting of office, museum, auditorium and industrial use which will generate small engine noise within enclosed Lab and Shop spaces. Rain screen metal wall panels Green roof design, complete roof system by Hydrotech   We're excited to see how construction has progressed and we can't wait to see the finished project this Summer!
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Home of the future takes first place at the international competition.

Janice
General News, Sustainability/LEED®, Technology
Congratulations to Virginia Tech FutureHAUS Dubai Team on winning the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. Read more about it here and here  
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FutureHAUS Dubai takes shape at Virginia Tech’s Research + Demonstration Facility

Janice
General News, Sustainability/LEED®, Technology
On November 14-28, 2018, Virginia Tech will compete in the Solar Decathlon Middle East as the only U.S.-based team in a competitive pool of 21 universities worldwide. With FutureHAUS Dubai, Virginia Tech builds on 16 years of faculty-student research in solar home design, modular construction, and smart home technology. The team has created a solar home that shows the power of research, the importance of collaboration, and that serves as a model of design, efficiency, and affordability for Dubai and for future homes worldwide. This year’s competition – launched by the United States Department of Energy and the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Electricity & Water Authority – tasks teams with building a grid-connected solar home that performs optimally in Dubai’s harsh desert climate and also supports the city’s bid to have the world’s smallest carbon footprint by 2050. In a series of 10 contests, the students must prove their home exceeds stringent criteria – ranging from the innovation and efficiency of its architectural design, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems, to how well it generates the energy required to execute everyday tasks like cooling,
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John B. Dey Elementary School Modernization AIA Hard Hat tour

Janice
Education, General News, Sustainability/LEED®, Technology
As the project progresses, HBA's Lauren Perry led a tour for local architects and engineers. HBA teamed with AIA Hampton Roads as part of their "Hard Hat Tours" which allows licensed architects to continue their education by observing unique construction challenges faced by other local architects, and young aspiring architects to gain valuable first hand experience on a construction site.     Learning objectives for the tour included: Discussing the process of phased construction with regards to site and infrastructure planning. Evaluating site design strategies with regards to reconciling limitations set by existing conditions through recognizing the opportunities for design enhancement. Discussing limitations and process of phased school construction during student/staff occupancy. Discussing specifics and challenges of renovating a school built in the 1950’s, with regards to the importance of good field work and navigating unforeseen conditions. Exciting to see how construction has progressed and we can't wait for it the project to be completed in 2020!
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A house that can be built in 6 hours

Janice
General News, Technology
    More information about the project here
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