Shaw Contract Celebrates World Green Building Week 2016

This week Shaw Contract is celebrating World Green Building Week, a flagship event of the global green building movement – organized by the World Green Building Council and led by its network of 74 Green Building Councils and their 27,000 member companies.

The week raises awareness of green buildings around the world, highlighting how they are the most effective means to achieving a range of environmental, social and economic goals, from addressing climate change to creating sustainable homes, businesses and communities – better places for people to live, work and play.

 
 
 
 
 

During the week, Shaw Contract is partnering with the member countries of the World Green Building Council to get the word out on the impact of buildings on the environment. Check out our social campaign and please help us spread the word about green building!

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Made by Design: PLACES

Spend the day in a vibrant metropolis. Explore the shores of a coastline. In your travels, slow down. Take a glimpse of the changing landscape. City to sea, local to global, collaborate workplace to quiet retreat.

Places captures single moments in a natural landscape and weaves in architectural moments of a city landscape to evoke a memory of a journey or destination. This collection is inspired by global travel and provides a glimpse of the quiet moment of nature contrasted by the lights and action surrounding a city skyline. Natural and atmospheric, the color palette features a range of soft colors along with moments of bright purposeful color.

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PIVOT Architecture | TriMet – 2016 Design…Is Award Global Winner


Shaw Contract conducted interviews with all firms of all Market Award winning projects from the 2016 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we always like to share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Describe this project in one word.

Reimagined.

How does this project demonstrate design impact?

PIVOT Architecture in Eugene, OR partnered with TriMet, Portland’s metropolitan transit agency to renovate a few of their existing and leased buildings, with the intention of elevating their level of design. One of the phases of this project, was to reimagine the bus operators’ space at their operation headquarters. The existing space was dark, dingy, and one big open space where a variety of functions took place. Things appeared to be placed haphazardly, without rhyme or reason and there were limited spaces for the drivers to relax and unwind during down time. As
one bus operator summarized during our interviews, “Getting through the daily transition between ‘Work Me’ and ‘Regular Me’ is critical to our mental health and morale, but it’s unsupported at work, and can’t happen at home.” One of our main goals for this project was to use the design of the space to separate out the users’ distinct modes of working and to support these various functions in order to help promote a positive atmosphere and well-being amongst the staff.

Views through floor-to- ceiling windows and glass-enclosed spaces let users remain connected to the outside world and the bus yard, while providing an abundance of natural light. The application of bold color through the carpeting and wall colors simultaneously denotes areas of relevant work-related information and transforms the space into a vibrant atmosphere. At two
entries into the main report area, there are graphic displays made from photos and quotes of bus riders. These graphics help remind bus operators as they enter the building the importance of their job and how they can have a positive impact on others.

Each project is a process. Explain your journey with this space.

Setting the tone for this project and weaving its way through the design of the 14,580-SF space was a top-level directive to reimagine how this almost 24-hour operation functions and reflect
one of its main goals of transparency. Before any decisions were made, the design team held a number of in-depth sessions with the users to examine the functional requirements of the space
and what modes of working were either well supported or lacking. Using that information, we took a fresh look at how their operations could function and designed the space to optimize their
performance while making them feel comfortable, valued, and well supported. Since the design of this space was a drastic departure from their current way of working, TriMet utilized change
management strategies to help the users become accustomed to the new layout and function of the spaces.

Tell us about any challenges or lessons learned from working on this project.

One of the main challenges on this project was that the report area functioned almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and needed to remain fully functional during the six month construction
period. Because of this constraint, TriMet decided to temporarily relocate the 400 + bus operators, station agents, bus transportation managers, and all associated services to a modular building complex situated in an adjacent parking lot.

On trends: Is there anything in particular with this project that is reflective of current culture/society?

Overall, this project is reflective of current culture/society in regards to designing spaces where people want to be. The atmosphere is fun, engaging, bright, and open. This space was designed around the end users and what spaces they need to function and feel well supported. It’s not enough just to provide a space anymore. Design is more about the users and how they
interact with the space than simply having a space that the users occupy. It’s about choice and providing varied spaces for the users to select what is right for them at that moment.

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Haskell Architects | Wyndham Vale Primary School – 2016 Design Is…Award Global Winner


Shaw Contract conducted interviews with all firms of all Market Award winning projects from the 2016 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we always like to share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn about the winning projects. These are their stories.

Describe this project in one word.

Memorable.

How does this project demonstrate design impact?

Expanding on our one-word description, we really wanted to explore notions of place and memory in primary school design. Time spent at school should be a rich and stimulating experience and we felt this needed to be reflected in the design. This idea translated into a gathering place at the core of each of the learning ‘clusters’ – a place for students from different classes to collectively meet and share in learning together. The hexagon carpet tiles appear to disperse from this core, influencing the way students move in and around the space. It also provides a blurred transition from individual classrooms to open learning spaces that is fun, engaging and memorable. It’s these central activity hubs that really have the biggest design impact in this project.

Each project is a process. Explain your journey with this space.

Architecturally, we began with a central, external meeting space for the school around which ‘clusters’ of buildings catering for different year levels branch off. These provide a variety of flexible learning spaces. Internally, this translated into open spaces with no corridors so that every space could be utilised as a learning space. In this sense, connectivity between staff and students is enhanced. And so, by thoughtful planning, we have managed to create a school design that works incredibly well to cater for many and varied teaching and learning modes.

Tell us about any challenges or lessons learned from working on this project.

We had a tight budget, which meant that we had to be very selective and creative about how, and where, we spent the money we had! We selected the premium coloured hexagon carpet tile in the maximum design impact areas, fading out to a budget carpet tile elsewhere, to achieve a value for money solution. We also had an issue with high moisture levels in the concrete slab, but with the use of the LokDots by Shaw, we were able to overcome this issue easily, saving time and money.
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On trends: Is there anything in particular with this project that is reflective of current culture/society?

The final design is, in itself, a direct response to current cultural trends in education planning; collaborative, technology driven and flexible learning spaces that can be configured in different ways to meet modern teaching and learning methods.

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Everything Matters. What Matters to You?

The Mixology16 award ceremony and summer ball, which recognizes innovation within the UK’s dynamic interior design community, recently took place in London. More than 1,100 guests attended the event, which lives up to the bill of being the region’s most anticipated industry event of the year.

The prestigious Mix Interiors Awards were handed over to the ground breakers and boundary-pushers within the region’s interiors sector – recognizing the most influential people and companies. Shaw Contract is honored to be a part of this esteemed group of companies, winning the Mixology16 Award in the Environmental & Sustainability category for the ‘Everything Matters’ campaign. This award was presented to Shaw Contract for having the most positive environmental and social impact throughout the year.

Andrew Jackson, Marketing Director EMEA at Shaw Contract comments: “Launched this year, the ‘Everything Matters’ campaign demonstrates Shaw’s on-going support and commitment for implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy across product certification and manufacturing operations.
The Mixology16 Award is a testimony to the sustainability philosophy that permeates throughout our entire company, and to our environmental responsibility to both its clients and the wider community.”

Shaw Contract designs products that empower our clients to create safe, sustainable, enduring spaces. By adhering to Cradle to Cradle design principles, our goal is not to do less bad, but to do more good. We don’t focus on just one attribute, because this doesn’t help our clients or the planet. It all matters.

Every material.

Every process.

Every action.

Designed for a better future.

EVERYTHING MATTERS.

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