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Guizhou Mountain Forest Hotel – Xinyi, China

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Building: Guizhou Mountain Forest Hotel
Location: Xinyi, China
Client: Guizhou Wambenger Ecological Cultural Tourism Development Co., Ltd.
Architects: Stefano Boeri Architetti
Completion: In Progress
Size: 335,834 GSF

AE Interest:  Guizhou Mountain Forest Hotel, one of the buildings from a city design,  made by Stefano Boeri Architetti. A city where offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools are entirely covered by plants and trees. Once completed, the new city will host 30,000 people, absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen. A project which is aimed to create a now model for future city life with the conception of “Vertical Forest”, and do implementation of eco-urbanization in the continue way. The design will follow the principle of reservation of the original terrain and characteristics, to creating “forest city” in real.[a]

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Written by Hildebrando Requena

December 4, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Posted in Built

Collaborative Life Science Building – Portland, Oregon

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Building: Collaborative Life Science Building
Location: Portland, Oregon
Client: Oregon Health and Sciences University
Architects: SERA and CO architects
Mechanical Engineering: Interface Engineering
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Contractor: JE Dunn Construction and Day CPM
Size: 650,000GSF
Completion Date: 2014
Cost: $ 200 million

AE Interest: The designs met the aggressive criteria for resource conservation, cost saving, and unprecedented design and construction schedule, all while providing improve occupant comfort and health for the building users. The (Collaborative Project Delivery) CPD process included an integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) execution plan, electronic design and construction administration, a paperless job system, and off-site prefabrication for just-in-time delivery, since there was no laydown or on-site storage. By integrating innovative construction technology, the team was able to save time and money to meet the schedule and budget.  Technology such as heat recovery chiller, green roofs and rainwater for toilets. This allowing the building to achieve LEED Platinum Certification. [a]

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Written by Hildebrando Requena

December 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Built