Selecting Materials for Outdoor Applications: Choice of Materials - and Product Suppliers - Matters on Many Levels (Print Course)

Selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of specifying site furniture products. This course reviews typical conditions inherent to outdoor environments, along with the potential impact on materials, products and installed projects. A range of materials commonly used outdoors, including wood, metal, concrete and glass, is examined against a selection framework that compares conventional materials with high-performance options, and considers material durability, performance, aesthetics, and environmental impact. Several site furniture projects are also examined.

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Designing a Fully Functional Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking and eating outside are not only enjoyable, but contribute to good health and a good mood. Outdoor kitchens and outdoor spaces are growing in popularity, according to architects. But in order for the kitchen to truly serve the client, and add benefit to their lives, the space must be well designed for functionality. The course will review the specifics for designing a successful and complete kitchen, including ascertaining the clients’ needs, assessing the site, determining the construction technique, specifying appliances, and making sure all the details of lighting, heating, cooling, and aesthetics are wisely specified. With intelligent and thoughtful design of a fully functional outdoor kitchen, you are likely to provide a place your clients will use and enjoy for many years.

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Healthcare Interiors - Choosing Furnishings and Finishes that Aid Infection Control (Print Course)

Healthcare design is very complex. While beautiful, comfortable and tranquil spaces are desired for the well-being of the patient, designers are also faced with the reality of designing with strict requirements for cleanliness, safety, and security that aid infection control. In addition, there are numerous spaces to consider, from patient and waiting rooms to nurses stations, corridors, lobbies, and restrooms. Planning and design teams must be acutely aware of the regulations and guidelines of various governing agencies, local codes, and best design practices that can directly affect selection of finishes and furnishings. Architects and interior designers should work with healthcare providers and facility managers to create healthcare environments that strike a balance between aesthetics and function.

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