LEVER Architecture, based in Portland and Los Angeles, has been selected as the design architect for the $100 million campus expansion and unification project for the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) in Maine.
The board of directors and the strategic council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have bestowed Mithun with the 2023 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor from the institute recognizing a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least a decade.
Aimed at receiving Earth Advantage Platinum certification—based on energy efficiency, optimal land use, sensible water technology, and sustainable materials benchmarks—a housing project in Portland has incorporated cost-saving and cost-efficient methods into its design.
Holcim US, a sustainable building materials manufacturer, recently announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), HIIT Contracting, and Baker Concrete Construction to create innovative, low-carbon concrete mixes, promissing 35 to 45 percent lesser CO2 emissions.
The visionary concept of a carbon-absorbing building may soon be a buildable reality, based on a reductive approach to construction—rather than the typical additive one, which builds a structure first and adds to it—, plus materials that sap carbon from the surroundings, and low embodied carbon materials to regenerate carbon-dense environments.
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