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FutureHAUS Leads the Way in Multi-Family Housing with Innovations for Smart Home, Prefabricated and Sustainable Design Concepts

Developed by faculty and students at Virginia Tech Center for Design Research, the FutureHAUS is an exploration in the integration of pre-fabricated, energy efficient and smart home systems for the future of affordable housing. The prototype was unveiled in the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East competition, taking home a first-place victory over 14 other selected teams and more than 60 total entrants. The victory comes after years of research in two distinct fields: the industrialization of buildings and integrated construction, and sustainably designed smart home environments. The FutureHAUS includes an entry way, kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom with technologies based on the principles of Aging in Place, integrated with the development of modular structures.

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School’s Natural Color Palette of ALUCOBOND® Plus Cladding Addresses Sensory Needs of Special Education Students

Project Name Quora Education Center
Location Little Canada, MN
ALUCOBOND® Natural Rusted Metal, Natural Chestnut, Spectra Ocean, and Spectra Amazon
Architects Lawa Scott Erickson (LSE)
General Contractor Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
Fabricator/Installer Atomic Architectural Sheet Metal, Inc.
Photography Mark Kempf

The new Quora Education Center in Little Canada, Minn., celebrated its grand opening in August 2018 as the latest educational facility in Minnesota's Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District designed specifically to address the sensory needs of students receiving special education services.

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