Blog

Ask any five architects to identify the best, most innovative new trends in their industry, and you could get five different answers. But ask some of the most renowned technological conglomerates in the world, and it seems that more and more their answer has become "Bigger, more complex, is better."

Wired reports that the architectural trend sweeping through the tech giants – most notably including Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook – is robust, expansive (and expensive) structures that look more like they belong in a science fiction film. The "Silicon Swagger," as Wired dubs it, represents a new modern look at commercial architecture. It's no secret that the major players in this architectural trend are the largest global companies, though, as the design and implementation of the individual headquarters will most certainly cost a pretty penny. 

Let's take Apple as the prime example. Scheduled to open its doors in Cupertino, California, in 2016, the headquarters for arguably the most prominent information technology company in the world looks similar to an alien spaceship designed to hold 12,000 employees, according to Wired. 

Amazon wildlife
Taking a cue from its name, Amazon's new headquarters being designed in Seattle, Washington, include three glass-dome structures that can reportedly function similar to a greenhouse and are capable of housing plant life, the Los Angeles Times notes. For its part, Amazon has said that the unique office environment will offer a number of benefits to employees that "are not often found in a typical office setting," according to the news source. 

Though it may seem like the tech giants are simply trying to one-up each other (and they likely are), however, the buildings will also be steeped in the latest sustainable energy solutions as well. 

The rise of translucent resin fabrications
The overarching theme of the architectural design innovations being implemented by these corporate giants is a more modern, sleek, eye-catching contemporary architecture. Along these same lines, many companies are turning to interior solutions such as solid surface materials and translucent resin fabrications like 3Form®.

ASST Beyond Surface Level Solutions has performed work utilizing resin for educational institutions such as Temple University and for the hospitality style amenities found at United Therapeutics in Silver Spring, Maryland. ASST has proven capabilities to work with these advanced materials and to take on project challenges others avoid, bringing to the table a passion for excellence to go beyond and build what some initially thought was impossible.

With companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook leading the way, advanced, highly specialized solutions like these will only continue to gain prominence across the country and around the world.

For further information on ASST's innovative products and services, visit www.asst.com. 


Across the nation, hospitals and various medical groups are stepping up their game concerning pediatric care in terms of new facilities. Healthcare Design Magazine reports that despite the sluggish economy and tightening budgets, many hospitals are investing in either renovating or building new pediatric facilities. 

"What's fueling pediatric projects is the successful ability to raise funds and enact fundraising projects," said J. Patrick Schultz, director of EwingCole's Washington, D.C., healthcare practice, according to the news source. "While hospital budgets remain tight, major donors and benefactors will always find a way to donate for children's facilities."

Funding for pediatric care centers is increasing as demand rises for new, high-quality facilities. According to the news source, the demand is, in part, the result of previous short sights in constructing friendly and efficient children's medical centers. 

"There are pockets of children's networks or hospitals around the United States that have a national name or a national brand, but there really haven't been too many hospitals dedicated to the needs of younger populations," Andrew Quirk, senior vice president and national director, Healthcare Center of Excellence, Skanska USA Building, told the news source. 

These children's facilities are being outfitted with age-appropriate materials, design and systems. For the maternity and infant toddler centers, baby bathing bowls remain a standard need. The solid surface design solutions crafted by ASST are ideal for nurseries and delivery rooms. By using these bowls, children's heads and bottom are safely positioned to reduce the chance of an accident occurring. The Cradle™ Baby Bowl by ASST was developed in collaboration with labor and delivery nursing teams to provide a design solution that was integrally mounted, seamless and provided the proper ergonomic support for a child. ASST created the bathing bowl design utilizing patented thermoforming technologies resulting in a product solution that has been utilized for hospital systems throughout North America. For more information about ASST's Cradle™ Baby Bowl, please contact us at 717-630-1251 x305 or visit www.asst.com.