Zyscovich Inc. has created a design for the Flamingo in Miami Beach, the largest apartment renovation project in the United States. Expected completion is first-quarter 2003. The project includes an image upgrade, the renovation of two existing 16-story apartment wings, and the construction of a new 32-story tower. The Flamingo sits on a 16.5-acre parcel of land in Miami Beach. The site overlooks the bay and is visible across the skyline from downtown Miami. Under renovation are 1,160 apartments in the two existing wings, and new construction will encompass 515 apartments. In addition, 28 townhouses are being built on the property. A new 2,000-car-parking garage will replace the original surface parking. The image upgrade will include a garden and promenade, a fitness center, open air markets, cyber cafés, and full-service concierge and boat rentals. The Flamingo was originally part of a long string of mid-rise, rental apartment buildings from the 1960s.Mark Your CalendarsOctober 1-3, 2002World Elevator Expo II, Las Vegas, NV. For more info, visit (www.naec.org).October 6-8, 2002IFMA’s World Workplace, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more info, visit (www.ifma.org).October 8, 2002“Acoustics in Today’s Buildings – Trends and Solutions” Seminar, hosted by Ecophon CertainTeed, Boston, MA.For more info, visit (www.ecophon-us.com).October 29 – November 2, 2002 2002 IREM Education Conference, Dallas. For more info, visit (www.irem.org).December 2-3, 2002CABA’s Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Conference, Toronto.For more info, visit (www.caba.org).January 27-29, 2003AHR Expo 2003, Chicago, IL.For more info, visit (www.ahrexpo.com).Improve Your Bottom Line with GreeneryIvy improving indoor air quality? Philodendrons linked to productivity? Incredible, but true. According to the interior plants industry organization Plants at Work, Los Angeles, there are four proven bottom-line benefits created by interior plants.Based on several case studies, plants can improve tenant occupancy and retention by 17 percent. Findings also indicate that an adequate installation of interior plants in a traditional, sealed office facility could save U.S. companies $129 billion via contribution to improved indoor air quality. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley found that American companies could save $58 billion annually by preventing sick building syndrome and an additional $200 billion in worker performance improvements.Recent studies have shown that interior plants enhanced productivity by 12 percent. Moreover, the proper selection of plants can lower heating and cooling costs by as much as 20 percent. For detailed information on the research done on workplace performance and indoor plants, check out (www.plantsatwork.org).Addendum Posted for ARI StandardThe General Standards Committee of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), based in Arlington, VA, has approved and released an addendum to ARI Standard 550/590-1998 “Standard for Water Chilling Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle.”Standard 550/590-98 combines two previously separate standards – ARI Standard 590-92 “Centrifugal and Rotary Screw Water Chilling Packages” and ARI Standard 590-92 “Positive Displacement Compressor Water Chilling Packages.” The standard and addendum can be downloaded for free online (www.ari.org).Follow These DirectionsThe National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has released guidelines for long-term maintenance of today’s wood floors. Proper maintenance and floor care are both key to lasting beauty. Tracking dirt and dust across a wood floor can scratch its finish, so mopping, vacuuming, or sweeping with a soft bristle broom as often as necessary is suggested to remove dust and grime. In addition, mats at entrances can stop particles from making their way inside. Urethane-finished wood floors will eventually show wear patterns from surface scratching. When an area begins to look dull, it’s time to restore or recoat the finish. Doing this every three to five years with the same finish will aid in maintaining a wood floor’s beauty for years to come. Any spills should be wiped up immediately, as prolonged exposure to large amounts of water or other liquids could cause problems. When utilizing any wood floor cleaner that requires mixing with water, follow the mixing directions precisely. NWFA also recommends following the floor manufacturer’s recommendations for care and maintenance. The NWFA is a non-profit trade organization of more than 2,800 wood flooring professionals working worldwide to educate consumers in the uses and benefits of wood flooring. For more information, check out (www.woodfloors.org) or call (800) 422-4556.Old Meets NewLocated on a 22-acre site, the Craigmont Middle School of Memphis, TN, combines old school charm with modern amenities. The 139,500-square-foot structure is notable for its two-story mall, which connects classroom wings, the gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, and music suite. A sunny bank of skylights illuminates the mall, bringing the outdoors in.In addition to aesthetics, the school planners focused on high performance and ease of maintenance. Instead of the traditional stained concrete, Amtico concrete-effect flooring was used in heavy-traffic areas. Colorful flags from around the world decorate the school in recognition of the school’s International Studies Operation program. With its bold design, including a prominent “town square” clock, the Craigmont Middle School welcomes students into a bright, new world.Enter Now!Look to Buildings.com for more information – as well as official entry forms and rules – on award programs sponsored by Buildings and BI-Buildings Interiors: BI’s Interior Design Awards competition, slated for the March 2003 issue (entry deadline is November 15, 2002); Buildings’ Modernization Awards competition, slated for the June 2003 issue (entry deadline is February 15, 2003); Buildings’ and BI’s Innovations Awards competition for products on display at NeoCon World’s Trade Fair, slated for the August 2003 issue (entry deadline is May 15, 2003); and Buildings’ New Construction Awards competition, slated for the October 2003 issue (entry deadline is June 15, 2003).For clarification, call the Editorial Department at (319) 364-6167.