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7 must reads for the AEC industry today: June 25, 2020

CDC to build the most advanced high containment laboratory in the country and architecture billings downward trajectory moderates.

June 25, 2020 |


1. CDC set to build the most advanced high containment laboratory in the country (BD+C)
"Long before COVID-19 put the CDC front and center in news broadcasts around the country, plans to construct the most advanced High Containment Continuity Laboratory (HCCL) in the country had already been finalized."

2. One of Europe’s largest office and warehouse buildings is made entirely of wood (BD+C) 
"A new office and warehouse building on the outskirts of Gothenburg, Sweden, made entirely of wood, has completed construction."

3. Architecture billings downward trajectory moderates (AIA)
"AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for May was 32.0 compared to 29.5 in April, but still represents a significant decrease in services provided by U.S. architecture firms."

4. New API enables design and construction technology platforms to connect (BD+C)
"Construction Specifications Institute offers “digital classification engine.”

5. University of Illinois will reopen with face masks and COVID-19 testing but also virtual classes; other colleges plan blend of online, in-person learning (Chicago Tribune) 
"In a welcome announcement for restless college students, the University of Illinois confirmed Thursday that all three of its schools will hold modified classes on campus this fall as long as the masses of students coming back wear face masks, undergo coronavirus tests and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19."

6. Gyms, Theaters, Restaurants Among Retail Tenants Most in Need of Rent Relief (National Real Estate Investor)
"While rent relief requests are widespread among retail tenants, restaurants, gyms, theaters and apparel sellers seem to need it the most."

7. The Pandemic Sent Young New Yorkers Packing. Will They Return? (New York Times)
"The financial crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak has led young people from elsewhere to leave the city, uncertain if they will come back."



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