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Posted on July 05, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
The cupola of the historic Longwood house, which some locals refer to as “our Taj Mahal,” in Natchez, Miss., has been repainted and restored. Repairs included plugging holes in the dome, repainting the structure, and replacing wooden spindles surrounding the cupola. Crews had to do some of the...
Posted on June 27, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
After 20 years of starts and stops, a massive expansion of New York’s Penn Station is set to begin. The $270 million first phase will expand a concourse and add entryways on the western end of the station. Work is scheduled to be finished in 2016. The expanded concourse will relieve pedestrian...
Posted on June 20, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
The former Filene’s department store, a longtime landmark in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood, will be renovated and set against a new 606-foot-tall glass skyscraper. The design by Handel Architects will renovate the property’s original 1912 building—conceived by noted architect Daniel...
Posted on June 13, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
A building boom at the University of Michigan including current and upcoming construction at the Ann Arbor campus will surpass $1 billion. The school is undertaking $460 million in current construction projects—including a $163 million retrofit of the old C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von...
Posted on June 05, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
A 100-year-old former tannery warehouse in Boston is undergoing a major renovation to remake the structure as a living laboratory for sustainable energy and energy efficiency research. The $22 million project will allow researchers at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems(CSE) to...
Posted on May 30, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
The iconic Houston Astrodome, which has been empty and unused since 2008, could be reborn as a special events and trade show facility, according to a proposal by consultants led by Dallas-based CSL. The $270 million rehab option could turn Houston into a popular destination for special events and...
Posted on May 23, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
Dave Bartlett, who leads IBM’s smarter building initiative, is known as the "building whisperer" because he views buildings as living organisms, an approach that can help identify problems and suggest cost-effective ways of making buildings healthier and more energy-efficient. With the success of...
Posted on May 16, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
An old meatpacking warehouse in Chicago is being turned into an urban aquaponics farm. Called “The Plant,” the facility is already operating as a fish hatchery, hydroponic garden, commercial kitchen and brewery for both beer and kombucha tea. The waste from one part of the farm serves as raw...
Posted on May 09, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
The 17-acre United Nations campus along Manhattan’s East River is undergoing a $1.87-billion refurbishment. Plans call for the mid-century modernist General Assembly to be stripped back to its concrete walls, upgraded to 21st-century standards of safety, security, and accessibility, and then...
Posted on May 03, 2012 By Drew Ballensky
The proposed $2.5 billion California Pacific Medical Center project cleared a major hurdle when San Francisco’s Planning Commission approved its final environmental impact report. Requested exemptions to city planning codes also passed. The center aims to build and renovate five facilities across...