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August 2012

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There’s a nasty brouhaha going on in Washington over green building standards. On one side is the U.S. Green Building Council, promulgator of the LEED rating program; on the other, a new coalition of building product makers who say LEED does not...


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ARRA-funded multifamily housing project in Georgia; LEED Gold West Hollywood library; Bridgestone’s new company headquarters in Akron, Ohio; UC Berkeley’s biomedical and health sciences center.

Residence Hall at University of Puget Sound; $160 million Fort Irwin Replacement Hospital; Boston residential tower; high school expansion in New York; 28-story Manhattan office tower.

Classroom furniture; colored column covers; roof hatch railing system.

The AEC industry is on the cusp of a still more significant evolution with cloud computing.

NSF International’s new rule for environmental comparison of flooring products arrives just as more diverse flooring options become available.

BD+C's Giants 300 Top 25 AEC Firms in the Science & Technology sector.

BD+C's Giants 300 Top 25 AEC Firms in the Sports Facilities sector.

With a huge building stock at their disposal, state and local governments can be attractive clients, especially in these difficult economic times.

Financial setbacks didn’t stop this Building Team from transforming the country’s first women’s medical school into a new home for college students.

Renovating Pietro Belluschi’s Juilliard School opens the once-cloistered institution to its Upper West Side community.


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Senior architect brings experience, leadership to firm’s healthcare practice.

Chen comes to Heery from his own firm, Mark Chen Architect, a design and planning consulting firm, based in New York City, whose recent work includes large-scale planning studies for mixed-use projects.

Lack of hiring in construction combined with job growth elsewhere threatens to create skilled-labor gap once contractors are ready to hire again.

Construction economist Ken Simonson says that four private nonresidential categories each posted 12-month spending increases of more than 25%: power and energy construction, 35%; hotels, 29%; educational and manufacturing, 27% apiece.

New Business Development Manager brings over 30 years of experience to Gilbane.

Kats' role is to help further expand GreenWizard’s impact in the sustainable construction industry.

Pronier has worked in the construction industry for the past 30 years.

STEP program provides analysis of safety and loss prevention programs, measure safety program improvements, and provide performance recognition.

Lands new projects including the Perry South Beach Hotel and Dadeland Mall Kendall Wing Expansion.

Move enables the architecture/interior design firm to better serve its expanding clientele.

Former competitors seek competitive advantage by joining forces.

Full-service consulting firm is focused on working with product manufacturers, designers, specifies and contractors in the building construction market.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched its 2012 Heat Illness Prevention Campaign to educate employees and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in heat, and how to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Fread is a LEED AP and received his degree from Purdue University.

Construction firm’s new 19,100-sf office targets LEED Gold certification.

Professional certificate program to provide core construction management skills to disadvantaged, minority, and women business enterprises.

The renaming indicates a simplification in Dewberry’s corporate naming conventions.

After over fifty years as one of the world’s most renowned architects, Bob Venturi has retired from practice, while Denise Scott Brown continues to publish and present her work.

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The Shard, named by its creator for its resemblance to a shard of glass, is the tallest building in the European Union, measuring 1,016 feet.

When Colorado State University asked architectural firm Studiotrope to design a sleek, modern glass cube to serve as a new student study space for its Morgan Library expansion.

The new Orlando VA Medical Center needed glazing that would not only provide light and transparency, but fire and hurricane protection and improved energy performance.

High-end recording facility Studio X at the Las Vegas Palms’ Pearl Concert Theater is designed for band recording and mixing.

To give the Clifton Park Center mall in New York an updated look and increase retail offerings, an expansion and remodel called for renovating the mall’s movie theater.