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Online mapping tool helps teams determine multifamily project tax credit eligibility

MADISON, Wis. – Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (Baker Tilly) has launched a new, interactive online mapping tool that helps users determine if a business or development project may qualify under various criteria for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.

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Interactive tool helps users determine if a project may qualify for the New Markets Tax Credit or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.

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Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly has launched a new, interactive online mapping tool that helps users determine if a business or development project may qualify for the New Markets Tax Credit or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.

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Thu, 2014-04-17 16:10
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Courtesy Baker Tilly
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Interactive tool helps users determine if a project may qualify for the New Markets Tax Credit or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.

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OSHA proposes $2.3 million in fines against Olivet Management for exposing workers to asbestos and lead

Olivet Management LLC, a real estate development and management company, faces $2.3 million in proposed fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA says the company exposed its own employees, as well as employees for 13 contractors, to asbestos and lead hazards during cleanup operations at the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dover Plains, N.Y., prior to a tour of the site by potential investors.

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Exposure occurred during renovation of former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in New York

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Olivet Management LLC, a real estate development and management company, faces $2.3 million in proposed fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Fri, 2014-04-18 09:41
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Photo: Chmee2 via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Chmee2 via Wikimedia Commons
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Olivet Management LLC, a real estate development and management company, faces $2.3 million in proposed fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Massachusetts Supreme Court clarifies building code liability issue on mixed-use projects

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that distinct portions of a mixed-used building may be treated as distinct and different structures under the state building code. The ruling clarifies more than 40 years of sometimes contradictory decisions.

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Distinct portions of a building can be considered separate structures

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that distinct portions of a mixed-used building may be treated as distinct and different structures under the state building code.

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Fri, 2014-04-18 09:59
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Photo: Albert Herring via Wikimedia Commons/Flickr
Photo: Albert Herring via Wikimedia Commons/Flickr
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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that distinct portions of a mixed-used building may be treated as distinct and different structures under the state building code.

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ASHRAE releases best practice guide for liquid cooling systems in data centers

ASHRAE recently released “Liquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers,” second edition, a guide for implementing liquid cooling systems in data centers. The guide provides guidelines on interface requirements between chilled-water systems and technology cooling systems and on the requirements of liquid-cooled systems that attach to a datacom electronics rack.

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The publication provides guidelines on interface requirements between chilled-water systems and technology cooling systems and on the requirements of liquid-cooled systems that attach to a datacom electronics rack.

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The publication provides guidelines on interface requirements between chilled-water systems and technology cooling systems and on the requirements of liquid-cooled systems that attach to a datacom electronics rack.
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Thu, 2014-05-22 20:44
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Photo: Fleshas via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Fleshas via Wikimedia Commons
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The publication provides guidelines on interface requirements between chilled-water systems and technology cooling systems and on the requirements of liquid-cooled systems that attach to a datacom electronics rack.
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First international buildings among 700-plus certified by BOMA 360 Performance Program

In the first quarter of 2014, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International certified 66 properties in the BOMA 360 Performance Program for commercial real estate markets across the U.S and, for the first time, abroad. The Hongo Segawa Building in Tokyo and Bankers Hall and the Exchange Tower in Canada were the first such properties to achieve certification outside of the U.S.

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Program now in place in 60 global markets

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In the first quarter of 2014, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International certified 66 properties in the BOMA 360 Performance Program for commercial real estate markets across the U.S and, for the first time, abroad.

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Fri, 2014-04-18 10:12
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The Aon Center in Chicago was first designated a BOMA 360 building in 2010. Phot
The Aon Center in Chicago was first designated a BOMA 360 building in 2010. Photo: Photogal via Wikimedia Commons
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In the first quarter of 2014, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International certified 66 properties in the BOMA 360 Performance Program for commercial real estate markets across the U.S and, for the first time, abroad.

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Multi-level design elevates Bulgarian Children's Museum [slideshow]

New York-based Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership has been selected to design a new children’s museum in Sofia, Bulgaria—the first children’s museum in Eastern Europe.

The museum, called MUZEIKO, will be located in a former college laboratory building in the Studentski-grad university precinct. A+A Architects will assist in the project, which is being planned by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. 

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Embodying the theme “little mountains,” the 35,000-sf museum will be located in a former college laboratory building in the Studenski-grad university precinct.
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Embodying the theme “little mountains,” the 35,000-sf museum will be located in a former college laboratory building in the Studenski-grad university precinct. 
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Fri, 2014-04-18 14:36
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The museum will include interpretive exhibits, a café, and an outdoor green roof, amphitheater, and science-themed play area. Renderings: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
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Embodying the theme “little mountains,” the 35,000-sf museum will be located in a former college laboratory building in the Studenski-grad university precinct. 

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10 design-build best practices

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has released “Universally Applicable Best Practices Applying to Any Project Type, in Any Market Sector, of Any Size.” Based on research, case studies, and industry input, DBIA has identified design-build best practices.

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Based on research, case studies, and industry input, DBIA has identified design-build best practices.

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Design-build requires more than a good contract and appropriate risk allocation, says the DBIA. Everyone from the owner to the subcontractors must understand the process, the expectations, and fully engage in the collaboration. 

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Mon, 2014-04-21 12:10
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According to DBIA's new report, design-build requires more than a good contract
According to DBIA's new report, design-build requires more than a good contract and appropriate risk allocation. Photo: Ingolfson via Wikimedia Commons
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Design-build requires more than a good contract and appropriate risk allocation, says the DBIA. Everyone from the owner to the subcontractors must understand the process, the expectations, and fully engage in the collaboration. 

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Bright and bustling: Grimshaw reveals plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport [slideshow]

The commission to design the terminal complex of the Istanbul Grand Airport was given to Grimshaw Architects last October. Now, in partnership with the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, the firm has revealed its plans for what will be one of the world's largest airports.

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The floor space of the terminal will be about one million meters, and it is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year.

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In partnership with the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, Grimshaw Architects has revealed its plans for the terminal of what will be one of the world's busiest airports. The terminal is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year.

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Tue, 2014-04-22 08:54
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The terminal is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year. Renderings: courtesy Nordic, Grimshaw
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In partnership with the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, Grimshaw Architects has revealed its plans for the terminal of what will be one of the world's busiest airports. The terminal is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year.

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Transit-friendly apartment building now under construction

KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, has announced that construction is underway on Elevation at County Line Station, a 265-unit apartment community with a modern vibe in Englewood, Colo. The new $44 million community is situated on eight acres, directly adjacent to the County Line Road Park-n-Ride, and a quick walk from the light rail station across I‐25 and near Park Meadows Mall. This transit-oriented residential development is slated for completion in fall 2014. Denver-based Grand Peaks Properties is the developer.
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Community amenities will include a light rail commuter lounge, a cyber cafe and a 24-hour fitness center

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The new $44 million community is situated on eight acres, directly adjacent to the local Park-n-Ride, and a quick walk from a nearby light rail station.

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Tue, 2014-04-22 10:23
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The transit-oriented residential development is slated for completion in fall 2014. Renderings courtesy of KTGY Group.
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The new $44 million community is situated on eight acres, directly adjacent to the local Park-n-Ride, and a quick walk from a nearby light rail station.

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Developers change gears at Atlantic Yards after high-rise modular proves difficult

At 32 stories, the B2 residential tower at Atlantic Yards near Brooklyn has been widely lauded as a bellwether for modular construction. But since construction started about 18 months ago, only five of the floors have been built—and developer Forest City Ratner Companies now has a Chinese partner that will move forward on the next three residential buildings, using conventional construction.

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Forest City Ratner Companies now has a Chinese partner that will move forward on the next three residential buildings, using conventional construction, while B2 continues to rise.

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At 32 stories, the B2 residential tower at Atlantic Yards has been widely lauded as a bellwether for modular construction. But only five floors have been completed in 18 months.

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Wed, 2014-04-23 11:20
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B2 rendering, copyright SHoP
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Forest City Ratner Companies now has a Chinese partner that will move forward on the next three residential buildings, using conventional construction, while B2 continues to rise.

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