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House Appropriations Committee approves $3 billion cut for military construction

The Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representative voted to cut about $3 billion from the military construction budget for FY 2015 when compared to FY 2014 funding levels.

The Army would see the sharpest cuts on a percentage basis, with a $578 million, or 52% reduction in FY 2015. However, a provision in the bill provides the Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve Accounts an additional $245 million for use and disbursement at the discretion of the Secretary of the Army.

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The Army would see the sharpest cuts on a percentage basis, with a $578 million, or 52% reduction in FY 2015.

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The Army would see the sharpest cuts on a percentage basis, with a $578 million, or 52% reduction in FY 2015.

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Wed, 2014-04-30 15:22
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Photo: US Army via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: US Army via Wikimedia Commons
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The Army would see the sharpest cuts on a percentage basis, with a $578 million, or 52% reduction in FY 2015.

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GSA wants to trade D.C. office building for construction and development services

The U.S. General Services Administration has issued a Request for Qualifications seeking developers who can provide construction and development services in exchange for the GSA Regional Office Building and Cotton Annex, both located in Southwest Washington, D.C. 

These services would be used to help GSA consolidate about 1,500 regional staff from the Regional Office Building into the GSA headquarters located at 1800 F St., NW and renovate up to three historic buildings at St. Elizabeths campus in Southeast Washington.

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RFQ seeks services in exchange for regional office in D.C.

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The GSA has issued an RFQ seeking developers who can provide construction and development services in exchange for the GSA Regional Office Building and Cotton Annex located in Southwest Washington, D.C.

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Wed, 2014-04-30 15:32
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The GSA Regional Office and Cotton Annex in Southwest Washington, D.C., is being used as trade bait. Photo: GSA
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The GSA has issued an RFQ seeking developers who can provide construction and development services in exchange for the GSA Regional Office Building and Cotton Annex located in Southwest Washington, D.C.

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Chinese spec 'world's fastest' elevators for supertall project

Supertall buildings call for creative vertical transportation strategies. Hitachi Ltd. and its Hitachi Elevator Co. Ltd. division have annouced that they will build and install 95 elevators—including two that the manufacturer labels as the "world's fastest"—for the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, which will be 530 meters (1,738 feet) tall.

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Ultra-high-speed technology will transport skyscraper users at 1,200 meters per minute, or about 45 mph.

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Hitachi Elevator Co. will build and install 95 elevators—including two that the manufacturer labels as the "world's fastest"—for the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed Guangzhou CTF Finance Center. 

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Thu, 2014-05-01 09:00
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The Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, now under construction, will be 530 meters tal
The Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, now under construction, will be 530 meters tall and require advanced elevator systems. Rendering: KPF
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Ultra-high-speed technology will transport skyscraper users at 1,200 meters per minute, or about 45 mph.

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GSA Design Awards: 20 federal buildings honored as 'best of GSA'

On April 30, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and its private-sector partners honored 20 federal buildings that represent the agency’s best recent efforts in design and architecture at the GSA Design Awards ceremony, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The GSA Design Awards are the hallmark of the agency’s Design Excellence program, and this event showcased top projects and set new standards for future federal investment.

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Seattle's Federal Center South Building 1202 and the U.S. Courthouse in Austin are among the 2014 GSA Design Award winners.

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Seattle's Federal Center South Building 1202 and the U.S. Courthouse in Austin are among the 2014 GSA Design Award winners.

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Mon, 2014-05-05 10:41
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Federal Center South Building 1202, Seattle, Wash. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider,
Federal Center South Building 1202, Seattle, Wash. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider, photo courtesy of the GSA
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Seattle's Federal Center South Building 1202 and the U.S. Courthouse in Austin are among the 2014 GSA Design Award winners.

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Super BIM: 7 award-winning BIM/VDC-driven projects

The AIA's Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community recently announced the winners of the 2014 AIA TAP BIM Awards.

Launched in 2005, the program honors projects that best harness building information modeling and virtual design and construction tools and processes, and related innovations.  

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Thom Mayne's Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Anaheim's new intermodal center are among the 2014 AIA TAP BIM Award winners. 

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Thom Mayne's Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Anaheim's new intermodal center are among the 2014 AIA TAP BIM Award winners. 

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Thu, 2014-05-01 14:24
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The Anaheim (Calif.) Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, designed by HOK,
The Anaheim (Calif.) Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, designed by HOK, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Buro Happold, was honored by AIA TAP with an award for "Stellar Architecture Using BIM." Rendering: HOK
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Thom Mayne's Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Anaheim's new intermodal center are among the 2014 AIA TAP BIM Award winners. 

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First look: Cal State San Marcos's posh student union complex

PCL Construction is pleased to announce that it has completed the University Student Union (USU) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). The grand opening was marked by a ribbon-cutting event on April 15, attended by hundreds of students, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff. 

The new USU is the campus center for socialization, casual interaction, programmed activities, and student organizations.

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The new 89,000-sf University Student Union at CSUSM features a massive, open-air amphitheater, student activity center with a game lounge, rooftop garden and patio, and ballroom space.

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The new 89,000-sf University Student Union at CSUSM features a massive, open-air amphitheater, student activity center with a game lounge, rooftop garden and patio, and ballroom space.

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Thu, 2014-05-01 16:28
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The new University Student Union at California State University San Marcos features a massive, open-air amphitheater. All photos: courtesy PCL Construction
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The new 89,000-sf University Student Union at CSUSM features a massive, open-air amphitheater, student activity center with a game lounge, rooftop garden and patio, and ballroom space.

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Must see: French pavilion to take food from roof to table

France has presented its design for Expo Milano 2015 in Milan—its representative building will be covered in gardens on the outside, from which food will be harvested and served inside. Designed by XTU architects, the pavilion was made based on the expo's theme: "Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life."

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The pavilion will have an undulating interior meant to evoke the rolling hills of France itself.

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France has presented its design for Expo Milano 2015 in Milan—its representative building will be covered in gardens on the outside, from which food will be harvested and served inside. 

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Fri, 2014-05-02 09:53
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Vegetables, hops and herbs will be grown on the outside of the building, then ha
Vegetables, hops and herbs will be grown on the outside of the building, then harvested for the restaurant inside.
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France has presented its design for Expo Milano 2015 in Milan—its representative building will be covered in gardens on the outside, from which food will be harvested and served inside. 

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Norwegian modular project set to be world's tallest timber-frame apartment building [slideshow]

A 14-story luxury apartment block in central Bergen, Norway, will be the world's tallest timber-framed multifamily project, at 49 meters (160 feet). The current record-holder, Melbourne's Forté building, is 32 meters tall.

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Structural system for the 14-story building will consist of meter-thick glulam columns in a stacked modular design. 

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A 14-story luxury apartment block in central Bergen, Norway, will be the world's tallest timber-framed multifamily project, at 49 meters (160 feet). 

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Fri, 2014-05-02 10:55
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The Tree, on Bergen, Norway's, waterfront, will consist of wood structural modul
The Tree, on Bergen, Norway's, waterfront, will consist of wood structural modules with a glass and steel facade. All renderings: Artec, courtesy BOB
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Structural system for the 14-story building will consist of meter-thick glulam columns in a stacked modular design. 

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Structure Tone pleads guilty to charge of arranging inflated subcontractor bills

Structure Tone, a global construction services firm with annual revenues of over $3 billion, will pay a $55 million forfeiture after pleading guilty to felony charges. The lawsuit in the State Supreme Court, in Manhattan, alleged that the New York-based firm had its subcontractors, including electrical, drywall, and plumbing subs, inflate bills for the company's clients. The work in question included jobs for Bank of America, Moody's, Proskauer Rose, Bloomberg, and other customers from 2005 to 2009.

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Construction firm acknowledges defrauding customers and will pay a $55 million forfeiture penalty.

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Construction giant will pay a $55 million forfeiture after pleading guilty to a charge of arranging inflated subcontractor fees. 

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Fri, 2014-05-02 12:40
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Construction firm acknowledges defrauding customers and will pay a $55 million forfeiture penalty.

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World's largest outdoor chandelier tops reworked streetscape for Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare

A major project unifying the historic theaters of Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare officially opens tonight with the lighting of a 20-foot chandelier, billed as the world's largest outdoor fixture of its kind.

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$16 million streetscape project includes 20-foot fixture with 4,200 crystals.

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Streetscape project includes monumental gateway portals, LED signage, and a new plaza, fire pit, sidewalk café, and alfresco dining area. 

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Fri, 2014-05-02 02:15
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This 20-foot fixture, billed as the world's largest outdoor chandelier, is the centerpiece of the new PlayhouseSquare streetscape in Cleveland.
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$16 million streetscape project includes 20-foot fixture with 4,200 crystals.

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