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Libeskind wins competition to design Canadian National Holocaust Monument

A design team featuring Daniel Libeskind and Gail Dexter-Lord has won a competition with its design for the Canadian National Holocaust Monument in Toronto.

The winning design, called "Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival," is based on the Star of David. It beat out five competing submissions from the likes of David Adjaye, Julian Bonder, and Gilles Saucier.

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The plan came out ahead of David Adjaye and four others in the competition.

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A design team featuring Daniel Libeskind and Gail Dexter-Lord has won a competition with its design for the Canadian National Holocaust Monument in Toronto. The monument is set to open in the autumn of 2015.

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Tue, 2014-05-13 09:16
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Renderings: courtesy the Department of Canadian Heritage
Renderings: courtesy the Department of Canadian Heritage
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A design team featuring Daniel Libeskind and Gail Dexter-Lord has won a competition with its design for the Canadian National Holocaust Monument in Toronto. The monument is set to open in the autumn of 2015.

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19 industry groups team to promote resilient planning and building materials

Leaders of America’s design and construction industry – along with building owners and operators - for the first time have agreed to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

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The industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, have issued a joint statement on resilience, pushing design and building solutions for disaster mitigation.

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The industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, have issued a joint statement on resilience, pushing design and building solutions for disaster mitigation.

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Tue, 2014-05-13 10:02
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Photo: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons
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The industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, have issued a joint statement on resilience, pushing design and building solutions for disaster mitigation.

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Universities embrace creative finance strategies

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Public-private partnership is one funding model that has become popular in recent years, especially for student housing, mixed-use buildings, parking facilities, and retail—any project with a revenue stream.

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After Moody’s and other credit ratings agencies tightened their standards a few years ago, universities had to become much more disciplined about their financing mechanisms.
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Tue, 2014-05-13 10:15
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The University of Wisconsin–Madison teamed up with the Morgridge Institute for R
The University of Wisconsin–Madison teamed up with the Morgridge Institute for Research to build the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a research lab that includes retail/restaurant space. Half of the lab space is privately owned. Photo: courtesy Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
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After Moody’s and other credit ratings agencies tightened their standards a few years ago, universities had to become much more disciplined about their financing mechanisms.

After Moody’s and other credit ratings agencies tightened their standards a few years ago, universities had to become much more disciplined about their financing mechanisms.

“Internally, we are paying a great deal of attention to cash on hand relative to debt to maintain our good ratings,” says Gonzaga University EVP Marty Martin. “It’s a constant reference point.” 

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Steven Holl's sculptural Institute for Contemporary Art set to break ground at VCU

Designed by Steven Holl, Virginia Commonwealth University's new Institute for Contemporary Art is set to break ground next month.

The 32,000-sf building will facilitate art, theater, music, dance, and film performances, in collaboration with the VCU School of Arts. 

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The facility will have two entrances—one facing the city of Richmond, Va., the other toward VCU's campus—to serve as a connection between "town and gown."

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The facility will have two entrances—one facing the city of Richmond, Va., the other toward VCU's campus—to serve as a connection between "town and gown."

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Tue, 2014-05-13 11:23
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The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University will begin construction next month, and is slated to open in 2016. All renderings and models: courtesy Steven Holl Architects
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The facility will have two entrances—one facing the city of Richmond, Va., the other toward VCU's campus—to serve as a connection between "town and gown."

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Drexel University case study report: Green Globes cheaper, faster than LEED

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) today announced that, according to a recent study completed by Drexel University professor Jeffrey Beard, GBI’s Green Globes certification process is significantly less expensive to conduct and faster to complete than LEED certification, according to GBI president Jerry Yudelson.

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Report based solely on a case study of the Papadakis lab/classroom building on the Drexel campus, opened in 2011.

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GBI’s Green Globes certification process is significantly less expensive to conduct and faster to complete than LEED certification, says Drexel prof.

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Tue, 2014-05-13 14:25
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A study based on the construction of the Papadakis building at Drexel University
A study based on the construction of the Papadakis building at Drexel University gave Green Globes an advantage in costs and speed. Image: Wikimedia Commons
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GBI’s Green Globes certification process is significantly less expensive to conduct and faster to complete than LEED certification, says Drexel prof.

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First look: Nadel's $1.5 billion Dalian, China, Sports Center

Nadel Architects designed the new, world-class Dalian Sports Center, a massive 203-acre sports and entertainment complex located at 699 Lan Ling Rd., Ganjingzi District, Dalian, China on the Liaodong Peninsula adjacent to Korea.

The $1.5 billion project is the initial seed of urban development in the area. In addition to five major sports venues, the complex includes a 30-story, 440-room, 5-star Kempinski full-service hotel and conference center and a 40,500-square-meter athletes’ training facility and office building for coaches.

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Massive project includes soccer stadium, indoor arena, tennis stadium, natatorium, baseball stadium, hotel, and training and research support facility.

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In addition to five major sports venues, the Dalian Sports Center includes a 30-story, 440-room, 5-star Kempinski full-service hotel and conference center and a 40,500-square-meter athletes’ training facility and office building.

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Tue, 2014-05-13 15:35
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The $1.5 billion project is the initial seed of urban development in the area. I
The $1.5 billion project is the initial seed of urban development in the area. In addition to five major sports venues, the complex includes a 30-story, 440-room, 5-star Kempinski full-service hotel and conference center and a 40,500-square-meter athletes’ training facility and office building for coaches.
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Massive project includes soccer stadium, indoor arena, tennis stadium, natatorium, baseball stadium, hotel, and training and research support facility.

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Prefab payback: Mortenson quantifies cost and schedule savings from prefabrication techniques

When Mortenson was charged with the 831,000-sf, 360-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project in Denver, we found that a traditional, on-site linear building approach would have resulted in a schedule that did not meet the customer's needs. 

To address the challenge, we leveraged prefabrication across all applicable components in the facility.

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Value-based cost-benefit analysis of prefab approaches on the firm's 360-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project shows significant savings for the Building Team. 

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Value-based cost-benefit analysis of prefab approaches on the firm's 360-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project shows significant savings for the Building Team. 

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Wed, 2014-05-14 09:55
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The contractor implemented advanced prefabrication measures on the 360-bed Exemp
The contractor implemented advanced prefabrication measures on the 360-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project in Denver, including multi-trade racks for MEP infrastructure (pictured). Photo: courtesy Mortenson Construction
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Value-based cost-benefit analysis of prefab approaches on the firm's 360-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project shows significant savings for the Building Team. 

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Construction growth looking up: Gilbane Spring 2014 Economic Report

Gilbane has released its Spring 2014 edition of the periodic report "Construction Economics: Market Conditions in Construction" (download the full report).

Among the findings from the Executive Summary:

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Construction spending for 2014 should finish 6.6% higher than in 2013, with nonresidential work contributing substantially.

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Construction spending for 2014 should finish 6.6% higher than in 2013, with nonresidential work contributing substantially.

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Wed, 2014-05-14 12:40
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Construction spending for 2014 should finish 6.6% higher than in 2013, with nonresidential work contributing substantially.

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Must see: Vertical forest goes up in the heart of Milan

Designed by Boeri Studio and developed by Hines, a vertical forest in the heart of one of the Europe's most polluted cities will include two residential towers 110 meters and 76 meters high.

Altogether, 900 trees measuring between 3 meters and 6 meters have been planted, along with 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 floral plants on terraces up to the 27th floor.

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Some 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 floral plants have been planted on the terraces of Bosco Verticale, a new high-rise residential development in Milan.

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Some 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 floral plants have been planted on the terraces of Bosco Verticale, a new high-rise residential development in Milan.

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Wed, 2014-05-14 15:09
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Designed by Boeri Studio and developed by Hines, a vertical forest in Milan will
Designed by Boeri Studio and developed by Hines, a vertical forest in Milan will include two residential towers. Photos, renderings: courtesy Arup
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Some 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 floral plants have been planted on the terraces of Bosco Verticale, a new high-rise residential development in Milan.

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New study shows employees aren't happier working in green buildings

Think working in an environmentally green building leads to greater satisfaction in the workplace?
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Occupant satisfaction with LEED-certified office building environments appears to decline with time, according to UC Berkeley reseachers.

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People working in buildings certified under LEED’s green building standard appear no more satisfied with their workplace environments than those in conventional buildings, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Nottingham.

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Wed, 2014-05-14 15:30
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People working in buildings certified under LEED’s green building standard appear no more satisfied with their workplace environments than those in conventional buildings.
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People working in buildings certified under LEED’s green building standard appear no more satisfied with their workplace environments than those in conventional buildings, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Nottingham.

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