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Over budget Homeland Security headquarters project may be canceled

A massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security is more than $1.5 billion over budget, 11 years behind schedule, and may never be completed.

When it was first proposed, the development was said to be critical for national security and the revitalization of Southeast Washington. The project on the grounds of the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital would centralize the department’s operations. More than 50 historic buildings would be renovated and new ones erected.

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Congressional support lacking for additional funds

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A massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security is more than $1.5 billion over budget, 11 years behind schedule, and may never be completed.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 11:08
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Under the original plan, the complex was scheduled to be finished as early as th
Under the original plan, the complex was scheduled to be finished as early as this year for less than $3 billion. But only a Coast Guard building (pictured) has been completed. Photo: GSA
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A massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security is more than $1.5 billion over budget, 11 years behind schedule, and may never be completed.

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UC Davis students win big in steel bridge engineering competition

A team of 20 students from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) were named champions in the 2014 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC), hosted by the University of Akron's College of Engineering, May 23-24 in Akron, Ohio. For the third consecutive year, second place overall went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Categories of competition were construction speed, stiffness, lightness, economy, display and efficiency.

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A team of 20 students from the University of California, Davis were named champions in the 2014 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition. About 600 students from 47 college and university teams participated.

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Thu, 2014-06-05 15:13
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University of California-Berkeley students prepare for the vertical load test. Photo courtesy of the AISC.
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A team of 20 students from the University of California, Davis were named champions in the 2014 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition. About 600 students from 47 college and university teams participated.

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KPF, Kevin Roche unveil design for 51-story Hudson Yards tower in NYC [slideshow]

Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group today unveiled Fifty Five Hudson Yards, the latest addition to the commercial office tower collection in the 28-acre Hudson Yards development. The building is perfectly positioned at the intersection of Hudson Yards, the High Line and Hudson Park & Boulevard.  

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Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are teaming to develop Fifty Five Hudson Yards, the latest addition to 28-acre Hudson Yards development.

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Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are teaming to develop Fifty Five Hudson Yards, the latest addition to the commercial office tower collection in the 28-acre Hudson Yards development—the largest private real estate development in the history of the U.S.

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Fri, 2014-06-06 10:07
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Renderings: courtesy Related Companies
Fifty Five Hudson Yards is designed to integrate with its rich surroundings. The large windows of the podium gaze onto the public square and a 10th-floor terrace level overlooks the High Line. Renderings: courtesy Related Companies
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Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are teaming to develop Fifty Five Hudson Yards, the latest addition to the commercial office tower collection in the 28-acre Hudson Yards development—the largest private real estate development in the history of the U.S.

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Must see: Can a floating city offset urban population growth in China?

As China faces large urban populations and the need for new living solutions, a new idea has been floated—literally. AT Design Office has proposed a design for a floating city, which was commissioned by the China Communications Construction Company.

To create the new city, a 10-square kilometer island would be made out of prefab blocks. The same type of blocks are currently being used by CCCC to build a bridge between Hong Kong and Macau. In theory, the new floating city would have all the features of a normal city.

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Some of the components involved are set to be tested as soon as next year.

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AT Design Office has proposed a design for a floating city to offset increasing urban populations in China. To create the new city, a 10-square kilometer island would be made out of prefab blocks. 

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Fri, 2014-06-06 10:12
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All renderings courtesy of AT Design Office.
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AT Design Office has proposed a design for a floating city to offset increasing urban populations in China. To create the new city, a 10-square kilometer island would be made out of prefab blocks. 

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Bob Howell named President, CEO of SSOE Group

SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of SSOE Group—a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm. Effective December 3, 2014, Bob Howell will assume the reins from current CEO, Tony Damon, who announced his plans to retire late last year.
 
"This exciting milestone marks neither the beginning nor end of this important transition for the company.
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Bob Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of the engineering firm. Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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Mon, 2014-06-09 11:17
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Bob Howell, SSOE's new CEO
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SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of the engineering firm. Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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Bob Howell named President, CEO of SSOE Group

SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of SSOE Group—a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm. Effective December 3, 2014, Bob Howell will assume the reins from current CEO, Tony Damon, who announced his plans to retire late last year.
 
"This exciting milestone marks neither the beginning nor end of this important transition for the company.
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Bob Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of the engineering firm. Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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Mon, 2014-06-09 11:17
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Bob Howell, SSOE's new CEO
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SSOE’s Board of Directors announced that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of the engineering firm. Howell has been with SSOE for more than 30 years.

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Eli Broad museum files $19.8 million lawsuit over delays

The Eli and Edythe Broad museum, currently under construction in Los Angeles, is suing German architectural fabricator Seele "for what it describes as delays in fabricating the building blocks for its unusual latticed facade," the New York Times reports.

The museum was slated to open by the end of this year, but its opening date has been pushed back to 2015. The $19.8 million suit was filed on Friday.

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The museum was slated to open by the end of this year, but its opening date has been pushed back to 2015. 

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The museum, meant to hold Eli and Edythe Borad's collection of contemporary art, is suing the German company Seele for what the museum describes as delays in the creation of building blocks for its façade.

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Mon, 2014-06-09 11:56
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Credit: The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
All renderings: courtesy The Broad Art Foundation and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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The museum, meant to hold Eli and Edythe Borad's collection of contemporary art, is suing the German company Seele for what the museum describes as delays in the creation of building blocks for its façade.

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10 projects named 2014 AIA Small Project Award winners

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the ten recipients of the 2014 Small Project Awards. The AIA Small Project Awards Program, now in its 11th year, was established to recognize small-project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small-project design.

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Yale's funky new Ground café and a pavilion made from 53,780 recycled plastic bottles are among the nation's best new small projects. 

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Yale's funky new Ground café and a pavilion made from 53,780 recycled plastic bottles are among the nation's best new small projects. 

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Mon, 2014-06-09 15:25
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Ground cafe at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., by Bentel and Bentel Architect
Ground café at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., by Bentel and Bentel Architects. Photo: Daniel Stark, courtesy AIA
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Yale's funky new Ground café and a pavilion made from 53,780 recycled plastic bottles are among the nation's best new small projects. 

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Green Building Initiative launches Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors program

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) today announced the launch of a new certification program specific to design of interiors of commercial and institutional buildings, according to GBI president Jerry Yudelson.

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The new program focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in nonresidential buildings and can be pursued by both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces.

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The new program focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in nonresidential buildings and can be pursued by both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces.

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Mon, 2014-06-09 17:33
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Photo: stockimages via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Photo: stockimages via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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The new program focuses exclusively on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in nonresidential buildings and can be pursued by both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces.

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New York's first-ever public housing for visually-impaired begins upgrade

Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) and Associated Blind Housing Development Fund Corporation (Associated Blind HDFC) broke ground on a $38 million building upgrade at Selis Manor. Selis Manor is the first government-funded residence for the vision-impaired and disabled in New York City. Associated Blind HDFC manages the residence, which opened in 1980. The repairs and capital improvements are its first-ever building upgrades. The phased construction is set to be complete by 2016.
 
The 14-story building is located at 135 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.
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Many of the residents have lived in the building since it opened in 1980.

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Selis Manor is the first government-funded residence for the vision-impaired and disabled in New York City. MAP’s design eases crowding, increases security, and separates residents and visitors. 

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Tue, 2014-06-10 13:18
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The phased construction is set to be complete by 2016. Renderings courtesy of MAP.
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Selis Manor is the first government-funded residence for the vision-impaired and disabled in New York City. MAP’s design eases crowding, increases security, and separates residents and visitors. 

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