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Senate passes ‘compromise’ bill that green lights 26 new VA hospitals, clinics

The U.S. Senate reached a compromise deal combining elements of two competing Veterans Administration reform bills that would, among other things, gives the go-ahead for the construction of 26 new VA hospitals and clinics.

The bill also allows veterans to receive care from a private provider, paid for by the VA, if their local VA facility cannot get them an appointment within the department's wait-time goals or if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility. Each facility would be required to make public its wait-time goals and current wait times.

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Response in aftermath of VA hospital scandal includes reforms

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The U.S. Senate reached a compromise deal combining elements of two competing Veterans Administration reform bills that would, among other things, gives the go-ahead for the construction of 26 new VA hospitals and clinics.

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Thu, 2014-06-19 12:10
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Old Veterans Administration Hospital in New Orleans. Photo: Karen Apricot via Wi
Old Veterans Administration Hospital in New Orleans. Photo: Karen Apricot via Wikimedia Commons
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The U.S. Senate reached a compromise deal combining elements of two competing Veterans Administration reform bills that would, among other things, gives the go-ahead for the construction of 26 new VA hospitals and clinics.

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Pittsboro, N.C., approves massive new development plan

The Pittsboro, N.C., Board of Commissioners approved the master plan for Chatham Park, a massive residential and commercial project that could bring 60,000 people to Pittsboro over several decades.

The proposal for the small town near Research Triangle is believed to be the largest single development plan in North Carolina’s history.

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Would be largest development in North Carolina history

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The Pittsboro, N.C., Board of Commissioners approved the master plan for Chatham Park, a massive residential and commercial project that could bring 60,000 people to Pittsboro over several decades.

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Thu, 2014-06-19 12:22
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Chatham Park plan, courtesy Pittsboro.gov
Chatham Park plan, courtesy Pittsboro.gov
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The Pittsboro, N.C., Board of Commissioners approved the master plan for Chatham Park, a massive residential and commercial project that could bring 60,000 people to Pittsboro over several decades.

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First look: JDS Architects' roller-coaster-like design for Istanbul waterfront development

JDS Architects' newest seafront design for Zeytinburnu City in the European part of Istanbul was designed to maximize views of the Marmara Sea, designboom reports.

The mixed-use development is located between Istanbul's center and airport, and though it will accomodate mostly residential units, it will also include commercial function and public spaces.

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The innovation-filled development is planned to be a mix of retail, residential and public spaces.

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The development's wavy and groovy design promises unobstructed views of the Marmara Sea for every unit.

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Thu, 2014-06-19 17:24
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The development's wavy and groovy design promises unobstructed views of the Marmara Sea for every unit.

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U.S. Energy Information Administration releases preliminary Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey results

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has posted preliminary results from its periodic Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption survey. Data for the project were collected in 2012 and detailed analyses of energy consumption will be released beginning next spring. The project includes buildings >1,000 sf that devote more than half of their floorspace to activity that is not residential, manufacturing, industrial, or agricultural.

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Federal survey project shows that commercial-building floorspace has grown 22% since 2003; energy-use data will be released in Spring 2015.

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Federal survey project shows that commercial-building floorspace has grown 22% since 2003; energy-use data will be released in Spring 2015.

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Fri, 2014-06-20 09:40
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The preliminary CBECS report provides general data about the size and number of
The preliminary CBECS report provides general data about the size and number of commercial buildings in the U.S.
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The preliminary CBECS report provides general data about the size and number of commercial buildings in the U.S. 

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First look: Hive-like 'Learning Hub' to be built in Singapore

In a competition to design a "Learning Hub" for students at Nanyang University in Singapore, London-based firm Heatherwick Studio has won with a rounded, hive-like design. The £360 million project has won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the government of Singapore. 

The architects said that the design is meant to transcend the original purpose of a university building, redefining the spaces where students collaborate.

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The £360 million project has won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the government of Singapore. 

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In a competition to design a "Learning Hub" for students at Nanyang University in Singapore, London-based firm Heatherwick studio has won with a rounded, hive-like design. 

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Fri, 2014-06-20 10:22
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The architects have said that the design is meant to transcend the original purp
The architects have said that the design is meant to transcend the original purpose of a university building. All renderings courtesy Heatherwick Studio.
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In a competition to design a "Learning Hub" for students at Nanyang University in Singapore, London-based firm Heatherwick studio has won with a rounded, hive-like design. 

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HOK releases proposal for Obama Library and Museum Campus

HOK has teamed with the President Obama Library and Museum Campus Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, on a planning and site selection proposal for hosting the Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

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Proposal would locate the library in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood, aiming for urban revitalization as well as Living Building certification.

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Proposal would locate the library in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood, aiming for urban revitalization as well as Living Building certification.

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Fri, 2014-06-20 14:30
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HOK's proposal for the Obama Presidential Library integrates the facility into a
HOK's proposal for the Obama Presidential Library integrates the facility into a newly revitalized lakefront community. All images: HOK
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Proposal would locate the library in historic Bronzeville neighborhood, aiming for urban revitalization as well as Living Building certification.

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First Look: 10 Design unveils new luxury apartments plan in Dubai

Amidst the desert landscape of the Arabian peninsula, design firm 10 Design, along with client Al Barari, have planned a high-end residential development that will provide a luscious environment unparalleled in the region because of its diversity in planting and landscaping.

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The Seventh Heaven complex features a stepped form that will offer stunning views of the Dubai skyline.

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The Seventh Heaven complex features a stepped form that will offer stunning views of the Dubai skyline.

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Fri, 2014-06-20 15:53
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The Seventh Heaven complex features a stepped form that will offer stunning views of the Dubai skyline.

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Sterling Bay pulled on board for Chicago Old Main Post Office project

It looks like the historic yet long neglected Old Main Post Office in Chicago will get a face-lift pretty soon.

British investor Bill Davies of International Property Developers North America (IPD) has partnered up with Chicago-based Sterling Bay Cos. on a $500 million first-phase project, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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The development not only plans to restore the existing, historical structure, but will also enhance the area around it.

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Sterling Bay Cos. and Bill Davies' International Property Developers North America partner up for a $500 million restoration of Chicago's Old Main Post Office

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Fri, 2014-06-20 16:00
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Sterling Bay Cos. and Bill Davies' International Property Developers North America partner up for a $500 million restoration of Chicago's Old Main Post Office

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Berlin House of One will accommodate Muslims, Jews, and Christians

Plans are moving forward for the House of One, a German house of worship designed to accommodate Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

Situated in Berlin's Petriplatz, the worship center is the brainchild of a coalition that has already been conducting interfaith services in the city. German architecture firm Kuehn Malvezzi won a design competition with a plan that provides a mosque, a church, and a synagogue, all linked to a large central meeting place.

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The building will rise on the ruins of a 13th-century Christian church that was damaged during WWII and eventually demolished.

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The building will rise on the ruins of a 13th-century Christian church that was damaged during WWII and eventually demolished.

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Mon, 2014-06-23 09:15
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All images ©Kuehn Malvezzi
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The building will rise on the ruins of a 13th-century Christian church that was damaged during WWII and eventually demolished.

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Power of IPD: Is integrated project delivery truly a transformative delivery model?

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Now that many of the first-generation IPD projects have been completed, CBRE Healthcare's Tim McCurley and Stephen Powell ponder the lessons learned and pros and cons of the industry's newest delivery model. 

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Now that many of the first-generation IPD projects have been completed, CBRE Healthcare's Tim McCurley and Stephen Powell ponder the lessons learned and pros and cons of the industry's newest delivery model. 

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Mon, 2014-06-23 10:53
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Photo Credit: Mark Ahsmann, Wikimedia Commons.
Photo Credit: Mark Ahsmann, Wikimedia Commons.
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Now that many of the first-generation IPD projects have been completed, CBRE Healthcare's Tim McCurley and Stephen Powell ponder the lessons learned and pros and cons of the industry's newest delivery model. 

In 2007, the seemingly new term Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) was making its way through the inner circles of contractors, architects and owners. IPD was developed as a method to enhance lagging efficiencies in the construction industry. During this time, it was no secret that major capital projects were a high risk endeavor, potentially wrought with problems, cost overruns, finger pointing and backstabbing. Furthermore, relationships began quickly deteriorating, problems ensued and the building owners were left holding the bag.

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