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Coastal flooding increasing along East Coast, says report

An analysis of tidal levels and flood data by the news organization Reuters concludes that flooding has increased along the Eastern Seaboard over the past four decades.

During that period, the number of days a year that tidal waters reached or exceeded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood thresholds more than tripled in many places. The trend roughly tracks a global rise in sea levels, with an average rise of 8 inches in the past century, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment.

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Analysis shows sea level rise over past 40 years

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An analysis of tidal levels and flood data by the news organization Reuters concludes that flooding has increased along the Eastern Seaboard over the past four decades.

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Wed, 2014-07-16 10:52
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Photo: Adam Dubrowa / FEMA  via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Adam Dubrowa / FEMA via Wikimedia Commons
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An analysis of tidal levels and flood data by the news organization Reuters concludes that flooding has increased along the Eastern Seaboard over the past four decades.

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Local hiring requirement a tough challenge for new Detroit arena project

An agreement for a land transfer from the City of Detroit to Ilitch Holdings Inc., that enabled construction of a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings requires that 51% of the project’s construction workers must come from the city. That stipulation is creating a challenge for Ilitch, the owner of the Red Wings, due to a shortage of skilled tradespeople who live in the city.

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Shortage of tradespeople in the city causing headaches for developer

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An agreement for a land transfer from the City of Detroit to Ilitch Holdings Inc., that enabled construction of a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings requires that 51% of the project’s construction workers must come from the city.

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Wed, 2014-07-16 10:58
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Photo: Greenmars via Wikimedia Commons
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An agreement for a land transfer from the City of Detroit to Ilitch Holdings Inc., that enabled construction of a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings requires that 51% of the project’s construction workers must come from the city.

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GSA planning net-zero energy building guidance policy

The General Services Administration’s Net-Zero Energy Task Group is working on a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September. The committee recently created a provisional definition of net-zero energy buildings (NZEBs).

The draft definition distinguishes between two different types of net-zero buildings:

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Goal is have clear goals drafted by September

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The General Services Administration’s Net-Zero Energy Task Group is working on a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September.

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Wed, 2014-07-16 11:04
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Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colo.  Pho
Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colo. Photo: courtesy GSA
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The General Services Administration’s Net-Zero Energy Task Group is working on a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September.

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Massive $6.5 billion Silicon Valley development gets key city approval

The Santa Clara (Calif.) City Council approved the next steps for a massive development project next to Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The $6.5 billion mixed-use project would change the look of the Silicon Valley city.

Plans call for restaurants, apartments, offices, a hotel, a cinema and a theater on 8 million square feet adjacent to the new 49ers stadium. The site is expected to create 23,000 permanent jobs and about 1,500 construction jobs per year during the construction phase, the developer says.

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Mixed-use project in Santa Clara would rise in shadow of 49ers stadium

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The Santa Clara (Calif.) City Council approved the next steps for a massive development project next to Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

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Wed, 2014-07-16 11:32
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Plans call for restaurants, apartments, offices, a hotel, a cinema and a theater
Plans call for restaurants, apartments, offices, a hotel, a cinema and a theater on 8 million square feet adjacent to the new 49ers stadium.
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The Santa Clara (Calif.) City Council approved the next steps for a massive development project next to Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

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Check out this tree-like skyscraper concept for vertical farming

The concept of vertical farms is well-known and has been played out in a number of different ways. Now, Aprilli Design Studio has stepped forward with a new idea for a vertical farm. 

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Seoul is envisioned as the location for this skyscraper farm. 

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Aprilli Design Studio has stepped forward with a new idea for a vertical farm, which is intended to resemble a giant tree. It uses lightweight decks as outdoor growing space, adding up to about 25 acres of space.
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Wed, 2014-07-16 12:16
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The complex is envisioned with public garden space. Renderings courtesy of April
The complex is envisioned with public garden space. Renderings courtesy of Aprilli Design Studio, Fast Company.
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Aprilli Design Studio has stepped forward with a new idea for a vertical farm, which is intended to resemble a giant tree. It uses lightweight decks as outdoor growing space, adding up to about 25 acres of space.

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Mergers and acquisitions of AE firms on track for strong year in 2014

Through the first six months of 2014, Morrissey Goodale tracked 101 sales of U.S.-based architecture and engineering (AE) firms, roughly the same amount as during the first six months of 2013, and putting 2014 on pace for another strong year for domestic AE M&A activity. This positive momentum has continued into the second half of the year with AECOM’s recently announced agreement to acquire URS.

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Industry firms appear to remain cautiously optimistic, with deal activity in 2014 on pace to rise to levels similar to 2012 and 2013 by year end.
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Through the first six months of 2014, Morrissey Goodale tracked 101 sales of U.S.-based architecture and engineering firms, roughly the same amount as during the first six months of 2013.
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Wed, 2014-07-16 16:10
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Through the first six months of 2014, Morrissey Goodale tracked 101 sales of U.S.-based architecture and engineering firms, roughly the same amount as during the first six months of 2013.

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Economists ponder uneven recovery, weigh benefits of big infrastructure [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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According to expert forecasters, multifamily projects, the Panama Canal expansion, and the petroleum industry’s “shale gale” could be saving graces for commercial AEC firms.

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According to expert forecasters, multifamily projects, the Panama Canal expansion, and the petroleum industry’s “shale gale” could be saving graces for commercial AEC firms seeking growth opportunities in an economy that’s provided its share of recent disappointments.

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Mon, 2014-07-21 21:44
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Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Calif. Photo: courtesy Carrier Johnson
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According to expert forecasters, multifamily projects, the Panama Canal expansion, and the petroleum industry’s “shale gale” could be saving graces for commercial AEC firms seeking growth opportunities in an economy that’s provided its share of recent disappointments.

According to expert forecasters, multifamily projects, the Panama Canal expansion, and the petroleum industry’s “shale gale” could be saving graces for commercial AEC firms seeking growth opportunities in an economy that’s provided its share of recent disappointments.

In a spring industry roundtable hosted by Reed Construction Data, economists from the American Institute of Architects, the Associated General Contractors of America, and RCD discussed the mixed signals in commercial design and construction, and the seemingly perennial predictions of a breakthrough.

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Engineering firms look to bolster growth through new services, technology [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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Following solid revenue growth in 2013, the majority of U.S.-based engineering and engineering/architecture firms expect more of the same this year, according to BD+C’s 2014 Giants 300 report. 

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Following solid revenue growth in 2013, the majority of U.S.-based engineering and engineering/architecture firms expect more of the same this year, according to BD+C’s 2014 Giants 300 report. 

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Fri, 2014-07-18 14:17
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The 73-year-old Naval Reserve Armory building on Seattle’s South Lake Union dock
The 73-year-old Naval Reserve Armory building on Seattle’s South Lake Union dock is the new home of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). The LEED Platinum project involved converting the landmark, 53,000-sf structure into modern museum space while preserving the historic exterior and interior elements. The Building Team included LMN Architects (architect); Coughlin Porter Lundeen (structural engineer); Sparling (electrical, fire protection, security, and lighting designer); Pacific Studio
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Following solid revenue growth in 2013, the majority of U.S.-based engineering and engineering/architecture firms expect more of the same this year, according to BD+C’s 2014 Giants 300 report. 

Following solid revenue growth in 2013, the majority of U.S.-based engineering and engineering/architecture (EA) firms expect more of the same this year, according to BD+C’s 2014 Giants 300 report. Of the 68 engineering and EA firms that reported a forecast for 2014, 56 companies expect revenue to be higher, with the average growth rate at nearly double digits (9.1%). The same group saw revenue increase 16% on average in 2013. 

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IPD contract saves time and money for cancer center [2014 Building Team Awards]

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Partners share the risk and reward of extreme collaboration on this LEED Silver project, which relies heavily on Lean principles.

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Partners share the risk and reward of extreme collaboration on this LEED Silver project, which relies heavily on Lean principles.

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Sun, 2014-07-20 20:58
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The new Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Cancer Center will allow patients to receiv
The new Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Cancer Center will allow patients to receive comprehensive oncology services in a single location. Medical oncology, radiation oncology, GYN oncology, hematology, and coagulation disorders are focuses. Special features include infusion bays with individual temperature controls, heated chairs, and television sets. The LEED Silver facility includes an on-site lab and pharmacy. PHOTO: ©ANTON GRASSL/ESTO
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Partners share the risk and reward of extreme collaboration on this LEED Silver project, which relies heavily on Lean principles.

For its Waterford, Conn., Cancer Center, a comprehensive treatment facility affiliated with Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital decided to try something new: true three-party Integrated Project Delivery.

The contractual agreement covered L+M, architecture/engineering firm TRO JB, and construction manager Suffolk Construction, with programming, design, and construction all informed by Lean principles.

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IPD contract saves time and money for cancer center [2014 Building Team Awards]

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Partners share the risk and reward of extreme collaboration on this LEED Silver project, which relies heavily on Lean principles.

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Partners share the risk and reward of extreme collaboration on this LEED Silver project, which relies heavily on Lean principles.

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Sun, 2014-07-20 20:58
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The new Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Cancer Center will allow patients to receiv
The new Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Cancer Center will allow patients to receive comprehensive oncology services in a single location. Medical oncology, radiation oncology, GYN oncology, hematology, and coagulation disorders are focuses. Special features include infusion bays with individual temperature controls, heated chairs, and television sets. The LEED Silver facility includes an on-site lab and pharmacy. PHOTO: ©ANTON GRASSL/ESTO
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Partners share the risk and reward of extreme collaboration on this LEED Silver project, which relies heavily on Lean principles.

For its Waterford, Conn., Cancer Center, a comprehensive treatment facility affiliated with Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital decided to try something new: true three-party Integrated Project Delivery.

The contractual agreement covered L+M, architecture/engineering firm TRO JB, and construction manager Suffolk Construction, with programming, design, and construction all informed by Lean principles.

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