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GSA study finds biomass boilers are viable option for heating federal buildings

After operating the first biomass boiler in the Ketchikan, Alaska, Federal Building, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has concluded that biomass boilers are a viable alternative for hot-water-heated buildings where natural gas is unavailable. 

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Biomass is one tactic the federal government is turning to as part of an effort to make the federal government more sustainable.

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After operating the first biomass boiler in the Ketchikan, Alaska, Federal Building, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has concluded that biomass boilers are a viable alternative for hot-water-heated buildings where natural gas is unavailable. 

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Thu, 2014-07-17 09:37
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Ketchikan (Alaska) Federal Building. Photo: GSA
Ketchikan (Alaska) Federal Building. Photo: GSA
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After operating the first biomass boiler in the Ketchikan, Alaska, Federal Building, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has concluded that biomass boilers are a viable alternative for hot-water-heated buildings where natural gas is unavailable. 

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Workplace trends survey reveals generational patterns in office use

Mancini•Duffy, a leading architectural and interiors firm, has released preliminary findings from The Coordinate, its survey on workplace trends. The survey indicates that working hours peak during the beginning and end of the day, where employees are not only more productive, but also give their employers a bonus by extending the workday during commuting time.  

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Data analysis from Mancini•Duffy indicates significant variations among age cohorts in the workplace.

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Data analysis from Mancini•Duffy indicates significant variations among age cohorts in the workplace.

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Mon, 2014-07-21 12:00
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Illustration: Gameanna via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Illustration: Gameanna via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Data analysis from Mancini•Duffy indicates that work hours peak early and late in the day, but dip midday.

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Commercial real estate development growing at strongest pace since recovery began: NAIOP report

The commercial real estate development industry grew at the strongest pace since the economic recovery began in 2011, according to an annual report on the state of the industry released today by the NAIOP Research Foundation.  

The report, entitled “The Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate,” determined that the economic impact realized by the development process rose a significant 24.06% over the previous year, the largest gain since the market began to recover in 2011.

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Industrial, warehousing, office, and retail sectors see strong gains; Texas leads the nation in construction-value stats.

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Industrial, warehousing, office, and retail sectors see strong gains; Texas leads the nation in construction-value stats.

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Mon, 2014-07-21 13:40
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According to NAIOP, Texas leads the nation in the value of new construction. Sho
According to NAIOP, Texas leads the nation in the value of new construction. Shown: Construction site of the Dallas City Performance Hall; photo by Luis Tamayo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
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Industrial, warehousing, office, and retail sectors see strong gains; Texas leads the nation in construction-value stats.

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Herzog & de Meuron unveil curvy concrete condo in Manhattan

Herzog & de Meuron have released renderings of their new $250 million New York building, a 12-story condominium with 88 luxury apartments.

The structure features a curved concrete and glass facade and will be located at 156 Leroy Street. This will be the firm's third New York project in recent years and follows another condo project with a concrete facade, Arch Daily reports

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Located on Manhattan's West Side, the new condominiums are the latest in a series of attempts to upgrade the area. 

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Herzog & de Meuron have released renderings of their new $250 million New York building, a 12-story condominium with 88 luxury apartments. 

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Tue, 2014-07-22 12:30
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Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron
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Herzog & de Meuron have released renderings of their new $250 million New York building, a 12-story condominium with 88 luxury apartments. 

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L.A.'s tallest tower to get observation deck

For anyone who's ever wanted a bird's eye view of Los Angeles, the city's tallest skyscraper is about to get an observation deck.

U.S. Bank Tower, as part of a series of improvements, will also be getting a restaurant on the 71st floor of the tower, the Los Angeles Times reports. The deck will offer a view of the L.A. area that will stretch from Glendale to Catalina Island. 

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The building's owner predicts the new deck will draw 500,000 people per year, at $25 each. 

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U.S. Bank Tower, as part of a series of improvements, will be getting an observation deck and restaurant at its top.

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Tue, 2014-07-22 13:12
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U.S. Bank Tower, as part of a series of improvements, will be getting an observation deck and restaurant at its top.

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Architecture Billings Index up nearly a point in June

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is signaling improving conditions for the overall design and construction industry.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 66.4, up noticeably from the reading of 63.2 the previous month and its highest level in a calendar year.

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AIA reported the June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May.

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AIA reported the June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May.

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Wed, 2014-07-23 08:08
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Photo: Tiia Monto via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Tiia Monto via Wikimedia Commons
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AIA reported the June ABI score was 53.5, up from a mark of 52.6 in May.

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Heathrow Airport could become a city of 190,000 inhabitants

New plans have been introduced to turn London's Heathrow Airport into a mid-sized city. If those plans ever come to fruition, "Heathrow City" would support some 90,000 jobs and 190,000 people, according to Business Insider. It could also add as much as $13 billion to the U.K. economy.

Three proposals have been put forward for the ambitious plan, which include a factory for customizable homes, civic centers, and a "medieval" city center. 

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These plans will only be explored further if a new airport is built along the Thames Estuary.

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New plans have been introduced to turn London's Heathrow Airport into a city. If those plans ever come to fruition, "Heathrow City" could support 90,000 jobs and 190,000 people. It could also add almost $13 billion to the UK economy.

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Wed, 2014-07-23 16:01
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A plan by Rick Mather Architects. Former runways would divide the city into different sections based on specializations like education and leisure. Renderings courtesy of Rick Mather, Business Insider.
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New plans have been introduced to turn London's Heathrow Airport into a city. If those plans ever come to fruition, "Heathrow City" could support 90,000 jobs and 190,000 people. It could also add almost $13 billion to the UK economy.

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Top Healthcare Sector Architecture Firms [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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HDR, Stantec, and HKS top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare architecture and architecture/engineering firms in the U.S.

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HDR, Stantec, and HKS top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare architecture and architecture/engineering firms in the U.S.

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Wed, 2014-07-23 15:37
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Duke Realty, Eskenazi Health, and Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County for
Duke Realty, Eskenazi Health, and Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County formed a public-private partnership to create the new Fifth Third Bank Building, connected to the Sidney & Louis Eskenazi Hospital in downtown Indianapolis. Indicative of current financing, delivery, and design trends, the 274,000-sf medical office building is leased by HHC as the main home for Eskenazi Health physicians and staff. HOK and BSA LifeStructures led the Building Team. Photo: courtesy Duke Realty
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HDR, Stantec, and HKS top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare architecture and architecture/engineering firms in the U.S.

Rank Company 2013 Healthcare Revenue
1 HDR 191,150,000
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Top Healthcare Sector Engineering Firms [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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AECOM, Jacobs, and URS Corp. top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare engineering and engineering/architecture firms in the U.S.

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AECOM, Jacobs, and URS Corp. top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare engineering and engineering/architecture firms in the U.S.

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Wed, 2014-07-23 15:45
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Single-bed inpatient rooms in the Hospitaller Pavilion at Palos Community Hospit
Single-bed inpatient rooms in the Hospitaller Pavilion at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill., give patients ample space and privacy while providing staff access to all necessary information and supplies. KJWW Engineering Consultants was the MEP engineer. Also on the Building Team: Matthei & Colin Associates (architect); The Boldt Company (program manager/owner agent); Grumman/Butkus Associates (commissioning agent); and Pepper Construction (CM). Lambros Photography Inc.
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AECOM, Jacobs, and URS Corp. top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare engineering and engineering/architecture firms in the U.S.

Rank Company 2013 Healthcare Revenue
1 AECOM Technology Corp.
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Top Healthcare Sector Construction Firms [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska USA top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare contractors and construction management firms in the U.S.

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Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska USA top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare contractors and construction management firms in the U.S.

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Wed, 2014-07-23 15:50
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The University of Colorado Hospital recently completed major projects on the Ans
The University of Colorado Hospital recently completed major projects on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. A new 12-story, 720,000-sf inpatient tower, critical care wing, emergency department expansions, and two parking structures were finished last year. The corridor main MEP runs, patient bathrooms, and patient headwalls were all prefabricated off-site. On the Building Team: Haselden Construction (GC), HDR (architect/engineer), and Martin Martin (CE). Photo: James Ray Spahn
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Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska USA top Building Design+Construction's 2014 ranking of the largest healthcare contractors and construction management firms in the U.S.

Rank Company 2013 Healthcare Revenue
1 Turner Construction
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