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Holistic care model, regulatory changes make outpatient facilities a high priority [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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With the Affordable Care Act still in its infancy, Building Teams are seeing reverberations in the investment decisions of healthcare providers.

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With the Affordable Care Act still in its infancy, Building Teams are seeing reverberations in the investment decisions of healthcare providers, including new ideas about the types of buildings they are asked to create.

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Wed, 2014-07-23 16:06
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Catawba Valley Medical Center Pavilion, Hickory, N.C. Photo: courtesy Freeman Wh
Catawba Valley Medical Center Pavilion, Hickory, N.C. Photo: courtesy Freeman White
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With the Affordable Care Act still in its infancy, Building Teams are seeing reverberations in the investment decisions of healthcare providers, including new ideas about the types of buildings they are asked to create.

With the Affordable Care Act still in its infancy, Building Teams are seeing reverberations in the investment decisions of healthcare providers, including new ideas about the types of buildings they are asked to create.

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High-rise 'slum' in Venezuela to be shuttered

For more than 4,400 squatters in Caracas, Venezuela, the time has come to move on. An unfinished skyscraper that has stood in the city for over a decade has become home to not only people, but shops, basketball courts and prayer meetings.

Authorities have decided to move the squatters out, allegedly to investigate the structural soundness of the tower, which is the country's third-tallest skyscraper, the Miami Herald reports. 

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The tower, called Torre David, is 45 stories of incomplete concrete, glass and steel.

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Authorities have decided to move 4,400 squatters out of Venezuela's third-tallest skyscraper, allegedly to investigate the structural soundness of the tower. 

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Thu, 2014-07-24 09:16
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Construction on Torre David halted in 1994. Photo credit: Saúl Briceño, Wikimedia Commons.
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Authorities have decided to move 4,400 squatters out of Venezuela's third-tallest skyscraper, allegedly to investigate the structural soundness of the tower. 

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Tallest skyscraper in South Korea now open

South Korea's tallest building, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, has opened. The Northeast Asia Trade Tower stands at 308 meters and is the focal point of the Songdo International Business District, a new 310-hectare city built on reclaimed land. 

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Low-flow plumbing fixtures, grey-water recycling, and rainwater collection have also been implemented to reduce water consumption.

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The Northeast Asia Trade Tower stands at 308 meters and is the focal point of the Songdo International Business District, a new 310-hectare city built on reclaimed land. 

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Wed, 2014-07-23 13:35
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Inside the 68-story building are apartments, offices and a hotel. Photo credit:
Inside the 68-story building are apartments, offices and a hotel. Photo credit: H.G. Esch, courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox
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The Northeast Asia Trade Tower stands at 308 meters and is the focal point of the Songdo International Business District, a new 310-hectare city built on reclaimed land. 

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SLATERPAULL Architects to merge with Hord Coplan Macht

Baltimore-based multidisciplinary design firm Hord Coplan Macht announced that Denver design and planning firm SLATERPAULL Architects has joined the firm.
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The new firm will include a total of 180 employees among the three offices.

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The merger will create a full-service practice with offices in Baltimore, MD, Denver, CO and Alexandria, VA that offers integrated architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and historic preservation services.

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Thu, 2014-07-24 11:51
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From left to right: Jamie Pedler, Lyn Eller, Adele Willson, (SLATERPAULL) Carol Macht and Lee Coplan (Hord Coplan Macht). Photo courtesy of Hord Coplan Macht.
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The merger will create a full-service practice with offices in Baltimore, MD, Denver, CO and Alexandria, VA that offers integrated architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and historic preservation services.

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Grocery stores choosing Green Globes for building sustainability certification

Portland, OR –  The Green Building Initiative® (GBI) has announced a wave of Green Globes certific

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Certified projects include locations of seven major chains across the country, according to the Green Building Initiative.

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The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has announced a wave of Green Globes certifications for new grocery stores, including New Seasons Markets, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Aldi’s, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, and Publix.

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Fri, 2014-07-25 08:50
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Whole Foods is among the grocery companies recently using Green Globes certifica
Whole Foods is among the grocery companies recently using Green Globes certification. Photo: Alistair Tutton
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Certified projects include locations of seven major chains across the country, according to the Green Building Initiative.

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Philip Johnson’s 'Tent of Tomorrow' vandalized, damaged with fire

The historic New York State Pavilion in Queens, designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 World's Fair, was broken into on the weekend of July 19. Vandals set fire to a stolen van, which in turn ignited a tarp covering the pavilion's Terrazzo Map, Inhabitat reports. Vandals also smashed some sections of the map with cinderblock, according to the report.

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Vandals set fire to a stolen van in the park, which in turn caught the tarp covering the pavilion's 50-year old Terrazzo Map on fire.

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Vandals set fire to a stolen van in the park, which in turn caught the tarp covering the pavilion's 50-year old Terrazzo Map on fire.

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Fri, 2014-07-25 10:47
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The Tent of Tomorrow, under which the Terrazzo Map sits. Photo credit: NyackMitch, Wikimedia Commons.
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Vandals set fire to a stolen van in the park, which in turn caught the tarp covering the pavilion's 50-year old Terrazzo Map on fire.

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Wolf Point high-rise development begins construction in Chicago

On July 18th, construction began on a 48-story luxury residential tower in Chicago. Part of a larger master plan designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the tower is being developed by Hines and Magellan Development Group. All told, three towers will be built as part of the larger project, called Wolf Point.

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Pedestrian areas, 100,000 sf of parks, and a river walk will be part of Wolf Point.

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Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 48-story luxury residential tower is part of a three-tower mixed-use development along the Chicago River.

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Wed, 2014-07-30 13:45
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Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 48-story luxury residential tower
Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 48-story luxury residential tower is part of a three-tower mixed-use development along the Chicago River. Renderings courtesy of Hines.
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Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 48-story luxury residential tower is part of a three-tower mixed-use development along the Chicago River.

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Maturing ‘plug and play’ sector could take market share from AEC Giants [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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The growth of modular and containerized data center solutions may eventually hinder the growth of traditional data center construction services.

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The growth of modular and containerized data center solutions may eventually hinder the growth of traditional data center construction services.

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Sun, 2014-07-27 21:56
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Secaucus, N.J., has become one of the nation’s hot spots for colocation and clou
Secaucus, N.J., has become one of the nation’s hot spots for colocation and cloud data center providers. Equinix is the largest colocation provider in Secaucus, with three data center facilities, including its newest, NY5 IBX data center (pictured). The Building Team included: Sheehan Partners (architect); H.F. Lenz Co. (MEP/FP engineer); Paradigm Structural Engineers (structural engineer); and J.T. Magen & Co. (contractor). PHOTO: BILYANA DIMITROVNA
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The growth of modular and containerized data center solutions may eventually hinder the growth of traditional data center construction services.

Any way you look at it, the data center market remains one of the healthiest sectors of the nonresidential construction industry. As the growth of cloud computing and mobile technology continues, the need for storage and computing power will expand exponentially. 

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Nonresidential building activity on the rise for 2015: AIA Forecast

Due to the weather-related slow start in the nonresidential building market during the first part of the year, and the prolonged weakness in the institutional sector, construction spending projections for the rest of the year have been lowered slightly. 

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Semiannual Consensus Construction Forecast predicts 4.9% increase this year, 8% next year, with offices and retail facilities leading the charge.

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Semiannual Consensus Construction Forecast predicts 4.9% increase this year, 8% next year, with offices and retail facilities leading the charge.

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Wed, 2014-07-30 13:28
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Vikings Stadium construction, April 2014. Photo: Runner1928 via Wikimedia Common
Vikings Stadium construction, April 2014. Photo: Runner1928 via Wikimedia Commons
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Semiannual Consensus Construction Forecast predicts 4.9% increase this year, 8% next year, with offices and retail facilities leading the charge.

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Restaurants, farmers' markets high on urban dwellers' wish list: Sasaki report

A new study released by planning and design firm Sasaki Associates has found that food is a major driver of the American urban experience: 82 percent of urbanites appreciate their city’s culinary offerings, and a new restaurant is the top reason the majority of them (46 percent) would venture to a new part of their city. This is compared to 25 percent of people who are incentivized by a new store and 16 percent by a sporting event.

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Urban dwellers love food-related resources, public spaces, and historic structures—but really hate traffic, lack of parking, and poor public transportation.

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Urban dwellers love food-related resources, public spaces, and historic structures—but really hate traffic, lack of parking, and poor public transportation.

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Wed, 2014-07-30 13:26
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Farmers' markets, like this one in Austin, Texas, are prized features of the urb
Farmers' markets, like this one in Austin, Texas, are prized features of the urban community, according to a new Sasaki study. Photo: Lars Plougmann via Wikimedia Commons.
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Urban dwellers love food-related resources, public spaces, and historic structures—but really hate traffic, lack of parking, and poor public transportation.

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