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Life cycle cost analysis using energy modeling

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A life cycle cost analysis helps a school district decide which HVAC system to use in $198 million worth of future building projects.

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A life cycle cost analysis helps a school district decide which HVAC system to use in $198 million worth of future building projects.

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Thu, 2014-08-14 16:00
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Rendering: RMF Engineering
Rendering: RMF Engineering
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A life cycle cost analysis helps a school district decide which HVAC system to use in $198 million worth of future building projects.

Two years ago, voters in South Carolina’s Berkeley County School District, which serves nearly 31,000 students in an area just north of Charleston, passed a $198 million bond referendum targeted at building five new schools, completing major renovations to four existing schools, and performing minor renovations on more than 20 others.

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Periscope structure gives public toilet an unobstructed sea view

Planned on a site with stunning views of the Baltic Sea, it would’ve been a pity to sacrifice great scenery for the sake of privacy when designing a public toilet structure in Gdynia, Poland.

But Polish architect Adam Wiercinski came up with a solution: periscopes. This allows the user to observe the sea from a mirror instead of the traditional window, placed conveniently above the sinks.

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Views of the seafront is meant to give users a sense of tranquility.

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Polish architect Adam Wiercinski designs a public toilet with a periscope mechanism that gives visitors unobstructed views of the sea.

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Fri, 2014-08-15 11:11
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Renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architekt
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Polish architect Adam Wiercinski designs a public toilet with a periscope mechanism that gives visitors unobstructed views of the sea.

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Calatrava in hot water again? Famed architect charged to appear in court in Spanish construction case

In the wake of other legal troubles, Santiago Calatrava has been ordered to appear as a suspect in an investigation into a public construction contract in Spain, Reuters reports.
 
According to the report, Calatrava was paid $3.6 million for architectural models and design for a convention center in Castellon in 2008
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Some public officials have also been charged in the case over the way the work was contracted. 

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The Valencia High Court has requested documents detailing how Calatrava was hired in private, without any publicity, for a convention center project in Castellon. For contracts over a certain minimum value, that is illegal in Spain.

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Sat, 2014-08-16 22:04
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The Ysios winery, also designed by Calatrava, also has had design flaws that res
The Ysios winery, also designed by Calatrava, also has had design flaws that resulted in litigation. Photo credit: Roberto Lumbreras, Wikimedia Commons.
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The Valencia High Court has requested documents detailing how Calatrava was hired in private, without any publicity, for a convention center project in Castellon. For contracts over a certain minimum value, that is illegal in Spain.

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Seaside luxury: Arquitectonica, Melo Group introduce Aria on the Bay condo tower in Miami

Melo Group has launched sales for Aria on the Bay, a 647-unit luxury condominium in Miami. The bayfront condo will overlook Margaret Pace Park, Biscayne Bay, and the Miami Beach skyline. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2015, with completion slated for 2017, Architecture Lab reports.

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The bayfront condo will overlook Margaret Pace Park, Biscayne Bay and the Miami Beach skyline. 

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Melo Group has launched sales for Aria on the Bay, its new 647-unit luxury condominium in Miami. The bayfront condo will overlook Margaret Pace Park, Biscayne Bay and the Miami Beach skyline. 

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Mon, 2014-08-18 11:33
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Aria on the Bay will overlook Biscayne Bay.
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Melo Group has launched sales for Aria on the Bay, its new 647-unit luxury condominium in Miami. The bayfront condo will overlook Margaret Pace Park, Biscayne Bay and the Miami Beach skyline. 

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Construction boom lures new class of lenders in Nashville, says JLL

Nashville’s going to look a little different in a few years.

In the upcoming months, a gleaming S-shaped tower will join the city’s burgeoning skyline. Nashville’s SoBro (South of Broadway) neighborhood is home to the new $635 million Music City Center convention center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the new luxury Omni Nashville Hotel and a bevy of fresh, fashionable bars and restaurants.

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Sixty-eight projects in downtown Nashville have been completed since 2011, and 47 are currently under construction. 

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In the coming months, a gleaming S-shaped tower will join Nashville's burgeoning skyline. The new tower is just one example of a project financed not with conventional construction loans but with a unique blend of equity and debt.

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Tue, 2014-08-19 08:53
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SoBro will be the tallest residential building in Tennessee, offering an unobstructed view of the Nashville skyline as well as the Cumberland River. Image courtesy of JLL.
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In the coming months, a gleaming S-shaped tower will join Nashville's burgeoning skyline. The new tower is just one example of a project financed not with conventional construction loans but with a unique blend of equity and debt.

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SPARK’s newly unveiled mixed-use development references China's flowing hillscape

The firm SPARK has completed designs for a new mixed-use building in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, designboom reports.

The development is called the Prince’s Building and will provide 770,700 sf of office and retail space. The designs were based off of Shenzhen’s geographic location; on the Nantou Peninsula, Shenzhen is surrounded by water on three sides and wraps around the verdant Danan and Xiaonan mountains.

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The development will overlook a new transportation hub in the heart of Shenzhen's leisure and commercial district.

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Architecture firm SPARK recently finished a design for a new development in Shenzhen. The 770,700 square-foot mixed-use structure's design mimics the hilly landscape of the site's locale.

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Mon, 2014-08-18 12:15
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Renderings: courtesy SPARK
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Architecture firm SPARK recently finished a design for a new development in Shenzhen. The 770,700 square-foot mixed-use structure's design mimics the hilly landscape of the site's locale.

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HOK to acquire 360 Architecture

HOK announced it has agreed to acquire the award-winning design firm 360 Architecture, re-establishing HOK as a global leader in sports and entertainment facility design and giving the firm a significant new presence in Kansas City.

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The acquisition is expected to be finalized by the end of October.

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Expected to be finalized by the end of October, the acquisition of 360 Architecture will provide immediate benefits to both firms’ clients worldwide as HOK re-enters the sports and entertainment market.

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Tue, 2014-08-19 12:51
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One of the projects that 360 has worked on; Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
One of the projects that 360 has worked on; Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Photo credit: Derek Jensen, Wikimedia Commons.
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Expected to be finalized by the end of October, the acquisition of 360 Architecture will provide immediate benefits to both firms’ clients worldwide as HOK re-enters the sports and entertainment market.

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Goettsch Partners unveils design for mega mixed-use development in Shenzhen [slideshow]

Architecture firm Goettsch has been hired by developer China Resources Land Limited to design a massive project located in Neighborhood 2 of Shenzhen’s Qianhai district. The project covers 6.18 hectares and includes five commercial towers totaling 450,000 square meters—the firm’s largest project to-date in China.

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The overall design concept is of a complex of textured buildings that would differentiate from the surrounding blue-glass buildings of Shenzhen.

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The overall design concept is of a complex of textured buildings that would differentiate from the surrounding blue-glass buildings of Shenzhen.

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Tue, 2014-08-19 15:23
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Renderings courtesy of Goettsch Partners
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The overall design concept is of a complex of textured buildings that would differentiate from the surrounding blue-glass buildings of Shenzhen.

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Tour an office with no assigned workstations [slideshow]

Most office workers relish the opportunity to personalize their cubicles, but some people also feel restricted in those small spaces. What happens if employees get the run of the entire office, but no particular space of their own?

The New York office of the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), a consulting firm, converted to such a setup recently. Its 250 employees were each given a locker, a laptop, and told to get to work anywhere they wanted.

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The New York office of the Gerson Lehrman Group recently redesigned its office without personal desks or cubicles. 

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The New York office of the Gerson Lehrman Group recently redesigned its office without personal desks or cubicles. The company gave each of its 250 employees a locker, a laptop, and told to work anywhere they wanted, according to Business Insider.

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Wed, 2014-08-20 09:51
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The New York office of the Gerson Lehrman Group recently redesigned its office without personal desks or cubicles. The company gave each of its 250 employees a locker, a laptop, and told to work anywhere they wanted, according to Business Insider.

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Construction backlog indicator reaches all-time high in second quarter

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014. CBI improved 5.4 percent following a 2.8 percent decline in the first quarter and currently stands at 8.5; up 3.6 percent on a year-over-year basis.
 
"The long-awaited brisk nonresidential construction recovery may be upon us," said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. "Industry momentum was snuffed out by a seemingly endless winter, but the pace of industry recovery has been accelerating ever since.
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"The long-awaited brisk nonresidential construction recovery may be upon us," said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014. CBI improved 5.4 percent and currently stands at 8.5.

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Wed, 2014-08-20 01:28
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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014. CBI improved 5.4 percent and currently stands at 8.5.

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