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Extreme conversion: Soaring Canadian church transformed into contemporary library

Even before the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church was converted into a library, it was an unusual building. Designed by the late Jean-Marie Roy in 1964, the house of worship in Quebec had a unique and dynamic volume—the building evoked a huge tent inflated by the wind. 

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The library is named for a successful local children's author 

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Even before the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church was converted into a library, it was an unusual building, with a towering nave designed to mimic a huge tent inflated by the wind. 

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Mon, 2014-03-31 11:00
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The St. Denys-du-Plateau Church has been transformed into the Monique-Corriveau Library. Photos courtesy of Stéphane Groleau, Dan Hanganu Architects.
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Even before the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church was converted into a library, it was an unusual building, with a towering nave designed to mimic a huge tent inflated by the wind. 

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Removable flood prevention system installed in one of New York City's largest office buildings

Directly following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Plaza Construction was asked to start working on the development of a flood prevention solution for 55 Water Street, one of New York City’s largest office structures with 54 stories and 3.8 million square feet located in the financial district.  Hurricane Sandy was the second-costliest storm in U.S.
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55 Water Street is a virtual city unto itself, with enough excess power to support tenants for multiple days 

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EKO Flood Protection created a flood prevention solution for one of New York City's largest office buildings, 55 Water Street, that can be put up in 8 hours by a crew of 30 people. 

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Mon, 2014-03-31 16:00
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The flood protection system can be put up in 8 hours. Photo courtesy of Plaza Construction.
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EKO Flood Protection created a flood prevention solution for one of New York City's largest office buildings, 55 Water Street, that can be put up in 8 hours by a crew of 30 people. 

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Hawaiian performing arts center named nation's best new theater

Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center, a prep-school performing arts center on Maui in Hawaii, received the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's (USITT) highest architecture award—the Honor Award.

Three other venues—the SF Jazz Center, Bing Concert Hall, and Jerome Robbins Theater—received Merit Awards for 2014.

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The theater features barn doors that open onto a view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center, a prep-school performing arts center on Maui in Hawaii, received the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's (USITT) highest architecture award—the Honor Award. 
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Tue, 2014-04-01 10:59
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Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center received USITT's highest architecture award, the Honor Award. Photo courtesy of Flansburgh Architects and USITT.
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Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center, a prep-school performing arts center on Maui in Hawaii, received the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's (USITT) highest architecture award—the Honor Award. 

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Planned global commerce center breaks ground near Phoenix

PhoenixMart is a 585-acre master-planned community in Scottsdale, Ariz., that includes a 1.7-million-sf products center and four million sf of support facilities. 

When completed, the main commerce structure will be one of the largest single-level trade centers in the U.S.

The community will showcase manufacturers and distributors in such categories as home and hotel, industrial, automotive, electronics and accessories, food and beverage, office, recreation, fashion, and variety.

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When completed, PhoenixMart will be one of the largest single-level trade centers in the U.S. 

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When completed, PhoenixMart will be one of the largest single-level trade centers in the U.S. 

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Tue, 2014-04-01 11:32
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Renderings: courtesy H&S International
Renderings: courtesy H&S International
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When completed, PhoenixMart will be one of the largest single-level trade centers in the U.S. 

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New Autodesk software allows visualization of more realistic bridge concepts

Autodesk has announced the Autodesk 2015 software portfolio of design, engineering, and construction solutions to help drive a global transformation to Building Information Modeling (BIM).  The 2015 Suites for buildings, civil infrastructure, and oil & gas projects offer hundreds of improvements and new capabilities for Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite  and Autodesk Plant Design Suite.
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This update to Autodesk BIM 360 improves integration with the cloud

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The Autodesk InfraWorks 360 family of offerings now includes enhanced roads and highways capabilities, better representations of graphical information, and fixed-length pipe modeling capability.

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Wed, 2014-04-02 09:54
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The 2015 Suites for buildings, civil infrastructure, and oil & gas projects offer hundreds of improvements and new capabilities. Photos courtesy of Autodesk.
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The Autodesk InfraWorks 360 family of offerings now includes enhanced roads and highways capabilities, better representations of graphical information, and fixed-length pipe modeling capability.

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Check out the stunning research facility just named 2014 Lab of the Year [slideshow]

One of the nation’s newest and most premier energy research facilities has been named R&D Magazine’s 2014 Laboratory of the Year.

Designed and built by SmithGroupJJR and JE Dunn Construction, the $135 million Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Its one-of-a-kind design will assist NREL, and its partners, to shape the energy systems of the future.

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NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility takes top honors in R&D Magazine's 48th annual lab design awards. 

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NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility takes top honors in R&D Magazine's 48th annual lab design awards. 

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Wed, 2014-04-02 10:51
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ESIF merges three very specialized components: an ultra-energy efficient workpla
ESIF merges three very specialized components: an ultra-energy efficient workplace that consumes 74% less energy than the national average for office buildings, one of the world’s most energy efficient high performance computing data centers, and sophisticated high-bay laboratory spaces with outdoor test areas. All photos: Bill Timmerman; courtesy SmithGroupJJR. Floor plan: SmithGroupJJR
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NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility takes top honors in R&D Magazine's 48th annual lab design awards. 

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8 tips for avoiding thermal bridges in window applications

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Aligning thermal breaks and applying air barriers are among the top design and installation tricks recommended by building enclosure experts.

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Aligning thermal breaks and applying air barriers are among the top design and installation tricks recommended by building enclosure experts.

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Wed, 2014-04-02 11:53
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The rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, D.C
The rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, D.C., has turned the national award-winning building into a vibrant cultural center. With updated windows, doors, trim repair, and new air, vapor, and thermal barriers, the LEED Silver building’s measured energy use index savings is an impressive 67%. Photo: Hoachlander Davis Photography; courtesy Bell Architects
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Aligning thermal breaks and applying air barriers are among the top design and installation tricks recommended by building enclosure experts.

Thermal bridging has a huge effect on energy efficiency in windows. Designers typically try to specify thermally broken or thermally improved window frames, only to be forced by budget constraints to settle for standard frames.

The determination of the age and make of a window should provide some idea as to whether the frame has a thermal break, says George M. Blackburn III, AIA, NCARB, who chairs the Dallas Building Enclosure Council and serves on the national board of the Building Enclosure Technology & Environment Council.

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The new model of healthcare facility management

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A growing number of healthcare organizations are moving to an integrated real estate model in an effort to better manage costs, respond to regulatory requirements, and support changes in patient care delivery.

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A growing number of healthcare organizations are moving to an integrated real estate model in an effort to better manage costs, respond to regulatory requirements, and support changes in patient care delivery.

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Wed, 2014-04-02 12:13
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Photo: courtesy CBRE Healthcare
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A growing number of healthcare organizations are moving to an integrated real estate model in an effort to better manage costs, respond to regulatory requirements, and support changes in patient care delivery.

As healthcare organizations seek solutions to the challenges presented by today’s evolving marketplace, it’s clear that the cost and performance of their facilities will have a significant impact. 

Whether it’s the need to drive cost reduction, respond to regulatory requirements or support changes in patient care delivery models, the effectiveness of an organization’s facilities management program plays a critical role in their ability to provide high-quality, cost-effective patient care.

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$25 million Orion Jet Center designed by SchenkelShultz now open

The new $25 million Orion Jet Center Terminal and Hangars, designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture, offers state-of-the-art Fixed Base Operator (FBO) services and amenities at Miami’s Opa-Locka Executive Airport.
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The terminal offers state-of-the-art Fixed Base Operator services and amenities

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As the centerpiece of the 45-acre campus, which is its first phase of a planned 215-acre mixed-use development, the 18,000 square foot executive terminal facility offers spacious passenger areas, administrative space, an executive suite, rental car kiosk, catering and a cafe. 

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Fri, 2014-04-04 10:30
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The new $25 million Orion Jet Center Terminal and Hangars offers state-of-the-art Fixed Base Operator services and amenities at Miami’s Opa-Locka Executive Airport. Photo Credit: Nina Lauren Photography, courtesy of SchenkelShultz.
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As the centerpiece of the 45-acre campus, which is its first phase of a planned 215-acre mixed-use development, the 18,000 square foot executive terminal facility offers spacious passenger areas, administrative space, an executive suite, rental car kiosk, catering and a cafe. 

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Cleveland’s sewer authority to pay developers for green solutions to stormwater runoff

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District that serves the Cleveland area will allocate $650,000 of state funds for a grant program to pay private developers to use green elements for managing increased stormwater runoff from a road project. The sewer board also allocated $250,000 to build green infrastructure to help absorb rainwater throughout its area.

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The district’s intent to use natural features to absorb stormwater reflects an urban trend that other cities including Philadelphia and Detroit have embraced.

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The district’s intent to use natural features to absorb stormwater reflects an urban trend that other cities including Philadelphia and Detroit have embraced.

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Fri, 2014-04-04 14:38
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The district’s intent to use natural features to absorb stormwater reflects an urban trend that other cities including Philadelphia and Detroit have embraced.

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