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Coin toss decides who gets $4.4 million construction contract

When the Gretna (La.) Police Department advertised a construction bid for a new headquarters, they priced the project at approximately $4.5 million.

F.H. Meyer Construction Co. and Trimark Construction LLC. both submitted low bids of $4,410,000. Instead of re-bidding, the Gretna City Council decided to leave the choice up to chance, breaking the tie by tossing a coin. Both construction firms agreed to the method.

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Coin toss decides which firm gets to build the new Gretna (La.) Police Headquarters

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When two builders submitted identical bids for the Gretna (La.) Police Headquarters, the city council decided to choose the winner through a coin toss. 

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Mon, 2014-03-17 08:01
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When two builders submitted identical bids for the Gretna (La.) Police Headquarters, the city council decided to choose the winner through a coin toss.
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When two builders submitted identical bids for the Gretna (La.) Police Headquarters, the city council decided to choose the winner through a coin toss. 

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6 keys to better healthcare design

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Healthcare facility planning and design experts cite six factors that Building Teams need to keep in mind on their next healthcare project.

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Healthcare facility planning and design experts cite six factors that Building Teams need to keep in mind on their next healthcare project.

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Tue, 2014-03-18 11:01
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The five-story, 480,000-sf Center for Advanced Care at Froedtert & the Medical C
The five-story, 480,000-sf Center for Advanced Care at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, under construction in Milwaukee. Cannon Design is the architect, with Mortenson Construction as construction manager. The regional healthcare network has more than 30 primary and specialty care health centers and clinics in southeastern Wisconsin. Its three hospitals have 772 staffed beds and accommodate nearly 40,000 admissions and more than 900,000 outpatient visits annually. Photo: Cannon Desi
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Healthcare facility planning and design experts cite six factors that Building Teams need to keep in mind on their next healthcare project.

Editor's note: This article was originally published as part of BD+C's two-part March 2014 Healthcare Facilities Report. Read the first installment of the report, "How your firm can win more healthcare projects."

 

 

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Must see: Tour Seinfeld's apartment with virtual reality headset

After two months of taking screen captures and coding, Web designer Greg Miller has re-created a place intimately familiar to many Americans: Jerry Seinfeld's sitcom apartment.

With the use of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence.

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Fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence, thanks to one Web designer's painstaking effort.

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Fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence, thanks to one Web designer's painstaking effort.

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Thu, 2014-03-06 10:45
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Greg Miller used the Unity coding language to create "Jerry's Place." All render
Greg Miller used the Unity coding language to create "Jerry's Place." All renderings: Greg Miller
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Fans of the show can now explore a virtual 3D model of the iconic New York residence, thanks to one Web designer's painstaking effort.

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7 (more) awe-inspiring interior designs [slideshow]

Editor's Note: As a follow up to our late-January post, "16 awe-inspiring interior designs from around the world," which highlighted the winners the International Interior Design Association's Annual Global Excellence Awards, we present seven more award-winning interior architecture and design projects—this time from IIDA's annual Interior Design Competition and Will Ching Design Competition.

 

 

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Gensler and Perkins+Will are among the firms with winning entries in IIDA's annual Interior Design Competition

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The seven winners of the 41st Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Will Ching Design Competition include projects on four different continents.

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Tue, 2014-03-11 11:22
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Credit for all images: International Interior Design Institute (IIDA)
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The seven winners of the 41st Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Will Ching Design Competition include projects on four different continents.

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Rem Koolhaas explains China's plans for its 'ghost cities'

OMA's Rem Koolhaas recently sat down with the WorldPost to discuss urbanization trends in China.

He addressed China's plans to create "mega-urban" clusters in rural areas. This measure, he said, is meant to de-incentivize migration into already overcrowded cities. 

"It is really an effort to anchor populations in the countryside," Koolhaas told the WorldPost. "In an historical twist, they are taking the city to the country."

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The Dutch architect talks about China's "new idea" of urbanization

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China's goal, according to Koolhaas, is to de-incentivize migration into already overcrowded cities. 

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Mon, 2014-03-17 08:10
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China's goal, according to Koolhaas, is to de-incentivize migration into already overcrowded cities. 

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Federal agency gives thumbs up to tall wood buildings

At a meeting hosted by the White House Rural Council, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new partnership to train architects, engineers, and builders about the benefits of advanced wood building materials, and plans for a forthcoming prize competition to design and build high-rise wood demonstration projects.

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USDA's support for wood projects includes training for AEC professionals and a wood high-rise design competition, to launch later this year.

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USDA's support for wood projects includes training for AEC professionals and a wood high-rise design competition, to launch later this year.

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Wed, 2014-03-19 09:24
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a partnership to train architects, engineers and builders about the benefits of advanced wood building materials. Image: courtesy WoodWorks
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USDA's support for wood projects includes training for AEC professionals and a wood high-rise design competition, to launch later this year.

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14 new ideas for doors and door hardware

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From a high-tech classroom lockdown system to an impact-resistant wide-stile door line, BD+C editors present a collection of door and door hardware innovations. 

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From a high-tech classroom lockdown system to an impact-resistant wide-stile door line, BD+C editors present a collection of door and door hardware innovations. 

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Wed, 2014-03-12 09:49
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From a high-tech classroom lockdown system to an impact-resistant wide-stile door line, BD+C editors present a collection of door and door hardware innovations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. WIDE-STILE OPTION EXPANDS RESILIENT DOOR SERIES

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Koolhaas, OMA selected to design San Francisco high-rise residential tower

Rem Koolhaas and his architecture firm, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), have been named lead architect for a 550-foot residential tower on Folsom Street in San Francisco.

OMA is teaming with developers Related California and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. on the project.

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The project includes a 550-foot residential tower on one end of the block and two podium buildings and a row of townhouses filling the remainder of the property.

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The project includes a 550-foot residential tower on one end of the block and two podium buildings and a row of townhouses filling the remainder of the property.

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Tue, 2014-03-18 12:27
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The project includes a 550-foot residential tower on one end of the block and two podium buildings and a row of townhouses filling the remainder of the property.

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7 fresh retail design strategies

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Generic ‘boxes’ and indifferent service won’t cut it with today’s savvy shoppers. Retailers are seeking a technology-rich-but-handmade vibe, plus greater speed to market and adaptability. 

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Generic ‘boxes’ and indifferent service won’t cut it with today’s savvy shoppers. Retailers are seeking a technology-rich-but-handmade vibe, plus greater speed to market and adaptability. 

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Tue, 2014-02-11 10:52
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The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, designed by RTKL and KA, combine high-end and mi
The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, designed by RTKL and KA, combine high-end and mid-price stores in a upscale environment. Jazzy environmental graphics and displays of fine art convey a sense of excitement and uniqueness. Developers: Macerich, AWE Talisman. Photo: David Whitcomb
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Generic ‘boxes’ and indifferent service won’t cut it with today’s savvy shoppers. Retailers are seeking a technology-rich-but-handmade vibe, plus greater speed to market and adaptability. 

A short-range drone was the hottest retail story of 2013. The morning after CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled Amazon’s “octocopter” on “60 Minutes,” the Internet was abuzz with speculation about whether this Jetsonesque delivery technology would actually fly, further favoring e-commerce over brick-and-mortar stores.

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LEGO, Google partner to develop 3D modeling tool for LEGO structures

If you're a LEGO fanatic like we are, you're going to love what the software engineers at Google and LEGO have developed: a 3D modeling tool that uses LEGO's iconic pieces as the building blocks.

The developers call it "the largest LEGO set the world has ever seen." 

The free application, called Build, allows Chrome browser users to create virtual 3D structures using any shape and color in the LEGO catalog. Users can build LEGO structures on any plot in the world, using a PC or mobile device. 

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The free tool allows Chrome users to create virtual 3D structures using any shape and color in the LEGO catalog. 

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The free tool, called Build, allows Chrome users to create virtual 3D structures using any shape and color in the LEGO catalog. 

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Fri, 2014-01-31 14:23
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The free tool, called Build, allows Chrome users to create virtual 3D structures using any shape and color in the LEGO catalog. 

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