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Engineering and construction CEOs are cautiously optimistic about the global economy, says PwC

Engineering and construction CEOs are more optimistic this year than in previous years, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey. Forty-one percent of respondents expect to grow over the next 12 months, up from 31% last year.

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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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Mon, 2014-03-03 13:07
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Firm leaders remain leery about the availability of skilled workers, the state of government debt and deficits, and rising material prices, according to PwC’s 2014 Global CEO Survey.

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Thom Mayne's high-tech Emerson College LA campus opens in Hollywood [slideshow]

Larry David, Maria Menounos, and Sofia Vergara are among the Hollywood elites scheduled to attend a star-studded gala March 8 to celebrate the opening of Emerson College's new $85 million Los Angeles campus building

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The $85 million, 10-story vertical campus takes the shape of a massive, shimmering aircraft hangar, housing a sculptural, glass-and-aluminum base building.

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The $85 million, 10-story vertical campus takes the shape of a massive, shimmering aircraft hangar, housing a sculptural, glass-and-aluminum base building.

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Fri, 2014-03-07 12:34
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The $85 million, 10-story vertical campus takes the shape of a massive, shimmering aircraft hangar, housing a sculptural, glass-and-aluminum base building.

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5 rugged mobile devices geared for construction pros

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BD+C readers share their most trusted smartphone and tablet cases. The editors select some of their faves, too. 

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BD+C readers share their most trusted smartphone and tablet cases. The editors select some of their faves, too. 

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Mon, 2014-03-10 12:54
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BD+C readers share their most trusted smartphone and tablet cases. The editors select some of their faves, too. 

When it comes to rugged mobile devices for the AEC market, the story lately has had less to do with the hardware itself and more with the deluge of hardened and weather-resistant cases, bags, and accessories to hit the market. 

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Field tested: Caterpillar’s Cat B15 rugged smartphone

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The B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

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The B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

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Mon, 2014-03-10 13:06
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Caterpillar’s Cat B15 rugged smartphone
Caterpillar’s Cat B15 rugged smartphone. Photo: Caterpillar
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The B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

BD+C’s sister publication, Construction Equipment, recently field tested Caterpillar’s entry into the rugged mobile device market, the Cat B15 smartphone

Manufactured by Bullett Mobile Ltd. under license from Caterpillar, the B15 is billed by Cat as “the most progressive, durable and rugged device available on the market today.” 

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Meet Tally – the Revit app that calculates the environmental impact of building materials

Architecture firm KieranTimberlake, in conjunction with PE International and Autodesk Sustainability Solutions, announce the commercial availability of Tally, a software application for Revit that calculates the environmental impact of building materials.

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Tally provides AEC professionals with insight into how materials-related decisions made during design influence a building’s overall ecological footprint.

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Tally provides AEC professionals with insight into how materials-related decisions made during design influence a building’s overall ecological footprint.

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Mon, 2014-03-10 15:10
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Tally lets users assign materials and quantities, then provides a complete bill of goods.
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Tally provides AEC professionals with insight into how materials-related decisions made during design influence a building’s overall ecological footprint.

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Freelon Group to join Perkins+Will

Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will announced today that they have signed an agreement which will result in The Freelon Group joining forces with Perkins+Will.

Founded by Phil Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP in Research Triangle Park, N.C., The Freelon Group is world renowned for design excellence and consulting work with museums, libraries, universities, and other civic and institutional clients. 

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The combination will result in one of North Carolina's largest architecture and design practices

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The Freelon Group concentrates on museums, libraries, universities and other civic and institutional clients; Perkins+Will plans to incorporate this specialization into their design repertory.

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Tue, 2014-03-11 08:25
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Freelon founded The Freelon Group in 1990. He is the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
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The Freelon Group concentrates on museums, libraries, universities and other civic and institutional clients; Perkins+Will plans to incorporate this specialization into their design repertory.

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New CannonDesign database allows users to track facility assets

CannonDesign Facility Optimization Solutions has released proprietary Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) software focused on empowering organizations to manage existing facility assets and operations more efficiently and effectively.

The FCA software creates a database populated by facility assessment data that becomes a planning tool for organizations, giving them the power to strategically track facilities and development needs while managing repairs and capital projects in a predictable, efficient manner. Specifically, the database:

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The FCA software is available to organizations via the cloud 

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The new software identifies critical failures of components and systems, code and ADA-compliance issues, and systematically justifies prudent expenditures.

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Wed, 2014-03-12 08:30
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Data collected by the assessment team during the day can be uploaded in the evening, quality checked and available for viewing the next day.
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The new software identifies critical failures of components and systems, code and ADA-compliance issues, and systematically justifies prudent expenditures.

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AIA gives support to legislation to assist architecture students with debt

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) committed to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others – in return for community service.

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Part of the intent of the bill is to induce architecture students to stay in the profession

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The National Design Services Act will give architecture students relief from student loan debt in return for community service. 

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Wed, 2014-03-12 09:46
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The National Design Services Act will give architecture students relief from student loan debt in return for community service. Image: bplanet via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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The National Design Services Act will give architecture students relief from student loan debt in return for community service. 

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Simon Perkowitz to join KTGY Group

KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, has added design leader Simon "Sy" Perkowitz, AIA, PE, as a principal in the firm's Retail/Commercial division. Perkowitz was a founding principal at Perkowitz  +  Ruth Architects in 1979 and since that time has developed an impressive portfolio of award-winning retail and mixed-use projects.

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Perkowitz will be based in KTGY's Irvine office 

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Perkowitz, the founder of Perkowitz + Ruth, will assist KTGY in responding to the demands and further development of its growing retail/commercial division. 

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Thu, 2014-03-13 08:49
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Simon Perkowitz will join KTGY's retail/commercial division. Photo courtesy of KTGY.
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Perkowitz, the founder of Perkowitz + Ruth, will assist KTGY in responding to the demands and further development of its growing retail/commercial division. 

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Austria's tallest tower shimmers with striking 'folded façade' [slideshow]

DC Tower 1, the tallest tower in Vienna, Austria, is now open. Designed by Dominique Perrault, this tower is one of two; the second is still under construction. 

The building contains apartments, a hotel, a restaurant, and offices. But its main feature, aside from its height, is its dramatic folded glass façade. 

The second tower will have a similar face, and will be angled in such a way that the two towers will frame views of the city from the Danube river.

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The 58-story DC Tower 1 is the first of two high-rises designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture for Vienna's skyline.

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The 58-story DC Tower 1 is the first of two high-rises designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture for Vienna's skyline.

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Thu, 2014-03-13 10:34
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The DC 1 is Austria's tallest tower. Photos courtesy of Dominique Perrault Architecture.
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The 58-story DC Tower 1 is the first of two high-rises designed by Dominique Perrault Architecture for Vienna's skyline.

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