News Briefs from BD+C:
Architecture firm uses Craigslist to find owner for skyway. Minneapolis architecture firm CityDeskStudio turned to Craigslist to find a potential owner for a 1,380-sf downtown skyway. The firm is seeking $79,500 for the structure. Building a comparable new skyway today would cost about $1 million, the architecture firm estimated; the steel alone is worth more than $250,000. The design firm says the skyway could be used as a cabin, wine bar, yoga studio, or park building.
Chicago 2016's plans put Olympic tennis center near bird sanctuary. Plans to erect a $25.8 million tennis center for Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid near the Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Lincoln Park have ruffled the feathers of some bird lovers. Though the Olympic bid organization claims the plan for a complex at the existing Waveland tennis courts, with temporary seating for 17,000, will not harm the sanctuary, environmentalists disagree.
NFL encouraging Raiders and 49ers to share a new stadium. The NFL is urging the San Francisco 49ers to explore sharing a new stadium with the Oakland Raiders, hoping the Bay Area will follow the lead of the New York Giants and the New York Jets, who have joined forces to privately finance the most expensive stadium in U.S. sports history. The 49ers plan to expand the scope of their environmental review in Santa Clara for a stadium that could accommodate two teams playing at least 20 games a year.
Stanford halts $1.3 billion in construction projects as endowment shrinks. A planned mechanical engineering building and the renovation of the Hoover Institution are among the $1.3 billion worth of construction projects suspended by Stanford University as the school's endowment plunges, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Steinway piano factory installs world's largest solar cooling system. The Steinway & Sons factory complex in Long Island City, N.Y., will soon complete the largest solar-powered rooftop system in the world to provide cool air to dehumidify the factory and protect the precision pianos inside. The $875,000 solar system, which will be completed in late spring, is partly funded through a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Wal-Mart Canada opens first environmental demonstration store. A new Wal-Mart in Burlington, Ont., will test innovative geothermal and daylight harvesting technology. The high-efficiency model features a first-of-its-kind application of geothermal technology in a large-scale Canadian retail operation and energy-conserving lighting innovations, and is expected to use an estimated 60% less energy than the company's typical supercenter store.
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