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Military Construction | January 14, 2014 | Drew Ballensky

A remembrance area and a new visitor's entrance will be among the changes when the Navy rebuilds Building 197 of the Washington Navy Yard, where a...

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Reconstruction & Renovation | January 06, 2014 | Drew Ballensky

Reducing energy consumption through energy-efficiency retrofits represents an underappreciated way to cut healthcare costs, according to the Rocky...

Reconstruction & Renovation | January 02, 2014 | Drew Ballensky

San Vicente Inn, a cluster of century-old historic bungalows, known as a haven for nudists and drug users, in West Hollywood, Calif., will be conve...

Government Buildings | December 27, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Rings of scaffolding will start to rise this spring around the cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington as part of a $60 million renovation...

Office Building Design | December 16, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Minneapolis’s Northwestern Building, originally built in 1914 as a glass factory, is undergoing a major renovation. The 85,000-sf, four-story build...

Justice Facilities | December 09, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Bethlehem, Pa., is a recipient of a 2013 award by Preservation Pennsylvania for a renovation of the oldest building on the former Bethlehem Steel C...

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Reconstruction & Renovation | December 02, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

A $47.6 million overhaul of the Huntington Federal Building in Huntington, West Virginia, includes altered traffic lanes on adjoining streets and t...

Reconstruction & Renovation | November 25, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The redevelopment of Fort Monmouth, a former New Jersey army base, is likely to be revised on a building-by-building and parcel-by-parcel basis, of...

Reconstruction & Renovation | November 18, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Key office design trends such as downsizing of overall space, more open floor plans, and the inclusion of more collaborative workspaces are prompti...

Reconstruction & Renovation | November 11, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Salzburg, Austria’s Central Station remained in operation during reconstruction, a feat that required complex planning.

Architects | November 05, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The International Energy Conservation Code has been revised to eliminate what has been seen as a blanket exemption for historic buildings.

Roofing | October 28, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

NRCA's EnergyWise Roof Calculator Online has been updated to include information from the 2012 version of the International Code Council's Internat...

Reconstruction & Renovation | October 22, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Major renovation projects—those costing more than $100,000—climbed as a share of total nonresidential construction as the recession began and haven...

Building Owner | October 15, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

A major renovation of an historic YMCA in Los Angeles to an apartment facility was named the 2013 World Architecture Festival Housing Award recipie...

Reconstruction & Renovation | October 07, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The CEO of Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance says lenders want better data to justify loans for green building retrofits.

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Reconstruction & Renovation | October 01, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The renovation of a set of historic downtown Winchester, Va., buildings led to the discovery of several historic artifacts including a Civil War ca...

Reconstruction & Renovation | September 24, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pa., unveiled a new look following a $500,000 ceiling renovation.

Building Owner | September 17, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Work is under way at the Wisconsin State Capitol on an extensive $2.7 million, 14-month renovation to the skylights above the House and Senate cham...

Building Owner | September 10, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The 1200 Buildings program in Melbourne, Australia was designed to encourage the retrofitting of 1,200 commercial buildings, or about 70% of the ci...

Building Owner | September 04, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The owner of a 29-acre cluster of brick buildings in Watertown, Mass., wants to reinvent the site as a 21st-century innovation hub.

Reconstruction & Renovation | August 26, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The U.S. hotel industry is expected to spend $5.6 billion on capital expenditures this year, exceeding the most recent record of $5.5 billion set i...

Airports | August 19, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The finding of more asbestos in Terminal B than expected, and the pending merger of US Airways and the airport’s largest tenant, American Airlines,...

Building Owner | August 12, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

A $300 million-plus, decade-long renovation of the Kansas Capitol Building in Topeka is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The exterio...

Education Facility | August 06, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study recently achieved LEED-NC v3 Gold certification for its renovation of the historic Fay House, making it...

Arena | July 29, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

The University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena and the nearby Lexington Center will undergo a major renovation beginning next year.

Reconstruction & Renovation | July 22, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

When considering energy efficiency retrofits, building owners need to do capital expenditure (CapEx) planning that includes the what, when, and why...

Multifamily Housing | July 15, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

An $18 million redevelopment proposal would convert a historic Kansas City high-rise into a commercial/residential property.

Reconstruction & Renovation | July 08, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

A unique stained-glass dome capping the rotunda at the Butte-Silver Bow County courthouse in Butte, Montana is in danger of being lost without a re...

Reconstruction & Renovation | July 01, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

USGBC awarded a LEED-certified plaque to the headquarters building of Chattanooga's electric utility, EPB, in June. It is the first building in the...

Reconstruction & Renovation | June 26, 2013 | Drew Ballensky

Los Angeles World Airports, L.A.’s regional airport authority, is planning to spend slightly more than $4 billion on capital improvement projects d...

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