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Massachusetts governor launches advocacy group to push for more housing

Massachusetts’ Gov. Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll have taken the unusual step of setting up a nonprofit to advocate for pro-housing efforts at the local level. One Commonwealth Inc., will work to provide political and financial support for local housing initiatives, a key pillar of the governor’s agenda.



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Florida condo market roiled by structural safety standards law

A Florida law enacted after the Surfside condo tower collapse is causing turmoil in the condominium market. The law, which requires buildings to meet certain structural safety standards, is forcing condo associations to assess hefty fees to make repairs on older properties. In some cases, the cost per unit runs into six figures.


Mass Timber

Charlotte's new multifamily mid-rise will feature exposed mass timber

Construction recently kicked off for Oxbow, a multifamily community in Charlotte’s The Mill District. The $97.8 million project, consisting of 389 rental units and 14,300 sf of commercial space, sits on 4.3 acres that formerly housed four commercial buildings. The street-level retail is designed for boutiques, coffee shops, and other neighborhood services.

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Modular Building | FXCollaborative | Feb 23, 2015

Edge construction: The future of modular

Can innovative project delivery methods, namely modular construction, bring down costs and offer a solution for housing in urban markets? FXFOWLE’s David Wallance discusses the possibilities for modular.

Green | Paladino | Feb 23, 2015

State of the green union, and the next big shift in sustainability

The history of the green movement offers cues that we are on the precipice of another significant shift in the green union.

Feb 23, 2015

Where are the iconic green buildings?

What does a green building look like? How would you know one if you saw one? Maybe a trivial question to some, but of great interest to architects, designers, and other members of the Building Team as the rapid evolution of sustainable buildings continues apace.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | Feb 21, 2015

Pumped-up recreation centers help build body, mind, and spirit

Adopting facility layouts from Asian and European models, today’s sports and recreational buildings are becoming social hubs that accommodate a variety of community needs. 

University Buildings | Feb 20, 2015

Penn strengthens campus security by reviving its surrounding neighborhood

In 1996, the University of Pennsylvania’s sprawling campus in Philadelphia was in the grip of an unprecedented crime wave. But instead of walling themselves off from their surrounding neighborhoods, the school decided to support the community.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | Feb 20, 2015

Chargers, Raiders propose joint stadium in Carson

Two rival teams may bring the NFL back to Los Angeles.

Multifamily Housing | Feb 19, 2015

Is multifamily construction getting too frothy for demand?

Contractors are pushing full speed ahead, but CoStar Group thinks a slowdown might be in order this year.

Building Materials | Feb 19, 2015

Prices for construction materials fall in January, following plummet of oil prices

The decline in oil and petroleum prices finally showed up in the produce price index data, according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

Codes and Standards | Feb 18, 2015

USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout their projects as “LEED pre-certified” and then fail to follow through with certification.

Office Buildings | Feb 18, 2015

Commercial real estate developers optimistic, but concerned about taxes, jobs outlook

The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over sluggish job creation and higher taxes, according to a new survey of commercial real estate professionals by NAIOP.

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