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K-12 Schools

Average age of U.S. school buildings is just under 50 years

The average age of a main instructional school building in the United States is 49 years, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). About 38% of schools were built before 1970. Roughly half of the schools surveyed have undergone a major building renovation or addition.


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Sep 13, 2010

'A Model for the Entire Industry'

How a university and its Building Team forged a relationship with 'the toughest building authority in the country' to bring a replacement hospital in early and under budget.

Sep 13, 2010

3D Prototyping Goes Low-cost

Today’s less costly 3D color printers are attracting the attention of AEC firms looking to rapidly prototype designs and communicate design intent to clients. 

Aug 11, 2010

Minneapolis Public Housing authority, Honeywell launch energy retrofit program

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and Honeywell today announced a $33.6-million energy efficiency and facility renewal program that will help the housing authority improve its infrastructure, reduce its impact on the environment, and save more than $3.7 million in utility costs per year. Local contractors will also complete a majority of the work for the program, one of the largest of its kind for a public housing authority, helping boost the Twin Cities job market.
Aug 11, 2010

Underwriters Laboratories, ICC Evaluation Service announce dual evaluation and certification program for building products

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the leading product safety testing organization, and ICC Evaluation Service, Inc (ICC-ES), the United States' leader in evaluating building products for compliance with code, today announced a partnership that will provide the building materials industry with a Dual Evaluation and Certification Program for building products.
Aug 11, 2010

Shepley Bulfinch announces merger of Merzproject

National architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch of Boston and Merzproject of Phoenix today announced their merger. The merger unites Shepley Bulfinch, one of the country’s leading design firms, and Merzproject.
Aug 11, 2010

Brown Craig Turner opens senior living studio

Baltimore-based architecture and design firm Brown Craig Turner has significantly expanded its housing design capabilities and expertise with the launch of its new senior living studio.
Aug 11, 2010

The New Yorker's David Owen: Why Manhattan is America's greenest community

David Owen is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of 14 books, most recently Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability, in which he argues that Manhattan is the greenest community in America. He graduated from Harvard and lives in Washington, Conn., where he chairs the town planning commission.
Aug 11, 2010

Parsons Brinckerhoff names new CEO

Parsons Brinckerhoff announced the appointment of George J. Pierson as the firm’s CEO effective January 1, 2010. Mr. Pierson, currently President and COO of the firm’s Americas division, succeeds Keith J. Hawksworth, who becomes Chairman.
Aug 11, 2010

Economic conditions to cause drag on cement consumption

The conditions facing the construction industry are likely to remain weak for another year or more, causing a drag on cement consumption, according to the most recent economic forecast from Skokie, Ill.-based Portland Cement Association (PCA).
Aug 11, 2010

Lafarge Announces Weather Defense Platinum Exterior Sheathing

Herndon, Va. - November 30, 2009 - Lafarge announces a new standard in high-performance sheathing…
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