GSA adopts new accessibility guidelines for federal properties

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) adopted a new rule with new accessibility guidelines for federal buildings. The rule establishes that pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way are readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. 


Office Buildings

No longer marked by gray, uniform rows of cubicles, offices have become more personalized and employee-centric than ever, giving people a more comfortable place to spend their working hours. New approaches to office customization and the way employees interact are breathing new life into the workplace.

Oct 12, 2010

From ‘Plain Box’ to Community Asset

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank helps provide 55,000 meals a day to the hungry. Who would guess that it was once a nondescript mattress factory?

Oct 11, 2010

HGA wins 25-Year Award from AIA Minnesota

HGA Architects and Engineers won a 25-Year Award from AIA Minnesota for the Willow Lake Laboratory.

Oct 8, 2010

Union Bank’S San Diego HQ awarded LEED Gold

Union Bank’s San Diego headquarters building located at 530 B Street has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the Green Building Certification Institute under the standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.  Gold status was awarded to six buildings across the United States in the most recent certification and Union Bank’s San Diego headquarters building is one of only two in California.

Oct 6, 2010

Windows Keep Green Goals in View

The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has almost 600 window openings, and yet it's targeting LEED Platinum, net-zero energy use, and 50% improvement over ASHRAE 90.1. How the window ‘problem’ is part of the solution.

Sep 21, 2010

New BOMA-Kingsley Report Shows Compression in Utilities and Total Operating Expenses

A new report from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and Kingsley Associates shows that property professionals are trimming building operating expenses to stay competitive in today’s challenging marketplace. The report, which analyzes data from BOMA International’s 2010 Experience Exchange Report® (EER), revealed a $0.09 (1.1 percent) decrease in total operating expenses for U.S. private-sector buildings during 2009.

Sep 13, 2010

Triple-LEED for Engineering Firm's HQ

With more than 250 LEED projects in the works, Enermodal Engineering is Canada's most prolific green building consulting firm. In 2007, with the firm outgrowing its home office in Kitchener, Ont., the decision was made go all out with a new green building. The goal: triple Platinum for New Construction, Commercial Interiors, and Existing Buildings: O&M.

Aug 11, 2010

January 2010 AIA CE exam: High-Performance Workplaces

Once you've read our special reports, take the AIA exam to earn 1.0 AIA/CES continuing learning…
Aug 11, 2010

Lafarge Announces Weather Defense Platinum Exterior Sheathing

Herndon, Va. - November 30, 2009 - Lafarge announces a new standard in high-performance sheathing…
Aug 11, 2010

CTBUH changes height criteria; Burj Dubai height increases, others decrease

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)—the international body that arbitrates on tall building height and determines the title of “The World’s Tallest Building”—has announced a change to its height criteria, as a reflection of recent developments with several super-tall buildings.