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AEC Tech Innovation

Meet Emerge: WSP USA's new AEC tech incubator

Pooja Jain, WSP’s VP-Strategic Innovation, discusses the pilot programs her firm’s new incubator, Emerge, has initiated with four tech startup companies. Jain speaks with BD+C's John Caulfield about the four AEC tech firms to join Cohort 1 of the firm’s incubator.

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| Jun 4, 2013

SOM research project examines viability of timber-framed skyscraper

In a report released today, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill discussed the results of the Timber Tower Research Project: an examination of whether a viable 400-ft, 42-story building could be created with timber framing. The structural type could reduce the carbon footprint of tall buildings by up to 75%.

| May 14, 2013

Paints and coatings: The latest trends in sustainability

When it comes to durability, a 50-year building design ideally should include 50-year coatings. Many building products consume substantial amounts of energy, water, and petrochemicals during manufacture, but they can make up for it in the operations phase. The same should be expected from architectural coatings.

| Apr 23, 2013

Building material innovation: Concrete cloth simplifies difficult pours

Milliken recently debuted a flexible fabric that allows for concrete installations on slopes, in water, and in other hard to reach places—without the need for molds or mixing.

| Apr 19, 2013

Must see: Shell of gutted church on stilts, 40 feet off the ground

Construction crews are going to extremes to save the ornate brick façade of the Provo (Utah) Tabernacle temple, which was ravaged by a fire in December 2010.

| Mar 29, 2013

Shenzhen projects halted as Chinese officials find substandard concrete

Construction on multiple projects in Guangdong Province—including the 660-m Ping'an Finance Center—has been halted after inspectors in Shenzhen, China, have found at least 15 local plants producing concrete with unprocessed sea sand, which undermines building stabity.

| Mar 4, 2013

Legendary structural engineer Gene Corley passes away at 77

CTLGroup, an expert engineering and materials science firm located in Skokie, Illinois, is saddened by the news that W. Gene Corley, Ph.D., S.E., P.E., Senior Vice President, died on March 1, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer.

| Feb 25, 2013

Turner employs rare 'collapsible' steel truss system at Seattle light rail station

To speed construction of the $110 million Capitol Hill Station light-rail station in Seattle, general contractor Turner Construction will use an unusual temporary framing method for the project's underground spaces.

| Feb 22, 2013

Dutch team's 'bioconcrete' can heal itself

Two researchers from Delft Technical University in Holland have developed a self-healing cement that can stop microcracks from forming in concrete.

| Jan 3, 2013

5 things you should know about decorative concrete

Designing and installing decorative concrete is a lot more difficult that you might think. A veteran of many such installations offers a handful of tips to help you plan your next decorative concrete project.

| Sep 24, 2012

Reed Construction completes Lafarge headquarters in Chicago

Reed Construction was contracted to complete the full third floor build-out which included the construction of new open area work space, private offices, four conference rooms with videoconferencing capabilities and an executive conference boardroom.

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