• Award of Merit, Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Building 26 Renovation

    Updated: 2012-11-29 20:18:56
    The $27.5-million building renovation at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

  • New York contractors say they will pay tax despite a court ruling that the tax is unconstitutional

    Updated: 2012-11-29 20:14:10
    The New York Building Congress says it will voluntarily pay a tax declared unconstitutional by the courts because, it says, the money is vital to maintaining the city’s transportation infrastructure. “The least we can do is voluntarily pay the tax, and we’re encouraging others that were exempted to pay the tax as well,” says Richard Anderson, president of the NYBC. The Mobility Payroll Tax, which effectively takes 34 cents from every $100 of payroll from employers in the Metropolitan Transit Authority region, was initiated in May 2009.read more

  • Storms like Sandy highlight the need for stricter codes, says insurance expert

    Updated: 2012-11-29 20:12:54
    Experts on insurance, weather, and catastrophe modeling say the role of climate change in Hurricane Sandy and future storms is unclear. Storms such as Sandy do, however, underscore the need for stricter building codes and improved land-use policies in coastal areas, said a policy expert at Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Click here for more info.

  • Quake simulation to test concrete building's strength in California

    Updated: 2012-11-29 20:11:43
    Researchers aim to gauge how buildings constructed with reinforced concrete withstand an earthquake by conducting a simulation test at a two-story building built in the 1920s in El Centro, Calif. Engineers will install a spinning device, called an eccentric mass shaker, on the building's roof to induce damage by simulating the pulsing and vibration of an earthquake rattling the structure from the top down. "This is a very challenging project but a great research opportunity because we are working with an entire existing building," says a member of the research team.read more

  • AGC offers stormwater compliance webinar

    Updated: 2012-11-29 20:10:28
    An effective document management system is necessary to stay in compliance with new and forthcoming stormwater runoff requirements, says the Associated General Contractors of America. All stormwater permitting authorities require a site-specific Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, as well as documentation of inspections, findings, and maintenance and repair of all BMPs. A webinar being offered by AGC will cover these issues on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. ET.read more

  • Government policies help accelerate adoption of green building

    Updated: 2012-11-29 20:09:15
    Green procurement policies or green building mandates can help accelerate the adoption of green building practices, according to research by Timothy Simcoe and Michael Toffel. The authors studied what happened after municipal governments in California adopted sustainability policies on public (but not private) building renovations and new construction. After local governments decided to pursue LEED certification for their own buildings, there was an uptick in the number of local architects, general contractors, and other construction industry professionals who sought LEED accreditation.read more

  • Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical & Health Sciences

    Updated: 2012-11-29 16:52:25
    Award of Merit - Higher Education/Research

  • Award of Merit, Health Care: Sutter Health Eden Medical Center

    Updated: 2012-11-29 02:53:06
    Award of Merit - Health Care

  • Best Projects, K-12 Schools: Sustainable Improvements for San Mateo School

    Updated: 2012-11-29 02:53:06
    The two-story 25,000-sq-ft facility is part of a multiphase master plan of improvements for Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.

  • Orchard Library

    Updated: 2012-11-29 02:53:06
    Award of Merit K-12 Education

  • Prime Time for KPBS Renovation Team

    Updated: 2012-11-28 22:30:50
    Crews give an updated look and layout to San Diego State University’s broadcast facility.

  • Award of Merit, Green: Redding School of the Arts

    Updated: 2012-11-28 22:23:50
    A school for teaching green, the 77,000-sq-ft K-8 public charter school in the city of Redding received LEED-Platinum certification. The contractor completed the $28-million, two-story building on schedule in August 2011.

  • Transmission Line Project Takes Flight in San Diego

    Updated: 2012-11-28 22:10:37
    Sunrise Powerlink transports renewable energy overhead and underground for 117 miles from the Imperial Valley near El Centro into San Diego.

  • UC Berkeley School of Law South Addition

    Updated: 2012-11-28 21:48:08
    Award of Merit - Higher Education/Research

  • Award of Merit, Specialty Contracting: Gibraltar Road Tire Anchor Wall

    Updated: 2012-11-28 18:52:06
    Award of Merit - Specialty Contracting

  • Award of Merit, Civil Works/Infrastructure: Bitter Point Pumping Station Replacement

    Updated: 2012-11-28 18:52:05
    New $19.75-million project provides sewer services to the Newport Beach Balboa Peninsula area.

  • Award of Merit, Health Care: VA Palo Alto Mental Health Center

    Updated: 2012-11-28 18:52:04
    Award of Merit - Health Care

  • Project team to showcase design for first mixed-use retail center of its kind in Mexico City

    Updated: 2012-11-28 16:59:46
    The design vision for Gran Patio Santa Fe–Mexico City’s first-ever high-rise building to blend retail, lifestyle, and commercial office space–was showcased at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers Center Build Conference November 28-30 in Phoenix.read more

  • Francis Cauffman appoints Stainbrook Director of Higher Education

    Updated: 2012-11-28 16:32:48
    Architecture firm Francis Cauffman has appointed Steven Stainbrook, AICP, as Director of Higher Education to grow its comprehensive design and planning services to academic institutions nationwide. Stainbrook has 16 years of experience as a strategic planner and urban designer working on complex projects on- and off-campus.read more

  • Award of Merit, Green: 525 Golden Gate

    Updated: 2012-11-27 23:47:50
    The general contractor expects this 277,500-sq-ft, 13-story building to earn LEED-Platinum certification.

  • Best Projects, Green: Office Aims to Be Greenest of Its Kind In California

    Updated: 2012-11-27 23:39:33
    The new headquarters for a conservation and sustainability foundation is designed for net-zero energy consumption and LEED-Platinum certification.

  • Award of Merit, Government/Public Buildings: United States Federal Courthouse, Bakersfield

    Updated: 2012-11-27 23:31:10
    A fast-tracked design-build delivery project, the 30,000-sq-ft interpretation of the traditional courthouse on the village green features one Magistrate Court and chamber, district clerk's office, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services.

  • Award of Merit, Government/Public Buildings: Fairbanks Ranch Fire Station

    Updated: 2012-11-27 23:23:43
    Designed with classical and Spanish elements to complement the architecture in the surrounding community, the $5-million, 10,500-sq-ft station replaced a 3,000-sq-ft facility that was razed in 2010 in response to California's Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act.

  • Best Projects, Government/Public Buildings: New Courthouse in Session in Remote Locale

    Updated: 2012-11-27 23:15:18
    Crews led by Sundt Construction deliver a $15-million courthouse in a forested setting at elevation 8,000 ft.

  • Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship: Merced Theatre Renovation

    Updated: 2012-11-27 23:08:21
    The $8.3-million project returns to the city one of its 1930’s landmarks.

  • SFIA releases technical guide for cold-formed steel framing products

    Updated: 2012-11-27 22:57:29
    The Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA) has released the 2012 edition of the “Technical Guide for Cold-Formed Steel Framing Products,” a technical guide for designing with cold-formed steel framing members. The 114-page book covers both structural and non-structural applications, including section properties of SFIA member product profiles, and complete load and span tables for most applications.read more

  • Award of Merit, Cultural Worship: Fullerton Public Library

    Updated: 2012-11-27 22:53:06
    This LEED-certified building was completed below budget and could yield thousands of dollars in energy savings per year.

  • Best Projects, Cultural/Worship: Careful Coordination On Display at Museum Project

    Updated: 2012-11-27 22:39:15
    Phase II of the museum’s transformation plan included the challenging installation of Michael Heizer’s 340-ton “Levitated Mass.”

  • Best Projects, Safety: Exceptional Safety Recognized at MRMC

    Updated: 2012-11-27 22:32:29
    Over the spans of more than 1,000 days and 1.1 million man-hours, the hospital expansion project tallied no lost time accidents.

  • Best Projects, Industrial/Manufacturing: Mt. Poso Plant Converted From Coal to Biomass

    Updated: 2012-11-27 22:24:17
    The $43-million project will enable the plant to use urban and agricultural wood waste from the San Joaquin Valley agricultural area and clean wood waste and tree trimmings from the Los Angeles area.

  • Award of Merit, Transportation: Sacramento 'Big Build' Program

    Updated: 2012-11-27 22:16:41
    Award of Merit - Transportation

  • Award of Merit, Small Project: Lands End Lookout

    Updated: 2012-11-27 22:07:57
    The $5.2-million Lands End Lookout overlooks the ruins of Sutro Baths and the Pacific Ocean west of San Francisco.

  • Award of Merit, Small Project: Golden Gate Bridge Improvement Project

    Updated: 2012-11-27 21:57:17
    The aim of this $4-million visitor enhancement project to commemorate the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary was to make significant improvements to the world-famous tourist site.

  • Best Projects, Specialty Contracting: Stronghold Lights Up Santa Clara Facilities

    Updated: 2012-11-27 21:48:54
    Photovoltaic systems could generate 136.96 million KWh during their 25-year lifespans.

  • Award of Merit, Small Project: Happy Hollow Pedestrian Bridge Project

    Updated: 2012-11-27 21:40:54
    The $3.4-million Happy Hollow Park Bridge is a twin network tied-arch pedestrian bridge spanning Coyote Creek that provides a signature entrance to the renovated Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose.

  • Best Projects, Small Project: Bridge Creates New Link To Historic Lighthouse

    Updated: 2012-11-27 21:33:03
    Crews labor along a precarious cliffside site to build new $1.9-million pedestrian suspension bridge.

  • Award of Merit, Residential/Hospitality: Lorena Heights Apartments

    Updated: 2012-11-27 21:25:08
    Completed in December 2011, the 112-unit, two-building complex aims to have an impact on the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles.

  • Best Projects, Residential/Hospitality: Shore Hotel Makes Room For Sustainable Features

    Updated: 2012-11-27 21:15:32
    Hotel is the first property in California to implement the Savings by Design program.

  • Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: UC Berkeley's Hearst Greek Theatre

    Updated: 2012-11-27 21:04:06
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this landmark outdoor theater required a seismically sound renovation and expansion without compromising its historic facade.

  • Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: Cabrillo Way Marina

    Updated: 2012-11-27 20:51:54
    This $125-million project is the second phase of an upgrade to the marinas on both sides of the Port of Los Angeles West Channel in San Pedro.

  • Best Projects, Renovation/Restoration: Project Preserves Presidio, Adds Seismic Strength

    Updated: 2012-11-27 20:21:13
    Crews used fiber-reinforced polymer and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer to save historic finishes and upgrade the buildings to seismic standards.

  • Best Projects, Transportation: Safe, Sound and Soaring Over Presidio Park

    Updated: 2012-11-27 20:00:32
    The third in a series of Golden Gate Bridge-area Caltrans contracts helps improve seismically unsafe structures.

  • Award of Merit, Safety: City College of San Francisco, New Chinatown North Beach Campus

    Updated: 2012-11-27 19:26:51
    Award of Merit - Safety

  • Flood Advice and Help – flood prevention and aftermath

    Updated: 2012-11-27 09:35:43
    The floods are back and causing chaos once again across the UK.  It’s strange that despite the warnings, some people still did not prepare. I spoke with a friend only the other day. The waters in a brook just a little way down from her house had clearly risen and were flooding the field. I [...]

  • Minnesota law to spur development, job creation produced few jobs

    Updated: 2012-11-27 00:17:58
    Legislation that allowed local governments to direct excess property tax dollars from tax-increment financing districts into other private developments was supposed to kick-start construction hiring in Minnesota, but an examination found evidence of job creation was spotty at best, even as many companies cashed in on the new law. (http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Report-Data-spotty-that-tax-break-created-jobs-3978368.php)

  • How to boost resilient systems that are sustainable

    Updated: 2012-11-27 00:15:50
    Cities of the future can be both more resilient and more sustainable by promoting strategies that include solar power and green roofs, programs that minimize demand for energy, rain gardens, and permeable pavement. (http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2012/10/resiliency_vs_sustainability_can_the_megacities_of_the_future_be_both.html

  • Developer of nation’s first LEED platinum skyscraper focuses on carbon reduction

    Updated: 2012-11-27 00:13:38
    The Durst Organization, the developer of the first LEED platinum certified skyscraper in the country, says it will not seek LEED certification for its residential pyramid planned for New York’s West 57th Street. “It’s really an excellent standard for those that don’t know how to get started, but we’ve been at it now for so long we think that the current standard is holding us back,” a company official says. “Up until now, LEED has based their energy analysis on the cost of energy, which we don’t think is the proper way to analyze a building.<a href="http://www.bdcnetwork.com/developer-nation%E2%80%99s-first-leed-platinum-skyscraper-focuses-carbon-reduction" target="_blank"read more

  • Questions linger over ability of Miami's newer high-rises to withstand hurricanes

    Updated: 2012-11-27 00:11:55
    Some towers in Miami, rebuilt after a hurricane in 2005, were allowed to be constructed under older building codes instead of newer ones created after Hurricane Wilma. Those who built under the old codes may come to regret it, a county official says. "If we ever get hit, we’ll see who was smart and who wasn’t," said Charles Danger, Miami-Dade County’s building chief. (http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/24/3065519/miamis-gleaming-new-towers-are.html

  • Changes in development and building standards needed for health of Potomac River

    Updated: 2012-11-27 00:09:57
    The Potomac River’s health stands to suffer if the region does not change its development and building standards, according to the Potomac Conservancy. The conservancy’s sixth annual report found improvements to the river since the region has worked to reduce pollution at sources such as water treatment plants, but stormwater runoff stands to undo those gains. The conservancy urges Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia to get new development and redevelopment to cut back on nonporous pavement.read more

  • The UK Energy Bill is presented to Parliament

    Updated: 2012-11-23 11:46:03
    The UK Energy Bill is presented and the fallout already in full swing. So what is the skinny: The media has focused on the potential rise in consumer bills over the next 8 years to fund energy investment with figures ranging from £100-£175 per year for the average household. Environmentalists are siding with the Lib Dem, Ed Davey stating [...]

  • Architecture Billings Index positive for third straight month

    Updated: 2012-11-21 14:23:04
    Billings at architecture firms accelerated to their strongest pace of growth since December 2010. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.read more

  • PC Construction completes Juniper Hall at Champlain College

    Updated: 2012-11-20 23:49:48
    PC Construction recently completed construction of Champlain’s Juniper Hall. The $7.7 million, 29,200 square foot, 95-bed residential hall is located in the center of the hillside campus. Exterior features include brick, stone and flat-seam metal panels, a slate-shingled roof and stone walls with granite accents.read more

  • SchenkelShultz-designed Valencia at Lake Nona certified 3 Green Globes

    Updated: 2012-11-20 23:04:20
    Valencia College at Lake Nona’s innovative new $21.7 million Academic Building designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture achieved the 3 Green Globes certification presented by The Green Building Initiative. Opened in August as the satellite campus’s first building, the 88,821-sf project includes a state-of-the-art academic building and central energy plant that incorporated sustainable design standards.read more

  • UK Energy Bill – Why is it so important?

    Updated: 2012-11-20 11:36:34
    Having been asked last week by BBC Radio 4 to comment on the proposed UK Energy Bill I thought it might be worthwhile also trying to explain what it’s all about on my blog too. The Energy Bill has been around in various formats for some time now, tweaked here and there, put on hold, put out [...]

  • Tricorp Hearn Stays Active in Tough Economy

    Updated: 2012-11-20 02:52:52
    Despite a difficult economy, Sacramento-based general contractor Tricorp Hearn Construction is seeing success in the hospitality sector with four large hotel projects under construction around the state.

  • Marketing in the AEC industry – How Can Promotional Material Help?

    Updated: 2012-11-18 15:33:32
    Marketing in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry has for the most part been in a league of its own. Conventional marketing techniques just don’t typically apply. The reasons for this are of course unclear, much like the reasons for anything occurring in this World. However, as usual, I have some theories [...]

  • The importance of knowing your market

    Updated: 2012-11-16 22:06:33
    Imagine the scene: you’re off on holiday, sat on the plane, all ready to go when a message comes over the tannoy from the captain: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Does anyone know where this flight is going?” Needless to say, you’d be unnerved.

  • Sika Sarnafil Honored for Excellence in Green Roofing

    Updated: 2012-11-16 17:43:15
    Sika Sarnafil, a market leader in thermoplastic roofing and waterproofing systems, announced today that it has been honored with an Award of Excellence for its long-standing commitment to green roof architecture and the development of the green roofing industry. Now in its 10th year, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) presented the award to Sika Sarnafil at the CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference in Chicago.</pread more

  • South Dakota prefers LEED over building code on state projects

    Updated: 2012-11-16 15:45:29
    <pFour years ago, South Dakota passed a bill requiring all new government buildings and major renovations to be LEED-certified, with some exceptions. The state engineer’s office has waived the requirement for 32 projects where the costs of certification would have been prohibitive, or because the renovations would encompass less than half the building, or for other reasons. “(LEED is) much better than a mandatory building code because you get a little wiggle room in these projects,” said Mike Mueller, a spokesman for the South Dakota Bureau of Administration.read more

  • AAMA publishes quality assurance guidelines for Polyamide Thermal Barriers

    Updated: 2012-11-16 15:43:55
    The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has published QAG-2-12, Voluntary Quality Assurance Processing Guide for Polyamide Thermal Barriers. The document, developed to assist architects, manufacturers, designers and/or owners, establishes assembly guidelines for aluminum composites that use polyamide thermal barriers.read more

  • New ANSI/BIFMA standards developed for educational seating

    Updated: 2012-11-16 15:42:13
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the newly developed safety and performance standard for educational seating: ANSI/BIFMA X6.1-2012—the first of its kind. The BIFMA Seating Subcommittee created this new ANSI/BIFMA X6.1 standard using several unique tests relevant to the educational environment. These included tests for educational products like convertible benches, chair-desks, and backpack hooks.read more

  • Green building councils in 62 countries expect 60% of their work to be green by 2015

    Updated: 2012-11-16 15:40:47
    More than half of the respondents to a survey of members of the Green Building Council in 62 countries expect green projects to comprise 60% of their work by 2015. The green-building demand is likely to grow because of its benefits for business, the study found. (http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2224955/survey-green-building-dominates-global-construction-market)

  • Voters approve fewer construction ballot measures in 2012 than in 2008

    Updated: 2012-11-16 15:39:18
    Voters passed fewer ballot measures related to construction projects this year than they did in 2008, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Of more than 500 ballot measures this year, voters passed at least 384, worth about $30.1 billion, AGC said. (http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2012/11/13/construction-sees-less-bump-from-bonds.html)

  • U.S. Green Building Council partners with Pearson

    Updated: 2012-11-15 05:29:00
     he U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces its partnership with Pearson to launch USGBC’s online workforce education program for the LEED Green Associate credential. The partnership will expand the reach of USGBC’s educational offerings and educate the next generation of green building leaders.read more

  • U.S. Green Building Council announces grant from Google to catalyze transformation of building materials industry and indoor health

    Updated: 2012-11-15 05:24:34
     he U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today, on the main stage at its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a $3 million grant from Google that will catalyze the transformation of the building materials industry and accelerate the creation of healthier indoor environments.read more

  • Iconic Basket Bridge Nears Completion

    Updated: 2012-11-13 02:19:02
    Crews weave together the $18.6-million “Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley” Gold Line Bridge, aiming for a December 15 completion.

  • $73.5M Bus Facility Goes For Gold In Los Angeles

    Updated: 2012-11-06 14:54:05
    Built to achieve LEED Gold certification, the 442,265-sq-ft project will stack the vehicles in a state-of-the art three-story building.

  • Modular Building as an Emerging Construction Industry Choice

    Updated: 2012-11-04 19:46:37
    When business owners and potential home owners envision building an office or residence or expanding on an existing structure, they often limit themselves to traditional construction methods. But modular construction has become a fast-growing, cost-effective trend for many builders. And at a time when every business and household is looking to stretch their investment further, [...]

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