• $85 million for Newfoundland highway expansion announced

    Updated: 2013-01-31 06:10:06
    The Trans Labrador Highway is set to receive some infrastructure upgrades the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador governments have announced.

  • Oshawa Centre redevelopment and expansion work worth $230 million

    Updated: 2013-01-31 06:10:06
    Ivanhoé Cambridge has announced a $230-million redevelopment and expansion project at Oshawa Centre that will make the shopping centre over 116,000 square metres once complete.

  • Rail terminal build in Quebec announced

    Updated: 2013-01-31 06:10:06
    A new 36-hectare intermodal rail terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que. will connect the region with CSX Transportation’ (CSXT) 34,000-kilometre rail network in the United States.

  • Cast Connex innovative cast steel use in San Francisco project

    Updated: 2013-01-31 06:10:06
    Through the innovative use of cast steel, a Toronto-based steel designer/supplier is participating in a mega transit terminal set to rise in downtown San Francisco.

  • TMG Builders work on Tower at King West condos in Toronto

    Updated: 2013-01-31 06:10:06
    Construction has reached the top floor of the Tower at King West Condominiums on Western Battery Rd. in the Liberty Village area of Toronto, Ont.

  • TDSB maintenance contract debate swirls

    Updated: 2013-01-31 06:10:06
    The Toronto District School Board’ (TDSB) rollover of its contract with the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council (MCSTC) is not as exclusive as some have been led to believe, says a council spokesman.

  • International Emerging Technology Symposium to be held in Arlington, Virginia

    Updated: 2013-01-31 06:10:06
    The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), along with North America's plumbing and mechanical industry leaders, will co-convene the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium in Arlington, Va.

  • RSMeans cost comparisons: parking structures, town halls, community centers

    Updated: 2013-01-30 20:43:36
    Construction market analysts from RSMeans offer construction costs per square foot for four building types across 25 metro markets. Building types include: parking garages, underground parking, town halls, and community centers. Click here to access the RSMeans chart. For additional RSMeans cost comparison reports, visit: http://www.bdcnetwork.com/rsm-charts.

  • Firestone Building Products wins 2012 RoofPoint Excellence in Design Award for 'global leadership' and 'advancing sustainable roofing'

    Updated: 2013-01-30 19:07:29
    Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, a leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive “Roots to Rooftops” portfolio of products, announced today it has been awarded the 2012 RoofPoint Excellence in Design Award in two categories: Global Leadership and Advancing Sustainable Roofing.read more

  • SOM’s Training Center Provides New Gateway For Roche Diagnostics’ Indianapolis Campus

    Updated: 2013-01-30 18:11:23
    Ground was broken for the new two-story Roche Diagnostics Training Center, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). The 87,135-sf building's crisp white metal and glass forms will establish a new brand identity for the Swiss-based pharmaceutical company's Indianapolis campus, whose buildings were built collectively by a previous owner.read more

  • Design Firm Little Expands Durham Interiors Studio

    Updated: 2013-01-30 17:43:24
    Architecture firm Little announced that Todd Benner and Rob Byers have joined the firm’s Durham, N.C., office as leaders in its workplace interiors practice. Both Benner and Byers have regional, national, and international expertise and have completed projects in market sectors such as corporate, retail, hospitality, healthcare, research /technology, critical facilities, civic and education.read more

  • New polling feature encourages member feedback in the noraXchange, nora flooring’s online community

    Updated: 2013-01-30 15:16:14
    Honoring its commitment to connect with facility managers, architects, designers, installers, other building professionals and key decision makers in meaningful ways, nora® flooring has introduced a polling feature to noraXchange, the interactive online community hosted by nora systems, Inc. The noraXchange provides customers with information that addresses the challenges and questions they regularly encounter in their work.read more

  • Astellas' New Headquarters for the Americas Earns LEED Gold Certification

    Updated: 2013-01-29 18:08:10
    Astellas Pharma US Inc. announced that its new headquarters for the Americas, located at the northwest corner of I-294 and Willow Road in Northbrook, Ill., has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).read more

  • Tutor Perini Corp. to Implement Textura Prequalification Management Companywide

    Updated: 2013-01-29 17:54:30
    Tutor Perini Corp., a civil and building construction company, has begun a companywide adoption of Textura Corp.'s Prequalification Management (Textura–PQM) system. Tutor Perini is utilizing Textura—PQM to collect all prequalification data and attachments. A standardized prequalification form and process will facilitate subcontractor prequalification and deliver significant efficiencies and improved risk management.read more

  • Leigh Mires joins Thornton Tomasetti as chief learning officer

    Updated: 2013-01-29 17:49:05
    Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announces that Leigh Mires has joined the firm in the newly created position of chief learning officer. Ms. Mires, who has more than 20 years of experience, is charged with advancing the firm’s organizational development and training initiatives. She will be based in the firm’s New York headquarters.read more

  • Trinitas and Harrison Street Break Ground Near University of Kentucky

    Updated: 2013-01-29 17:41:40
    Trinitas Ventures LLC, a developer of student housing and mixed-use communities, announced it recently began constructing a new urban infill redevelopment in Lexington, Ky. The Collegiate on Angliana, a 278-unit, 699-bed student housing property with an anticipated opening date of August 2013, will serve students attending the University of Kentucky (UK).read more

  • ELS Announces New Marketing and Communications Manager

    Updated: 2013-01-29 17:31:04
    ELS Architecture and Urban Design announced it has hired Diana Banh as its new marketing and communications manager. “Diana brings both passion and depth to her new role at ELS, and we look forward to her leadership strengthening and expanding our business development and communications efforts,” said Clarence D. Mamuyac, Jr., FAIA, principal of ELS.read more

  • Seeking Partner On 250,000 sq. ft. Joint Operation Center – Must Be Capable of Bonding $250M

    Updated: 2013-01-29 15:56:49
    I am currently working on a US Military project in New Castle, DE of a similar nature.  I would like to supplement a team capable of meeting the $250 million bonding requirement.  I am familiar with government projects and their specific requirements.  I will prepare the proposal and assist in all preconstruction activities in exchange [...]

  • Demand For Construction Estimators Expected to Grow

    Updated: 2013-01-28 19:17:05
    In our current economy, few jobs are expected to experience faster-than-average growth. But, as Software Advice–a software research company based out of Austin, Texas–recently reported, that’s just what the Bureau of Labor statistics is expecting to happen for the role of construction estimator. Between 2010 and 2020, employment for cost estimators is projected to grow [...]

  • Oldcastle Architectural to exhibit at World of Concrete

    Updated: 2013-01-28 17:51:17
    Oldcastle® Architectural, the largest producer of concrete masonry products in North America, will be in full force at the 2013 World of Concrete show February 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring new product demonstrations, hands-on competitions and prizes.read more

  • Applied Software Earns Autodesk MEP Systems Engineering Specialization Designation

    Updated: 2013-01-25 21:50:20
    Applied Software, a building information modeling (BIM) services provider as well as a provider of Autodesk 2D and 3D CAD products and services, nnounced it has earned the new MEP Systems Engineering Specialization designation for value added resellers (VARs) from utodesk Inc. As an Autodesk Specialized Partner, Applied Software has shown it has made significant investment in its people, has a solid business plan specific to the specialization area, has strong customer references, and can provide a high level of knowledge and support to companies in the AEC industry.read more

  • D.C. authority wants to halt sewer tunnel projects while investigating green stormwater alternatives

    Updated: 2013-01-25 21:13:07
    The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has proposed suspending construction of its tunnels project while it conducts an eight-year study on green infrastructure to see if there are more sustainable options. The three-tunnel project originally aimed to help manage sewage overflows. Greener alternatives may include tree planting, bio-retention facilities, rain gardens, green roofs, and infiltration basins.read more

  • Energy modeling needed to overcome ‘plug load problem’ to meet high green standards

    Updated: 2013-01-25 21:10:44
    Plug loads—the energy consumed by what building users plug into a socket rather than the energy it takes to heat or light a room—illustrates how much end-users impact overall building energy use. To be able to achieve a Net-Zero Energy Building, the ‘plug load problem’ should be incorporated into early energy modeling for the building. In addition, creating an education process whereby end-users (if known) understand the effects of their actions on overall building energy use is a key step towards achieving the highest level of green standards.read more

  • ASHRAE publishes revised filtration standard, combines Standard 52.1 and 52.2

    Updated: 2013-01-25 21:08:52
    A newly revised filtration standard from ASHRAE combines two standards aimed at improving the technical accuracy of filter testing. The new standard addresses three air-cleaner performance characteristics of importance to users: the ability of the device to remove particles from the airstream, the total dust holding capacity with arrestance (weight efficiency), and its resistance to airflow. Click here for more info.</a

  • AISC 206-13 standard for structural steel erectors available for review

    Updated: 2013-01-25 21:07:08
    AISC 206-13, a quality management system standard for structural steel erectors, is now available for public review. The document provides guidance for structural steel erectors in establishing and maintaining quality management and safety management systems. The draft standard is available for review by downloading the document from the public review page, www.aisc.org/erectorstandardPR1. All comments are due by March 4, 2013.

  • Builders Hardware Manufacturers Assn. revises five ANSI hardware standards

    Updated: 2013-01-25 21:05:33
    The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has released five revisions to the ANSI/BHMA standards that have recently been approved by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) pertaining to: Materials and Finishes Strap Hinges, Tee Hinges, and Hasps Delayed Egress Locking Systems Continuous Hinges Exit Locks, Exit Alarms, Alarms for Exit Devices read more

  • Caution on UCLA study of worker productivity at 'green companies'

    Updated: 2013-01-25 20:41:49
    A new report from researchers at UCLA and France's University Paris–Dauphine claims that workers at environmentally conscious - i.e., green - companies in France are 16% more productive than their counterparts at nongreen companies. Blog Author:  Rob Cassidy read more

  • High-Performance Industrial Coatings Expand Into Architectural Coatings Market

    Updated: 2013-01-24 17:15:15
    Historically, high-performance industrial coatings were used to protect large-scale infrastructure. The coatings safeguarded elements, such as bridges and industrial concrete floors, from corrosion, abrasion, and chemicals. Now the architectural coatings market is demanding more sustainable architectural coatings with the durability and protection properties of proven industrial coatings.read more

  • Entrepreneurs Can Change the World – From Grasshopper

    Updated: 2013-01-24 16:04:43

  • USGBC Releases 2012 List of Top 10 States for LEED

    Updated: 2013-01-23 16:58:14
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, highlighting those regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion sf has been certified worldwide through 2012.read more

  • Music-Inspired Apartment Complex Completed in Tampa's Tempo District

    Updated: 2013-01-23 16:48:07
    Hardin Construction Co. recently completed construction of Ella at Encore, an upscale, seven-story, 160-unit apartment complex for seniors in Tampa’s (Fla.) Tempo District near the city’s downtown. Named in honor of jazz artist Ella Fitzgerald, Ella at Encore</em is the first building to rise from plans to develop a mixed-use, mixed-income urban village, Encore, aimed at spurring public-private reinvestment in the area. The project is built is pursuing LEED Silver certification.read more

  • Virginia State Police Completes New Driver Training Complex

    Updated: 2013-01-22 18:01:41
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  • ASHRAE Announces Call for Papers for 2014 Winter Conference

    Updated: 2013-01-22 17:46:44
    ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2014 Winter Conference in New York, N.Y., Jan. 18-22. The conference will have a building-oriented theme and is currently seeking papers on building information systems; environmental health; international design; HVAC&R applications and systems; and, featured for this conference, tall building performance.read more

  • Midwestern Construction Company Acquires Local Architecture Firm

    Updated: 2013-01-22 17:31:18
    Williams Design|Build and Williams Construction Management of St. Charles, Ill., announced it has acquired Vasilion Architects of Batavia, Ill. The two firms will now serve as a single source for architecture, design/build, and construction management under the new name Prairie Forge Group. Prairie Forge Group will be led by Thomas M. Tristano as president, David V. Stermetz as vice president and director of construction, and Steven J. Vasilion as director of architecture.read more

  • BLT Architects Selected to Complete New Project for Drexel University

    Updated: 2013-01-18 16:08:59
    BLT Architects (BLTa), a Philadelphia-based architectural and interior design firm, announced it has been commissioned to begin work on Drexel University's Dornsife Center. The Dornsife Center was made possible by a generous $10 million gift by Dana and David Dornsife and will be located on a 1.3-acre site at 35th and Spring Garden streets.read more

  • 2013 Wall Planner for Sporting and Construction Events

    Updated: 2013-01-17 00:02:59
    We have now released the ever popular wall planner. This year we have added Formula 1 motor racing dates and the swimming and athletics championships. Alongside all the most important construction events across the year we also list: Horseracing Six Nations Rugby Football Finals Cricket Tennis Golf You can download the calendar and print from [...]

  • Carmel Loft House Aims to Bring New Life to Downtown Sunnyvale

    Updated: 2013-01-14 16:14:55
    Spanning two blocks in the heart of downtown Sunnyvale, the Carmel Loft House project is designed to bring new life into the city by the San Francisco Bay.

  • UK weather turns frosty

    Updated: 2013-01-09 15:49:18
    After one of the mildest winters recorded and certainly one of the wettest, the UK, this week, will see temperatures plummet. As a nation we love to keep warm and over the Christmas period we may have got used to these higher temperatures. When the cold hits it is very easy to reach for the [...]

  • Redwood City Starts New Year with a Boom

    Updated: 2013-01-07 16:23:30
    Redwood City is celebrating the New Year with a bang—and a boom of new construction projects underway in and around its downtown.

  • Don’t Know Where We’re Goin’, Sure Know Where We’ve Been…And Here We Go Again – It’s 2013!

    Updated: 2013-01-06 20:15:14
    No, I don’t know where I’m going But, I sure know where I’ve been There is in fact very little doubt as to where we all have been on this treacherous journey through the rebuilding of a devastated construction industry. Hanging on the promises In songs of yesterday Promises, promises, promises, from politicians, business leaders, employers, you name it…. And I’ve [...]

  • C.W. Driver Prepares Work on Two Northern California College Projects

    Updated: 2013-01-03 16:30:16
    The Pasadena firm is working on a $25-million education center for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Sunnyvale and the $53.3-million Student Recreation and Wellness Center at San Francisco State University.

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