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Even with modest improvements in the overall U.S. economy, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by more than 20% in 2010 with a marginal increase of 3.1% in 2011 in inflation adjusted terms.

AIA Consensus Construction Forecast

AIA Consensus Construction Forecast

Even with modest improvements in the overall U.S. economy, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by more than 20% in 2010 with a marginal increase of 3.1% in 2011 in inflation adjusted terms.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Photo Index Of Maintenance & Renovations

ConstructionPhotoDocs.com has introduced a photo indexing service geared to facility management work.

Revised U.S. Forest Management Standard

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recently announced revisions to its Forest Management Standard for the contiguous U.S.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LEED Calculator

The online calculator is aimed at determining how the company's products may contribute to LEED credits.

Dennis J. Hall to Take Office of CSI President

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has announced that Dennis J. Hall, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, FAIA, SCIP, will assume presidency of the organization on July 1.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Gen 7 Modular Classroom

American Modular Systems manufactures these environmentally friendly, low maintenance environments with a variety of features.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Pella Architectural Support

Pella's architects, engineers, technicians, and CAD drafters provide assistance on window and door selections for facility managers and their architects and general contractors.

Modest Rebound in Architecture Billings Index

Stimulus package having limited impact because funding not yet reaching intended recipients.

ASSE's Prevention Through Design Standard Initiative

PTD (or safety through design) is defined as the integration of hazard analysis and risk assessment methods early in the design and engineering stages and taking the actions necessary so risks of injury or damage are prevented.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Watch Your Step…

Staircases are just staircases, right? Well, not always. Sometimes, a clever designer taps the talents of a diligent engineer, and the results can be pretty impressive.

Construction & Operations Lessons In The Field

In New Haven, CT, 5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to gain experience with architects, construction managers, and tradespeople through Kids Build, a program developed by architecture firm Svigals + Partners, in conjunction with the New Haven School Construction Program.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Warranty

The company has doubled the weather exposure limited warranty for its line of DensArmor Plus® interior panels from six months to 12 months.

Free Guide: Steel Buildings And Earthquakes

A new publication from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) provides a broad understanding of earthquakes and how they affect buildings.

FRIDAY FUNNY: A Penny For Your Thoughts

The engineering mind is a fascinating thing. When an engineer comes on the scene, the most common objects—a stack of pennies, for instance—can be transformed into just about any architectural masterpiece.

ICC CEO Calls for Using Strong Codes in Haiti Recovery

"Use of building safety codes results in fewer injuries and lives lost," affirms Richard P. Weiland, Chief Executive Officer of the International Code Council.

Weird Wednesday: A Man And His Toothpicks

Stan Munro of Syracuse, NY has an unusual profession: he builds with toothpicks. We're not talking about school project or Boy/Girl Scout merit badge caliber, but entire recognizable architectural monuments from around the world.

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: The Great Indoors

A real estate developer incorporated an uncommon natural element into his home in the Catskills after harboring his idea for several decades.

Study Connects Project Delivery Methods/Sustainability Goals

The first comprehensive study to explore the impact of project delivery methods and procurement procedures on achieving sustainable design and construction goals was released earlier this month.

FM Alert: 2010 Construction Outlook

Highlights from the 2010 Construction Outlook of McGraw-Hill Construction

OSHA Construction Safety Course Mandatory in Seven States

The states with an OSHA law already in effect are Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, and most recently, Missouri. The state of Nevada OSHA training law becomes effective January 1, 2010.

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: A Floating World

The world’s first floating apartment complex, The Citadel, will incorporate the benefits of water into the infrastructure of the development.

New Wing At Cleveland Museum Of Art

Its completion marks the opening of the first of three planned wings.

Architecture Billings Index Takes Turn for the Worse

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: What's Wrong With This Picture?

In the early hours of Saturday, June 27, 2009, something seriously wrong happened to a nearly completed 13 story block of residential flats in the suburbs of Shanghai. No, it wasn't destroyed by Transformers.

Architecture Billings Index Shows No Significant Improvement in Business Conditions

There has been a recent moderation in the downturn in design services billings, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reveals that an economic recovery has stalled.

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Risky Business

The backlash proved too much to go ahead with opening this facility.

Standardized Building and Engineering Codes Due in 2010

BSI British Standards has published a companion guide to the the new pan-European set of standards for designing and building civil engineering works.

Campbell Soup Building Topped Off

The company marked the completion of the steelwork phase of an expansion of its world headquarters facility last Friday.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Some More Funny Facilities

Here are some more of the most crazy, crooked buildings from around the world. Not so sure about the cats and mice, but one can only venture to guess what it would be like to live and work on one of these buildings.

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: A Dog-Eat-Dog World, Even For The Top Dog

Next time you hire a new contractor for your construction project, make sure to check the IDs of those employees who will be brought on board for the task. If you see the name "Michael Vick," don't be surprised.

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