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Construction | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

The IGCC applies to new and existing, traditional and high-performance commercial buildings in the Ocean State. It includes ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 as a jurisdictional compliance option.

Rhode Island First State To Adopt Green Construction Code

Rhode Island First State To Adopt Green Construction Code

The IGCC applies to new and existing, traditional and high-performance commercial buildings in the Ocean State. It includes ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 as a jurisdictional compliance option.

Modest Improvement in AIA Architecture Billings Index

The AIA reported the August ABI score was 48.2, up slightly from a reading of 47.9 the previous month.

CA Buildings Going For Zero Net Energy

the state’s Action Plan for Buildings provides a roadmap to transform five billion square feet of commercial space to “net zero” energy users by 2030.

New ANSI-Approved Retail Measurement Standard

BOMA's standard is designed to serve the interests of building owners, managers, and occupants as well as facility managers, brokers, appraisers, assessors, lenders, insurers, developers, construction and design professionals, and others.

Still Showing Weakness, ABI Increases Slightly

Following a two-month soft patch, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose almost two full points in July.

Local Firms Build Youth Facility In Anaheim

The 25,000 square foot "Dreamscape" will serve area children through the GOALS (Growth Opportunities through Athletics, Learning and Service) program.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Sleep In, Or Ship Out

The 120 room Travelodge has been built from 86 high strength steel containers which were constructed and fitted with the hotel room's fixture and fittings in Shenzen, China. Transported to England by boat, they were then put on a truck and fitted together like giant Lego blocks.

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.


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.

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