Economic Development

Articles in this category explore the issue of corporate and commercial real estate. Topics include tax incentives for businesses, infrastructure and urban development and renewal, corporate parks and communities, and other economic development initiatives. Specifically, posts cover expansions, renovations, and new construction of commercial facilities.



New Report on Role of Cities in Green Economy

The report is a synthesis of stakeholder perspectives from five major North American cities visited on USGBC’s The Road to Rio+20 engagement event series. It highlights five key messages heard from the events and outlines clear action items for Rio+20

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Georgia Tech Rehabs Hinman Building

At $9.5 million, rehab of the university’s first research building for the college of architecture exemplifies innovation and preserves the legacy of Bauhaus-influenced functionalism.

Green Infrastructure Report Highlights Economic, Community Benefits

This new draft report reveals how landscape architects can help design the way towards greener infrastructure.

April Is National Landscape Architecture Month

During the month of April, landscape architects will show their communities how they promote healthy living.

ICC Announces Availability of New Green Building Code

The International Green Construction Code has been designed and released as the path to safe, sustainable, economical construction.

Commercial Sector Expected to Lead Real Estate Recovery

Slight increase in nonresidential construction spending expected in 2012 with substantial growth projected for 2013.

New York Passes Design-Build Legislation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed New York Works Infrastructure Fund Act, which will permit design-build on infrastructure projects for the first time...

Pentagon Renovation Wins Award From Design-Build Institute of America

Called the most complex renovation project in contemporary history, the renovation of Wedges 2-5 at the Pentagon updated four million square feet of space.

ABI Drops For Fifth Straight Month

The new projects inquiry index was 53.7, a considerable slowdown from a reading of 58.1 in June.

New Data: AIA Consensus Construction Forecast

According to the latest AIA semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decline for the remainder of 2011; modest growth is projected for 2012.

Design-Build Project Delivery Used for 40%+ of Projects

From 2005 to 2010, numbers are up 10% for design-build project delivery, an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility.

Architecture Billings Index Continues Positive Momentum

On the heels of its highest mark since 2007, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) jumped more than two points in December.

GWCC Gains Funding, Plans Lighting Upgrade

The Georgia World Congress Center has been awarded a $2.3 million grant for a major lighting retrofit and controls system upgrade.

Real Estate Recovery Led by Large Corporate Users in Gateway Markets

The U.S. industrial property sector has experienced steady growth, thanks to an uptick in leasing from heavyweight corporates, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s third quarter North America Industrial Outlook report.

BOMA Applauds Passage Of Critical Tax Legislation

BOMA International applauds Congress’ recent passage of the $859 billion tax bill, which includes provisions that will strengthen commercial real estate and economic recovery.

Holiday Decor Marks Mall Revamp

Wrapped in a big red bow, a CT shopping center hails the holiday season.

Update On Cash Grants For PV Systems In 2011

Until the end of 2010, qualified businesses can participate in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which provides a cash rebate of 30% of the cost of a solar-produced (renewable) energy system. The rebate generally comes within 60 days following completion of the system installation.

Flood Map Experts Needed by FEMA

The National Institute of Building Sciences is seeking qualified scientific and technical professionals from the public, private, and academic sectors to serve on Scientific Resolution Panels (SRPs).

Income and Expense Data on Office Building Performance Reported In New Study

This annual research study is designed to help property owners, managers, investors, appraisers, lenders, developers, and other real estate professionals evaluate a buildings’ performance.

CSI And CSC Release 2010 Edition of UniFormat

CSI and CSC have released a 2010 edition of UniFormat, a method of arranging construction information based on functional elements, or parts of a facility characterized by their functions, without regard to the materials and methods used to accomplish them.
Facilities Management Challenges, Budget Cuts

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Data-Driven Workplace

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In this free video webinar, we dive into recent research around collaboration, productivity and the role of the office, and share how workplace data can inform facility decisions.

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