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Inner harbor navigation canal surge barrier project was the USACE's largest ever design-build civil works construction contract.
Inner harbor navigation canal surge barrier project was the USACE's largest ever design-build civil works construction contract.


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Design-Build Key To Protecting New Orleans

Inner harbor navigation canal surge barrier project was the USACE's largest ever design-build civil works construction contract.

Green Operations At National Office Furniture

Constructed in the early 1970s to manufacture electronic entertainment equipment, today the Santa Claus facility produces wood and laminate office furniture solutions. The facility is ISO9001, ISO14001 and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certified.

SolarWorld To Invest $27 Million In Facility Upgrades

SolarWorld initiates technology upgrades to boost solar panels’ performance; company again invests in Hillsboro, OR, topping $600 million in total outlay.

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.

BOMA Industrial Measurement Standard ANSI Accredited

The standard, developed by BOMA International and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® provides guidance on how to measure the floor area of industrial buildings.

NFL Star Eddie George Briefs Congress on Creating Healthy Communities

George, along with other key officials, made the case why investment in parks spurs economic growth, helps combat childhood obesity, and offers a myriad of environmental benefits.


Gibraltar Airport is famous for two things: transporting British tourists to and from the Iberian Peninsula and its proximity to the city it serves. While incredibly convenient, this close proximity--less than 1/3 of a mile--creates some major problems.

Sears Tower Going Greener

The project will result in energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, cutting base building electricity use by up to 80% (by way of a combination of energy savings and cogeneration).

Neverland Among The Tumbleweeds, Now That Peter Pan Is Gone Forever

Abandoned and tied up in legalities for many years, Neverland (which was sold in 2008) symbolized some of the financial turmoil and legal woes that swirled around the late Michael Jackson.

Clinton Climate Initiative Focuses on City Infrastructure

The program will support the development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate cities can grow in ways that are “climate positive.”

Ohio's Infrastructure Receives a Grade of C-

The ASCE Ohio Council estimates that an investment in infrastructure renewal of more than $46 billion is needed over the next five years to address the state's crumbling infrastructure.

New Commercial Property Index Reveals Negative Capital Growth

According to the IPD U.S. Annual Property Index, capital growth was -12.2% in 2008. For the 12 months to the end of December 2008, all property income return in the U.S. was 5.4%, contributing to an overall total return of -7.4%.

On-Site Energy At Higher Ed Campus

Working with American DG Energy Inc., the Stevens Institute of Technology has installed a 75 kW combined heat and power system and a 200 ton natural gas engine driven chiller.


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

City of Houston Deploys New Brownfield Inventory System

The City of Houston has deployed a customized brownfield inventory system to make its efforts to remediate and redevelop environmentally contaminated properties more efficient.

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