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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.


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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.

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Latest: 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.

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.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: SmartGuard From Cooper Crouse-Hinds

These plates are designed to protect electrical boxes and wiring from damage during rough-in stage of construction projects.

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.

FRIDAY FUNNY: The Facility Manager’s Toolbox

Many members of the facility management profession have a natural knack for engineering. For those folks, this humorous list of toolbox items may sound frustratingly familiar...

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.

Disaster Prevention and Response Goal of Agreement

A memorandum of understanding calls for FEMA and ICC to support the maintenance, adoption, outreach, training, and enforcement of disaster-resistant building safety codes to reduce human and economic losses resulting from natural hazards including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and flooding.

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: Airport Planning FAIL

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.

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.

FM Issue: Demystifying BIM

Data rich modeling tools may translate into dynamic new facility management capabilities.

Stimulus Dollars Should Protect Workers

AIHA urged both President Obama and Labor Secretary Solis to ensure that the new jobs created by the stimulus package had adequate workplace protections.

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.

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.

FM Issue: Effectively Resolving Construction Related Disputes

To encourage a successful outcome, teams should ensure that a construction project contractor exercises best practices.

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.

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.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Suicidal Lunch

Let's cap off this week with a dumb blonde GUY joke! Why not? It's the Friday Funny, after all.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Incredible Edibles!

CANstruction allows local architects, engineers, and construction companies to create incredible structures using canned goods while using their design skills to fight hunger in Chicago.

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.

BONUS WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Your Own, Personal (LEGO) Jesus

For the past 18 months, 40 volunteers have been working on a nearly six-foot statue of Jesus made entirely out of 30,000 donated LEGOs.

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.

Survey Results: India's Troubling Development Concerns

The survey revealed that 93% of respondents believe there is a significant gap between international design practices and onshore construction realities for large-scale developments in India, characterized by the many challenges facing the development community today.

Retail Facilities Of The Future

The International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. is holding a design competition to envision what shopping centers will look like 20 years from now.

Expanded Pasadena Convention Center Pursuing LEED Silver

The expanded facility opened on March 1, 2009, six weeks ahead of schedule.

Frost & Sullivan Predicts a Slowdown in Chinese Building Technologies Industry

Growth rates are slowing down and products' profit margins have started to fall.

Infrastructure Spending Fast Forwards in Missouri

The first infrastructure project to move forward under the new federal economic stimulus package was announced earlier this week on 2/24/09.

Roofing Trends: A Shot In The Roof

TFM Editor/Co-Publisher Heidi Schwartz takes a look at how economic stimulus spending may support "shovel-ready" infrastructure improvements that include roofing repairs.

Museum Project Adjusts To Financial Reality

Planners for the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC have announced an extended timeline and cost-saving measures to keep the project on track.

First Higher Ed Contract Under Clinton Climate Initiative Signed

Lee College has entered into an energy savings performance contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. to perform energy retrofits on its campus in Baytown, TX.

AIA Releases Rebuild and Renew Plan

Schools, Green Buildings, and Historic Preservation are among key initiatives.

Donation Of Time And Materials Creates Soothing Environment

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. of Newport Beach, CA recently completed reconstruction of the Ronald McDonald House Family Room inside Children’s Hospital of Orange County at Mission Hospital.

Services & Maintenance: Preventing Damage With Proactive Measures

A leak doesn't need to be the first sign of roof trouble.

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