ETFE becoming go-to for stadium design | Colo., Ore. cities assess damage from storms | Business spending, manufacturing tick up in first quarter
March 27, 2017
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ETFE becoming go-to for stadium design
Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE, has become a popular option in stadium design and is being used at Banc of California Stadium and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota. The material is energy efficient, allows a high span-to-weight ratio, provides ample natural light to pass through it and wraps easily.
The Architect's Newspaper (3/24) 
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News & Trends
Colo., Ore. cities assess damage from storms
A hailstorm in July 2016 left the Colorado Springs, Colo., area facing $353 million in insurance claims from 84,500 homeowners. In Bend, Ore., homeowners were dealing with leaky roofs left by heavy snow and ice build-up from December and January storms.
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (3/27),  The Bulletin (Bend, Ore.) (3/26) 
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Business spending, manufacturing tick up in first quarter
Business spending, manufacturing tick up in first quarter
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Demand for machinery and electrical equipment spurred evidence of improved business spending during the first quarter. Manufacturing activity is on an upswing as well, with the energy sector moving it forward.
Reuters (3/24) 
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$1 trillion infrastructure proposal in works
The failure of the GOP health care bill may accelerate work on President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal. Sources say Congress could have a package on the docket by September.
The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (3/27) 
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Energy & the Environment
Tesla's solar roof tiles go on sale in April
Tesla's solar roof tiles go on sale in April
Tesla founder Elon Musk (Mike Windle/Getty Images)
Tesla Inc.'s solar roof tiles, produced by SolarCity, will be available for orders in April, said CEO Elon Musk. Installations will begin in mid-2017, but no pricing structure has been released.
Bloomberg (3/24) 
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Solar power interest grows in Alaska
Reduced prices on photovoltaic panels and federal tax incentives have spurred solar installations in Alaska. Businesses such as Anchorage Solar are seeing significant growth already this year.
Alaska Dispatch News (Anchorage) (3/26) 
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In the Office
Women must find a voice to advance in construction
Pink hard hats
(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
DPR Construction project executive Gretchen Kinsella is overseeing the $318 million renovation of Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix and recently gave birth there, making her feel that her life had come full circle. She is the company's youngest project manager and says her career advanced only because she was willing to speak up and express her views.
Engineering News-Record (3/24) 
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Careful questioning is the surest route to the truth
Careful questioning is the surest route to the truth
Sesno (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Asking the right questions in the right way at the right time is how you uncover the information you're looking for, especially with an unfriendly interviewee, says Frank Sesno, former CNN White House correspondent. "Bridging questions are questions that are meant to create a rapport, bridge a divide with someone who is suspicious or hostile or reluctant," he says.
Knowledge@Wharton (3/22) 
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Government & Regulatory
Tax reform tougher after health care measure's collapse
Overhauling the nation's tax code may be more difficult now that repeal and replacement of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act has failed. The Republican health plan would have involved significant reductions in spending, which GOP lawmakers had hoped would enable them to cut taxes without adding to the government's red ink.
CBS News/The Associated Press (3/27),  CNBC (3/24) 
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Congressional bill would raise gas tax up to 1.5 cents a year
Congressional bill would raise gas tax up to 1.5 cents a year
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Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would raise the federal gas tax by no more than 1.5 cents per year. The bill would allow the government to issue $17 billion a year in bonds and put the revenue into the Highway Trust Fund to be used for infrastructure projects.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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NRCA News
Check out Professional Roofing's March Details!
Professional Roofing profiles NRCA member Michael D. Vodika in the March Details section. Each month in the Details section, Professional Roofing asks an NRCA member a variety of questions so readers can learn more about the individuals who are members of their association. View March Details here.
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NRCA will hold Roofing Industry Regional Summit
Engage with fellow roofing professionals and learn about the latest roofing industry issues at NRCA's Roofing Industry Regional Summit April 25 in Littleton, Colo. Roofing professionals from the region are encouraged to participate, regardless of their affiliation with NRCA, and take advantage of this one-day learning experience, which will provide in-depth information about the most critical issues affecting roofing businesses. The early bird price for the summit is $99; after April 11, the price will be $149. Find more information here.
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