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March 6, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Why are sustainable cities difficult to create?
    The latest version of the game "SimCity" can help explain why it's difficult to build a truly sustainable city. Six teams of urban planners faced off to play the game, trying to find a balance between doing what is known to work and building a sustainable community. The game is "designed to make players make unsustainable decisions. We want people to understand why it happens in the real world," said game designer Stone Librande. "If the game pulls you into this path that you know is bad and you know is wrong, you start to understand why we do things like mountaintop removal to get coal." FastCoExist (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Products, Innovation & Technology:  8 teams to bid on Fla.'s $2.1B public-private partnership project  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Survey: Most construction firms expect to build green by 2015  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  7 tips for better networking results  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  CSI Webinar: Specifications -- Quality Control & Coordination  (More stories below ...)


  Products, Innovation & Technology 

  • Fla. eyes "less-expensive" design for outdated I-395 bridge
    Florida is exploring a "less-expensive" design to replace an obsolete overpass on Interstate 395 in Miami. The "segmental box" could be an alternative to the suspension bridge called the Wishbone Arch that was selected by the citizens' committee last month. The alternative option could drop the cost for the new highway by about $114 million. The 300-foot-long segmental-box option would be braced by columns, unlike the Wishbone Arch. Not all are happy with the "stripped-down concrete bridge" design. The Miami Herald (free registration) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Survey: Most construction firms expect to build green by 2015
    Construction firms across the world expect 60% of their projects to be environmentally friendly by 2015, according to the SmartMarket Report of McGraw-Hill Construction. About 51% of the respondents expect most of their work to be green in 2015, up from 28% who reported the same in 2013 and up from 13% in 2008. The reason driving green building shifted from "doing the right thing" in 2008 to client and market demand in 2012, the report stated. Environmental Leader (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The details behind Chan-Moon Chung's self-healing concrete
    Chan-Moon Chung of Yonsei University in South Korea used a chemical approach to create self-healing concrete. He mixed methacryloxypropyl-terminated polydimethylsiloxane and benzoin isobutyl ether into small capsules made of urea and formaldehyde to keep the chemical mixture safe from sunlight and mixed them into the concrete. This article details how the capsules rupture and how their contents heals the cracks, providing resistance to water. The Economist (tiered subscription model)/Babbage blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from CSI 
  • CSI Webinar: Specifications -- Quality Control & Coordination
    THURSDAY, March 7, 2 p.m. ET
    Speaker: Michael D. Chambers, FCSI, CCS, SCIP
    Credit: 1.0 AIA CEHs, 1.0 PDHs

    Quality control and coordination of specifications is key to preparing a truly comprehensive and conflict-free set of contract documents. This seminar reviews specification procedures and techniques with the goal of ensuring that quality control and coordination are accomplished as effectively as possible. Quality control tools will be reviewed in terms of effective application to documents and construction. Specifications must be coordinated and checked for quality control, but more importantly, deployed effectively in the field. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Specifying Practice Group meeting: Superfluous Specifications Squander Specificity
    THURSDAY, March 7, 3 p.m. ET
    How must specifications be written? Simply, follow CSI's ‘Four Cs’ dictum: clear, concise, complete and correct. Writing is a craft, requiring an applied skill to communicate. Often words -- excessive words -- get in our way of saying what we mean and meaning what we say. Every non-essential word allows potential misinterpretation. Every ambiguous statement can result in distinctly different interpretations. Learn more, or join this practice group. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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