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February 28, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Adaptation: Designing built environment for changing climate
    Many engineers and builders are now focused on how to strengthen buildings and other infrastructure to better handle the effects of frequent extreme weather events, increased temperatures and sea-level rise. "Society and its infrastructure were designed for the climate of the past, not for the rapidly changing climate of the present or the future," according to a National Climate Assessment draft report. As a result, rather than arguing about whether climate change is real, many engineers and builders now address climate adaptation in their designs. Engineering News-Record (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  NYC's 1 WTC tower now more than 1,470 feet tall  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  "Horizontal levee" proposed as protection from sea level rise 

Advancing Your Career:  How to gain career wisdom  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  CSI certification exams final registration deadline is TODAY  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • NYC's 1 WTC tower now more than 1,470 feet tall
    Work continues on the 18-piece concrete rooftop spire for 1 World Trade Center, which is now more than 1,470 feet tall. The completion of the spire will raise the tower's height to 1,776 feet, which could make it the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere if the Council on Tall Buildings decides that the spire is not merely an antenna but an architectural element of the building. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blueway: NYC's plan to strengthen East River waterfront
    New York City wants to fortify a four-mile stretch of East River waterfront by developing a "Blueway" plan that includes construction of a storm barrier along the river. Designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design, the project would include wetlands, mini parks, pedestrian bridges, a bike path and a sandy beach. "[T]he Blueway will offer people new ways to travel along the river and experience a new natural edge," said Adam Lubinsky of WXY. "And by re-establishing saltwater marsh to Lower Manhattan, the East River Blueway will bring biodiversity back to the river’s edge and provide a natural buffer against storm surges." Multi-Housing News (2/21), FastCoDesign (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google nears groundbreaking on Bayview campus in Calif.
    Google will soon break ground on a campus near its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. "We are beginning construction on our new Bayview Campus, which is a key to our growth and another sign of our commitment to the area," a Google spokesman said in a statement. The campus will be built on property leased from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and will consist of nine interconnected buildings. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • "Horizontal levee" proposed as protection from sea level rise
    A horizontal levee system that includes restored marshland and traditional earthen levees could protect 275 miles of San Francisco Bay shoreline from a rise in sea levels, according to a Bay Institute report. The system "will be a cheaper, more aesthetic and ecologically sensitive alternative to traditional levees," writes Chris Palmer. Using shorter levees fronted by tidal marshes could cost less than $7 million per mile compared with $12 million a mile using other systems, the study indicated. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • How to gain career wisdom
    John Baldoni advises young career professionals to appreciate what they've been able to accomplish and understand that their experience will grow. "If you pay attention you will become wise. Wisdom and age are not synonymous, but if you pay attention you will learn a great deal," he says. The Fast Track (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from CSI 
  • CSI certification exams final registration deadline is TODAY
    CSI is the construction community’s authority on communication and construction documentation. Through CSI’s Certification Program, you can develop a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process and concrete skills in:
    • Construction documentation development and administration
    • Specification writing and enforcement
    • Product research and sourcing
    • Communication with the design and contracting teams
    Exams will be offered April 1 to 27. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSI Webinar: Abrasion and Impact Resistant Floors
    March 5, 2 p.m. ET
    Speaker: Dave Flax
    Credit: 1.0 PDHs; 10 AIA CEHs
    There are many projects where increasing the abrasion resistance of the slab is important, such as distribution centers/warehouses, maintenance facilities, and retail locations with heavy traffic. There are many other projects that require increased impact resistance as well, such as manufacturing facilities, loading docks, tracked vehicle maintenance bays, mining operations, and solid waste transfer stations. This presentation will cover how to select and specify the proper dry shake surface hardener or topping system to achieve all of these benefits. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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