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February 1, 2013
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  • Contractors sought for restoration of U.S. Capitol Dome
    The dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., needs to be restored, and the Architect of the Capitol is looking for contractors to do the work. The undertaking calls for repairs to the dome's cast- and wrought-iron and brick structure, and it could cost more than $10 million to complete. The fact that there is no funding for the work could deter some contractors, but for those who are interested, responses should be in by March 15. American City Business Journals/Washington, D.C. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • Copper domes shine at historic Calif. church
    The composition shingles on the domed towers of St. Dominic's Church in Benicia, Calif., have been replaced with copper. The $490,000 reroofing project on the church built in 1890 conforms to the city's historic conservation plan and federal preservation standards. It's not clear what the original roofing material was when the church was built. Times-Herald (Vallejo, Calif.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Firms look for ways to deal with green-guarantee demands
    As demand for "green" buildings rises, so do demands that contractors, engineers and architects guarantee their work. However, it's tough to guarantee performance or sustainability once the project is over and you no longer have any control, and there are no insurance companies that insure guarantees. This piece offers some ways to compromise, but in the end, "parties should be careful about what they promise if they're not 100% sure they can deliver," says Ryan Manies, an attorney and architect with Polsinelli Shughart. Engineering News-Record (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Are you a gracious boss?
    Bosses often focus so much on showing their strength and assertiveness that they forget to be gracious, writes Kevin Daum. Traits such as humility, empathy and a willingness to defer to others are important parts of modern leadership, Daum argues. "Simply put, the most gracious and powerful leaders are the ones who understand when to step back as a follower and let the most appropriate person lead," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to help your workers mind their manners
    Workplace civility is no longer a given, writes S. Chris Edmonds, and it's up to bosses to ensure that employees mind their manners. That starts with personally modeling the kind of courtesy and consideration you expect from subordinates, Edmonds writes. "The integrity of your civil workplace is built upon the constant demonstration of valued behaviors by anyone in a leadership position," he argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NRCA applauds ruling regarding unconstitutional NLRB appointments
    NRCA applauds the Jan. 25 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that President Obama’s "recess" appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 are unconstitutional. The decision comes as a response to litigation brought by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NRCA is a member, and other parties challenging the constitutionality of the appointments. NRCA supports the litigation challenging the recess appointments because of concerns regarding the NLRB’s activist regulatory agenda that could adversely affect employers and workers. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The NRCA Roofing Manual is available
    NRCA Roofing Manual  
    The NRCA Roofing Manual is a four-volume manual that includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation Control and Reroofing -- 2010; The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems -- 2011; The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems -- 2012 and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems -- 2013. It provides extensive information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to almost all types of roof systems. The member price for the manual is $425, and the retail price is $650. Purchase The NRCA Roofing Manual. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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