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March 25, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • 10 skyscrapers designed, built to be energy efficient, sustainable
    This article lists the top 10 "ecologically sound greenscrapers" that show how designers "have risen to the challenge of designing and constructing buildings that combine quality and style with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability." It includes 340 on the Park, the second-biggest all-residential tower in Chicago; New York City's Hearst Tower, the first building in the city to achieve LEED Gold status; and the city's Bank of America Tower, which features an urban garden and green roof spaces. Property-Abroad (U.K.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  The advantages of modular control buildings  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Intelligent urban transportation could begin with smart parking  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Twitter best practices, 7 years after tweets began  (More stories below ...)

Hot Topics:  What could skyscrapers of the future look like?  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  Custom Building Projects joins list of companies approved through CSI’s CDR Program 

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • The advantages of modular control buildings
    Modular process control buildings allow for flexible process automation and power distribution to remote sites and help save space, Principal Technology CEO Matthew S. Hodson writes. He adds that the modular buildings offer advantages over standard control panels because they are more secure and can include climate-control functions. Manufacturing Business Technology (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction, design errors found at Alaska port work
    The Open Cell Sheet Pile foundation system that supports the northern expansion of Alaska's Port of Anchorage was "not adequately designed to meet global stability and seismic displacements based on the design criteria," according to a study by CH2M Hill. Additional problems were found with installation of sheet piles. A third party will be hired to review CH2M Hill's studies before a final decision can be made on how to move ahead with the project. Alaska Journal of Commerce (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Intelligent urban transportation could begin with smart parking
    A phenomenal amount of air pollution and wasted time is generated when frustrated urban drivers search for parking spots. Smart parking could be the answer, directing drivers to the nearest opening. The components needed for such systems -- data management, software, sensors, smartphones and model pricing systems -- are all available, and efforts in this direction could provide a solid start for more comprehensive intelligent transportation systems, writes Rocky Mountain Institute consultant Greg Rucks. (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Designers, engineers work to make old buildings useful, last longer
    Preservation, reuse and restoration of buildings to make them last longer and increase their value present some challenges to structural engineers and designers, according to this article. The hardest task can be keeping a project on budget because costs can increase due to unknown risks and unseen conditions at the site. Meanwhile, the demand for this kind of work will continue to grow, according to Greg Donofrio, an assistant professor who specializes in preservation architecture at the University of Minnesota. Finance and Commerce (Minneapolis) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • Twitter best practices, 7 years after tweets began
    Twitter, launched seven years ago, can help businesses with big-picture branding and personalized customer service, if used correctly. Know that your hashtags can aid search but are also subject to negative posts. Avoid the temptation to bash your competitors or weigh in on sensitive issues, and change your password regularly to avoid getting hacked. Entrepreneur online (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from CSI 
  • Custom Building Projects joins list of companies approved through CSI’s CDR Program
    Download Custom Building Projects’ product guide specifications for 09 30 00 -- Tiling: Ceramic Tile Installation Systems, which have been approved through CSI’s Compliant Document Review Program. These guide specifications have been reviewed by CSI to ensure they adhere to the principles set forth in CSI’s published formats, best practices, and guidelines. Through CSI’s CDR program, CSI’s reviewers determine if a company’s guide specifications are organized and structured correctly, and if they properly apply CSI’s standards and formats. If they do, the company will be able to add the Compliant Document Review Program logo to its guide specifications, and show designers that the information offered will save them time and effort. Learn more.  Questions? E-mail LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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