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January 28, 2013
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  • Concrete roof has jaws dropping at Canadian public library
    The concrete roof at the Jasper Place Library in Edmonton, Alberta, stands without support from columns or beams. The roof, which is about 12 inches thick, gains its balance from being "folded" through the use of peaks and troughs. "If you use concrete in the right way, it can do some pretty remarkable things," said architect Michael Dub, who works with one of the designers of the building. "The structure is incredibly [rigid]. It will barely move over time. All structures move. This one won't." The Edmonton Journal (Alberta) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data

  News & Trends 
  • Scaffold erected to keep pieces of roof from falling below
    The Alaska State Capitol in Juneau is 83 years old, deteriorating and needs a seismic retrofit. 'The building's falling apart," according to building manager Don Johnston. Large pieces of sandstone brick and terra cotta fell from the portico roof, so a scaffold was put in place under the roof to protect those passing below. Columns that support the roof have been reinforced with thick timbers to help steady them and support the scaffold. Repairs and a retrofit will cost millions. Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) (free registration) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Calif. 49ers stadium to be net-zero energy facility
    Several types of solar technology will be installed at the $1.2 billion new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. Enough will be installed to make the stadium "the first professional sports venue in California to achieve net zero energy performance," according to the team. Plumbing will focus on water efficiency, and recycled materials are being used to build the stadium. American City Business Journals/San Jose, Calif. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • After a long road, modular green roof could top a Texas city building
    A modular green roof could be installed at a city-owned building in San Juan, Texas. Initial work found the roof couldn't hold the 17 pounds per square foot that the green would add, so the city spent more than $100,000 to strengthen the roof. It appears now that wasn't enough, and the roof needs to bear 35 pounds per square foot. However, engineers from the Texas A&M University at Kingsville found they can use planting trays, lighter soil and low shrubbery to get around the problem. The Brownsville Herald (Texas) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • Key skills for productive employees
    Employees will need certain skills to thrive in the current business climate, in which rapid change is the norm, according to a recent report from CEB. In addition to other key capabilities, employees will need problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and the ability to collaborate with others, CEB says. You can help your staff to develop their talents by encouraging them to work together and emphasizing the importance of continual learning. Small Business Trends (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to avoid stinking up your company
    Great bosses know that "a skunk stinks from the head down," and that businesses similarly succeed or fail based on their leadership, writes Bill McBean in this book excerpt. To avoid making a stink, aim to be determined, humble, transparent and flexible, McBean advises. "If you want to give your business a good start toward success, it has to start with leadership, and leadership has to start with you," he writes. Fast Company online (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Bipartisan Senate group tackles immigration reform
    A bipartisan group of senators has proposed a legislative framework on immigration that would provide a "tough but fair" pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers in the country. In addition, it's expected that "border enforcement, employer enforcement, [and] handling the future flow of legal immigration (including temporary agriculture workers and high-skilled engineers)" will be addressed. A bill could be drafted in March and voted on in the Senate before the August recess. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/25), The Wall Street Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA will offer class for foremen during its convention
    NRCA will offer For Foremen Only, Level One, Feb. 7 during NRCA’s 126th Annual Convention in San Antonio. The class focuses on communication and management skills and teaches foremen how to communicate effectively and work well with all types of people. Foremen will learn how to handle tough situations tactfully, especially when disciplinary action is needed; establish credibility; build rapport with crew members; and motivate workers to improve job-site productivity. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Center task force opens public comment on racking criteria for metal-roof systems
    The Center PV Taskforce is releasing the first public draft of PV Racking and Attachment Criteria for Effective Low Slope Metal Panel Roof System Integration for an initial round of public comment. The document is intended to enhance collaboration between key stakeholders from the solar and roofing industries and accelerate the deployment of rooftop integrated solar installations. Members of the solar industry and other interested parties are encouraged to submit comments and engage the task force in future stakeholder discussions. The Center PV Taskforce will accept public comments until 5 p.m. EST Feb. 20. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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