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February 27, 2012News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Energy-efficient retrofits eyed as job creator in NYC
    New York City has passed measures that will require owners of buildings of more than 50,000 square feet to audit the facility's energy consumption every 10 years in a bid to promote energy-efficient building upgrades. Every $1 million that's spent for green building upgrades generates more than two jobs and 10 indirect jobs, according to a 2009 study from the U.S. Green Building Council. Many in the construction industry have found that honing their knowledge of green building has furthered their business. Crain's New York Business (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Panama Canal: "A triumph of engineering"  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  European researchers developing self-cleaning, de-polluting concrete  (More stories below ...)

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  • Panama Canal: "A triumph of engineering"
    The size of the Panama Canal expansion and the extent of the organization and infrastructure that goes into supporting the widening are making it a great feat of engineering, William Gurstelle writes. "The 20th century saw dozens of huge civil engineering achievements," Gurstelle adds. "But to me, the Panama Canal stands alone as a triumph of engineering, a project that improves the quality of life for nearly everyone on Earth." Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lessons learned from Burj Khalifa to pave way for faster construction
    Saudi Arabia's estimated $1.2 billion Kingdom Tower -- if built -- will rise as a three-legged structure in continuous slopes that end at different heights, which helps stabilize the building against winds. The structural-concrete superstructure will have a simpler skin and foundation than Dubai's Burj Khalifa, according to its design team. The lessons learned from building Burj Khalifa would pave the way for improved buildings that are much quicker to construct, said Adrian Smith of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Engineering News-Record (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nevada's DesertXpress project now costs $6.5B
    Some are questioning the wisdom of building a 188-mile high-speed train from Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif. DesertXpress Enterprises would own the line, but because the cost to build it has risen to $6.5 billion -- an 85% jump in four years -- the company is seeking a 35-year loan of $5.5 billion to $6.5 billion from the Federal Railroad Administration. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to find a job you love
    Become a savvier job seeker by learning to use online tools that can help you connect with hiring managers, notify you of job openings and aid you in finding companies that mesh well with your goals, says Alexandre Douzet, president of TheLadders. "What you really need to do is find the five to 10 companies that you really feel like you want to work for, then pursue those openings," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FREE CDT 101 webinar
    Feb. 28, 2 p.m. ET
    In this FREE webinar, speaker Lee Orosco, FCSI, CCS, will advise exam candidates on the benefits of CSI’s Construction Document Technologist (CDT) certificate program, and how to successfully prepare for it! The CDT 101 webinar is an opportunity for individuals to learn about the benefits of the CDT, and is designed to advise CDT exam candidates about the requirements and resources for successful exam preparation and study. Orosco will answer your questions and help you make the right decision about the CDT. This webinar will be accompanied by a tweetchat on Twitter. Use hashtag #CSICertified during the webinar to chat with CSI members who have passed the CDT exam! Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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