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January 2, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

Products, Innovation & Technology:  Crumbling D.C. bridge highlights U.S. aging infrastructure  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  BREEAM honors U.K. building for outstanding sustainable features 

Advancing Your Career:  Leadership lessons from "Stormin' Norman"  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Crumbling D.C. bridge highlights U.S. aging infrastructure
    The country needs to spend about $926 billion to upgrade its transportation infrastructure, and a 60-year-old bridge over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., serves to highlight the need for infrastructure repairs. The country needs a reliable infrastructure, said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. "It’s the lifeblood of our economy, the key to connecting our markets, moving products and people, generating and sustaining millions of jobs for American workers, to not wasting hundreds of thousands of hours and millions of gallons of gas on clogged highways," he added. The Washington Post (12/31), Forbes (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $2.8B Miss. power plant project challenged by risks
    The Mississippi Power Co., a Southern Co. subsidiary, faces several risks in building its $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant in Kemper County, Miss., according to this piece. Among the risks discussed in the article are cost overruns, the possibility that the new coal-to-gas technology may not work, and the fact that the company may not be able to recoup overruns through rate increases. Engineers at Burns & Roe tasked with monitoring the plant's construction say the cost could rise to $3.1 billion, and completion could be extended from May 2014 to November 2014. Engineering News-Record/The Associated Press (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. convention authority plans 2 hotels in South Boston
    The Boston Redevelopment Authority has received a Notice of Project Change from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority related to the construction of two hotels in South Boston. The two hotels will add 250 rooms each to the area's supply, will dedicate 26,300 square feet for retail space on the hotels' ground floors, and will provide a parking garage to accommodate 1,350 vehicles. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • BREEAM honors U.K. building for outstanding sustainable features
    The largest commercial structure in Manchester, England, called One Angel Square, is the highest scoring outstanding building for the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method in the U.K. The building was built to achieve "a 50% reduction in energy consumption, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions, and a 30% savings in operational costs." Among its sustainable features are the use of exposed concrete that will act like a "thermal sponge," along with systems for rainwater harvesting, recycling and heat recovery. Inhabitat (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • Leadership lessons from "Stormin' Norman"
    Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of Operation Desert Storm, died Thursday at age 78. His philosophy of leadership emphasized humility, hard work and moral fortitude. "Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy," Schwarzkopf once said. Forbes (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them."
--Rose Kennedy,
American philanthropist

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