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January 24, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Work on $400M, 660-foot Seattle tower to start by fall
    Construction of the 660-foot-tall Fifth and Columbia Tower in Seattle has been stalled for five years, but developers now plan to break ground this fall on the $400 million project. Plans have been revised, according to the permit application filed with city planners. One change includes adding a luxury hotel that would take up several floors. The Seattle Times (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Study seeks to extend life of concrete structures using bacteria  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Natural structures as protection from tsunami damage  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  New Facebook tool could help you find a job  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  One week left! CSI certification exams early registration deadline is Jan. 31  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Study seeks to extend life of concrete structures using bacteria
    A study led by the University of Ghent in Belgium and sponsored by the European Union is developing new technology that combines "limestone-producing bacteria" with concrete. The intent is to combat the effects of water and chemicals on concrete and thus extend the life of structures. "As the water seeps into the concrete, the bacteria will activate and start producing limestone, which will mend the cracks before they become a threat to the structure," said Carola Edvardsen, a concrete expert for engineering consulting firm Cowi. (U.K.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Natural structures as protection from tsunami damage
    Kogami, a nonprofit group, has developed a concept that uses natural solutions to mitigate damage from tsunamis. It designed a prototype scheme for the tsunami-prone Sumatran city of Padang in Indonesia that uses the technology of cathode accretion -- "putting a small electrical charge in the water that draws calcium carbonate (the stuff reefs are made of) out of solution and onto an iron-based skeleton" -- to build artificial reefs and even evacuation shelters. Because they are "literally grown from the ocean environment, the hope is that they’d be more resistant to the damage caused by a tsunami." FastCoExist (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • New Facebook tool could help you find a job
    The Graph Search being tested by Facebook can help recruiters find talent by sifting through information from millions of Facebook users, Danny Rubin writes. To get on the radar of more recruiters, users should include their full job title, job description, schools and civic group involvement in their Facebook profile, he writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 steps to earning more positive reviews on Facebook
    To encourage customers to leave positive reviews on Facebook, businesses can offer a special promo code available on their Facebook pages to be used at checkout. The promo code serves to track what kind of customers are visiting the Facebook page most frequently and to send follow-up e-mails asking customers to leave a review on the page, writes social media marketing specialist Kristina Allen. Consider using paid ads to fuel even more earned media and take full advantage of Facebook as a platform, she adds. B2C Marketing Insider (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • One week left! CSI certification exams early registration deadline is Jan. 31
    CSI is the construction community’s authority on communication and construction documentation. Through CSI’s Certification Program, you can develop a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process and concrete skills in:
    • Construction documentation development and administration
    • Specification writing and enforcement
    • Product research and sourcing
    • Communication with the design and contracting teams
    Exams will be offered April 1-27. The early registration deadline is Jan. 31 and the final registration deadline is Feb. 28. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDT Bootcamp early registration deadline Jan. 31
    CDT Bootcamp March 1 in Dallas
    Credit: 7.0 AIA CEHs, 7.0 PDHs

    Instructor Marc Chavez, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, SCIP assoc, will prepare you for the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) Exam in this fast-paced, intensive, one-day seminar. This seminar will examine the use of construction documents from conception, through design and construction, and in to facility management. You will review the primary documents used for the exam and the fundamental knowledge they contain. Participants will also review some of the latest trends in construction including sustainability, Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery. The early registration deadline is Jan. 31 and the final registration deadline is Feb. 15. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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