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January 21, 2013
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  • Retractable roof experience could give builder an edge on stadium
    Familiarity with a retractable roof is one of the requirements the Minnesota Vikings football team is looking for in the company it hires to build a $975 million stadium. The arena is expected to have a fixed roof, but the team would like it to have a retractable roof and wall if it can fit in the budget, said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the stadium authority. The companies' final proposals are due today, and the choice will be announced early February. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News & Trends 
  • Construction update: NYC's huge residential projects
    A residential boom in New York City, spurred by the High Line park's success, is in full swing as companies, including Related Cos. and AvalonBay, are making steady progress on their projects. Related's project currently stands at 10 stories, with another 20 expected. AvalonBay's 710-unit West Chelsea development will include a 31-story building and a 13-story "glass box." Curbed (New York City) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roof bowing leads to closure of Canadian hockey arena
    One end of the roof at the Stu Peppard Arena in Calgary, Alberta, is bowing, prompting the temporary shutdown of the stadium. The problem was noticed when the staff was doing a facility inspection. A structural engineer will assess the roof this week to determine the severity of the problem. Calgary Herald (Alberta) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Green roof to emphasize form of faith-based center in Japan
    Concrete portions of the roof of a planned community center in Kyoto, Japan, will sport vegetation to emphasize the "figure 8" form of the building while reducing its environmental impact. The green roof is expected to help manage stormwater runoff, while increasing the insulation of the building. Other parts of the roof will be made of flexible, transparent, glazed panels held up by cable nets. EarthTechling.com (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • Lessons from Lance Armstrong about trust in the workplace
    Lance Armstrong admits in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to using performance-enhancing drugs, and his belated confession holds lessons for leaders, writes Bob Selden. Top of the list: Come to terms with the limits of your ability to spot when people are being dishonest. Selden also advises starting with e-mail for important communications, then bolstering them with face-to-face interaction. Management-Issues (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to lead without making decisions
    It's often best for bosses to avoid making some decisions, says Kon Leong, co-founder and CEO of ZL Technologies. Answer your workers' questions with questions, and encourage them to find the answers for themselves. "It can be very frustrating to my employees, but I'm trying to get others to scale up and learn," Leong explains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Some small-business owners work to avoid reaching ACA threshold
    Some small-business owners say they will not hire more employees this year because they do not want to reach the 50-employee threshold at which the Affordable Care Act will require that they offer health insurance. Some are intentionally holding down growth or hiring part-time or contract workers instead of full-time staff. The Wall Street Journal (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA will offer OSHA class in San Antonio
    NRCA will offer Roofing Safety: OSHA 10-hour Program Feb. 4-5 during NRCA’s 126th Annual Convention in San Antonio. The program is specifically designed to help you identify and avoid hazards you are likely to encounter daily on the job. It includes video segments of job-site scenarios that show typical hazards and their remedies. Part 1 of the OSHA class will be held Feb. 4 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Part 2 will be held Feb. 5 from 7-9:30 a.m. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PV America will showcase solar energy innovations
    PV America 2013 East will be held Feb. 5-7 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Focused on solar energy and related fields, the conference will host more than 4,000 attendees, including manufacturers, installers and contractors, distributors, engineering firms, utilities and architects, among others. The exhibition will showcase 150 booths and more than 30 conference sessions regarding various topics, including site analysis, mounting, maintenance, safety and business certification program overviews. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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