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March 21, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Sound-absorbing tower designed to produce clean energy
    Soundscraper is a concept structure that absorbs sound vibrations and turns them into clean energy. The tower, designed to be built near major highways and railroad junctions, features a double-skin facade. The outer layer of "sound-sucking material" contains thousands of electro-active cilia equipped with Parametric Frequency Increased Generators, energy harvesters that convert noise vibrations to kinetic energy. Transducer cells convert that energy into electricity. Inhabitat (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Products, Innovation & Technology:  $3B Willets Point project in NYC clears key hurdle  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Tech firms plan ultra-green Silicon Valley offices  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Are you prepared to be lucky?  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  Join a CSI chapter  (More stories below ...)


  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • $3B Willets Point project in NYC clears key hurdle
    The New York City Planning Commission has granted permission for the final public review process to begin for the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project in Queens. This "marks a critical step towards beginning the long-needed cleanup of toxic land," said a spokesman for the city's Economic Development Corp. Key to the start of the cleanup is special approval to build an uncovered parking lot. The project will consist of 2,500 apartments, hotels, a mall, office buildings, a school and open space, and is expected to create an estimated 12,000 construction jobs for union members. Crain's New York Business (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Tech firms plan ultra-green Silicon Valley offices
    Facebook, Google, Samsung Electronics and Nvidia are following in Apple's footsteps with plans for ultra-green sustainable campuses in California's Silicon Valley. Apple's Cupertino headquarters is expected to be self-sufficient through solar panels and fuel cells, while Facebook wants its Menlo Park campus extension to have a park-like roof dotted with mature oak trees. All the plans "share an eco-consciousness that could become the most distinctive feature of this new West Coast aesthetic," writes Peter Burrows. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Spending on green building materials set to rise
    The market for green building materials is expected to rise to $86.6 billion by 2017, according to a report from The Freedonia Group. "Green building products such as recycled concrete, ENERGY STAR-compliant HVAC systems, and permeable pavement are forecast to see substantial gains through 2017," the report states. "Recycled concrete will see rising use, as concrete made with fly ash and other additives features superior performance properties and is less costly than concrete made solely from cement and aggregates." Procurement Leaders online (U.K.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • Are you prepared to be lucky?
    You can create your own luck in your career by being prepared when opportunities come your way, Ritika Trikha writes. For example, instead of just attending a Harvard Business School webinar, author Mark Chussil volunteered to help. The connections he made eventually landed him a hosting job for his own webinar, she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • Join a CSI chapter
    CSI currently has 130+ chapters nationwide and one virtual chapter. CSI chapters generally hold monthly educational events, where you can further your construction industry expertise. Chapters also provide an opportunity to network with local construction professionals in your community. Find your local CSI chapter. To add a chapter to your existing membership, contact CSI Member Services. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSI’s Certificants Directory
    The CSI Certificants Directory allows you to search for individuals in your area that hold a specific designation. Through CSI's certification program, professionals develop and sharpen construction documentation skills that make them a valuable resource to any project. If this is the kind of professional you want involved in your next project, search for CSI certificants who can make your work easier and more productive. Search now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."
--Henrik Ibsen,
Norwegian playwright


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