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March 14, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Many uses seen for colorful, light-emitting concrete wall
    A wall in Germany, designed by the concrete manufacturer LUCEM, contains 136 concrete panels that contain optical fiber and color-changing technology. The result is a stunning display of color. The light-emitting concrete can be controlled remotely, and the technology "means any internal or external wall could be transformed into a display piece, creating opportunities for advertising and communication without adding flat screen televisions or sky-blocking billboards," writes Beth Buczynski. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Rotating surfaces offer multiple uses for sports venues  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Walgreens to build first net-zero store in Ill.  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  The tougher the road, the bigger the payoff 

News from CSI:  Sustainability Practice Group meeting  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Rotating surfaces offer multiple uses for sports venues
    Using underground prismatic machinery that rotates panels, the 4D Sportsground under development in the Netherlands can present three different surfaces for various uses, including artificial turf; plastic for court sports; and billboard-style advertising or solar panels to generate revenue or energy. Developers Sublean and InnosportNL say the technology also can be used in a number of other ways to get more use out of such structures as buildings, homes, fences and billboards. Gizmag (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stalled $850M NYC project to break ground in November
    The stalled $850 million Flushing Commons mixed-use project in the New York City borough of Queens will be developed in two phases, with the first phase slated to break ground in November. Phase one will consist of about 350,000 square feet of commercial space, 160 residential units, public open space and a YMCA. Phase two would add 450 residential units, parking and community facility space. The separation into phases could be due to funding issues, waiting to see how the market performs, or other reasons, according to a land-use lawyer. TimesLedger Newspapers (Queens, N.Y.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Walgreens to build first net-zero store in Ill.
    Walgreens plans to build its first net-zero store in Evanston, Ill., and it will feature more than 800 solar panels on its roof, LED lighting and two wind turbines. The facility will harness geothermal energy, and its heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment will use carbon dioxide refrigerants. "We are investing in developing a net-zero store so we can learn the best way to bring these features to our other stores," said Thomas Connolly, Walgreens vice president of facilities development. Forbes (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Light Park: Floating tower propelled by solar energy
    Architects Ting Xu and Yiming Chen of China have developed a concept called Light Park, a skyscraper that uses a helium-filled balloon to enable it to float above ground and solar-powered propellers to help it take off. The idea is to create a "utopian city" free of pollution. The mushroom-shaped skyscraper offers "infrastructure, housing, and commercial and recreational spaces" and "takes the future of urban development to the sky, offering Beijing’s residents a chance to escape the crowded city," writes Lidija Grozdanic. Inhabitat (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • The tougher the road, the bigger the payoff
    Don't be ashamed if you feel like you're struggling; take it as a sign you're growing, Steven Snyder writes. Embrace your career struggle by seeking difficult assignments and absorbing negative feedback. Enhance your resilience by taking up daily and weekly practices that will keep you personally centered such as exercising or gardening, Snyder writes. CNN (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • Sustainability Practice Group meeting
    Topic: High Performance Buildings
    March 19, 3 p.m. ET

    Most agree that a sustainable future requires high performance buildings, but by whose definition? Our industry expert will discuss the definition of building performance, a critical set of measurable parameters, and critical values for those parameters to assure delivery and operations. With Q&A we will also discuss who is accountable for assuring building performance, and how do we get there from here. Learn more, or join this practice group. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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