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April 18, 2012News for commercial building design and construction professionals

Products, Innovation & Technology:  Construction schedule for $5.3B Panama Canal expansion is uncertain  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  $1B N.M. water pipeline project to break ground this summer 

Featured Content:  4 Sources of Startup Conflict and What to Do About Them  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Combine social media with trade shows to be talk of the town 

News from CSI:  CSI webinar: Green Construction Codes Are Here -- Now What?  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Construction schedule for $5.3B Panama Canal expansion is uncertain
    The Panama Canal Authority says it will know in a few months whether a $5.3 billion expansion of the Panama Canal will be complete by its target date in October 2014. The project is about six months behind schedule, and delays carry penalties of up to $54 million, according to Alberto Aleman, head of the Panama Canal Authority. Reuters (4/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. breaks ground on BART rail's $2.3B, 10-mile extension
    Work has begun on the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit rail system's 10-mile extension into Silicon Valley. The $2.3 billion project is being funded by the Federal Transportation Authority, the state Traffic Congestion Relief Program and a local sales tax. (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • $1B N.M. water pipeline project to break ground this summer
    Work is set to begin this summer on the first phase of the nearly $1 billion Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project designed to bring water to the Navajo Nation's 43 chapters in New Mexico. The first phase will be completed by McMillen LLC, which was awarded a $10.75 million contract from the Department of Interior to build a four-mile water pipeline and water facility near Gallup, N.M. The pipeline is expected to start bringing water by 2016, says Jason John of the Navajo Nation Water Management Branch. Cronkite News Service (Arizona State University) (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Your Career 
  • Combine social media with trade shows to be talk of the town
    Business-to-business marketers can integrate their social media tactics with trade shows by creating video content and running live Twitter feeds with special hashtags, Adam Karwoski writes. Facebook-page contests with prizes can attract booth traffic, and posting photos and inviting a guest blogger can get attendees talking your company up. Be sure to start early so you can use social tools to promote your presence before the event starts. Social Brand U (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • CSI webinar: Green Construction Codes Are Here -- Now What?
    April 26, 2-3:30 p.m. ET
    Credit: 1.5 AIA CEHs, 1.5 PDHs
    Speaker: Christopher E. Chwedyk, CSI
    This year, the International Code Council (ICC) has released the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which also references the ASHRAE 189.1 -- Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings. The purpose of this code is to allow for the "overlay" regulation of green building construction as part of an integrated approach with the building and fire codes. This seminar will trace the origins of the green codes, how they compare and differ from the rating systems that have been -- and continue to be -- used, and examine some of their main features. We will also discuss issues related to transitioning from a rating system, where enforcement was by third party agencies, to a code that is enforced and inspected by building officials, and what that will mean for architects, engineers and specifiers in the preparation of construction documents. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSI webinar: Durable & Energy Efficient Building Envelope Design
    May 3, 2-3 p.m. ET
    Credit: 1.0 AIA CEHs, 1.0 PDHs
    Speaker: Maria Spinu, PhD, CSI, LEED AP
    Recent changes in energy and sustainability codes for increased energy efficiency include higher insulation R-values, continuous insulation, high performance fenestration, and reduced air infiltration (e.g. continuous air barriers). These measures minimize building enclosure thermal loads and in turn, reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling. The new energy efficiency measures often require changes in traditional building enclosure design. New wall assembly design options that meet energy code requirements are currently being constructed. Unfortunately, some energy efficient assemblies, while code compliant, do not follow fundamental building physics principles and may be susceptible to increased moisture levels and decreased durability. Furthermore, many designers are often unaware of the moisture and durability implications of untested design options and the available tools that could be used to minimize potential problems. This seminar will review recent changes in North America energy codes, examples of building enclosure wall assemblies being considered for code compliance, potential moisture management and durability challenges, and design tools that could be used to assess and minimize potential problems. The importance of design features for increased moisture management capabilities, such as effective drainage, ventilation and diffusion drying will be demonstrated. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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