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April 25, 2012News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • San Francisco 49ers' $1.2B stadium to be league's "smartest"
    Ground was broken last week for the San Francisco 49ers $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. "It?s going to be the smartest stadium, not the biggest or most expensive," said 49ers CEO Jed York, referring to the fact that the stadium will have solar panels, ready access to public transit and locally sourced food. There will be seating capacity for 68,500 and wide concourses and hallways when it is completed in time for the 2014 season. Toronto Sun (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Miami to get $1B mixed-use development 

Sustainability & Green Building:  Freshwater Skyscraper: A water-purifying tower  (More stories below ...)

Featured Content:  Why You Can't Fire Employees for Bad-Mouthing Your Business  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Tips to keep your project from bombing  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  CSI?s Corporate Partner Program  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Miami to get $1B mixed-use development
    A $1.05 billion mixed-use complex will be built in Miami starting later this year. The Brickell CitiCentre project, which includes improvements to the Eighth Street Metromover station, will feature about 2.8 million square feet of hotel, office, residential, retail and entertainment space. The project is expected to create 1,700 jobs during construction. It's the largest registered urban mixed-use LEED Neighborhood Development project in the planning stage in the U.S. GlobeSt (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Freshwater Skyscraper: A water-purifying tower
    The Freshwater Skyscraper is a concept developed by French designers that takes brackish water and makes it clean. The tower, which looks like bubbles piled atop one another, is filled with water-filtering mangroves and uses transpiration to clean the water. Each tower is expected to collect as much as 8,000 gallons of water that could be used for irrigation. (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green building features stand out at NASA's Sustainability Base
    Energy-efficient building features are numerous at NASA's $25 million Sustainability Base at the Ames Research Center in California. The building sports solar panels, fuel cells, a water-recovery system and building controls that respond to weather changes. The facility earned LEED Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council and has been recognized as the most environmentally friendly federal building. AECOM was the lead architect and engineering firm. GreenBiz/Blog (4/20), San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Your Career 
  • Tips to keep your project from bombing
    To ensure you meet your manager's expectations for a project, make sure you clearly understand the deadlines and parameters of what the boss wants you to do, Lauren Still writes. Also, determine how and when the boss wants to receive updates and having a contingency plan ready in case something goes off track, she writes. (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from CSI 
  • CSI?s Corporate Partner Program
    CSI represents professionals from across all commercial construction disciplines who want to advance building information and education. CSI’s Corporate Partner Program provides maximum exposure -- expanding partners’ reach throughout the industry. Created especially for building product manufacturers, building professionals, design firms and federal agencies, each partnership is customized to meet the strategic business goals and objectives of the partner organizations. Partners are rewarded not only with value pricing on bundled packages, but with increased visibility through CSI’s network. Learn about the benefits of joining CSI’s Corporate Partner Program, or view CSI’s current partners participating in the program. Questions? Contact CSI Corporate Partners Manager Susan Konohia or 800-689-2900 ext. 4744. Learn more. 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 American 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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