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Florida adopts ACI Concrete Repair Code

The seventh edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC) was recently released for review and now references the American Concrete Institute’s, ACI 562-19 Code Requirements for the Assessment, Repair and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures. The code change establishes minimum requirements for the design, construction, repair, and rehabilitation of concrete structural elements in buildings for various levels of desired performance as deemed appropriate for the project.  In addition to improved life safety, the requirements clearly define objectives and anticipated performance for the code official, owners, designers, contractors, and installers. 

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KAI hires Sanja A. Zilic, LEED AP BD+C as Senior Interior Designer

KAI Design last week announced  the hiring of Sanja A. Zilic, LEED AP BD+C as Senior Interior Designer at its Dallas-Fort Worth office. In her new position, Zilic will be responsible for developing and supervising the interior design team and guiding them through all stages of the design and construction process, which includes interpreting program requirements, surveying building interiors, developing working plans, making material and furniture selections and reviewing specifications and contracts for services and sustainable design.

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MBH Architects named Grand Award Winner at 2020 Gold Nugget Awards

MBH Architects announced that they have been named a Grand Award Winner at the 57th annual Gold Nugget Awards. MBH was recognized in the “Best Affordable Housing Community – Under 30 du/acre” category for their work on the Fetters Apartments and Celestina Garden Apartments development in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Stantec appoints hospitality and retail leaders

Stantec has promoted two industry veterans to positions within the Commercial Sector leadership team. Duk Kim has been appointed to head the hospitality team and Jay Baptista will lead the retail team. “Duk and Jay have demonstrated a proven ability to lead complex projects from design to delivery for an array of global clients while managing integrated teams from across our company. Their transition to our leadership team will help shape and grow our hospitality and retail sectors,” said Darren Burns, vice president and Commercial Sector leader at Stantec.

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Owens Corning introduces FOAMULAR® NGX insulation

Owens Corning announced last week that it has a new product line: FOAMULAR® NGX (Next Generation Extruded). The proprietary blowing agent in this new line of extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam products delivers a 90% reduction in global warming potential (GWP) without sacrificing product performance, the company stated.

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Plotnick named commercial account manager for Vitro Architectural Glass for Metro New York, New England and Europe

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that Daniel Plotnick has been appointed as commercial account manager for the New England/Metro New York City region in the U.S. as well as all of Europe. “Daniel has vast experience building sales teams across multiple geographies,” said Dan Stipetich, sales director, eastern region, Vitro Architectural Glass. “His strong commercial background, combined with his skill in sales and marketing in the curtainwall and commercial building markets will provide immediate impact in his sales regions.”

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Dodge Momentum Index increases in July

This month’s increase in the Dodge Momentum Index was the first in all of 2020. Since December 2019, the Momentum Index has lost 18% with most of the decline coming in April when the COVID-19 pandemic led to numerous business shutdowns across the country. The pullback has largely come from institutional planning, rather than commercial plans.

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announces Torey Carter-Conneen as new chief executive officer

“On behalf of the Executive Committee of the American Society of Landscape Architects, we are thrilled to have Torey join us,” said ASLA President Wendy Miller, FASLA. “Torey brings to ASLA a wealth of experience in organizational management and strategic planning, a fresh outlook, tremendous energy, and a lifetime of committed advocacy for a more just society. From the climate crisis, to racial injustice, to diversity and inclusion – Torey has the strategic vision necessary to tackle the tough issues facing the Society, the profession, and the entire design industry. Torey is, without a doubt, the creative, innovative, committed leader we need at this moment to move the Society and the profession forward.”

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Walsh Construction completes historic transformation of Chicago’s old Cook County Hospital into dual branded Hyatt hotel

Walsh Construction has completed the historic rehabilitation of the 104-year-old Cook County Hospital building, converting the building into a dual branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, accompanied by the new Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. On the exterior of the building, masons labored to preserve, repair and recreate the historic $18 million façade, requiring more than 4,160 individual pieces of terra cotta to be repaired or duplicated by Gladding, McBean – one of only two terra cotta manufacturers in the United States.

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Walter P Moore opens Denver office

Walter P Moore announces the opening of its new office in Denver, Colorado, appointing Bart Miller as the Managing Director for the firm’s Structures Group, which encompasses the integrated design services of structural engineering, enclosure engineering, construction engineering, secure design, and parking consulting.

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