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Loews Kansas City Hotel features aluminum framing systems by Tubelite, finishing by Linetec, glass by Viracon

Missouri’s Loews Kansas City Hotel is the first full-service luxury hotel to open downtown in more than 30 years. Rising 24 stories and encompassing 800 rooms, its crisp, modern, minimalist look was designed by Cooper Carry and brought to life with Tubelite Inc.’s curtainwall, window wall, entrance and interior aluminum framing systems.

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International Code Council launches “Code on a Mission” challenge urging adoption of modern energy efficiency codes

The International Code Council launched its “Code on a Mission” challenge yesterday which aims to have over a third of the U.S. population covered by the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by the end of 2023. Already industry leaders like Architecture 2030, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC), Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and Responsible Energy Codes Alliance (RECA) have shown their support for the initiative.

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AO-designed Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia opens its doors

AO is proud to announce the opening of Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia, the first four-star hotel in Arcadia. Developed by SAICP, LLC and managed by Pacifica Hotels, the premium full-service hotel features 232 rooms and suites, a fine dining restaurant, bar lounge and 14,000 square feet of high-design meeting and event spaces.

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Total construction starts slip in June

Total construction starts lost 7% in June, slipping to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $863.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. All three major sectors (residential, nonresidential building, and nonbuilding) pulled back during the month. Single family housing starts are feeling the detrimental effects of rising materials prices. Large projects that broke ground in May were absent in June for nonresidential building and nonbuilding starts, resulting in declines.

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FGIA restructures staff; Kathy Krafka Harkema promoted, technical trainer position added

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announces the restructuring of several staff positions at the association to accommodate a growing organization focused on multiple facets of the industry. This restructure includes the promotion of Kathy Krafka Harkema from U.S. codes and regulatory affairs manager to the newly created position of U.S. technical operations director as of Aug. 1.

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American Concrete Institute announces Director of Innovative Concrete Technology

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is pleased to announce that Rex C. Donahey, Ph.D., will serve as the Institute’s inaugural Director of Innovative Concrete Technology.  In this newly created position, Donahey will be responsible for actively providing outreach by the Institute to trade organizations, companies, and individuals to attract emerging technologies for development within ACI.

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Long Island Rail Road updates Lynbrook station’s platforms with EXTECH’s custom skylight and canopy systems

Recently opened, New York’s Lynbrook Station renewal project showcases new waiting areas and outdoor platforms for passengers taking the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). Working closely with Zion Contracting, EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc. engineered and fabricated the station’s new translucent skylight and canopy systems to shelter passengers and commuters from the sun and rain.

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Registration now open for FGIA 2021 Hybrid Fall Conference; in-person, virtual options available

Registration is now open for the FGIA 2021 Hybrid Fall Conference to be held October 18-21, with both in-person and virtual ways to participate. Author and body language expert Janine Driver will reprise her role as the event’s keynote speaker and will share her expertise with both in-person and virtual audiences. Register now for in-person or virtual access. Early bird registration rates for both are available through September 24.

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Historic UCLA building recognized as ‘model modernization’

CO Architects was recognized with a design award for its recently completed modernization of Pritzker Hall on the UCLA campus.  The Westside Urban Forum honored the architecture firm with a 2021 WUF Design Award in the Public/Institutional category for its sensitive design and programmatic updates to Pritzker Hall, improving the building’s seismic stability and energy efficiency. 

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