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March construction starts led by public works sector

New construction starts in March increased 5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $743.7 billion, marking the third straight monthly gain, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The total construction growth in March was led by the nonbuilding construction sector, and particularly by public works which featured the start of two large pipeline projects – the $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline in Ohio and Michigan, and the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 propane and natural gas liquids pipeline in Pennsylvania.

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ASLA Survey: Landscape architecture firms report subdued conditions

Business conditions flattened for landscape architecture firms during the first three months of 2017, according to the newest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. During the first quarter of this year, firms reported a dip in billable hours and hiring plans, while inquiries for new work picked up from the previous quarter.

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In celebration of Earth Day 2017, new research shows that green buildings contribute to a more productive workforce

RBC and the NRC were able to determine the human resources benefits of building green by analyzing anonymous data on more than 40,000 RBC employees against information on more than 70 RBC office buildings. The results show that overall, green buildings have statistically higher employee job satisfaction, higher employee engagement and organizational commitment, and higher management-assessed performance.

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Three BNIM projects earn prestigious American Architecture Awards

The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre of Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, March 27, named its American Architecture Awards for 2017. Three BNIM projects were among the 79 entries receiving recognition: The Pacific Center Campus Development Amenities Building, American Enterprise Group National Headquarters Renovation and the Iowa Visual Arts Building (in collaboration with Steven Holl Associates).

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Submission period opens for Center for Active Design: Excellence Awards

The Center for Active Design® (CfAD) has opened submissions for its fourth annual Excellence awards, an international competition that celebrates the transformative role of design in creating healthy communities. Winning projects are recognized as part of the growing Active Design movement using evidence-based design to foster community health.

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Noteworthy news and projects

Habitat for Humanity cuts down on construction Time with LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing

In March 2015, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County broke ground on Walnut Ridge in Wilmington, Delaware. Walnut Ridge would consist of nine units in total, including a four-pack and a five-pack of single-family attached townhomes. LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing was used on all nine townhomes as a code-compliant component of a U350 2-hour partition wall assembly.

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Santa Clara University’s rEvolve House wins 2016 Green Builder Award

Santa Clara University’s rEvolve House wins the 2016 Green Builder® Green Home of the Year Awards in the Best College Sustainability Project category. Homes were evaluated in terms of overall sustainability, resilience, synergy with the environment and surrounding neighborhood, affordability, creativity and the depth of building science employed.

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CitiesAlive®: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference – Awards of Excellence – Call for Submissions

Every year the green roof and wall industry recognizes exceptional integrated design and installation through the CitiesAlive® Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence. This is the only awards program dedicated to innovative green roof and wall projects and is designed to celebrate the creative and technical advancements the industry continues to make. CitiesAlive Awards of Excellence also recognizes outstanding individual contributions to the industry in research, policy, and corporate leadership.

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2017 Editorial Calendar

Upcoming Events

  1. AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

    April 27 - April 29
  2. NeoCon 2017

    June 12 - June 14
  3. CONSTRUCT 2017

    September 13 - September 15
  4. 2017 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

    September 18 - September 20
  5. CitiesAlive®: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference

    September 18 - September 21
  6. 2017 ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO

    October 20 - October 23

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The LEED silver building is an important project for Wayne State University, as it enables the university to participate in the National Institutes of Health funding and initiatives. Wayne State University’s Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio). Photo: © John Lacy Photography
The LEED silver building is an important project for Wayne State University, as it enables the university to participate in the National Institutes of Health funding and initiatives. Wayne State University’s Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio). Photo: © John Lacy Photography

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