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LBC Boston Secures Financing for Quincy Center Project

LBC Boston, a diverse group of companies successfully developing complex projects, has secured financing for a new mixed-use development project that will revitalize Quincy Center and connect with other developments in the area. Dubbed Nova Residences of Quincy, the seven-story, 153,000 SF apartment building located in the 1500 block of Hancock Street will feature 15,000 SF of retail and restaurant space at street level and 171 units above. A large glass atrium will connect the apartment building, Hancock Street, and a parking garage behind the building that is currently inaccessible from Hancock Street.

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Six Major Projects to Launch Phase Two of Development in The District Detroit

Olympia Development of Michigan announced six projects in The District Detroit, including the restoration of three vacant historic buildings and the construction of three new mixed-use buildings near the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena. These projects will launch phase two of development in The District Detroit while creating hundreds of new jobs, continuing the momentum of the city’s resurgence and extending the Ilitch organization’s decades-long commitment to development in Detroit.

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KTGY Principal Terry Willis, AIA to Speak on “Leveraging Connections: Boomers in the City” 2018 at LeadingAge Colorado Conference & Exhibition

Willis said that one of the goals of the session is to have audience members gain a better understanding about the traditional barriers that have existed between the age-qualified living community and the community at large and how a mixed­use development strategy could help dissolve these boundaries. “We will discuss ways to integrate the age-qualified community and its residents with the greater community through the development of retail, cultural districts and inter­generational socialization opportunities. We will also talk about the benefits of forming informal partnerships with local retailers and share some of the latest designs in age-qualified living environments that incorporate mixed­use, retail and cultural districts as part of the overall planning of the site,” Willis said.

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Pittsburgh Exceeds All North American Cities in Properties Committed to 50 Percent Reductions in Energy, Water, Emissions by 2030

Pittsburgh leads all 19 established 2030 Districts in the world with 81.7 million square feet committed. The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of the Green Building Alliance, represents 506 buildings that are actively working to achieve 50 percent reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by the year 2030 (below baselines). The buildings represent a variety of sectors, including office towers, hospitals, multifamily residential buildings, universities, professional sports facilities, and museums.

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KTGY Architecture + Planning Garners Top Honors at 2018 BIA Bay Area Excellence in Home Building Awards including Community Designs

The Oakland office of KTGY Architecture + Planning was honored at the 2018 Building Industry Association (BIA) of the Bay Area’s Excellence in Home Building Awards program held on Friday evening, April 20, 2018, with top awards in four award categories, including Community of the Year for both detached and attached residential communities plus eight finalist honors.

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Team from Cornell University Wins 2018 ULI Hines Student Competition with Plan to Redevelop Toronto Site

Cornell’s winning scheme, “Montage,” is a transformational mixed-use development at the junction of Toronto’s Downtown and East End neighborhoods. The proposal envisions an environmentally sustainable cultural hub that integrates cinema, creative industries, and Toronto’s park system to provide a unique outlet for expression and lifestyle. Montage embraces the future of urban transportation by providing both public transit and a thoughtful street grid that accommodates private vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. It enhances the urban fabric with distinctive plazas, tree-lined streets, and industrial facades, reminiscent of the late 19th century.

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KTGY Principal Terry Willis, AIA to Speak on “Leveraging Connections: Boomers in the City” 2018 at LeadingAge Colorado Conference & Exhibition

Willis said that one of the goals of the session is to have audience members gain a better understanding about the traditional barriers that have existed between the age-qualified living community and the community at large and how a mixed­use development strategy could help dissolve these boundaries. “We will discuss ways to integrate the age-qualified community and its residents with the greater community through the development of retail, cultural districts and inter­generational socialization opportunities. We will also talk about the benefits of forming informal partnerships with local retailers and share some of the latest designs in age-qualified living environments that incorporate mixed­use, retail and cultural districts as part of the overall planning of the site,” Willis said.

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Pittsburgh Exceeds All North American Cities in Properties Committed to 50 Percent Reductions in Energy, Water, Emissions by 2030

Pittsburgh leads all 19 established 2030 Districts in the world with 81.7 million square feet committed. The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of the Green Building Alliance, represents 506 buildings that are actively working to achieve 50 percent reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by the year 2030 (below baselines). The buildings represent a variety of sectors, including office towers, hospitals, multifamily residential buildings, universities, professional sports facilities, and museums.

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Team from Cornell University Wins 2018 ULI Hines Student Competition with Plan to Redevelop Toronto Site

Cornell’s winning scheme, “Montage,” is a transformational mixed-use development at the junction of Toronto’s Downtown and East End neighborhoods. The proposal envisions an environmentally sustainable cultural hub that integrates cinema, creative industries, and Toronto’s park system to provide a unique outlet for expression and lifestyle. Montage embraces the future of urban transportation by providing both public transit and a thoughtful street grid that accommodates private vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. It enhances the urban fabric with distinctive plazas, tree-lined streets, and industrial facades, reminiscent of the late 19th century.

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Urban Land Institute Report Proposes Ten Principles for Building Resilience

A new report from the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines ten fundamental principles for building resilient cities and regions that successfully anticipate, respond to, and recover from both immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events and long-term stresses such as sea-level rise, poverty, and declining population. Ten Principles for Building Resilience proposes bold guidelines for city and regional leaders as well as real estate and land use professionals to design, plan, and build communities and infrastructure in ways that address vulnerabilities related to climate change and other threats to prosperity and well-being.

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Seven Cities Receive $10,000 and Technical Assistance to Meet Resiliency Goals

“Resiliency is a key value embraced by strong, economically vibrant communities,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC). “We are excited to work with these seven cities through the Leadership in Community Resilience program to help them achieve their unique goals. While each project will be different, we know the value that cities have in sharing and learning from one another.”

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"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

"Smart Glass: Options for Creating a Sustainable, Glare-free Environment" by Josh Hogan, vice-president of sales operations for Halio North America/ Advances in electrochromic technologies have given building owners new options for maintaining their views and daylight, which studies have shown to boost vitality, productivity, and improve sleep by helping people keep in sync with their circadian rhythms. When used to block the sun’s heat and admit daylight, electrochromic or smart-tinting glass has been proven to reduce the energy used for air conditioning and electric lighting, providing as much as 20% in energy savings over low-E glass. Photo courtesy of Kinestral Technologies

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