Category: Urban Planning Industry News

Pittsburgh’s transformation from industrial to sustainable propels surge in green innovation

Pittsburgh’s ongoing physical, economic, and environmental transformation has propelled a surge in sustainable development, green innovation, and collaboration across multiple sectors – from municipal government, private business, nonprofit agencies, and university-based initiatives to major infrastructure projects, technology manufacturing, and equitable development.

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The Golden 1 Center named 2017 Golden State Award Winner by ACEC California

ACEC California named Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center as its 2017 Golden State Award Winner for its exceptional and unique sustainable design features. The Golden 1 Center – home of the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings – was designed by AECOM in association with Henderson Engineering, Inc. and is the first indoor sports arena in the world to achieve LEED platinum certification. The Golden State Award is the highest honor ACEC California bestows as part of its Engineering Excellence Awards program.

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Drexel University to receive Founders Award from 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

Annual Commonwealth Awards program celebrates smart growth, public transit, urban infrastructure Harrisburg, PA (January 2017) – The Commonwealth’s leading voice for smart growth, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, has tapped Drexel University to be the inaugural recipient of the Joanne Denworth Founders Award, the highest award given by the statewide nonprofit. Drexel President John A. Fry will accept the honor and deliver keynote remarks at the Commonwealth Awards celebration on the evening of January 24, 2017 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia. “Under John’s leadership, Drexel University is transforming our region,” said Caroline Boyce, 10,000 Friends’ Board Chair. “Through creative partnerships with the City of Philadelphia, University City District, and other development partners, the University is reshaping and revitalizing Philadelphia in bold, strategic ways. We are delighted to celebrate these game-changing, smart growth initiatives through the annual Commonwealth Awards program.” Named in honor of 10,000 Friends’ founder and first president Joanne Denworth, the Founders Award recognizes visionary institutional leadership in community revitalization initiatives that exemplify sound land-use principles. By honoring these efforts, 10,000 Friends hopes to encourage civic leadership at all levels and inspire local developers to make more such projects a reality. Drexel University is the first recipient of the Joanne Denworth Founders Award. The Commonwealth Awards celebration will also present the Excellence in Community Transportation Award to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)...

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Covestro marketing manager selected for board of national urban sustainability initiative

Tim Thiel to serve on 2030 Districts Network Board of Governors Tim Thiel, an industrial marketing manager, Polyurethanes, Covestro LLC, is one of 13 individuals selected to serve on the inaugural Board of Governors of the 2030 Districts Network. The Board will help standardize parameters and share best practices among urban building districts participating in the 2030 Challenge for Planning. The North American initiative supports local building industry leaders in dramatically reducing their energy and water consumption, and improving indoor air quality. The goals of the 2030 Districts align well with Covestro’s focus on promoting more sustainable building solutions through high-tech materials, such as energy-efficient polyurethane insulation and solvent-free coatings. “Helping to build more sustainable communities is a priority for Covestro and an area of great interest to me personally,” said Thiel, a 17-year veteran of Covestro, where he’s responsible for industrial marketing and business development in a number of vertical markets including the building and construction industry. “I look forward to sharing my expertise with others as we advance the 2030 concept as a way for communities to address climate change and urban resiliency.” Currently operating in 15 cities, the goal of the 2030 Districts is to reduce energy and water use by 50 percent in existing buildings and to make new buildings carbon neutral by 2030. Education will play a critical role in achieving these goals, which...

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. becomes first REIT to be named First-in-Class Fitwel Champion

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE), a real estate investment trust (REIT) uniquely focused on world-class collaborative science and technology campuses in urban innovation clusters, today announced that it has become the first and only REIT to be named a “First-in-Class Fitwel Champion.” To date, Alexandria, which is also the first company to receive Fitwel certifications for its buildings, has earned five Fitwel three-star ratings—the top rating achievable—demonstrating the highest levels of occupant health and wellness at four of its dynamic and thriving campuses in Cambridge, San Francisco, New York City and San Diego. Fitwel is a low-cost, high-impact evidence-based building...

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Mayors of Anchorage, Grand Rapids, San José and Washington selected as 2017 Class of Daniel Rose Fellows

The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) yesterday announced that mayors from four cities — Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San José, California and Washington, D.C. — have been selected as the 2017 class of Daniel Rose Fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use. Mayors Ethan Berkowitz, Rosalynn Bliss, Sam Liccardo and Muriel Bowser will lead teams from their respective cities who will receive technical assistance on a local land use challenge from NLC, ULI and their peers from the other fellowship cities. The four city teams will convene this...

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Renowned architect and urban planner Dr. Cheong Koon Hean named 2016 Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Laureate

Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, a widely acclaimed architect and urban planner credited with shaping much of Singapore’s urban landscape, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Dr. Cheong, the 17th Nichols laureate and the first from Asia, was honored at a celebratory event during the institute’s 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas. The ULI J.C. Nichols Prize recognizes a person or a person representing an institution whose work demonstrates a commitment to the creation of communities that reflect the highest standards of design and development. The prize honors the legacy of Kansas City, Missouri,...

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Jacobs joins 100 Resilient Cities Platform of Partners

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced today it has joined 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), as a Platform Partner to give urban centers across the world access to tools to help them plan and implement citywide resilience strategies and establish measures for success. Working with 100RC, Jacobs is providing Resilience Sprint Start, an intensive three-day workshop that helps city government participants develop an action-oriented, results-based implementation plan for the built and natural environment, as well as planning and management initiatives that have already been identified in a city’s resilience strategy. As part of the agreement,...

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CBRE study finds San Francisco the nation’s greenest city

Institutional owners of office buildings continued to pursue green building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. markets during 2015. Continuing an upward trend over the past decade, green certifications are now held by 11.8 percent of all surveyed buildings, representing 40.2 percent of all office space. Both figures are slightly above last year’s results, according to the third annual Green Building Adoption Index study by CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University. “Green” office buildings in the U.S. are defined as those that hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR label, USGBC LEED certification or both. After placing second on the...

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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