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RCI, Inc. to hold press avail, discuss importance of open bidding in public construction projects, and present Congressman David E. Price with plaque of acknowledgement

Congressman Price recently had legislative report language added to the U.S. House Appropriations bill that spoke to “Cooperative Purchasing and Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Agreements” and the need for the “GSA (General Services Administration) to enforce any existing federal regulations that require independent design professionals be consulted on new construction and renovation projects.”

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AIA Philadelphia’s Forum On Architecture + Design To Kick Off This Year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival

For the first time, AIA Philadelphia’s annual educational and expo event, the Forum on Architecture + Design (formerly Design on the Delaware), will be held in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia, kicking off the 10-day festival at BOK in South Philadelphia from October 3-5, 2018. Focused on curating multidisciplinary educational content for designers, civic leaders, product manufacturers, technology providers and real estate developers, the Forum is joining DesignPhiladelphia events in order to create a platform where makers, fabricators and designers can come together, collaborate and exchange ideas with the Philadelphia architecture, engineering and construction community.

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Leading sustainability firm Verdani Partners Pursues Groundbreaking Fitwel Certifications with Clarion Partners

Leveraging Fitwel’s global certification system focused on promoting human health through evidence-based design strategies, Clarion will implement Fitwel’s health and well-being roadmap in five new residential properties in the fall of 2018. This will be the largest portfolio with submissions for multifamily residential properties to date for Fitwel. Verdani secured its first Fitwel certification through another long-time client, CommonWealth Partners, at 560 Mission in San Francisco, CA earlier this year.

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Steven Saffell joins AAMA staff as technical director

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces the hiring of Steven Saffell as technical director effective Aug. 13. Saffell’s background is a tapestry of architectural firm work, modular home design, as well as manufactured housing, and residential and commercial fenestration experience. Saffell also spent three years teaching as an adjunct professor.

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RCI, Inc. to hold press avail, discuss importance of open bidding in public construction projects, and present Congressman David E. Price with plaque of acknowledgement

Congressman Price recently had legislative report language added to the U.S. House Appropriations bill that spoke to “Cooperative Purchasing and Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Agreements” and the need for the “GSA (General Services Administration) to enforce any existing federal regulations that require independent design professionals be consulted on new construction and renovation projects.”

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AIA Philadelphia’s Forum On Architecture + Design To Kick Off This Year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival

For the first time, AIA Philadelphia’s annual educational and expo event, the Forum on Architecture + Design (formerly Design on the Delaware), will be held in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia, kicking off the 10-day festival at BOK in South Philadelphia from October 3-5, 2018. Focused on curating multidisciplinary educational content for designers, civic leaders, product manufacturers, technology providers and real estate developers, the Forum is joining DesignPhiladelphia events in order to create a platform where makers, fabricators and designers can come together, collaborate and exchange ideas with the Philadelphia architecture, engineering and construction community.

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Projections reveal nonresidential construction spending to grow

Spending on nonresidential buildings nationally increased only modestly last year, barely outpacing inflation in building costs. Halfway through the seventh year of continuous growth for the cyclical construction industry, 2018 might have looked to be the year that the industry would enter another recession. However, when polled at the beginning of this year, the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel—consisting of leading economic forecasters— instead saw an acceleration in activity, projecting 4.0 percent growth in 2018 and a nearly equal 3.9 percent in 2019.

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Dodge Momentum Index Increases in July

In July, the commercial component of the Momentum Index grew by 3.3%, while the institutional component fell 1.5%.  The headline Momentum Index has risen steadily since its slippage during the third quarter of 2017.  Stronger economic growth and the support from still-healthy real estate market fundamentals (occupancies and rents) have contributed to these gains for construction projects at the planning stage, which have yet to be restrained by the uncertainty arising from higher material costs and higher interest rates. 

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Editor’s pick – Takeda Global Headquarters

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

Takeda Global Headquarters in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. In the 1st floor entrance space, a large circular stone filled with flowing water and light symbolizes “the source of life”, and wooden artwork made of three-dimensional kanji motifs for “water” and “light” lines the walls.

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