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Easy pass-through between indoor and outdoor environments
15.01.2017 Kolbe Windows & Doors offered exciting options to expand living spaces to the outdoors, showing folding windows and quad sliding windows at the NAHB 2017 International Builders' Show. "The trend toward indoor and outdoor living has spurred interest in sliding and folding windows that bridge the gap between indoors and out," states Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing at Kolbe Windows & Doors. "People want the option to include the outdoor environment as an extension of their living space, and these pass-through windows ease that transition." read more

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi features Tubelite curtainwall and entrances
15.01.2017 The new 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi opened in March 2016. The one-story museum's façade and 30-foot-tall lobby features Tubelite Inc.'s curtainwall and entrance systems. Owned and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation, the Museum is located in Cleveland, Mississippi near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is the first GRAMMY Museum site outside of Los Angeles. read more

Kolbe's stylish entrance doors
15.01.2017 Kolbe Windows & Doors showed extraordinary entrance doors at the NAHB 2017 International Builders' Show, highlighting design, customization options and finishing touches. "A grand entrance adds distinction and makes a powerful impression. Our built-to-order entrance doors are designed to your specifications, offering numerous customization options with an expanded hardware selection," stated Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing at Kolbe Windows & Doors. read more

Report on structural performance of composite thermal barrier systems
15.01.2017 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated technical information report addressing the most commonly used composite thermal barrier systems. The 72-page AAMA TIR-A8-16, "Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Framing Systems," was last updated in 2008 and now includes several new figures and instructions specific to testing dual cavities. Updated software and a user guide are forthcoming to aid users in understanding information contained in this report. "As codes mandate increasing energy performance requirements; read more

Almaden Valley blurs the line between indoors and out
15.01.2017 Drawing from personal and architectural inspiration, Brian and Mary Haas turned to Kolbe Windows & Doors to bring natural light and views into their modern prairie style home in Almaden Valley, California. Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the intriguing topology of the site, this modern prairie style home features cantilevered roofs and a true integration of interior and exterior. Built on a six-acre plot of land overlooking Almaden Valley in San Jose, California, it is surrounded by the valley to the south, a sandstone quarry to the north and hill pastures beyond. read more

Hitachi Introduces its First 3-1/2” Palm Nailer, Model NH90AB
11.01.2017 Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) announced the newest addition to its extensive Pro Preferred* Pneumatic Nailer lineup; a 3-1/2" Palm Nailer (Hitachi's first), model NH90AB. This Palm Nailer is designed specifically for driving bulk nails in confined spaces where a nailer might not fit, and there is no room to swing a hammer. The NH90AB accepts commonly used bulk nails up to 3-1/2"; ranging from .113" - .162" in diameter. The magnetic nose secures a fastener in place so that the user can easily guide the nail tip into the material or various types of read more

Online assistant for trenchless pressure pipe installation
11.01.2017 An online guide that will help civil engineers identify the most suitable trenchless methods for installing 'PE100' high density polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe has been launched by the PE100+ Association. The association, whose aim is to promote a consistent and high level quality in production and use of polyethylene for PE100 pipes, is made up of HDPE producers from around the world. The pipe designation PE100 is based on the long-term strength of the material, known as minimum required strength (MRS) of at least 10 MPa in accordance to ISO 9080. read more

Landmark Mersey Gateway on form with help from PERI
11.01.2017 Merseyside in North-West England is embracing significant improvements to its transport systems thanks to the landmark construction of the Mersey Gateway. The road bridge over the River Mersey is an integral component of the new A533 Central Expressway. Located 20 km east of Liverpool, it will provide an important transport connection between the towns of Runcorn in the south and Widnes in the north. Supported by three pylons, the six lane bridge will be 2,130 m long and will provide considerable traffic relief to the existing and over-used crossing – the Silver Jubilee Bridge. read more

Caterpillar's New Machines and Technology at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017
05.01.2017 At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Caterpillar will present its extensive line of machines and technology and its unmatched customer support capabilities. With 40 machines on display in two different exhibit areas totaling 60,000 square feet, Caterpillar's presence is among the largest at the show. But it's not all about size. Cat Connect Technologies for machine control and monitoring will share the spotlight with the iron it enhances—ranging from a skid steer loader to a 96-ton excavator. Eight Cat machines will make their public debut at CONEXPO read more

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Key theme of BAU 2017: digital design, construction and management
23.12.2016 The employment of digital technologies offers great potential in all lifecycle phases of a building. Correctly employed, these can increase the quality of construction and simultaneously reduce construction costs and times. A start has been made—but there's still a long way to go till the building industry is fully digitized. The latest state of technology is presented at BAU 2017, where the digitization of building is one of the key themes. In the Scandinavian countries, Great Britain and the USA, digital planning and construction processes are already comparatively widespread. In contrast, the German building industry still has to make up ground so as not to fall behind in increasingly international competition. read more

Plain sailing: new shipping and trade opportunities in the Arctic
23.12.2016 35 invited specialists from seven different countries gathered in Portland, Maine in the US recently to discuss opportunities for positive business and community development in the Arctic North Atlantic region. They were attending the 4th annual Ramboll Artic Roundtable conference, and came from as far afield as Greenland, Iceland, UK, Norway and China, as well as the USA and Canada. This year's theme was 'High North Atlantic Shipping and Trade' and according to Nils Arne Johnsen, Arctic Director for Ramboll (and chairman of the conference) this region is shaping up to become an important international economic area. read more

Kolbe's new sliding windows expand openings to the outdoors
21.12.2016 During the National Association of Home Builders' International Builders' Show (NAHB IBS), Kolbe will present new sliding windows, with larger expansive openings and solid performance ratings. On display at the show is a VistaLuxe complementary sliding window, which integrates with VistaLuxe Collection windows to maintain a consistent contemporary aesthetic. "Kolbe collaborates with architects and builders as we develop innovative products for the window and door industry, " says Kolbe's vice president of marketing, Cindy Bremer. "These new sliding windows offer sleek and sophisticated design solutions for a variety of projects." read more

The advent of digital engineering a year in review
19.12.2016 Uwe Krueger, Atkins' chief executive officer, said: "The world is changing rapidly and so are the demands on our industry. Digital disruptors are transforming the way infrastructure is developed and maintained and this trend must be accelerated if we are to meet the needs of a world that continues to evolve at pace. This year Atkins has put new technology at the heart of the projects we are working on and this has enabled us to help clients create smarter, more resilient, infrastructure. "But this is only the beginning. Looking forward to 2017, we will continue to embrace the advent of digital engineering to ensure we make our cities better places to live and work for the future." read more

industry news

Consultancy contract for German BIM road map awarded to Hochtief ViCon
17.01.2017 Together with its partners, Hochtief ViCon has been awarded the contract to implement the Building Information Modelling (BIM) road map on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. As a pioneer of digital construction, ViCon will provide consultancy services to the Ministry until the end of 2018. read more

Skanska builds new Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles, USA
17.01.2017 Skanska has, in a joint venture with Stacy and Witbeck, signed a contract with the City of Los Angeles to construct the new Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles, USA. The total contract is worth USD 191M. Skanska USA Civil will include its share of the contract worth USD 134M, about SEK 1.2 billion, in the order bookings for the first quarter 2017. The new structure will be a Los Angeles landmark. The design of the bridge, known as "The Ribbon of Light, " read more

Bouygues Construction builds the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in the United Kingdom
11.01.2017 EDF has awarded a contract to Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, in a consortium with the British company Laing O'Rourke, for the construction of the buildings that will house the two EPR (European Pressurised Reactor) nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C in the United Kingdom. Bouygues Construction's share of this contract will amount to at least €1.7 billion. read more

BAM chosen as construction partner to modernise Antarctic infrastructure
05.01.2017 Construction expert BAM has been chosen to partner with British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to modernise UK Antarctic and other research facilities, enabling British scientists to continue delivering world class research into some of the most important issues facing our planet. BAM has teamed up with major European design consultants Sweco to assist with project delivery. Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), this long-term UK partnership will last between 7-10 years and is worth an estimated approximately €120 million (£100 million). read more

Strabag to rebuild football stadium in Hungary
29.12.2016 The Hungarian unit of publicly listed Strabag SE has been awarded the contract by the City of Székesfehérvár, 70 km from Budapest, to rebuild the Sóstó football stadium. The demolition of the old stadium, also carried out by Strabag, was concluded in the middle of the year. The approx. € 40 million project is scheduled for completion in late 2017. "The Hungarian market is one of our most important core markets. While 2015 was a very successful year for the construction industry, this was followed by a decline in investment volumes and construction activity in 2016. read more

FCC wins two new contracts in Europe
29.12.2016 FCC Group's environmental services business has strengthened its growth in Europe with the award of new contracts in the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. The contract awarded in the UK, where FCC Group has been providing environmental services since 1989, covers municipal waste collection, selective collection and street cleansing for Barrow in Furness District Council, in Cumbria. The contract is worth £12 million (approximately €14.3 million). read more

LAMSAC’s acquisition: Vinci becomes motorway concessionaire in Peru
27.12.2016 Vinci Highways, Vinci Concessions' subsidiary, has finalised the acquisition of 100% of LAMSAC company, concessionaire-holder of Línea Amarilla, a 25 km toll road around the center of Lima, and PEX, LAMSAC's electronic toll collection operator. The deal is based on an enterprise value of LAMSAC and PEX at PEN 5.5billion (around EUR 1.5 billion) as of 31 December 2015. LAMSAC holds a concession contract with the Municipality of Lima to build, operate and maintain the Línea Amarilla until November 2049. read more

Hochtief receives building construction contracts in Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia
27.12.2016 At year-end, Hochtief Building received new contracts in Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia worth more than EUR 100 million. For Otec, Hochtief will design and build "Werk 4", a 24-story hotel and hostel complex on the former Pfanni production premises close to Munich's East railway station. read more

Norther offshore wind farm reaches financial close, Belgium
23.12.2016 The €1.2 billion Norther offshore wind farm, situated on the Belgian continental shelf, has successfully achieved financial close. Mott MacDonald is lenders' technical advisor (LTA) on the project and will now provide construction and operational monitoring in an ongoing role. read more

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