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ROCKFON ceiling panels with high NRC achieve Optimized Acoustics
24.06.2016 Helping optimize acoustics for today's commercial interiors, the ROCKFON Group offers an extensive portfolio of sound-absorbing, acoustic stone wool ceiling systems. These include baffles, islands and ceiling panels that can achieve Noise Reduction Coefficients (NRC) as high as 0.95. Sound-absorbing ROCKFON ceiling products shorten reverberation time, improve speech intelligibility, decrease noise levels and promote privacy. "ROCKFON Optimized Acoustics provides a simple, straightforward approach to meet current acoustic standards, guidelines and criteria, read more

New justice complex relies on Tubelite
19.06.2016 Opened in March, Michigan's new $23 million Gull Road Justice Complex improves operational collaboration through efficiencies in space, design and function. The 85,000-square-foot, three-story building also houses the family division of the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court. TowerPinkster worked with the County to design a facility that conveyed a transparency and connection to the community, while providing a secure and functional structure. Helping bring this vision to life and meet the multiple performance requirements, the architectural team selected read more

ICEhouse building using SABIC’s LEXAN sheets
17.06.2016 By 2050 around 9 billion people are expected to be living on our planet. This growth will require trillions of dollars of new infrastructure and will drive the construction industry to seek solutions for sustainable materials and innovative techniques to enable the building of affordable, energy-efficient houses while contributing to the smart use of global resources based on circular-economy principles. Using SABIC's tough and energy-efficient LEXAN sheets, the ICEhouse represents how structures can easily be built, disassembled and reused read more

UTSC’s newest building with ROCKFON ceiling systems
17.06.2016 University of Toronto Scarborough Campus' (UTSC's) new $52.5 million Environmental Science & Chemistry Building (ESCB) welcomed its first students in autumn of 2015. Contributing to the building's multiple goals, ROCKFON acoustic stone wool ceiling panels and suspension systems support the University's architectural vision, functional performance requirements and sustainability criteria, while completing the project within budget and on schedule. Located on the north campus, ESCB's science and education research hub offers masters and doctoral programs read more

Historical style and modern performance
17.06.2016 Preserving the historical aesthetic and updating to modern performance, multiple student residences across the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia campus rely on windows from Wausau Window and Wall Systems, entrances from Tubelite Inc. and architectural finishes by Linetec. All three contributors are part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc.'s Building Retrofit Strategy team. As account executive with Apogee's building retrofit strategy team, Kevin Robbins assists building owners and facility managers in evaluating the benefits read more

Warm Dim Series LED lamps
13.06.2016 GREEN CREATIVE, the commercial grade LED lighting manufacturer announces the release of its new Warm Dim Series lamps. The Warm Dim Series currently includes the A19 9.5W, BR30 9W and B11 5W lamps. These energy efficient retrofit solutions feature warm dimming designed to mimic incandescent light sources. When dimmed, the color temperature (CCT) of these lamps gradually warms from 2700K-2200K, helping to create the perfect mood for all occasions. "The technology used in these Warm Dim LED lamps allows them to dim just like the lamps they are replacing," read more

Osram transforms the Noma Earth Tubes in Manchester
11.06.2016 The impressive Noma Earth Tubes with a height of 5.60 metres are part of the 80,000 square metre Noma municipal refurbishment project in the north of Manchester. The three towers supply fresh air to the co-op support centre located beneath it in the centre of the upgrading zone. In addition to their primary function the climate towers also fulfil an aesthetic task, making the public space much more attractive for both visitors and residents. This vision has been rendered possible thanks to state-of-the-art LED lighting solutions from Osram. read more

Komatsu's PC360LCi-11 intelligent machine control hydraulic excavator
11.06.2016 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the new PC360LCi-11 hydraulic excavator, the first 3D semi-automatic excavator available in the popular 36-ton weight class. "Nimble, yet highly productive, the PC360LCi-11 is easily the most anticipated intelligent machine control machine to launch from Komatsu in recent memory," said Jason Anetsberger, senior product manager, Komatsu America. "From trenching on a utility worksite to mass excavating on a highway project, the PC360LCi-11 is flexible and versatile enough to be at home on almost any jobsite," read more

Antimicrobial protection for high-touch, architectural metal products
11.06.2016 Linetec demonstrated antimicrobial protection for architectural metal products' high-touch surfaces during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention and Expo. Linetec offers these high-performance coatings in more than 30,000 color choices. "Linetec provides architectural coatings in nearly any imaginable color with protection that exceeds other conventional finishes on metal building products' interior and exterior surfaces," says Jon Close, Linetec's vice president of sales. "Antimicrobial protection can be specified for high-touch, read more

exhibitions and other events

Atkins' CEO Uwe Krueger at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN
10.06.2016 This year the World Economic Forum (WEF) celebrates 25 years of shaping the regional agenda for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In that time, the region has made great progress and Atkins has been a key partner. Atkins' CEO, Uwe Krueger, attended the recent summit to discuss how regional players can learn from this and build a sustainable investment climate for the future. Uwe took part in a panel discussion entitled 'learning from the best in ASEAN infrastructure', alongside the Minister of Transport for Malaysia, the CEO for Global Infrastructure Hub and a Vice President from the Asian Development Bank. read more

Hitachi Power Tools awarded for highest sales to Sphere 1 members by brand
08.06.2016 Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) has been recognized for the fourth year in a row for highest sales achievement by brand with Sphere 1 members, a cooperative of independent tool and fastener distributors. Hitachi received this top award over 97 other Sphere 1 preferred suppliers. Sphere 1 CEO, Carol Shackelford noted, "Hitachi was recognized AGAIN as the Top Branded Preferred Supplier at our annual conference, held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes. This is the fourth consecutive win for Hitachi read more

Architects create tactical urbanism with AIA Design Competition
25.05.2016 The AIA Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community developed this year's pop-up design competition to address the importance of architecture in establishing a sense of place. The design competition challenged the design community to activate a small footprint and create a space for people to enjoy, play and converse. read more

Windpower to find out how GWEC can help to break into new and emerging markets around the world
18.05.2016 Wind power has emerged as an essential new energy dynamic, especially in light of the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan. Windpower 2016 Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, May 23-26 puts you at the center of it all. Professionals from all over the world come here to network, learn and advance their organizational missions. read more

industry news

FenestrationMasters coursework now accepted by the AIA and the ICC
23.06.2016 Both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Code Council (ICC) now accept FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster coursework as continuing education credits. The AIA accepts the FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster coursework as 11 and 13.5 Learning Units (LUs)/Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) hours, respectively. read more

FCC concludes tunnelling work on Riyadh Metro Green line
23.06.2016 The FAST consortium, headed by FCC, has completed tunnelling work on Riyadh Metro line 5 (Green line). The announcement was made at an event held in the Saudi capital that was attended by the Governor of Riyadh, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Minister of Transport, His Excellency Suleiman Al-Hamdan, and other representatives of government ministries, together with Carlos M. Jarque, CEO of FCC Group, the Spanish environmental services, infrastructure and water management company. read more

Skanska expands and renovates Gulf Coast Medical Center in Florida, USA
20.06.2016 Skanska has signed a contract with Lee Memorial Health System to expand and renovate the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers, Florida, USA. The total contract value is USD 200M. Skanska, leading a joint venture with Gates Construction, will include its full 89 percent share of the contract, worth USD 178M, about SEK 1.5 billion, in the order bookings for Skanska USA Building in the second quarter 2016. read more

Bilfinger maintains leading position in Germany
20.06.2016 In 2015, Bilfinger was once again the largest provider of facility services in Germany. In the recently published industry rankings from consulting firm Lünendonk, the company was ranked first, as in the years before. read more

Balfour Beatty Hong Kong joint venture awarded superstructure project
20.06.2016 Balfour Beatty's Hong Kong joint venture, Gammon Construction, has been awarded a HK$4billion superstructure contract by Taikoo Place Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Swire Properties, for the redevelopment of Somerset House in Taikoo Place, one of Hong Kong's best-planned business hubs. read more

Ardian Infrastructure and Crédit Agricole Assurances acquire Vinci’s stake in Indigo
20.06.2016 Ardian, the independent private investment company, and Crédit Agricole Assurances have signed an agreement with Vinci to acquire its 24.6% stake in parking operator Indigo, previously called Vinci Park. Following this transaction, the company will be 49.2% owned by Ardian Infrastructure and 49.2% by Crédit Agricole Assurances. read more

Bilfinger focusing on industrial services
13.06.2016 The Executive Board of Bilfinger SE has decided to sell the Building and Facility business segment to EQT. The purchase price amounts to approximately €1.2 billion, which corresponds to an enterprise value of around €1.4 billion. read more

Skanska builds Dolce Hotel and Conference Center in Madisonville, USA
13.06.2016 Skanska has signed a contract with RBM Development to oversee construction of the Dolce Lifestyle Hotel and Conference Center in Madisonville, Ohio, USA. The contract is worth USD 51M, about SEK 430M, which will be included in the order bookings for Skanska USA Building in the second quarter 2016. The project is a redevelopment of a former warehouse site and will convert an existing parking garage into a 239-room, 40,000-square-meter, full-service boutique hotel and conference center. The nine-story building will also feature state-of-the-art meeting spaces, 16 contemporary event spaces, rooftop garden, outdoor dining area, as well as a combined restaurant and lounge. read more

Global construction disputes hit record length, Arcadis report finds
10.06.2016 The value of disputes relating to major global construction projects have marginally reduced to, on average, US$ 46 million in 2015, according to the Global Construction Disputes: Don't get left behind report released by Arcadis. However, the length of time to resolve a construction dispute increased to an average of 15.5 months, impacting parties involved in a dispute and the overall construction industry. - Global construction disputes show a decrease in value whilst the length of disputes continued to increase read more

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