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Anti-reflective glass helps museum visitors focus on the exhibits
25.05.2016 When museum operators want to ensure that the art shines in their exhibitions and not the display-case glass protecting it, they are increasingly opting for Guardian Clarity double-sided, anti-reflective glass. Clarity delivers a nearly invisible, glassless effect to museum display cases, allowing visitors to view the items as if visible to the naked eye, while still providing the necessary protection and security for these often priceless, irreplaceable artifacts. Guardian Industries' Glass Group in Europe will be showcasing Clarity glass solutions for display cases at read more

High-Tech AC Brushless Hammer Line Designed for Durability & Comfort
19.05.2016 Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) unveiled a new line of AC Brushless SDS Max Rotary Hammers featuring Hitachi's Aluminum Housing Body (AHB) construction that delivers impressive internal and external durability, and select hammers in the line also incorporating User Vibration Protection (UVP) technology to minimize vibration transfer to the user. This new line from Hitachi will lead the commercial industry in North America by delivering products that not only last longer due to reformative construction of the tool body and motor, read more

MSU’s new Bio Engineering Facility features Tubelite curtainwall
19.05.2016 Michigan State University (MSU) opens the doors to its new Bio Engineering Facility and to new, collaborative research opportunities contributing toward technology transfer to the private sector and the state's emerging bio-based economy. The four-story, 130,000-square-foot research laboratory building is located in the South Academic District in East Lansing. The Bio Engineering Facility's design team included MSU and architectural/engineering consultants Integrated Design Solutions (IDS). A palette of gray, white and black in glass and read more

The Waterfall features endless skylight by Super Sky, finished by Linetec
19.05.2016 Located minutes from the heart of Philadelphia, The Waterfall is one of Delaware's most elegant catering facilities. Renovated in 2014 and reopened in Jan. 2015, it accommodates parties up to 500 people in more than 18,000 square feet. As guests pass through the rotunda of The Waterfall event center, they enter the cocktail room with 18-foot-tall ceilings that feature an "endless" skylight. This 59-foot-long, custom vault skylight with gabled ends was manufactured and installed by Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC. read more

Kolbe’s pivot door expands entrance door capabilities
19.05.2016 During the AIA National Convention, Kolbe is highlighting a one-of-a-kind, oversized, pivoting entrance. "Distinctive homes deserve a grand entrance. No other feature on a home makes such a powerful statement and lasting impression as the front entry," says Cindy Bremer, Kolbe's vice president of marketing. "With Kolbe, each entry is built-to-order, so it can be individualized with wide and tall sizes, unusual shapes, rare wood species, bright and bold finishes, finely crafted glass and many other selections." read more

Inner-city major construction site at a depth of 40 m
14.05.2016 PERI engineers supported the fast construction progress of the Msheireb Station, the key element of Doha's new metro system, with an individually tailored system concept and continuous on-site support. The Msheireb subway station is situated in the heart of Doha and is the lynchpin of the ultra-modern metro system currently under construction in the capital of Qatar. It is here that the three most important connections converge: the "Gold Line", "Red Line" and "Green Line". By 2020, 82 km of tunnel routes and 25 stations will have connected read more

Komatsu's new WA500-8 Wheel Loader
14.05.2016 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the new WA500-8 Wheel Loader. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, this latest addition to the wheel loader family combines an enhanced lockup torque converter function and SmartLoader logic to achieve low fuel consumption and high travel speeds. The standard bucket capacity increased to 7.6 cubic yards and the bucket now fills easier and retains material better, contributing to machine efficiency and productivity gains of up to 10 percent. Also, by optimizing control of engine power, and read more

New John Deere Hydraulic Hammer attachments
14.05.2016 Demolition is more powerful and efficient than ever with the new John Deere Hydraulic Hammer attachments (HH20C, HH40C, HH60C and HH80C) for skid steers, compact track loaders (CTLs) and compact excavators. The new line of hammers is the fastest in its class, and they are more efficient and easier to maintain than previous models. The Hydraulic Hammers are the newest product added to the consistently growing line of Worksite Pro attachments and are optimized to work with select John Deere G- and E-Series skid steers and read more

Commercial Downlights with adjustable lumen output
12.05.2016 GREEN CREATIVE's new patent pending INNOFIT SERIES offers a universal solution for retrofit or new construction downlighting applications. The 9.5'' 45W CDL, 8'' 27W CDL, 6'' 21W CDL and 4'' 14W CDL downlights feature a field-adjustable lumen selector for three distinct lumen levels equivalent to various CFL lamp combinations, helping to greatly reduce the number of SKUs needed on a job site. To select the desired lumen output, simply slide the switch on the top of the housing to the High, Medium or Low setting. read more

exhibitions and other events

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

Ramboll wins the lighting designers’ Oscar in the US
13.05.2016 Ramboll has received the international lighting award Special Citation in the US for the lighting design on the gable of a building on a street in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The IALD International Lighting Design Awards is the most prestigious lighting design awards competition in the world. Among other winning projects are the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York, the Artron Wall in China and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. read more

The exhibition sections at BAU 2017: bricks, roof construction, ceramics and IT
11.05.2016 BAU 2017 (January 16 – 21, Munich) is a 185,000 square meters showcase of materials, technologies and systems: an area the size of 25 football pitches filled with state-of-the-art technology for the international building and construction industry. read more

industry news

NCC to construct Central Station for the West Link
25.05.2016 The Swedish Transport Administration has commissioned NCC to construct the significant central station phase of the West Link project. The assignment comprises an underground commuter train station and about 2 kilometers of railway tunneling. The Transport Administration has budgeted some SEK 3 billion for the phase in question. read more

Mace Group selects Inoapps for Oracle cloud applications
25.05.2016 International consultancy and construction company, Mace has chosen Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud including Oracle Procurement Cloud and Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud, and Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud applications. The fully integrated solution will be implemented globally across 30 countries by Inoapps, read more

Strabag awarded road and tunnel construction contract in Norway
25.05.2016 Strabag SE, the European technology group for construction services, has been selected as main contractor to build a section of European Route E16, the most important link between the Norwegian capital of Oslo and the country's second largest city of Bergen. This is the first construction contract being carried out by Strabag in Norway as sole contractor. read more

KONE wins order for twin tower development in Indonesia
24.05.2016 KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, will equip the two Sopodel Office Tower + Lifestyle buildings under construction in Jakarta's prestigious business district with 41 elevators and escalators. Built upon 1.7 hectares of land, the twin-towered office and hotel development is situated in a prime location within SCBD Mega Kuningan in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. Developed by PT. Toba Pengembang Sejahtra, Sopodel Office Tower + Lifestyle will be a Grade-A Platinum-rated Green Building property once completed in 2017. read more

FLSmidth to supply material handling equipment to Russian port
24.05.2016 FLSmidth has signed an EPS (Engineering, Procurement and Supervision) contract worth more than EUR 160m with the Russian marine export terminal owner OTEKO-Portservice LLC for the engineering, supply and supervision of material handling equipment. The equipment is to be installed at the port of Taman on the Russian Black Sea Cost, approximately 1,500 km south of the capital Moscow. read more

Turner Construction to renovate Boulder High School
24.05.2016 Turner Construction Company's Special Projects Division in Denver has begun a significant renovation of Boulder High School. Originally constructed in 1937, the 246,000-square-foot facility will undergo a series of interior, exterior, and site improvements. Interior improvements include renovations to the backstage area and dressing rooms, band area, kitchen, cafeteria, and restrooms. The project also includes the repair/replacement of interior doors, HVAC, communications systems, and fixtures such as casework and stage rigging. read more

CFO Thessa Menssen new Supervisory Board member of FMO
23.05.2016 Thessa Menssen, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Board of Royal BAM Group has been appointed as new member of the Supervisory Board of Dutch development bank FMO. She replaces Rein Willems, who left FMO's Supervisory Board in 2014. read more

Skanska builds tunnel for National Grid pipeline in Northern England
23.05.2016 Skanska has, as a part of a joint venture, signed a contract with National Grid to design and construct a tunnel underneath the river Humber on the east coast of Northern England for the Humber Tunnel project. The contract value for Skanska is GBP 40M, about SEK 480M, which will be included in the order bookings for Skanska UK in the second quarter 2016. read more

Bechtel to build new UK nuclear plant
23.05.2016 Bechtel, the global engineering and construction firm, has been selected, with joint venture partners Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd. and Japan Gas Corporation, to deliver a new, two-reactor nuclear plant in Wales, United Kingdom for plant owner Horizon Nuclear Power. read more

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