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Therml=Block ribbon window
27.05.2016 Tubelite Inc. adds a new 900RW Series ribbon windows, with single and dual poured-and-debridged thermal options, as part of its growing Therml=Block product line. "Designed for strip window applications in low- to mid-rise commercial buildings, 900RW ribbon windows save installation time and labor, while meeting model energy codes and supporting LEED certification," said Mary Avery, Tubelite's marketing director. "Even in extreme cold climates, Therml=Block products provide superior energy and condensation resistance performance read more

Double hung lock a perfect fit for historical renovation projects
27.05.2016 In addition to the Signature sash lock, Kolbe now offers a spoon sash lock that was specially designed to meet the old world aesthetic of historical renovation projects. "At Kolbe, we're always looking to expand the options available to architects, " says Lance Premeau, Kolbe's product and market manager. "Every detail of the window is important, and this new sash lock option is another example of how our windows can be completely tailored to fit the aesthetics of the building in which they are being installed." The new spoon sash lock was shown at the AIA National Convention Expo read more

40-foot-diameter skylight finished by Linetec
27.05.2016 Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, Pennsylvania, designed by Charles Cross Architecture, features a 40-foot-diameter dome skylight, manufactured and installed by Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC. Linetec finished the 1,411-square-foot skylight's aluminum framing in a Silver mica high-performance architectural coating. Linetec's senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED Green Associate, explained, "The two-coat 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating meets the industry's stringent requirements read more

Philips CoralCare
26.05.2016 Philips Lighting, a Royal Philips company, announced the launch of Philips CoralCare, its first dedicated LED luminaire to grow coral in aquariums. Following three years of research into the use of LED light to grow coral, the new Philips luminaire enables coral to grow with brilliantly, vivid colors. Also, it was proven that with similar power and light settings as traditional lighting, corals will grow at the same rate but while maintaining their natural appearance and health. Philips CoralCare makes use of the latest LED technologies enabling more efficient light generation. read more

Komatsu's new WA320-8 wheel loader
26.05.2016 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the new WA320-8 wheel loader. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, this latest addition to the wheel loader family combines high production with low fuel consumption and improved operator comfort. The WA320-8's parallel-lift linkage, with auto tilt-in to simulate a Z-bar, can be used in any application from pallet handling to hard digging. Fuel consumption is lower by up to three percent in V-cycle loading and two percent in load and carry applications. read more

Three Sons Window and Door Earns National Recognition from CertainTeed
26.05.2016 Three Sons Window and Door of Waltham, Massachusetts, has earned its second Remodeler Project of the Quarter award from CertainTeed Corporation for outstanding work in a recent residential remodel. A CertainTeed Siding 5-Star Contractor, the company assembled a dynamic blend of CertainTeed products to revitalize the exterior of a 1950s-era single-family home in Northborough, Massachusetts. "This home was over 50 years old and had a rather bland, white exterior that was in need of a serious update," said Paul Nutile, president and lead sales read more

Linetec finishes Penn Family Medicine Center’s pyramid skylight
26.05.2016 Designed by Array Architects, Penn Family Medicine Southern Chester County's new 72,000-square-foot outpatient facility in West Grove, Pennsylvania, opened in 2015. The $28 million building highlights "ample natural light" among its amenities, which is made possible in part by its pyramid skylight. Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC, manufactured the 23-by-23-foot skylight with aluminum framing finished by Linetec in a Silver Sunstorm color mica coating to ensure long-lasting performance. read more

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

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

BAM appointed by Birmingham City University for Health And Biomedical Suite
27.05.2016 Birmingham City University has appointed BAM Construction in the Midlands to deliver a major extension to its City South Campus in Edgbaston. BAM will create the University's £41 million new building to facilitate a range of new courses in sport and life sciences. The three storey design and build contract will establish laboratories and teaching spaces that allow the development of new courses in health, nutrition, biomedical science and sport. read more

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

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