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Wausau's high-performance, ADA-accessible windows
24.07.2014 Loyola University Chicago (LUC) strives to be one of the most sustainable urban campuses in the United States. The newly opened 217,000-square-foot Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) showcases many of LUC's most innovative, eco-friendly features, including natural light and views from nearly 400 large, high-performance windows from Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Along with helping attain sustainability goals, many of the windows also needed to meet accessibility criteria. read more

AAMA releases Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual
24.07.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released SFM-1-14, a manual that provides technical information regarding the installation of high-quality, attractive aluminum storefronts and entrances. "The Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual" presents information in five main sections: Terminology, Design Information, Hardware, Engineering Design and Guide Specifications. "It's imperative for this document to be up-to-date because we use it as a base for training young and/or new read more

System-based project solution saves time and money
22.07.2014 The formwork and scaffolding solution provided for the construction of the new subway station in Seattle was the result of competent engineering and a project-specific construction kit system. In addition to the widest possible use of rentable PERI system components, the optimized construction method in particular ensured significant time and cost savings. The length of Seattle´s metropolitan railway system (Light Rail) is currently being extended by 5 km and includes increasing the number of stations from read more

4.9 GW of new offshore wind capacity under construction in Europe
22.07.2014 16 commercial offshore wind farms are under construction totalling 4.9 GW of power capacity. 224 new offshore wind turbines, totalling 781 megawatts (MW), were fully grid connected in Europe during the first six months of 2014 – 25% less than during the same period in 2013 (1,045 MW). 282 wind turbines have been installed but not connected during this period, making a total of 310 offshore turbines awaiting grid connection. Once connected they will add a further 1,200 MW of offshore wind energy capacity. read more

Doka to form Torre Isozaki – one of Italy's tallest buildings
22.07.2014 Redevelopment of the historic Fiera Campionaria district created an entirely new appearance for the former premises of the Milan Trade Fair. It brings a new landmark to the capitol of the Lombard region: Torre Isozaki. With a height of 202 m, it ranks among the tallest buildings in Italy. A new business and residential district is being built as part of the CityLife-Project. At its centre is a building that sets innovative standards: Torre Isozaki is focussed on sustainability and serves as a symbol for the green approach of the read more

High-performance roofing, insulation and gypsum
22.07.2014 CertainTeed Corporation has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured Veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the Veterans they serve. The company's contribution of roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the U.S. ensures that the homeowners will enjoy a lifetime of indoor comfort and sustainable read more

New Cat 340D2 L hydraulic excavator
15.07.2014 The new Cat 340D2 L hydraulic excavator, replacing the 340D L, builds on the productive performance and durability of its predecessor with a more refined hydraulic system and a fuel-efficient Cat C9 engine that meets U.S EPA Tier 2, EU Stage II, and China Tier 2 emissions standards. The new model, with an operating weight of 40,270 kg features massive structural components; heavy-duty undercarriage; a selection of booms, sticks, and work tools for optimum versatility; and a spacious, comfortable cab with read more

The industry’s most efficient thin film passive fire protection coating
15.07.2014 Jotun announced the launch of Steelmaster 1200WF, a highly efficient intumescent coating providing up to 180 minutes protection against cellulosic fire for infrastructure buildings. As the latest contribution to Jotun's Steelmaster range, Steelmaster 1200WF is developed to meet the challenging demands for passive fire protection (PFP). Engineered to protect structural steel of public spaces, including airports, hotels, train stations, school buildings, stadiums and malls, this thin-film, water-borne product read more

Bringing fall protection into the digital age
15.07.2014 Capital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands of fall protection equipment has announced the launch of their new Resource & Education Centre App that provides instant access to tools that help promote best practice in fall protection and ensure safe work at heights. Capital Safety is excited to unveil their new Fall Protection Resource & Education Centre App, now available for tablet devices on apple or android platforms. The Resource & Education Centre App was created to provide industry read more

exhibitions and other events

Ramboll orchestrates research project to boost urban liveability
25.07.2014 A team of the world's leading researchers within urban development has joined forces in a new project aimed at improving life in cities. Ramboll's Liveable Cities Lab spearheads the initiative. Every day, urban population rises by 180,000 people. More people means less space and a growing number of environmental and socio-economic challenges. Add frequent flooding incidences, sea level rise, higher temperatures and heat stress, and you have a situation that calls for new and innovative solutions within blue-green infrastructure to ensure the well-being of citizens. read more

Visitor registration for bauma China online
24.07.2014 Online visitor registration for bauma China is now open. By registering in advance (at, visitors can secure their fast-track – and free – ticket to bauma China, which takes place from November 25 to 28, 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). After successful registration, visitors receive a confirmation e-mail which they can exchange for a ticket at the specially set-up express counters at the venue. This significantly shortens waiting times at the exhibition center. read more

Kodet Architectural Group wins AIA National Merit Award
21.07.2014 Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.'s award-winning design of the Westwood Lutheran Church's sanctuary restoration was showcased during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual convention's Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) presentation and exhibition in Chicago, June 26-28. The project won a 2013 Merit Award in the category of Religious Architecture: Restoration. The church is located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota; was originally designed by Edward Sövik, and won the 1963 AIA Honor Award. read more

Strabag, a stone quarry and a school: Working together for nature in Gaaden
09.07.2014 In 2012, it was bee hotels and bat boxes; this year, the students from the Mödling Higher Technical Institute (HTL Mödling) constructed and built some 20 bird nesting boxes for the Gaaden stone and rock quarry operated by Mineral Abbau GmbH, a subsidiary of publicly listed Strabag SE. In recognition for their hard work, the students were invited on 26 June 2014, just before the end of school, to not only present the nest boxes and officially open a biotope at the quarry, but also to witness a blasting that brought down several thousand tonnes of rock. read more

industry news

Strabag to construct S7 section “Trasa Nowohucka” in Kraków
25.07.2014 On 22 July 2014, a consortium comprising Strabag Sp. z o.o. and Heilit+Woerner Sp. z o.o, two subsidiaries of Austrian listed company Strabag SE, has signed a contract for the construction of a stretch of the planned S7 expressway in the east of Kraków, called "Trasa Nowohucka", which will run between Rybitwy and Igołomska. The construction site is scheduled to be handed over in August, and constructions are planned to start in August/September 2014. Under the contract, which is worth PLN 529 million (around € 130 million), read more

Balfour Beatty to construct office building in Charlotte, North Carolina
25.07.2014 Balfour Beatty announces today that it has been awarded a US $136 million (£80 million) contract to build a prestigious and environmentally responsible office complex in the heart of uptown Charlotte, North Carolina – the latest in a series of awards to develop the city's economic and commercial infrastructure. The building, known as 300 South Tryon, is being developed by Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC and consists of a distinctive 25-storey office building and a four level underground parking garage. read more

Mott MacDonald to implement and test Adoption Support Fund, England
25.07.2014 Mott MacDonald, together with Core Assets and the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), has been appointed by the Department of Education (DfE) to implement and test the prototype Adoption Support Fund with ten local authorities across England. read more

Pöyry awarded assignment by Austrian Power Grid AG
25.07.2014 Austrian Power Grid AG has awarded Finnish consultancy Pöyry with the assignment for the construction of new 380/110/30kV switchgears at Kaprun substation, Austria. The assignment includes detailed design engineering, project management and installation services as well as the supply of equipment. read more

IXAS Zuid-Oost selected for the project A9 Gaasperdammerweg in the Netherlands
25.07.2014 Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced that the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management of the Netherlands Rijkswaterstaat has announced its intention to appoint IXAS Zuid-Oost, a consortium consisting of Fluor, Ballast Nedam, Heijmans and 3i Infrastructure plc, as the selected bidder for the public-private-partnership (PPP) project A9 Gaasperdammerweg in the Netherlands. read more

Atkins appoints Group managing director, Major Projects
25.07.2014 Atkins has made a new strategic appointment to further strengthen its delivery of major projects around the world. Phil Todd joins the company from Fluor, as Group managing director, Major Projects, and will report directly to Donald Lawson who is a member of the Atkins senior leadership team. A proven leader of complex infrastructure programmes in both the public and private sectors, Phil has led programmes at all stages; read more

SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for Jimmie Creek hydro project
25.07.2014 Canada's SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the Jimmie Creek hydro project in British Columbia by Plutonic Upper Toba Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Alterra Power Corporation (TSX: AXY), which will own the project in partnership with a fund managed by Fiera Axium Infrastructure, Inc. SNC-Lavalin's contract is valued at $30.5 million. read more

IM Properties completes acquisition of Fore Business Park, Solihull
24.07.2014 Award-winning Warwickshire-based developer, IM Properties has completed the acquisition of Fore Business Park, near Solihull from BAM for £21 million. read more

Strabag to build outfall tunnel in Canada
23.07.2014 Austria-based construction company Strabag has secured a new contract in Canada: In its winning tender, the company agreed to build the Mid-Halton Outfall Tunnel for CAD 79 million (approx. € 54 million). The project centres on the excavation of two 60 m deep shafts and a 6.3 km rock-bored tunnel that is designed to carry treated effluent water from the water treatment plant in Oakville into Lake Ontario. Since the year 2005, Strabag has been present in Canada in the fields of civil and ground engineering as well as tunnelling. read more

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