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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

Wausau's INvent hurricane impact-resistant windows receive NOA
15.07.2014 Wausau Window and Wall Systems INvent -HP -XLT Series windows have received Florida's Miami-Dade Count Notice of Acceptance (NOA), meeting the most stringent hurricane codes. Along with hurricane impact-resistance, these windows provide energy performance and recycled content to meet buildings' goals for both sustainability and protection. INvent-HP-XLT Series fixed, awning and project-out casement window units meet the ASTM E 1996 requirements for large "D" missile impact testing for Wind Zones 1-3 and read more

Terminal 5 renovates with ROCKFON ceiling systems
15.07.2014 Contributing to O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5's world-class traveler experience, ROCKFON's team provided the open plenum metal ceiling system above the newly redesigned TSA Checkpoint, and a metal baffle ceiling system above the renovated and expanded Concessions Program. O'Hare International Airport ranks as the world's second-busiest airport. Westfield oversees concession management at Terminal 5, and guided the terminal's transformation and expansion from 15,000 to read more

exhibitions and other events

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

Saint-Gobain is supporting seven student projects at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition
01.07.2014 French construction materials maker Saint-Gobain is supporting seven student projects at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition which has been officially opened in Versailles by the French Housing Minister Sylvia Pinel. The aim of this international academic architectural competition is to improve education and research in the fields of sustainable architecture and solar energy. read more

The cranes dance in the construction site of Salini Impregilo in Athens
01.07.2014 "A way to celebrate the energy of a people who express themselves through music, knowledge and beauty." With these words, Renzo Piano described the event in Athens at the construction site of the cultural centre, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop international architectural practice and built by Salini Impregilo S.p.A. and Terna (Greece) for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. read more

industry news

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

Balfour Beatty awarded UK ‘smart motorway’ scheme to upgrade M3
23.07.2014 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces the award of a £129 million scheme to upgrade a 13 mile stretch of the M3 through Hampshire and Surrey to a 'smart motorway'. The upgrade, for the UK Government's Highways Agency, will increase capacity, reduce congestion and shorten journey times for the 120,000 motorists who pass through this part of the network every day. read more

Hochtief to build large tunnel project in Tirol
22.07.2014 From Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Inn GmbH - consisting of Tiroler Wasserkraft AG, Engadiner Kraftwerke AG and Verbund AG - Hochtief Solutions was awarded the contract for constructing the "Triebwasserweg Maria Stein" tunnel. The project is a key element of the "Gemeinschaftkraftwerk Inn" power station. read more

BAM sells Belgian water purification activities to CMI
22.07.2014 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement to sell its Walloon subsidiary Balteau sa to CMI Groupe at Seraing, Belgium. read more

AMEC appoints Julian Walker as Director of Communications
21.07.2014 AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, announces today the appointment of Julian Walker as Director of Communications. read more

Sector ranking of industrial services providers: Bilfinger extends leading position
21.07.2014 The engineering and services group Bilfinger has extended its number one position among German industrial services companies. This was the result of the just-published Lünendonk Study for the year 2013. Bilfinger had already been ranked first by a wide margin in previous years. In the current ranking, the market leader was able to further extend its advantage over its German competitors. read more

Skanska sells office building in Virginia, USA
21.07.2014 Skanska sells the office property at 1776 Wilson Boulevard in Virginia, USA for USD 90 M, about SEK 585 M. The buyer is Invesco Advisers, Inc. and the transaction will be recorded by Skanska USA Commercial Development in the third quarter of 2014. Skanska acquired the site in May 2010, and self-financed 100 percent of the five-story, Class A project, which was completed in November 2012. read more

Bouygues Construction acquires Plan Group, a Canadian technical services provider
21.07.2014 Bouygues Energies & Services, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has acquired a majority shareholding in Plan Group, the Canadian technical services provider (mechanical and electrical contracting, maintenance and technical services, building automation systems and network infrastructure). read more

BAM Properties sells office block at High Wycombe to F&C
17.07.2014 BAM Properties has sold one of its speculatively developed office blocks – the A3 building at Glory Park in High Wycombe in the South of England – to F&C, via its subsidiary IRP Holdings. IRP Holdings has bought the 19,428 sq ft building for £6.97 million, at an initial yield of 7%. read more

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