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D6 direct-drive wind turbine obtains type certification by DNV GL
28.07.2014 Siemens Energy has obtained type certification by certifying body DNV GL for the company's innovative D6 offshore wind turbine. The model Siemens SWT-6.0-154 is equipped with a modern direct drive generator, rated at 6 megawatts (MW) and equipped with a 154 meter rotor. The official certificate is a further step in ramping up the serial production of the turbine. The certification process included DNV GL experts being given full access to the engineering and Siemens assembly facilities in Brande as read more offers a mega-menu
28.07.2014 ROCKFON has expanded its website to connect visitors with its complete ceiling system offering, supported with a unified brand. The streamlined navigation and new content integrates ROCKFON's stone wool acoustic ceiling panels and specialty metal ceiling panels with Chicago Metallic suspension systems. " now offers a mega-menu for all of our products that makes it easier to access descriptions, illustrations and applications. Our suspended ceiling systems are displayed alongside read more

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

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

Skanska sells Green House office project in Budapest, Hungary
28.07.2014 Skanska sells Green House office building in Budapest, Hungary, to the Hungarian open-ended property fund Torony Real Estate Investment Fund managed by Diófa Fund Management, a member of FHB Group. The value of the transaction is EUR 36 M, about SEK 323 M. The transaction will be recorded in the third quarter of 2014 and the transfer of the property is also scheduled for the third quarter of 2014. Green House is Skanska's sixth office investment in Budapest. The building is situated in the center of Budapest and offers 17, 800 square meters of leasable office space. read more

KBR wins contract for the Al-Nasr Full Field Development project
28.07.2014 KBR Inc., an American engineering, procurement, and construction company, announced that it has received a letter of award from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Limited to perform engineering design services for the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company Al-Nasr Full Field Development project, located offshore Abu Dhabi. read more

Ferrovial consortium awarded a further three contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence
28.07.2014 The UK's Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded a consortium comprising Amey, a Ferrovial Services subsidiary, and UK company Carillion three contracts to maintain 105 military infrastructures for a combined minimum value of 955 million pounds (around 1.2 billion euro) read more

BAM makes progress on first phase of Birmingham’s Beorma Quarter development
28.07.2014 BAM Construction is making good progress on the hotel structure of the newest development on the Birmingham skyline. Refurbishment works are also advancing to the Digbeth Cold Store. Kuwaiti real estate development company Salhia is behind the Beorma scheme in central Birmingham, which has now reached the 5th floor of the new hotel building. BAM is building a 110-room Adagio Hotel, which forms the first part of Salhia's impressive scheme. The Midlands based contractor is converting the Digbeth Cold Store into offices and an Innovation Centre. read more

Amec to construct facilities for U.S. Space Fence radar system
28.07.2014 Amec, the international engineering and project management company, announces today the award of a contract by Lockheed Martin to design and build facilities for the U.S. Space Fence program. read more

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

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