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ThyssenKrupp Developing Cable-Free, Maglev Elevator System
ThyssenKrupp's new elevator system will be able to travel horizontally as well as vertically.

Rendering Courtesy of ThyssenKrupp

Architect BIG Gets Museum Commission From Swiss Watchmaker
BIG selected to design watchmaking museum in Switzerland.

Courtesy of BIG

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01/26/15 Engineering the Relaunch of NASA's Historic VAB

Roughly $100-million redo will boost flexibility for future assembly of varying rocket designs
11/12/14 Construction Week: $1.4B Fulton Center Opens in Lower Manhattan; Industry Jobless Rate Drops

The $1.4-billion Fulton Center opens in lower Manhattan and the industry's jobless rate drops to the lowest level in seven years.
11/11/14 Engineers Welcome Designer-Friendly Structural Concrete Standard

American Concrete Institute publishes the first major overhaul of its structural concrete building code, ACI 318-14, since 1969
10/22/14 Construction Week: Superslim NYC Tower Tops Out; Dodge Momentum Index Falters

Topped out skyscraper, at 1,396 ft, will be tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.
10/08/14 1,000-ft Observation Tower in Miami Expected To Open in 2018

1,000-ft-tall SkyRise Miami observation tower expected to open in 2018.
09/03/14 Construction Week: ABC's CBI Hits Record High; EPA Criticizes Calif. Delta Tunnel Project

Contractor’s backlogs pickup, EPA takes issue with Delta water tunnel plan and ACC and USGBC's new partnership.
08/26/14 New Bridge Design Tool From Bentley Packs Features for Steel Spans

Parametric 3D modeling and integrated structural analyzer, code checker and load rater for straight and curved I-girder and box-girder bridges in one interface
07/10/14 New Atlanta Stadium Roof Will Slide, Not Spin

Kinetic architecture consultant advises on the roof’s travel mechanism to make sure 360 Architecture’s design intent is met.
07/10/14 New Atlanta Falcons Stadium Design More Than a Box With a Lid

New Atlanta Stadium’s complicated kinetic roof is driving the critical path for the entire 1.8-million-sq-ft project
07/09/14 Corvette Museum Will Make Sinkhole a Permanent Fixture

The National Corvette Building Museum will make a sinkhole that opened in February a permanent part of the displace, once the perimeter is reinforced by micropiles.
06/04/14 Researchers Generate Tornadoes on Demand

The world’s first vortex creating wind chamber aims to advise tornado-resistant building design.
06/04/14 Communities Ramp up Tornado Defenses

Building societies are publishing tornado-resistant design requirements, oversight and guidance for the first time.
06/04/14 New Atlanta Falcons Stadium Roof Mimics Camera Lens

The oculus design by 360 Architecture, with engineer Buro Happold, for the convertible roof of a $1.2-billion multipurpose stadium in Atlanta represents a radical departure from kinetic roofs of other sports facilities.
06/04/14 Cracks on Willis Tower Platform Glass Are Startling, But Not Structural Threat

Sightseers scatter after a protective layer atop the Skydeck shatters like a windshield’s safety glass.
05/08/14 BIM Survey Says More Structural Engineers Use Building Information Modeling

Structural engineers also report issues associated with BIM “care and feeding.”
05/05/14 Builders Solve Calatrava's Florida Polytechnic Puzzle

Overcoming numerous constructability challenges, builders are delivering the $60-million project on schedule, and on budget
04/30/14 Millennium Tower Concrete Pour Is Largest in Boston's History

Subcontractor S&F Concrete pours 6,000 cu yd of concrete in 36 straight hours.
04/09/14 Construction Week; Dodge Construction Momentum Index March 2014; Employment Picture Improving

The Dodge momentum index slips for second consecutive month, and Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings may benefit a local airport.
02/18/14 London Firm Will Design Urban Plan for Angolan Capital City

Broadway Malyan wins international competition to design urban growth plan for Luanda to accommodate expected population growth.
02/14/14 Spending Millions To Fix 'Walkie Talkie' Glaring Error

Crews hung a curtain over much of the south elevation as a temporary screen.
02/12/14 Government, Public Buildings: Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
The CJC consolidates seven judicial and legal agencies that had leased office space in 10 different Denver locations.
11/13/13 First Tower Opens on World Trade Center Site in New York

After five years of construction, 4 WTC—the first tower on the original 16-acre World Trade Center site—was set to open on Nov. 13
10/30/13 Los Angeles Mayor To Tap Quake 'Czar' to Assess Vulnerability of Older Reinforced-Concrete Buildings

Promise comes is response to a report in the Los Angeles Times that labeled over 1,000 buildings as at-risk for collapse in a quake.
10/22/13 Architects, Commerce Dept., Embark on Trade Mission to Brazil

American architects' expertise in sustainability generates interest among Brazilian architects, AIA officials say.
09/10/13 Another 'Death Ray' Building Heats Up Reflective Solar Rays

Checking for solar glare is becoming a standard design practice, engineers say.
09/04/13 Architects Launch 10-Year Program to Develop Methods to Improve Health of Urbanites

Decade of Design: Health and Urbanism is focusing attention on health through research, community planning and community engagement.
07/31/13 U.S. Firm Pushes DEVAP Cooling for India Net-Zero University

Chicago-based dbHMS is finalizing a masterplan with the goal of making India’s $260-million Nalanda University campus a net-zero energy user.
07/30/13 Singapore's Soon-To-Be Tallest Building Is Rising

Singapore's multi-use Tanjong Pagar Center will boast 1.7 million sq ft of retail, office and residential space
07/25/13 9/11 Blazes Debunk Code Assumptions About Fire Behavior in Open-Plan Offices

Performance-based structural fire engineering is heating up in the U.S. and Europe, thanks to the "traveling fires" observed on Sept. 11, 2001.
06/25/13 The World's Top 10 Tallest Airport Control Towers

ENR tracks down the ten tallest airport control towers.
06/19/13 Resiliency Task Force Recommends Changes to New York City Building Code

With only a few exceptions, a task force on building resiliency is recommending building code changes for only new buildings and substantial renovations.
06/11/13 KONE's High-Rise Elevator System Called Breakthrough Technology

KONE launches an elevator system with carbon-fiber-based belts that weigh significalty less than steel ropes.
06/10/13 UltraRope Lightweight Elevator System Can Double the Maximum Run to 1 Kilometer, Says KONE

KONE's patented elevator technology, named KONE UltraRope, is lightweight, durable, can save on operating costs and can increase the maximum elevator run to 1 kilometer, says KONE.
05/29/13 Deadly Oklahoma Twister Spurs Safe-Room Discussion

As emergency workers address the aftermath of an EF-5 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on May 20, lawmakers and industry members are grappling with whether regions vulnerable to EF-4 and EF-5 events should require safe rooms in schools and other non-residential facilities.
05/07/13 Ethiopia Aims To Host Africa's Tallest Building

Africa's tallest building planned for 99 floors
01/30/13 Boston Plans Twin High-Rises for Public Plaza Downtown

Two skyscrapers are planned for the Christian Science Plaza in downtown Boston.
01/07/13 The World's Tallest Freestanding Towers

The essential function of all tall towers is to enable broadcasters to transmit signals, but they also do more.
11/05/12 World Record Sports Facilities

Professional sports team owners often push the envelope in their quest to build excitement for and attendance at their events. Major residential and resort developers also build record-breaking recreational facilities as drawing cards.
09/25/12 Israel Picks U.S.-Based Architect for $70-Million National Library

A global competition to design the privately funded project, set for completion in 2017, had sparked controversy among Israeli architects.
08/24/12 Design for Ethiopia's New Stadium Blends Tradition With Modern Materials, Engineering

Ancient forms, modern forces sculpt Ethiopian stadium design
08/08/12 One World Trade Center's New Spire Will be Coverless

The future 408-ft-tall spire of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan has been stripped of its cladding.
08/06/12 Solicitation Coming for Earthquake Engineering Research Centers

National Science Foundation to kick off its second competition for earthquake engineering research centers in October.
08/06/12 Towering 'Flames' Light Up Baku

Thanks to nine, custom-lit high-rise facades, Baku, Azerbaijan has its very own version of the familiar lyric, "Star bright, star light, will you guide my way tonight."
07/20/12 U.S. Architect To Design Major China Project

U.S. architecture firm selected to design a major mixed-use project in China.
06/11/12 Seismic Monitoring Program Expected to Validate 'Extreme' Earthquake Engineering

Instrumentation on nation’s tallest skyscraper built using performance-based seismic design is the most ambitious program in the U.S. designed to monitor the behavior of skyscrapers under earthquake and wind loads.
05/21/12 Unusual Tower Creates Landmark for Seoul Development

Unusual double-helix external bracing will stabilize a 620-meter-tall tower at the center of the 20-building Yongsan International Business District, planned for a huge site next to the Han River in Seoul, South Korea.
04/30/12 UC San Diego Shake Test Studies Hospital Non-Structural Components, Systems

In the first of a series of seismic shake-table tests to gauge the effects of major earthquakes and fire on a hospital's nonstructural components and systems, the five-story specimen and its contents came through with flying colors.
04/09/12 Construction Week: Collapse Resistance Guidance for Engineers; More Nuke License

Construction Week
03/27/12 New Balance Files Plan for HQ Complex in Blighted Boston Area

The proposed complex proposed will include at least four office buildings, restaurants, a 175-room hotel and a sports complex with a 200-meter track-and-field facility.
03/26/12 More Good News for Design and Construction of Tall Buildings in Seismic Zones

Better-than-expected results of first large-scale tests on reinforced-concrete link beams with embedded structural steel sections are likely to improve design and construction of tall structural concrete buildings in high seismic zones.
03/19/12 Disappearing Act is a 'Whalebone' of a Feat

Skylight over 470-ft-long retail corridor of City Creek development is called the most complicated one to date by its designer-builder, a veteran of moving roofs.
03/19/12 Stream Replica at City Creek Complex is so ‘Real,’ it Even has Fish

No one would suspect how much heavy lifting it took to build a 1,225-ft-long replica of a creek through a 23-acre development in Salt Lake City.
02/13/12 Composite Shear Wall Assembly Could Speed Construction of Steel Frames

The system is promising for multi-hazard mitigation because it is good for seismic, wind and gravity loads as well as blast resistance.
02/06/12 Is a Revival on the Horizon for Historic Miami Marine Stadium?

The Miami City Commission is deliberating whether to give a nonprofit group the green light to rehabilitate Miami Marine Stadium, an abandoned Modernist landmark designed in 1963 by then 27-year-old Cuban-American architect Hilario Candela.
01/30/12 NYC Hudson Yards Developers Name Tutor Perini as Contractor, Form JV with Tishman

Related Cos. and Oxford Properties’ choice of Tutor Perini for the Hudson Yards project angers some union contractors.
01/02/12 Chiseled Tower by FXFOWLE To Mark Eastern Gate to Istanbul

In Istanbul, construction is slated to begin soon on a 606-foot tall tower designed by FXFOWLE, a New York-based architecture firm.
11/28/11 Shear-Stud Code Defenders Slam Recent Contentions that the Model Code is Flawed

An upcoming test may help subdue a festering dispute over whether the American Concrete Institute’s model code for shear stud reinforcement in two-way concrete slabs needs a fix.
10/31/11 Global Skyscraper Group Ventures into Research for the First Time

Mission of Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat is to Standardize Skyscraper Design Practices Worldwide
10/10/11 American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2010 Wind-Load Design Standard is Under Fire

Structural engineers say design wind-load provisions of ASCE’s 2010 standard are unnecessarily complex and contain errors.
08/25/11 East Coast Engineers Assess Quake Damage, Seismic Codes

Structural engineer expects to see building codes adjusted to "require a higher level of force to be included in the overall seismic design.”
08/24/11 Tests Show Premature Failure of Shear-Stud Reinforcement

Structural designers say there is cause for concern but no reason to panic over research that indicates potential for premature failure of flat-plate concrete frames reinforced at slab-column connections with a popular shear-studs-on-a-rail detail.
08/24/11 News Briefs: DOE OK's ASHRAE Standard; TVA's Unfinished Reactor and Israel's High-Tech Fence
Related Midwest, a unit of New York City-based Related Cos., plans to convert an unfinished Chicago condominium into a 65-story, 500-unit luxury apartment building. Also in this week's news briefs: DOE Backs ASHRAE Standard and stimulus-funded project rescued by pipeline developer.
08/15/11 'Dove of Peace' Soars Above Transit Hall

Challenges ahead include fabricating the curving, sloping “bones” of the dove in heavy steel in Italy, transporting them to the site and stabilizing them during erection.
08/15/11 9/11 Memorial Is Centerpiece of World Trade Center Redevelopment

The eight-acre urban park of the $700-million National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the emotional focal point of the $19-billion World Trade Center redevelopment in Lower Manhattan. The construction team is pushing to deliver it for the 10th anniversary.
08/03/11 First Palestinian Planned City Taking Shape

Developer Bashar Masri is building the first Palestinian planned city.
07/15/11 Report Finds Las Vegas Hotel Could Potentially Collapse in a Code-Level Earthquake

A new report finds that Foster + Partners’ unfinished Harmon Hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip is beyond repair and dangerous in a “code-level” earthquake.
06/16/11 Gensler Team Wins 2011 Iron Designer Challenge

Eight teams faced off during the 2011 Iron Designer Challenge, hosted by the School of Design and Construction.
06/01/11 Firms Selected To Build Cubs Training Venue in Arizona

Spring is in the air for two firms selected to construct a new spring training and western headquarters facility for the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team in Mesa, Ariz. Populous, Kansas City, Mo., beat out nine competing firms to win the design contract, while Hunt Construction Group, Scottsdale, Ariz., bested eight others for the general contractor job.
05/23/11 A Cautionary Digital Tale of Virtual Design and Construction

Insurance settlement related to a building information model shows that BIM without communication can be costly
05/20/11 As London Nears 2012 Olympics Finish Line, Brazil Starts Race to 2016 Games

With London's preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games at 90% of completion, Brazil is leaving the starting gate for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
05/12/11 10 Minutes With State Dept. Embassy Program Officials

The initiative will affect areas besides design, including contracting and maintenance.
05/11/11 Defensive-Design Aid Coming

Guidelines for the performance-based design of structures to resist disproportionate collapse are under development by the American Society of Civil Engineers' Structural Engineering Institute. SEI expects to release a draft next year and publish the guidelines in 2013.
04/27/11 State Dept. Embassy Program Moves Design Excellence Program Into New Phase
04/20/11 Engineers Seek Ways To Warn Of Failures ‘Waiting to Happen’
03/23/11 Team Gears Up to Validate Concrete ‘Rocking Frame’
03/02/11 Air Base Tries Radon Solution
02/23/11 Engineers Laud Interactive Ground-Motion Database
02/16/11 Ice, Snow Take Toll on Northeast Roofs, But Engineers Say Codes Are Adequate
02/09/11 Applying Building Standard Could Slash Energy Use
02/09/11 Super Bowl Expansion Fumbled
01/26/11 U.K. Designer Scoops Gem of a Deal in Dubai
01/19/11 Performance Design Guide Hailed as Big Step Forward
12/22/10 No Walk On the Beach
12/15/10 Summit Seeks Ways To Work Resilience Into Building Design
12/01/10 Dallas Names Design Team For U.S. Grand Prix Track
11/17/10 China Picks American Architect for Planned 439-Meter-Tall Tower in Tianjin
09/22/10 Window Weight, 723-Ft HeightChallenge Hotel’s Reglazing
09/15/10 State Dept. Selects HOK To Design Moscow Facility
09/01/10 At Shanghai Expo, Finnish Pavilion Provides a Stunning Green Model
08/25/10 Texas School’s Historic Stadium Gets $105-Million Rehab in Fall
07/21/10 Sheer Innovation
06/23/10 Student Teams Strive To Build Best Emergency Shelter
06/21/10 Haitian Government Launches Housing Design Competition
05/12/10 San Francisco Short-Lists Architects for Museum Project
04/28/10 Dandelion-Like Pavilion Opens at Shanghai Expo
04/07/10 B.C. Stadium Redo Attracts New Vancouver Casino-Hotel
04/07/10 Wild Icon for 2012 Games Resembles Deformed Helix
03/31/10 This year’s Pritzker Award for Architecture Goes to Japan’s Sejima and Nishizawa
03/24/10 New York’s Tallest Residential Tower Is Frank Gehry ‘Demystified’
03/17/10Green-Standard Efforts Merge
03/10/10 Seismic Structures Fared Well In Magnitude-8.8 Earthquake
03/03/10 Egypt To Seek Contractor for $550-million Museum
02/03/10 University of New Mexico Takes a Close Look At Practice Facility Using Summit Structures’ Design
02/03/10 Israelis Drop Gehry and Seek New Architect For 'Museum of Tolerance' in Jerusalem
01/28/10 U.S. Embassy in Haiti Stood Up to Quake's Shaking
01/27/10 Nashville Council Clears Path For Downtown Development
01/14/10 Relief Mobilizes for Haiti's Stricken and Stranded People
01/06/10 U.S. Tribute to Peace Takes Flight on D.C. Mall
01/05/10 World's Tallest Building Is 828 Meters, Says Developer
12/16/09 Rating Program Moves Ahead
12/09/09 Design Team Held to Competition Promises
12/09/09 Is Wild Idea for London Bubble Tower Simply Pie in the Sky?
11/04/09 Resilient Cities Spurred On By San Francisco Planning Group
10/28/09 Boosters Try To Stay Upbeat During Slump
10/21/09 Guangzhou’s Big Improvements Coming
10/21/09 New Island for Bahrain
10/14/09 Funding Plan Moves Coast Guard HQ From Design-Bid-Build to Design-Build
10/14/09 Brookhaven National Laboratory Gives Green Light to New Light Lab's Contractor
10/14/09 School Uses New Solar Technology
10/13/09 AIA Study: 2008 Billings Topped $44B, Green Practice and BIM Gaining Ground
10/07/09 Fed’s Report Cites Wind Loads In Football Facility Collapse
09/09/09 Shake-Table Tests Prove 'Rocking' Frame
08/19/09 New Coast Guard Headquarters Is GSA's Largest Stimulus-Funded Project
07/22/09 Shake Test Proves Design Method for Wood Frames
07/15/09 Historic-Size Quake Test Validates 'Performance' Seismic Design
06/17/09 Design for Cairo Mixed-Use Project Has Multinationals in Mind
06/05/09 Ellerbe Becket Replaces Gehry As Architect for Brooklyn Arena
05/27/09 Addition to Walter Reed Military Hospital Reaches Milestone
05/13/09 Sears Tower To Lose Its Name But Add Breathtaking View
05/13/09 Independence Hall’s Leaks Uncover Mystery Iron Rods
05/13/09 Round Three on Building Standard
04/22/09 Landscape Architects Seek ‘Makeover’ of National Mall
04/15/09 Design Team Picked for New National African-American Museum
04/08/09 Discord Over Proposed Connection Design Changes
04/01/09 Engineer Recommends Exterior Fixes for National Art Gallery
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