Tapered columns can slim down costs

Metal building system builders have an option to use straight columns or tapered columns to hold up the structure. In many metal building applications, straight columns may have more steel than they need. A tapered column design can reduce the amount of steel used and reduce costs in several ways.

Educational design taking lessons from tech firms

Several years ago, my brother worked for a high-profile tech firm in the Bay Area. When I visited him at work, I was blown away at the variety of amenities and “green space” he had access to as an employee. I commented on it, and he went on to explain that this was normal for his line of work. That got me thinking, and after a little research, I discovered the online technology industry was on the forefront of workplace design, and in a way, on education design as well.

Affordable housing initiative drives surge in residential unit permits in New York City

New York officials credit a first-quarter surge in residential unit permits in the first quarter to a property tax-break program for developers.

Along with a strong economy, the Affordable New York initiative helped triple New York City’s residential permits compared with the same period in 2016. The permits account for 6,343 units, which is the largest number since 2007.

Amid labor shortage, industry groups urge government action to boost trades

Although the number of construction jobs rose last month to the highest level in the past decade, a shortage of qualified workers likely limited the number of new jobs, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Zaha Hadid Architects residential development takes a page from a classic Bradbury tale

In Ray Bradbury’s classic time travel short story “A Sound of Thunder” a metal path floats six inches above the earth to keep all of the visitors to the past from disturbing the environment and altering the future. For anyone who has read the story, you know how important the path is and how devastating the consequences of straying from it can be.

Beyond market niches: Designing hotels that can flex

There will always be hotels catering to specific needs. There are hotels for pampering, hostels for the frugal adventurer and business hotels designed for efficiency. And no doubt, these types are likely to exist in the future. But more recently, there’s a shift from accommodating to specific market niches towards places that can adapt to changing moods and activities.

Spate of sinkhole incidents points to neglected infrastructure investment

A recent spate of sinkholes due to failing infrastructure in the U.S. points to neglected maintenance.

From early December through April 2017, 39 significant sinkholes related to failing infrastructure struck across the country. One person was killed and four were injured in the incidents. In addition, extensive evacuations and disruption of utilities resulted.

Above + Beyond

The structural challenges of building an 18-story tower atop an existing parking garage inspired an innovative design solution for the One Ala Moana condominiums in Honolulu. 

Construction of $2.6 billion L.A. football stadium delayed by heavy rains

The new home for the L.A. Rams and L.A. Chargers will not be opening as soon as was originally intended. The 70,000-seat stadium was initially scheduled to be ready in time for the 2019 NFL season, but thanks to a surfeit of rain the opening will be delayed until the start of the 2020 season, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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