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Operational wellness was an objective for a new 911 call center near San Antonio

Earlier this week, the $40 million, 80,527-sf Bexar Metro Regional Operations Center, a 911 call center that serves 2.5 million residents living in three counties around San Antonio, Texas—Bexar, Guadalupe, and Camol— officially went fully functional.






Streets as storytellers: Defining places and connecting people

As an urbanist, I strongly identify with Kahn’s description of streets as primarily a “PLACE.” More than a means of moving people, streets are the lifeblood of our communities. They are the venue where we as citizens collectively share our victories, grieve, and make our voices heard; they shape our culture and our history and provide a stage upon which life unfolds; they are arguably the most fundamental and powerful of public spaces.






Acrylic-infused wood flooring brings durability for commercial spaces

New product line brings wide-plank wood floors to any commercial space, with a twist.

While made of real wood, the product incorporates an acrylic-infused top layer that makes the floor 300% more durable than standard wood, according to the maker. The 7½-inch-wide planks are available in multiple varieties of plain-sawn white oak, which is popular among hospitality, retail, and restaurant projects. The collection is made of Baltic birch plywood, UV-cured ceramic urethane, and an acrylic infusion.






Ridge breaks ground on two industrial buildings at Charleston Logistics Center

Ridge Development, the industrial development arm of Transwestern Development Co., has recently broken ground on a 686,300-sf industrial space about 30 miles northwest of Charleston in Jedburg, S.C. The 63-acre site is located at Interstate 26 and Jedburg Road and will feature two state-of-the-art speculative industrial buildings.






New tallest tower west of the Mississippi built to stringent seismic standards

The soon-to-open Wilshire Grand, at 1,100 feet, is now the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

The 73-floor structure was built to stringent seismic standards, as it rests near the San Andreas Fault. The building has bracing in three places to ensure it won’t collapse, and the foundations had to be fortified beyond the typical skyscraper.






FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, may be covered in the same cladding as Grenfell Tower, AP reports

FirstEnergy Stadium, where the Cleveland Browns play their home games, may be covered in the same cladding used on Grenfell Tower, according to the Associated Press. The cladding is being investigated as a possible accelerate in the tragic London fire that killed at least 80 people last month.






Chicago rises to the top of U.S. cities in percentage of LEED or Energy Star office buildings

Chicago now boasts highest percentage of certified LEED or Energy Star office buildings among the 30 largest real estate markets in the U.S., according to a study published by CBRE Group Inc. and Maastricht University.






SGA uses virtual design and construction technology to redevelop N.Y. building into modern offices

A 121,059-sf, nine-story building located at 287 South Park Avenue in New York City’s Gramercy Park neighborhood is undergoing a makeover to become a modern office building.

Spagnolo Group Architecture (SGA), the lead architect for the project, is making use of virtual design and construction (VDC) technology to help design, construct, market, and manage the redevelopment. Through the use of the VDC technology, SGA is able to visualize the building improvements and make design changes in real time.






L.A.’s Promenade at Howard Hughes Center receives a new name and a $30 million cash injection

Laurus Corporation, a L.A.-based real estate investment and development firm, purchased the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center last year and is now giving it a $30 million shot in the arm to improve the experience for patrons. Improvements will come in the form of new tenants, a pedestrian-friendly layout, and public courtyards. The improved center will be rebranded as HHLA.






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