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Transmogrifying ‘E ink,’ energy-harvesting paint remove the ‘fiction’ from ‘science fiction’

When it comes to the building of the future, every material used in construction needs to pull its weight. For a building to become as sustainable, environmentally friendly, and as comfortable as possible, there can be no slackers on the materials front.






Co-living: The next real estate disruptor or niche market?

Six years after WeWork took the office market by storm with its breakthrough co-working real estate concept, the New York-based startup set its eyes on the next big opportunity for its communal real estate business model: co-living.

WeLive launched early last year with locations in Lower Manhattan and Arlington, Va., and the company has plans to expand to as many as 14 cities in the coming years.






New edition of AISC Steel Construction Manual now available

The American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual is now available.






New W hotel takes a leap in its interior design

The W Hotels Worldwide recently opened its first new hotel in North America in seven years, a 275,000-sf, 450-ft-tall, 245-key facility along Lake Washington in Bellevue, Wash.

W Hotels, a brand of Marriott International, sees this HKS-designed property as “the next iteration of the next generation of W design,” according to Greg Stobbs, Senior Director of Global Design Strategies. Last week, Stobbs and Matt Van Der Peet, W Bellevue’s general manager, conducted a web tour of the hotel’s interiors, which take their inspiration from local lakefront culture.






Firms channel startup mentality

The nation’s largest ENGINEERING and engineering/architecture (E/A) firms have kept busy during the past 12 months. Demand for engineering services continues to remain strong, and the lion’s share of firms surveyed for the Giants 300 report saw revenue grow in 2016.

For the high-growth firms (10% or higher YOY revenue gains), success centered on innovation and going beyond business as usual to create growth paths. Here’s a recap of the noteworthy innovations reported by engineering and E/A firms as part of the Giants survey process:






Top 35 engineering/architecture firms






Top 60 engineering firms






Top 60 construction management firms






Top 115 contractor firms






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