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Good neighbor: Wentz Science Center at North Central College

Located in the heart of the third-largest suburb of Chicago—and one of its most prominent cities—North Central College has been an anchor and dedicated community member in Naperville for more than 155 years. The 3,000-student, 65-acre campus is surrounded by historic residential neighborhoods, just blocks from the quaint downtown.     






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Yankee Dandies: Century-old New England mills become multifamily residences

Many small New England cities have a legacy of prominent early 20th-century brick mills that were built when industries like textiles, shoes, clocks, and machine parts thrived in the region.

These solid industrial buildings were built to last. Even after decades of neglect, with the right plan, design, and execution, they can become highly desirable living places.






Engineered for extremes: Talan Towers

When it comes to extreme weather, only one other capital city across the globe (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) faces harsher winter conditions than Astana, Kazakhstan. Astana’s average annual temperature is 38 F, with long, dry, bitterly cold winters that regularly reach −22 F to −31 F between November and March. During the summer months, it’s not unusual for temperatures to soar above 90 F, making for wild seasonal temperature swings.     






AAMA releases 2017/2018 fenestration market studies

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the “AAMA 2017/2018 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights.”

The report includes information on residential and non-residential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2018.






Architecture firm billings strengthen in April

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is reporting today that architecture firm billings rose for the seventh consecutive month, with the pace of growth in April increasing modestly from March. 






U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters – vegetative roof assembly, Washington, D.C.

Driven by Federally-mandated sustainable requirements, a 300,000 plus square-foot Vegetative Roof Assembly (VRA) was incorporated into the architectural design for the U.S. Coast Guard’s 11-level, 1.2 million square foot headquarters located in Washington D.C.






Registration open for 2018 National Energy Codes Conference

Registration is open for the 2018 National Energy Codes Conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The annual event will be held July 15th-17th in Austin, Texas. The program includes workshops, code update seminars, and educational opportunities.

A pre-conference workshop, “Energy Codes Bootcamp,” will be held on Sunday, July 15th. The International Code Council (ICC) will hold a workshop in conjunction with the 2018 National Energy Codes Conference on July 18th.






High-tech haven: The Spark at Washington State University

Designed to serve as a new “hub for innovation” on Washington State University’s Pullman, Wash., campus, The Spark features a number of cutting-edge programmatic and technological elements that are rare even in today’s rapidly changing higher education sector. The 83,000-sf facility is packed with more than $2 million in audiovisual systems and infrastructure, and includes spaces like a media studio with 3D printers, a faculty innovation studio, student development studio, and—most unique—a 250-seat “teaching in the round” classroom with a 360-degree projection screen.






Vacancies stable, rents rising, and pipeline receding, according to Transwestern’s 1Q US Office Market report

The U.S. office market continues to be one of the economy’s growth sectors, based on what the national real estate firm Transwestern gleans from the 48 of its markets that reported first-quarter results.

More than 45% of those markets—22, to be exact—registered improvements in direct vacancy, and 30 recorded increased in direct and sublet vacancy in the first quarter.






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