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Construction of new Sacramento Kings facility underway

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Construction of the new Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC) in downtown Sacramento, California has begun with completion expected next year. Designed by AECOM, the ESC will not only act as a civic indoor and outdoor space for the region, but it will also be the new practice facility for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) Sacramento Kings.

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NIBS seeks input for report to White House

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The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Consultative Council is seeking input from building professionals in preparation of its 2015 report to the U.S. president. Each year, the council develops a report called “Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council,” which highlights current issues and opportunities within the building industry. The information becomes part of NIBS’ annual report to the White House and congress.

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Four research proposals chosen for AISI program

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The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Standards Council has selected four research proposals for its Small Project Fellowship Program. Launched last year, the program identifies and provides funding for research projects that will make an impact on the reliability, performance, and cost-effectiveness of cold-formed steel (CFS) framing products.

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Global engineering and construction deal values rise

Kent Goetjen

The total value of 2014 engineering and construction deals worth more than $50 million reached $172 billion—tripling from the previous year. According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP’s (PwC’s) quarterly analysis “Engineering Growth,” merger and acquisition activity from around the world soared last year.

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Panel discusses LED outdoor lighting’s future

Modern light poles against a blue sky

A National Lighting Bureau (NLB) panel suggests if energy efficiency is the main focus for future outdoor lighting, the actual quality will be inferior to what it is today. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has predicted by 2020, 75 percent of outdoor lighting will use light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

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