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April 16, 2019
 
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BIG’s ‘twisting towers’ top off in New York
 
BIG’s ‘twisting towers’ top off in New York
 
Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the XI is one the tallest developments in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighborhood, and boasts of city and river views from every window.
 
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California skyscraper is world’s best tall building
 
California skyscraper is world’s best tall building
 
The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, California, has won the 2019 Best Tall Building Worldwide award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
 
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Harini Pontarini-designed luxe tower has a fresh take on Floridian modernism
 
Harini Pontarini-designed luxe tower has a fresh take on Floridian modernism
 
La Clara, a luxury high-rise designed by Canadian architect Siamak Hariri, has broken ground in West Palm Beach, Florida.
 
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Snøhetta to design Shanghai Grand Opera House
 
Snøhetta to design Shanghai Grand Opera House
 
Following an international design competition, Snøhetta has been commissioned to design the opera house.
 
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MasterFiber MAC 360FF: alternative to steel-reinforced concrete
 
MasterFiber MAC 360FF: alternative to steel-reinforced concrete
 
Seattle high-rise project explored in latest e-book
 
Seattle high-rise project explored in latest e-book
 
Capture clarity and performance with Acuity Low-iron Glass
 
Capture clarity and performance with Acuity Low-iron Glass
 
MAD Architects aim to soften NYC skyline with tower proposal
 
MAD Architects aim to soften NYC skyline with tower proposal
 
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Uncovering design possibilities with architectural film finishes
 
Uncovering design possibilities with architectural film finishes
 
Whether starting a project right from scratch, preserving historic structures, or refreshing existing spaces, architects and designers are always seeking innovative ways to push the envelope. Every day, new product options are introduced into the marketplace as product manufacturers attempt to create the best tools for design challenges. Architectural film finishes provide a strong solution for individuals looking to create an immediate visual impact.
 
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Rubber flooring: Commuting with comfort
 
Public transportation is a very convenient and affordable means of travel in many cities. Millions of commuters across the country rely on mass transit to get them safely to their destination every day, and the number continues to increase.
 
Riders are demanding more amenities to enhance their travel experience. City authorities continue to seek out innovative ways to design public transportation systems that are not only comfortable for commuters, but are also durable and sustainable enough to stand up to the burgeoning ridership.
 
Flooring systems are one way specifiers can bring comfort, sustainability, and high-impact design to public transportation.
 
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Project News
Kansas university library offers active learning space
 
Kansas university library offers active learning space
 
Designed by Hoefer Wysocki, the new common area for Kansas State University’s (KSU’s) Hale Library in Manhattan, Kansas, aims to provide a flexible and inspiring learning environment.
 
Driven by the notion of creating a library without books, the 3809-m2 (41,000-sf) Dave and Elle Learning Commons offers students’ five uniquely designed zones to meet, study, relax, invent, and share ideas.
 
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STANDARD DBB PROJECT
I have been requested to include a document for general contractors (GCs) to offer value engineering proposal as part of the bid package. I have realized that any value analysis/engineering (VA/E) proposal will either have to include re-design fees by the architect of record (AoR), which would offset the proposal savings, or possibly be completely design-build, replacing the AoR's design and liability. This is tricky language. Can anyone direct me to a resource for a draft section for 012400/13 for value analysis/engineering and a form for the GCs to include in their bid packages, or provide thoughts on alternate ideas on how this VA/E process can be worked into the bidding documents.
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THE ONE SKILL EVERY CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONAL SHOULD WORK TO IMPROVE
The desire for improvement is what drives our growth as professionals. With that in mind, this question was recently posted on the CSI Community page: “What one skill do you think all construction industry professionals should work to improve? Why?”
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LA museum shrinks in revised design plan
 
 
BIG unveils a floating city of the future
 
 
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