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NIST zero-energy house gives back to the grid

March 17, 2014 | Comments

Over the first six months in their special, new, four-bedroom home in suburban Maryland, the Nisters, a prototypical family of four, earned about $40 by exporting 328 kW-h of electricity into the local grid, while meeting all of their varied energy needs. These virtual residents of the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility on the campus of NIST didn't have to skimp the creature comforts of 21st-century living, either.

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Perkins+Will's Atlanta office certified by SITES

October 8, 2014 4:05 pm | Comments

Perkins+Will’s Atlanta office at 1315 Peachtree Street has been certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program. The SITES program fills a need for design and construction guidelines and a system for rating and recognizing exemplary sustainable landscapes based on their performance in improving the environment and human health.

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AECOM acquires Hunt Construction Group

October 8, 2014 4:03 pm | Comments

AECOM has acquired Hunt Construction Group, adding to AECOM’s construction services business. Hunt Construction Group, which serves clients in both the public and private sectors, is one of the country’s leading commercial construction management firms.

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Mike Cole named Managing Principal

October 8, 2014 4:01 pm | Comments

Mike Cole has been named HDR Architecture’s Wyoming managing principal. He will be based in the Gillette office. In his new role, Cole will be responsible for all aspects of HDR’s Wyoming operations, including project development, resource planning, staff oversight and process quality control.

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Windover Construction announces new headquarters

October 8, 2014 3:59 pm | Comments

Windover Construction has announced its recent move from Manchester-by-the-Sea to their new headquarters in Beverly, Mass. This new location accommodates the company’s growth and provides an open, welcoming environment that further promotes collaboration between employees, partners and clients.

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SmithGroupJJR adds Eric Kirkland as director of engineering in Dallas office

October 8, 2014 3:57 pm | Comments

SmithGroupJJR has added Eric L. Kirkland, PE, LEED AP BD+C, SVP, as director of engineering at its Dallas office. He formerly served in the same role at the firm’s Phoenix, Ariz., office. Kirkland’s relocation brings engineering discipline leadership to SmithGroupJJR’s Dallas location, a first for the office. Kirkland led the SmithGroupJJR engineering team in Phoenix for 15 years.

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Milliken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.

October 8, 2014 10:35 am | Comments

Located on Washington Circle, just a few blocks from the White House, this signature new building houses some of the nation’s best known leaders from across the public and private health policy sectors. It provides a critical forum for experts to address today’s most pressing global health challenges.

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Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Headquarters

October 8, 2014 10:25 am | Comments

The mission of the JPAC is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation’s past conflicts. The highest priority of the organization is the return of any living Americans that remain prisoners of war. Yet, these qualities were challenged by the specialized military unit’s dispersed operations, housed in three separate Oahu installations.

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Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB), Kensington campus, Univ. of New South Wales, Austrialia

October 8, 2014 10:11 am | Comments

The Tyree Energy Technologies Building is the new home of energy research at the Univ. of New South Wales (UNSW). This powerhouse has been designed to provide a space where research, education and industry can collaborate in the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies.

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Environmental Hall, The Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Univ., Durham, N.C.

October 6, 2014 4:46 pm | Comments

As one of the world’s premier schools for the study of environmental science and policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment attempts to understand the Earth, its inhabitants and the environment as an integrated whole by addressing the critical issues of climate change, energy, water quality, ecosystem management and conservation and human and environmental health.

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Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

October 6, 2014 4:38 pm | Comments

Construction is complete for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) replacement facility located at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Replacing the aging 1950s facility, the new command and control headquarters facility and radiochemistry lab will house approximately 1,000 personnel.

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Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Electrical and Computer Engineering Building

October 6, 2014 4:22 pm | Comments

The 230,000-gsf facility will make a visual statement about the stature of the ECE Dept. at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including a distinct, stately architecture with quality finishes, and memorable views, portraying a professional and innovative image while remaining appropriate to the architectural context of the north engineering quad.

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Scion Laboratory renovation, Rotorua, New Zealand

October 6, 2014 3:19 pm | Comments

This project presents an architectural response for a leading research organization that was seeking to enhance their research capability. It involves the renovation of an existing research and analytical testing lab for Scion, a forestry research facility in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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Jacobs Consultancy loses Bob Lubalin

October 6, 2014 3:08 pm | Comments

Jacobs Consultancy regrets to announce the passing on of Bob Lubalin on July 31, 2014. Lubalin was a giant in the lab planning industry and hugely influential in lab and vivarium planning. Lubalin joined Jacobs Consultancy in April of 1996 when the Lab Planning Practice was known as GPR Planners Collaborative Inc.

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2015 Laboratory of the Year competition open for entries

October 1, 2014 9:07 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design are now accepting entries to the 49th international Laboratory of the Year competition. This annual award recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment. The entry deadline is January 31, 2015 (11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

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AIA recognizes 11 projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

September 15, 2014 3:46 pm | Comments

The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

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