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04 September 2015

Timetric forecasts that the construction sector’s average annual growth is set to accelerate in real terms from 1.7% during the review period to 3.1% over the forecast period, increasing from $1 trillion in 2014 to 1.1 trillion in 2019 in real terms.

28 August 2015

Cal Poly State University students Alex Kiefer and Jacob vanDerRoovaart won the 2015 Student Unit Design Competition with their innovative "FlipBlock" during the National Concrete Masonry Association’s (NCMA’s) Midyear Meeting, August 19 in Montreal.

18 August 2015

The iconic Eads Bridge crossing the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill., was the first steel structure bridge of its kind in the United States when it was designed by James B. Eads and opened on July 4, 1874. A significant engineering feat for its time, the historic bridge was in desperate need of rehabilitation from decades of use, repairsand environmental exposure.

18 August 2015

Watershed Materials, a California-based building materials technology startup, has developed a solution to produce high-strength masonry with a low carbon footprint using natural mineral based geopolymers.

18 August 2015

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the recipients of its annual LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building.

Buzzworthy Design

The Apiary

There’s a new architectural gem in Lexington, Ky., that is getting national attention. The Apiary is a catering company and 15,500-square-foot event space on Jefferson Street in the so-called “Horse Capital of the World’s” emerging restaurant district.

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Museum at Prairiefire

Museum at Prairiefire

The official city slogan for Overland Park, Kan., is “Above And Beyond. By Design.” A quick review of the area’s recreational facilities, entertainment complexes, museums, and other architectural gems, and one realizes that Overland Park’s planners, architects, and engineers take this slogan seriously.

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Winter is Coming

Fall and winter are right around the corner. With the changing season comes freeze and thaw cycles, falling pine needles and leaves, organic growth, and harsh weather conditions that can wreak havoc on a structure’s exterior if it is not maintained properly. Conducting an annual fall building inspection will help to identify potential maintenance issues before they become problematic and lead to costly repairs.

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BIM for Masonry Releases New Roadmap

Building Information Modeling (BIM)By all accounts, the BIM for Masonry (BIM-M) Initiative is moving at an ever-increasing pace. In April 2015, the first BIM-M Symposium brought together architects, structural engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, software vendors, construction managers, mason contractors and others. You should have been there.

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Rijksarchief in Bruges

Rijksarchief in BrugesIn the center of Bruges, among the medieval churches, old-world homes, and Brick Gothic structures, sits a modern, new building that wouldn’t look out of place in any major European or American metropolis. Yet this building – known as the Rijksarchief – blends beautifully with its surroundings and is changing attitudes toward new construction in Bruges.

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Summer 2015

On the cover: Salens Architecten’s winning design for the Rijksarchief in Bruges is a translation of the idea of an archive as a pack of stacked, old paper.

Table of Contents
Design Trends: Buzzworthy Design
Materials: Museum of Prairiefire
Technology: Winter Is Coming
Design Trends: BIM for Masonry Releases New Roadmap
Project Spotlight: Rijksarchief in Bruges

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