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Norway Unveils World's Tallest Timber Tower

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has confirmed that Mjøstårnet by Voll Arkitekter in Brumunddal, Norway is the world’s tallest timber building upon its completion this month.


MO Kicks Off $1.5B Terminal Project with Ceremony

Just over a month since the Kansas City International Airport reached a price agreement on the $1.5 billion terminal building, a celebration has been planned.


OR Delays Unreinforced Building Warning Requirement

The Portland City Council (Portland, Oregon) recently voted a delay to mandate posted warning signs on unreinforced brick and stone buildings. This vote delays regulations until November 202...


KTA-Tator Acquires Land for New Facility

KTA-Tator (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) announced in an emailed press release that it has purchased a 17.65-acre parcel at RIDC Park West, Enterprise Drive, for $1.02 million for the developmen...


Roundtable: Discussing Facade Maintenance, Pt. 1

For this roundtable discussion, six industry professionals took part in a call to delve into the topic of facade maintenance, including challenges; misconceptions; and what architects, speci...


Massive Blaze Hits Construction Site

A residential building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina, was destroyed and nine nearby structures were damaged when a massive five-alarm fire ignited and tore through the city's...


Owner, EPA Settle Lead Fines

A New Hampshire-based property developer has agreed to pay a fine of more than $90,000 to settle charges that it violated federal lead paint rules at a historic mill building renovation proj...


Report Analyzes Reducing Construction Risk

A recent industry analysis found that construction risk has fluctuated since the recession with 75 percent of building owners and contractors experiencing a dispute or claim in the last five...


Legislators Seek to Stop 'Blacklist' Rule

Some members of Congress are working on a strategy to roll back a pending rule that would subject federal contractors to increased scrutiny regarding past labor and safety violations.


Bill Seeks to Stop ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

A rule requiring contractors bidding on federal projects to disclose civil, administrative and workplace protection violations may be rolled back under a new bill.


Dryvit Debuts a Brick Alternative

Dryvit Systems Inc. has launched a new brick product billed as a game-changer when it comes to installation productivity and design options for multi-story buildings.


Building Collapses, Kills Firefighters

Government authorities are investigating what caused a high-rise building fire and collapse in Iran that killed at least 20 firefighters Thursday (Jan. 19).


Study Looks at Beam Behavior

The American Concrete Institute has revealed a new research study evaluating seismic behavior of coupling beams with different types of steel fiber reinforced concrete.


City to Demolish Cliffside Building

In limbo for a year, the fate of a California coastal apartment building has been determined.


Wildfire Damage Estimate Tops $500M

Historic Tennessee wildfires were responsible for killing 14 people and damaging more than 2,400 structures in and around the city of Gatlinburg, officials announced in a press conference Tu...


Wildfires Exact Human, Structural Toll

Wildfires covering some 15,000 acres were responsible for killing at least seven people and destroying 700 structures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to officials from ...


Wildfires Claim ‘Hundreds of Structures’

Raging wildfires have damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings in Tennessee and forced more than 14,000 people out of the resort city of Gatlinburg, which sits at the foothills of the Grea...


Owner Charged in Fatal Facade Failure

The owner of a New York City building is facing a year in jail after bricks from the building’s crumbling facade fatally struck a 2-year-old girl sitting below last year.


Survey: Health in Design Decisions

Nearly 70 percent of U.S building owners consider building health impacts when they make key decisions involving design and construction, a new survey suggests.


NYC Supertall Moves Forward After Suit

Plans for a new skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan are moving forward after spending nearly a year in legal limbo.


Coating to Protect Building Products

PPG has introduced a waterborne acrylic urethane for exterior building products, including patio and entry doors, molding and trim, windows and siding.


New Green Building System Reaches U.S.

Eyeing the 5.6 million existing buildings in the U.S. not currently covered by existing green building programs, the U.K.-based Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Metho...


California Luxury Condo Tower Sinking

It’s only eight years old, and home to some very wealthy and noted San Franciscans—and the Millennium Tower, sources say, is sinking faster than was ever anticipated.


Floor Collapse in India; 9 Dead

Nine workers were killed after a 13-story residential building under construction partially collapsed Friday (July 29) morning in Pune, India, reports said.


DA: NYC Renovation Creates ‘Deathtrap’

New York City authorities have accused a landlord, building manager and contractor of performing major renovations on a five-story, 10-unit apartment building while a family, including five ...


Guilty Plea in Sorority House Scam

A South Carolina attorney behind an effort to construct a 40,000-square-foot, $14 million sorority house at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has admitted to submitting false invoices,...


Stadium Bird Study Takes Flight

The exterior facade of the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis may have a deadly effect on birds.


AG Sues Owner Over Lead

The Illinois Attorney General has accused an apartment building owner of failing to fix cracked and peeling lead-based paint after a young child living there had an elevated blood lead level...


5 Firms Cited at Student Housing Project

Five contractors face a total of $115,200 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other safety hazards at a troubled student housing construction project in Lincoln, NE.


Baby Saved, Dozens Die in Collapse

A baby has been found alive and safe amid the ruins of a collapsed multifamily residential building in Nairobi, Kenya, but the number of victims has topped 21 and is expected to rise.


Reports: Construction Pulse Is Strong

From spending to jobs, all signs point to a strengthening construction market. Two recent federal reports showing a sharp rise in construction employment and a solid increase in construction...


Construction Jobs, Spending See Growth

“The demand for construction is robust and well-balanced among residential, private non-residential and public segments,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contrac...


Inmates File Suit After Coating Project

Several hundred inmates at the Santa Fe County Jail allege that renovation activities conducted in 2014 led to an “epidemic of severe ailments.”


Cladding Eyed as Culprit in High-Rise Fire

A massive fire that engulfed at least three residential high-rise buildings Monday (March 28) in Ajman, near Dubai, has sparked new concern over a cladding material widely used in the region...


City Says Nude Kardashian Mural Must Go

It seems city officials in Sydney, Australia aren’t fans of Kim Kardashian. On Tuesday (March 22), they ordered the removal


President Requests $1.4B for U.S. Buildings

The nation’s largest landlord will be able to put nearly $1.4 billion in funds toward federal building developments and other projects under President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget proposal.


Artist Files Suit to Save Detroit Mural

The artist behind the iconic “bleeding rainbow” mural in Detroit has filed a copyright suit against the owner of the vacant brick building it adorns.


Suits Filed in Deadly Balcony Collapse

Managers of an apartment building in Berkeley, CA, knew mushrooms were growing in a rotten apartment deck weeks before it collapsed and killed six students, according to lawsuits filed Thurs...


Dozens Die in Pakistan Factory Collapse

At least 23 people have died after a factory in Pakistan that was undergoing renovation work collapsed Wednesday (Nov. 4) night.


Housing Chief in Hot Water over Lead

Controversial comments about lead poisoning victims made by a Maryland top housing official have dozens of lawmakers calling for his resignation.


8 Landlords Settle EPA Lead-Paint Case

Seven associated Connecticut property management companies and one individual property owner have agreed to pay $48,000 to resolve allegations involving lead-based paint regulations.


42 Face Charges in Factory Collapse

DHAKA, BANGLADESH—Murder charges have been brought against the owner of a Bangladesh garment factory and more than a dozen government officials in connection with a building collapse that ki...


Coating to Kill Germs on Door Handles

PITTSBURGH—Two Hong Kong high schoolers have opened the door to a future without germy door handles.


Door Handles Made to Combat Germs

PITTSBURGH—Some of the germiest surfaces in a building may be getting new protection from a novel coating that can knock out bacteria.


New Scam on the Block: Stealing Home

NEW YORK—What do nine New York residences, a tiny house in Texas, and a log cabin in Oregon have in common?


Landlord Settles EPA Lead-Paint Case

BOSTON—A Connecticut property manager will pay $54,644 and spend nearly $20,000 on a window-replacement project to settle allegations involving lead-based paint regulations.


Apple Shifts Stance on Felony Offenders

CUPERTINO, CA—Saying it "may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance,” the world's richest company has reversed course on a controversial policy that had blocked some construct...


Apple Reverses Ban on Offenders

CUPERTINO, CA—Construction workers with recent felonies on their records may now be able to help build Apple Inc.’s $5 billion campus in California.


Mural Deemed 'Graffiti' after 15 Years

For 15 years, the exterior of Murv Jacob's art gallery has been adorned with a colorful mural bearing a positive message. Overnight, however, the work has been punted into the category of gr...


Building Groups Plan Single Green Code

Leading building associations have joined forces to develop a model set of green building guidelines to simplify design and code options nationally and internationally.


NYC Building Corruption Probe Nets 50

One man accused of greasing some of the highest-ranking palms in New York City's building agencies remained at large Thursday (Feb. 12), after 49 co-defendants were rounded up in one of the ...


50 Held in NYC Building Corruption Probe

In one of the biggest corruption crackdowns in New York City history, authorities have announced the indictment of 50 city building inspectors, contractors, clerks and other defendants in a ...


Developer Sees Red over Trendy Hue

A red-hot paint job in Santa Ana, CA, has sparked a legal dispute between property owners.


Worker Wins $62M in Fall Case

A New York jury has awarded $62 million—the largest such verdict for a single plaintiff in Queens—to an immigrant construction worker permanently disabled in a 20-foot fall.


Lead Paint Hidden at Chicago School?

Chicago Public School officials may have known for five years about lead-paint contamination at a low-income elementary school without ordering any remediation, according to new documents.


Conference Taps Building Brain Trust

A three-day slate of the nation's top experts in coatings and building technology, hands-on workshops and courtroom fireworks will greet attendees at the second annual Durability + Design...


Probe: Attitudes Doomed Mall

"Apathy, neglect, indifference, mediocrity, ineptitude, incompetence, greed, obfuscation and duplicity" all perpetuated problems that caused the catastrophic collapse of a Canadian shopping ...


Fatal Mall Collapse Laid to Human Error

Engineers, owners and public officials all share the blame for a fatal mall collapse in Ontario in 2012, a judicial inquiry has determined.


Jury Awards $2.1M in Lead Paint Suit

A Baltimore jury has awarded more than $2 million to a 17-year-old youth who suffered permanent brain damage after exposure to lead paint as a toddler.


High-Stakes Decision is No Simple Call

Choosing a project delivery system for bridge or tunnel construction can be a multimillion-dollar decision. So which one is best?


Project Systems: 1 Size Doesn’t Fit All

Design-build may dominate the buzz in construction project delivery, but it is not the "best" system. Then again, neither are its chief alternatives: traditional design-bid-build and the les...


Easing Access to Building Systems Data

A new service offers building owners, inspectors, managers, emergency responders and other stakeholders instant access to the facility’s comprehensive compliance documentation.


High Honors Elevate Low-Income Designs

Four California housing projects serving low-income communities and the homeless have been nationally recognized for their design, materials and building techniques, illuminating a housing s...


Contractor Held in Storm Victim Fraud

An Oklahoma contractor is facing criminal charges after allegedly scamming victims of the 2013 tornado that devastated the town of Moore.


Study Compares Costs of Building Green

A new case-study examination of the top two green building rating systems has found the costs of LEED certification significantly higher than those of Green Globes.


Owners’ Lead Dodge Backfires

A Boston landlord who tried to evict pregnant tenants rather than provide the appropriate lead-paint abatement for their units, will pay $23,000 to resolve allegations of housing discriminat...


Building Owner to Face Murder Charges

The owner of the Bangladeshi factory building that collapsed one year ago, killing 1,135 workers and injuring 2,500, will face murder charges as the victims try to move on from the tragedy, ...


LA School Wins EPA Energy ‘Battle’

For the second year in a row, an elementary school has taken first place in a national competition aimed at slashing energy usage in the commercial building sector.


Boston Landlords Face Lead Fines

Two Boston-area housing providers accused of skirting both lead-paint disclosure laws and rental laws regarding families have agreed to sanctions and fines to resolve lead and discrimination...


Developer Sues Architect for Overruns

Who should be on the hook when a redevelopment project runs wildly over budget projections?


Scores Perish in Supermarket Collapse

At least 50 people were confirmed dead and hundreds were trapped when the roof of a crowded supermarket collapsed during the afternoon rush hour in the Latvian capital of Riga.


1WTC Crowned Tallest Building in U.S.

New York’s new One World Trade Center skyscraper has been officially crowned North America’s tallest building, displacing Chicago’s Willis Tower (the former Sears Tower) of its bragging righ...


Clear Coats Join Anti-Graffiti System

PPG Industries has introduced two new anti-graffiti clear coatings that are designed to be used in a system with the company's proprietary cleaner.


New Building Show Opens Registration

Online registration has opened for D+D 2014, the first Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, dedicated to building performance and aesthetics.


Registration Opens for ‘D+D 2014’ Show

Online registration has opened for “D+D 2014,” the first Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for May 20-22, 2014, in Cincinnati, OH.


PPG Unveils Anti-Graffiti Clear Coats

PPG Industries has rolled out an anti-graffiti system that combines two new clear coatings with its graffiti-removing cleaner.


Banana House Wins Appeal

The Banana House that split Purdue University's West Indianapolis community may keep the billboard-sized fruit mural that adorns it.


Tech Tool Connects Project Team

A New York company has unveiled communications technology that allows each member of a construction project team—owners, architects and contractors—to share detailed, real-time updates on th...


Social Software Unites Project Team

Constant, real-time collaboration—bolstered by photos, videos, diagrams and documents—with every member of a construction project team is the promise of a new communication tool developed by...


EPA Urged to Update Wood Smoke Regs

Seven Northern U.S. states are demanding that the federal government update its 25-year-old regulations on wood-burning heaters and devices—growing sources of air pollution as home heating c...


PCBs: The Next Building Liability Wave?

First, lead paint; then, asbestos. Next: PCBs? The legacy of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), once common in a wide variety of building materials, may be the next public health hazard confr...


Free 2014 D+D Buying Guide Released

From air barriers and access equipment to decorative and protective finishes, the building performance and aesthetics community has a comprehensive, free new guide for specifying and purchas...


Commissioning Process Standard Unveiled

Ensuring that building systems perform as designed and buildings operate as fine-tuned facilities are the goals of a new standard for the commissioning process.


4 Firms Cited in Death at Nuke Plant

Facility owners, managers and contractors alike are being held responsible for a crane collapse that killed one worker and injured eight others at Arkansas's Nuclear One Power Plant in March...


Boston Tops Energy Report Card

Boston, MA, is America’s most energy-efficient city, in terms of its efforts to slash energy usage and costs, according to a new report ranking 34 of the country’s largest cities.


Best Practices: The Drywall Defect Trifecta

Ever hear this one? This paint inspector walks onto a jobsite and sees a drywall surface that’s just been meticulously painted with an intermediate coat of premium high-performance interior ...


Lead Lawsuits Push Firm to Bankruptcy

Soaring legal expenses from more than 70 active lead-paint cases and previous judgments have driven a large affordable-housing management business in Maryland to file for bankruptcy.


3,000+ Buildings Compete in EPA Battle

What do the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, FL; a Catholic cathedral and rectory in Seattle; New York City’s historic 100 Park Avenue building; and Busch Stadium—home of the St. Louis Cardinals,...


Design-Build Plants, Roads Take Honors

A military finishing facility in Georgia, interstates in Utah and Texas, and wastewater plants in several states are among more than 40 construction projects newly recognized for innovative ...


Awards Showcase Design-Build Quality

From Army barracks in interior Alaska to a coral reef research facility in Florida, more than 40 construction projects have been recognized for advanced and innovative application of design-...


With Mall ‘Doomed,’ Owner Shunned Fixes

The owner of Ontario's infamous Algo Centre Mall says he refused to repair what he called a “doomed” structure because it was a “black hole” unworthy of additional expense.


Owner: ‘Doomed’ Mall Not Worth Repair

Despite having the funds to repair the perpetually leaky roof on the Algo Centre Mall in Canada, the owner said he had chosen not to, because he considered the property a “black hole.”


New Records Released in Philly Collapse

Past violations and asbestos problems plagued the site of last month's deadly building collapse in Philadelphia, according to newly released city records.


17 Perish in Indian Hotel Collapse

At least 17 people have been killed after a three-story hotel collapsed early Monday (July 8) in southern India—the latest in a string of deadly collapses in the region.


Rental Companies Fined for Lead Lapses

Three property management companies in Oregon and Idaho will pay more than $15,000 in fines for failure to disclose lead-based paint hazards to renters.


Building Journal Launches Conference

Building performance and aesthetics will take center stage at D+D 2014, the first annual conference and exhibit hosted by Durability + Design Magazine.


Foreign Control of Plants on Agenda

A June 19 public meeting is being held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to seek comment on foreign ownership of nuclear power plants.


Calatrava to Pay $4.3M for Design Flaws

A court in Spain recently ordered world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava to pay €3.3 million (about $4.3 million USD) due to alleged flaws in one of his designs.


D+D to Present Conference, Exhibition

Durability + Design, a magazine focused on building performance and aesthetics, has announced the forthcoming launch of “D+D 2014,” The Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, t...


Worker Charged in Deadly Collapse

A heavy equipment operator working at the site of last Wednesday’s deadly building collapse in downtown Philadelphia has been arrested on involuntary manslaughter and other charges.


Collapse Toll Rises; Contractor Probed

The death toll in a Philadelphia building collapse reached six on Thursday (June 6) as the search for survivors continued and questions arose about the contractor who had been demolishing th...


Woman Saved, But Building Deaths Climb

A trapped woman has been found miraculously alive and safe amid the ruins of a Bangladesh garment factory building, but the number of victims topped 1,000 and kept rising.


Building Owners May Face Murder Charges

Allegations are piling up against the building owners and factory managers of the eight-story Bangladeshi building that collapsed last month, killing at least 660 people and injuring hundred...


NJ School Deemed ‘Biggest Loser’

An 81-year-old elementary school in New Jersey has won a nationwide competition aimed at shrinking the energy footprints of U.S. commercial building stock.


Arrests Made in Fatal Building Collapse

Building and factory owners have been arrested and rescue efforts have ceased five days after an eight-story, illegally constructed building in Bangladesh crashed down, killing, injuring and...


Hearing: Mall Owners Wanted Out

The original owners of the Elliot Lake Mall wanted to sell the troubled property 20 years ago, because they were unable to repair the chronically leaking roof, a representative of the compan...


Contractors Fined in 2 Electrocutions

Two Florida contractors are appealing a total of $17,500 in fines imposed in the deaths of two maintenance workers who were electrocuted while removing molding at a luxury condo project.


Plant Collapse Kills 1, Injures 1

One worker has died and another has been injured after the collapse of a coal-fired power plant being demolished in Pampa, TX.


Floor Scrubber to Maintain Polish

Global maintenance equipment and specialty coatings maker Tennant Company has added a new compact battery-powered rider floor scrubber to its product portfolio.


Feds Revive Lead Rule for Public Works

After a season's hiatus, federal regulators have dusted off a controversial plan to impose new lead-safe practices on public works and commercial projects.


Peeling Paint Reveals Structure Threat

Peeling paint in a Winnipeg public facility has tipped off local officials to a major structural problem, averting a possibly disastrous collapse, according to officials in the capital city ...


 
 
   

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