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Antimicrobial Coatings to be Tested on Transit

Diversified natural resources company, Teck Resources Limited (Vancouver, Canada) recently announced that it would be testing its antimicrobial copper coatings on high-touch transit surfaces...


VT National Guard Rebuilds Field Hospital

The Vermont National Guard was recently tasked with rebuilding a 250-bed field hospital in Essex Junction, Vermont. The structure, which was initially built last April, was taken down in mid...


Bids Needed for TX Hospital Department Reno

Harris County in Houston, Texas, is seeking bids for renovations in the Nuclear Medicine Department at the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, Texas.


Free Webinar: Hospital Coatings Guidelines

PaintSquare will host a free webinar June 17 entitled, “New Architectural Coatings Technology Targets Stricter Hospital Infection Protocols.”


Study Looks at Healthcare Construction Training

Researchers out of Washington State University and Clemson University have found that insufficient training for construction workers in hospital settings could be contributing to disease out...


Several Temporary Hospitals Completed in NJ, NY

As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, temporary hospitals and healthcare facilities are reaching completion across the United States.


Axalta Reports COVID-19 PPE Donations

Last month, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding its personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Miami COVID-19 Hospital Conversion Completed

Last week, a temporary hospital built inside the Miami Beach Convention Center reportedly reached completion early—commencing work on April 20—just days before its target opening.


DC Awards Contract for Temp Patient Space

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that the administration has issued a design-build contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. to convert the Walter E. Washington Con...


$1.3M Settlement Reached in CO Bid-Rigging

In an agreement announced earlier this week, construction company M.A. Mortenson Co. settled with the state of Colorado on charges that alleged bid-rigging on the $233 million Colorado Conve...


PA Hospital Expedites Opening for Health Crisis

In Philadelphia, crews are working around the clock to open the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s (Penn Medicine) Pavilion to aid in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.


AIA Forms Taskforce, Releases COVID-19 Webinar

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Institute of Architects has launched a task force to help inform public officials, healthcare facility workers and architects on adapting b...


Italian Firms Working on ICU Pods

Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota have designed an intensive-care pod in a shipping container with the aim to help alleviate stress on the world’s medical infrastructure in the C...


Army Corps Begins Work on Temporary Hospitals

Within the past week, multiple state governors have been in talks with the Army Corps of Engineers for plans on site for temporary hospitals to combat capacity issues resulting from the COVI...


China Completes Prefab Hospital in 10 Days

Crews have completed the 10-day construction of the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, according to reports. The People’s Liberation Army of China took over the facility on Feb. 2 and beg...


CA Hospitals File for Seismic Retrofit Extensions

Officials say that several hospitals in California have applied for extensions on mandated seismic retrofits that originally were supposed to be completed in 2008.


China Building Prefab Hospital in 10 Days

The city of Wuhan, China, recently began the ambitious project of building a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days with the goal of treating victims of the coronavirus outbreak.


CA Seeking Bids for Medical Building Remodel

Kings County, in Hanford, California, is seeking bids for the Kings View Building remodel project. This building is part of the Kings View Behavioral Health System, and has been in the servi...


Plagued New-Build Hospital Risks Demo

According to a Scottish health trade union official from UNISON, a nearly completed 150-million-euro HLM Architect-designed children’s hospital may need to be torn down.


FL Bill Aims to Deregulate Hospital Construction

A bill making its way through Florida would deregulate the construction process for new hospitals, effectively putting such projects on a fast track.


MA General Hospital Announces $1B Expansion

Massachusetts General Hospital unveiled a plan earlier this month for a $1 billion campus renovation. While still in the preliminary stages, the expansion is slated to begin by 2020 and fini...


1 Killed in TX Construction Site Explosion

An explosion at a Texas construction site Tuesday afternoon has reportedly killed one construction worker and injured 15 more, and authorities are ruling the blast an accident.


VA Hospital in CO Nears Completion $1B Over Budget

As construction nears completion for the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center, what remains in sharp focus is the $1 billion in cost overruns, and the fact that the new fa...


NY Mental Hospital Transformed Into Hotel

To breathe some life back into its architecture and cultural sectors, the city of Buffalo approved the conversion of an 1800s mental hospital into a contemporary hotel.


Paper Cautions Use of Antimicrobial Paints

Paints, flooring, door knobs and other building products made with antimicrobial additives could enable proliferation of so-called “super bugs” and their use should be approached with skepti...


Report Tackles Worker Health Issues

Nearly a third of construction workers lack health insurance despite half experiencing at least one doctor-diagnosed health condition, according to a recent report.


Floor Coating Made to Resist Impacts

A new polyaspartic floor coating from The Sherwin-Williams Company is designed for ease of application in manufacturing facilities, airplane hangars and other settings where impacts and abra...


Sherwin-Williams Touts Polyaspartic Technology

The latest polyaspartic floor coating offering from Sherwin-Williams is reportedly designed to give applicators greater flexibility and provide extended open time.


Fire Hits NYU Hospital Construction Site

A rooftop area of a hospital building that is currently under construction was the site of a fire that sent black smoke billowing over Manhattan Wednesday (Dec. 14).


Hazards Cited at Nursing Home Project

A Wisconsin renovation company is facing over $240,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to carbon monoxide and asbestos hazards, authorities have announced.


Audit Details Problem-Plagued Hospital

Department of Veterans Affairs leaders have been accused of “gross mismanagement” when it comes to federal oversight of a $1.7 billion VA hospital in Aurora, CO, according to a new audit.


Lawmakers Demand Answers for Project Costs

The budget-busted Veterans Affairs hospital construction project outside of Denver has once again been thrust into the national spotlight.


Design Firm to Pay $12M in Kickback Case

A Buffalo, NY-based international architecture firm has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve allegations of criminal conduct by its employees, including paying bribes and kickbacks in order ...


FEMA Floats Flood-Resilient Construction Rules

As central Louisiana continues to recover from last week's devastating floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communitie...


Rules Proposed for Building in Flood Areas

A week after recent historic flooding hit central Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communities “higher and stro...


Ban on Antimicrobials Sparks ACA Response

American paint and coatings manufacturers are urging one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems to modify a ban on the use of antimicrobial products, including paints, in its facilities.


Suit: Contractors Overbill Hospital $4.2M

A Montreal hospital has accused a construction contractor, his associates and former hospital employees of participating in a decade-long scheme to overbill the hospital by millions of dolla...


Architect Gets 33 Months in Bribery Case

A Virginia architect who was found guilty of using inside information to obtain contracts at a Veterans Affairs hospital will spend 33 months behind bars, according to federal prosecutors.


D+D In Depth March Issue Focus:
Coatings for Hospitals, Building Enclosures

Featuring articles on coatings for healthcare facilities as well as building enclosures, the March issue of D+D In Depth, Durability + Design’s monthly magazine, will be released Wednesday (...


Webinar: Institutional Floor Coatings in Focus

From aesthetics to maintenance costs, there are many important factors to consider when selecting and specifying floor coatings for schools and hospitals.


Bill to Rein in VA Construction Control

After a $1 billion botched Veterans’ Affairs’ hospital project in Denver, the U.S. House of Representatives has moved forward with a plan to take away some of the agency’s construction autho...


Underlayment Made to Reduce Cracks, Noise

Laticrete has introduced Fracture Ban, described as a high-performance, pliable, lightweight peel and stick membrane designed for use under thin-bed adhesives for ceramic tile; stone; and ot...


Construction Outlook Mixed for 2016

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Report Tells Tale of Two Hospitals

A new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis aims to show what happens when a construction project managed exclusively by the federal government is sized up against one managed ...


Hospital Giant Bans Antimicrobial Use

With insufficient evidence that antimicrobial coatings improve the fight against germs and an increasing concern about spreading toxins, a major health care company has decided to ban the pr...


Paint Designed to Kill Bacteria

Sherwin-Williams is billing its latest product offering as “one of the most significant technological breakthroughs” in its nearly 150-year history.


Fall Hazards Rack Up $92K in Fines

Two Pennsylvania contractors face almost $92,000 in proposed fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls at a hospital construction site in Lebanon, PA.


Construction Site Water Tank Ruptures

A mother and her two children were among drivers who escaped with only minor injuries after a water tank at a hospital construction site in Australia ruptured and sent a wall of water rushin...


Suit Filed in Delayed Hospital Project

One of the largest construction management companies in the United States has been sued and kicked off of a $300 million delayed hospital project in Santa Clara County, CA.


Masonry Worker Killed in Scaffold Fall

DANVILLE, PA--Federal safety authorities are investigating the fatal fall of a masonry worker at a hospital jobsite in Pennsylvania.


Bill Would Take VA Out of Construction

WASHINGTON--Burned by a budget-busting hospital project, Colorado's senators are seeking to get the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of the construction business.


3M Floor Protector Gets Revamp

ST. PAUL, MN--3M has updated its Scotchgard Resilient Floor Protector, a proprietary floor coating designed with nanotechnology to protect and beautify floors in hospitals, offices and more.


New York GC to Pay $7M+ in Fraud

NEW YORK CITY—A major construction concern has admitted to an eight-year systemic "overbilling scheme that impacted virtually all of its projects" but will avoid prosecution for its "crimina...


USACE Shoulders V.A. Hospital Debacle

A billion dollars over budget and years behind schedule, the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital project outside Denver has a new overseer, as investigations into the boondoggle continue.


Budget-Busted VA Project Gets New Lead

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has officially handed over the reins of a troubled hospital construction project near Denver that is at the center of an internal investigation.


Green Resins Tackle Commercial Needs

Keeping up with green building trends in commercial and institutional architecture, Dow Coating Materials has introduced two new resin technologies for low- and ultra-low-VOC coatings.


Commercial Market Comes Roaring Back

If you build schools, hotels, hospitals or offices, 2015 and 2016 are your years, according to a new U.S. construction forecast that heralds a long-awaited comeback in the institutional and ...


‘Smart Paint’ Debuts in Middle East

A paint maker in the Middle East says it has launched a line of “Smart Paints” designed for a variety of applications—from roads to houses.


Aiming to Design Better Ebola Care

Architecture and medical students from the New York Institute of Technology have issued a life-or-death global design challenge: ideas for mobile treatment facilities for Ebola patients.


VA Hospital Halted after JV Walks

Work has stopped and federal-level fur is flying over the shutdown of a massive Veterans Affairs hospital project near Denver, after mismanagement by the agency drove the contractor off the ...


'Extreme Performance' for Walls, Seats

Designtex has rolled out greener versions and new offerings in its veteran "extreme performance" textile collections, Hardwear and Sportswear.


Young Architects Design against Ebola

Could innovative architecture help slow the spread of the deadly Ebola virus? Yes, say students at Texas A&M's Master of Architecture program, who have developed a series of designs for port...


Study Boosts Germ-Fighting Coating

A new coating containing silver nanoparticles has been found effective in reducing germs on nurse call buttons, bedside tables, and other high-touch surfaces in hospital rooms.


On a Journey to Build and Serve

A California construction expert with a global humanitarian mission is giving new meaning to the name “journeyman.”


AIA Dampens ’14 Construction Outlook

The infamous winter of 2013-14 is now taking the blame for a reduction in nonresidential construction spending that will affect activity for the rest of the year.


Germ Resistance Suffers Sweaty Defeat

Human perspiration can quickly cause enough corrosion of brass objects in schools and hospitals to render them powerless against some bacteria, scientists in the UK have found.


Flame-Retardant Decision Challenged

Chemical makers are urging a leading heath-management organization to reconsider its decision to stop buying furniture made with flame-retardant chemicals.


Coating Kills Germs of Tomorrow

A new coating under development in Germany may help medical, culinary and other environments combat and prevent germ growth for several years.


Hospital Giant to Shed Flame Retardants

Citing health concerns, one of the nation’s largest health-management organizations will phase out furniture containing toxic flame-retardants at its hundreds of facilities.


Armstrong Launches Flooring Adhesive

Armstrong Commercial Flooring has introduced Flip Spray Adhesive, a zero-VOC, high-moisture product designed for quick flooring renovation.


Hospital Cleanup Draws $2.3M Fine

Federal authorities have shut down and fined an intensive cleanup project at an old psychiatric hospital complex in New York, following complaints about dangerous lead and asbestos practices...


‘Mysterious’ Developer Fined $2.3M

Abandoned a generation earlier, the 80 crumbling brick buildings of the old Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital needed to be cleaned up—and fast—for potential investors.


11 Killed in Hospital Cave-In

A public hospital under construction in Thailand partially collapsed Tuesday (Feb. 25), killing at least 11 construction workers and injuring 16 on their lunch break, according to various re...


Labor Squeeze Seen Amid Robust Growth

A banner year is in store for U.S. construction and engineering firms—if they can find enough skilled labor to support the boom, new reports advise.


Construction Boom Faces Labor Bust

U.S. construction and engineering may be facing the best and worst of times, as a near-trillion-dollar industry forecast collides with widespread employer reports of a skilled labor shortage...


Coating Claims Germ-Free Finish

German researchers are reporting the development of a coating with the potency to kill and deflect fungal and bacterial growth for years.


Coating Slays Germs for Years

A new antimicrobial coating reportedly has the power to kill and prevent bacteria and fungi growth for several years, its developers say.


Roofs Get Antibacterial Protection

A new anti-microbial roof coating can protect both the substrate and the occupants below it, the manufacturer says.


Rooftop Coating Targets Bacteria

Garland Roofing has launched Clear-Shield Rx, a water-based, roof coating system designed to provide antimicrobial protection for healthcare facilities, schools and other occupant-sensitive ...


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...


Epoxy Made for Abrasion, Cleaning

Diamond Vogel has launched Eas-E-Poxy for hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, restaurants and other environments that require frequent cleaning.


RPM Settles Roofing Case for $65M

A former employee’s complaint that Tremco Inc. was selling overpriced, defective roofing materials and services to government entities has ended in a $65 million settlement by that company a...


Roofing Suit to Cost RPM $65M+

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. will pay more than $65 million to settle allegations that its Tremco business price-gouged and sold defective roofing materials to dozens of governmen...


Public Works Construction Growing

Despite a slow economy, the new-construction market is expected to see a slight recovery in 2013, aided by modest growth from large bridge and public works projects, a midyear analysis shows...


Construction Update Sees Fits in Starts

The fitful recovery of the new construction market continues, with strong growth projected for the housing sector, "modest gains" for commercial building and public works, and institutional ...


Contractor Bribes Government Official

A New Jersey contractor has pleaded guilty to bribing a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official in order to obtain favorable contracts, according to the Justice Department.


Construction Nails a 4-Year Record

Nonresidential construction activity across the U.S. is trending upward, a recent economic index.


Suit: Contract Foul Play Reaped Millions

A national education company is accused of defrauding the federal government and workers by failing to pay required wages on hundreds of federally funded playground construction contracts ov...


Probation Set in Hospital Bid Rigging

Six years of cooperation with federal prosecutors in a bid-rigging case involving two New York City hospitals earned an insulation contractor a pass on prison this week.


Groups Stamp Concrete Pink for a Cure

A coalition of decorative concrete professionals hopes to pour, stain and stamp pink concrete across all 50 states to raise cancer awareness by October 2013.


 
 
   

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