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AIA Elects New Leadership, Celebrates at Conference

The American Institute of Architects announced new leadership last week at its annual conference, which was held June 6-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The organization al...


US Green Building Council Announces $500K in Grants

The United States Green Building Council announced last week that it has launched a new $500,000 grant from Bank of America for its Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Cities and...


AIA Releases Updated Interior Construction Forms

The American Institute of Architects recently announced that it has released six updated contract documents designed for interior construction projects.


SSPC Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching

The abstract submission deadline for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2020 Coatings+ conference is quickly approaching.


SSPC, NACE Leadership Discuss Unified Efforts

On March 18, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, and NACE International announced that both organizations were discussing possible “synergistic opportunities” between the two. Last we...


SSPC and NACE: By the Numbers

As SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International have opened discussions regarding possible “synergistic opportunities” between the two organizations (announced in a March...


PaintSquare Readers Optimistic About Talks

In response to the March 18 announcement that SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International have opened discussions regarding potential collaboration between to the organi...


SSPC, NACE Explore Unified Efforts

NACE International, The Corrosion Society and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced Monday (March 18) the beginning of discussions regarding “synergistic opportunities” between...


SSPC Welcomes Colombian Chapter

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the approval of a new chapter in Colombia.


Technically Speaking: Coatings+ Sessions Highlights

A packed schedule of technical sessions complemented the special events, exhibit hall, training courses and other offerings at SSPC Coatings+ 2019.


Coatings+ Comes to a Close

After a long and busy week of technical sessions, training courses, networking opportunities and exhibitions, SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019 conference began to wind down Wednesday and Thursday with ...


SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019 in Images

SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019 conference began to wind down Wednesday and Thursday, wrapping up events, technical sessions and the exhibitor hall. PaintSquare put together this collection of photos ...


AIA Selects 2019 Honor Awards Recipients

The American Institute of Architects released last week nine projects that it’s recognizing for its 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture.


ACI Opens New Regional Office in Dubai

The American Concrete Institute announced earlier this month the opening of a new regional office in Dubai.


Campaign to Train Vets in Coatings Industry

The Chemical Coaters Association International entered an agreement with Workshops for Warriors in 2017 that is now coming to fruition.


ACI to Increase Foundation Funding to $1M

The American Concrete Institute last week announced that it has increased its funding for the ACI Foundation to $1 million.


AIA Calls for Owner Cap-and-Trade Program

Earlier this month the American Institute of Architects joined the CO2toEE coalition and issued a call to make businesses and building owners eligible for reductions in carbon emissions that...


Smart Surfaces Coalition Launches

Late last week, more than 20 organizations announced the formation of the Smart Surfaces Coalition, a group dedicated to helping cities adopt cost-effective solutions to cut excess heat days...


SSPC Welcomes Ecuador Chapter

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the approval of a new chapter, in Ecuador.


British Coatings Federation Taps New President

The British Coatings Federation, which represents members of the paints, printing inks, powder coatings and wallcoverings industries in the United Kingdom, welcomed its new president, David ...


British Coatings Federation Welcomes New President

The British Coatings Federation, which represents members of the paints, printing inks, powder coatings and wallcoverings industries in the U.K., officially welcomed its new president, David...


SSPC Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching

The abstract submission deadline for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2019 Coatings+ conference is quickly approaching.


ABC, Veterans Group Pen Collaboration

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Veterans Business Alliance that inks a collaboration on expanding the participation of vet...


SSPC Issues Call for Abstracts for 2019

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has started accepting paper abstracts for its 2019 Coatings+ conference, which may cover topics across the protective and marine coatings industry.


SSPC Issues Call for Abstracts

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has started accepting paper abstracts for its 2019 Coatings+ conference, which may cover topics across the protective and marine coatings industry.


SSPC Accepting Board Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced last week that it is accepting nominations for one position on its Board of Governors, available as part of its upcoming election.


SSPC Accepting Board Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced last week that it is accepting nominations for one position on its Board of Governors, available as part of its upcoming election.


2018 Architectural Adventures Guides Announced

The schedule and slate of experts for Architectural Adventures, the travel program of The American Institute of Architects, has been released. Discussions offered during the tours will cover...


ABC Elects 2018 Leadership

The Associated Builders and Contractors Board of Directors elected its 2018 leadership posts and its Leadership Week Conference earlier this month (Nov. 7).


Association Formed for Underlayment Standardization

Four roofing companies have come together to create the Asphalt Underlayment Council, which supports the standardization of the quality of underlayment products.


International Union of Architects Taps New President

Thomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President, was elected the president of the International Union of Architects (UIA) during the UIA World Congress and General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea ear...


Water Works Expo Kicks Off Sunday

The American Water Works Association opens its 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition (known as ACE17) Sunday in Philadelphia.


Michelle Obama to Headline AIA Conference

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to thousands of architects and building professionals in attendance at the American Institute of Architects’ upcoming annual conference in Orlando...


RCMA Taps New Association Leader

An experienced association executive has been selected to lead the trade organization that represents makers of asphaltic and reflective roof coatings and suppliers to the roof coatings indu...


SSPC Seeks Papers for 2018 Conference

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has issued a call for papers for its 2018 conference, to be held Jan. 15-18, 2018, in New Orleans.


Roof Coating Group Reports ‘Active Year’

Standard development, congressional activity and sharing “cool stories” capped off a successful year for the national trade association representing manufacturers of asphaltic and solar refl...


Contractor CEO Gets Prison for Union Theft

A Washington, D.C. area builder will serve more than five years behind bars for his involvement in a scheme to steal more than $1.7 million from a labor union, authorities have announced.


SSPC Seeks Board Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is currently seeking nominations for two positions on its Board of Governors.


Architects Weigh in on Immigration

Immigration policies aimed at deportation and closing the nation's doors can impact the design and building industry, U.S. architects say.


AIA Keynote Selection Sparks Concern

The American Institute of Architects has added female architect keynote speakers to its 2017 National Convention lineup after sparking outrage among dozens of architects, firms and design st...


Commercial Workshop Kicks Off SSPC 2017

Contractors, facility owners, specifiers, suppliers and other coatings professionals convened Monday (Jan. 30) in Tampa to kick off the SSPC 2017 Featuring GREENCOAT conference.


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.


New Standard Proposed for Liquid-Applied Polymers

ASTM is proposing a new set of test methods that will help support the growing number of roofing projects that use liquid-applied polymers.


US Construction Industry Hiring in 2017

A new sampling of opinion in the U.S. construction industry indicates that most American contractors are prepared to add staff in the coming year.


Construction Outlook Positive for 2017

Nearly three quarters of American construction companies plan to increase headcounts in 2017, according to a survey released this week.


AIA CEO: Sorry for ‘Tone-Deaf’ Statement

Leaders of the American Institute of Architects have issued a public apology, after drawing fire from its members and others in the architecture community for a statement released following ...


Chicago’s ‘Finest Painted Ladies’ Revealed

Five Chicago-area homes have been honored as 2016’s “Finest Painted Ladies,” in an annual contest sponsored by the Chicago Paint & Coatings Association.


Concrete Trade Groups to Merge

The American Society of Concrete Contractors will be augmenting its concrete polishing programming through a merger with the Concrete Polishing Association of America, the two groups have an...


Barriers to Britain’s Paint Recycling Effort

The U.K. generates over 55 million liters of leftover paint, and currently most of that ends up in a landfill or incinerated, according to the British Coatings Federation.


Institute Honors Specification Experts

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) bestowed a number of awards and honors upon leaders in the construction industry during a ceremony held Thursday (Sept. 8) at CONSTRUCT 2016 &...


AIA Elects New President, Officers

The American Institute of Architects elected new officers, including its 2018 president-elect, at its annual convention in Philadelphia earlier this month.


ACA Elects 2 Officers to Board

Two industry veterans, with a combined 70 years of experience, have been elected by American coatings manufacturers to serve on the industry association’s board of directors.


Concrete Institute Names President, VP

Michael J. Schneider of Baker Concrete Construction (Monroe, OH) has been elected president of the American Concrete Institute for 2016-17, the organization has announced.


ACA Names New Chairman, VP & Treasurer

American manufacturers of coatings have elected two leaders with more than 70 years in combined experienced to serve on the industry association’s board of directors.


RCI Names Document Winners, New Board

The professional association for roofing, waterproofing and building envelope consultants has named winners of its annual document competition as well as members of its 2016-17 board of dire...


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...


PDCA, Valspar Team Up for ‘Hoops’ Event

Valspar and the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) have announced a partnership to aid the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity organization.


Construction Jobs Picture Mixed, AGC Says

As spending grows in nonresidential construction, data shows employment growth in that sector to be lagging, suggesting contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers, a new re...


AGC Sees Shortages Amid Record Growth

With 19,000 construction jobs added in February and the number of unemployed workers dipping to the lowest level since data tracking began in 2000, the overall picture remains “positive” for...


Dryvit’s Mike Murphy to Lead EIMA

The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) has elected Mike Murphy, of Dryvit Systems Inc., as its new president.


58K U.S. Bridges Deemed Deficient

Out of over 600,000 U.S. bridges, almost 10 percent are designated as structurally deficient


Heavy Construction Jobs Set to Rise

Declines in heavy and civil engineering construction are expected to turn around in 2016 in response to the long-term transportation bill, according to the Associated General Contractors of ...


Construction Jobs Register 8-Year High

A new analysis shows that the construction industry’s unemployment rate has dropped to a 17-year low.


NAHB Elects New Leaders for 2016

The National Association of Home Builders elected four senior officers to its 2016 Board of Directors at the association’s recent annual conference in Las Vegas.


SSPC Is on the Move

It’s been a big year for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. Not only did the association celebrate its 65th anniversary and welcome aboard its new executive director, but it also has...


Low-Income Designs Receive High Honors

WASHINGTON—Two housing projects serving low-income communities and the homeless have been awarded national honors for their design and building technologies.


AIA Honors Top Dig Designs

WASHINGTON, DC—A Connecticut bridge house and an affordable-housing project for LGBT seniors in Philadelphia are among the winners of the American Institute of Architects' annual housing des...


Concrete Group Elects Officers, Board

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—A leading expert in seismic response of buildings and corrosion in concrete structures will lead the American Concrete Institute (ACI) for the 2015-16 term.


Winning Library Designs by the Book

A historically significant Brutalist building-turned-campus hub is among six of the U.S.'s “finest examples of library design,” according to the American Institute of Architects.


Contractor Guide Maps Licensing Needs

U.S. contractors can navigate the thickets of state licensing and regulatory requirements nationwide with a new directory.


Contractor’s Licensing Reference Debuts

A new guide can help construction professionals stay abreast of licensing requirements in each U.S. state.


Construction Employment Levels to Surge

U.S. contractors, start your engines: Construction employment is set to shift into high gear, growing 29 percent by 2022, compared to just 11 percent in all other industries, according to a ...


Houston Group Names Next President

A coatings executive with 28 years of experience has been named the next president of the Coating Society of the Houston Area.


CA Prevails on Paint Recycling Rules

U.S. coating makers have lost a two-year legal fight to block California from imposing detailed reporting requirements on the industry's paint recycling program.


Paint Makers Lose Clash with CalRecycle

Architectural paint manufacturers have failed in their two-year bid to block California rules specifying what they must include in recycling plans and reports.


U.S. Architects Design a Higher Profile

Aiming to firm up their seat at the national table on design and building matters, U.S. architects are launching their first public awareness campaign of their profession and role.


Coating Makers Form Latin Federation

Consolidating the strength of one of the world's booming paint markets, Latin American manufacturers have joined forces in a new federation.


Latin American Coating Makers Unite

Aiming to strengthen their internal ties and their external clout, paint and coating makers across Latin America have formed a regional association based in Mexico.


Paint Recycling Soars in the UK

Paint manufacturers in the UK are breaking industry records when it comes to paint recycling—even amid booming sales.


Commercial Lineup on Deck for SSPC

Project design, coatings inspection for commercial structures, and building envelope issues will star in the commercial track planned for SSPC 2015.


UK Axes Architects in Dues Dustup

A row between British architects and their professional board has erupted for a second straight year, with hundreds of professionals finding themselves cast off the registry rolls.


SSPC Seeks Next Executive Director

A search is underway for a successor to longtime SSPC Executive Director Bill Shoup, who plans to retire from the society in September.


Coatings Groups to Share One Roof

Aiming to strengthen the voice of the roof coatings industry, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) and the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) have merged.


New Leaders, Conference for EIFS Industry

On the eve of a rare high-profile symposium, the Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) industry has elected a new president and slate of directors.


Building Smarter? Tell Us How

Durability + Design magazine has issued a call for presentation paper titles and abstracts for its D+D 2015 Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for June 8-10, 2015, at the historic E...


Groups Commit to Resilient Building

Leaders of 20 top industry organizations have united to promote resilience in planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques.


Remodelers Association Elects Officers

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry has named its 2014-15 officers.


First Woman to Lead ACA

Sandra Berg, president and CEO of Ellis Paint Company, has become the first woman to chair the American Coatings Association in the organization's 126-year history.


ACA Appoints First Female Leader

The American Coatings Association has announced its newly elected chairman is a chairwoman, making it the first time a female has taken the helm in its 126-year history.


AIA Honors Top 10 Housing Designs

White roofs, owner-controlled façades, high-performance insulation, and polished concrete flooring are among the technologies starring in this year's top housing designs, according to the Am...


Coatings Industry Honors Leadership

Decades of paint and coating innovation, service, achievement and expertise took the stage this week as the American Coatings Association presented its annual honors to leaders across the in...


ACA Honors Paint and Coating Leaders

Thought leaders, industry champions, innovators and distinguished professionals across the paint and coatings industry are being recognized this week for their achievements and decades of se...


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

More than two dozen U.S. associations and labor unions are preparing to lean on Congress in a big way to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund before it goes broke.


RCMA Awards Leader, Elects Officers

Brian Anthony, a leader in the roof coatings industry, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award.


Event Lights Up the Future of Curing

UV and EB curing—technologies that are igniting advances in materials and coating science—will be focus of RadTech 2014, the world's largest UV and EB event, coming in May.


New Leaders for RCMA, BCF, ASA

Industry veterans have been tapped to lead the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, the British Coatings Federation, and the American Subcontractors Association.


Regional Paint Firms Make National Push

Contending that local is better for coatings and services, a network of regional manufacturers has developed a new alliance to give them national clout.


Coatings Get Rad at RadTech

A wide range of coatings industry topics and exhibitors will be on tap at RadTech's three-day conference on ultraviolet and electron beam equipment, raw materials and formulated products.


U.S. Coatings Get New ‘National Player’

Working locally to compete nationally, nine regional North American paint and coating manufacturers have banded together to increase their specifying and selling power from coast to coast.


Employers Unite against Silica Rule

More than two dozen construction, manufacturing and contractor organizations are calling for the withdrawal of a federal proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace.


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


MPI Appoints New Standards Exec

Davis Kyle, a coatings industry veteran, has been named executive vice president of the Master Painters Institute.


Third Woman to Serve as AIA President

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, executive director of the Virginia Center for Architecture, has been inaugurated as the 2014 American Institute of Architects president.


Building Industry on Board for D+D 2014

From rooftop to foundation and wall paint to structural steel, technical organizations representing the spectrum of building science technologies will partner withDurability + Design ...


Program Partners Team Up for D+D 2014

Leading technical organizations from across the building industry will partner withDurability + Design for its first conference and exhibition next year in Cincinnati.


More Roofing Training Headed to College

Roofing-specific education will become a larger part of the curriculum in construction management programs at several U.S. universities, under a new educational partnership between the indus...


British Coatings Group Taps New Leader

UK paint, coating and wallcovering manufacturers have chosen a new president from the pigments and printing inks industry.


UK Coatings Federation Names President

Sun Chemical managing director Nick Smith has been appointed president of the British Coatings Federation (BCF)—the association's first leader from the printing inks industry since 1998.


Employers Ask Delay on Silica Rule

A federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica has been in the works for years, but construction employers say they still need more time to review it.


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


ASCE Elects President, Officers

The American Society of Civil Engineers has elected veteran transportation engineer Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE, as its incoming president-elect.


Foam Group Bounces to Record

The Polyurethane Foam Association has reported record membership growth of more than 30 percent in 2013.


AAMA Unveils Cool Coatings Standard

A new standard on solar reflective finishes may prove useful to architects, owners and contractors when it comes to determining the best solar reflective coating for a project, according to ...


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-...


At 102, Pipe Awarded for Longevity

Not many underground water pipes get a birthday present, but not many turn 100 years old unscathed.


Worker Strike Jeopardizes NYC Projects

Major construction projects in New York City and New Jersey, including work at the World Trade Center site, could soon be halted, as a strike by union carpenters drags into a second week.


CT Recycles Paint; More States Sign On

Connecticut will begin recycling unused and unwanted paint Monday (July 1), as legislation establishing the coatings manufacturers’ PaintCare recycling program recently received the green li...


SSPC Board Shifts after Election

Two new faces will represent painting contractors and other product suppliers on SSPC’s Board of Governors in the coming year, and a familiar face becomes vice president, the society has ann...


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.


SSPC Elects New Board Members

A Dryco executive and an industrial painting project manager have been elected the newest members of SSPC’s Board of Governors, the association announced.


When Design is a Life-or-Death Matter

DENVER—Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and tornadoes claim lives, but poorly designed and constructed buildings are also responsible for the bloodshed, according to architect and humanitar...


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...


Paint Recycling Hits Snag in Maine

PaintCare, the coating industry's recycling program, is rolling into Connecticut, but the spreading initiative has hit a bump on its road to Maine.


NACE Names Education Director

NACE International - The Corrosion Society has announced the appointment of Matthew M. Miller as Director of Education.


Roof Coating Makers Honor 2

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association has recognized two of its members with distinguished leadership honors.


Steel Tank Makers Elect Leaders

Members of the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association have elected their officers and Board of Directors for 2013-14.


Voting Open in AIA Host Hunt

Center stage at the American Institute of Architects 2013 National Convention is up for grabs in the AIA’s Architect Live contest.


ASA Names Commercial Painter President

For the second consecutive year, members of the American Subcontractors Association have elected a painting contractor as their president.


Dozens Receive Painting Accolades

An extensive wood finishing project at a new residence in Missouri, an elegant decorative painting endeavor at a Catholic church in Louisiana, and a vast wallpaper installation at a movie th...


SSPC Invites Papers, Offers College Aid

Papers and presentations on green coatings and surface prep, high-performance architectural coatings, and other topics are being invited for SSPC 2014.


SSPC Seeks Papers, Offers Student Aid

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced a call for papers for its annual conference and exhibition dedicated to protective, marine and commercial coatings.


VT, MN to Hop on Paint Recycling Train

Two more states are preparing to join a growing nationwide effort to collect and recycle leftover and unwanted paint.


ASCE Reports on Infrastructure Gap

Without an extra $1.57 billion per year invested in U.S. infrastructure, the country will face a rough road ahead, according to a new report on infrastructure investment.


 
 
   

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