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Architecture Billings Index Reaches Highest Mark Since 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The last three months have shown steadily increasing demand for design services and the Architecture Billings Index is now at its highest level since 2007. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. Read More …

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JE Dunn Construction to Build New Patient Tower Project At Morton Plant Hospital

ATLANTA, Ga. — JE Dunn Construction Company has been selected as the general contractor for a new five-story patient and surgical tower project at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida.
The project is part of a four-year, $200-million campus transformation program for Morton Plant, which is part of BayCare Health System. Read More …

The plaza contains many of the region’s geological forms and materials used in the concourse.

Serving the Brave: Austin VA Outpatient Clinic provides community of care for veterans

More than 25,000 veterans in the Austin, Texas area no longer have to travel 70 miles to receive a full spectrum of healthcare, education and social services from a Veterans Affairs facility. Quadruple the size of its predecessor, the new Austin VA Outpatient Clinic was designed “to care for those who have borne the battle.” At the time of its completion, the 275,000-square-foot facility was the largest leased freestanding VA outpatient clinic in the U.S. Read More …


Full-system integration: Solutions and benefits of optimizing lighting and HVAC control

Not surprisingly, hospitals rank among the most energy-intensive of building types. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, acute-care hospitals use more than 2.5 times the energy per square foot of a typical U.S. commercial building and have an equally outsized environmental footprint.  Read More …

At New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Cornell campus, implementation and integration of a PLC system facilitated remote monitoring by utiliVisor, an independent energy oversight firm, of the chilled water generation system. This enabled the hospital to save approximately 10 percent a year on chilled water costs that had topped $5.5 million a year.

Programmable logic controller systems: Offering reliable, robust solutions for hospital utility plants

Several mission-critical industries, such as chemical, pharmaceutical and nuclear plants, rely on programmable logic controller systems for precise, reliable and automated control of complex research, development and production processes. Now, leading healthcare systems are deploying PLC systems in central utility plants for integration, remote monitoring and automated control of mechanical-electrical systems. Read More …


Striking a Balance: Meeting present needs, future demands with preparation during design and construction

Begin with the end in mind, as recommended by Stephen R. Covey in his book on personal development, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” This concept also applies to the capital facility planning process. Aligning the guiding principles of design with the implementation of construction and the long-term effectiveness of operations will produce a highly effective facility. By defining the broad parameters and measurable metrics for success at the inception of the project, the owner can better control the end product.  Read More …

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Alabama Firms Break Ground on New Replacement Hospital in Great Falls, Montana

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  — A groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 13 marked the start of construction on the Great Falls Clinic Medical Center’s new replacement hospital in Great Falls, Montana. The project team includes several Alabama companies, including Capital Growth MedVest, project developer; Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. , project architect and Brasfield & Gorrie L.L.C., general contractor. Read More …

Ground Broken for Community Center at DuPage County Health Department

DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. — Members of the DuPage County Board of Health, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, DuPage County Health Department Leadership and the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness DuPage recently took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new community center. Read More …

LIGHTFAIR International 2015 Call for Speakers: Global Invitation to Experts in Diverse Disciplines

ATLANTA, Ga. — The LIGHTFAIR International 2015 Call for Speakers opens in a global invitation seeking responses from top lighting and design practitioners looking to participate in the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference in New York, May 3-7, 2015. Read More …

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