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Hilton Columbus High Street Downtown Bridge Wins National Steel Building Award

The pedestrian bridge that links Columbus, Ohio’s new Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel to the adjacent Greater Columbus Convention Center across High Street, the main thoroughfare through downtown, has earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2)

Register Now for the 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit!

The 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit, "The Drive to December", will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. This year's Summit will gather Federal agencies involved in ending veteran homelessness, technical assistance partners for the major homeless veteran service programs, and experts from around the country to help you set a high-speed plan for the final 100 days of the Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness

Deadline Approaching: Sign Up to Voice Your View on Productivity in the Workforce

National Institute of Building Sciences will conduct a representative hearing on productivity and the workforce on September 25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The hearing, which is being sponsored by Autodesk and supported by the International Code Council, will provide an opportunity for representatives from the planning, design, construction, operations, ownership, finance, insurance, regulatory, manufacturing, academia and other segments of the U.S. building industry to speak about the challenges they face and offer potential solutions.

New Institute Workshop Series Focuses on Improving Cybersecurity of DoD Facilities

Over the past several years, the nation’s communities have seen an increasing shift to “smart buildings” that use internet-enabled wireless technology to control building-related systems. Such trends also are being seen in U.S. military facilities. In early 2015, following the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that called attention to building-related cyber risks, the House Armed Services Committee approved legislative language requiring the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to perform a cyber-vulnerability study as part of its fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill.

Nine Projects Selected for the 2015 Education Facility Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education(CAE) has selected nine educational facilities for this year’s CAE Education Facility Design Awards. The program honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

STUDY: “LIKE-KIND” EXCHANGES VITAL TO HEALTH OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE AND THE U.S. ECONOMY

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, with support from its Industry Defense Fund and in collaboration with 15 other real estate associations, has released a groundbreaking study on the economic effects of repealing Section 1031 of the United States tax code, also known as “like-kind” exchanges.

Building Innovation 2016 Conference Track Two to Focus on Preparation, Performance

Achieving community resilience relies on the engagement and action of numerous stakeholders—from commercial and residential building owners to utilities and government leaders—and offering incentives provides a powerful mechanism to encourage tough decision making. At Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo, Achieving a Resilient Future, to be held January 11-15, 2016, in Washington, D.C., participants will examine the multiple incentive packages available to these audiences to advance investment in mitigation and resilience.

CCIM Students Increase Business While Taking Classes

During the CCIM Institute 102 course about market analysis for CRE investment in July, Paula L. Bruns closed one deal totaling almost $100,000 in commission, signed up one existing tenant and two new tenants for leases, and proposed six new transactions

IREM Real Estate Management Public Policy Victories

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) recently has contributed to several victories in public policies that will have a positive impact on real estate management professionals and organizations.

Appraisal Institute Honors 8 National Award Winners

John P. Fredrickson, MAI, SRA, of Walla Walla, Washington; Jerome Haims, MAI, SRA, of New York; and Richard A. Stephens, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Little Rock, Arkansas, were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Michael V. Tankersley, MAI, SRA, AI-RRS, of Lewisburg, Tennessee, was named the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award during the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting Wednesday in Dallas.

Jim Murrett Elected 2016 Appraisal Institute Vice President

James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York, was elected 2016 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors in Dallas. Murrett’s one-year term at the Appraisal Institute will begin Jan. 1, followed by one year each as president-elect, president and immediate past president

Register for First Ever AGC Utility Infrastructure Conference at ICUEE

AGC will be hosting its first ever Utility Infrastructure Conference (link is external), Sept. 29–Oct. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join other contractors, owners and key industry constituents involved in every aspect of utility infrastructure construction for high-quality education sessions, the premier utility construction equipment expo, and networking opportunities

NEH Announces $36.6 Million for More Than 200 Humanities Projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $36.6 million in grants for 212 humanities projects, including an exhibition on Mexican modern art from 1910-1950 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the excavation of the 17th-century Plymouth Colony settlement in Massachusetts, and publication of the personal papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. dating from the campaign to desegregate Birmingham and the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Millennials Favor Walkable Communities, Says New NAR Poll

Millennials prefer walking over driving by a substantially wider margin than any other generation, according to a new poll conducted by the National Association of Realtors® and the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University

State Farm renews long-time partnership with Habitat for Humanity

High school and college students in New Jersey are helping a family rebuild their home damaged by Hurricane Sandy thanks to a grant from State Farm. Celebrating the success of this project and 35 previously funded projects, State Farm and Habitat for Humanity are pleased to announce a partnership renewal that will continue to engage youth in affordable housing efforts across the country.

Five Reasons to Attend AGC’s 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference Sept. 2-3

If you’re interested in any aspect of environmental compliance or sustainability on a construction jobsite, this is the conference for you. Learn from industry experts and your peers at AGC’s 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference on September 2-3 in Arlington, Virginia. It’s only six weeks away, so click here(link is external) to reserve your spot today.

Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference Offers Continuing Education Credits

At AGC of America, we know how important maintaining professional credentials are to those who hold such designations. Therefore, AGC’s Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference will offer opportunities for HR, training and workforce development professionals to earn recertification credits from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). 

Existing-Home Sales Rise in June as Home Prices Surpass July 2006 Peak

Existing-home sales increased in June to their highest pace in over eight years, while the cumulative effect of rising demand and limited supply helped push the national median sales price to an all-time high, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced sales gains in June and have now risen above year-over-year levels for six consecutive months.

Architects Become A Partner In “Every Body Walk” Initiative

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced that it has become a partner in the “Every Body Walk!” initiative, a campaign created by Kaiser Permanente and featuring organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health as co-sponsors.

BEST4 Conference Proceedings Now Available on the BRIK Website

This April, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the Building Enclosure Council-Kansas City hosted the fourthBEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology® (BEST4) in Kansas City, Missouri, to focus on “Performance-Driven Architectural Design.