Adaptive reuse, an alternative
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Facility managers are challenged by the social, environmental, historical and financial demands of modern facilities development. Each competing interest group has its own stake in the development process. Local governments, as well as the federal government, have regulations and incentives in place to promote development and by extension job creation in disadvantaged areas of their city or county — hence the proliferation of Enterprise Zones, Empowerment Zones and HUB zones. Preservationists have been successful throughout the years in engaging governments in creating historic districts. State and federal programs for historic tax credits have been made available to encourage responsive redevelopment. The recent popularization of sustainable buildings promoted through the LEED certification program has led to an increase in corporate awareness and, in some cases, a corporate commitment to sustainability. And finally, what every facility manager is judged by sooner or later: Was the project on budget? Was it done cost effectively? Was it ready on time? More
Market for building automation systems to top $36 billion in 2015
In just five short years, the global market for building automation systems is expected to exceed $36 billion, according to a new study. The projected growth to more than $36 billion by 2015, represents a 3 percent increase since 2009. More
The AFE Weekly Headlines now available as an iPhone app
AFE understands the need to deliver timely, relevant industry news to its members and other facility engineers. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create the AFE Weekly Headlines, the association committed itself to delivering this news to members and other facility engineers. That partnership has now expanded to provide another convenient avenue to receive this information. The
Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the App Store and download the app free of charge. Once the MultiBriefs application is downloaded, you can add the AFE feed from the "Automotive and Engineering" section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. And just like the e-mail news brief you’ve become accustomed to, you may share articles with your colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can even bookmark certain articles as favorites to revisit at a later date. As always, feedback is appreciated and is important to the success of the app. Feel free to rate the application in the App Store.
First LEED®-certified NFL stadium coming to L.A.
A design for the new Los Angeles NFL stadium is in the works and it is set to be the first NFL stadium to become LEED certified. Designed by Aedas, a global architecture firm, the Los Angeles Stadium might be finished as early as the 2011 football season, although what NFL team will make its home there is still unknown. Aedas has designed the eco stadium to be a multi-purpose venue and has also included a significant commercial and entertainment sector. With smart design, reduced CO2 emissions and major recycling initiatives, the LA Stadium will be a great boon to the city. More
Tower rises from ground zero ashes
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Structural steel for the 1,776-foot tower that will be known as One World Trade Centre has risen 200 feet above street level in a tangible sign of ground zero progress since the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Workers are now installing 16 steel nodes on the 20th-floor level which serve as joints between the steel framing for the building's podium and the steel for the rest of the tower. The 104-story skyscraper is due to be completed in 2013. More
Pact aims for high level of safety in skyscraper repair project
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OSHA and Georgia Tech's On-Site Consultative Service formed a new partnership with Skanska USA in Atlanta, saying together they will ensure the highest level of worker safety and health during the replacement of all 6,350 windows in the 73-story downtown Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. More
AFE corporate partners support facilities engineering education
AFE's Global Technical Partners play a direct and significant role in promoting the personal and professional success of AFE members. Their support allows AFE to offer ongoing training and education, certification courses and other valuable technical resources AFE members need to deal with everyday issues on the job. Not surprisingly, the majority of AFE members and certified professionals indicate they're more likely to do business with an AFE Global Technical Partner than their competitors. To learn how to become an AFE Global Technical Partner and reach more than 40,000 facilities professionals, click here or contact AFE at (571) 203-7235.
GE smart grid technologies build sustainable 21st century cities
Technology available today can be employed to create viable, sustainable, smart cities. That will be the message that Bob Gilligan, vice president—transmission and distribution for GE Energy Services, will deliver to delegates at the Chatham House conference, "The Future of Cities." More
Green Building Services pinpoints 10 design trends to look for in 2010
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Interiors & Sources counts down 10 design trends that you can expect in terms of green this year. More