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Dec. 23, 2008
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Milwaukee City Hall Reborn in All It’s Glory
from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The last of City Hall's steely scaffolding exoskeleton will be shed. The $70 million restoration project that took as many years to complete as the building itself did, more than a century ago, will be done. The clock will be lighted and the bell rung for the first time in years during a public ceremony. Milwaukeeans will be able to see not only what the landmark looked like but what it stood for in 1895 - a towering symbol of civic pride. "This building was the best of the best in its time period," said Don Berendsen, project superintendent for contractor J.P. Cullen & Sons. "It is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of the men who built it."At a time of economic uncertainty much like our own, with banks failing and high unemployment, men in bowler hats and rolled-up shirt sleeves transformed an awkward wedge of filled-in swamp into one of the most elegant municipal buildings ever built and what was then the third tallest building in America. More

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Grid Upgrades Play Key Role in Expanding Renewable Energy
from Technology Review Online
Push through a bulletproof revolving door in a nondescript building in a dreary patch of the former East Berlin and you enter the control center for Vattenfall Europe Transmission, the company that controls northeastern Germany's electrical grid. A monitor displaying a diagram of that grid takes up most of one wall. A series of smaller screens show the real-time output of regional wind turbines and the output that had been predicted the previous day. Germany is the world's largest user of wind energy, with enough turbines to produce 22,250 megawatts of electricity. That's roughly the equivalent of the output from 22 coal plants--enough to meet about 6 percent of Germany's needs. And because Vattenfall's service area produces 41 percent of German wind energy, the control room is a critical proving ground for the grid's ability to handle renewable power. More

Just Starting Your Career and Want to Ensure Your Success?
from AFE
On 1 January 2009 AFE will again broaden its appeal and value to younger people in the area of Facilities Engineering, by launching the new Young Professional Member category. Applicants that are under the age of 30 and new or current AFE will be afforded the opportunity to join AFE under this new membership category, as they grow their careers into full membership at the Association of Facilities Engineering.

YPMs (Young Professional Members) will have all the same membership benefits as a full member, but with added incentives to make this your strongest possible career move into facilities engineering

Professional Designation - What better way to stand out from the pack than to be able to demonstrate your competitive edge! AFE’s credentials - the Certified Facilities Engineer*, Certified Plant Maintenance Manager* or Certified Plant Supervisor* – all of which allows you to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and experience in engineering, operations and Maintenance, as well as business management; strategic leadership; and professional ethics. Obtain marks of excellence that will position you to be a lead contributor within your profession.

Around-the-Clock Networking - AFE helps you tap a broad well of knowledge and experience when you face new challenges and need to apply proven techniques. From virtual communities to live interaction, AFE is your source for 24/7 networking.

Leadership Development - When you need avenues outside of the work environment to expand your leadership capabilities, AFE has a variety of opportunities for you to provide leadership while contributing to your profession and your association.

Life-Long Learning - Today's complex, global business environment requires current, leading-edge knowledge. AFE has professional development offerings that build your capabilities to contribute to your organization.

As you chart your career path, let AFE be your long-term partner in managing your career. Your success achieves our mission of advancing the facilities engineering profession! Partner with us today to ensure your success tomorrow.

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Grid Upgrades Play Key Role in Expanding Renewable Energy New Green Roof Graces Department of the Interior Building
from Environment News Service
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne cut the ribbon opening a new green roof that has been planted on the third wing of the Main Interior Building in Washington. "What more suitable place for a green roof than the headquarters of America's conservation department in Washington, D.C.?" Secretary Kempthorne asked. "With more than half of Washington, D.C. covered with paved or constructed surfaces that do not allow water to infiltrate the ground, 75 percent of rainfall becomes runoff," he said. The vegetation and soil on the green roof will absorb rainwater and curb runoff. More

U.K. Building Clients Push for Recycled Materials
from Greener Buildings
Architects and clients throughout the U.K. are striving to make greener buildings, with many attracted to cost savings, according to a new survey. Software maker Autodesk and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) asked 211 members of RIBA about their thoughts and actions for the first Autodesk/RIBA Green Index. The survey found that 88 percent of architects believe they should utilize green practices where possible. Seventy percent said their clients are the primary drivers of green building. A little over half of those surveyed said client interest is driven by the lower operating costs associated with energy- and resource-efficient buildings. More


Top Three Sustainability Trends for 2009
from Fast Company
Terry Tamminen, former chief policy advisor for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, sees three big sustainability trends coming down the pipe for 2009. The author of “Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction,” Tamminen is operating advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors, which focuses on innovative clean-tech companies, and where he heads a team that works with states to develop and implement environmental policies. He's also the Cullman Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation, where he spends his time advising world leaders on how to design and implement climate-change solutions. More

Smart Energy Solutions: 'Free' Money for Taking Charge of Your Power
from Greener Buildings
Operating energy-efficient buildings and generating power using alternative, low-emission or clean technology may be highly desirable, but in the wide world of building construction, they still represent a niche. An expensive niche, at that. But there are a number of ways that businesses can lower their facilities' energy footprints while also saving money. Here's an overview on how. More

Largest Single Modular Building in Europe
from Construction & Maintenance
Single modular buildings represent the fastest, easiest way to acquire new premises, with buildings simply delivered by lorry and craned into place. But what if you need to accommodate a large number of people or want to divide your workspace into separate functional areas? Not a problem with the Portakabin Titan building. The Titan range includes the largest single modular building in Europe, with a floor area of 67m˛. Its generous proportions will comfortably accommodate up to 18 people, while the completely flexible, spacious interior can be divided into open-plan areas, offices, meeting rooms, reception areas, kitchens and toilets. More

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