AIA Billings Index Hits All-Time Low
According to AIA Economics Research Manager Jenifer Riskus, business conditions remained weak at firms in all regions of the country and in all practice sectors. Many firms have been forced to make changes to staff benefits and salaries in light of the recession, with more than half of the AIA panelists indicating that they have instituted salary freezes.
Stimulus Bill Offers Tax Relief for Small Businesses
The new law, signed by President Obama on Feb. 17, contains several tax provisions that will help small businesses struggling in a tough economy. These changes affect federal tax liability only. More
Contract Magazine Sizes Up Design Industry Prospects for 2009
from Contract Magazine
“Never before have flexibility and agility been so critical for the A&D community,” states editor Jennifer Thiele Busch, who scopes out the contract landscape for signs of impending opportunity. More
Fireplaces Step Out for Air
from The New York Times
The outdoor fireplace, also known as the “poor man’s pool,” is gaining popularity as a low-maintenance way to extend living space. More
A Message from ASID|
New Sponsorship Opportunity: Official Transportation Sponsor at the ASID National Conference at NeoCon
ASID will be providing transportation from the ASID host hotel, the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, to the Merchandise Mart during the busy morning and afternoon hours. This is a great opportunity to display your company logo for tens of thousands of NeoCon attendees to see.
Make a big splash at NeoCon 2009 and be the sponsor everyone is buzzing about!
Be the exclusive and official mode of transportation from the ASID host hotel to the Merchandise Mart during NeoCon 2009. Benefits include:
• Logo placement prominently displayed on trolley, visible to passengers and pedestrians in the area
• Opportunity to have one company representative accompany the trolley during the hours of operation (7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday of NeoCon)
• Opportunity to distribute company-branded promotional product to passengers using the trolley (preferably a sustainable, green product)
• Company logo and hyperlink on ASID Web site
• For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Diane Ainge at (202) 675-2373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Architects and Designers Respond to the Changing Nature of Education Today
from Metropolis Magazine
Metropolis magazine surveys a number of outstanding K-12 school construction projects to gauge what the industry is learning about school design. More
Brown and Yale Put Building Plans on Hold, but Some Construction Goes Forward
from Buildings & Grounds
Despite the grim economic news, some colleges, looking to take advantage of lower construction costs, are going ahead with construction plans. Others, confronted with large losses in the value of their endowments, are delaying projects or canceling them for the foreseeable future. More
Pittsburgh® Paints' New Hacienda Style Color Palette
Inspired by Newly Released Book
The warm tones of Mexican style and design are now easier for designers and homeowners to make their own with Pittsburgh Paints' recent introduction of the Hacienda Style Color Palette. Collaborating with Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr, award-winning authors of eight books on Mexican design, Pittsburgh Paints has developed a color palette that goes hand-in-hand with the authors' newly released book — Hacienda Style (Gibbs-Smith, $39.95 Hardcover, May).
Mirroring the timeless appeal and rustic elegance of Mexico's old-world country estates, the Hacienda Style Color Palette features 18 authentic colors. More info
Advice to Designers: Do What You Do Best in This Economy
from Inside Tucson Business
While acknowledging that the industry, based on discretionary disposable income, has been impacted by the current recession, work is still being contracted and design services are still in demand, with a shift from new construction to contract design for remodeling. More
55+ Market Stalled for Now
from Nation's Building News
“What’s happening now, people have just stopped,” said Joanne (Jo) Theunissen, immediate past chair of the NAHB 50+ Housing Council, reporting the results of NAHB’s new 55+ Housing Market Index. “Our customers are usually in a good position to buy homes because they have spent years accumulating wealth — building up the equity in their current homes and establishing good credit,” Theunissen said. “But in the current market, they can’t find buyers for their existing homes and many are delaying their retirements altogether.”
Magnificent art deco style table manufacture 100% to customer needs.
Showed here with rich ribbon mahogany veneer and a very elegant high gloss finish. More