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      Big Opportunities in Distribution

      New research by Dodge Data & Analytics shows that the warehouse and distribution center market is among the fastest growing building types in the US. In 2010, this vital but practically invisible component of the nation’s infrastructure generated $3.8 billion in construction starts, accounting for 9% of the overall commercial buildings sector. But driven by the rapid growth of e-commerce, compounded by COVID lockdowns and brick-and-mortar retail closures, it is now projected for almost $53 billion of starts in 2022.… Read More »Big Opportunities in Distribution

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        The Museum of Modern Art Spotlights the Modern Architecture of South Asia

        The conventional history of modern architecture focuses on Europe and North America, despite the movement’s decidedly global impact. A more inclusive perspective emerges in “The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947-1985,” an exhibition on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York through July 2. The Indian Express sat down with Museum of Modern Art curator Martino Stierli to discuss the exhibition. What can a museum visitor expect? Stierli has this to say: We… Read More »The Museum of Modern Art Spotlights the Modern Architecture of South Asia

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          What to Expect When You’re Expecting: An Economic Update

          By Richard Branch, Chief Economist, Dodge Construction Network The construction sector is staging a solid recovery despite higher material prices, shortages of key goods, and scarce labor. Nonresidential starts are flourishing as many commercial and institutional building types have made the turn from the downside of the cycle to the upside. Tattered supply chains have been a boon for the manufacturing space as chip plants, EV battery facilities, and food production plants have broken ground over the past few months. … Read More »What to Expect When You’re Expecting: An Economic Update

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            The Authority in Airflow

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              The Real Estate Industry Begins to Grapple With Climate Change

              Waterfronts in Florida. Woodlands in California. Anywhere, really, in Arizona. The real estate industry is finally coming to terms with the increased frequency and intensity of flooding, wildfires, drought, and other climactic effects of the climate crisis. Why? In part, the New York Times reports, because the insurance industry has recognized the high costs of frequent rebuilding in disaster-prone areas, raising prices “significantly over the last 18 months.” Real estate industry groups such as the Pension Real Estate Association and… Read More »The Real Estate Industry Begins to Grapple With Climate Change

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                Hurricane Sandy Recovery: Lessons Learned

                Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast in 2012, causing an estimated $65 billion in damages to New York and the surrounding region. The official response was equally unprecedented: a design competition, called Rebuild by Design, that identified several demonstration projects to promote economic, environmental, and social resilience in the affected communities. The competition was organized by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Municipal Art Society, the Regional Plan Association, NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, and The Van Alen Institute, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation,… Read More »Hurricane Sandy Recovery: Lessons Learned

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                  American Institute of Architects Celebrates Earth Day by Unveiling Green Refresh of Its D.C. HQ

                  The American Institute of Architect’s massive Brutalist national headquarters in Washington, D.C., designed by The Architects Collaborative and completed in 1973, is a relic of another era. To mark Earth Day this year, the association has unveiled plans for a major, and majorly sustainable, building renovation. Architects EHDD, in collaboration with Hood Design Studio, Hartman-Cox Architects, Point Energy Innovations, and Turner Construction, are targeting LEED Platinum with new double-pane windows, roofing, and energy, lighting, and HVAC systems. The interiors are… Read More »American Institute of Architects Celebrates Earth Day by Unveiling Green Refresh of Its D.C. HQ

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                    The Benefits of BIM For Design Firms

                    By Steve Jones, Senior Director, Industry Insights Research Since 2008 Dodge has been formally studying the adoption and uses of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and model-based technologies that leverage BIM data around the world. These research studies have been published as free reports with the goal of quantifying this rapidly advancing trend and helping everyone better understand how they are participating in the digital transformation that BIM is driving.   Our latest report, Accelerating Digital Transformation Through BIM, is based on… Read More »The Benefits of BIM For Design Firms

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                      GSA Tackles Embodied Carbon with New Asphalt and Concrete Material Standards

                      The U.S. General Services Administration is one of the nation’s biggest landlords. As part of its sweeping mandate, the agency maintains thousands of government properties and constructs federal court houses, office buildings, border stations, and other structures nationwide. So when GSA adopts new construction standards — usually after exhaustive study and participation by the private sector — the building industry as a whole takes notice. In March, GSA announced new standards for asphalt and concrete used in construction. Why target… Read More »GSA Tackles Embodied Carbon with New Asphalt and Concrete Material Standards

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                        Modernizing Oil and Gas Equipment Maintenance Strategies

                        While the major price swings of oil in the last decade may seem likethey’re firmly in the past, the future of the oil and gas sector is anythingbut certain. Many companies have learned lessons from the industry’sunexpected turns and implemented processes that are designed to avoidpast mistakes and oversights. But one area that’s too frequently overlookedby oil and gas companies are their maintenance programs.

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