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OMA's De Rotterdam awarded Best Tall Building in Europe

Rotterdam — OMA’s recently completed tower, De Rotterdam, has been awarded Best Tall Building in Europe by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). In addition, De Rotterdam has been nominated by CTBUH for Best Tall Building Worldwide.

CFSEI announces 2014 Design Excellence Award winner

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) named DSi Engineering, LLC as the winner of its Design Excellence Award, which was presented recently during the 2014 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The award recognizes small and large projects that exemplify excellence in the structural design of new or renovated structures utilizing cold-formed steel products.

SITES v2 rating system for sustainable landscapes now available

Austin, Texas — the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program released the SITES v2 Rating System for developing sustainable landscapes for use by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers, and others who work in land design and development. The SITES v2 Rating System and an accompanying Reference Guide provide a set of best practices, performance benchmarks, and tools for creating and evaluating sustainable landscapes. Successful projects are recognized with certification.

U.S. mayors expand commitment to attack local climate challenges

Dallas — At its 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, the nation’s mayors renewed their longstanding commitment to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions, promoting energy independence and efficiency, and developing renewable energy. Conference President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson joined with other USCM leaders to sign a revised agreement that for the first time emphasizes local actions to adapt cities to changing climatic conditions and to build grassroots support for local conservation initiatives.

Arup reveals a vision of the Future of Rail

London — A new report by Arup reveals a vision of the future of rail travel in light of trends such as urban population growth, climate change, and emerging technologies. Future of Rail 2050 foresees predictive maintenance of rail lines by robot drones; driverless trains travelling safely at high speed, freight delivered automatically to its destination, and smart technology able to interface with mobile and wearable devices to improve passenger experience and enable ticketless travel.

Risky Business report finds significant economic risks from climate change

New York — The American economy could face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a new report. The report, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States,” summarizes findings of an independent assessment of the impact of climate change at the county, state, and regional level, and shows that communities, industries, and properties across the U.S. face profound risks from climate change.

EPA orders 85 Pennsylvania municipalities to improve stormwater management

Philadelphia — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent orders to 85 municipalities in north central and northeast Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their programs for managing stormwater. EPA issued the orders to augment Pennsylvania’s efforts to ensure effective stormwater management programs are in place to improve water quality in local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, which is downstream of most of the towns cited by EPA.

PBS series uses laser scanning to uncover secrets of the world’s greatest engineering feats

New York — Steve Burrows, P.E., LEED AP, executive vice president and USA director of Buildings at WSP, a global engineering, design and environmental consultancy, will be featured in PBS’s new series, Time Scanners. Time Scanners, produced by Atlantic Productions, uses 3D laser scanning technology to unlock the secrets of how the world’s most iconic engineering creations were constructed.

AISI updates Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) published the 2013 edition of the “Brick Veneer Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide.” The guide, which updates CF03-1, “Steel Stud Brick Veneer Design Guide” (published in 2003), assists practicing structural engineers and architects in the design of brick veneer anchored to a backing of cold-formed steel framing.

Kodet Architectural Group wins AIA Minneapolis 2014 Merit Award for MnDOT Maple Grove Maintenance and Truck Station

Minneapolis — Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.’s design of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Maple Grove Maintenance and Truck Station has earned a 2014 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Minneapolis chapter (AIA Minneapolis). Kodet Architectural Group is a Minneapolis-based full-service architectural firm. Structural engineer for the project was Mattson MacDonald Young, Inc. of Minneapolis.

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