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Northwest Science Building at Harvard University More Comfortable & Energy-Efficient with Solarban 70XL Glass
    The Northwest Science Building at Harvard University is a new multi-disciplinary facility for the study of neuroscience, bio-engineering, systems biology and computational analysis. Opened for the fall 2008 semester, it was designed by Craig Hartman and the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), to foster collaborative learning through open, flexible laboratory space.
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Horton Offers Two New Door Systems for Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms
    Many hospitals today are renovating and adding patient care areas designed specifically for isolation control as part of a focused initiative to reduce the possibility of patients spreading contagious airborne infectious diseases. Horton is meeting this challenge by offering two new door systems that are tested to strict air infiltration standards and designed for airborne infection isolation rooms (AIIR).
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Energy Efficiency and Long-Term Savings With accel-E™ Wall Systems
    The Board of Directors for the Human Resources Development Commission of Allegany County, Maryland decided a new headquarters was the most cost effective solution for its needs. In particular, the organization needed its new headquarters to decrease its occupancy costs – something they could achieve by erecting a LEED®-approved facility that was both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
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Innovative and Sleek Dri-Design Clads HRDC Cumberland Community Center
    The new headquarters for the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC) sets an example as the first LEED® registered building in its area with many Green features. In addition to being ‘Green’, the new HRDC Cumberland Community Center contributes a modern, state-of-the-art appearance to the revitalization of the Allegany County business district.
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Appaloosa Branch Library First U.S. Application of PPG’s New DURANAR® VARI-Cool™ Coating
    The Appaloosa Branch Library in Scottsdale, Arizona is the first building constructed with color-shifting DURANAR® VARI-Cool™ coatings by PPG Industries.
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Brooklyn Yard Wrapped with Kalzip
    Brooklyn Yard with its sleek finish reflects the purpose of a 24-hour fitness center. The powerful, durable look is a steel framed structure of glass and steel with a band of bronze-colored metal panels woven horizontally around its middle.
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DCD InSights
What Does a Smart Grid Mean to You and Me?

    Lately I have been hearing and reading a great deal regarding the smart grid. What does a smart grid mean to you and me? I know as my children mature and they become more educated or smarter I surrender to the fact that I have to step it up or get smarter to stay even with them. If I don’t get involved and understand what they are learning, I cannot guide them. 
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Beautiful, Durable, and Affordable: Decorative Concrete
    Sustainable design has penetrated the construction industry to such an extent that buildings can no longer get by on LEED® points alone. Now owners expect sustainability without sacrificing appearance, performance, or affordability. Many designers are now turning to innovative decorative concrete techniques to achieve the look and environmental profile they want while controlling costs. 
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The Future of Energy Star® and LEED® For Multifamily Housing Changes are Coming, Part One
    Multifamily housing market professionals have always dealt with financially complex projects. HUD, LIHTC and other financing requirements have influenced the structure of deals, and the design and cost of projects. Recently, “Green” and “Energy-Efficient” building certifications have also added to the complexity.  
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DC&D Technologies, Inc. Announces the Formation of a Strategic Alliance with Eos Group, Inc.
    DC&D Technologies, Inc. and Eos Group, Inc. have formed a strategic alliance to provide a wider range of project history data to the construction and facility owner industries. 
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Straw Bales as a Building Material
    Bales have been used as a building material for centuries. In the United States, pioneers settling the Great Plains region built with what they had at hand – prairie meadow hay and later straw. As the railroads spread across the prairies, more conventional building materials, such as wood and later steel became the norm.  
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2010

  After four years of a major slide in housing, we now see a faint glimmer of hope and housing is now up slightly over last year. Gains of 2 to 3% have been recorded despite the expiration last spring of the federal first time buyer program. On a more pessimistic note, all facets of commercial construction are tanking, with hotel construction leading the pack with declines approaching 60%. The entire industry is down approximately 8%; not much better than last quarter’s 10%.
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DCD Cost Guides
The DCD LEED® Square Foot Cost Guide

    Design Cost Data™ magazine includes a new Square Foot Cost Guide in each issue. These square foot cost guides have been assembled from projects in our database, the DCD Archives online at DCD.COM. These guides are provided to the industry by DCD as a benchmark for future building costs.
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Case Studies     

File: Civic

• Allegany County HRDC Cumberland Community Center
   Cumberland, Maryland
LEED® Gold Pending

• Appaloosa Branch Library
   Scottsdale, Arizona
LEED® Gold

File: Educational

• Greater Gentilly High School
   New Orleans, Louisiana
LEED® Silver Pending

• Colorado State University - Indoor Practice Facility
   Fort Collins, Colorado
LEED® Gold Pending

Colorado State University Academic & Training Center
   Fort Collins, Colorado

   LEED® Gold

• St. Olaf College, Regents Hall of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
   Northfield, Minnesota
  LEED® Platinum

King Pavilion Iowa State University, College of Design
   Ames, Iowa
   LEED® Platinum

File: Industrial

• Aerzen USA
   Coatesville, Pennsylvania

File: Medical

• El Rio Community Health Center Southeast Clinic
   Tucson, Arizona
LEED® Silver

• PineMed Plaza
   The Woodlands, Texas
LEED® CS-Silver

File: Office

FC Gulf Freeway
   Houston, Texas
   LEED® Platinum

Freedom Plaza
   Cookeville, Tennessee
   LEED® Gold

The Pinnacle at Jackson Place
   Jackson, Mississippi
   LEED® Gold Pending

File: Recreational

• Brooklyn Yard
   Portland, Oregon

File: Residential

• Rider University West Village Housing
   Lawrenceville, New Jersey
   LEED® Silver

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