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Free Architecture and Art Festival 2nd annual DesCours brings five days of architecture, art and design to New Orleans, Louisiana

WHO: The American Institute of Architects New Orleans

WHAT: DesCours, a five-day, contemporary architecture and art event that explores hidden spaces through the newest in design and technology using new media and interactive installations. Sixteen internationally recognized architect and artist teams of three to five people per team have been invited to transform familiar and hidden spaces in Central Business District lobbies and throughout the French Quarter.

WHEN: December 10-14, 2008

WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana-Sixteen sites in the French Quarter and the Central Business District will feature an eclectic variety of architectural installations and fine art with nightly changing entertainment by various musicians in conjunction with the exhibits and a closing party on December 14.

HOW: This event is free to the public and invites locals and visitors to view New Orleans’ historical spaces while being transformed through the eyes of talented artists and modern designers. The discovery of hidden courtyards, walkways, sidewalks and lobby locations within the Central Business District and the French Quarter will come alive with sights, sounds and technology.

CONTACT: www.descours.us

About AIA New Orleans:
AIA New Orleans is a nonprofit organization comprised of nearly 400 professional architects and connected to the national chapter of 80,000 professional architects worldwide. Founded in 1910, AIA New Orleans’ mission is to represent, educate and serve the architecture profession and entire community as concerns the built environment. The chapter hosts more than 45 different events each year for its members and the public, including a lecture series provided in partnership with Tulane School of Architecture, continuing education classes, building tours, architecture exhibitions, an annual architecture film presented with the New Orleans Film Society, an annual Design Awards program and an annual architecture and art event, “DesCours.” For more information on AIA New Orleans please visit www.aianeworleans.org or call 504.525.8320.

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Credit Freeze, Economic Slump Chill Construction, AGC Says

Census, NABE Reports Show Weakness, Economist Simonson Warns Washington, D.C.--"Nonresidential construction is on the verge of a potentially long slide," Ken Simonson, Chief Economist for The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), warned today. Simonson's comments followed reports from the Census Bureau on construction spending in September and the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) on third-quarter and expected activity.

"The Census figures show nonresidential spending eked out a gain in September of 0.1 percent," Simonson noted. "But private nonresidential spending was down nearly 1 percent from its high-water mark in June, while public spending tumbled 1.3 percent in September alone.

"Contractors have been reporting that developers put lots of projects on hold because of the credit freeze and weakening demand for stores, offices and other facilities," Simonson observed. "Meanwhile, states had to postpone construction bond issues or defer budgeted projects in order to meet balanced-budget mandates.

"The NABE survey, conducted October 10-23 among corporate economists, found that companies on balance plan to trim spending on structures in the next 12 months," Simonson stated. "That's a reversal from the July survey.

"Construction has a lot riding on tomorrow's election results--at local, state and national levels," Simonson concluded. "There are many school and other bond issues up for a vote. And the next President and Congress will need to work promptly to enact long-term highway, transit, airport and water funding bills. Meanwhile, we urge immediate action on infrastructure spending as part of any stimulus bill this year or next."

NOTE: Contact Simonson for a set of contractor and developer comments describing current credit and market conditions. The Census report is at www.census.gov/constructionspending; the NABE survey at www.nabe.com.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents more than 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors, and over 12,500 specialty-contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at www.agc.org.

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e-SPECS Selected by DLR Group as Enterprise Specification Solution

InterSpec Inc., the industry leading provider of BIM integrated construction specification software and services, today announced DLR Group has selected its patented e-SPECS solutions as the firm’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) Specification Solution. DLR Group is an integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design for corporate, higher education, justice, K-12 education and sports clients. Each of the firm’s 15 offices across the country has embraced BIM and uses it to enhance the design services available to clients.

InterSpec’s patented e-SPECS software solutions automate the preparation of construction specifications and selection of products and materials that are incorporated into commercial construction projects. InterSpec’s e-SPECS products are used by thousands of architects, engineers and construction professionals to help them keep their construction drawings and specifications in sync while reducing the overall cost of development.

“Firms such as DLR Group have a wealth of data to manage across the enterprise to ensure the highest quality products are produced efficiently,” said Gilles Letourneau, CTO of InterSpec. “Using e-SPECS enables these firms to centralize and maintain intellectual property for use across the firm. Whether that data is contractual language, owner requirements, product preferences or lessons learned, e-SPECS is leading the way in providing the efficiency and intelligence to integrate firm preferences with the leading design applications. We’re proud to provide the e-SPECS integration and coordination with Autodesk Revit based BIM applications or standalone specification solutions to leading firms such as DLR Group.”

Robert Watkins, CTO of DLR Group, explains “Part of our Integrated Design Practice at DLR Group is to use technology and applications across the enterprise to provide a seamless and efficient design process. Our Autodesk Revit BIM design documents can now be synchronized with our construction specifications using e-SPECS. We’ve been able to prove on a pilot project the e-SPECS and Revit integration helps achieve the highest level of product quality and consistency possible. DLR Group has a variety of designs, owners, and regional preferences to manage. Centralizing these preferences for use across the enterprise will help to reduce our maintenance effort while improving the ease of accessing the information. e-SPECS allows us to create smart checklists and mappings to include the information needed both with Revit BIM integration and as a standalone spec system.”

About DLR Group
DLR Group is a national, full-service design firm with 15 offices nationwide. Design is the driving force behind the architecture, engineering, planning, and interior practice. DRL Group’s philosophy is to listen to clients, create exciting designs that fulfill the client’s goals, and deliver on the promise of quality, economy and sustainability. For more information contact DLR Group at 1-866-DLR-8600 or www.dlrgroup.com.

About InterSpec
InterSpec provides construction document management solutions and services built on its patented e-SPECS specification management technology. e-SPECS software automates the specification process by extracting the product and material requirements directly from the project’s BIM models and drawings. e-SPECS integrates directly with all Autodesk Revit-based BIM products as well as with Autodesk’s AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD Systems products and supports all libraries of MASTERSPEC and custom office masters. For architects and engineers who spend many hours on every project preparing construction specifications, e-SPECS software saves time and money while ensuring that the construction drawings are coordinated with the specifications. For more information visit www.e-SPECS.com or contact sales at +1-207-772-6135 or email to sales@e-SPECS.com.

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American Institute of Architects Releases Six New Documents Including a First of its Kind Building Information Modeling (BIM) Protocol Exhibit

Newest Release Offers Two New Integrated Project Delivery Documents, Two New Design-Build Documents and a New On-Site Project Representation Document

What: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released six new AIA Contract Documents, including a new Building Information Modeling (BIM) exhibit, as well as two new Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) agreements, two new Design-Build agreements and a Scope of Services document.

The new documents are:

  • E202™–2008 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Protocol Exhibit
  • C196™–2008 Standard Form of Agreement Between Single Purpose Entity and Owner Member for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • C197™–2008 Standard Form of Agreement Between Single Purpose Entity and Non-Owner Member for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • A441™–2008 Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor for a Design-Build Project
  • C441™–2008 Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant for a Design-Build Project
  • B207™–2008 Standard Form of Architect’s Services: On-Site Project Representation

These new documents, collectively called the 3.5 Release, build on AIA Contract Documents’ 120 years of experience in defining the contractual relationships in the design and construction industry.

When: NOW AVAILABLE

Where: The new documents are available electronically in AIA Contract Documents software, as well as in paper form (E202-2008 is available in AIA software only). AIA software allows users to generate and customize Microsoft Word files for easy collaboration and distribution.

Additionally, a free sample of the BIM Protocol Exhibit is available by registering at http://www.aia.org/bim_request

AIA Contract Documents software can be purchased at www.aia.org/docs. Documents in paper form are available through the AIA’s full service distributors. For a listing of full service distributors and pricing information, please visit http://www.aia.org/docs_purchase.

Why: As the design and construction industry evolves, AIA Contract Documents continues to be regarded as the “industry standard.” These new documents continue the AIA’s long-standing tradition of providing documents that are easy to use, reflect current industry practices and fairly balance interests.

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More Negative Conditions for Architecture Billings Index
Institutional market continues to be lone bright spot in non-residential sector

While conditions have improved somewhat for three consecutive months, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continues to point to unfavorable conditions for the nonresidential construction market. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI rating was 47.6, up slightly from the 46.8 mark in July (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 52.4. There is, however, continued demand for projects such as schools, hospitals and government buildings with the institutional category of the ABI remaining positive going all the way back to 2004.

“The recent figures over the last quarter are no real surprise given the overall state of the economy,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The news for industries affected by the construction industry is that looking back 12 to eighteen months, the numbers were extremely healthy. That means many of those projects are currently in or entering the construction phase so there should still be demand for labor and building materials, and later on interiors, computer equipment and the like.”

Key August ABI highlights:

  • Regional averages: Midwest (49.4), West (49.2), Northeast (45.2), South (45.0)
  • Sector index breakdown: institutional (52.2), commercial / industrial (47.5), mixed practice (44.8) multi-family residential (40.8)
  • Project inquiries index: 52.4

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. Based on a comparison of data compiled since the survey’s inception in 1995 with figures from the Department of Commerce on Construction Put in Place, the findings amount to a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly survey sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended. According to the proportion of respondents choosing each option, a score is generated, which represents an index value for each month.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit www.aia.org/walkthewalk.

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PPG introduces DURANAR powder coatings for architectural applications

PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) industrial coatings business has introduced Duranar powder coatings for architectural aluminum. The coatings are an extension of the existing line of Duranar liquid coatings and are engineered for monumental architectural applications such as building panels, curtain walls and storefronts.

Made using Kynar 70-percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin technology, Duranar powder coatings have the environmental benefits of a zero-VOC powder coating.They also have the same durability, color and gloss retention, and chalk, corrosion and stain resistance as Duranar liquid coatings, outperforming competing powder coatings manufactured with similar resins.

Duranar powder coatings are formulated with color pigmentation that is screened extensively and has a 40-year track record of performance and durability on thousands of buildings around the world, in virtually every type of climate. Also, Duranar powder coatings are applied using a proprietary, multi-coat system with a primer and a hard powder-film topcoat. This produces a thermoplastic bond between the coating and the metal substrate that delivers unequalled protection, adhesion and colorfastness, even in extreme environments such as seacoast exposure.


Duranar powder coatings are available exclusively through members of the PPG Certified Applicator Program (PPG/CAP), an elite group of commercial coating applicators certified by PPG to apply high-performance fluoropolymer coatings to aluminum architectural components.

As with Duranar liquid coatings, Duranar powder coatings can be formulated in small batches, enabling architects to specify custom colors economically, and they are covered by the same 20-year warranty.

“With the addition of Duranar powder coatings, PPG now offers coatings that meet all relevant AAMA standards in both liquid and powder form,” said Henry Lowman, PPG director, extrusion products. PPG also manufactures Coraflon and Envirocron powder coatings and Duranar, Coraflon and Acrynar liquid coatings for architectural metals. Lowman said PPG can work directly with architects, engineers and curtain wall consultants to help select the right liquid and powder coatings for their projects.


To learn more, call 888-PPG-IDEA (888-774-4332) or visit www.ppgideascapes.com.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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SARGENT® Offers a One Card Campus Access Control Solution

SARGENT Passport 1000 locksetThe SARGENT Passport 1000 lockset, available in offline and WiFi-enabled versions, is an electronic locking system that operates with powerful PERSONA™ Campus software. The Grade 1 lock utilizes magnetic stripe and PIN code technologies for dual validation and customized individual access to facilities.

This lock and software combination seamlessly integrates into a One Card solution system providing comprehensive, economical access control for campus housing and facilities. The PERSONA Campus 1000 software works with most existing magstripe card systems and imports student or personnel information without duplicating existing databases. Administrators can encode key cards quickly and easily with the Conference Guest Wizard feature.

The Passport 1000 PG offline version provides stand-alone access control without wiring. Data transfer between the lock and PC is accomplished through LockLink PDA. The PG accommodates up to 1,200 users per door and a 700 event transaction trail. The software can accommodate over one million users with individual door assignments, 250 time schedules, 250 user groups, 80 access points per keycard, override unlock codes, and an audit trail recording.

The Passport 1000 P2 version features WiFi technology that enables the lock to connect wirelessly into an access control system. The P2 can operate indefinitely without any wireless connection to a host server or access control panel. The lock itself stores 2,400 local users and 2,400 events and will communicate with the server over an existing 802.11 b/g network. The P2 lockset features live alarm reporting with optional SMS / emailing capability.

Both the WiFi and offline version of Passport 1000 are offered with SARGENT’s premium line of hardware. 10 Line cylindrical lock, 8200 Series mortise lock and 80 Series exit device configurations are available. All have been tested to exceed ANSI/BHMA A156.2, A156.3, A156.13 and A156.25 requirements for Grade 1.

For more information or a personal demonstration, contact PERSONA at 1-800-481-8464 or visit www.personacampus.com.

About SARGENT
Founded in the early 1800s, SARGENT is a market leader in locksets, cylinders, door closers, exit devices, electromechanical products and access control systems for new construction, renovations and replacement applications. The company’s customer base includes commercial construction, institutional and industrial markets.

About PERSONA
PERSONA develops and markets advanced electronic access systems for medium sized to large campuses. The PERSONA stand alone access application is designed for residence hall applications in the university and campus market. PERSONA is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.personacampus.com.

About ASSA ABLOY
ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user demands for security, safety and convenience.

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Architecture Billings Index Continues in Negative Territory
Sixth straight month with a decrease in billings

Despite having its highest score since January, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continues to point to difficult conditions for the nonresidential construction market. There have been six consecutive months with negative scores, indicating that business levels at U.S architecture firms continue to worsen. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI rating was 46.8, up slightly from the 46.1 mark in June (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 54.6.

“Financing for new projects continues to be a problem,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Many projects are being reconsidered due to construction cost increases. And while there are a good number of projects still in the queue, owners are taking longer to proceed to the next phase of the design process.”

Key July ABI highlights:
• Regional averages: Midwest (50.0), South (47.7), Northeast (46.5), West (42.2)
• Sector index breakdown: institutional (53.6), commercial / industrial (48.8), mixed practice (45.6) multi-family residential (39.2)
• Project inquiries index: 54.6

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. Based on a comparison of data compiled since the survey’s inception in 1995 with figures from the Department of Commerce on Construction Put in Place, the findings amount to a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly survey sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended. According to the proportion of respondents choosing each option, a score is generated, which represents an index value for each month.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit www.aia.org/walkthewalk.

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eBIDroom Launched to Expedite Construction Bids
New Website to Match General Contractors with Subcontractors 

eBIDroom (www.ebidroom.com), a new website community that matches general contractors with subcontractors, has been launched as a convenient portal for posting and searching for construction jobs. Powered by Plan Express, Inc., a leading Web-based construction document management company, the free and easy to use website gives users access to thousands of construction projects and jobs. 

eBIDroom capitalizes on the recent industry shift away from paper-based plans and allows general contractors looking to maximize cost efficiency, to find subcontractors looking for work. In addition to hosting a community of thousands of subcontractors and posted construction jobs, eBIDroom also customizes the job search for the subcontractor. Users simply fill out a series of questions to narrow their search and indicate their preferences and are able to receive customized notifications of new bidding opportunities via email or fax, allowing them to submit their bid proposal in a timely fashion. 

With recent economic decline and the rising price of gas, eBIDroom serves as an outlet to find new business and save money. According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction jobs were down by 34,000 in the months of April and May and were the largest employment sector hurt by job loss. eBIDroom offers subcontractors an opportunity to bid on new projects and jobs they would never have had access to all from the convenience of a computer, never having to travel to view or purchase plans. 

“In the last year, construction jobs have been on the decline making it harder and harder for contractors and sub-contractors to find a steady stream of work,” said DeWayne Adamson, founder and president of Plan Express. “Our goal is for eBIDroom to help reverse this trend and create a competitive marketplace. With more bids and knowledge of particular jobs in an area, subcontractors have the opportunity to find more work and general contractors can take advantage of the marketplace system and see lower bids for their projects. We believe this will change the dynamics of construction bids by streamlining the process.”

“As a general contractor, eBIDroom has been extremely helpful in the process of finding a sub-contractor,” said Floy K. Laudonio, of Lakeview Construction. “eBIDroom gives new and existing sub-contractors chances for jobs they may have never had before and lets them view plans with no obligation. In this challenging construction marketplace, it has become a valuable tool saving time and money for general contractors as well as sub-contractors. We are extremely pleased with eBIDroom and look forward to our success using it as a strategic tool.”

Please visit www.eBIDroom.com for more information. 

About Plan Express Inc.
Headquartered in Memphis, TN, with regional offices located across the United States, Plan Express (www.planexpress.net) is the only company providing a seamless suite of electronic document-management services to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) market. In 2007, Inc.com named Plan Express the fastest growing private quick printing company in the nation and number 2,398 overall on its 5,000 fastest-growing private companies list. . Launched in 1994, Plan Express is a centralized Web-based construction plan management, reproduction and distribution business that is spearheading a paradigm shift in a historically de-centralized industry.

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Duro-Last® Roofing System Installed on LEED® Platinum Project In Napa Valley

Aerial view of Bardessonon Inn & Spa    Duro-Last's precision-fabricated deck sheets and flashings prior to solar panels being installed.    The deck with the solar panels installed.

The Duro-Last roofing system has been installed on the Bardessono Inn & Spa in Yountville, California. The spa is scheduled to open in February 2009, and will be submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED Platinum certification. The spa consists of five separate buildings that are protected by almost 80,000 square feet of Duro-Last’s single-ply PVC roofing system.

The spa’s prefabricated roofing system was manufactured at Duro-Last’s Grants Pass, Oregon, facility and installed by authorized contractor Fidelity Roof Company of Oakland, California. Fidelity is also an approved installer for SunPower, the manufacturer of the PowerGuard solar electrical system that will provide electricity to the spa.

The Duro-Last roofing system is a key component of this sustainable construction project. The white membrane has reflectivity and emittance characteristics that exceed California’s Title 24 building requirements. Because it’s prefabricated, less on-site waste is produced during installation. As a company, Duro-Last recycles manufacturing scrap back into roofing membrane or other construction products. And unlike other roofing materials, the Duro-Last system is also recyclable at the end of its useful life.

The Duro-Last-plus-solar roofing assembly complements the spas many other sustainable building features. Among them: a ground source heat pump will provide both heating and cooling; every room will have occupancy sensors to control electrical usage; the spa makes extensive use of wood salvaged from native California trees; concrete and steel materials include a high percentage of recycled content; low-VOC paints and adhesives are used throughout the complex.

Steve Ruth, Duro-Last Vice President of Sales, said, “This project makes a strong environmental statement, and we’re proud to be an important part of it. The fact that the Duro-Last system has been installed on the Bardessono facility reinforces our leadership in the sustainable roofing arena.” 

With corporate headquarters and a manufacturing facility in Saginaw, Michigan as well as other manufacturing facilities in Grants Pass, Oregon; Jackson, Mississippi; and Sigourney, Iowa, the Duro-Last roofing system has become known as The “World’s Best Roof”. Since 1978, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. has manufactured a custom-fabricated, reinforced, thermoplastic membrane roofingsystem that is ideal for any flat or low-sloped commercial and industrial buildings. Energy-efficient and extremely durable, the Duro-Last roofing system is also leak-proof, virtually maintenance-free and resistant to chemicals, fire, and high winds. For more information, contact Fred Sitter at 800-248-0280 or visit www.duro-last.com

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2008 National Conference East

Where & When:
Monday & Tuesday, September 22-23, 2008, Four Seasons, Atlanta, Georgia
Thursday & Friday, October 30-31, 2008, Conrad, Miami, Florida

Chairman:
Ira Genberg, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP  www.troutmansanders.com/construction

SPONSORS TO DATE:

Barba Consulting  www.barbaconsulting.com
Boyken International, Inc.  www.boyken.com
Buric  www.buric.com
Delta Consulting Group  www.delta-cgi.com
Draper & Associates  www.draperandassociates.com
Ernst & Young  www.ey.com
HinckleyAllenSnyder LLP  www.haslaw.com
Hogan & Hartson  www.hhlaw.com
Miller & Martin PLLC  www.millermartin.com
Project Development International, Inc.  www.pdiusa.com
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP  www.sgrlaw.com
Strategy, LLC  www.strategyclaims.com
Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP  www.wthf.com

The Chair of the 2008 conferences east (Ira Genberg, of Troutman Sanders LLP) has signed up participants from:
 
Coca-Cola, Intel, Starwood Hotels, AT&T, Boeing, Marriott Intl., New York Transit Authority, Pure Ti Inc., Miami Heat/America Airlines Arena, Turf Feeding Systems, Mitsubishi Power Systems, CSG-Southwest, University of California-Berkeley, Princeton Univ., Duke Univ., Emory Univ., The Staubach Co., HKS Inc., Turner Industries, Balfour Beatty Construction, Skanska USA, BE&K Building Group,  Clark Construction,Turner Construction, Bovis Lend Lease, Ames & Gough, WATG Arch., Goshow Arch., Walter P. Moore Structural Engrs., Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, HinkleyAllenSnyder, Miller & Martin; Hogan & Hartson, King & Spalding, Sharpiro, Lifschitz & Schram, Foley & Lardner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Project Development International, Strategy LLC, Barba Consulting, Boyken International, Delta Consulting Group, Draper & Associates, Ernst & Young, Smith, Gambrell & Russell ; – plus others.

AGENDA

FINISHING ON TIME, WITHIN BUDGET, AND WITHOUT LAWSUITS
 
DAY ONE
 
Session I     Selecting the Right Project Team and the Right Delivery Method
 
Session II      Negotiating the Key Contract Terms with an Eye Toward Allocating Risks
 
Session III     Figuring and Managing Schedule and Costs
 
Session IV    Building in the Age of Green:  Sustainability in Design and Construction
 
Session V    Choosing the Best and Most Innovative Building Technologies

Session VI    Building Hotel, and University Projects
 
Session VII   Examining and Comparing the AOD, AIA, and Consensus Contract Documents

DAY TWO
 
Session VIII   Proving and Defending Complex Claims:  Cumulative Impacts, Acceleration, Inefficiencies, and the Like
 
Session IX     Effectively Resolving Local and Global Disputes Through Mediation, Arbitration, or Litigation
 
Session X     Analyzing the Unique Aspects of Domestic and International Healthcare Projects

*Topics subject to change

An Industry Forum for Public and Private Owners, Developers, Contractors, Lenders/Financiers, Insurance/Surety Providers, Project Managers, Architects, Engineers, General Counsel, Consultants, Suppliers/Manufacturers --  plus anyone else interested in changing the construction world.
 
FOR REGISTRATION & AGENDA INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO  www.constructionchannel.net UNDER "MARK YOUR CALENDAR"
 
Cost:   $595.00 / AOD Members      $695.00 / Non-Members
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Hotel Information:
Please identify yourself as an attendee of the Associated Owners & Developers (AOD) conference.

Four Season Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, Tel: 404-881-9898, Cost $295.00 S/D Room cut-off date August 22, 2008   www.fourseasons.com/atlanta
Conrad, Miami, Florida, Tel: 305-503-6589, Cost $249.00 S/D Room cut-off date September 29,2008   www.conradhotels.com
Rates are subject to applicable sales tax, state tax, and occupancy tax.
 
Special Group Rate:
We offer one complimentary registration for an employer or a firm where two fully paid registrations are purchased.
 
Government Discount:
A Government discount of 15% is available for direct government employees.
 
Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel your registration in writing (a faxed letter is acceptable) 30 days prior to start of the seminar. Your registration fee, less a $50.00 cancellation fee, will be returned. Less than 30 days prior, no refunds will be issued; however, you may send a substitute from your firm.
 
Tax Deduction:
The 1986 Tax Code permits an income tax deduction for education expenses, registration fees and cost of travel, meal and hotel room to (1) maintain or improve skills required in one’s employment, or (2) meet express requirements of an employer.

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Llewelyn-Davies Sahni Builds Team With Two New Hires

Llewelyn-Davies Sahni (LDS), a leading architecture and urban design firm, announces the addition of two key members to their growing ranks.

Eduardo Ponce de Leon joins LDS as Project Manager. In this role, Ponce de Leon will lead the firm’s efforts on multiple projects for Texas Southern University, as well as a pedestrian bridge over IH-610 at Gulfgate Mall and I-45. He joins the firm with 19 years of experience in architecture and development related projects. Ponce de Leon has worked on projects that include luxury multifamily, high-rise, mid-rise, mixed-use, and single family, commercial and residential properties in master planned and revitalized communities. His professional experience includes project management/coordination, design, construction documentation, bidding, construction administration and construction management. In addition, he has working experience in a number of specialty buildings.

Heba Rahwan joins LDS as its newest Project Coordinator. Rahwan will utilize 17 years of experience on projects both overseas and in the U.S. Her experience includes involvement in all phases of professional practice, business conduct and management. Rahwan has worked on a diverse range of projects that include commercial, healthcare, hospitality, high-rise residential design interiors, tenant space planning, and building renovation and improvement.

She is a graduate of the University of Damascus with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture.

“I am excited about both Eddie and Heba joining the LDS family. Their diverse backgrounds will strengthen our resource pool and enhance the firm’s expertise, client base and the services we can offer to our clients,” said Randhir Sahni, president of Llewelyn-Davies Sahni.

About Llewelyn-Davies Sahni (LDS) 
Llewelyn-Davies Sahni, a firm based in Houston, TX, is dedicated to being the world's leading architects, planners and designers delivering innovative buildings, master plans and strategies. LDS provides a range of international design consultancy services including architecture, planning, urban design, interior design, and healthcare facility planning. With the belief that good design and planning creates significant value, LDS has met the needs and expectations of a range of clients from major corporations, developers, and healthcare institutions to education and research organizations, public/private partnerships and local, state and federal government entities. LDS is driven by a desire to provide inspiring, innovative and sustainable solutions to complex challenges.

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Negative Conditions Remain in Architecture Billings Index
Despite nearly three-point rise, project demand well below positive level

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rebounded almost three points in June, after dropping two points the previous month. However, this is the fifth straight month that the index has remained below the 50 threshold, indicating that business levels at U.S architecture firms continue to deteriorate. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI rating was 46.1, up from the 43.4 mark in May (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.8. 

“Very recently, the Midwest has been showing the best regional conditions,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “But otherwise, these numbers are a continuation of weak conditions in the nonresidential construction sector. Given that inquiries for new project work have not seen much improvement, it’s likely we are several months away from a turnaround.”

Key June ABI highlights:
Regional averages: Midwest (51.8), South (49.9), Northeast (40.7), West (36.1) 
• Sector index breakdown: institutional (51.6), commercial / industrial (45.8), mixed practice (44.1) multi-family residential (37.9) 
• Project inquiries index: 51.8 

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index is derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey and produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group. Based on a comparison of data compiled since the survey’s inception in 1995 with figures from the Department of Commerce on Construction Put in Place, the findings amount to a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly survey sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended. According to the proportion of respondents choosing each option, a score is generated, which represents an index value for each month.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit www.aia.org/walkthewalk

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High Performance Sto Coatings Now Meet California Low VOC Standards
Key group of popular Sto coatings ready to work in California

Sto Corp., the innovative world leader in cladding, coating, and restoration systems, has announced that the majority of its coatings line of building products has been adjusted to meet the new low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) regulations that went into effect in southern California on July 1.

"While our coatings have always met EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations, the VOC level will now meet the most stringent requirement in the United States, the SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) Rule 1113," said Jeff Turner, R & D Project Manager at Sto Corp.

The adjustments to these coatings products also fit with Sto Corp.'s upcoming implementation of our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. By lowering the VOC in our products to meet the strictest standards in the country, we continue our commitment to being an environmentally conscientious company.

Specifically, the affected Sto products are:
Sto Metallic Coating - a high gloss, water-based, acrylic coating with metallic sparkle. For use over sound concrete, masonry, or plaster/stucco surfaces for accents or details.
StoCoat Acryl - an acrylic based interior and exterior coating used over prepared concrete, masonry, plaster/ stucco and acrylic textured coatings.
StoCoat Color - an acrylic-based interior and exterior wall coating used over prepared concrete, masonry, plaster/stucco and acrylic textured coatings.
StoTique - an exterior and interior coating that can be applied over any Sto finish achieving an antiqued or mottled appearance.
Stolastic Sand - an elastomeric, acrylic based, decorative coating that weatherproofs and bridges hairline cracks. Use it for protecting prepared vertical concrete, stucco, EIFS, masonry, or previously acrylic coated smooth/textured surfaces.
Stolastic - an elastomeric, acrylic based, decorative coating that weatherproofs and bridges hairline cracks. Use it for protecting prepared vertical concrete, stucco, EIFS, masonry, or previously acrylic coated smooth/textured surfaces.
StoSilco Lastic - an elastomeric, silicone-emulsion, decorative coating. It is weatherproof, dirt-resistant, and mildew-resistant; and bridges hairline cracks. Use it for protecting vertical concrete, stucco, EIFS, masonry, or previously acrylic-coated smooth/textured surfaces
StoSilco Shield a silicone enhanced smooth wall coating. It is used over prepared concrete, masonry, plaster/stucco, and EIFS finishes as a decorative and protective coating.
Sto Concrete Coating Smooth - an acrylic-based interior and exterior coating. This product is designed to perform as a block filler/primer in exterior or interior applications.
StoCoat Acryl Plus - an acrylic-based coating that protects against weather, salts and environmental pollutants. Use it for protecting vertical or horizontal concrete, stucco, EIFS, masonry, or previously acrylic coated surfaces.
StoCoat Acryl Medium - an acrylic-based protective finish. Use it over horizontal concrete surfaces exposed to pedestrian traffic, such as balconies, decks and walkways.
Sto Hot Prime - used as a vertical above grade interior or exterior primer over properly prepared and cured concrete, stucco, and concrete masonry walls.
Sto Plex W - a water-based surface conditioner used for restoring absorptive or chalking vertical concrete masonry, or stucco wall surfaces.

About Sto Corp.
Sto Corp., based in Atlanta, Georgia, is an innovative world leader and producer of a broad range of versatile cladding and coating systems for building construction, maintenance and restoration. Sto Corp. is ISO 9001 certified and operates production plants strategically located to serve more than 200 distributor shipping locations across North America. At research and development laboratories in the U.S. and Europe, Sto continues to revolutionize the industry with the highest quality products and application technology.

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PPG architectural glass products earn Cradle to Cradle Certification

PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) is the first architectural glass manufacturer in the United States to earn Cradle to Cradle Certification at the Silver tier for all its architectural glass products.

PPG Industries is the first architectural glass manufacturer in the United States to earn Cradle to CradleCM Certification at the Silver tier for all its architectural glass products including Sungate® 500 glass, featured here on the Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok Airport in Thailand. Using Cradle to Cradle Certified products also contributes to LEED’s USGBC certification by offering one point in the “Innovation Design” category.  PPG Industries is the first architectural glass manufacturer in the United States to earn Cradle to CradleCM Certification at the Silver tier for all its architectural glass products including Sungate® 500 glass, featured here on the Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok Airport in Thailand. Using Cradle to Cradle Certified products also contributes to LEED’s USGBC certification by offering one point in the “Innovation Design” category.  The Cradle to CradleCM Certification demonstrates PPG’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of buildings through the use of products such as Solarban® solar-contol, low-e glasses, featured here on the Will Rogers Airport (left, Atlantica™/Solarban 60® glass) and Sky Las Vegas (right, Vistacool™ Azuria™/Solarban® 60 glass), which can help buildings achieve 13 percent or more in annual energy savings.

PPG earned the certification after a thorough audit was conducted of the materials used in the formulation, production and manufacture of its architectural glass. Cradle to Cradle Certification, awarded by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), is an independent evaluation of the total impact of a product on human health and the environment throughout its life cycle, from the sustainability of its material ingredients and their ability to be reutililized, to how efficiently water and energy are used in its manufacture. The product manufacturer also must demonstrate socially responsible corporate practices that encompass social fairness, ethical business standards and environmental stewardship.

Building projects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council may be able to earn one point in the Innovation in Design category by using Cradle to Cradle Certified products.

PPG’s architectural glasses also can contribute to LEED certification of building projects due to their ability to transmit light and block solar heat, minimizing reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning. Products include Solarban solar-contol, low-e glasses, which can help buildings achieve up to 13 percent annual energy savings; Oceans of Color spectrally selective tinted glasses, which provide excellent solar control in a versatile range of ocean-inspired tints; and Sungate passive low-e glasses.

In addition to PPG’s spectrally selective glass, the Cradle to Cradle Certification applies to all PPG architectural glasses, which also include clear glass, Starphire ultra-clear glass, Vistacool and Solarcool reflective glasses, and the earth-tone series of performance tinted glasses.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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