By Marcy Marro
After an unusually hot summer, fall is officially in the air.
And with fall, comes the last of the trade shows for the year.
Since trade shows offer manufacturers an opportunity to showcase
their newest products and developments, there is still plenty of
time to get out and see what's new in the metal construction
At last week's national conference, the American Institute of
Architects (AIA) launched five new sustainable project
documents, as well as an updated scope of services documents for
LEED certification. The documents were developed using AIA's
flagship Contract Documents and incorporating concepts and model
language from its "Guide for Sustainable Projects," which was
introduced at last year's conference.
As the calendar turns to December and the year winds down, now
is the time many people take a moment to reflect on the past 12
months. Looking back, I am reminded of the ups and downs of having
an unemployed spouse for the first few months of this year, and the
struggles we have had even as he found a new job. Much of what we
experienced this year is the same as many of our friends and
relatives and, as I'm sure, many of you. And while the economy has
not yet picked up as much as we may have hoped, it does look like
it's starting to head in the right direction, with unemployment
slowly starting to turn around.
By Mark Robins, Senior Editor
We recently completed our 2012 editorial calendar. (Check out
here and MA here.) If we learned
anything from this, it was that planning six months in advance
forces you to resolve short-term details. It is the same for any
The U.S. Green
Building Council has a vision to provide green schools for
everyone within a generation. A bold vision, perhaps, but it is the
main reason that the USGBC formed the Center for Green Schools in 2010. The Center
expands the USGBC's efforts to drive change in how schools and
campuses are designed, constructed and operated so they will
enhance student's learning experiences. Additionally, the Center
engages educators in creating sustainable learning environments and
applies solid research to advocate for the benefits of healthy,
In the publishing industry, as with all industries,
communication is key. It needs to be open and flowing continually
between publishers and editors, editors and writers
and-especially-writers and their sources. When communication breaks
down, things get a little crazy. And no one likes to be in a
situation where they don't know what is going on, who's supposed to
do what and what the final outcome will be. From start to finish on
an issue, there is a ton of information that comes together every
month. This information is checked, double checked and even triple
checked by multiple people to ensure that no mistakes happen.
Everyone knows that when an error is made, everyone sees that
instead of the thousands of other things that were done correctly.
The same is true in your business.
At the Metal Construction Association semi-annual meeting last
month in Raleigh, N.C., Michael Deane, LEED AP BD+C, vice president
and chief sustainability officer at New York City-based Turner
Construction Co., discussed sustainability and green buildings in a
speech titled "Sustainable Practice from the Builder's
Metal's role in architecture takes center stage this month with
the announcement of the winners of the 2011 Metal Architecture
Design Awards. This is always one of my favorite times of the year
at Metal Architecture, mainly because I love looking at all of the
cool projects. It never ceases to amaze me how architects are
pushing the design envelope and the interesting ways in which metal
is being used in those designs.
For the past quarter of a century, Metal Architecture has been a
driving force in the metal construction industry, showcasing the
products and techniques that architects who use metal in their
projects need to know about. A lot has changed over the past 25
years, whether it is new products, new technology, new rules and
regulations, and Metal Architecture has been there to inform and
By Stefan Schumacher
The AIA has released its Consensus Construction Forecast and it
seems to indicate more of what we've been hearing. The forecast
projects either negative or very little growth in the various
construction market segments.
American architects have found a promising client, China,
according to this New York Times article:
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