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Raising the Bar

Each year, the judges for the Metal Architecture Design Awards take note of the caliber of the projects submitted. This year, one of the judges acknowledged that we had received an impressive collection of projects, including two that had received national honor awards already. This year, the projects ranged from...

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A Myriad of Options

Walking around the American Institute of Architects' National Convention in Philadelphia last month proved one thing. There is definitely no shortage of building materials to choose from and no shortage of architects interested in learning more about them. The show floor was full of companies displaying current and new products...

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Design Challenges

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the sounds of construction are all around us. As we head into the start of summer, there are many things to look forward to. An increase in sunlight brings warmer weather, graduation and wedding season. Many vacations will be taken over...

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Purposeful Products

Products are the basis for every project an architect completes. From the steel used to frame a building to the lights and flooring, products are an essential component of the building and construction process. Throughout the pages of the magazines, we are constantly focusing on products. From noting the products...

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Annual Forecasts

Around the beginning of each year, many businesses, groups and associations publish reports and predictions for what the upcoming year will hold. Recently, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast. The survey of the nation's leading construction forecasters projects that after construction spending greatly exceeded...

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Green by the Numbers

Every year the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) comes out with its list of the top 10 states for LEED certified buildings. The list, ranked by per capita, highlights the states that are making significant strides in sustainable design, construction and transformation. According to Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair...

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