Industry News

July Construction Starts Increase 2 Percent

Aug 23rd, 2019

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $849.6 billion, new construction starts in July advanced 2% from the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. This marked the third consecutive monthly increase for total construction starts, following gains of 10% in May and 9% in June. By major sector, nonbuilding construction led the way […]

Architecture Billings Index Continues Its Streak of Soft Readings

Aug 21st, 2019

Demand for design services in July remained essentially flat in comparison to the previous month, according to a new report released today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 50.1 in July showed a small increase in design services since June, which had a score of 49.1. Any […]

Dodge Momentum Index Descends in July

Aug 8th, 2019

The Dodge Momentum Index retreated 4.6% in July to 138.9 (the year 2000 = 100), down from the revised June reading of 145.6. The momentum index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning. The lower reading for the index in […]

Webinar: Vacuum Insulating Glass Could Improve Window-to-Wall Ratio

Aug 6th, 2019

Vacuum insulating glass (VIG) is a high-performance glazing product that can provide increased occupant comport and reduced U-values. However, the technology is still fairly new to the U.S. market. In a webinar titled “How to Design for Sustainable Buildings with Vacuum Insulated Glass,” Tim Cope, chief technology advisor for Guardian Glass, and Andrew Kreifels, strategy […]

June Construction Starts Climb 9 Percent

Aug 6th, 2019

New construction starts in June advanced 9% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $832.7 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The increase followed the 10% gain reported for May, as total construction starts continued to strengthen following April’s subdued performance. By major sector, much of the lift in June […]

Architect César Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Dies at 92

Jul 22nd, 2019

Famed architect César Pelli has died at the age of 92. Some of his most notable building designs include the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the World Financial Center in New York, the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif., Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, and the north terminal of Ronald Regan Washington […]

2022: The Year of Glass?

Jul 18th, 2019

An effort to have the United Nations formally declare 2022 as “The Year of Glass” was introduced at the third annual Convention of International Glass Associations in Venice, Italy, last week. Alicia Carrera, president of the International Commission of Glass (ICG), a glass-related research group, is leading an effort to get UN representatives to recognize […]

Design Services Demand Stalled in June

Jul 18th, 2019

Demand for design services at architecture firms decreased in June in comparison to the previous month, according to a new report today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for June was 49.1, which is down from 50.2 in May. Any score below 50 indicates a decrease in billings. […]

Dodge Momentum Index Increases in June

Jul 8th, 2019

The Dodge Momentum Index moved 4% higher in June to 146.1 (the year 2000 registered at 100) from the revised May reading of 140.5. The momentum index, issued by Dodge Data and Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning. The June increase for the index […]

Renowned Architect I.M. Pei Dies at 102

May 22nd, 2019

I.M. Pei, co-founder of the international architectural firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and the architect behind the famous glass pyramids at the Louvre in Paris, died May 16. He was 102. I.M. Pei devant la Pyramide © Marc Ribound; image MUSÉE DU LOUVRE’S PRESS ROOM In addition to the glass pyramids, some of Pei’s […]

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