AIA construction forecast predicts 5% growth
The non-residential construction sector in the US is expected to see an increase in activity throughout 2013.
The American Institute of Architects’ semi-annual consensus construction forecast found that high demand for hotels and retail projects have boosted the sector to grow by 5%, up from a projected increase of 4.4% in mid-2012.
Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist, said: “After seeing construction activity seesaw for much of last year, there is a much stronger sense that we have entered a recovery phase and the industry is positioned to see continued economic improvement as we move through year and into 2014.
“The resurgent housing market has led to a ripple effect where there is a need for more retail establishments and office buildings across the country.”
The survey also forecasts a 7.2% in construction spending in 2014.
But Baker warns that the design industry can’t expect a certain future until the US’ federal budget and debt issues are resolved.
“This has caused enough anxiety in the real estate marketplace that has resulted in numerous delays and even cancelations of active construction projects,” he added. “More than one quarter of architecture firms are reporting that this tenuous situation is a tremendous concern to clients and may lead to more delays or project terminations.”
The purpose of the consensus construction forecast panel is to project business conditions in the construction industry over the coming 12 to 18 months.
Yechte Consulting finalises a BIM, fully parametric proposal for a community centre in the United States.
Yechte Consulting finalises the web development for an Art Gallery in Brussels and New-York.
Charles Riva Collection is a private, contemporary art collection situated in a beautiful 19th century townhouse in the center of Brussels. The space officially opened on April 24, 2009 with an exhibition of work by Jim Lambie. There will be two-to-four exhibitions throughout the year that will feature solo and group shows of work by artists collected over the years by Charles Riva. Charles Riva Collection is open on Thursdays - Saturdays 13h-18h30 and by appointment.
The Met in Bangkok, Thailand by Singapore-based firm WOHA has scooped the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of international architecture by a member of the RIBA.
The four other outstanding buildings competing for this year’s title were:
■Masdar Institute, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi by Foster + Partners
■Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid Architects
■Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA by Foster + Partners
■Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA by Rick Mather Architects +SMBW
Speaking about the building, the RIBA Lubetkin Prize jury chair and RIBA President, Angela Brady said:
Hundreds of jobs at multi-disciplinary giant Atkins could be at risk following next week’s comprehensive spending review
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke admitted that “the bottom isn’t quite there” on job cuts. When asked whether this means hundreds or thousands, Clarke said: “Not thousands”.
Next week’s review is expected to bring massive cuts in government capital spend. Atkins has said that 80% of its UK business is reliant on the public sector.
Staff numbers at the firm, which employs some 240 architects in the UK and more than 560 worldwide, have already shrunk from 18,600 in October 2008 to 15,500 now.
An Atkins spokesman said: “Atkins has said for a long while that it is prepared for tighter government spending in the UK and will continue to work with our clients to understand the impact of their cuts and how they might affect us.
“Over the past two years we have become adept at responding to clients in the public and private sectors around the world who have put pressure on our fees and who are reducing the scope [of], or even cancelling, projects.”
The news comes as Atkins completed its acquisition of Florida-based construction management company PBSJ for £178 million. The firm is looking to break into the US market where President Obama has committed to significant infrastructure spending, Atkins said that the acquisition of PBSJ would balance its “geographic presence”, with a third of its revenue coming from the US, and provide a strong platform for growth.
RALEIGH, N.C., Aug 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- FM:Systems, a leading provider of integrated workplace management systems (IWMS) and computer-aided facility management (CAFM) software, today announced the release of Version 8.0 of its Web-based FM:Interact Workplace Management Suite.
The new release offers a groundbreaking BIM Integration Component, a new Sustainability Module and major enhancements in efficiency, scalability and security. Connecting BIM and FM -- Autodesk(R) Revit(R) Architecture Integration A key feature of FM:Interact 8.0 is the direct integration with Autodesk(R) Revit(R) Architecture software.
Every building has a complex lifecycle with a wide range of people managing information. The FM:Interact BIM Integration Component leverages building information modeling data to improve communication and collaboration between stakeholders as a building evolves. This provides an opportunity for architects, engineers, contractors and facility managers to share building information during initial design and construction, building operations, and renovation or retrofit projects.
The BIM Integration Component lets customers: -- Create a bi-directional link between Revit models and FM:Interact Web sites via Web services -- Connect BIM data from design, construction and renovation to facility management and operations -- Manage FM:Interact Space Management inventory, allocations and occupancy in Revit Architecture -- Synchronize families in Revit models with building systems data in the FM:Interact Facility Maintenance Module -- Publish floor plans from Revit models to FM:Interact "Contractors and building owners have been telling us they want to take advantage of the valuable data generated by the BIM process for facilities management," said Nicolas Mangon, director building industry, AEC Solutions, Autodesk.
"FM:Systems' new version of their FM:Interact Workplace Management Suite marks an important step forward by leveraging the intelligent model information created by our Autodesk Revit Architecture software and extending it to facility operations and maintenance." Reducing Environmental Impacts and Operating Costs The FM:Interact Sustainability Module helps facilities and real estate professionals bring environmental and financial impacts into balance.
From a standard Web browser, users can manage critical information on energy performance, building certifications and sustainability projects like energy retrofits. The Sustainability Module enables users to: -- Analyze building environmental impacts (energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions, recycling, waste and others) -- Forecast sustainability projects' financial impacts (net present value, internal rate of return, ROI, payback period) and environmental impacts -- Manage building assessments and certifications using rating systems like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Globes, or BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) -- Engage occupants and management with enterprise access to sustainability information and dashboards Transforming The FM:Interact Platform Version 8.0 continues the tradition of FM:Interact as a flexible, enterprise platform for real estate and facilities professionals.
FM:Interact Version 8.0 technical advances include: -- Migration to Microsoft(R) .NET platform -- enabling faster, more secure, and more reliable Web-based applications -- Improved security -- leveraging Microsoft Active Directory or LDAP-based identity management systems for simplified user and permissions management -- Web services-based integration with Revit Architecture and AutoCAD(R) software -- improving performance and security and enabling collaboration with service providers -- Enhanced extensibility -- providing a secure framework that supports tighter integration with external applications or adding custom capabilities to the FM:Interact platform "BIM will transform the way facility managers work with AEC firms and others involved in the lifecycle of a building," said Michael Schley, IFMA Fellow and CEO and founder of FM:Systems.
"It is also imperative that we deliver a more sustainable built environment. These two trends will drive greater efficiency and visibility for the facility management profession. With FM:Interact Version 8.0, FM:Systems is helping facilities professionals take full advantage of these opportunities."