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May 29, 2012
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VIDEO: Industry representatives react to slip in architectural billings

After five months of positive readings, the Architecture Billings Index fell into negative terrain in April. During the 2012 AIA Expo, two industry representatives shared their reactions.

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Business news
New construction starts up 11 percent in April
AGC/Interpane alliance under review by the European Commission
New report predicts smart glass usage in construction will grow 10.6 percent by 2016
Quanex hosts Congressman Adam Smith at Kent, Wash., facility
Glass machinery manufacturers join in a VDMA initiative to promote sustainability
buildingSMART alliance releases consensus-based BIM standard for the U.S.
 
People news
Firestone Building Products appoints new director of corporate accounts
 
Project news
New plans show beautiful glass Apple store headed for Stanford
Viridian announces 2012 Vision Award winners
 
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From the fabricator: New report, good news
By Max Perilstein
Lost in the shuffle and recap of AIA was the announcement of a new construction economic report, the Dodge Momentum Index that offered a positive rating in its first report.
Product Spotlight
VIDEO: InLighten Light Shelf

During AIA2012 in Washington, D.C., Kawneer Co. showed the new InLighten Light Shelf. The system design leverages minimal material content, sightlines, weight, installation and maintenance efforts, while maximizing value, daylighting and design options, according to Kawneer officials.

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The University of California-Berkeley's Li Ka Shing Center

Glazing contractor: C/S Erectors
Glass fabricator: Viracon
Glazing system supplier: Wausau Window and Wall Systems 

The University of California-Berkeley's Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences facility, opened in January, is a sustainable facility designed for openness and collaboration. Clad in glass, metal and terra cotta, the five-story, 200,000-square-foot facility meets California' stringent performance requirements, including seismic ratings, as well as sustainable design criteria.



 
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