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AWC awarded USDA grant to research market for tall wood construction

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct research on the fire performance of mass timber buildings. AWC will partner with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Protection Research Foundation and the Property Insurance Research Group.

Survey: Top companies prioritize sustainability, use LEED

Washington, D.C. — The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts, and a majority of them are using LEED to achieve their goals, according to a new survey released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The study looked at Fortune 200 companies, most of them users of LEED and members of USGBC.

Researchers test smartphones for earthquake warning

Menlo Park, Calif. — Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford higher quality, but more expensive, conventional earthquake early warning systems, or could contribute to those systems.

New Florida building codes take effect June 30

Tallahassee, Fla. — The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission, housed within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) announced significant changes to the Florida Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida State Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.

Hill International receives $50 million CM/build contract from the CUNY

Marlton, N.J. and New York — Hill International received a contract from the City University Construction Fund (CUCF) on behalf of the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide on-call construction management/build services in connection with various university construction projects. The three-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of $50.0 million, which includes approximately $10.0 million of management services which will be provided by Hill and approximately $40.0 million of construction services which will be provided by subcontractors.

JQ tapped as structural engineer for Dallas pump station

Dallas — The Dallas office of JQ has been tapped to provide structural engineering services for the Walnut Hill Pump Station, an inline booster pumping facility located in Dallas that is owned and operated by Dallas Water Utilities, according to JQ principal Christopher N. Story, P.E.

AISC releases new Steel Profiles podcast

Chicago — "I wish I learned how to type. When I was in high school, everybody took woodshop," quips Lawrence Griffis, P.E., one of the world's leading experts on long-span structures. Griffis, senior principal and senior consultant at Walter P Moore & Associates, is featured in the latest episode of the American Institute of Steel Construction's (AISC) Steel Profiles podcast series.

CFSEI to host webinar on mid-rise construction and design

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Mid-Rise Cold-Formed Steel Construction and Design – A Case Study” on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

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