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A Renovation Saves Michael Graves’ Portland Building

Surfaces of all kinds are top of mind these days, so we decided to look at all aspects of them, in these articles, from A to Z. Thinking of surfaces less as a product category and more as a framework, we use them as a lens for understanding the designed environment. Surfaces are sites of materials innovation, outlets for technology and science, and embodiments of standards around health and sustainability, as well as a medium for artists and researchers to explore political questions.


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Michael Graves’s Portland Building, a Postmodern landmark, has been plagued with structural and operational problems for years. DLR Group and contractor Howard S. Wright have recently completed a renovation and restoration that sought to correct these issues and improve the conditions for the employees who work within its walls. Priorities in the revamp included new exterior cladding, an overhaul of MEP systems, seismic upgrades, and new interior

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EU plans big building renovation project to save energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is announcing a major building renovation project this week seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that the 27-nation bloc “must speed up” the pace of renovations if it is to meet climate change targets and said most efforts will go to schools, hospitals and social housing.

The bloc is littered with buildings that fail to contain heat in winter and cannot keep people cool in summer, creating massive energy bills that sap local budgets but also pollute cities and the atmosphere.

“Our buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption,” said von der Leyen. And even though many buildings have or are being renovated, “at the current pace, it would take more than a century to bring emissions from our buildings to

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Unico completes renovation of Crystal Building

Unico Properties LLC has completed a $4 million renovation of 1401 S. Pearl St., a building known as the Crystal Building.

The four-story, 71,216-square-foot building includes an expansion of food hall Avanti, which has taken two floors in the building.

“Pearl Street Mall continues to be the social heartbeat of Boulder, and the Crystal Building has long been a defining landmark on the east end,” Austin Kane, vice president and regional director for Unico, said in a statement. “With the new renovations, the Crystal Building now features a more welcoming façade, seamlessly integrating into the surrounding built environment and improving the pedestrian experience. Multiple upgrades have created a blank canvas for the next era of tenants.”

The building formerly housed The Cheesecake Factory, which closed its Boulder location at the end of 2018.

Avanti operates on both the first and fourth floors, including a rooftop patio with views of the

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Topeka business leaders back Docking building renovation – Business – The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Greater Topeka Partnership, which includes Downtown Topeka, Inc. and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, are in support of renovating of the Docking Building, the state said at a committee hearing Wednesday.

DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Secretary of Administration, said she has been in talks with local business leaders, who are now in full support for the renovation.

Curtis Sneden, president of the Chamber of Commerce, confirmed such.

“We are supportive of a plan that will return the Docking State Office Building to its proper place as an important facet of downtown,” he said.

The Docking State Office Building, a 62-year-old 12-story high-rise adjacent to the Capitol, had long been neglected and plagued with issues. Former Gov. Sam Brownback had pushed to tear down the building, which was ultimately rejected.

Now, the next state legislature will be considering four proposed options in renovating the building. The one path the state administration

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Renovation Planned For Historic Rocca Building

Jamestown, CA — The Tuolumne County Historic Preservation Review Commission will hold a public hearing about a project planned in downtown Jamestown.

The owners of the historic Rocca Building at 18228 Main Street are requesting to receive a “historic conditional use permit for a hotel and restaurant renovation.” The applicant is Tim Finicle, and the property owners are Sul and Tasleem Sayyed.

The project calls for repainting the front exterior with black, white, gold and white-washed colors. A new sign, and decorative fencing, would be added to the second story balcony. The building would be extended by 8 feet at the rear, and a nearby shed would be demolished. Also, along the back, decking would be constructed to match the front of the building, stairs and a ramp would be added, and there would be new landscaping

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Poughkeepsie schools capital plan seeks building repairs, programming

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Soon, City of Poughkeepsie residents will cast votes that will impact the future for themselves and their children.

Soon after, residents around the country will head to the polls for the general election.

The Poughkeepsie City School District is holding a bond vote on Oct. 20, two weeks before the Presidential election, asking residents to approve one of two capital improvement plans, which would either cost roughly $48 million or $98 million, depending on the option favored.

The propositions were originally planned to be included in the spring’s school budget votes, but the district removed them from the ballot amid the uncertainty of the opening months of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which all budget votes were delayed from May to June.

Dilapidated steps are pictured at Clinton Elementary School. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Superintendent Eric Rosser acknowledged rescheduling the proposition vote so close to the general election could impact voter

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MPS Building Report Details Air Quality Improvements, Challenges

MEDFORD, MA — A report compiled late last month and released by the Medford Public Schools Friday shows the improvements done to the HVAC systems in school buildings, as well as some of the air quality challenges the district faced. Workers were onsite last week addressing what the district called “long overdue” repairs to the HVAC systems at its schools. There were enough areas within each school that met, or exceeded, the increased air quality standards to accommodate the return of high needs and kindergarten students.

The MPS report specifically pertained to Cohort A, or the district’s high-needs student population. The district measured air exchanges per hour (ACH) and deemed rooms underneath that threshold unfavorable.

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Data showed favorable air quality in the third floor of the B building, or the science labs wing, which was extensively renovated over the last several years. Students in Cohort A, who

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White Haven awards borough building renovation contracts | News

White Haven council awarded its borough building addition project to two local companies at its meeting last week.

The lowest bidder for electric work was Larry McCullion and Son of Summit Hill at $24,420, while the lowest bid for plumbing came from Richard Angelo of Hazle Twp. at $17,000, according to Donald Totino, engineer hired by the borough.

Richard Angelo was also the lowest bidder for general contractor work at $179,720. The total cost from the lowest bidders comes just under the $234,000 the borough has to spend. Some of that money was already used to pay for an architect to design the project. The project, which includes a complete renovation of the first floor, will be paid for in part by a $184,000 Local Share Account grant and a $50,000 match from the borough.

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Revealed: Coventry’s British Home Stores building set to get a new tenant

Coventry’s former British Home Stores building is set to taken over by a new tenant it has been revealed.

The large British Home Stores (BHS) building on the corner of the Upper Precinct and Smithford Way has been empty since it closed in the summer of 2016.

There has been ongoing speculation over the former department store being taken over by a new tenant – or tenants – but so far nothing concrete had emerged.

Now Coventry City Council’s cabinet member for jobs and regeneration has revealed that contracts have been exchanged and an announcement on the building’s future is not far off.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle revealed the move during a walkabout tour of Coventry city centre with CoventryLive to showcase the many improvement works that are taking place to transform the city centre.

Cllr O’Boyle said: “Contracts have been exchanged between the company which owns the BHS building and

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August construction spending up 1.4%, led by home building

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending increased 1.4% in August, led by a surge in single-family homes.



A new home under construction is shown Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Houston.  U.S. construction spending increased 1.4% in August, led by a surge in spending on single-family homes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


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A new home under construction is shown Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Houston. U.S. construction spending increased 1.4% in August, led by a surge in spending on single-family homes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The gain was double the 0.7% increase in July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, and the August gain was better than economists had been expecting. In an additional sign of strength, the government revised higher its earlier estimates for spending in July and June.

Spending on residential construction rose 3.7% ,with a 5.5% rise in spending on single-family homes offsetting a 0.1% dip in apartment construction, a smaller an more volatile sector.

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