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Skanska USA 2Portland State University has started construction of an ambitious renovation and expansion of its business school.

By Bob Rakow

Things are not business as usual at Portland State University’s school of business administration. Instead, the school is undergoing a transformation with the construction of the Karl Miller Center.

The new facility will be three times larger than the existing school and will bring all business classes under one roof. The building also meets the university’s goal of offering spaces that encourage student participation and group discussion.

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Robertson County Schools installed wireless networks throughout all of its schools in a two-year, $2 million project funded by a variety of sources.

By Russ Gager

The days of blackboards are long gone from education. Nowadays, students need to keep up with the constant evolution of communication devices, and school boards are scrambling to find the funds to install wireless communication systems such as school-wide Wi-Fi and to purchase tablet computers to access the Internet.

Robertson County Schools in Springfield, Tenn., is meeting the challenge of this new era of communications with a district-wide Wi-Fi system. “We are equipping all of our new and old facilities with wireless capability,” Director of Schools Mike Davis says. “We’ve been working on this project for at least two years getting it up and running.”

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Madsen’s Custom Cabinets offers a complete architectural millwork solution for a wide range of commercial and institutional clients.

By Jim Harris

Madsen’s Custom Cabinets’ investments in its staff, equipment and operational efficiency have made it a go-to provider of architectural millwork in Alberta.

The Edmonton-based company’s work can be seen throughout its home city and province including in the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Edmonton International Airport, the University of Alberta, TransCanada Corp.’s executive offices in Calgary and countless law offices, schools and healthcare facilities. Madsen’s Custom Cabinets’ ongoing projects include work on the new Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton, slated for completion in 2016.

2 Las Abuelitas copyGeneral Contractor Lloyd Construction prides itself on living up to its duties to the Tucson community.

By Tim O’Connor

Many companies take pride in their hometown communities. For Lloyd Construction Co., its roots in Tucson, Ariz., go beyond mere pride by shaping how the general contractor operates. “We are the local contractor,” co-owner and Vice President Brad Lloyd says.

2015 0902 LBNL IGB INTERIOR LEVEL 3 BREAKROOMLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s new facility will be a wonder of efficiency and teamwork.

By Chris Petersen

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, or Berkeley Lab, has been on the cutting-edge of energy efficiency technologies. The laboratory’s work and its researchers have earned 13 Nobel prizes, and led to numerous advancements across a wide swath of scientific disciplines, including physics, bioenergy and nanoscience. In particular, the advancements made at the laboratory in energy efficiency for windows and lighting have generated billions in revenue and saved billions in energy costs over the years.

Advancing efficiency is a key concern at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, so it’s no surprise that it is one of the guiding principles behind the lab’s latest construction projects. The laboratory is in the middle of design for its new Integrative Genomics Building (IGB), which will bring together two key areas of study and relocate them onto the main campus of the laboratory in Berkeley, Calif. Project Director Joe Harkins says the new facility not only will represent a new beginning for two of the laboratory’s most important programs, but also a major accomplishment from a construction standpoint, as well.

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VNG L2 Adult Admitting copyThe partnership of Herrero Builders Inc. and The Boldt Company is building a new San Francisco hospital using extensive offsite fabrication of components.

By Russ Gager

Building new structures on tight city sites always is a challenge, but when the facility is in an area as congested as San Francisco and seismic design is required, the challenges mount. Fortunately, construction of Sutter Health’s CPMC Van Ness and Geary Campus Hospital Project – which is named after two of the streets it borders – those challenges are being met with ingenuity and skill by HerreroBoldt, a partnership between Herrero Builders Inc. and The Boldt Company.

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Bismark Construction lends its education expertise to a renovation-turned-rebuild in Bridgeport, Conn.

By Chris Petersen

The community of Bridgeport, Conn., found itself in a delicate situation in 2012 as it prepared to renovate Longfellow Elementary School. As school district officials started work on renovating the 54-year-old structure, they discovered that the site was contaminated with hazardous chemicals. The unexpected discovery forced the district to put the brakes on the renovation project and change gears.

Rather than a renovation, the community now faced a complete demolition and rebuild of the school building. To help it navigate the project, the school district sought the expertise of Bismark Construction, a regional expert in school construction and other construction management projects.

The first piece of a project said to be the largest privately funded real estate development in United States history is nearing completion. Construction manager Tutor Perini in October topped off 10 Hudson Yards, a 52-story, 1.7-million-square foot office building on the far west side of Manhattan along the Hudson River. 

The company is performing interior finishes including completing the building’s lobby and elevators, and is placing a 150-foot-high steel crown on the top of the building. The building will open its doors at the end of the first quarter of 2016, Tutor Perini Vice President Joe Perini says. 

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