Monday, January 23, 2017

Prominent Atlanta construction executive faces charges in $1 million bribery scheme

The owner of E.R. Mitchell Construction Company of Atlanta has been arraigned on federal bribery and money laundering charges.

He is accused of participating in a plan to pay more than $1 million to get contracts from the City of Atlanta. Elvin Mitchell Jr., owner of E.R. Mitchell Construction Company, allegedly paid more than $1 million to an unidentified city official. 

Why corporate branded environments matter

What is a brand? In my opinion, one of the best definitions is: a collection of perceptions and emotions in the mind of a customer or user that add value and enable choices. Strong brands are consistent, they know their audience, they differentiate with memorable experiences, and they inspire positive emotions among their users or audiences. A brand may be experienced in a variety of media and forms. These branded “touchpoints” can include a website, a piece of printed collateral, a television commercial, an event or experience, or any other form of communication.

10 trends predicted to pace kitchen design in 2017

The traditional kitchen has lost some of its metaphorical luster in recent years as, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report, contemporary-styled kitchens have overtaken traditional to become the second-most popular North American kitchen design.

According to respondents, in addition to contemporary kitchens surpassing traditional kitchens, two-toned colored kitchens and kitchens equipped with more technology are also two trends currently on the rise.

Growth spurt: A record-breaking 128 buildings of 200 meters or taller were completed in 2016

For the third year in a row, the number of buildings over 200 meters tall that were completed has increased and broken the previous year’s tally. In 2016, 128 buildings 200 meters tall or taller were completed, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The previous record, set in 2015, saw 114 completions of 200 meters or taller. Now, the overall number for buildings at or exceeding 200 meters sits at 1,168, a 441% increase from the 265 that existed in the year 2000.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Polyiso and Mineral Fiber Insulation in Green Roofs

When it comes to insulation boards for vegetated roofs, there are several choices available but polyisocyanurate (also known as polyiso) continues to lead the way, according to the 2015-16 market survey by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).[1] When compared to mineral fiber insulation, polyiso may carry a higher cost but is overall a higher-performing thermal insulator material.

New resource lists green incentives by state

The USGBC’s new Public Policy Library is a resource that allows users to look up green building policies by state or locality.

The library provides green building-related and LEED-specific policies across the United States. It is an interactive platform with policy details at the federal, state, and local levels including those that incentivize, require, or otherwise promote green building measures. 

CTBUH’s tall building predictions for 2017

Below is a list of month-by-month predictions from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The predictions are based on the Council’s industry intelligence and attempt to show possible trends and milestones that will shape the industry in the coming year.


Prediction - Ping An Finance Center Completes in time for Chinese New Year, heralding a year characterized by the completion of several iconic, long-gestating supertall towers.