Operating Cost

  • Bentley University has been awarded LEED Platinum sustainable design certification for the $45 million Bentley Arena in Waltham, Mass.

  • Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) has mandated that Building Information Modeling (BIM) be implemented in the final phase of its $9 billion construction program.

  • The American National Standards Institute published APPA 1000-1 in January of 2018, creating the first national standard for Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in the United States.

  • LED Lighting, Financial Sustainability, Renovations, and Flexibility

    In the concluding Open Forum/Town Hall session of Tradeline’s Facility Strategies for Animal Research and Biocontainment conference, moderator Derek Westfall, president of Tradeline, and subject matter commentators, Mark Corey with Flad Architects and Tiffini Lovelace with EYP Architecture & Engineering, led a knowledge exchange on questions posed by conference attendees. This is an edited transcript of that exchange.

  • Swarthmore College is constructing the $120 million Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Building in Swarthmore, Pa.

  • Pfizer’s pharmaceutical factory in Dalian, China, has attained LEED-NC Platinum sustainable design certification.

  • How the Internet of Things Improves Utilization, Performance, and Sustainability

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a widely used buzzword that refers to a rapidly growing network of internet-connected devices and sensors that transmit data back to a central repository for rapid analysis. This network generates massive amounts of information that can be used to maximize energy efficiency, optimize space use, reduce costs, and increase operational visibility across all types of facilities and organizations. LED lights with sensors, smart grid meters, intelligent HVAC and security systems, even mobile and body-worn devices, all generate tremendous amounts of data that both humans and computers can use to make better decisions.

  • NASA awarded AECOM a contract in September of 2017 to provide support services for Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

  • Senate Appropriations Approves $2 Billion Increase for NIH

    There are positive signs that funding for scientific research will not only be maintained, but will once again increase. Earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee overwhelmingly approved $36.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health for the upcoming fiscal year. If approved intact, it will mark the third consecutive year that the NIH receives a $2 billion increase. The House Appropriations Committee already approved a $1.1 billion increase.

  • Vermeulens has released its market outlook report for the second quarter of 2017. Key points include:


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