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Legislation introduced by New York City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) would prohibit the exterior and interior lighting at night for roughly 40,000 buildings. The bill is a part of the city’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Decreased lighting usage is of particular interest to meet this goal as 70 percent of New York’s carbon emissions come from buildings in the city. The bill states that a $1000 fine will be issued for non-compliance.

While on a 2004 business trip to Phoenix, Arizona, British electrical engineer Hugh Pratt visited the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. As a lifelong admirer of Wright and a fan of midcentury modern architecture he asked the foundation if he might build an unrealized design for himself and his wife. The foundation affirmed his desire on the condition that Stephen Nemtin, a legacy fellow at the foundation, draw up the detailed plans. Pratt then purchased a 12-acre site in Wraxall, a small Somerset village 130 miles west of London, and the foundation agreed that the 1947 design that was intended for Santa Barbara, California, could be transplanted to the UK.

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In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Pellman family live in a house that is entirely different from anything else! It is mainly constructed of straw and other local materials. 

Hayward Baker Inc. (HBI), North America’s leader in geotechnical construction, is pleased to announce the election of John R. Wolosick, P.E., D.G.E., as Deep Foundations Institute’s (DFI) president.

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Hayward Baker (HB) announces the opening of its new office in the Charleston metro area. has arguably become the most comprehensive directory of job openings in civil, environmental, and construction industry.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:47

Top 20 most popular structural news in 2014! Featured

As the end of the year approaches, we are glad to present 2014’s top 20 most popular breaking news in structural engineering.