Industry News

A decade later, $150 million development kicks off at UC Extension (10/2)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

San Francisco Business Times reports that "A decade after UC Berkeley shut down its Laguna Street campus in San Francisco, the site will finally find new life as a housing development. Wood Partners has started demolition of the non-historic structures on the 5.8-acre development at 55 Laguna St., a $150 million project that will total 330 market-rate rental apartments."(Dineen, 10/2/13)

How Do You Design a Hospital That Can Foster Great Ideas? (10/1/13)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Usually, researchers and physicians are in different buildings, but Wired reports that "Everything about the Gates Vascular Institute is meant to encourage interaction and discovery. Strategically-placed “collision zones,” little meeting spaces outside of labs and operating rooms, come equipped with seating and food and drink options, so doctors and researchers can hold impromptu meetings and brainstorm sessions. Interior windows from labs and conference rooms look out over community spaces and an open staircase connects the floors, creating an open, fluid atmosphere." (Stinson, 10/1)

Robson Homes serves up new Whole Foods in downtown Fremont

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

San Francisco Business Times reports "A new Whole Foods store opened Wednesday in downtown Fremont — a project that took homebuilder Mark Robson about a decade to deliver. Robson, head of Robson Homes, has -- as his company’s name suggests -- mostly focused on building homes for the past 25 years, but is interested in building more retail and mixed-use projects." (Torres, 9/25)


Top U.S. engineers join crowdfunding effort to help turn Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ from dream into reality

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NY Daily News reports that two top U.S. engineers have signed on with the southern California crowdfunding startup JumpStartFund that has committed to building Musk's design. Dr. Marco Villa, the former director of mission operations for SpaceX, and Dr. Patricia Galloway, the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, will help lead and manage the development of the Hyperloop tube that could one day transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. (Knowles, 9/26)

Towers of Steel? Look Again

Monday, September 23, 2013

The New York Times reports "The movement to construct tall buildings largely with wood as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete has received a boost from an unusual source — a leading architectural firm known for its towers of steel and concrete." (H. Fountain, 9/23)

Kewaskum High School launches all-female engineering class

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports that a Wisconsin High School is the first in the state to offer a women in engineering class to an all-female group of students. Women make up more than 20% of engineering school graduates, but only 11% of practicing engineers, according to the National Science Foundation. The components of the class include instruction on mechanical design, 3-D software, career options, and the history of women in engineering and manufacturing. (R. Barrett, 9/21)

How green can you go? PAE Engineers challenges Bay Area developers

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How green can you go? PAE Engineers challenges Bay Area developers

San Francisco Business Times reports that "PAE Consulting Engineers Inc. wants to work on the first “living” building in San Francisco. They just need a developer or architect to hire them. The Portland-based engineering firm opened its San Francisco office less than three years ago to bring its expertise in sustainable buildings to the market." (Torres, 9/12)