News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Dean Zerbe / Forbes / August 19, 2013
I want to update readers — especially architects, engineers and contractors working on federal, state or local government contracts– on a little-known big tax break that is available now and that can put sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash into the pocket of your business.
What is this wonder tax break? 179D. This is the section of the tax code that provides a benefit for businesses, architects, engineers and contractors when they build or renovate a building (or design a government building in the case of an architect, engineering or contracting firm) that is energyRead More
Kriston Capps / ARCHITECT / May 29, 2013
Under pressure from industry, some states are turning against using LEED as a building performance rating system.
The Tar Heel State took one step closer to becoming the first state to buck the nation’s most visible building performance ratings system.
By a broad margin, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed a bill in May that will bar the use of LEED for rating public projects. The Protect/Promote N.C. Lumber bill will do exactly that, if passed by North Carolina’s republican-controlled Senate and signed by the state’s republican governor. The timber industry has argued—successfully,Read More
Madison Inselmann / Metrostudy / May 17, 2013
In a discussion last week with a friend who builds hospitals in Florida, she shared a story about a slow permitting process significantly delaying the progress of the latest in a chain of ambulatory health care facilities. They had three of the four permits required to proceed but the last one was anchoring them at a standstill. It was quite the relatable story. Around the country, as local markets begin the early, middle, or even late phases of their recoveries, local permitting processes have returned as a thorn in the construction industry’s side. Optimistically, I’m going toRead More
Emily Badger / The Atlantic Cities / May 14, 2013
For cities, developing a plan for “sustainability” no longer sounds like enough. The word carries with it an environmental connotation (we need to live alongside nature in a “sustainable” way). And the absence of sustainability implies environmental disaster (resource shortages, rising sea levels, super storms). But many of the major problems facing cities in the 21st century don’t quite fall under this category (poverty, economic crises, pandemics). And “sustainability” only speaks to half of any environmental story – you may powerRead More
APWA / PUBLIC WORKS / May 8, 2013
Marking the 53rd anniversary of the award, the American Public Works Association (APWA) announced the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of 2013. Awardees receive one of the most coveted and prestigious awards presented by APWA.
Award recipients include:
- Wylie Bearup, P.E., Ph.D. – Street Transportation Director/City Engineer, City of Phoenix, AZ.
- Julia Bueren – Public Works Director, Contra Costa County, CA.
- Christopher B. Burke, Ph.D., P.W., D.WRE, F.ASCE – Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Rosemont, IL.
- John Edlebeck, P.E. – Director of Public Works/City Engineer, City of Waupaca,