SolarCity plans to offer battery packs to commercial solar-panel customers, allowing them to store energy for use when the sun isn't shining. The benefits could include lower energy bills and providing a backup supply. "Our goal is to be an energy provider, to provide all energy services," said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive.
A 1,350-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide tower will be built at 107 West 57th Street in New York City now that the city has approved the plans. Work is set to begin by next spring and could be completed in 2016. SHoP Architects's Gregg Pasquarelli said that the design was inspired by the Empire State and Woolworth buildings, but "rethink[ing] them in a totally modern way."
The rise in construction material prices will continue for at least five years, according to a forecast by the Associated General Contractors of America. This fact poses quite a challenge to those involved in designing and constructing airport projects and requires a holistic, flexible approach to implement effective cost control, writes Ralph Bauer. Bauer suggests several strategies that can be used to deliver airport projects.
Larry Madrid of Bartow, Fla., a civil engineer and a fellow of ASCE, has been "a leader locally in green innovations," said Mikhal Moberg, a water resource engineer and former president of Polk County's ASCE group. Madrid has a company that focuses on energy-efficient construction and retrofitting. "People like to think we see things confined to a box, and see only one solution to any problem," but "[t]hat's just not the way I think," Madrid said.
Enhancing the seismic design of structures can save lives and make the aftermath of future earthquakes in Turkey much less devastating, says Purdue University civil engineer and Turkish native Ayhan Irfanoglu, who was in the country to help assess recent damage. He said that many structures have design and construction errors. "We want to help people understand how to construct buildings the right way, so they don't collapse," Irfanoglu said.