$272.9 Million Courthouse Goes for LEED Gold

By Sameea Kamal
The new Stockton, Calif. courthouse will include several sustainable features — enough to qualify for LEED Gold.

Virginia Public-Private Jail Receives DBIA Award

The Design-Build Institute of America honored the recently completed public-private expansion of Virginia’s 654-bed Rappahannock Regional Jail at the organization’s national conference in November.

PODS Process Provides Scheduling Solution

By Jim Brandt, LEED AP
McCarthy Building Companies’ southwest division, based in Tempe, Ariz., was challenged by the Arizona Department of Corrections to complete a $170 million, 4,000-bed project that encompassed three job sites in three different cities.

CCA to Close 1,600-bed Minnesota Prison

Corrections Corporation of America will shutter the 1,600-bed Prairie Correctional Facility due in February to a sharp decline in contracted beds at the Minnesota facility.

Court Order

Adams County officials recently marked the completion of a $28 million expansion of the six-story county and state judicial building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

What Keeps me up at Night: Construction Site Accidents and Prevention

By Gregory J. Offner
Probably the most disturbing news article I’ve read this year — at least in terms of disrupting a restful night’s sleep — concerned the issue of construction safety.

Balfour Beatty to Acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff

NEW YORK — International engineering and construction services group Balfour Beatty announced a $626 million deal to buy New York-based professional services firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. The U.S. division’s criminal justice projects have an estimated value of $1.8 billion, according to the company.

What Keeps Me Up at Night: Sustainability and Security

By Gregory J. Offner
The definition of sustainable design may keep some of you up at night. We constantly hear the term in the design and construction process, and it begs the question: What does it mean?

What Keeps me up at Night: Building Information Modeling

By Gregory J. Offner
If you were to survey industry professionals and ask the question, “What is BIM?” responses would likely vary across the board according to the individual’s area of practice.

Project Delivery Methods: A Best-Fit Perspective

No single delivery method is right for every project. Some applications are better suited for one type of project compared to others.