$272.9 Million Courthouse Goes for LEED Gold

By Sameea Kamal
(01/28/2011)
The new Stockton, Calif. courthouse will include several sustainable features — enough to qualify for LEED Gold.

Virginia Public-Private Jail Receives DBIA Award


(12/30/2009)
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
(12/30/2009)
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


(12/30/2009)
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


(12/29/2009)
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
(12/07/2009)
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


(11/19/2009)
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
(09/08/2009)
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
(07/29/2009)
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


(04/07/2009)
No single delivery method is right for every project. Some applications are better suited for one type of project compared to others.