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Upcoming Presentation: “BOLD; Get Noticed; Get Hired”

Author Melanie Feldman talks about “creative strategies from real people who went from the middle of the resume pile to the top… break[ing] down exactly what they did and how they did it”.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, 5 to 8 PM.

Pratt Institute-Manhattan, Room 213

     www.boldjobbook.com

     www.howboldareyou.com

Register online. The Event is FREE.

Interested CM students —- YOU ARE WELCOMED TO ATTEND.

The next generation of “super-tall” skyscrapers, such as the proposed Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, are testing current concrete pumping and curing methods (especially with desert heat).
Click-through image to learn more-

The next generation of “super-tall” skyscrapers, such as the proposed Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, are testing current concrete pumping and curing methods (especially with desert heat).

Click-through image to learn more-

Wanted to get the word out about our Social Media/Human Network Workshop series with MetroNYCSI on April 9th.
Click through the “flyer” image above for more information.

Wanted to get the word out about our Social Media/Human Network Workshop series with MetroNYCSI on April 9th.

Click through the “flyer” image above for more information.

Students,
Check out one of our Summer 2014 classes [CM 451, CM 651] Architecture of New York  Credits: 2 Undergraduate or  3 Graduate Class Meetings: Thurs., Fri., May 29, 30 AND Mon., Tues., Wed., June 2-4      9:00 AM – 5:30 PM 
Course is based around a 5-day walking tour of selected areas of Manhattan.  Students will learn more about the City’s progression of development from a village to a contemporary metropolis.
Learning Objectives      Understand the act of Building to be a complex reflection of a specific Time and Culture. Recognize specific Values that drove development, the Legislation that shaped physical change, and the Inventions that enabled the development of New York City.      Explain all of the above in an Individual Project using both text + graphics.      Distinguish key 19th or 20th century moments that influenced Manhattan’s development; articulate the reason for this significance in final essay.

Students,

Check out one of our Summer 2014 classes [CM 451, CM 651] Architecture of New York
 
Credits: 2 Undergraduate or  3 Graduate
Class Meetings: Thurs., Fri., May 29, 30 AND Mon., Tues., Wed., June 2-4 
     9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Course is based around a 5-day walking tour of selected areas of Manhattan.  Students will learn more about the City’s progression of development from a village to a contemporary metropolis.

Learning Objectives
     Understand the act of Building to be a complex reflection of a specific Time and Culture. Recognize specific Values that drove development, the Legislation that shaped physical change, and the Inventions that enabled the development of New York City.
     Explain all of the above in an Individual Project using both text + graphics.
     Distinguish key 19th or 20th century moments that influenced Manhattan’s development; articulate the reason for this significance in final essay.

Learn how a team of 60 individuals, from different countries, beat out 17 other international teams in a design contest for this building in Australia.  In 48 hours!  [Hint: A well-orchestrated BIM process is involved.]
Click through-link from picture, above.

Learn how a team of 60 individuals, from different countries, beat out 17 other international teams in a design contest for this building in Australia.  In 48 hours!  [Hint: A well-orchestrated BIM process is involved.]

Click through-link from picture, above.

(Source: sourceable.net)

The next speaker in our Lecture Series, Peter J. Davoren, is President and CEO of world renowned Turner Construction.
A graduate of Pratt Institute, Peter assumed his current position in 2004 guiding the company through economic boom and bust.The subject will be a state-of-the-industry discussion:  “Construction in the 21st Century”.  [Yes, Turner Construction was a part of the above project.]

February 25th, 6:15pm
144 West 14th Street New York, New York  10011Open to the public.

The next speaker in our Lecture Series, Peter J. Davoren, is President and CEO of world renowned Turner Construction.

A graduate of Pratt Institute, Peter assumed his current position in 2004 guiding the company through economic boom and bust.

The subject will be a state-of-the-industry discussion:  “Construction in the 21st Century”.  [Yes, Turner Construction was a part of the above project.]

February 25th, 6:15pm

144 West 14th Street New York, New York  10011
Open to the public.

Illegal Conversions of interior residential property lead to dangerous circumstances.  One recent case in December was especially disturbing.  In the click-through link above, one woman was unable to escape from a burning sub-level living space when it caught fire.  It took sixty firefighters forty-five minutes to extinguish the blaze. 
The owner had been given a partial vacate order… but after DOB had first noted the issue in 1990!!!

Illegal Conversions of interior residential property lead to dangerous circumstances.  One recent case in December was especially disturbing.  In the click-through link above, one woman was unable to escape from a burning sub-level living space when it caught fire.  It took sixty firefighters forty-five minutes to extinguish the blaze.

The owner had been given a partial vacate order… but after DOB had first noted the issue in 1990!!!


Tonight!  As part of our Spring 2014 CM/FM Lecture Series, Kristina Moores, an Associate with Arup Engineering will be speaking about Energy Management.

Her firm, Arup, is notable not only for its structural design of the Sydney Opera House, work at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, High Speed 1 (“UK’s first international high speed railway”) and contributing to the recent expansion of the MTA 2nd Avenue project [pictured above] but also its alternative, employee-based ownership model.

Kristina has also recently contributed to a proposed project on the East River as Mechanical Engineer.  The project — build a floating water filtration system that doubles as a public swimming pool!  The renderings [example above] garnered a great deal of attention. 

Read more here:  http://challenge.bfi.org/application_summary/2325

For all these reasons and more we are excited to have Kristina come speak to us this evening!

Time:  Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 6:30pm

Location:  144 West 14th Street

Facility Managers,
Came across a fantastic online resource! 
todaysfacilitymanager.com is chock-full of interesting information from the wide-world of FM. 
In the above, click-through link, there is a round-up of 2013 “trends” from refrigerants in HVAC systems, lighting, furnishing, building automation, security, plug loads [you should know about this], “green” cleaning products and more!

Facility Managers,

Came across a fantastic online resource! 

todaysfacilitymanager.com is chock-full of interesting information from the wide-world of FM. 

In the above, click-through link, there is a round-up of 2013 “trends” from refrigerants in HVAC systems, lighting, furnishing, building automation, security, plug loads [you should know about this], “green” cleaning products and more!

Construction Managers,
Don’t let your reputation float down the river with the barge crane!  A number of local incidences over the past year have shown that serious consequences can result from a errant barge (which can very quickly move miles into busy shipping lanes threatening property and lives).
In other words, get to know your tow, barge and barge crane operators well - their negligence can mean serious consequences, even after hours.
To read, click through the image above, and read here:
     http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/09/24/new-tappan-zee-bridge-construction-barge-breaks-loose-drifts-1-mile/
     http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301060049&nclick_check=1
     http://newcity.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/18-count-indictment-handed-up-against-boat-operator-in-fatal-crash

Construction Managers,

Don’t let your reputation float down the river with the barge crane!  A number of local incidences over the past year have shown that serious consequences can result from a errant barge (which can very quickly move miles into busy shipping lanes threatening property and lives).

In other words, get to know your tow, barge and barge crane operators well - their negligence can mean serious consequences, even after hours.

To read, click through the image above, and read here:

     http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/09/24/new-tappan-zee-bridge-construction-barge-breaks-loose-drifts-1-mile/

     http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014301060049&nclick_check=1

     http://newcity.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/18-count-indictment-handed-up-against-boat-operator-in-fatal-crash