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Adopting the AIA’s Architecture & Design Materials Pledge

Learn about the AIA's Architecture & Design Materials Pledge and how we plan to implement its framework. 

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Housing First: Considerations for Low-Barrier Housing

Housing First is a nationally-recognized homeless assistance model. Read about the factors to consider when planning this project type. 

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How to Make a Better Parking Structure

Parking structures are known to be unsightly and confusing, but thoughtful design solutions can help ingrain them into our community fabric. 

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3 Times to Include Your Facilities Staff in the Design Process

Successful building projects involve input from a variety of stakeholders. Learn when to include your facilities staff in decision-making. 

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5 Types of Mechanical Systems

Heating and cooling are some of the largest expenses of building ownership. To reduce costs, carefully consider your options for mechanical systems. 

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7 Investments that Improve Building Performance

Sustainable design is a long-term investment. Learn about systems and services that offer the most significant ROI. 

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Benefits of Consolidating Public Works Facilities

Public works are the lifeblood of our communities. Learn how consolidation can improve efficiency and save taxpayer dollars. 

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Code Required Testing and Inspections: What Building Owners Need to Know

Although required, testing and inspections are an additional project cost. Learn about what tests you can expect and how to hire a testing agent. 

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Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for Federal Projects: Benefits and Drawbacks

Subject to constraints, federal building projects can use the CMAR project delivery method. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this approach. 

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Does Passive House Fit Your Project?

Learn about passive building techniques and the process of certifying a project through the Passive House Institute of the US (Phius). 

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Financial Incentives for Adaptive Reuse in Iowa

Learn about tax credits and deductions available for adaptive reuse projects in Iowa. 

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