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On Topic: Building Trends

On Topic: Building Trends

April 18, 2019

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At a meeting of the Midwest chapter of AACEI, DMA Managing Principal Charles Porter gave a talk on building trends in the construction industry from the developer point of view. He shared DMA’s experiences working with regional mall owners to reconfigure and reuse vacant department store space, and he reviewed trends involving nontraditional users, such as entertainment venues, multifamily housing, grocery stores, and wellness, medical, and educational facilities. The presentation addressed important planning and cost considerations and the underlying challenges of repurposing assets given current economic realities and market forces.

AACE International serves members in the cost management community, including those working in project/program management, estimating, planning and scheduling and related fields.

Students Build Future Cities

Students Build Future Cities

January 19, 2019

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DMA’s Jason Westrope helped evaluate student entries as a special awards judge in the regional Future City Competition, held on a snowy Saturday at Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School. Teams of middle school students interested in math, science, and engineering dedicated many hours to planning and preparing their projects for the event. Teams designed futuristic cities using Sim City software, built scale models with creative materials, wrote essays describing their cities and their solutions to the challenge of Powering our Future, and presented their ideas at the competition.

Many professional engineering and architecture societies were involved in the judging process, and the students delivered impressive presentations. The competition is part of a national program to introduce students to engineering.

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