Orange County Plans Sustainable Jail

ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. — Orange County recently selected Moseley Architects of Charlotte, N.C., to design the new Orange County Detention Facility. The new jail aims to improve both energy efficiency and mental health care for inmates.

While design is still in its earliest phases, the new jail will likely include a number of sustainable features and cost approximately $20 million. It will replace the current Orange County Jail, which was originally constructed in 1925.

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BLM Approves Blythe Mesa Solar Project

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Aug. 24 approved the Blythe Mesa Solar project in California as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move the economy toward clean energy sources. The 485-megawatt photovoltaic facility will be constructed in Riverside County, Calif., and will produce enough renewable energy to power more than 145,000 California homes, according to a statement by the BLM.

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TSA’s New Headquarters Aims for LEED Gold, 2017 Opening

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) headquarters is relocating from Arlington, Va., to Alexandria, and when the move is complete in 2017 the agency will occupy a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building.

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DBIA 2014 Award Winners Announced

SAN DIEGO — The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in August announced the 2014 winners of the Design-Build Project/Team Awards. The awards honor projects across the construction spectrum from health care to wastewater, and recognize exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery. Awards will be presented at the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas this October.

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Colorado Firm Helps the World Cup Go Green

BOULDER, Colo. — Two World Cup host stadiums have partnered with Boulder-based green energy firm Renewable Choice Energy in an attempt to achieve LEED green building certification. The stadiums, Arena Pernambuco and Estiod Beire Rio will purchase a combined total of 10,145,850 kilowatt hours of renewable energy credits (RECs) in order to offset energy use associated with their operations, earning the stadiums EAc6 Green Power Credit.

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Oakland University Achieves First LEED Platinum Certification

ROCHESTER, Mich. — The $64 million Human Health Building at Oakland University has become the first LEED Platinum building on the campus.

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