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Leopardo CEO Wins Distinguished Alumni Award from Western Illinois University

Leopardo Companies, Inc. CEO James Leopardo has been named a 2017 Distinguished Alumni by his alma mater Western Illinois University. “The Distinguished Alumni Award, given since 1973, recognizes alumni who have brought credit to the university and themselves through exceptional professional accomplishments, meritorious service to ensure the continued excellence of WIU and through service to Read more…

U.S. Construction Spending Grew to $1.82T in 2016

Leopardo’s 2017 Construction Economics Report and Outlook is an essential guide to help business leaders, healthcare administrators and government decision-makers understand the factors that impact construction costs. This year’s report showed that nationally, year-over-year construction spending increased by 4.2 percent in December 2016, as total volume reached an estimated $1.182 trillion. The pace of growth, however, was Read more…

How Modern Offices are Making Us Healthier

“Air, light, water, nourishment, comfort, fitness and mind are the tent poles of wellness, and smart developers are approaching each principle earnestly,” writes Bisnow. “To ensure employees’ comfort, for instance, companies are providing ergonomic furniture, standing desks and sound insulation. To care for employees’ mental well-being, some companies are providing wellness libraries, and surveys to Read more…

Who Builds Your Architecture?

“Who Builds Your Architecture?, or WBYA, is a collective of architects, activists, and scholars who are studying the systems and networks required to construct contemporary buildings like Hamad International Airport, writes Fast Co. Design. “WBYA’s priorities include bringing awareness to issues surrounding fair compensation, safe working environments, and worker housing. It aims to inspire students–an emerging generation Read more…

Former Autodesk CEO on Construction Tech

“Construction technology is taking off as developers large and small seek digital solutions for challenges across the job site, and investors respond in kind,” writes Construction Dive. “The rise of CAD (and, later, BIM) in the AEC industry saw a similar trend, and the factors that drove its growth — such as the need to customize Read more…

Multifamily Sector Predicted to Remain Strong in 2017

“After another year when the growth in multifamily housing exceeded expectations, apartment demand and property values could keep rolling through 2017,” writes Building Design+Construction. “The National Association of Home Builders expects multifamily starts to rise to 384,000 units, or 1,000 above last year’s number. Robert Dietz, NAHB’s chief economist, believes this pace is being driven Read more…

Designing Offices to Attract Top Talent

“Chicago’s downtown office market has seen significant changes in recent years, from the influx of companies moving downtown to the ongoing construction boom in Class-A office space,” writes Dan Earles of Earles Architects and Associates on REJournals.com. “Among the key trends that will shape the Chicago office market in 2017 are a heightened focus on Read more…