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By JASON FIERKO, P.E., LEED AP, JARED LOOS, P.E., AIA, JENNIFER WAMPLER, AIA, LEED AP, AND PETER WELSH, P.E., S.E.
One of the largest net-zero energy office buildings in the world has opened in Silver Spring, Maryland, as the corporate headquarters of United Therapeutics. Solar panels collect energy for the structure, and geo-exchange wells, an earth labyrinth, natural ventilation, and electrochromic glass--among other special design choices--minimize energy use. And building performance monitors ensure employees and operators know exactly how much energy is being generated and used.
By SETH CONDELL, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP, M.ASCE, AND THOMAS SPOTH, P.E., M.ASCE
The new Goethals Bridge between New York and New Jersey incorporates into its towers a completely new style of cable-stay anchor box that resembles a saddle--but has the advantages of a cable end anchor. Other innovations include smart-bridge technology, resilience to superstorms and earthquakes, uncommon funding mechanisms, and 3-D printed models to facilitate understanding.
by Tara Hoke
Local news reports from a large western state detail the indictment and arrest of more than a dozen people in connection with a federal tax evasion scheme. The leaders of this scheme are partners in a small accounting practice, who are purported to have prepared fraudulent personal income tax returns for clients in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds. According to the news reports, the scheme resulted in a payment by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of some $5 million in fraudulent tax refunds.
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is neither the largest nor grandest cathedral in France. But when it was heavily damaged by fire in April, the outpouring of support for the historic monument was palpable. The fire ravaged the cathedral's roof and destroyed its signature spire. But the cathedral survived, reaffirming the central place it holds in French identity and in the world's heritage of landmarks.
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