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Stunning Energy-Efficient Roof Replicated in Equally Stunning 3D Printed Scale Model from ARRK
Athens, Greece is a tourist draw for a number of reasons – one of the biggest, and most obvious, being its historical sites. But while the Parthenon may be enough of a reason alone for many people to visit the beautiful Mediterranean city, there are plenty of modern attractions that shouldn’t be ignored – such as the newly completed Stavros Niachros Foundation Cultural Center. The center, which took about a decade from conception to completion, is now home to the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera as well as a lush park, but beyond its cultural value, it’s also evidence that after all these years, Greece hasn’t lost its architectural flair.
In addition to being visually stunning, the SNFCC, which will officially open later this year, was designed to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. In fact, the building has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum environmental certification – the first public building in Greece to meet the standard.
One of the most significant features of the SNFCC’s sustainable construction is its roof, the Energy Canopy, a wafer-thin platform supported by slender columns and towering over the complex. Described by the Stavros Niacrhos Foundation as “a marvel of construction and engineering,” the thin concrete structure is deceptively strong, with a shock absorbing system that allows it to withstand earthquakes, strong winds and other potential natural disasters. It’s also covered in 5,560 photovoltaic panels, which are capable of generating 2,280 kwh of electricity each year – allowing the entire center to be almost completely energy independent.
The elements necessary to state a cause of action for fraud in the inducement are 1) a false statement concerning a material fact, 2) knowledge by the person making the statement that the representation is false, 3) intent by the person making the statement that the representation will induce another to act upon it, and 4) reliance on the representation to the injury of the other party. Mettler, Inc. v. Ellen Tracy, Inc., 648 So.2d 253 (Fla. 2d DCA 1994). Trenton H. Cotney Florida Bar Certified in Construction Law Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A. 100 S. Ashley Dr., Suite 1300 Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 229-3333 http://www.glennrasmussen.com
A claim for unjust enrichment may be brought against a contractor or owner as an equitable claim to address unexecuted change orders. As the Court stated in Della Ratta v. Della Ratta, 927 So.2d 1055 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006), "to state a claim for unjust enrichment, a plaintiff must plead the following elements:1) the plaintiff has conferred a benefit on the defendant;2) the defendant has knowledge of the benefit;3) the defendant has accepted or retained the benefit conferred;and 4) the circumstances are such that it would be inequitable for the defendant to retain the benefit without paying fair value for it." Trenton H. Cotney Florida Bar Certified in Construction Law Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A. 100 S. Ashley Dr., Suite 1300 Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 229-3333http://www.glennrasmussen.com
Which health and safety
violations occur most often on the job site today? With construction accounting
for one in five workplace deaths in 2014, higher penalty payouts in place and
new rules for tracking and recording violations looming, we asked the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration which rules are broken most often on
construction-related projects. As it turns out, the
worst offenses have largely stayed the same over
time. It should come as little surprise that fall-protection mishaps top
the list. With more than 20,000 incidents reported in the last four years, it
remains the leading cause of death in
construction. Following close behind are faulty ladders and
inefficient eye and face and head protection. This summer, OSHA
announce its interim rule raising maximum civil penalties by
78% to meet the requirements of a federally mandated increase
designed to ensure that the fines reflect inflation. The rule went into effect
on Aug. 1, bumping the maximum fee for serious vio…