VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 59   JUNE 10, 2010


There has always been a tension between the right to arbitrate disputes and the right to place a mechanic’s lien on the project owner’s property. Arbitration is a creature of contract. The parties to a construction contract have mutually agreed to resolve their disputes through binding arbitration. As with any contractual right, however, the right to arbitrate can be waived through conduct inconsistent with the assertion of that right.


GraphiSoft earlier this month announced the introduction of ArchiCad 14, the latest version of its architecture design software.


ArchiCad 14 is designed to continue delivering productivity improvements for architects throughout the full cycle of the building information modeling (BIM) workflow with a specific focus on completing the integration of the architectural workflow with the engineering world.  


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that Washtenaw County, Mich., will receive a $250,000 grant to produce 30 new affordable green rental units in Ann Arbor.


The county will use Avalon Housing Inc., a community-based affordable housing developer, to create these new apartments, which will feature a sustainable site design, water-conserving fixtures, energy-efficient appliances/lighting, and environmentally friendly building materials.


Funding will come from HUD's HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which is believed to be the nation's largest block grant program to support the production of affordable housing.





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