Tallest Building West of Mississippi River Opens in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opened its doors on Friday in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles, which is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers. Here are some things to know about the Wilshire Grand Center: How Tall Is Tall? The 73-story building has a huge spire that brings its […]

ICC Releases Update to Building Accessibility Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Code Council (ICC) released an update to the 2009 ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard that provides greater accessibility to buildings for persons with physical disabilities and incorporates new elements of building design. The 2017 standard is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) American National Standard and […]

Smoke Detector Alternative Delivers Earlier Detection; Superior Aesthetics

For decades, traditional smoke detectors have been used to protect commercial building occupants from the danger of smoke and fire — protection that is mandated by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Now, however, a new approach using more sophisticated, established smoke detection technology is contributing substantial benefits to building owners and managers: lower overall […]

Company Says 99% of Its Gas Lines Passed Tests After Blast

By Dan Elliot DENVER (AP) — An energy company that owns a natural gas pipeline linked to a fatal home explosion in Colorado said more than 99 percent of the pipelines it tested afterward showed no sign of leaks. Anadarko Petroleum said June 30 that the pipelines that failed the test are being repaired and […]

House Panel Backs Bill to Revive Nevada Nuclear Waste Dump

By Matthew Daly WASHINGTON (AP) _ A House committee has approved a bill that would revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas. Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste […]