March 13, 2009

Joseph Rozier Helps Rebuild Historic Galveston Landmarks after Hurricane
After Hurricane Ike caused water to surge over Galveston’s 17-foot protective sea barrier on September 13, 2008, the people of the historic downtown in Texas are finding ways to repair the buildings trounced by water and overcome by mold and other problems caused by the destructive storm. One property owner, Mitchell Historic Properties, which owns about a quarter of the buildings in The Strand National Historic Landmark District, has hired architect Joseph Rozier as a project manager to oversee all construction for MHP, including figuring out how to bring back to life the historic downtown buildings as quickly as possible, get businesses up and running and people back to work, and make visitors comfortable in the town that in so many ways was devastated by the Category 2 hurricane.

Residential Tax Breaks to Tell Your Client About
Emergency stabilization legislation signed into law last year and this year’s stimulus package have extended non-business energy property credits, which will make energy retrofits much more appealing to home owners.

Living Breathing Buildings Proponent Is Honored as Entrepreneurial Trailblazer
Teresa Coady, AIA, MAIBC, FRAIC, LEED AP, chief executive officer and founding partner of the Vancouver-based architectural practice of Bunting Coady Architects, has recently been selected as the winner of the “Bell Trailblazer” category of the 2008 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards (CWEA) for outstanding leadership within her company and business sector. Her work is pioneering new ways of creating mainstream architecture that turns away from mechanistic systems to harnessing the “natural intelligence” of buildings for sustainable and energy-efficient designs.

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