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BUILDING BLOCKS: Community First Champion Center

(Rendering courtesy of Performa Architects + Engineers)

The Community First Champion Center was backed by 10 cities and villages in the Fox Valley and is meant to draw tourists to that part of the state. It has an ice rink with seating for 1,000 people, a fieldhouse with four basketball courts or eight volleyball courts and seating for 800 people and a seasonal arena that can be used as an ice rink or as four basketball or six volleyball courts.

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NEPA modernization needed to protect environment, infrastructure

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In 1986, Top Gun hit the big screens, the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl – let’s hope for the last time – and 1.44-megabyte floppy disks were hitting the market. It was also the last time regulations enforcing one of our nation’s most important environmental laws – the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA – were revised. A lot has changed in technology, sports and culture since 1986, so why aren’t the regulations that govern the infrastructure our economy depends on being brought up to date as well?

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Modular techniques may make homebuilding safer, faster, cheaper

A crew gets to work on Aug. 30 on a new home in Denver. The U.S. Commerce Department reported on Wednesday that housing starts slipped last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million, down from 1.27 million in August. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

With steadily rising costs still a big barrier to the construction of affordable housing, construction professionals are turning more and more to a relatively new remedy: volumetric modular construction, process in which most of the work takes place in a factory setting, leaving little to do on-site.

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