Road resurfacing simplified: Collecting critical data

Traditionally, highway resurfacing projects have been a challenge, not only for the contractor, but the inconvenienced community through which the road passes. To collect the project data needed to perform the resurface, typically required lane closures and a team of surveyors collecting data points from along the side of the road with diverted traffic whizzing past. It was a slow, cumbersome, and dangerous process, that affected the daily commuter flow and affected the contractor’s project timeline.

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Designing for inclusive, equitable thermal comfort

In the last several years, it has been well reported that there is an inequity in the way buildings are conditioned. Most recently, it became national news when a New York political candidate requested a warmer room during a debate, arguing that workplace temperatures are notoriously sexist. How can building designers address inequities in the way buildings are conditioned?

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NewcrestImage makes renovations, opens new hotels

NewcrestImage opened three hotels this summer, one of which included renovating a building on the National Register of Historic Places, requiring changes to be approved by several government agencies. Read the Hotel Management online story here

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Atlanta-based Huddle House to buy Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Huddle House will acquire Perkins Restaurant & Bakery for an undisclosed amount, in a deal scheduled to close Oct. 21, the companies said. Memphis, Tennessee-based Perkins has 342 restaurants in North America and Huddle House, based in Atlanta, has no plans to change the names of any Perkins eateries. Read The Commercial Appeal story here

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Espresso stars in Dunkin’s national growth effort

Dunkin’ Brands will add as many as 250 new units annually for the next three years and increase its focus on espresso drinks and other beverages as it grows its brand in key US markets. The company’s rebranding efforts have included a $100 million investment in espresso machines and equipment upgrades. Read the CNBC story here

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Hoteliers can benefit from tourism improvement districts

Tourism improvement districts can help hoteliers by giving them more of a voice on how money is raised and spent in the districts. Read the Hotel News Now story here

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Primark bets on brick-and-mortar retail growth

UK fashion retailer Primark is bucking the trend toward digital retail, with plans to grow by opening more stores in Europe and the United States. The retailer, which doesn’t have an e-commerce presence, expects to grow its brick-and-mortar retail portfolio by 1 million square feet next year. Read the Bloomberg story here

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Dollar General set to enter Washington, Wyoming

Dollar General has announced that it will expand to Washington and Wyoming, bringing its stores to a total of 46 states. The new locations are expected to open in the 2020 fiscal year. Read the The Business Journals story here

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Virtual food hall feeds demand for diverse dining experiences

Virtual food halls like Sous Vide Kitchen in New York City give consumers the option of ordering from different restaurant concepts but paying one tab. Customers can opt for delivery or takeout, or place orders on a kiosk before dining at the brick-and-mortar food hall. Read the Forbes story here

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Rue21 designed new ‘style seeker’ stores for core customer

Fashion retailer Rue21 has created a new store concept called “style seeker” to appeal to customers it has identified as fashion fans on a budget, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The new format, the first of which opened in Pittsburgh this week, features white walls and up to 40 mannequins modeling different outfits.

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