Reed Construction Data and AEC Cares Partners Share Skills to Build Futures for SBY Students


Construction Industry Experts “Blitz Build” An Abandoned House in Washington, D.C., to Help Homeless and At-risk Young People Seeking to Achieve.

Reed Construction Data and Hanley Wood, the partners of AEC Cares, and a team of 150+ volunteers recently donned hard hats and rolled up their sleeves to join forces with Sasha Bruce Youthwork students for a one-day “blitz build” project to turn an abandoned building into a home for young people working to help themselves succeed.

Sasha Bruce Youthwork is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit with an outstanding history of helping homeless and at-risk youths who want to remain in school and develop skills for their futures. Concentrating on 16-21 year olds, SBY gives the young people life skills and training; equally important, it gives them a safe place to stay, so they can remain in school and move forward positively.

AEC Cares, a partnership of Reed Construction Data and Hanley Wood, began during a discussion about the AIA national convention, an event attended by thousands of architects and construction industry professionals.

“We want to find meaningful ways to help the communities in which we live and work, and the annual AIA conventions are an opportunity to pull together industry professionals for a new project in a different community every year,” stated Iain Melville, CEO, Reed Construction Data. “Every community has a unique need, and although we can’t completely erase that need, we certainly can make a positive difference while we are there.”

In researching a project for 2012, Reed Construction Data was introduced by Keri-Lynn Coleman of Collaborative Planning Group to Sasha Bruce Youthwork.

“We had been looking for a way to turn a donated Marshall Heights structure into a home for eight young people,” stated Jim Beck, Director of Development, Sasha Bruce Youthwork. “When the people of Reed Construction Data approached us about helping with a project, we immediately thought of the building on D Street.”

After considerable planning, and with generous monetary, materials and service donations from building product manufacturers, the one-day “blitz build” began. Over 150 volunteers, including industry professionals and SBY students, reported to the house to make as much progress as possible in one day.

The event attracted many dignitaries:

  • Mayor Vincent C. Gray of the District of Columbia
  • Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National & Community Service, appeared at the request of President Obama and the First Lady
  • Mike Waldinger, Executive Director, AIA, Illinois, Mickey Jacob, 2013 AIA President-elect and Jeff Potter, 2012 AIA President
  • Deborah Shore, Executive Director and Founder of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, thanked the organizers, participants and volunteers and introduced two program success stories: Jasmine Williams, a well-spoken young SBY student-turned-SBY-employee, who discussed the value the house will have in providing a home, skills, sense of family and belonging; and Michael Jackson, an SBY trainee, who gave an equally touching speech, praising SBY for helping him gain skills to get away from the streets. Michael will be receiving his high school diploma this month.

While the house is not yet complete, AEC Cares, the volunteers, sponsors and SBY students made exceptional progress. Expected completion is July, 2012.

“I’ve been working in the nonprofit sector for over two decades, and never before have I seen such an excellent example of for-profit businesses working hand-in-hand with homeless youth advocates and service providers,” said Jim Beck. “This is the type of partnership you hear politicians tout, but rarely, if ever, see in action.”

“Reed Construction Data is honored to work with Deborah Shore and the staff and students of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, as well as the volunteers and sponsors who gave time, materials and donations to make this project a success,” said Iain Melville. The partners of AEC Cares believe this project can lead to great futures for generations of young people.”

About Reed Construction Data
Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed Construction Data’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and services includes national, regional and local construction data, building product information, construction cost data, advertising channels and market intelligence solutions to construction industry professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

 

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NORCROSS, GA (December 20, 2011) - RSMeans, North America’s leading supplier of construction cost information and a division of Reed Construction Data, today announced the release of RSMeans’ 2012 CostWorks cost estimating data, Web-based construction cost reference and estimating software now available at www.MeansCostWorks.com. RSMeans construction cost estimating data keeps owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors up-to-date on localized construction materials, labor, and equipment costs.  RSMeans also provides access to single RSMeans cost data titles or titles bundled together to help meet budget and cost estimating needs.  The 2012 RSMeans CostWorks Cost Estimating Data includes: Full compliance with Windows-7 in addition to Windows Vista and Windows-XP Free downloadable quarterly updates Localized cost to over 930 U.S. and Canadian geographic areas Quick access to search and organize data, plus export estimates easily RSMeans’ 2012 CostWorks CD and online formats extend value and flexibility to construction professionals to select the electronic delivery platform best suited for the needs of customers in cost estimating data and provides online cost data titles available in the same industry-standard options currently offered in book format. “MeansCostWorks.com is RSMeans’ most flexible cost data solution and offers several time-saving features that enable customers to find the cost data they need more efficiently,” said Daimon Bridge, Senior Director of Product management, Reed Construction Data. To learn more about RSMeans’ 2012 CostWorks cost estimating data, visit: www.MeansCostWorks.com. About RSMeans A division of Reed Construction Data and a trusted name in construction costs for 70 years, RSMeans is North America’s leading source of construction cost information.  RSMeans offers dependable cost data that is locally relevant, accurate and up-to-date.  Available in a convenient book, CD or online format, RSMeans tools are designed to help owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors estimate and control construction costs.  RSMeans specialists are on staff to assist with cost data and estimating needs.  Construction professionals may also utilize seminars and consulting services for added support.  To learn more, please visit: www.rsmeans.com. Media Contact: Reed Construction Data Talisha Jackson 770-209-3516 Email:  
Providing customers with access to permit-level property data and sources within RCD’s trigger marketing solution, specEdge™ NORCROSS, GA (December 7, 2011) – Reed Construction Data (RCD), a leading provider of construction information, today announced a strategic alliance with BuildFax, creator of the first and only national database of historical residential and commercial building permit data. The new relationship will provide customers with greater insight into commercial, permit-level property data, enhancing RCD’s trigger marketing delivery solution, specEdge, to connect building product manufacturers (BPMs) and service providers with customers and projects to win more business and increase profits.  The manufacturing community can now use intelligence from past and present nationwide permits to hone in on contractors’ specific requirements at the time they need products for a project. “BuildFax’s data source is the perfect enhancement to specEdge, giving our customers access to variable construction records on millions of properties from cities and counties across the United States,” said Steve Ritchie, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Reed Construction Data.  “This development serves as the platform to get our customers’ messages in front of contractors who are active in their communities.” BuildFax’s permit-level property data, combined with RCD’s specEdge marketing delivery solution and up-to-date construction projects database, will provide BPMs with a more sophisticated, targeted and effective marketing approach in order to enhance the probability that their products will be specified or purchased.  The availability of permit property data will greatly improve the capability of professionals in the construction industry to expand their marketing reach and present product information to decision-makers at the right place, at the right time, throughout the construction process. ”Manufacturers ask us all the time how they can implement the intelligence from our nationwide permitting database,” said Holly Tachovsky, President of BuildFax.  “Now I can tell them, imagine this, an HVAC manufacturer launches a new air conditioning product.  They need to spend their marketing dollars wisely and get the new product in front of the right contractors.  The upgraded contractor data in specEdge will allow them to market to the specific contractors who pulled building permits.  This company now has the key to winning more bids, while spending less money, by reaching the exact people who need their product.” For more information or to learn more about specEdge, visit: http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/sem/specedge-social/. The newly enhanced contractor data in specEdge will be available in January 2012. About Reed Construction Data LLC Reed Construction Data LLC (RCD), a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services. Reed Construction Data’s portfolio of products and services includes national, regional and local construction data, building product information, construction cost data, market analytics and advertising channels to construction industry professionals in the U.S. About BuildFax BuildFax (www.buildfax.com), a division of BUILDERadius, is the creator of the first and only national database of historical building permit data. Co-headquartered in Austin, Texas and Asheville, North Carolina, BuildFax has created a proprietary property intelligence engine that contains building and permitting information from 4,000+ cities and counties throughout the country. Local building departments in each of these towns across the country inspect construction to make sure it meets quality and safety standards; as such it is an absolutely critical part of the public safety infrastructure. BuildFax is then able to consolidate this information into the dataset, which is a tremendous asset to professionals in the insurance, financial services, inspection, and appraisal industries, as well as buyers and sellers of property. As the best and only source of a structure’s “life story,” the BuildFax database continues to grow, currently covering over 72 million residential and commercial properties in the United States, with over 6 billion data points. ### Reed Construction Data Contact: Talisha Jackson Phone: 770.209.3516 Email:  
RSMeans offers a free, online training seminar with the purchase of any 2 CD titles, for a limited time only NORCROSS, GA (December 1, 2011) - RSMeans, North America’s leading supplier of construction cost information and a division of Reed Construction Data, today announced the release of the new 2012 version of RSMeans CostWorks, a CD-based construction cost reference and estimating software, available at www.rsmeans.com. CostWorks combines RSMeans cost data with professional cost estimating functionality, offering electronic access to the same titles that are currently offered in book format.  The cost data options cover a wide range of materials, equipment, and labor costs for nearly all types of construction, keeping owners, developers, architects, engineers and contractors up-to-date on localized construction costs. “The focus at RSMeans has always been to provide construction professionals with the most comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date cost data available,” said Daimon Bridge, Senior Director of Product Management, Reed Construction Data.  “The new 2012 CostWorks product delivers completely updated and expanded cost data to help construction professionals overcome volatility in the market and develop accurate estimates.” The new 2012 RSMeans CostWorks CD includes localized costs for over 930 U.S. and Canadian geographic areas, simple search features for quick access to search and locate data, plus free downloadable quarterly updates.  Users can also create, customize and save estimates by selecting cost lines from the database and share cost estimates with team members or export to Excel.  To celebrate the release of the 2012 RSMeans CostWorks, RSMeans is giving away a free, online training seminar with the purchase of any 2 CD titles.  To take advantage of this special offer, customers must add theCostWorks Online Training Seminar to their shopping cart along with any 2 CostWorks CD titles, using promotion code: CDTR-1111 at checkout, or call 1-800-334-3509, option 2.  The offer expires on 12/31/11. To learn more about RSMeans’ new 2012 CostWorks-CD, visit: www.RSMeans.com. About RSMeans A division of Reed Construction Data and a trusted name in construction costs for 70 years, RSMeans is North America’s leading source of construction cost information.  RSMeans offers dependable cost data that is locally relevant, accurate and up-to-date.  Available in a convenient book, CD or online format, RSMeans tools are designed to help owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors estimate and control construction costs.  RSMeans specialists are on staff to assist with cost data and estimating needs.  Construction professionals may also utilize seminars and consulting services for added support.  To learn more, please visit: www.rsmeans.com. ### Media Contact: Reed Construction Data Talisha Jackson 770-209-3516
MARKHAM, ON (November 29, 2011) – On November 30-December 2, 2011, Reed Construction Data (RCD) along with Local Construction Associations (LCAs) will be celebrating the official launch and monumental achievement of integrating digital content from the Associations’ planrooms with Reed Connect at the Construct Canada 2011 Expo in Toronto (booth #814).  For the first time ever, RCD has aligned with LCAs in Ontario for the purpose of providing efficient bid notifications and related services to the entire construction industry.  Both association members and Reed Construction Data subscribers will get unprecedented access to construction opportunities.  As part of this alliance, RCD now offers plans and specifications within its web-based project delivery platform, Reed Connect — resulting in a centralized location of pre-bid and bid information with digital plans and specs. “Our collective reach to construction buyers and bidders in Canada is unparalleled with this alliance,” said Mark Casaletto, Vice President and General Manager, RCD Canada. “This not only strengthens our efforts, but also provides the platform to forever improve how construction procurement is done in Ontario.”  Reed Connect links construction professionals in Canada and in the U.S. with the most active collection of public and private construction projects available.  Additional offers include customized search capabilities, e-mail reminders, bid calendars, systems to find and manage contacts, and integrations with any CRM or SFA system.  The new release of Reed Connect also includes several feature enhancements, giving customers greater control over the way they search and track projects.   To learn more about Reed Connect, visit: www.dcnonl.com/eps.  RCD Canadian plans and specifications will be available in January, 2012.   About Reed Construction Data (RCD) Reed Construction Data Canada, a division of Reed Business Information and member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK and ENL), is the leading Canadian provider of construction information solutions and industry news through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services.  Reed Construction Data offers its customers construction project leads, building product information, construction cost tools, market analytics and construction news through a suite of online and print references.  For more information, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com/can. About Construct Canada Construct Canada (www.constructcanada.com) is Canada’s largest construction exposition and conference, which brings together influential buyers and decision-makers from the building, construction and design industry and delivers all the resources, educational tools, and opportunities needed to keep a relevant and competitive business.   ### Reed Construction Data (RCD) Canada Contact:                                                      Michelle Aarons Phone: 905.752.5506 Email:
Continuing the tradition of quality cost estimating since 1942 NORCROSS, GA (November 10, 2011) – RSMeans, North America’s leading supplier of construction cost information and a division of Reed Construction Data, today announced the 70th anniversary of its first publication, the industry-acclaimed Building Construction Cost Data (BCCD).  Released in 1942 with just 1,000 cost line items, Building Construction Cost Data has become one of the most comprehensive sources for cost estimating information.  Today, BCCD tracks over 23,000 cost line items and includes detailed cost data for commercial construction – both new construction and renovation work, as well as materials, equipment and labor costs for green construction and industry-specific mechanical, electrical and plumbing data. “Building Construction Cost Data has maintained its reputation as a valuable, quality cost data resource– in fact, a must-have database for many of our clients. We take pride in the fact that BCCD continues to meet the market need for accurate, timely and thorough cost estimating information,” said John Shea, Vice President of Sales, RSMeans.  RSMeans, founded by Robert Snow Means, was built on the principal to “always deliver a quality product.” Maintaining that high level of commitment to quality, BCCD provides up-to-date, regionally-customizable data that reflects costs in more than 930 locations within the United States and Canada. The company now offers 20 specialized cost data titles, in a choice of book, online and CD formats. John Shea adds, “At RSMeans, we have stayed close to our roots of quality and thoroughness in our data. While we have grown with technology through the years, Building Construction Cost Data has remained true to Robert Snow Means’ original commitment to always deliver a quality product.” Additional facts about RSMeans: 1942 – Published its first cost book, Building Construction Cost Data, the first of 20 cost data titles 1978 – Conducted its first training seminar, based on Building Construction Cost Data book 1980 – Published its first reference publication, Means Scheduling Manual, the first of 60 professional reference titles 1995 – Formed Business Solutions group, offering consulting expertise in cost engineering, research and database management 2007 – Launched Means CostWorks.com, its online, customizable cost database Special pricing is being offered by RSMeans to celebrate 70 years of Building Construction Cost Data. For a limited time, all RSMeans cost data titles are offered at a 20% savings, with free shipping. To purchase Building Construction Cost Data or other RSMeans cost data titles, visit: www.rsmeans.com. About RSMeans Founded in 1940 by Robert Snow Means, RSMeans, a division of Reed Construction Data, is North America’s leading source of construction cost information.  Based on a recent independent study, RSMeans has been identified as the clear market leader for construction cost data, outranking the competition five-to-one.  For seventy years, it continues to offer dependable cost data that is locally relevant, accurate and up-to-date.  Available in convenient book, CD or online format, RSMeans tools are designed to help owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors estimate and control construction costs.  Specialists are on staff to assist with cost data and estimating needs.  Construction professionals may also utilize seminars and consulting services for added support.  ### Media Contact: Reed Construction Data Talisha Jackson 770-209-3516
NORCROSS, GA (Nov. 8, 2011)—On November 17, 2011 at 2p.m. (EST), experts from RSMeans, 4Clicks Solutions, LLC, the City of Kansas City, Missouri and On Call Construction at KBR Inc. join forces to host “Embrace Efficiency:  How to Save Time and Cut Costs with Job Order Contracting” – a webcast that will address partnering actions owners can take to promote the successful use of Job Order Contracting (JOC) at their facilities. The webcast will follow Michael E. Brown, President and Chief Software Architect of 4Clicks Solutions, LLC; Rick Farrag, Director of Operations for On Call Construction at KBR, Inc., PE, PMP; Robert G. Rives, Manager of Facility Services, City of Kansas City Missouri; and moderator, Robert F. Gair, Principal in the RSMeans Business Solutions as they discuss how construction professionals have used JOC to save time and manage projects with reduced costs and resources.  JOC is a construction project delivery method that provides an avenue for facility managers to receive numerous, commonly encountered construction projects quickly and easily through multi-year contracts.  JOC reduces unnecessary levels of engineering, design, and contract procurement time along with construction project procurement costs by awarding long-term contracts for a wide variety of renovation, repair and construction projects. Users of Job Order Contracting include: The Military The Federal Government The State and County Governments Higher Education K-12 Education Healthcare The webcast will be broadcast live starting at 2 p.m. (EST) and will be archived for later viewing.  Registration is complimentary for all participants; pre-registration is required. The moderator will accept questions during the presentation from the internet audience.   For more information or to reserve your space at the Nov. 17th webcast, please register at: http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/events/2011/011/embrace-efficiency-how-to-save-time-and-cut-costs-with-job-order-contr/. About RSMeans A division of Reed Construction Data and a trusted name in construction costs for more than 60 years, RSMeans is North America’s leading source of construction cost information.  RSMeans offers dependable cost data that is locally relevant, accurate and up-to-date.  Available in a convenient book, CD or online format, RSMeans tools are designed to help owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors estimate and control construction costs.  RSMeans specialists are on staff to assist with cost data and estimating needs.  Construction professionals may also utilize seminars and consulting services for added support.  To learn more, visit: www.rsmeans.com. ### Media Contact:                                                                                        Talisha Jackson                                                                                               Reed Construction Data                                                                                         770-209-3516                                                                  
NORCROSS, GA (November 7, 2011)—Reed Construction Data’s (RCD) trigger marketing program, specEdge, was recently recognized by the Construction Marketing Association (CMA) annual STAR™ Awards for excellence in marketing — receiving the 2011 STAR Award for the New Product Launch category. The CMA STAR awards recognize excellence in 16 marketing categories and 78 sub-categories including advertising, branding, website design, social media, brochures, catalogs, new product launches, packaging, photography, promotions, publicity, merchandising, trade shows, videos, employee communications and integrated marketing campaigns, along with the CONSTRUCTON MARKETER OF THE YEAR™. “Reed Construction Data was recognized as the winner for New Product Launch in the construction industry,” states CMA Chairman Neil M. Brown. “The CMA STAR Awards showcase the very best in marketing, effectiveness and creative execution.” To learn more about CMA, visit: http://constructionmarketingblog.org/about/. ### Media Contact: Reed Construction Data Talisha Jackson 770.209.3516
NORCROSS, GA (October 27, 2011) - Reed Construction Data (RCD), a leading provider of construction information, today announced a partnership with Jitterbit to enhance the capabilities of its data integration solution, which enables companies to integrate RCD’s construction project lead information into their CRM solution. Jitterbit has significantly reduced the time it takes RCD customers to receive new project lead information, with the average file processing time reduced by over 50 percent.  New customers also benefit from dramatically reduced setup and integration times, simplifying the process and enabling them to leverage the power of RCD’s project lead information sooner. “This partnership enables us to offer a more flexible solution that will get sales opportunities in the hands of customers faster than ever before,” said Richard Remington, VP of Product Development, Reed Construction Data.  “Jitterbit’s smart, cloud-based solutions have enhanced this product’s overall value to the customer, giving them greater flexibility and more reliable integration to keep sales teams running at full speed.” RCD’s integration solution allows customers to receive a custom feed of project leads seamlessly integrated into their workflow, which provides them with the ability to focus on qualifying and closing leads, and requires less time searching for new projects or opportunities. “In today’s competitive environment it is critical that firms have a consistent stream of sales leads that are backed by a comprehensive and reliable source of information,” said George Gallegos, CEO, Jitterbit.  “By providing seamless integration of their construction project news database with customer CRM applications, Reed Construction Data is offering one of the most flexible and powerful solutions on the market.” For more information, visit . About Jitterbit, Inc. Jitterbit delivers powerful, flexible, & easy to use data and application integration software. Designed for the technical business analyst, Jitterbit allows companies of all sizes to solve the challenges of application, data, and business process integration between on-premise and cloud systems. Jitterbit’s graphical “No-Coding” approach accelerates and simplifies the configuration and management of on-premise and cloud integration projects. Available for download and backed by enterprise-class support and services, Jitterbit is the most powerful-yet-simple integration solution available. Privately held, Jitterbit is headquartered in Oakland, Calif. To learn more about Jitterbit’s application integration, data integration, and cloud computing integration solutions, visit www.jitterbit.com. Follow conversations at www.twitter.com/jitterbit. About Reed Construction Data Reed Construction Data is a leading North American provider of construction information through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services. Reed offers its customers construction project leads, construction cost data, building product marketing solutions, and market analytics through a suite of online and print references. For more information, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com or call 800-424.3996. ### Media Contact: Reed Construction Data Talisha Jackson Phone: 770.209.3516 Email:
NORCROSS, GA (October 20, 2011) - RSMeans, North America’s leading supplier of construction cost information and a division of Reed Construction Data, today announced the release of several 2012 annual cost book series. RSMeans’ cost data provides construction professionals with information and tools to quickly and accurately estimate the cost, size and duration of commercial and residential construction projects.  “This year’s line of cost books include more comprehensive data and cost estimating reference materials than ever before,” said Daimon Bridge, Senior Director of Product Management, RSMeans.  “All of the resources included in our cost books combine to help customers safeguard against fluctuating costs and deliver more accurate estimates.” The newly released books from RSMeans include: Building Construction Cost Data 2012: Now in its 70th annual edition, RSMeans’ Building Construction Cost Data features more than 23,000 unit costs for building components, including new data addressing sustainable construction costs.  This publication is organized by the latest CSI MasterFormat 2010 system with completely updated and expanded cost data for estimating, planning and budgeting in 2012. Assemblies Cost Data 2012: Organized by the UNIFORMAT II classification system for consistent estimating and reporting, the 27th annual edition of RSMeans Assemblies Cost Data has all of the building components required to develop accurate assembly level cost estimates, verify unit price estimates, and update reference information and cost-planning guidelines.  Electrical Cost Data 2012: With over 13,000 completely updated cost entries covering the latest products, materials, and electrical construction methods including energy-saving light fixtures and devices, photovoltaics, and mass notification systems — Electrical Cost Data serves as a versatile reference to provide the most up-to-date information available to tackle any kind of electrical estimate. Mechanical Cost Data 2012:This expert reference guide provides materials, equipment, and labor costs to develop reliable cost estimates for the most complex mechanical construction projects in addition to performing feasibility studies; accessing labor cost data; and analyzing costs. Plumbing Cost Data 2012: With the new, completely updated 2012 RSMeans Plumbing Cost Data, customers can progress quickly through specifications and takeoffs; prepare plumbing –related estimates; use the nation’s foremost database of plumbing cost information; and prepare work schedules and estimate duration times. RSMeans annually releases a line of print-, Web-, and CD-based cost-data solutions that allow owners, developers, architects, engineers and contractors to better estimate and control construction costs.  All RSMeans cost data titles include free quarterly updates via email — a comprehensive quarterly report on market indicators and construction price trends. To learn more about the 2012 cost data series, visit: www.RSMeans.com.  Look for the 2nd edition of Green Building Cost Data and more new 2012 cost data releases from RSMeans this fall. About RSMeans A division of Reed Construction Data and a trusted name in construction costs for more than 60 years, RSMeans is North America’s leading source of construction cost information.  RSMeans offers dependable cost data that is locally relevant, accurate and up-to-date.  Available in a convenient book, CD or online format, RSMeans tools are designed to help owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors estimate and control construction costs.  RSMeans specialists are on staff to assist with cost data and estimating needs.  Construction professionals may also utilize seminars and consulting services for added support.  To learn more, visit: www.rsmeans.com.  ### Media Contact: Reed Construction Data Talisha Jackson 770-209-3516
NORCROSS, GA (October 14, 2011) – Reed Construction Data LLC (RCD) and GradeBeam.com today announced a strategic alliance, introducing a new product offering, Reed Insider — an online communication network for construction professionals. Reed Insider is a complement to RCD’s construction lead services with unlimited access to information related to construction projects in a select geography or nationwide.  RCD’s construction lead customers range from contractors and subcontractors, who are looking for new projects to bid, to building product manufacturers looking for new sales and marketing opportunities. Users of Reed Insider (powered by GradeBeam.com) can access a database of over 400,000 North American construction companies and easily exchange construction information, including contractor qualifications, invitations-to-bid, drawings, specifications and addenda. “We are proud to work with GradeBeam.com to launch Reed Insider, offering customers affordable, cutting-edge technology and services for greater impact and efficiency,” said Steve Ritchie, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Reed Construction Data.  “These two offerings combine to deliver a complete solution to construction professionals who are looking for better ways to win more jobs, expand their networks, manage communication and increase profitability.” Reed Insider allows customers to replace outdated communication and paper-based processes with innovative technology-driven alternatives. By utilizing Reed Insider, contractors can electronically connect with new industry partners, exchange qualifications, request or submit bids, manage construction documents and instantly distribute critical information. Future product enhancements will also include similar document and communications management tools for architects and owners. “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Reed Construction Data and further enhance our combined products with industry expertise, technical knowledge and brand reputation,” said Bryan Jurewicz, President and CEO of GradeBeam.com.  “RCD and GradeBeam.com have demonstrated success in delivering effective solutions that help the industry work more efficiently construction projects.  This partnership strengthens our value proposition to our customers and allows us to expand the offerings available to them in the combined brand of Reed Insider powered by GradeBeam.com.” For more information or to purchase Reed Insider, please visit the Reed Insider Information Page or contact Reed Construction Data at 1.800.424.3996.  About Reed Construction Data LLC Reed Construction Data LLC (RCD), a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services. Reed Construction Data’s portfolio of products and services includes national, regional and local construction data, building product information, construction cost data, market analytics and advertising channels to construction industry professionals in the U.S. About GradeBeam.com GradeBeam.com is the only fully managed communication network built BY and FOR the construction industry. By providing a secure, online resource for the exchange of information, GradeBeam.com allows industry professionals to post, manage and access critical project information at a central location. GradeBeam.com simplifies and expedites the massive information exchange that occurs in the pre-construction phases of projects, including qualifications, invitations-to-bid (ITBs), drawing/specification distribution, corrections, addenda, requests for information and responses. By leveraging the newest information and communication technologies, GradeBeam.com enables construction firms to make their business processes more cost effective. ### Reed Construction Data Contact: Talisha Jackson Phone: 770.209.3516 Email: GradeBeam.com Contact:                                                      Ron Jurewicz Phone: 312.428.4345 Email:
NORCROSS, GA (Oct. 4, 2011)—On October 13, 2011 at 2p.m. (EDT), expert economists from Reed Construction Data (www.reedconstructiondata.com/), the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America (www.agc.org/) and the American Institute of Architects (www.aia.org/) join forces to host “Flat, Down or Up:  Where is Construction Heading” – a webcast examining the current market conditions and detail of the construction outlook for 2012. The webcast will follow the nation’s leading construction chief economists, Bernard Markstein, Ken Simonson and Kermit Baker as they discuss and analyze:  Will construction go into a tailspin, or can the industry pull up? Which segments and regions are most vulnerable? Which have the best prospects? Will the economic slowdown arrest the run-up in materials costs, or are prices heading higher? The webcast will be broadcast live starting at 2 p.m. (EDT) and will be archived for later viewing.  Registration is complimentary for all participants; pre-registration is required. The moderator will accept questions during the presentation from the internet audience.  Registrants may also receive 1.5 AIA CEU credits for attending this webcast. For more information or to reserve your space at the Oct. 13th webcast, please register at: http://events.unisfair.com/rt/rcd~oct13. About The AGC of America The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents more than 33,500 firms, including 7,000 of America’s leading general contractors and over 13,000 specialty-contracting firms. Nearly 13,500 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters.  Visit the AGC Web site at www.agc.org. About The American Institute of Architects For over 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes.  AIA members have access to the right people, knowledge, and tools to create better design, and through such resources and access, they help clients and communities make their visions real.  Visit www.aia.org. Media Contact:                                                                                          Talisha Jackson                                                                                               Reed Construction Data                                                                                         770-209-3516                                                               talisha.jackson@reedbusiness.com
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