Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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D.C. City Council Unanimously Passes Landscape Architecture Licensing Act D.C. has passed the Regulation of Landscape Architecture and Professional Design Firms Amendment Act of 2016. The measure now goes to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for signature in January, followed by a 30-day congressional review. Mayor Bowser began her term on January 2, 2015. Her first budget earmarked $100 million to the Housing Production Trust Fund to increase affordable housing in D.C. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced the Regulation of Landscape Architecture and Professional Design Firms Amendment Act of 2016 (bill 21-790) on June 21, 2016. On Tuesday, December 6, the D.C. City Council unanimously passed the bill. If the measure progresses as expected in the new year, D.C. will join the 50 states in requiring the licensing of landscape architects. The passage of the bill follows four years of advocacy, including testimony of ASLA and the ASLA Potomac Chapter at a hearing on the legislation in October, many personal emails and calls to D.C. Councilmembers from landscape architects in D.C., Virginia and Maryland and the signatures of nearly 1,500 people on the ASLA national petition. January 2017 77 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 3 1 l a n d s c a p e a rc h i t e c t u re l e g i s a t i o n Nonresidential Construction Spending Forecast to Rise 3.5 Percent in 2017 According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average age of U.S. fixed assets (buildings and structures) is 23 years old— the oldest since 1925. The U.S. economy continues to expand, and nonresidential construction spending should climb 3.5 percent in 2017, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Anirban Basu, ABC chief economist, says there's a collective awareness among American enterprises that they will need to replace much of their capital stock in future years. The ABC predicts construction spending in the power subsector will lead all categories with a 6.1 percent increase in 2017, compared to 2016. The manufacturing subsector is predicted to rise 6 percent this year. The office subsector will expand 5.6 percent, the health care sector will rise 3.4 percent and the commercial subsector will grow 3.2 percent.

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