President Obama’s $8B Railways Plan and LEED Senior Vice President Scot Horst on the Future of Green Building in This Month’s Construction Digital Magazine

The July issue of Construction Digital magazine breaks down barriers, profiling women surviving and thriving in a male-dominated industry and other cutting-edge companies all found on, the online destination where industry leaders turn for key insights and strategies.

Carlsbad, CA, July 10, 2009 --( President Barack Obama has vowed to improve America’s creaking rail network with an $8 billion investment. In such a move, the Obama administration looks to fix existing railways and build new high-speed rail links to connect big cities – which not only makes traveling by train an appealing transportation option, but also sets out to reinvigorate the economy. In the July issue of Construction Digital magazine, found on, Obama’s Rail Dream details the project’s initiatives, including the three-pronged benefit of creating construction jobs, better transportation and a better environment.

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In other construction news, Scot Horst, the new Senior Vice President of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), sits down with Construction Digital magazine in an exclusive Q&A to talk about his new role and the future of green building. As one of the key leaders in the sustainable design movement, Horst has served as chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Steering Committee and recently co-authored The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building, examining the holistic process of LEED.

Quotes from the article:

· Scot Horst on going from an established career in the private sector to USGBC: “This was just too big of an opportunity to say no to. As head of the LEED Steering Committee these past few years, I had a tremendous opportunity to contribute as a volunteer. But the chance to be responsible for where LEED heads and how it can impact the market is tremendous.”
· Scot Horst on LEED’s challenges in gaining industry acceptance: “The construction industry, in general, is slow to change. I think we tend to look at what is working but not always at what could work better. LEED encourages you to look at what you can do better at every level…The fascinating thing is it goes so far beyond construction. In fact that’s only the very first step. How you operate the building is even more important.”

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In Making it in a Man’s World, Construction Digital explores a controversial, yet very real evolution in the construction industry: Women who are climbing the ranks and stepping in to fill the construction skills gap. They may still be a minority – making up only 13 percent of people working in construction – but some women have established themselves in construction, building and demolition, and in turn, have quelled the voices of naysayers.

Quotes from leading industry women:

· Holly Bennett, Training and Development Director for Keltbray Ltd, on being the only woman in a ‘macho’ man’s world: “In all honesty I believe if you are a woman in what is predominantly a man’s world the biggest mistake you can make is to try and be like a man. We are different and if people accept that, they can see that there is a place for both sexes.”
· Theresa Daytner, President and CEO of Daytner Construction Group in Mount Airy, MD, whose success in construction culminated in winning the 2009 Maryland Women in Business Champion of the Year Award: “I am very proud of this award because I spend a lot of hours leading business groups that help women-owned businesses.”

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Rounding out the latest issue of Construction Digital magazine are profiles of global construction companies who are all on the leading edge of the industry.

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