Adam Maida

Cryptic messages on a cell phone. A teeter totter at a construction site. These are some of the clues people find when they revisit scenes to try and make sense of a death. “Forensics for Beginners” 

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California Update for Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jan 23, 2018
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• The number of Valley Fever cases in California has reached its highest since the state began tracking the disease. Public health officials, patient groups and now lawmakers are looking for new ways to prevent and diagnose it.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

With its mission over one-third complete, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District (USACE) has awarded two contracts for the consolidated debris removal program in Northern California following the October 2017 Wildfires. 

In Sonoma County, Environmental Chemical Corp. (E.C.C.), Burlingame, California, was awarded a $475-million firm-fixed-price Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract. 

In Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties, CERES Environmental Services, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, was awarded a similar contract for $160 million. 

Re-Thinking Cement

Aug 9, 2016
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  One of the most common building blocks in the developed world—cement—is also hugely polluting. So a Petaluma businessman is working to scale up an alternative to it.

Sausalito’s Homegrown Tall Ship

Dec 30, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

A modern replica of an 18th century sailing ship—built to 80% scale—is taking shape on the edge of Richardson Bay. When it is finished, the new tall ship will mostly host educational trips for Bay Area school kids. 

In the video below, Executive Director Alan Olson explains the Educational Tall Ship project in greater detail, while showing the ship's infrastructure as it appeared this past summer.

SAY’s Dream Center Takes Shape

Aug 6, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The complex transformation of a former hospital into a residential and support center for homeless youth is well underway. Parent organization Social Advocates for Youth is offering occasional tours of the facility in transition. After visiting the site this week, KRCB’s Bruce Robinson filed this update.

  The first priority for SAY right now is to be able to open the doors of the Dream Center. Communications Manager Caitlin Childs says that will also allow the first group of residents to help shape some of the final details at the new facility.

Green Roof Tops New Amy's Drive-Thru

Jun 13, 2015
Kerrrie Lee Cole, Symbios

  A new fast food outlet in Rohnert Park is drawing attention for their vegetarian menu, but the organic aspects of the Amy’s Drive-Thru building itself are also unusual.

The iconic tank is the most visible aspect of water management at Amy's Drive Thru, but company Sustainability Manager Tim Griffin says it's part of a carefully developed larger plan.

The North Bay’s Tight Housing Market Assessed

Apr 21, 2015

Rental vacancies across the North Bay are at record lows these days, and some regional housing market observers say that’s not likely to change any time soon.

  Garrick Brown, regional vice president of research for the international commercial real estate services company DTZ, expects the Bay Area’s tight housing market will continue to put pressure on employers. Especially, he predicts for workers in the Millennial generation, whose attraction to urban centers may wane as they age.

Tougher Energy Standards Coming for New Construction

Mar 4, 2014

California’s green building codes are already some of the strictest in the nation. And there are sweeping further changes on the way.

    The theme of the educational program at the Construction Technology Expo is “High Performance Buildings—Where We Are Going and How We Get There.” Architect Pete Gage says one part of the answer will be a heightened emphasis on including renewable energy generation in new buildings.