DuPont and China’s Yingli Energy Company Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, have signed a new one-year, $100 million strategic agreement that includes the supply of advanced solar materials, the installation of a solar power plant and co-marketing initiatives aimed at accelerating the broader and faster adoption of solar energy to address the world’s growing energy needs. This agreement is an expansion of a $100 million supply agreement between the companies announced in February 2012.

“Materials are critical to help ensure our solar panels provide superior power output for their 25-year expected lifetime, or longer,” said Liansheng Miao, chairman and chief executive officer, Yingli Green Energy. “The agreement we have signed with DuPont assures our supply of high-quality materials that have proven performance and our continued collaboration on further technological advances to optimize the efficiency and durability of our products. Yingli Green Energy has long been committed to making solar affordable for everyone with superior-quality products.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Yingli China will purchase materials including DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallization pastes that help boost the power output of solar cells and DuPont Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride film that has been proven to protect solar panels even in the harshest environmental conditions. The companies also will extend their collaboration to include the installation of a solar energy plant at a DuPont facility in China using panels made with advanced materials from DuPont, and will potentially expand installation of similar plants to additional DuPont sites or other commercial projects in China. Yingli China and DuPont further agreed to extend their collaboration on technology to develop the next generation of high-efficiency solar cells and modules and on co-marketing activities.

“This agreement further expands our strategic relationship, and we look forward to working even more closely with Yingli to deliver superior-quality solar panels that will continue to accelerate the adoption of solar energy to meet the growing global demand for energy,” David B. Miller, president, DuPont Electronics and Communications, said in a statement.

Cohen Brothers Realty Corp. to Receive 2013 Q Award for Construction of RedBuilding at Pacific Design Center

Cohen Brothers Realty Corp. of California will receive the Alliance for Quality Construction’s Q Award for construction of its Silver LEED-certified RedBuilding on June 20th at the iconic Pacific Design Center. The new RedBuilding is the Pacific Design Center’s final component comprised of the 1975 Blue Building and 1988 Green Building, in West Hollywood, Calif. The project was union built by Jones & Jones, and architecturally designed by Cesar Pelli, FAIA, of Pelli Clarke Pelli, who is notable for also designing the 2007 Q Award recipient, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County, Calif.

The $165 million RedBuilding is a result of collaboration of developer and owner Charles S. Cohen, agency construction manager Jones & Jones and internationally renowned architect Cesar Pelli. This collaboration completed a magnificent structure with smart technology and increased electrical capacity designed to be flexible to meet fast-changing tech needs. The property is LEED-certified. Full of natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, RedBuilding offers a purposefully healthier environment for occupants.

RedBuilding offers 400,000 sq. ft. of luxury class-A office spaces with expansive city views, parking for nearly 1,500 cars and executive amenities like an elegantly landscaped Palm Court six stories above ground level and private elevators. The design, split into two buildings linked to the Green Building via a sky bridge and full of architectural curves and angles, created challenges for the contractor in delivering the vision created by Cesar Pelli. The contractor visited glass manufacturers around the world to create the exact shade of red glass to match Pelli’s and Cohen’s specifications. The red glass panels were engineered in Minnesota, manufactured in China and then shipped to Bangkok, Thailand, for installation into the aluminum frames. Through a four-sided silicone glazing system, the curtain wall, 100 percent solid red frit glass combined with a 50 percent dot and 75 percent dot pattern, creates the solid red appearance of the RedBuilding’s exterior; the wall also features gray vision glass windows.

AQC’s Q Award is given annually for outstanding contributions toward the attainment of quality construction within the building industry of Southern California. The winner is selected by the Alliance’s membership from quality union construction projects completed in the previous year. Recipients of previous Q Awards have been Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (2012), Los Angeles Unified School District’s Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (2011), the new LAPD Police Administration Building (2010), LAUSD Ramón C. Cortines School of the Visual and Performing Arts (2009), Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE (2008), Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County (2007), The Getty Villa in Malibu (2006), The Home Depot Center in Dominguez Hills (2005), The Walt Disney Concert Hall (2004), and Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral (2003).

W&H Properties’ 1350 Broadway Earns Federal Government’s Energy Star Certification

Energy Star certification has been awarded to W&H Properties’ 1350 Broadway building in New York City. 1350 Broadway, which received an Energy Star score of 87, indicating that it is a top performer, is the fourth W&H property to receive Energy Star certification.

The program, which follows the retrofit model underway at the portfolio flagship Empire State Building, encompasses efforts to conserve energy, reduce water usage, recycle waste and improve environmental quality.

Situated in the Broadway office corridor, across from Macy’s flagship location, 1350 Broadway contains 25 stories and more than 400,000 sq. ft. of modern office space. It offers unsurpassed access to transportation, being just steps from the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak at Penn Station, Port Authority, PATH, 15 subway lines and all major bus lines.

The building recently completed a $53 million upgrade program that includes a new lobby, renovated elevators, a new roof and façade, renovated air-conditioned public corridors and restrooms and upgraded building-wide systems, including state-of-the-art electrical, plumbing, HVAC and security.