Baker Bricks

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The Federal Courts’ Treatment of Alabama’s Immigration Law

Alabama’s new immigration law, the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act (H.B. 56) has received substantial nationwide publicity since its passage in July 2011.  Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how much practical impact the law will have on the construction industry and other businesses and individuals in Alabama, particularly in light of federal court decisions stopping enforcement of numerous provisions, and calls by Alabama’s Governor to “tweak” the law. read more…

It’s Official: Anyone Can be Green

The Empire State Building, the most iconic skyscraper in America, became the tallest building to receive LEED Gold certification for existing buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 2.85 million square foot office tower and tourist attraction celebrating its 80th birthday engaged in a more than two-year overhaul costing a total of $500 million dollars, including $100 million dollars to achieve the certification. A study determined that the significant investment was actually low for the number of square feet in the building. read more…