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Related Companies Announces ‘The Grand by Gehry’

at The Grand LA

LOS ANGELES, CA, Dec 2, 2021 – Related Companies announced the new 45-story residential tower at The Grand LA will be called “The Grand by Gehry.” The tower, designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry, will consist of 436 luxury residential apartments including 113 ultra-premium residences on the tower’s uppermost floors. Homes will range in size from studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms and feature a penthouse collection.

The Grand by Gehry Crown (credit: Related – CORE)

The Grand by Gehry will be the paradigm-shifting residential center to The Grand LA, Los Angeles’ newest destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment slated to open in 2022. The tower will feature first class amenities including expansive indoor and outdoor amenities providing a lifestyle never before realized in Downtown LA.

“The Grand by Gehry is the cornerstone to Frank Gehry’s long lived dream of revitalizing Downtown LA’s Grand Avenue corridor,” said Rick Vogel, SVP Related Companies. “The residential tower honors his commitment to transforming Downtown Los Angeles into a vibrant community centered around the top performing arts and cultural centers in the world.”

The Grand by Gehry Tower (credit: Related – CORE)

Through Gehry’s design, The Grand LA’s 164,000 square feet of retail space, anchored by chef-driven restaurants, a collection of shops and entertainment and the 28-story Conrad Los Angeles Hotel, will complement the nearby arts and cultural institutions like The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center, The Broad Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Colburn School of Music.

To learn more about the residences at The Grand by Gehry and join their interest list, please visit

About The Grand LA

Located at the cultural epicenter of Los Angeles comprised of the Music Center (including the Walt Disney Concert Hall), The Broad Museum, The Colburn School of Music and the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Grand is designed to become a 24-7 destination for shopping, dining, entertainment and hospitality, as well as a paradigm-shifting place to live. The Grand will include 164,000 square feet of retail space anchored by chef-driven restaurants; a collection of shops; a 305 room Conrad LA luxury hotel and more than 400 residences including affordable housing. The development will also include a large, vibrant public plaza with a series of landscaped, open terraces.

The Grand Avenue Project is a visionary public-private partnership with the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority to revitalize downtown LA’s cultural and civic core with a mix of commercial, retail, cultural and residential uses stitched together with great public spaces and world class architecture. This multi-phased master planned development is re-envisioning and re-developing underutilized government-owned parcels directly adjacent to the Civic Center and key cultural institutions.

Related Companies and CORE (USA) Investment Holding LLC are funding and executing the development of The Grand under a joint venture partnership.

Dodge Data Recognized as Approved GSA Contractor

HAMILTON, NJ, Sep 15, 2021 – Dodge Data & Analytics, the leading provider of commercial construction project data, market forecasting, industry insights and workflow integration tools for the construction industry, announced it has been recognized as an approved federal contractor on the GSA Schedule.

What: This inclusion provides federal and local government contractors access to Dodge’s market research and a number of electronic data publications, without going through the lengthy vetting process. The company, which has provided construction starts data for over a century, has unparalleled insight into the national U.S. market and maintains proprietary panels of contractors, as well as designers. As the industry grows more complex, access to this suite of data helps simplify and streamline government construction projects, providing users with increased speed and reliability.

Dodge Data & Analytics has provided data to the federal government for more than 60 years. Their solutions have been utilized by a wide range of divisions such as the Bureau of the Census, the Department of Energy, OSHA, HUD, the Department of Labor, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, GSA and the national labs. Inclusion in the GSA schedule will ensure that Dodge can continue to provide valuable insights and analytics to the United States government at all levels.

When: A list of Dodge Data & Analytics’ market research can be accessed immediately at this GSA advantage link. For any questions or more information, contact Carolyn Aliaga-Clarke at, or call 413-471-9517.

Where: Dodge Data & Analytics can be found in the GSA schedule under “Market Research and Analytics,” and through its GSA contract number #47QRAA21D0099, SIN 541910.

​​About Dodge Data & Analytics

Dodge Data & Analytics is North America’s leading provider of commercial construction project data, market forecasting & analytics services and workflow integration solutions for the construction industry. Building product manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors, and service providers leverage Dodge to identify and pursue unseen growth opportunities that help them grow their business. On a local, regional or national level, Dodge empowers its customers to better understand their markets, uncover key relationships, seize growth opportunities, and pursue specific sales opportunities with success. The company’s construction project information is the most comprehensive and verified in the industry.

As of April 15, Dodge Data & Analytics and The Blue Book — the largest, most active network in the US commercial construction industry — combined their businesses in a merger. The Blue Book Network delivers three unparalleled databases of companies, projects, and people.

Dodge and The Blue Book offer 10+ billion data elements and 14+ million project and document searches. Together, they provide a unified approach for new business generation, business planning, research, and marketing services users can leverage to find the best partners to complete projects and to engage with customers and prospects to promote projects, products, and services.

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ODA Seeks Strategic Partners for Scan to BIM

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, June 21, 2021 – Open Design Alliance (ODA), the leading provider of CAD and BIM interoperability solutions, announced the formation of a new Strategic Interoperability Group (SIG) to develop scan to BIM technologies.

Scan to BIM is a process for converting point cloud data generated by 3D laser scanners into parametric 3D BIM models. Applications of scan to BIM include as-built documentation, project additions and renovations, and facility management.

“Laser scanning has become a mainstream technology for digital twins,” said Neil Peterson, ODA president. “But point clouds generated by modern scanners are huge, often terabytes or even petabytes of data, making them difficult to work with. In addition, a BIM model is far more useful in many contexts than simple point cloud data, making it the preferred output for most users.

“The goal of ODA’s new SIG is to develop the industry’s first general-purpose scan to BIM SDK. We’re looking for strategic partners to work collaboratively on this project, companies that are not satisfied with current market offerings, and would like to guide and control the development of an ODA-based solution.

“A single ODA scan to BIM solution, funded and shared by many companies, is a superior development model. An ODA solution is more cost effective than expensive third-party solutions, and the quality will be better with dozens of companies using the same technology in a wide range of applications.”

ODA’s new SIG will develop high-quality, flexible and affordable scan to BIM technology comprised of the following:

  • Conversion of point cloud data into segmented meshes.
  • Identification and removal of interference objects.
  • Classification of segmented mesh models into common architectural objects such as walls, doors, windows, etc.
  • Conversion of classified objects to IFC, Autodesk Revit, and other BIM formats.

“As a non-profit industry partner, ODA is ideally positioned to develop this technology for the long-term benefit of the industry,” continued Mr. Peterson. “Our deep experience with BIM, point clouds, and geometric kernels perfectly complements the requirements for this complex project.”

Availability and Pricing

The new Scan to BIM SIG is open to ODA members of Sustaining and higher membership levels. More information about the new Scan to BIM SIG can be found at

Pricing for the Scan to BIM SIG will be determined by project participants. SIG members will be entitled to unlimited use of the developed software for a fixed annual fee, with source code licensing available.

About Open Design Alliance

ODA develops complete interoperability solutions for CAD and BIM. Our SDKs provide data access, creation, visualization, web collaboration and publishing for a wide range of engineering file formats. ODA is supported by more than 1200 member companies, including software developers, manufacturers, government entities, AEC firms, major retailers and other organizations spread across every engineering discipline.

Vectorworks Names Leslie Majer Richard Diehl Award Winner

COLUMBIA, MD, June 17, 2021 – Continuing its support for emerging designers, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces Leslie Majer as the Richard Diehl award winner for the fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship. With over 1,800 submissions, scholarships were awarded to 28 students for 21 projects in the architecture, entertainment, landscape and interior design industries. Winners included both individual and group submissions.

The winning project titled “Badehaus Breitstrom” was submitted by Majer for her thesis studio project at Bauhaus Universität Weimar and focuses on bathhouses and urban facilities. The project includes a historical reference with a focus on contemporary design, construction methods and sustainability. Majer used Vectorworks for drawings and connected them to Maxon’s Cinema 4D to create renderings.

“Leslie Majer’s project is a true gem,” said Vectorworks product marketing director Rubina Siddiqui. “It showcases very impressive work—not just in the graphics and the thoroughness or the detail, but the space that is created through the juxtaposition of simple and heavy elements to create something so massive and intricate is quite an accomplishment. We congratulate Leslie and all this year’s winners for their creative achievements. We hope the scholarships aid these designers in continuing to elevate and progress the design industry with their contributions.”

“It’s an incredible honor to win this scholarship and to be recognized by a jury of experienced, diverse design professionals,” said Leslie Majer, now graduate architecture student at ETH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. “In architecture school, we’re very much taught to learn and form our own stance on what’s important more so than the real parameters of construction or what our ideas will actually affect in the real world. It is an amazing feeling that the Vectorworks Design Scholarship gave the project and the topics it incorporates a bigger forum, which reaches beyond the discourse of my own university.”

This year’s winners represented countries from around the globe United States, Dominican Republic, Australia, England, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Japan. Submissions were evaluated based on design quality, concept and originality, the effective use of computer technology, presentation and explanation of design.

Congratulations to all winners:

Architecture Winners

  • “Pliable Display-Ground,” by Han Zhu, Xinyu Chen, and Wanting Zhou, Rice University
  • “Swinburne Station!,” by Shengye Yu, Swinburne University of Technology
  • “The Invisible Castle,” by Henri Kopra, University of Nottingham
  • “Hideout, Self-sufficient Huts in Cambodia,” by Justyna Dmytryk, Wrocław University of Science and Technology
  • “Ziemlich beste Nachbarn – Ein dezentrales Nachbarschaftszentrum,” by Sina Dreßler, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
  • “Badehaus Breitstrom,” Leslie Rahel Majer, ETH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich
  • “Forest Revolution,” by Wang Jiawen, Tama Art University

Landscape Architecture Winners

  • “Cooling UHI via Parametric Design in Landscape Architecture,” by Chien-Yu Lin, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • “Industrial Complex of an International Company Dedicated to Manufacturing Electronic Devices,” by Solange Lantigua and Lindi Patricia Oviedo Aguilar, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo
  • “Eden Project Productive Garden,” by Joss Paine, Cornwall College, University of Plymouth
  • “The Project of Podwawelski Park in Krakow,” by Łukasz Byś, Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology
  • “Dandelion – Zbrojovka Reloaded,” by Carina Brandl and Amelie Kessler, Technical University of Munich
  • “Fjorde in der Berliner Mitte – Bepflanzungskonzept Innenhöfe Charlie Living,” by Caroline Kemkes, Frauke Weerts, and Christian Lepper, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
  • “Le Bain Sauvage,” by Elisa Fomasi, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil

Interior Design Winners

  • “Projekt Adaptacji Wnętrza Stodoły na Cele Mieszkalne,” by Martyna Jaworska, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
  • “,” by Lukas Riedl, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
  • “In Situ – Ein Marktplatz mit Geschichte,” by Michelle Mosiman and Sara Vergallo, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Entertainment Winners

  • “Subject to Change,” by Mollie Singer, University of Maryland College Park
  • “All We Have Is Time,” by Wei Guo, Victoria College of the Arts
  • “Covid-19 Music Tour,” by Alex Forey, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • “Dzika Kaczka – Teatr Telewizji,” by Maciej Strzałkowski – Rajca, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Visit the Vectorworks Design Scholarship web gallery to view the winning designs, runner-up projects and projects from previous years.

To learn more about Vectorworks academic programs, visit Students and professors can also download a free individual copy of Vectorworks Designer software at

About Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning design and BIM software provider serving the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Creating intuitive software since 1985, we’ve become the preeminent software built to manage the entire design process. Globally more than 685,000 users are creating, connecting and influencing the next generation of design with Vectorworks on Mac and Windows. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Newbury, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at