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Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private university for the education of the Deaf and hard of hearing located in Washington, D.C., on a 99 acres campus.Founded in 1864, Gallaudet University was originally for both deaf and blind children. It was the first school for the advanced education of the deaf and hard of hearing in the world and remains the only higher education institution in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. Hearing students are admitted to the graduate school and a small number are also admitted as undergraduates each year. The university was named after Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a notable figure in the advancement of deaf education, who himself was not deaf.Gallaudet University is officially bilingual, with American Sign Language and English used for instruction and by the college community. Although there are no specific ASL proficiency requirements for undergraduate admission, many graduate programs do require varying degrees of knowledge of the language as a prerequisite. Wikipedia.


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Contraception | Year: 2014

Objective Previous survey research indicates that women and men experience reduced sexual pleasure when using condoms, especially compared to nonbarrier family planning methods. This study seeks to explore those experiences of reduced pleasure in-depth and how they affect contraceptive method decisions and use. Study Design In-depth interviews with 30 men and 30 women between the ages of 18 and 36 years in the United States about their contraceptive decisions and use were analyzed. Results Both men and women complained about the way that condoms interfered with their sexual pleasure. Several women (and no men) complained that condoms actually hurt them, and the majority of couples had at least one member who reported disliking condoms. For hormonal methods and intrauterine devices, general side effects were usually one of the most important reasons that women continued or discontinued methods, but few sexual side effects were reported. Conclusions Interfering with sexual pleasure appears to be the most important reason that both men and women do not use condoms, and public health practitioners should recognize the limitations of condoms as a contraceptive technology. Despite problems with general side effects, most women (and men) prefer hormonal methods to condoms. Implications This study provides in-depth descriptions showing that young adult men and women in the United States use condoms less because condoms interfere with their sexual pleasure. Although women often say they experience general negative side effects from hormonal birth control, they usually perceive few sexual side effects from hormonal birth control. Since young heterosexual adults usually perceive themselves to be at much greater risk for pregnancy than sexually transmitted infections, they mostly perceive hormonal birth control to be a greatly superior contraceptive option compared to condoms. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 1.00M | Year: 2015

This Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) project The RAVE Revolution for Children with Minimal Language Experience During Sensitive Periods of Brain and Language Development is jointly funded by Robust Intelligence and Cyber-Human Systems Programs of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate; the Developmental and Learning Sciences Program, and the Science of Learning Centers Program of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences; the Office of International Science and Engineering; and the Office of Integrated Activities. The interdisciplinary team expands the boundaries of traditionally separate disciplines by uniting synergistically to explore a transformative learning tool to reduce the devastating impact of minimal language experience on children. Childrens dramatically reduced language experience has been shown to have a deleterious impact on learning language, reading, and achieving normal cognitive functions across life,a problem facing many children in the nation (e.g., children from low SES backgrounds; late-exposed bilingual children). Deaf babies are at particular risk, as beyond minimal language experience, many receive no accessible language experience in early life. The Robot AVatar thermal-Enhanced learning tool, or RAVE, is placed near a babys high-chair and makes available multiple core components of sign language, with speech options, in first-time socially interactive ways, and, crucially, during critical periods of human brain and behavior development. Exploration of this revolutionary learning tool involves scientists spanning four disciplines (Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Virtual Human Science, Robotics, and Applied Psychophysiology/Biomedical Engineering), provides science answers about how all babies discover core components of language, resolves previously insoluble problems in the four sciences, and is propelled by the shared objective to enhance early learning gains for populations that would otherwise be at a lifelong disadvantage.

Of particular novelty, fNIRS brain imaging provides first-time discovery of babies sensitivities to multiple rhythmic components underlying language vital to healthy language learning. This forms the basis for creating rhythmic patterns at the core of nursery rhymes and conversational samples in sign language (through Motion Capture) and speech. Thermal IR imaging+eye tracking identifies when deaf babies who cannot yet produce language are in a peaked arousal state and ready to learn. This triggers the robot+virtual human to start, cease, or solicit interaction based on the babys social engagement. When the babys gaze locks with the robot, the robot initiates gaze direction to virtual humans, initiating joint attention and socially-contingent conversation in human artificial agent interaction. This triggers an interfaced screen where virtual humans provide rhythmic nursery rhymes and conversations in sign language, with speech options. Together, the RAVE team explores a new aid to children with minimal or no language input; provides the nation with a competitive science and technological edge; and, trains under-represented groups in STEM, students in interdisciplinary science, and young deaf scientists in the advancement of science with transformative translational significance for all society.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 38.83K | Year: 2013

An innovative union of Cognitive Neuroscience, Robotics, and Avatar scientists are coming together for a NSF Signing Creatures Workshop on November 14-15, 2013 at Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.). The goal of the Workshop is to explore the feasibility of creating Robot and Avatar creatures that can sign and engage in interactive communication with young deaf and hearing children during critical periods of human development. Language acquisition research has established that children must receive early language exposure to achieve language and reading success. Despite research demonstrating the healthy brain benefits afforded to deaf children with early sign language exposure, this is not available to deaf children born to non-signing parents. Signing Robots and Avatar virtual humans can provide sign language to deaf children in communicative toys and games, similar to learning products for hearing children. The Workshop stems from a NSF grant to Cognitive Neuroscientist, Laura-Ann Petitto, PI, (and Science Director and Co-PI of the NSF Science of Learning Center, VL2, at Gallaudet) and Avatar scientist, David Traum, Co-PI, University of Southern California. Joining them is Robotics scientist Paul Oh of Drexel University. Broader Impact: The Workshop brings together deaf and hearing scientists from a broad range of disciplines to address critically important problems for education, learning, and reading in deaf children. The Workshop gives rise to new cross-disciplinary scientific knowledge and exciting explorations into the development of groundbreaking translational learning and reading products for deaf and hearing children. Additional broad applications include language translation, and high school and adult education.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2011

This proposal requests a continuation of one of the most fruitful products of the SLC program, the annual meeting of students and post-doctoral fellows being trained within the various Science of Learning centers. In the past this conference has led to cross-center research collaborations, and to the creation of a national,and even international, interdisciplinary community of young scholars who are likely to continue to be in touch, cooperate and collaborate throughout their future careers.


The goal of this project is to create a linguistically annotated, publicly available, and easily searchable corpus of video from American Sign Language (ASL). This will constitute an important piece of infrastructure, enabling new kinds of research in both linguistics and vision-based recognition of ASL. In addition, a key goal is to make this corpus easily accessible to the broader ASL community, including users and learners of ASL. As a result of our long-term efforts, we have an extensive collection of linguistically annotated video data from native signers of ASL. However, the potential value of these corpora has been largely untapped, notwithstanding their extensive and productive use by our team and others. Existing limitations in our hardware and software infrastructure make it cumbersome to search and identify data of interest, and to share data among our institutions and with other researchers. In this project, we propose hardware and software innovations that will constitute a major qualitative upgrade in the organization, searchability, and public availability of the existing (and expanding) corpus.

The enhancement and improved Web-accessibility of these corpora will be invaluable for linguistic research, enabling new kinds of discoveries and the testing of hypotheses that would otherwise have be difficult to investigate. On the computer vision side, the proposed new annotations will provide an extensive public dataset for training and benchmarking a variety of computer vision algorithms. This will facilitate research and expedite progress in gesture recognition, hand pose estimation, human tracking, and large vocabulary, and continuous ASL recognition. Furthermore, this dataset will be useful as training and benchmarking data for algorithms in the broader areas of computer vision, machine learning, and similarity-based indexing.

The advances in linguistic knowledge about ASL and in computer-based ASL recognition that will be accelerated by the availability of resources of the kind proposed here will contribute to development of technologies for education and universal access. For example, tools for searching collections of ASL video for occurrences of specific signs, or converting ASL signing to English, are still far from attaining the level of functionality and usability to which users are accustomed for spoken/written languages. Our corpora will enable research that aims to bring such vision-based ASL recognition applications closer to reality. Moreover, these resources will afford important opportunities to individuals who would not otherwise be in a position to conduct such research (e.g., for lack of access to native ASL signers or high-quality synchronized video equipment, or lack of resources/expertise to carry out extensive linguistic annotations). Making our corpora available online will also allow the broader community of ASL users to access our data directly. Students of ASL will be able to retrieve video showing examples of a specific sign used in actual sentences, or examples of a grammatical construction. ASL instructors and teachers of the Deaf will also have easy access to video examples of lexical items and grammatical constructions as used by a variety of native signers for use in language instruction and evaluation. Thus, the proposed web interface to our data collection will be a useful educational resource for users, teachers, and learners of ASL.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 18.37K | Year: 2012

The two-day workshop for emerging deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists at Gallaudet University will bring together deaf and hard-of-hearing people at all stages of the science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) pipeline. The workshop will utilize vertical mentoring to address common challenges and barriers involved with pursuing careers in STEM for this severely underrepresented group.

Intellectual merit: This will be the first time that deaf and hard-of-hearing people who are pursuing or have obtained degrees in STEM will have the opportunity to become part of a mentoring network. Previous efforts have included all disability groups, but have never focused solely on deaf and hard-of hearing population. The workshop will be structured based on two successful models in the past for other under-represented groups: (1) vertical mentoring for women in STEM (Packard 2003, Packard & Nguyen 2003) (2) vertical mentoring workshop for the Blind in STEM (http://www.cs.washington.edu/vmwb/) to encourage more deaf and hard-of-hearing people to pursue scientific endeavors. Data collected before and during the workshop will result in a white paper that will contain best practices on how to include deaf and hard-of-hearing people in future NSF-funded projects.

Broader Impacts: The key broader impact is increasing the capacity of deaf and hard of hearing students to succeed in STEM fields. The number of deaf and hard-of hearing people in STEM fields is very small (0.13-0.19%) compared to the general population (11-15.3%; NSF 1996, 2004, 2009, 2011). One of the major barriers for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in STEM is communication with peers. The large communication diversity (e.g. sign language, captioning, and cued speech) within the deaf and hard-of-hearing population needs to be considered. Participants that use different modes of communication will be strongly encouraged to attend, and the appropriate service providers will be available, and information about the workshop will be disseminated through major advocacy organizations serving each type of communication mode.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 519.69K | Year: 2013

Gallaudet University is the worlds only liberal arts university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. Gallaudets S-STEM project provides scholarships to deaf students majoring in biology, chemistry, or mathematics.

This projects intellectual merit results from addressing the severe under-representation of deaf individuals in STEM fields by providing a specific plan to prepare deaf students for STEM careers. The goals of this plan are realized through the following objectives: 1) recruit deaf students into STEM majors, 2) provide scholarships to talented deaf STEM students with documented financial need, 3) provide individual and group activities to support undergraduate S-STEM Scholars, 4) assist deaf S-STEM Scholars in overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers, and 5) to provide support services to deaf S-STEM Scholars to ultimately enter STEM careers.

Broader Impacts result from increasing the number of talented deaf students who choose a STEM major, and increasing the number of deaf STEM majors who are well prepared to enter STEM careers. Deaf S-STEM Scholars are interacting with deaf mentors and deaf scientists to understand that they truly can make significant contributions to STEM fields. There is a need for replicable best practices in educating deaf undergraduates in STEM disciplines, and this project can help develop such practices. Plans are in place to disseminate these best practices on Gallaudets website for prospective students and the public. Plans are also in place to reach the STEM education community through presentations at national venues and publications in professional and higher education literature, including those that focus on teaching and learning.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Cooperative Agreement | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 8.86M | Year: 2011

NSF and Gallaudet University?s Science of Learning Center for Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) entails multidisciplinary projects sharing in scientific purpose the discovery of how aspects of higher cognition are realized through one of human?s most central senses, vision. Through the enhancing lens of natural signed languages, projects investigate how deafness and visual languages provide a window into the flexibility and structure of the human mind. Projects identify the effects of visual processes, visual language, and social experience on visual learners? development of cognition, language, and reading and literacy. Visual learning is unraveled in monolinguals and bilinguals spanning development, to promote optimal practices across educational settings. Center projects are divided into seven Strategic Focus Areas. Four involve state-of-the-art scientific research, neuroimaging, and/or computational modeling, each rendering emerging findings to educational intervention design, including, Visual & Cognitive Plasticity, Language Development & Bilingualism, Reading & Literacy, and Translational Research to Educational Practice. Three involve, Translational outreach, Center Management, and Diversity. Uniqueness: Deaf and hearing scientists and educators; two-way dialog among researchers and teachers/public; Student Leadership Teams; infrastructure promoting national and international resource sharing across vast partnership institutions; capacity to serve as the nation?s ?first-response? regarding educational priorities. Broader Significance: Center products ensure advances in education for students at risk for low achievement. Comparative analyses of auditory and visual bases for language, reading, and print-literacy lead to new paradigms for understanding learning essential for enhancing educational, social, and vocational outcomes for all humans, deaf and hearing, consequently transforming the Science of Learning.


Located in NoMa, just north of the iconic Union Station transit hub, the project will consist of 525 luxury apartments and extensive lifestyle amenities. HORSHAM, Pa. and LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE:TOL) (www.Tollbrothers.com), the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, through its Toll Brothers Apartment Living® subsidiary, and AECOM Capital, the investment fund of AECOM, a premier fully integrated global infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure and real estate assets in over 150 countries around the world, announced today the financing of Union Place, a 525-unit luxury rental community located in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  Leasing is projected to commence in Spring 2018. The project is being financed through a recently closed $130 million construction loan facility from U.S. Bank National Association as administrative agent and The Bank of New York Mellon. The loan was arranged by Toll Brothers’ in-house Finance Department. The site, at the corner of 2nd Street and K Street NE, is located in the rapidly growing NoMa neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to over 55 restaurants, a 50,000 square foot Harris Teeter supermarket, a newly opened REI flagship store, and more than 50 free community events a year.  The property, bordering the H Street corridor, is a short walk to historic Union Station, which offers AMTRAK and Metro service; to the NoMa‐Gallaudet University Metro Station; and to major NoMa district employment centers. Toll Brothers Apartment Living® will oversee the building’s marketing, leasing and property management. AECOM Tishman, a construction subsidiary of AECOM, will oversee construction. Union Place is a community of 525 residential units.  When complete, the 14-story project will include approximately 16,000 square feet of retail space (including a daycare center) and a 240‐space, below‐grade parking garage.  Amenities within the building will include an approximately 1,300 square foot club room, a commercial-style fitness center, a café, an 11,000 square foot courtyard, multiple lounges and a rooftop pool with infinity edge. Charles L. Elliott, managing director of Toll Brothers Apartment Living, stated: “We are very pleased to be partnering with AECOM on our second major urban project together. The first, The Morgan at Provost Square, a 417-unit, 38-story transit-oriented development in Jersey City, New Jersey, has been a very successful joint venture. “Union Place is Toll Brothers Apartment Living’s second major urban rental project in Washington, D.C., the first being Parc Riverside in the Capitol River District by the Washington Nationals' baseball stadium. We view Union Place and the NoMa neighborhood as one of the most convenient locations in D.C. Its access to transportation and employment is unparalleled and it offers a vibrant sense of community in which to live, work and play.” John T. Livingston, chief executive of AECOM Capital, stated: “We’re focused on developing projects with like-minded partners that fully capitalize on the transit-oriented lifestyle that residents today want, and Union Place is a continuation of that vision. Toll Brothers is more than a great partner, they are a leading brand in residential luxury development and we are thrilled to be working together as a co-developer and construction manager to execute this important project.” ABOUT TOLL BROTHERS Toll Brothers, Inc., A FORTUNE 600 Company, is the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. The Company began business in 1967 and became a public company in 1986. Its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “TOL.” The Company serves move-up, empty-nester, active-adult, and second-home buyers and operates in 20 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, as well as in the District of Columbia. Toll Brothers builds an array of luxury residential single-family detached, attached home, master planned resort-style golf, and urban low-, mid-, and high-rise communities, principally on land it develops and improves. The Company operates its own architectural, engineering, mortgage, title, land development and land sale, golf course development and management, home security, and landscape subsidiaries. The Company also operates its own lumber distribution, house component assembly, and manufacturing operations. Through its Gibraltar Capital and Asset Management joint venture, the Company provides builders and developers with land banking and joint venture capital. The Company acquires and develops commercial and apartment properties through Toll Brothers Apartment Living, Toll Brothers Campus Living, and the affiliated Toll Brothers Realty Trust, and develops urban low-,  mid-, and high-rise for-sale condominiums through Toll Brothers City Living. In 2016, Toll Brothers ranked #6 among all 1,500 companies in Fortune magazine’s survey of the World’s Most Admired Companies in the Quality of Products/Services Offered category behind only Apple, Walt Disney, Amazon, Alphabet, and Nordstrom. The firm was also named as the Most Admired Home Building Company for 2016, the second year in a row it has been so honored. Toll Brothers was named 2014 Builder of the Year by Builder magazine, and is honored to have been awarded Builder of the Year in 2012 by Professional Builder magazine, making it the first two-time recipient.  Toll Brothers proudly supports the communities in which it builds; among other philanthropic pursuits, the Company sponsors the Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, bringing opera to neighborhoods throughout the world. For more information, visit www.tollbrothers.com. Toll Brothers discloses information about its business and financial performance and other matters, and provides links to its securities filings, notices of investor events, and earnings and other news releases, on the Investor Relations section of its website (tollbrothers.com/investor-relations). TOLL BROTHERS APARTMENT LIVING Toll Brothers Apartment Living is the apartment development division of Toll Brothers, Inc., the nation’s premier builder of luxury homes. Toll Brothers Apartment Living is bringing the same quality, value, and service familiar to luxury home buyers throughout the country to upscale rental communities in select markets, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Toll Brothers Apartment Living communities combine the energy of vibrant locations with unparalleled amenities, resident services, design, and the expertise of the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. In FORTUNE Magazine’s 2016 Survey of The World’s Most Admired Companies® Toll Brothers was ranked #6 worldwide across ALL INDUSTRIES in Quality of Products/Services Offered after Apple, Walt Disney, Amazon, Alphabet, and Nordstrom, and before Netflix and Facebook. For more information on Toll Brothers Apartment Living and its other apartment communities, visit www.tollbrothersapartmentliving.com. About AECOM AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM. ABOUT AECOM CAPITAL AECOM Capital, a subsidiary of AECOM, is an investor and developer of real estate, infrastructure and energy projects across North America. With significant experience in real estate, public-private partnerships designed to maximize value for tax-payers, and private to private infrastructure developments, AECOM Capital targets high quality risk adjusted investments throughout the United States and select international markets. AECOM has vast resources across all engineering, design and construction services that AECOM Capital leverages for deal flow, due diligence, execution and project delivery. Since its formation in 2013, AECOM Capital has invested in 16 projects, with a total development value in excess of $4 billion. For more information, visit www.aecomcapital.com. Toll Brothers Forward-Looking Statements Certain information included in this release is forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, information related to: anticipated operating results; anticipated financial performance, resources and condition; selling communities; home deliveries; average home prices; consumer demand and confidence; contract pricing; business and investment opportunities; market and industry trends; and the anticipated benefits to be realized from the acquisition of Coleman Homes. Such forward-looking information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect actual results and cause them to differ materially from expectations expressed herein and in other Company reports, SEC filings, statements and presentations. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: local, regional, national and international economic conditions; fluctuating consumer demand and confidence; interest and unemployment rates; changes in sales conditions, including home prices, in the markets where we build homes; conditions in our newly entered markets and newly acquired operations; the competitive environment in which we operate; the availability and cost of land for future growth; conditions that could result in inventory write-downs or write-downs associated with investments in unconsolidated entities; the ability to recover our deferred tax assets; the availability of capital; uncertainties in the capital and securities markets; liquidity in the credit markets; changes in tax laws and their interpretation; effects of governmental legislation and regulation; the outcome of various legal proceedings; the availability of adequate insurance at reasonable cost; the impact of construction defect, product liability and home warranty claims, including the adequacy of self-insurance accruals, and the applicability and sufficiency of our insurance coverage; the ability of customers to obtain financing for the purchase of homes; the ability of home buyers to sell their existing homes; the ability of the participants in various joint ventures to honor their commitments; the availability and cost of labor and building and construction materials; the cost of raw materials; construction delays; domestic and international political events; weather conditions; and the anticipated benefits to be realized from the acquisition of Coleman Homes. For a more detailed discussion of these factors, see the information under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any or all of the forward-looking statements included in this release are not guarantees of future performance and may turn out to be inaccurate. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. AECOM Forward-Looking Statements All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:  demand for our services is cyclical; limited control over operations run through our joint venture entities; misconduct by our employees or consultants or our failure to comply with laws or regulations applicable to our business; our leveraged position and ability to service our debt; ability to maintain surety and financial capacity; exposure to legal, political and economic risks in different countries as well as currency exchange rate fluctuations; the failure to retain and recruit key technical and management personnel; our insurance policies may not provide adequate coverage; unexpected adjustments and cancellations related to our backlog; dependence on third party contractors who fail to satisfy their obligations; systems and information technology interruption; and changing client preferences/demands, fiscal positions and payment patterns. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements are set forth in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.


Located in NoMa, just north of the iconic Union Station transit hub, the project will consist of 525 luxury apartments and extensive lifestyle amenities. HORSHAM, Pa. and LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE:TOL) (www.Tollbrothers.com), the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, through its Toll Brothers Apartment Living® subsidiary, and AECOM Capital, the investment fund of AECOM, a premier fully integrated global infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure and real estate assets in over 150 countries around the world, announced today the financing of Union Place, a 525-unit luxury rental community located in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  Leasing is projected to commence in Spring 2018. The project is being financed through a recently closed $130 million construction loan facility from U.S. Bank National Association as administrative agent and The Bank of New York Mellon. The loan was arranged by Toll Brothers’ in-house Finance Department. The site, at the corner of 2nd Street and K Street NE, is located in the rapidly growing NoMa neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to over 55 restaurants, a 50,000 square foot Harris Teeter supermarket, a newly opened REI flagship store, and more than 50 free community events a year.  The property, bordering the H Street corridor, is a short walk to historic Union Station, which offers AMTRAK and Metro service; to the NoMa‐Gallaudet University Metro Station; and to major NoMa district employment centers. Toll Brothers Apartment Living® will oversee the building’s marketing, leasing and property management. AECOM Tishman, a construction subsidiary of AECOM, will oversee construction. Union Place is a community of 525 residential units.  When complete, the 14-story project will include approximately 16,000 square feet of retail space (including a daycare center) and a 240‐space, below‐grade parking garage.  Amenities within the building will include an approximately 1,300 square foot club room, a commercial-style fitness center, a café, an 11,000 square foot courtyard, multiple lounges and a rooftop pool with infinity edge. Charles L. Elliott, managing director of Toll Brothers Apartment Living, stated: “We are very pleased to be partnering with AECOM on our second major urban project together. The first, The Morgan at Provost Square, a 417-unit, 38-story transit-oriented development in Jersey City, New Jersey, has been a very successful joint venture. “Union Place is Toll Brothers Apartment Living’s second major urban rental project in Washington, D.C., the first being Parc Riverside in the Capitol River District by the Washington Nationals' baseball stadium. We view Union Place and the NoMa neighborhood as one of the most convenient locations in D.C. Its access to transportation and employment is unparalleled and it offers a vibrant sense of community in which to live, work and play.” John T. Livingston, chief executive of AECOM Capital, stated: “We’re focused on developing projects with like-minded partners that fully capitalize on the transit-oriented lifestyle that residents today want, and Union Place is a continuation of that vision. Toll Brothers is more than a great partner, they are a leading brand in residential luxury development and we are thrilled to be working together as a co-developer and construction manager to execute this important project.” ABOUT TOLL BROTHERS Toll Brothers, Inc., A FORTUNE 600 Company, is the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. The Company began business in 1967 and became a public company in 1986. Its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “TOL.” The Company serves move-up, empty-nester, active-adult, and second-home buyers and operates in 20 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, as well as in the District of Columbia. Toll Brothers builds an array of luxury residential single-family detached, attached home, master planned resort-style golf, and urban low-, mid-, and high-rise communities, principally on land it develops and improves. The Company operates its own architectural, engineering, mortgage, title, land development and land sale, golf course development and management, home security, and landscape subsidiaries. The Company also operates its own lumber distribution, house component assembly, and manufacturing operations. Through its Gibraltar Capital and Asset Management joint venture, the Company provides builders and developers with land banking and joint venture capital. The Company acquires and develops commercial and apartment properties through Toll Brothers Apartment Living, Toll Brothers Campus Living, and the affiliated Toll Brothers Realty Trust, and develops urban low-,  mid-, and high-rise for-sale condominiums through Toll Brothers City Living. In 2016, Toll Brothers ranked #6 among all 1,500 companies in Fortune magazine’s survey of the World’s Most Admired Companies in the Quality of Products/Services Offered category behind only Apple, Walt Disney, Amazon, Alphabet, and Nordstrom. The firm was also named as the Most Admired Home Building Company for 2016, the second year in a row it has been so honored. Toll Brothers was named 2014 Builder of the Year by Builder magazine, and is honored to have been awarded Builder of the Year in 2012 by Professional Builder magazine, making it the first two-time recipient.  Toll Brothers proudly supports the communities in which it builds; among other philanthropic pursuits, the Company sponsors the Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, bringing opera to neighborhoods throughout the world. For more information, visit www.tollbrothers.com. Toll Brothers discloses information about its business and financial performance and other matters, and provides links to its securities filings, notices of investor events, and earnings and other news releases, on the Investor Relations section of its website (tollbrothers.com/investor-relations). TOLL BROTHERS APARTMENT LIVING Toll Brothers Apartment Living is the apartment development division of Toll Brothers, Inc., the nation’s premier builder of luxury homes. Toll Brothers Apartment Living is bringing the same quality, value, and service familiar to luxury home buyers throughout the country to upscale rental communities in select markets, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Toll Brothers Apartment Living communities combine the energy of vibrant locations with unparalleled amenities, resident services, design, and the expertise of the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. In FORTUNE Magazine’s 2016 Survey of The World’s Most Admired Companies® Toll Brothers was ranked #6 worldwide across ALL INDUSTRIES in Quality of Products/Services Offered after Apple, Walt Disney, Amazon, Alphabet, and Nordstrom, and before Netflix and Facebook. For more information on Toll Brothers Apartment Living and its other apartment communities, visit www.tollbrothersapartmentliving.com. About AECOM AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM. ABOUT AECOM CAPITAL AECOM Capital, a subsidiary of AECOM, is an investor and developer of real estate, infrastructure and energy projects across North America. With significant experience in real estate, public-private partnerships designed to maximize value for tax-payers, and private to private infrastructure developments, AECOM Capital targets high quality risk adjusted investments throughout the United States and select international markets. AECOM has vast resources across all engineering, design and construction services that AECOM Capital leverages for deal flow, due diligence, execution and project delivery. Since its formation in 2013, AECOM Capital has invested in 16 projects, with a total development value in excess of $4 billion. For more information, visit www.aecomcapital.com. Toll Brothers Forward-Looking Statements Certain information included in this release is forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, information related to: anticipated operating results; anticipated financial performance, resources and condition; selling communities; home deliveries; average home prices; consumer demand and confidence; contract pricing; business and investment opportunities; market and industry trends; and the anticipated benefits to be realized from the acquisition of Coleman Homes. Such forward-looking information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect actual results and cause them to differ materially from expectations expressed herein and in other Company reports, SEC filings, statements and presentations. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: local, regional, national and international economic conditions; fluctuating consumer demand and confidence; interest and unemployment rates; changes in sales conditions, including home prices, in the markets where we build homes; conditions in our newly entered markets and newly acquired operations; the competitive environment in which we operate; the availability and cost of land for future growth; conditions that could result in inventory write-downs or write-downs associated with investments in unconsolidated entities; the ability to recover our deferred tax assets; the availability of capital; uncertainties in the capital and securities markets; liquidity in the credit markets; changes in tax laws and their interpretation; effects of governmental legislation and regulation; the outcome of various legal proceedings; the availability of adequate insurance at reasonable cost; the impact of construction defect, product liability and home warranty claims, including the adequacy of self-insurance accruals, and the applicability and sufficiency of our insurance coverage; the ability of customers to obtain financing for the purchase of homes; the ability of home buyers to sell their existing homes; the ability of the participants in various joint ventures to honor their commitments; the availability and cost of labor and building and construction materials; the cost of raw materials; construction delays; domestic and international political events; weather conditions; and the anticipated benefits to be realized from the acquisition of Coleman Homes. For a more detailed discussion of these factors, see the information under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any or all of the forward-looking statements included in this release are not guarantees of future performance and may turn out to be inaccurate. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. AECOM Forward-Looking Statements All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:  demand for our services is cyclical; limited control over operations run through our joint venture entities; misconduct by our employees or consultants or our failure to comply with laws or regulations applicable to our business; our leveraged position and ability to service our debt; ability to maintain surety and financial capacity; exposure to legal, political and economic risks in different countries as well as currency exchange rate fluctuations; the failure to retain and recruit key technical and management personnel; our insurance policies may not provide adequate coverage; unexpected adjustments and cancellations related to our backlog; dependence on third party contractors who fail to satisfy their obligations; systems and information technology interruption; and changing client preferences/demands, fiscal positions and payment patterns. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements are set forth in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.

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