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The Track to Span 3: Genesis of the innovative Manhattan West Platform

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The Manhattan West Platform is the first stage in a vibrant urban development that will serve as the foundation for public and new commercial space. This article discusses the unique structural challenges in designing an innovative platform structure over the tracks leading into New York City’s Penn Station while minimizing, or completely avoiding, disruption of rail service to North America’s busiest rail corridor.

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Richardsville Elementary – NET ZERO

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September 2010 marked the grand opening for Richardsville Elementary, the First Net-Zero Insulated Concrete Form School in the U.S. Warren County School district, the school board responsible for Richardsville, has been building energy efficient schools that are being recognized for their innovation across the United States.

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Designing Stone Wool Ceiling Assemblies

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Stone wool’s various attributes are making the material attractive for use in suspended ceilings in educational, office, and healthcare projects. This article touches on such assemblies’ acoustics, air quality and light reflection impacts, along with information about fire performance, humidity, and dimensional stability. Design professionals must also understand the aesthetic possibilities, including flexibility with edges, sizes, colors, surfaces, shapes, and textures.

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The Benefits of BIM for Interior Steel Framing

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) software is helping architects and specifiers streamline their product selection process by providing detailed 3D models of specific products and allowing them to track the product through the construction process. While the use of BIM is increasing, the idea of using component-specific BIM programs, such as those for interior steel wall framing is only beginning to gain traction among building professionals. As such, this article gives a comprehensive review of how component-specific BIM tools can provide benefits throughout the construction process and even after the building is complete.

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Mix Design Fundamentals: Considerations for concrete for slabs-on-ground

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Interior concrete should not crack or curl excessively requiring grinding before the flooring can be installed; exterior concrete should not crack or deteriorate prematurely from freeze-thaw cycles. Some argue concrete will always crack, and nothing can be done about it. This is most often an excuse when poor design or poor placement has resulted in excessive cracking or the real problem is too much mix design water, lack of welded wire reinforcement, or too little aggregate and poor curing methods.

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