Vision Reborn: Modern FRP composites restore ornamental masonry

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Sometimes, the best way to restore an historic building is not the way it was originally built. The methods and materials of construction have changed, and newer options are available to re-create the original design. Labor-intensive approaches of a century ago are now prohibitively expensive. This
 is especially true in the case of decorative details, which were sometimes hand-made.

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Xypex: Concrete Waterproofing with Crystalline Technology

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Crystalline waterproofing improves concrete durability, lowers maintenance costs, and extends building lifecycles From building foundations, elevator pits, floor slabs, and exterior precast panels to water treatment facilities and underground urban infrastructure, concrete is the most commonly used construction material.

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Designing All-wood Podiums

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Wood ‘podium’ construction takes an age-old material and moves it into the 21st century. Structures retain sought-after features—beauty, familiarity, and carbon sequestration—while soaring to greater heights and achieving sometimes dramatic cost savings.

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Specifying Structural Framing Systems

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Many factors come into play when designers specify structural framing. There are so many criteria, sometimes there is no absolute answer as to which framing system would perform best. At the same time, the interests of various parties must be served, meaning the final selection does not always rest with the structural engineer.

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Addressing Skilled Labor Shortages with SIPs

The net-zero ready Portland Community College Newberg Center used SIPs for an energy-efficient, airtight building envelop. Photo © Stephen Miller Photography

by Joe Pasma, PE

The good news is commercial construction is picking up after several dismal years, with construction spending projected to be 5.5 percent higher in 2014 than 2013. The bad news is the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has pointed out “a skilled labor shortage in the country may threaten projected growth and the ongoing recovery.” How can structural insulated panels (SIPs) help?

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