Breaking the glass roof: Building with ETFE architecture

Tensile structures have been used for millennia. When indigenous peoples required shelter that was lightweight and structurally sound, fabrics made from animal hides and easily transportable elements were the most viable solution. At the Roman Colosseum, a retractable Velarium provided shading for a more comfortable spectator experience. Now, ethylene...
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Understanding the value of janitorial services

by Alan France

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is seen by many across the globe as the premier benchmark of achievement in green building. Savvy building owners and developers recognize the importance of the janitorial function when it comes to LEED certification in existing buildings,...

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Specifying seismic ceiling safety

The International Building Code (IBC) sets minimum requirements for life safety and preservation of property. All 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands use the code at local or statewide levels. Following its requirements helps increase safety and may decrease possible long-term liability costs.
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Lockers for Little Company of Mary Hospital

Since entering the United States from Rome in 1893, the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary have upheld an extremely endearing tradition of tending to the sick throughout the entire Chicagoland area. This dedication has extended well beyond the building of the original Little Company of Mary Hospital...
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Dog Washing in Multi-family Housing

While tubs for dog washing are a common feature of veterinary clinics, kennels, and professional pet-grooming services, these products are increasingly being installed in locations where dog-owners can wash their own pets. Many multi-family housing developments, apartment buildings, and residential condominiums now offer dog-washing rooms in addition to exercise...
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Saving on Natatorium Energy Costs with Green Options

New technologies can provide optimal natatorium environmental control and energy savings. Today’s indoor pool dehumidifiers and outside air ventilation systems technology has changed so much over the last decade, a new or retrofitted natatorium stands to save millions of dollars in energy costs over the 15 to 25-year lifecycle...
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Planning Music Suites for Secondary Schools

The secondary school music suite is comprised of all the rooms or areas used for music education, including rehearsal and practice spaces and storage for instruments, sheet music and apparel. Three key factors should be addressed in music suite design. Good acoustics enable critical listening; an effective space plan...
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