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Seeing the Urban Forests for the Trees: Secondary benefits of our cities’ wood

Photo courtesy M Magazine

In the wake of the devastation caused by the emerald ash borer, urban lumber harvesting has emerged as a response in the United States and Canada. Instead of grinding the wood into mulch, the urban wood movement promotes using urban forests to provide distinctive finishes for built spaces while also connecting those spaces to a piece of history. Designers, contractors, specifiers, and related professionals wishing to use urban wood must be aware of special considerations if they wish to take advantage of this unique resource.

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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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10 Key Questions about Exterior Shading

Photo © Richard Wilson. Photo courtesy Draper Inc.

Over the last decade, exterior shading has become more popular in the United States. However, many architects and building owners still have limited knowledge about these systems and why they should be considered part of the building design. This article explores 10 frequently asked questions about exterior shading, while providing insight into available systems and how they can be an important part of the building’s environmental control.

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Bridging the Specification Gap between Divisions 03 and 09: Concrete and floorcovering associations unite

Photo © Michael Marxer (marxerphotography.com). Photo courtesy Mapei

Division 03 specifies concrete floor surface flatness requirements to be installed by the concrete contractor. However, Division 09 specifies the concrete floor surface flatness for the flooring installer that must be met before installing the floorcovering. Cooperation between the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and six flooring associations has led to a solution for bridging the specification gap between Divisions 03 and 09.

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New Arkansas Music Pavilion Opens on a Good Note

This photo shows a view of the Arkansas Music Pavilion at night. The polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) cone structures come to life with lighting, while at the same time protect concert attendees. Photos courtesy Birdair

by Doug Radcliffe

Walton Arts Center (WAC) purchased the Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) in February 2011 with the goal of expanding the venue to serve a broader and more diverse audience. The AMP operated at the Washington County Fairgrounds after moving from the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Mall in 2012. However, after seeing a 200 percent increase in ticket sales in 2012, it was clear a permanent site was required to meet the region’s growing need for arts and entertainment. Further, the lack of a roof meant numerous event cancellations due to weather.

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Specifying Successful Systems for Detention Facilities

Photo © Bo Parker

The construction of detention and correctional facilities can be complex. In addition to standard construction materials and practice, these buildings are designed with a multitude of special materials and systems, known collectively as ‘detention equipment.’ This article focuses on the use of detention equipment contractors (DEC) when building correctional facilities.

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