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Solving window wall problems by eliminating causes

Some windows walls  employ designs that include exposed slab edges, but these can lead to potential problems. Rethinking the basic design concepts could have important benefits. All images courtesy Raymond Ting

Window walls eventually fail under repeated occurrences of causes like loads, movement, stress fatigue, and the degradation of material properties due to aging. How can one simply anticipate the ‘causes’ and then design to eliminate them in the first place? A rethinking of traditional glazing design is in order.

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The Value in Standardizing Door Schedules

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by Melany Whalin, CSI
Horror stories abound among hardware consultants who have been called in at the last minute to create hardware specifications that were needed yesterday, only to be given incomplete or inaccurate door schedules on which to base their specifications.

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Mansfield Center for Performing Arts commands an audience

Mansfield Center for Performing Arts in Texas features oversized entrances matched with large, curving spans of glass and aluminum storefront and curtain wall with sun shades. Photos courtesy Huckabee and Tubelite Inc.

Situated on a hill in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, Mansfield Independent School District’s Center for the Performing Arts features oversized entrances matched with large, curving spans of glass and aluminum storefront, as well as a curtain wall with sunshades, drawing attention from the students, staff, and community.

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