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FAILURES

Pass the salt

Exterior steel elements—both structural (e.g. columns) and architectural (e.g. handrails)—need to be protected from corrosion, usually with high-performance coatings. However, even high-performance coatings degrade when exposed to severe environments.

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NEWS

Proposed asbestos rules make headlines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June released proposed regulations related to asbestos. Environmental critics have voiced their disapproval and mainstream media have picked up on the story.+ Read More
FAILURES

Sequence of work

While determining the sequence of tasks is the responsibility of the general (or sub) contractor, the designer should consider where guidance is needed to highlight important sequencing issues.

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FORM + FUNCTION

Woven metal mesh gives an artistic look to a Long Beach courthouse

A new courthouse in Long Beach, California, is the country’s first social infrastructure project procured under performance-based infrastructure (PBI) contracting. The cost and risk of the Governor George Deukmejian courthouse were transferred from the public sector to a private-sector team.
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NEWS

Download our free e-book on fire safety strategies

Recent high-rise fires around the world have shown professionals must be vigilant against potential fire hazards. The Construction Specifier’s series of sponsored e-books continues with a multifaceted look at fire behavior in buildings and designing for occupant safety.+ Read More
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