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Has time run out for glazed brick?

Glazed brick has had a love/hate relationship with the real estate, design, and construction community for well over a century. In 2011, the New York Times ran an article in the real estate section...

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FEATURE

The rise of the blue roof

Blue-roof implementation is on the rise in the United States and, indeed, around the world. First conceived in 2008, these ROOF assemblies have proved to be an emerging technology that changes the game in densely populated, urban areas like San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York.
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FEATURE

Considerations for standard, modified, and custom aluminum doors

Selecting entrance systems for use in commercial and institutional buildings involves balancing multiple factors, including location, function, and appearance, along with the occupants’ frequency of use, the facility manager’s maintenance program, and the project’s budget and schedule.
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Specifying hacking-resistant access control

Hacking has become a far bigger threat than most think. Indeed, the greatest risk to national security comes from not from aircraft carriers or infantry divisions, but a computer with a simple Internet connection located anywhere in the world. + Read More
FAILURES

Abrasive or microabrasive?

Decades ago, abrasive cleaning of façades typically involved application of sand or aluminum oxide media against building walls at high pressures (i.e. 5516 kPa [800 psi] or more).

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FORM + FUNCTION

Convention center saves with restroom retrofit

The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, built in a Chicago suburb in 2006, hosts hundreds of events annually. The large influx of visitors resulted in the struggle of keeping up with paper towel refills, until an electric hand-drying option was specified.
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