Minimizing hospital infections starts in the restroom

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) occur in every type of healthcare facility and can be spread in various ways. These infections are caused by a number of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Hospital water systems and bathrooms can be ideal places for germs to breed. However, through smart restroom design...
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Selecting and installing anti-ram fencing

Vehicle ramming attacks are on the rise in the United States and abroad. Therefore, many government agencies are assessing vulnerabilities in their facilities and public spaces. Anti-ram fencing, which is more cost-effective and practical than bollards, is ideal for restricting unauthorized vehicle access to a facility and for protecting...
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Utah theater sets stage with groundbreaking technology

Stage wizardry is on full at the newly opened Hale Centre Theatre—officially named Mountain America Performing Arts Center—in Sandy, Utah. The $80-million theater measures 12,356-m (133,000 sf) and includes two stages. The Centre Stage is the one of the most technologically sophisticated auditoriums in the world. Utah-based Beecher Walker...
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Using EPDs to spark change

In recent years, building and design professionals have witnessed a significant shift in what is considered a sustainable construction project. The more stringent requirements of the latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) rating system have raised the bar for project teams with sights set on LEED...
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Green, lean, and safe strategies for sustainable outcomes

Construction operations are highly fragmented and complex in nature. This often leads to high levels of waste, making it difficult to build sustainable projects. This article explores an integrative approach to building green, lean, and safe projects—it proposes incorporation of lean construction strategies into sustainable design and construction to...
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Insulating buildings with pressure-sensitive tape

Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape technologies have properties that can insulate a building from environmental events such as precipitation, vapor ingress, extreme cold and heat, and external noise. While there may be a temptation to use putties and caulks instead of PSA tapes for insulation purposes, those materials are typically...
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Building an envelope warranty

When it comes to multilayered dry-joint rainscreen systems, designers face a potential loophole in the specification/installation process. Should a leak occur in a rainscreen design, before or after the project’s completion, the owner is faced with a costly dilemma. The problem usually occurs when there are different subcontractors for...
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