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February 14, 2017
Apollo Career Center in Lima, Ohio, has undergone an extensive renovation and expansion to accommodate the growing number of students it serves. Constructed in the 1970s, the center passed its 40th anniversary in April of last year. "The school was undersized for the number of students, so the expansion was necessary," says Laura Little, ASID, LEED AP, of project architect Garmann Miller. "One thing we were trying to do is update the appearance of the facility so it didn't look like a 1970s building." In part, the project team accomplished this through installation of insulated metal panels (IMPs).
Can you imagine being able to see and experience a building before it is constructed? This does not mean reviewing blueprints or watching a building information modeling (BIM) video, but virtually entering a room or building, walking around, and picking things up and rearranging them. That vision is now possible, thanks to virtual reality (VR). No other equipment allows for this kind of interactivity, which gives owners the opportunity to see their projects come to life—and make changes to design and layout—before ground is broken.
February 12-15
AAMA 80th Annual Conference
American Architectural Manufacturers Association
Phoenix, Arizona
March 1-3
International Roofing Expo
Informa Exhibitions
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 16
CSI Chicago Chapter
Chicago, Illinois
March 16-21
RCI International Convention and Trade Show
Anaheim, California
March 22-24
NASCC: The Steel Conference
American Institute of Steel Construction
San Antonio, Texas
April 4-7
Tile of Spain/Ceramics of Italy/TCNA
Orlando, Florida
April 27-29
AIA Conference on Architecture
American Institute of Architects
Orlando, Florida
May 24-28
CSC National Conference
Construction Specifications Canada
Kelowna, British Columbia
Two of the biggest restroom plumbing choices are how to provide sensor operation and how to save water with fixtures and flushometers. However, whether products are being specified for a new development or an existing building can have an impact on decisions. In some cases, a commercial developer is constructing a new facility; in others, an owner plans to make extensive renovations to an existing building—either way, plumbing choices come into play. Plumbing systems offer a way to both improve the restroom environment and reduce costly water and energy consumption. Therefore, restrooms tend to receive special attention when undergoing new construction or renovations.
When the baby boomers—the largest generation in U.S. history—began to set up households in the 1960 and '70s, design trends were very different than they are today. Thick carpets with accompanying pads covered the floor in most living spaces. Thick and relatively soft vinyls and early linoleum covered most hard surfaces. Despite the aesthetic limitations of these building materials, they absorbed impact sound extremely effectively. As a result, the earliest efforts at multi-family noise control primarily addressed airborne noise.
Design and construction of high-performance buildings involves control systems that are increasingly advanced. To get the facility to truly perform to its potential, these systems have to work together in an optimal way, interacting to ensure startup and commissioning do not slow down the project's acceptance-and-completion phase. This article describes the importance of high-quality contract documents, highlighting important aspects of the specifications to give the commissioning and closeout team a useful tool to help ensure performance as the owner takes over the building. This article is based on this author's experience with multiple projects, particularly the Dartmouth College Class of 1978 Life Science Center (LSC).
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