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July 5, 2017
Is increased construction employment bittersweet?
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WSP expands green offerings with acquisition
Spotting the 5 factors for anodize finish variations
Water utilities can improve with the flow
Offsite construction convention coming to Dallas and Philly
Form + Function
The new Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort not only raised the bar for casino design in Biloxi, Mississippi, but also successfully addressed rigid Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations while using innovative technology to meet a fast-paced construction schedule.
Its parking garage (at left) features an alluring wave pattern mimicking the custom frit pattern on the resort’s curtain wall hotel tower. Strategically located adjacent to the existing resort and set amongst a tropical landscape, this state-of-the-art parking facility comprises seven levels, plus a rooftop, for more than 1000 parking spaces. It was designed with a pile cap foundation structure with post-tension concrete slabs for each of the 4550-m2 (49,000-sf) levels. Each ramp will be built for speed, allowing fast circulation and a cable barrier system set in place for vehicle safety. The levels all feature enclosed air-conditioned lobbies, paired with three high-speed elevators.
To read more about the SOSH NY-designed casino itself, click here.
Rainscreen options for superior protection
One of the most successful technologies for deterring rainwater intrusion into a building’s exterior wall and protecting the envelope is the rainscreen system. Introduced more than 20 years ago in the United States, this technology has continued to advance, along with its popularity among building owners who desire a ‘stylish raincoat’ for their structure.
Walls with rainscreen systems tend to be more durable and less prone to costly repairs resulting from water damage. In addition to water infiltration, rainscreen systems are also effective at managing air infiltration, negative wind pressures, heat transfer, and vapor transmission into and out of a building.
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September 12-14
Glassbuild America
National Glass Association/Window & Door Dealers Alliance
Atlanta, Georgia
September 13-15
CONSTRUCT & the CSI Annual Convention
Providence, Rhode Island
October 8-11
ASCE 2017
American Society of Civil Engineers
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 15-19
ACI Convention
American Concrete Institute
Anaheim, California
October 18-20
PSMJ Resources/Metal Construction Association
Las Vegas, Nevada
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