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November 6, 2018

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Architect of the capitol steps down

Architect of the capitol steps down

Stephen Ayers, FAIA, CCM, LEED AP, the architect of the capitol (AOC), has resigned from his position as the 11th head of the federal agency. Under his leadership, the AOC oversaw the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome.

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Concrete rings create a celebratory space for veterans

Concrete rings create a celebratory space for veterans

Intersecting bands of site-cast concrete, arranged in concentric rings, give form to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) in Columbus, Ohio. Designed by Allied Works, the space seeks to honor veterans from all conflicts.

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Roof canopy protects light-sensitive art at Houston museum

Roof canopy protects light-sensitive art at Houston museum

The Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas, is the first freestanding museum facility built expressly for the acquisition, study, exhibition, conservation, and storage of modern and contemporary drawings.

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Joined LED system enhances Memphis bridge

Joined LED system enhances Memphis bridge

A connected light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system offers hundreds of light distribution patterns to create static or fluid displays with animated color shows at a bridge in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Features

Fully tempered glass and spontaneous fracture

Fully tempered glass and spontaneous fracture

Owners do not expect the glass on their buildings to fracture spontaneously, inviting injury and damage, nor should they. After nearly 60 years of manufacturing knowledge about the inherent susceptibility of fully tempered glass to spontaneous fracture, it is time to fully address the issue. For most projects, there are viable alternatives to the use of monolithic, fully tempered glass.

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Put penetrations to the test: The effect of cladding attachments on air and water barriers

Guidelines for detailing and testing air and water barriers (AWBs) with cladding attachments are limited. Installation practices are also not consistent across projects. Each of these penetrations has its own unique attachment method, with varying potential effects on air and watertightness and the building’s overall thermal performance. However, the impact these cladding attachments may have on the effectiveness of the AWB can easily be overlooked. Design professionals should be aware of the limitations of current terminology and test methods related to the performance of penetrations through the AWBs.

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Project News

Louisiana hospital improves operational efficiency with rubber flooring

Louisiana hospital improves operational efficiency with rubber flooring

Opened in 1959, the Slidell Memorial Hospital is a 229-bed acute care hospital in the New Orleans metropolitan area, Louisiana. As part of the hospital’s masterplan to keep the building up-to-date and improve its efficiency, rubber flooring was installed in the intensive care unit (ICU) more than 10 years ago. The floor’s simple cleaning regimen has eliminated the need for strippers and the application of finishes and sealants, thereby resulting in savings for the hospital. The floor can also protect against slips and falls and significantly reduces glare coming from its surface.

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Events

November 14-16
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

November 28-29
ABX | ArchitectureBoston Expo

November 28-30
The Buildings Show

January 22-25
World of Concrete

January 22-25
The International Surface Event (TISE)

February 4-7
Sprayfoam Convention & Expo

February 11-13
The Roofing Expo

February 19-21
International Builders Show

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DOORS AND WINDOWS

The project in development has both vinyl windows clad in metal and vinyl patio doors and frames clad in metal from a single manufacturer. My preference would be to include both products in a single section. The issues revolve around the segregated MF18 level 2 numbering, which does not include for a combined door/window section. Thoughts, recommendations, and second opinions are requested.

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CCCA EXAM PREPARATION

The study questions I have found for the CCCA are very similar to the CDT questions I have seen. I am wondering if anyone has recently taken the CCCA exam, and if so, can you tell me if this is true? Are the CDT and CCCA questions similar?

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