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November 13, 2018

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ZGF repurposes historic hangar as Google’s latest office

ZGF repurposes historic hangar as Google’s latest office

The historic Spruce Goose Hangar is the latest addition to Google’s campus in Playa Vista, California. The project’s architect, ZGF, preserved the design and spirit of the original hangar, while creating a modern workspace.

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Construction costs continue to rise due to tariffs and labor shortage

Construction costs continue to rise due to tariffs and labor shortage

The price of new nonresidential buildings accelerated in October as contractors attempted to recoup fast-rising costs for materials and labor.

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Five teams shortlisted to design Chicago airport project

Five teams shortlisted to design Chicago airport project

The City of Chicago has shortlisted five teams to design the historic O’Hare 21 Terminal Expansion Project. The shortlist features a wide range of teams, with international and local expertise, that will vie for a chance to shape the airport’s biggest expansion ever.

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Bjarke Ingels-designed New York school reimagines education

Bjarke Ingels-designed New York school reimagines education

Modular classrooms, treehouses, and a vertical farm promote an inclusive and collaborative learning environment at WeGrow’s first school in New York City.

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Features

Integrating structural insulated panels with metal-framed buildings

Integrating structural insulated panels with metal-framed buildings

What does it take for gymnasiums or buildings with wide-open interior spaces to achieve a Platinum certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program? Building teams increasingly are specifying structural insulated panels (SIPs) in conjunction with steel frames. SIPs are engineered wall and roof systems combining structure, insulation, and air barrier in one unit. The panels are made of a rigid insulating foam core to which structural wood panels have been laminated.

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The importance of masonry cavities

A cavity in masonry wall systems is essential for laying masonry units and constructing the wall. The other required functions of a cavity are best served by a clear, predictable air space the full height of the cavity, not simply the 250 mm (10 in.) above the weeps. Many of the available rainscreen drainage mat materials provide in a cost-effective manner good drainage and the required expansion and movement. Drainage mats facilitate a clear and predictable air gap in cavity masonry, as well as thin veneer. Particularly with irregular stone, a drainage mat is the only practical way to maintain an air gap with the realities of constructability. Combined with proper detailing, these rainscreen products eliminate the concerns of mortar squeezings and result in stronger walls, reduced risk of moisture intrusion, improved energy performance, and superior appearances.

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Project News

‘Unexpected experiences’ dot California office campus

‘Unexpected experiences’ dot California office campus

San Diego-based SCA Architecture has completed the planning, design, and entitlements for a new 9-ha (23-acre) campus for communications company Viasat in Carlsbad, California. The new campus is designed to embody Viasat’s culture of creativity, exploration, freedom, and innovation, as well as foster interaction between employees, clients, and visitors.

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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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USE OF “FUTURE DIVISIONS” IN MASTERFORMAT

I recently had a mechanical, engineering, and plumbing (MEP) consultant “create” Division 20 as a “CYA” section for sections that cover multiple disciplines. Has anyone else seen this? Recommendations as to how to handle?

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ABS SCH 40 VS. SDR 35 FOR OUTDOOR SEWER APPLICATION

I recently received a request for substitution for ABS Sch 40 to be used in an outdoor sewer application versus our specified SDR 35 PVC. What are your thoughts on the outdoor use of ABS versus PVC for sewer applications, and the rejection of the substitution with the caveat the owners can use what they want at their own risk?

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