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November 27, 2018

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Studio Gang designs sugarcane-inspired tower for Hawaii

Studio Gang designs sugarcane-inspired tower for Hawaii

The vertical columns of the 41-story tower bend and twist like a sugarcane that is native to the island. This building is part of a larger development underway in the Ward Village district on Oahu’s south shore.

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Repurposing of historic New Jersey temple in harmony with neighborhood

Repurposing of historic New Jersey temple in harmony with neighborhood

A historic temple and former masonic lodge in Princeton, New Jersey, will be adapted into a 10-unit, mixed-income residential building. JZA+D will restore the exterior of the building to preserve its original character.

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Bird-friendly glass enhances visibility at Oregon Zoo center

Bird-friendly glass enhances visibility at Oregon Zoo center

The 1858-m2 (20,000-sf) education center in the Oregon Zoo features floor-to-ceiling, low-emissivity (low-e) glass with solar control and an etched pattern of varying line widths and spacing to prevent bird collisions.

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Virginia YMCA to get a new aquatic center

Virginia YMCA to get a new aquatic center

A new, $3.1-million aquatic center will be constructed at the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Virginia next year. Guernsey Tingle Architects of Williamsburg is designing the aquatic center.

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Features

Thin brick veneer for multistory, wood-framed construction

Thin brick veneer for multistory, wood-framed construction

Thin fired-clay brick veneer is increasingly specified for multistory, wood-framed construction to gain the flexible aesthetics, durability, and performance benefits of traditional anchored brick veneer at a lower cost. Also known as adhered veneer, thin brick is employed for a range of new and existing commercial and residential exterior and interior applications. As a versatile and economical alternative to traditional clay brick, thin brick can be employed when building plans or budgets may not permit standard brick masonry. This is particularly true in regions requiring greater thickness of insulation or higher R-values to meet energy codes when the project team wants to minimize the wall system’s total thickness.

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Millwork and net zero: Back to the future

Architectural woodwork has been around since the beginnings of human civilization, for both decorative and practical uses. Traditional construction methods and design evolved to cope with variable conditions, specifically wide swings in temperature and humidity. As interior environments are increasingly controlled, it has become possible to ignore some of the more traditional rules of design; sometimes successfully.

Materials have also changed, with engineered woods, laminates, solid surface materials, and metal laminates added to the mix. All these materials expand and contract with changes in the environment, each according to its own rules. Now, as energy conservation and green building practices are becoming more important, indoor temperature and humidity are being allowed to vary more freely. This brings old considerations for millwork construction back into play, and both design and material selection must be adjusted to compensate.

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Project News

Missouri rec center makes its presence known with a translucent wall façade

Missouri rec center makes its presence known with a translucent wall façade

The City of Maryland Heights, Missouri, transformed their original community center, a converted church from the 1970s, with a translucent wall system to meet the building’s needs. A challenge for the project’s façade was that it required a product that could facilitate the design goals of the building without compromising the amount of daylight in the structure. The center was particularly concerned with noise levels around the facility. Hence, the project team chose a two-panel, translucent wall system with sound-reduction capabilities.

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Events

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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SPECIFYING FOR DESIGN-BUILD PROJECTS

Specifying for a design-build project is quite different from specifying for design-bid-build. What things need to be considered by the design professional in developing the specifications for a design-build project? Are the construction drawings and specs part of the owner--design-builder contract documents? if so, when and how do they become part of the contract documents? What should be incorporated into the specs in light of this?

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CSI STUDENT CHAPTERS

If you are involved with a CSI-S chapter, what has the Chapter done that you think makes it successful? How often do you have events, what kinds of events, and are they on campus or out in the city? What have you done to get students involved and engaged?

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