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December 11, 2018

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Errors found in the design of collapsed Florida bridge

Errors found in the design of collapsed Florida bridge

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that is investigating the March 2018 pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami said in a preliminary report, errors were made in the design of the 53-m (174-ft) span.

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Pyramid-shaped NY library breaks ground

Pyramid-shaped NY library breaks ground

Construction on the Far Rockaway Public Library in New York has begun. Designed by Snøhetta, the new structure will replace the existing 1962 facility.

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Washington first to allow tall wood buildings

Washington first to allow tall wood buildings

The Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) has approved code changes to allow the structural use of mass timber in buildings as tall as 18 stories. This makes Washington the first state to allow tall mass timber structures into its building code, without an alternate method.

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Big Box
Payette wins 2019 AIA Architecture Firm Award

Payette wins 2019 AIA Architecture Firm Award

According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Boston-based Payette challenges conventional hypotheses and cultivates design innovation without preconception.

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Features

Expanding on structural steel

The effects of corrosion on metal building components range from aesthetically undesirable appearances to hazardous structural conditions. This is particularly the case for masonry buildings constructed in the early 1900s, where unprotected structural steel is often in contact with exterior wall construction. Thus, the masonry as well as the steel can be affected, and ongoing corrosion of steel may be concealed within the wall. In masonry buildings, corrosion of steel is typically associated with water that migrates through the exterior cladding and comes in contact with the embedded steel, potentially affecting steel beams, columns, lintels, and anchorages when part of the exterior wall assembly.

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Acoustic panels reduce noise and boost productivity at Adelphi University

Acoustic panels reduce noise and boost productivity at Adelphi University

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Libraries are notoriously quiet, or at least they are meant to be, but what about when students need to communicate for studying and project work? How can libraries effectively accommodate these activities and keep the noise down for other patrons?

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Project News

Photoluminenscent strips offer safe exit at Minneapolis clinic

Photoluminenscent strips offer safe exit at Minneapolis clinic

The Hennepin Healthcare Clinic and Specialty Center (CSC) in Minneapolis is making an impression with its aesthetic use of natural lighting, wayfinding, convenience, and life/safety photoluminenscent (PL) egress path markings. Designed by BWBR, CSC is a six-story glass façade with a 58-m2 (190-ft) glass and steel skyway.

If power and emergency lighting fals, the stair nosings’ PL strips, combined with PL demarcation tape applied to all steel railings, handrails, stair landings, and exit doors outlines will expedite safe occupant egress.

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Events

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

March 14-19
RCI International Convention and Trade Show

April 3-5
NASCC: The Steel Conference

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USE OF COLOR IN SPECIFICATIONS

I am looking for opinions and experience regarding the use of colored text, highlighting, and color coding when preparing and issuing project manuals. There are by nature some pros and cons to doing this and in the past I have experienced conditions where viewing devices and printing methods do not always cooperate with the use of colors. Comments will be appreciated.

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SCAFFOLDING SPECIFICATIONS

I am trying to find a source of information (or available section) addressing building scaffolding but have not found much information. Working on a VA Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I tried 01 15 00–Temporary Facilities and Division 02 in MasterSpec, but no mention of building scaffolding. Does anyone have a source I can go to?

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