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December 18, 2018

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Sejong world’s first ISO-certified smart city

Sejong world’s first ISO-certified smart city

South Korean city, Sejong, was awarded this designation by the British Standards Institution (BSI) for achieving world-class performance and maturity in light of the smart city framework.

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2018 maintains skyscraper construction momentum: CTBUH

2018 maintains skyscraper construction momentum: CTBUH

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH’s) annual report, more than 140 buildings of 200 m (656 ft) or greater were completed in 2018.

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A look back at the top 10 features and stories of 2018

A look back at the top 10 features and stories of 2018

As the year winds down, The Construction Specifier is revealing the website’s most popular features and articles from 2018. Reread a favorite or check out a piece you missed online the first time around.

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Big Box
Harvard’s HouseZero lab a lesson in ultra-efficiency

Harvard’s HouseZero lab a lesson in ultra-efficiency

Snøhetta and Skanska Teknikk retrofitted the headquarters of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC), a pre-1940s building in Massachusetts, into an energy-positive prototype for ultra-efficiency.

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Features

Specifying revolving doors

Specifying revolving doors

Revolving doors are enjoying resurgence due to their ability to prevent unwanted air infiltration and enhance the aesthetic appeal of an entrance. However, specifiers will find detailing for revolving doors challenging because of the availability of a wide range of door types with different capabilities.

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Complex metal cladding encloses Olympic museum

Leaving a legacy often requires fortitude of purpose and character that only the best among us can realize, regardless of pursuit.

When the new U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado, opens to the public in 2019, it will undoubtedly add to the legacies of design architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and general contractor GE Johnson Construction Company, the construction manager for this complex structure. Find out why.

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Project News

Minnesota transit center improves aesthetics with aluminum plate system

Minnesota transit center improves aesthetics with aluminum plate system

The Cedar Grove Transit Center in Minnesota improved its aesthetics, performance, and durability by installing an aluminum plate system. The transit center used more than 465 m2 (5000 sf) of aluminum with a formed-plate barrier system in a bright silver color. Engineered for low-rise applications, the wet-joint, metal plate panel system is suited for projects going down to grade, and feature multiple bends, shapes, and conditions where a long service life is needed.

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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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WHAT GIFT HELPED INFLUENCE YOUR CAREER PATH

LEGOs? Erector Set? Lincoln Logs? What holiday gift first got you thinking about a career in the construction industry?

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USE OF COLOR IN SPECIFICATION

I’m 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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