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January 15, 2019

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Manhattan’s Greenwich West tower tops out

Manhattan’s Greenwich West tower tops out

Architecture firms Loci Anima and Adamson Associates have designed a handmade brick façade with custom glazed brick accents and art deco-inspired curved corners.

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Woolpert acquires Virginia-based architecture firm

Woolpert acquires Virginia-based architecture firm

Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects has worked extensively with municipalities, the Armed Forces, and educational institutions. This acquisition will bolster the design and planning capabilities of Woolpert.

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NY high school tackles space constraint with rooftop expansion

NY high school tackles space constraints with rooftop expansion

Designed by Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects (MBB), the 1301-m2 (14,000-sf) addition to the campus of Grace Church School, New York City, delivers flexible spaces with sunlight for varied physical activities and events.

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Illinois architecture firm promotes new principals

Illinois architecture firm promotes new principals

Illinois-based architecture, engineering, and forensics consulting firm Raths, Raths & Johnson (RRJ) expands its leadership team with three new principals.

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Features

Look out below

Look out below

FAILURES
The decision to replace an existing roof is often made in response to ongoing water leakage rather than as part of a proactive maintenance regimen, as owners and facility management companies attempt to obtain the last ounce of serviceability out of their building systems to manage cost. Unfortunately, such deferred maintenance can result in additional cost due to hidden damage to the underlying assembly.

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Mineral wool and the building exterior

Building material manufacturers are beginning to include mineral wool insulation into their assemblies to provide continuous, exterior thermal performance. The insulation’s appeal to designers and specifiers is based on several key performance characteristics. Mineral wool provides a barrier for counteracting the natural tendency of heat to flow from warm to cold surfaces. It is naturally fire resistant and vapor permeable. Adding enhanced fire protection to any façade system incorporating air, water, thermal, and vapor control layers makes mineral wool a logical value-add for exterior wall systems. Considering these additional benefits, it would make sense to investigate the integration of this highly capable insulation into the design of the façade.

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Project News

Integrated barrier system speeds up cold weather construction in Michigan

Integrated barrier system speeds up cold weather construction in Michigan

The Hilton Homewood Suites in Michigan wanted to extend its space to meet the demand for more lodging options. The six-story, 6968-m2 (75,000-sf), residential-style hotel has 139 rooms. Gordon Construction had to install 5470 m2 (58,880 sf) of sheathing in winter. The harsh, frigid weather represented a challenge. Therefore, an integrated water-resistive and air barrier (WRB/AB) system was specified, thereby saving time and money for the project designed by Campbell & Associates.

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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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2019 SPRING CDT STUDY GROUPS

Is your Chapter or Region (or affiliated Group) hosting an in-person or online CDT Certification Study Group? Please e-mail me at ericdlussier@gmail.com with details on the classes or URL.

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WHICH STATES DO NOT REQUIRE SEALS ON SPECS?

I have seen or heard people asserting that the design professional’s seal and signature are not required on construction specifications in some states. Which ones? I have been finding it difficult to believe any jurisdiction would consider construction specifications so lightly as to not require them to be sealed by the design professional in responsible charge of their preparation.

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