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January 22, 2019

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ICC releases resilience benchmarks for buildings

ICC releases resilience benchmarks for buildings

Jointly developed by the International Code Council (ICC) and the Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR), the benchmarks provide a mechanism to evaluate a facility’s current state of resilience.

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Two West Coast architecture firms merge

Two West Coast architecture firms merge

Seattle and San Francisco-based Mithun and Hodgetts + Fung of Los Angeles have merged to increase their capacity for urban mixed-use, higher education, civic, cultural, and corporate project commissions.

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Texas mixed-use building utilizes crystalline technology

Texas mixed-use building utilizes crystalline technology

Located on the site of a former AT&T storage building, the $29-million Marquis development is designed by Kelly Grossman Architects. Crystalline technology was specified to ensure the integrity of the extensive below-grade concrete structures.

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Turning space constraints into assets at a New York school

Turning space constraints into assets at a New York school

A five-story expansion replaces temporary trailer structures with 9012 m2 (97,000 sf) of classrooms, cafeterias, and gymnasium areas at a New York school.

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Features

Timber towers: The future of tall wood building design

Timber towers: The future of tall wood building design

Advocates for mass timber construction boast of faster construction times, lower labor costs, and environmental benefits. However, some building professionals are still skeptical. Design firm Hickok Cole has designed Timber Towers, a conceptual 60-story mass timber skyscraper in Philadelphia, to showcase what is possible with wood.

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Assignment of design to constructors: Continuing the discussion

The construction community has identified the need for explicit communication to contractors from architectural and engineering firms, clearly and completely describing design requirements presented within specifications that do not form a part of standard services for engineering and design. Full acknowledgement of deferred design components is the responsibility of the architect/engineer of record, giving full disclosure to clients relating to transfer of responsibility for design solutions to the constructor. In Part II of the series, the authors explain the need to clearly communicate deferred design.

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Project News

Fabricated glass used to make New Jersey building ultra-green

Fabricated glass used to make New Jersey building ultra-green

An ultra-green office building was created in Princeton University, New Jersey, using high-performance materials and cutting-edge technology. The facility was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Over 4274 m2 (46,000 sf) of fabricated glass was used for the facility. Jacobs Engineering Group designed the three-story, 12,077-m2 (130,000-sf) building. The facility also features solar panels, rainwater and daylight harvesting systems, a green roof, two wind turbines, and more than 30 electric vehicle charging stations.

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Events

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

March 26-27
Air Barrier Association of America Conference and Trade Show

April 3-5
NASCC: The Steel Conference

Inside CSI

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DO YOU INCLUDE AN ARTICLE SIMILAR TO THE FOLLOWING IN PART 1? IF SO...WHY?

When I served on the CSI Specifications subcommittee (reviewer of SpecText), the primary architectural consultant for CSRF was the great Wayne Watson, FCSI, FCSC, (W2) one of the finest specifiers I ever knew. This subject was discussed and W2 was strongly opposed to inclusion of the RRP in SpecText. The subcommittee was in unanimous agreement the RRP was in violation of the CSI principle of “say it once and say it in the right place” for specification writing.

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MY FIRST “SPEC”

So, I have been tapped to prepare a project manual for the first time. I have got some anxiety about this, but I feel up to the task. I would appreciate any and all advice that more seasoned specifiers can give.

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