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January 29, 2019

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NY skyscraper will be second tallest in the Western Hemisphere

NY skyscraper will be second tallest in the Western Hemisphere

Designed by Gensler, Tower Fifth will rank as the second tallest building in New York City and in the Western Hemisphere.

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Revealing design proposals for O’Hare’s new terminal

Revealing design proposals for O’Hare’s new terminal

The Chicago department of aviation has unveiled the final five design options for the O’Hare expansion project. At 209,032 m2 (2.25 million sf), the new terminal will be one of the largest in the United States.

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ISO publishes new standards for BIM

ISO publishes new standards for BIM

A new set of standards released by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides a framework for managing project information through a collaborative use of building information modeling (BIM).

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Big Box
Nonresidential building spending to grow: AIA

Nonresidential building spending to grow: AIA

According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), nonresidential construction spending is projected to grow by 4.4 percent this year, thanks to healthy gains in the industrial and institutional building sectors.

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Features

Waterproofing multifamily balconies: Common failures

Waterproofing multifamily balconies: Common failures

Private balconies are a sought-after amenity in multifamily dwellings. However, apartment developers, builders, and designers often dislike balconies due to the added expense, complexity, and risk of failure from water. With careful attention to details, it is possible to design and build functional, aesthetically pleasing, and leakproof balconies.

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Glass walls: Miami-Dade certification is no longer enough

When Hurricanes Florence and Michael struck North America in 2018, many residents and business owners had to deal with major flooding and destruction. Even though the Miami-Dade certification, one of the strictest test protocols in North America, requires glass walls to have sufficient ratings for impact resistance and cyclic wind-pressure loading, storms such as Maria, Harvey, and Irma can still create devastation. As glass wall systems become a staple in architectural design, it is important to recognize Miami-Dade compliance is only the starting point. For safety, security, and longevity, more is needed.

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Project News

Restoration simplified with construction management software

Restoration simplified with construction management software

The exterior walls of the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, was a water-damaged, faded façade and in desperate need of restoration. A $45-million renovation project was therefore undertaken to create a feeling of “elegance meets the beach” with new culinary offerings and a second outdoor pool. Fuse Consulting Engineers (Fuse) was responsible for the design and engineering work on this project, including all aesthetic, environmental, and structural issues. To do this successfully in five months, Fuse employed construction management software (CMS) to improve jobsite coordination, reduce busywork, and streamline reporting.

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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

June 6-8
AIA Conference on Architecture

Inside CSI

CSI

ARE TODAY’S CD’S “FINAL REVIEWED” BEFORE SENT OUT TO BID?

My work as a building pathology and building enclosure restoration professional over the past two years has made me really question whether today’s CD’s, which are often Revit-based (computer-aided) documents and resultant of a “collaborative” project delivery system, are “checked” for accuracy and clarity prior to being “sent out”. Has architectural methodology in design firms changed? Is there a final check review anymore?

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WHAT IS THE HESS TEST?

A major manufacturer of mineral fiber ceilings publishes product data based on a “Hess Test”. If anyone has a description of the test protocol, please send me a copy.

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