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February 12, 2019

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Celebrating the best in contemporary architecture

Celebrating the best in contemporary architecture

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recognized nine projects with its 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. The awards highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives.

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Metal panels provide ‘shape and shadow’ to Wisconsin arts center

Metal panels provide ‘shape and shadow’ to Wisconsin arts center

The Pablo Center at the Confluence in Wisconsin fits into its site where the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers meet by using traditional and practical building systems such as insulated metal panels (IMPs).

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Glass-fronted spaces increase transparency in Boston office

Glass-fronted spaces increase transparency in Boston office

The new office of Boston-based real estate firm Cresa has opened in the city’s Waterfront District. Design firm Tria has created an open, modern, and collaborative workspace that maximizes natural light and views of the Boston Harbor.

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Revealing the Emerging Voices of architecture

Revealing the Emerging Voices of architecture

Eight architectural practices are the recipients of the 2019 Emerging Voices awards by the Architectural League of New York. The program spotlights individuals and firms with distinct design voices.

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Features

Make smart concrete: A study on self-sealing

Make smart concrete: A study
on self-sealing

As a porous material, concrete allows water to migrate through it. Therefore, to make a structure durable, permeation of water through concrete must be prevented. Crystalline admixtures can help transform concrete into a waterproofing barrier and enhance the durability and longevity of structures.

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Optimized acoustics: A design plan for office workspaces

Designing offices for optimized acoustics is an essential part of creating the look, feel, and function of these workspaces. Specifying ceiling materials to achieve the best level of sound absorption is the correct starting point. However, ceilings alone are not truly capable of blocking enough noise between rooms to provide privacy and avoid annoyance. Extra steps need to be taken, either with the walls or with the plenum barriers, for effective sound insulation and to ensure background sound levels are within the desired range.

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Project News

Modern metals of landmark Missouri museum

Modern metals of landmark Missouri museum

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, has been a part of many St. Louisans’ memories for the past 50 years. The famous monument explains American history through its museum that recently underwent a $380-million renovation. With 4181 m2 (45,000 sf) of new museum space, the expansion reinforces a modern telling of American history with a more inclusive viewpoint. Several, detailed decorative metal systems with tight tolerances were installed on the new space that has been designed as an ‘inwardly facing cone.’

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Events

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

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CASH ALLOWANCES – DOES ANYONE USE THEM?

Depending on the standard general conditions you use, there are three types of allowances in the industry: contingency allowances (EJCDC only), quantity allowances, and cash allowances. Do folks use cash allowances at all and, if yes, are they used as intended in the standard general conditions?

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TEN YEARS IN: I CHOSE TO GET INVOLVED

Today, I renewed my CSI membership. For my 10th year. Can I afford it? I can’t afford NOT to renew. Oh, did I mention I’m the current President of CSI Vermont? And I’m in my second term? All because I joined and more so, because I got involved.

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