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February 19, 2019

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Amazon cancels NYC headquarters plan

Amazon cancels NYC headquarters plan

The tech giant has dropped its plan of building a campus in Long Island City, Queens, New York, just three months after selecting it along with National Landing in northern Virginia for its second headquarters.

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San Francisco tower wins steel design award

San Francisco tower wins steel design award

The 181 Fremont St. tower in San Francisco, California, has won an American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) award for excellence and innovation.

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AI’s role in the construction industry: A CSI exclusive

AI’s role in the construction industry: A CSI exclusive

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will provide flexible tools and resources that will enhance the capabilities of designers, project managers, contractors, and specifiers, says Gregory Ceton, CSI, CDT, in his latest blog.

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Revealing design for Colorado university’s new building

Revealing design for Colorado university’s new building

The Anschutz Health Sciences Building at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, broke ground last month.

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Features

Retrofitting industrial window systems

Retrofitting industrial window systems

Failures
While construction spending on industrial buildings remains low, there is a growing opportunity to renovate existing facilities. Failing window systems are one of the most visible signs of facilities in need of an update.

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Managing the risks of efflorescence

The costs of cleaning efflorescence from grout joints and tile surfaces can range from a lost day on a callback to a financial fortune, depending on the size and type of project on which it occurs. For example, to acid-wash tile on one large project, remediation costs exceeded $100,000 for the labor and scaffolding. Additionally, the owners were highly concerned by the acid-wash residue potential over the window trims and plantings, expressing fears regarding risk to occupants entering and leaving the building. Often, these issues lead to hiring consultants and attorneys.

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Project News

Zinc panels revive Indiana university’s art deco look

Zinc panels revive Indiana university’s art deco look

Originally constructed in 1930, the University of Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana, remains an iconic symbol of the football program. Although significantly expanded in 1999, the facilities received minimal upgrades and improvements over the years, and alterations had left an eclectic mix of building styles. In 2017, the Campus Crossroads Project added 74,322 m2 (800,000 sf) of classroom and educational space via construction of three new buildings. A strategic use of tinted zinc panels played an important role in the execution of the design.

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Events

February 20
The Technology of Paints and Coatings

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

HELP NEEDED WITH A SECTION NUMBER

In the new 2018 version, I need to verify code 28 31 11. Is this number correct? In the 2016 version, I see 28 31 00 as ‘fire alarm’. In 2018, section number 28 31 11 is listed as ‘addressable fire alarm’. Is this correct?

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A LITTLE STORY

A few months ago, a young product rep came to meet with me and help me update my Master Specs. As I was taught by the famous (or infamous) Mr. Lee Kilbourn, the first thing I did was check his business card for the “CSI” letters. When I found none, I asked him why? His answer was, “What is CSI?” For anyone who knows me, you already know that he quickly got a kind education on exactly what he was missing.

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