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March 19, 2019
 
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Norway tower is world’s tallest mass timber building
 
Norway tower is world’s tallest mass timber building
 
Mjøstårnet, a mixed-use, 18-story building in Brumunddal, Norway, is the world’s tallest timber building. At 85.4 m (280 ft), it is also the third-tallest structure in Norway.
 
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Restoration of Chicago’s historic Union Station is complete
 
Restoration of Chicago’s historic Union Station is complete
 
A major renovation campaign for the historic Chicago Union Station has culminated with the restoration of the Great Hall.
 
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San Francisco firm merges with Perkins+Will
 
San Francisco firm merges with Perkins+Will
 
Pfau Long Architecture (PLA) has joined the San Francisco studio of global design firm Perkins+Will. Founded in 1991, Pfau Long is known in the Bay Area for its collaborative design approach and commitment to the community.
 
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California construction firm earns WELL silver certification
 
California construction firm earns WELL silver certification
 
BCCI Construction Company, a commercial contractor in California, has earned the WELL v1 silver certification for its South Bay office in Mountain View from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
 
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Put science in your buildings
 
Put science in your buildings
 
Reconsider precast
 
Reconsider precast
 
Exterior coatings covered in latest e-book
 
Exterior coatings covered in latest
e-book
 
Cut without compromising
 
Cut without compromising
 
Featured
Metal panels dynamically skin Iowa university building
 
Metal panels dynamically skin Iowa university building
The Iowa University partnered with Steven Holl Architects (SHA) to design a new visual arts building. The project team decided to create a square-shaped building. The façade was designed to ensure the proper amount of light flows into and out of the structure. Each of the building’s seven cuts of light can be seen throughout the space, from the furniture and door handles to perforated stainless steel panels on the southwest and southeast elevations of the building.
 
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Transformative urban planning with roof coatings
 
Climate change is problematic for city planners and engineers. Twenty of the hottest years on record have occurred since 1995, indicating a steady pattern of increasingly warm temperatures. Dense urban areas are especially vulnerable to the impact of rising temperatures due to the heat island effect. The Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes the employment of cool roofing strategies to combat urban heat islands and reduce the use of air-conditioning systems. White, reflective roofs can decrease rooftop temperatures by more than 10 C (50 F), thereby reducing the overall heat that can potentially transfer into the building and improving the safety of building occupants.
 
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Project News
IMPs create a sleek look for sports complex in Washington D.C.
 
IMPs create a sleek look for sports complex in Washington D.C.
 
Washington D.C.’s Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA) is a state-of-the-art, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-certified, multipurpose entertainment, sports, and cultural complex. The insulated metal panels (IMPs) used in the 10,963-m2 (118,000-sf) enclosure provides a sleek look, while offering a seamless addition to the nation’s capital.
 
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Events
 
Air Barrier Association of America Conference and Trade Show
March 26-27
 
NASCC: The Steel Conference
April 3-5
 
AIA Conference on Architecture
June 6-8
 
CSI Master Specifiers Retreat
June 19-21
 
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Sept 17-19
 
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Oct 9-11
 
 
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WATERPROOFING PENETRATIONS THROUGH SHEET PILING
Working on a project with an underground parking structure (single story below grade) with sheet piling as perimeter walls (no concrete against the piling except a cap along the top edge and the floor slab). Architect asked me to look into ways to seal pipe penetrations through the steel piling. Ideas? Solutions you have tried?
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INVOICES
Some of my clients set up agreements with us to compensate us on a "pay when paid" basis. This is more common with our biggest clients where the work we do is more complex, and just more fun. I just like the big jobs better. However, it is hell for cash flow. Stuff backs up for months, and sometimes we get notification that the invoices were never paid and we are compelled to write off the losses. So my question is: Am I just too tolerant or is this a common problem?
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Houston home to country’s first Ismaili center
 
 
Building envelope workhorses: The growing role of fluid-applied air barriers
 
 
Effectively specifying fenestration: Managing thermal, structural, and durability performance
 
 
Benefits of specifying complete masonry veneer wall systems
 
 
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