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April 23, 2019
 
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Singapore airport features world’s tallest indoor waterfall
 
Singapore airport features world’s tallest indoor waterfall
 
Designed by Safdie Architects, Singapore’s hotly anticipated Jewel Changi Airport shines with a translucent, ovoid-shaped gridshell roof and a 40-m (130-ft) tall waterfall.
 
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Jeanne Gang is the world’s most influential architect: Time
 
Jeanne Gang is the world’s most influential architect: Time
 
The 55-year-old founding principal of the architecture and urban design firm Studio Gang is the only architect on the 2019 Time 100 most influential people list.
 
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Introducing Harvard design school’s new dean
 
Introducing Harvard design school’s new dean
 
Sarah Whiting, a leading educator and architect, will succeed Mohsen Mostafavi as the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).
 
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France is seeking architects to redesign Notre Dame
 
France is seeking architects to redesign Notre Dame
 
France has announced an international architectural competition to redesign the roofline of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire destroyed it last week.
 
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CSI names new chief operating officer
 
CSI names new chief operating officer
 
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has announced Velma R. Hart, FASAE, CAE, as chief operating officer (COO) of the institute and the CSI Foundation.
 
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Pushing the design aesthetic envelope with precast concrete
 
Pushing the design aesthetic envelope with precast concrete
 
Steel deck design covered in latest e-book
 
Steel deck design covered in latest e‑book
 
Star Building Systems’ insulated metal panel overview
 
Star Building Systems’ insulated metal panel overview
 
Put science in your buildings
 
Put science in your buildings
 
Featured
Spontaneous glass breakage (or not)
 
Spontaneous glass breakage (or not)
FAILURES
 
The use of fully tempered (FT) glass is common in the building industry. While its increased strength and distinctive breakage pattern that can reduce the potential for injury are regarded as benefits, its use should be carefully considered. A primary concern is FT glass may break without warning due to the presence of certain expansive inclusions.
 
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Specifying intumescent coating film thicknesses
 
Passive fire-protection coatings, or intumescent coatings, have been designed to buy time for building occupants—and the steel-framed structures themselves—during a fire. Applied to structural steel, the coatings react chemically in fire, forming a char that expands with heat exposure, much like the reaction taking place when lighting a black snake firework.
 
The coatings swell to approximately 50 times their dry film thickness (DFT), to a maximum of 50 mm (2 in.), thereby providing a thick layer of insulation ‘char’ that reduces the rate of heat transfer to the structural steel.
 
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Project News
Kansas warehouse installs metal panels to resolve roofing issues
 
Kansas warehouse installs metal panels to resolve roofing issues
 
When Northwest Distributors experienced leakage above the skylights of its busy warehouse in Hays, Kanas, they decided to re‑cover the roof with a symmetrical standing seam system. The re‑cover would not require the removal of any existing roofing panels and, therefore, would not interrupt any activity inside.
 
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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS?
We often hear that the quality of construction documents has declined. If that's the case, what specifically has made it so? If you do not believe so, then why do you think you they are about as good as they have ever been, or even better?
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BOD
On public projects we often specify a “Basis of Design” product for various interior and exterior finishes that have approved equal manufacturers listed. While typically we can get an equal in terms of technical performance, how have you addressed aesthetic equals? Do you require custom finishes to exact match the BOD and expect the premium cost? Or do you re-select a color/texture based on manufacturer selected and assume you can adjust other finishes if needed (within standard palettes)?
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BIG’s ‘twisting towers’ top off in New York
 
 
California tower wins world’s best tall building award
 
 
Studio ORD selected to design new O’Hare terminal
 
 
The automatic choice: How and when to select power-operated doors
 
 
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