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July 16, 2019
 
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Plans unveiled for new California skyscraper
 
Plans unveiled for new California skyscraper
 
The 28-story Kaiser Permanente Thrive Center in Oakland, California, will include modern, environmentally sustainable, and efficient workspaces with improved access to transit.
 
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Pennsylvania luxury high-rise breaks ground
 
Pennsylvania luxury high-rise breaks ground
 
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the Arthaus condominium tower in Philadelphia seeks to redefine luxurious, high‑rise living in the city.
 
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BIG’s ‘twisting’ bridge museum set to open in Norway
 
BIG’s ‘twisting’ bridge museum set to open in Norway
 
The Twist, a museum-cum-bridge in Norway, spans 60 m (197 ft) above the Randselva River and connects the north and south side of a 270,000 m2 (2.9 million sf) sculpture park.
 
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Revealing winners of the 2019 International Architecture Awards
 
Revealing winners of the 2019 International Architecture Awards
 
Several U.S. projects have been honored in the 14th edition of the International Architecture Awards, a non-commercial, global program organized jointly by two nonprofit museums.
 
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London’s Heathrow airport reveals expansion masterplan
 
London’s Heathrow airport reveals expansion masterplan
 
BlazeFrame fire stop deflection track: Battle Scorch and boost safety
 
BlazeFrame Fire Stop Deflection Track: Battle Scorch and boost safety
 
‘Cool walls’ can reduce energy costs and pollution: Berkeley study
 
‘Cool walls’ can reduce energy costs and pollution: Berkeley study
 
Benefits of cool roof restoration systems
 
Benefits of cool roof restoration systems
 
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Insulated masonry system helps Illinois police station open ahead of schedule
 
Insulated masonry system helps Illinois police station open ahead of schedule
 
The Glen Ellyn police station in Illinois had been operating from the village’s downtown civic center for nearly four decades and was due for replacement. One of the issues with the station was everyone used the same entrance, and interviews were conducted next to administrative offices. The close quarters raised safety and privacy concerns. After reviewing several methods and systems, the project team concluded new advancements in masonry wall systems were ideal for the new station.
 
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The tilt wall system of construction
 
It may appear outré to extoll the virtues of loadbearing wall construction in the 21st century after many post-industrial revolution inventions such as the skeleton-frame structural systems of steel and cast-in-place concrete. However, loadbearing wall construction, particularly tilt wall, has never had more potential to respond to real estate market challenges and to capitalize on several technological advancements. Recent changes affecting industrial and office building types have instigated and sponsored new developments in tilt wall construction technology. For instance, real estate market forces are driving the accommodation of more floors, higher densities, and taller clear heights on strategically desirable, and hence, costlier land.
 
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Project News
NY hospital expansion bridges multiple design styles
 
NY hospital expansion bridges multiple design styles
 
To meet the growing needs of the community, Northwell Health in Huntington, New York, needed a bigger emergency department. The facility utilized a split-flow, ‘super track’ model for its expansion to filter the patient volume into two treatment areas to more effectively manage patient wait-times and reduce their length of stay.
 
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USE OF THE WORD SOFFITING IN DIVISION 07
It has been my practice to use the word “soffiting” when referring generally to the materials that are assembled into soffits, much like the word “guttering” can refer to the materials that are assembled to provide gutters, but “guttering” is in Merriam-Webster's dictionary and “soffiting” is not. Is “soffiting” a regional word (I am originally from Ohio), or is it something too colloquial for Merriam-Webster? Does anyone else use the word “soffiting” in their specifications?
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THE SUFFIX “ING”
Application of the suffix “-ing” to primary, self-defining nouns is getting out of hand. Tiling should be “Tile Work” and such words as “soffiting” or “guttering” or “drywalling” are best called in the traditional way. Now, such scopes of work like “roofing” and “plumbing” and “plastering” and “painting” are traditionally accepted but are stronger with the following word, “work” as in “...Roofing Work”.
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Zaha Hadid’s Miami skyscraper is now open
 
 
World’s tallest modular buildings top off
 
 
OMA to repurpose old Houston post office as cultural hub
 
 
New design guide for zero-energy office buildings released
 
 
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