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Top design firms criticize Autodesk for rising cost of BIM software
 
Top design firms criticize Autodesk for rising cost of BIM software
 
Many architecture firms have raised concerns about the “increasing cost of ownership and the operation of Autodesk’s Revit software, and fundamentally, its lack of development.”
 
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Revealing the world’s largest underwater lab
 
Revealing the world’s largest underwater lab
 
Aquanaut Fabien Cousteau, Swiss designer Yves Béhar, and fuseproject have created Proteus, the world’s largest underwater lab.
 
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Researchers develop treatment to prevent bacterial spread on metal surfaces
 
Researchers develop treatment to prevent bacterial spread on metal surfaces
 
Researchers at Purdue University, Indiana, have developed a technology that is expected to kill bacteria trying to attach to hard metal surfaces.
 
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Uptick in multifamily res. project billings
 
Uptick in multifamily res. project billings
 
Demand for design services from architecture firms began to stabilize in June, following their peak declines in April, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects.
 
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White House’s historic Rose Garden to be restored
 
White House’s historic Rose Garden to be restored
 
DS+R-designed Olympic museum is now open
 
DS+R-designed Olympic museum is now open
 
New York Islanders get a new home
 
New York Islanders get a new home
 
Congratulations to the 2020 class of CSI Fellows
 
Congratulations to the 2020 class of CSI Fellows
 
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Specifying glass for sloped glazing and skylights
 
Specifying glass for sloped glazing and skylights
 
Given the growing use of large and complex sloped glazing systems as creative architectural statements, the design criteria for them are rapidly evolving.
 
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Repointing: Less is not always more
Failures
 
When repointing mortar joints in an existing structure, successful long-term performance depends on a number of factors. A lack of understanding of substrate materials and conditions, insufficient joint preparation, less than adequate skill or care during mortar installation and curing, and an overly limited repointing scope can lead to premature failure of a masonry joint repointing program.
 
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Project News
Low-e glass helps North Carolina towers earn LEED Gold
 
Low-e glass helps North Carolina towers earn LEED Gold
 
Capitol Towers in Charlotte, North Carolina, combine old-world Roman influence with high-performance glazing and energy efficiency. The ornate façades, designed by LS3P, showcase concrete pillars and exteriors glazed with neutral-reflective, low emissivity (low-e) glass, which helped the project achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
 
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AN ERROR IN CONFORMED DOCUMENTS – NOW WHAT?
Conformed documents are procurement documents that include addenda items and accepted alternates. The original drawings and specifications are usually updated by the A/E and can be incorporated into the Owner-Contractor Agreement by reference. What happens when the A/E accidently omits an addendum item from the conformed documents? Are those gold-plated widgets the Owner insisted on no longer in the contract? Does the A/E need to issue their first change order to include missing items? Should the Contractor just ignore conflicts like this because, after all, the Owner-Contractor agreement references the Addenda, too? Or, just to keep it clear, should the A/E issue a disclaimer of some kind to the Contractor that will resolve the issue automatically when a conflict occurs between conformed documents and the original procurement documents? If you have seen a disclaimer of this type what did it say?
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PARTISAN PROFESSIONALS: CONTRACTORS DESERVE ETHICAL TREATMENT
In managing their myriad priorities, architects, engineers, and geologists are obligated to behave ethically, both by their licensure and codes of conduct established by non-profit, professional organizations. However, design professionals’ eagerness to be viewed as supporting their clients’ short-term interests, while preserving their own reputation and client relationships, sometimes comes at the expense of ethics and objectivity. This is especially true when consulting engineers, architects, and geologists are too partisan against construction contractors retained by their clients.
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