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Construction Processes, Design

Architects to policymakers: Buildings are infrastructure, too

December 8, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

America’s crumbling roads, decrepit bridges, aged water systems. Our deficient dams, underserved levees, and woeful wastewater treatment plants. For nearly three decades, the American public has heard ad nauseam about the dreadful condition of the nation’s infrastructure—from airports to railways […]


Construction Processes, Design

Metal wall panels create diverse portfolios

December 6, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

Mixed facades are becoming more popular than ever. Wall panels are increasingly being used on accent walls that complement masonry, fiber cement, and terracotta. Multiple cladding creates unique facades that draw attention. Although square and rectangular wall panels have been […]


Construction Techniques

Rebuild, retreat, or resist

December 6, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

Houston is America’s fourth-largest city, thanks in part to its embrace of unfettered growth. But its swagger got doused during the last week of August, when Hurricane Harvey dropped more than 50 inches of rain, bringing a drenched and debilitated […]


Construction Techniques

The race to codify resilience design

November 20, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

Last November, the International Code Council launched the Alliance for National & Community Resilience for the purpose of developing a whole community benchmark rating system by 2018. The alliance’s members include such heavy hitters as Target and Kaiser Permanente. Two […]


Construction Processes, Design

Vertically folding walls save space while opening up rooms

November 9, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

The new Vista Air vertically folding wall system from Construction Specialties features a low-profile design that uses quietly meshing gears in lieu of traditional counterweights, tension springs, straps, and pulleys. The result is a clean, open aesthetic with no obtrusive […]


Construction Processes, Design

Why supertall towers have super-fast elevators

September 13, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Building designers are in a race to the top, and the vertical transportation industry is right there with them. That’s led to innovations like carbon-fiber cables and magnetic levitation systems, which replace hefty steel ropes, as well as destination dispatch […]


Construction Processes, Design

How a simple material solution made for a breezy lakefront retreat

September 7, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Great design doesn’t fight a site’s characteristics, it embraces them. That was the challenge facing Gus Starkey, a project designer at Texas-based architects Lake|Flato, and Glen Duecker, vice-president of Duecker Construction, in Texas, when they collaborated on a house in […]


Construction Processes, Design

Emerging Flooring Technologies

September 5, 2017

Via: Commercial Construction and Renovation

As time marches on, new technologies, processes and techniques shape the way commercial flooring contractors operate. From lean construction and the prefabrication of materials to the increased demand for LVT and design involvement, things are changing to improve quality, reduce […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

Why should we be turning to environmentally friendly construction?

September 5, 2017

Via: Construction Global

As a planet, it is estimated that in the next 20 years we will reach our capacity when it comes to our global consumption of oil. However, demand continually appears to rise as the global production of oil decreases. In […]


Construction Processes, Financial

CO convention center expansion costs double to $233M

August 31, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Convention center representatives attributed the rising cost estimate to the skilled-labor shortage in Denver, climbing steel prices and building code requirements. Denver officials expect pushback on the tax from hotels that are not in close proximity to the convention center, […]