March 30, 2009

Paving Systems Over Plaza Waterproofing Membranes: The Importance of Membrane-Level Drainage

By: Doelp, Gregory R., Moser, Philip S.

Abstract: Subsurface drainage in any paving sys­tem is critical to its long-term performance, particularly in freeze-thaw climates. "Paving" is a broad term that includes both continuous (i.e., asphalt or Portland cement concrete)...

March 30, 2009

Designing Building Envelopes: Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned

By: Babaian, Peter M., Hopps, Emily R., Gabby, Brent A.

Abstract: The combination of ever-increasing owner program requirements, focus on energy-efficient buildings, and expanded architectural design options makes building construction more complicated every day. Architectural features, use of...

February 27, 2009

Moisture design tips for ice rinks|Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 4 of 6

By: O'Brien, Sean M.

Online content only|Abstract: Ice rinks present several unique challenges for designers, all stemming from the fact that the floor of the rink is maintained at below-freezing temperatures while the remainder of the building is kept much warmer.|...

February 27, 2009

Fan Favorite

By: Poulin, Kevin C., Masetti, Filippo

Abstract: College football's 2008 season ended last month with its traditional plethora of bowl games, culminating in the national championship game in which Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, quarterback for the University of Oklahoma, fell...

Markets:Cultural
Keywords:Museum
January 30, 2009

Whole Building Energy Analysis as a Sustainable Design Tool

By: Sean Obrien, Waite, Michael B.

Abstract: Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for nearly 50% of the total, nationwide energy consumption and approximately 35% of total CO2 emissions. Further, CO2 production from buildings is increasing at a greater rate than both industry and...

January 30, 2009

Blossoming knowledge

By: Parker, James C., Sifre, Pedro J., Zimmer, Alec S.

Abstract: In 1984, a seminar at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine called "Teaching about the Nazi Holocaust in Maine Schools" inspired a number of participants to found the Holocaust and Human Rights Center (HHRC) of Maine the...

Markets:Cultural
December 30, 2008

A Flood of Light: H.H. Richardson's Great Western Staircase at the New York State Capitol

By: Vigener, Niklas W., Jamieson J.

Abstract: After a catastrophic fire, fear of enemy attack during a world war, a major mid-century alteration, and years of darkness, intense research and restoration efforts return light and beauty to the New York State Capitol's Great...

December 30, 2008

Design guidelines for museums, archives, and art storage facilities|Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 2 of 6

By: O'Brien, Sean M.

Online content only|Abstract: Museums, archives, and art storage facilities require special design consideration for a number of reasons, most notably that the value of the building's contents often exceeds the value of the building itself....

December 30, 2008

Moisture control design tips for hospitals and healthcare facilities. Specialty Buildings Column Series, Part 3 of 6

Abstract: When discussing moisture-related problems in high-humidity buildings, natatoriums and museums typically come to mind as the most challenging building types. However, specific design requirements for temperature, relative humidity (RH),...

November 29, 2008

Monitoring Building Response to Adjacent Construction

Abstract: New construction projects in congested urban settings commonly require demolition of an existing structure and deep excavation to accommodate several levels of below-grade parking or occupied space associated with the new building. The...

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