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January/February       2004
Technical Articles
Consultants’ Shop Drawings
Liability for Consultants’ Errors in Checking Shop Drawings

Architects usually are not capable of performing the specialized design of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems and therefore subcontract these areas of design out to appropriate consulting engineers. The architect is still responsible to the client for the subcontracted portions of the design and is also responsible for the coordination of specialized engineering efforts with the architectural design.
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Building Products Revue
New College Residence Hall Selects BurkeMercer RubberMyte® To Stand The Test Of Time

Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee waited a long time for a new state-of-the-art residence hall for their students. The wait is now about over with project completion in sight.
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DCD Insights
Putting an End to the Tragic Equation Codes Seek to Improve Emergency Exit Visibility
By Stephen Farley, CSI, CDT

Tragedy could have been avoided, if only the emergency exits were used. How many times has that proclamation been delivered in response to a deadly fire or stampede at a public gathering place?
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DCD Project At A Glance
John M. & Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The arena component includes team game, training and practice facilities, an academic center for student athletes, and a 12,500-seat bowl with sightlines designed for basketball.The Petersen Events Center is a 430,000-square-foot, 12,500-seat, athletic/event facility that provides the University of Pittsburgh with modern recreation and fitness spaces, a location for graduations and concerts, and a new home for the Panthers basketball team.

Student life and recreation begins at a 72-foot high glass atrium entrance with a marble floor emblazoned with the basketball team logo. The atrium leads to a hall of fame, ticket office, Athletic and Recreation Department offices, and an escalator corridor that carries visitors past to the balconies of the facility’s 5- levels while maintaining an unbroken view of campus.

Additional Marketability & Value
The long span steel roof structure over the arena floor has a 100,000 pound rigging capacity, enabling it to function as a premier concert facility. The building also includes a new Central Plant for upper campus and a custom engineered smoke detection system.

Associated Manufacturers
Metal Roofing:
Metecno Morin
Membrane Roof: Sarnafil
Curtainwall: PPG
Terrazzo: Fritztile

Bid Date: May 1999 to Sep 2000
Construction Period: Oct 1999 to Sep 2002
Total Square Feet: 430,000
Total Height: 121'4"
Total Project Cost: $73,300,000

Joint Venture
Rosser International - 524 West Peachtree Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30308
Apostolou Associates Architects/Planners - 47 Bailey Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15211


Case Studies     

File: Civic

• Dare County Justice Center
   Manteo, North Carolina

• Pittston Memorial Library
   Pittston, Pennsylvania

• Ceres Fire Station No. 1
   Ceres, California

File: Commercial

• Embassy Bank at Gateway Plaza
   Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

File: Educational

• Christ the Teacher Catholic School
   Glasgow, Delaware

File: Medical

• Florida Hospital Flagler
   Palm Coast, Florida

• New Administration Building, Metropolitan State Hospital
   Norwalk, California

• Dearborn OB/GYN
   Dearborn, Michigan

File: Religious

• Bellevue Presbyterian Church Addition
   Gap, Pennsylvania

File: Residential

Big Bethel Village
   Atlanta, Georgia

Private Residence
   Newburgh, Indiana
Specifiers Spotlight
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The Noble Company: The Noble Company manufactures four different sheet membranes for use under tile (and other hard surface) floors. The functions of the sheets include waterproofing (for both thin bed and full mortar bed), crack protection for thin bed installations and sound control. » Learn more

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