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Technical Articles
Architect’s Authority to Order Minor Changes during Construction
A Valuable and Convenient Tool for Architects But Is Subject to Abuse

Contractors generally accept that minor changes in the work will probably have to be made during construction even with the best of drawings and specifications. Some refining adjustments must generally be made to smooth out imperfections in the documents or the construction. When it is done properly, most contractors find this to be only a trivial inconvenience.
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Building Products Revue
Translucent Interior Walls Throw Office Design a Curve
Instead of a wall that blocks and separates and darkens, think of a wall that screens yet integrates as it softly diffuses the light. Think translucent polycarbonate. Architect Derek Norton, AIA, principal at Ritter Architects, did when he designed the interior of the new offices for Omnifics, a leading contract furnishings and services firm in Alexandria, Virginia.
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THERMOMASS® Sandwich Tilt-Up Wall Panels are Natural Fit for New Prison
Long recognized as a durable, fast and economical building solution, the selection of site cast Tilt-Up for prisons is a growing trend. With concern for safety, security, maintenance and energy efficiency always at the forefront, owners of today’s correctional facilities are turning to insulated site cast Tilt-Up wall panels to meet these needs. Innovative Tilt-Up contractors are collaborating together with sandwich wall insulation system suppliers to target this market. A recent penitentiary and prison project in Tucson, Ariz. demonstrates the success of sandwich panel Tilt-Up in addressing a prison owner’s needs in a timely and cost-effective manner.
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Creating a Child-Friendly Design to Meet Grown-up Expectations
When Cook Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) in Fort Worth, Texas, undertook a $53 million expansion, it chose firms with a reputation for innovation and an appreciation for the importance of creating a child-friendly environment. The team representing the architect, interior designer, builder and hospital faced a dilemma when it came time to select the flooring. The designer’s goal was to use colors and patterns in the flooring to: Appeal to children; Soften the sterile hospital environment; Distinguish one area from another; and Help traffic flow.
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DCD Insights
Insulating Concrete Forms Defined

Rising fuel costs, a greater desire to build for safety and durability, and increasing interest in green building are all contributing to the growth in popularity of a relatively new wall system: insulating concrete forms (ICFs). Although ICF construction has been used in the United States and Canada since the 1960’s, it wasn’t until the 1990’s that the method really caught on. During the past decade, ICF construction has accounted for an ever-increasing share of the overall construction market. Architects and designers throughout the country have found that ICFs meet their design and technical challenges easily and economically, while providing value-added structures to their customers.
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

• Vision Auto Group
   Reading, Pennsylvania

• Riverfront Parking Deck
   Wilmington, Delaware

File: Civic

• Ribault Clubhouse Restoration
   Ft. George Island, Florida

File: Educational

• Waverly City Schools PreK-12 Campus
   Waverly, Ohio

• Athletic Field House, St. Luke’s School
   New Canaan, Connecticut

• Riley Child Development Center & Family Learning Center
   Pelzer, South Carolina

File: Office

• Independent Living Resource Center
   Wichita, Kansas

File: Religious

• St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
   Creve Coeur, Missouri

File: Residential

• Private Residence
   Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania

• Peterson Hall, Lancaster Bible College
   Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Specifiers Spotlight
The Belden Brick Company: From its inception in 1885 as the Diebold Fire Brick Company, Belden Brick has been synonymous with excellence in brickmaking. » Learn more

TRIM-TEX: Trim-Tex is the premier manufacturer of Rigid Vinyl Drywall Beads and Accessories. We offer the widest range of products available from one source. » Learn more

Stuc-O-Flex International, Inc. is a world leader in “Elastomeric Acrylic Finish” and Exterior Wall System technologies. » Learn more

Petersen Aluminum Corporation produces a complete line of metal roofing products. » Learn more

The Noble Company manufactures four different sheet membranes for use under tile (and other hard surface) floors. » Learn more

“SARGENT” continues to Raise the Bar of Excellence in meeting the need for higher security in today’s society. We continue to provide true innovative solutions to address the most demanding security applications through a coordinated combination of mechanical and electro-mechanical products. » Learn more

Duo-Gard Industries.: Ask for Duo-Gard Industries' new 2002 architectural catalog with detailed stats, drawings, and photos of high-performance polycarbonate technology for versatile daylighting strategies with superior aesthetics, economy, and energy efficiency. » Learn more

Panelfold has long been recognized as the innovative leader in the folding door, acoustical accordion folding partition and the operable and relocatable wall industry. » Learn more

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