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Technical Articles
Considerations in the General Contractor’s Decision to Bid or Not to Bid
Arthur O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI

Architects and engineers who set up and administer bidding procedures or who advise clients on how to do it should be aware of the practical problems facing general contractor bidders. When actual bidding conditions do not take into account realistic concerns and attitudes of bidders, the available pool of prospective bidders will dry up.
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Building Products Revue
“WaterWay Stucco Assembly”
Enhanced Traditional Stucco Incorporating
Cavity Construction and Elastomeric Acrylic Finish

From Boston to Seattle, the “WaterWay Stucco Assembly” is finding acceptance with some of the most recognized and distinguished building enclosure specialists in North America. In both new construction and cases of cladding remediation, the WaterWay Stucco assembly accommodates essential criteria in today’s construction environment. Enhancing traditional stucco with an advanced component configuration assures economic feasibility, superior product performance, increased customer satisfaction and reduced potential liability.
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Building Products Revue
Met-Tile “Cool Roof ” Line Meets ENERGY STAR® Guidelines

Met-Tile, Inc. has become an ENERGY STAR® partner for its metal tile panel roofing system, which combines the popular look of tile with the high performance of metal. The new “cool roof” Met-Tile line combines all-weather performance and aesthetics with energy savings.
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Featured Articles
2006 Poised to be the Best Year for Nonresidential Construction Since 2000
Architecture Billings Index Continues Growth for Eleventh Straight Month
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), a leading economic indicator of nonresidential construction activity, showed growth for the eleventh consecutive month in November, according to the monthly report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Due to the approximately six month lag time between billings for architectural services and construction activity, nonresidential construction activity is expected to be a strong economic sector in much of 2006.
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How Big Do You Need to Be to Use the ‘Big Boy’ Software?
Randy Collins, President of The Strategies Group
Although most profiles you read tend to focus on the biggest design and/ or construction firms, the majority of today’s companies are small- or mediumsized businesses. If you fall into this category, you probably find little relevance in articles touting examples of big firms flawlessly integrating enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and how such solutions streamlined efficiencies and improved profits. However, lessons can be learned from the victories won by big firms, both in terms of process implementation and a new breed of software designed for the mid-size market. Today, even the smallest firms can effectively implement IT solutions that support their vision, improve performance and streamline their overall infrastructure. Simply put, any size firm is big enough to benefit from today’s new software options and lessons learned in process management from the industry’s big boys.
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Case Studies     

File: Civic/Government

• Fountain City Branch Library
   Knox County, Tennessee

• Mt. Pleasant Public Library & Civic Center
   Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

File: Medical

• The Rocking Horse Center, Addition & Renovation
   Springfield, Ohio

File: Office

• Atwood Professional Center
   Bel Air, Maryland

• CDG Architects Office
   Tucson, Arizona

File: Recreational

• Pickens Recreation Center
   Pickens, South Carolina

• Kirkwood Community College Recreation Center
   Cedar Rapids, Iowa

File: Residential

• Private Residence
   La Jolla, California
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

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

A new paint finishing technique developed by Armstrong Ceilings produces a rich, hand-crafted effect that appears almost antiqued in nature.
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MET-TILE: Met-Tile’s “cool roof” line features 10 designer colors that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements for roof reflectivity. » Learn more

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

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