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Technical Articles
Fast Track Construction
Is It Too Good To Be True? Can It Really Deliver?

Arthur O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI

The construction industry is a fertile field for colorful and racy jargon. New words and terms spring up most regularly, usually for the purpose of promoting something or for confusing the issues to gain economic advantage. A stylish new term of the past twenty-five years is Fast Track Construction. It is a no-nonsense term that rolls easily off the tongue and conjures up images of expedition, economy, efficiency, and directness of purpose. The word track connotes a direct, unswerving route to a predetermined destination. The term as a whole promises efficacious and accelerated construction and we can all accept that time is money. But, is it reasonable to expect that fast track construction will always live up to these optimistic prospects?
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Building Products Revue
FIRM-FILL 3310, Keeps the Construction of a Student Housing Facility on Schedule

The Purdue University Calumet Student Apartments is a 384-bed student-housing complex, but it isn’t your typical student housing. It combines apartment style living with a quiet, comfortable environment designed to support the success of its residents.
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Featured Articles
Architecture Primer: How Understanding Basic Theory Creates Success
In recent years, Tilt-Up professionals have begun to explore new innovations in design—so much so that this construction method, previously relegated to box-like warehouses, is now delving into the realm of architecture. But what makes a Tilt- Up project truly architectural? This is an area that is considerably gray and subject to debate, however, all recognized that architectural acceptance is key to success. As such, it is important to have a basic understanding of the tenets of architecture to be able to properly partner with architects to create a successful project.
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Case Studies     

File: Civic/Government

• The Delaware Museum of Natural History Renovation & Addition
   Wilmington, Delaware

• Solvay Fire Department
   Solvay, New York

• Asbury Woods Nature Center
   Erie, Pennsylvania

• Capitol Park Community Center
   Raleigh, North Carolina

File: Educational:

 Estes Family Middle School Building, Kingswood Oxford School
   West Hartford, Connecticut

 Union Furnace Elementary School
   Logan, Ohio

• Sheldon Middle School
   Sheldon, Iowa

File: Medical

• Somerset Medical Center, Emergency Department & Med-Surgical Pavilion
   Somerville, New Jersey

File: Office

• Knollwood Office Building (shell Only)
   Knoxville, Tennessee

File: Residential

• Hillside School Dormitory
   Marlborough, Massachusetts
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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