Arthur O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
Imperfect Contract Documents
Who Pays for the Errors?
Architects and engineers are painfully aware that there is actually no such thing as a perfect set of construction documents. Contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers have always known this to be true. But some owners have not as yet been informed of the startling fact that architects are only human and some are not perfect.
The repercussions of our shortcomings vary from project to project. Sometimes our imperfections are, thankfully, only minor glitches that are easily rectified, and our embarrassment is fleeting. Other times our inadequacies are more substantial and if they are not corrected in time, considerable harm could be done, and valuable resources wasted. Even more rarely, the blunder is of catastrophic proportions and the price is high in time, money, loss of confidence and reputation, and possibly resulting in personal injury or death.
A Prescription for Healthier Health Care
Friendly to both the environment and patients, green health care initiatives are also saving green.
By Lynn Murray
It’s a funny thing about change: no matter how good the idea, and no matter how widespread the anticipated benefits, it usually takes a major catalyst to make it happen.
Green practices in the medical field are not new, but until the past decade, heavily regulated health care was hesitant to embrace additional guidelines – especially those not easily integrated with regulations set by the Joint Commission, OSHA or other governing organizations.
The Insider's Guide to Marketing Green Buildings
By: Jerry Yudelson, P.E.,LEED AP
This comprehensive guide contains more than 175 pages of informative text; 38 tables and charts of hard-to-find information and proprietary research data; 14 chapters with up-to-date information on the use of LEED in green buildings; special focus on the office, school, college, residential, and health care markets; market size estimates for green technologies including solar, certified wood, green roofs, and other emerging approaches to green building; and clear descriptions of successful marketing strategies and approaches to selling green buildings, developments, and services.
Cost Trends for 2008
Sq. Ft. Cost Guides
Released! The DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Guide For Medical Buildings
DCD Educational Square Foot Cost Guide
LEED® Square Foot Cost Guide
DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Guide for Buildings with Metal Construction
The DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Guide for Commercial & Industrial Buildings
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Clemson First Baptist
Church Life Center
St. Georges Technical High School
Angiography Imaging Suite
Moline Public Library
St. Raphael Academy Alumni Hall Athletic & Wellness Center
West Sacramento Fire Station No. 45
Lafayette Police Facility
Architecture Billings Index Points to Major Downturn in Commercial Construction
Falls to lowest level since 2001 with nearly 9-point drop off
Reflecting the deteriorating conditions in the housing market and overall economy, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) tumbled almost nine points in February. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI rating fell to 41.8, its lowest level since October 2001, and down dramatically from the 50.7 mark in January (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 54.3.
Petersen Introduces Corrugated And Ribbed Profiles;Expands Line Of Exposed Fastener Panels
Petersen Aluminum Corporation has introduced two corrugated profiles and a ribbed profile and expanded its existing line of exposed fastener panels.
Manufactured at Petersen’s headquarters in Elk Grove Village, IL, and Kennesaw, GA, the new ½” and 7/8” corrugated profiles are available in 40” and 34.6” panels respectively. Petersen also has introduced a 7.2” ribbed profile that is available in 36” panels. In addition, Petersen has expanded its “M” and “R” panel lines by adding an M-36 panel and an R-36 panel with or without the purlin bearing legs.
All new profiles are available in 22 or 24 gauge steel and .032 or .040 aluminum. Thirty-six Kynar colors are available in steel and 34 Kynar colors are available in aluminum.
Building Products Revue
To Mull, Or Not To Mull
For many homes, more glass means more appeal to homebuyers. Whether two Double Hung windows joined together at the factory or a wall of windows overlooking a backyard, mulled window units are a popular way to allow light into homes. Less visual obstructions with mulled units means wider views and less framework.
To help builders and remodelers gain a stronger understanding of mulled units and options, Simonton Windows offers the following “Q & A Briefing” with responses from experts in the company’s coastal, code and sales areas.
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