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Concrete Formwork Best Practices

Preventing Concrete Formwork Failures in the Commercial Construction Process

Concrete formwork is an essential element of commercial construction. Formwork is used to shape and support concrete structures until the concrete attains sufficient strength to support its own weight. In addition to foundations and walls, formwork is used to create virtually every component of a building including: core walls, columns, staircases, beams, suspended slabs, chimneys, […]


Denver, Colorado

Air and Vapor Barriers in a Cold Climate Commercial Roof—Do I Need One?

Air barrier systems in commercial buildings in cold climate zones are designed and constructed to control air and vapor transmission between a conditioned space and an unconditioned space. The air barrier system is the primary air boundary that separates indoor (conditioned) air and outdoor (unconditioned) air. The purpose of a vapor barrier, or vapor retarder, […]


Micropile shoring wall collapse

Preventing Shoring Wall Failures on Your Construction Site

Shoring walls are temporary retaining structures that prevent soil movement and cave-ins during a construction site excavation. These systems are used to minimize the excavation area, to keep the sides of deep excavations stable, and to ensure that movements will not cause damage to existing adjacent structures or to utilities in the surrounding ground. Common […]


Spandrel Transition

Condensation at Curtain Wall and Storefront Spandrel Infill

Glazing Systems Curtain wall and storefront glazing systems are typically a thin, non-structural outer façade element of a building that can span multiple floors or be incorporated into a punched opening. Glazing systems function largely as air and water vapor barriers, resisting air or water infiltration and accommodate building and system movement induced by wind, […]


Commercial Construction Strategies Expand Pies West Coast Presence

Pie continued its west coast presence in 2015 both in new construction and rehabilitative design services with multiple project additions throughout Arizona and California. “The west coast is a great market for us as the commercial construction industry is expected to experience double digit growth both this year and next,” said Matt Heron, Department Manager […]