Delegated design and design-assist are two practices in the design and construction industry that have gained popularity in recent years. These practices have also caused some confusion and headaches for the parties involved perhaps due to a lack of clarity that differentiates each practice.
Many buildings have non-load-bearing exterior cladding components as a feature of their design. This cladding is attached to the structure of a building to provide protection for the building’s interior against the elements such as air, water, and heat or cold.
Roller wave distortion is a condition found in heat-treated glass that causes the glass surface to have imperfections known as peaks and valleys. These alternating high and low points result in the glass exhibiting optical distortion. Most noticeably, images reflected in the glass appear to be rippled.
A growing number of cities today are passing green roof legislation that requires building owners to cover a specific percentage of their roof square footage with vegetation.
The integrity of each element of a building is critical to its stability. However, no component carries more potential for property damage or personal injury than the roof. A poorly performing foundation or failing exterior cladding can be inconvenient, unsightly, and expensive to repair or replace, but a roof collapse can have devastating and long-term consequences.
Society’s appreciation for the significance, character and beauty of historic structures continues to promote building preservation and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, many historic rehabilitation projects often only go skin deep in solving functional performance issues.
Parking garages play a critical role in many commercial and residential settings. However, despite their importance, they are often neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair. Why does this happen?
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.
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.
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, thermal, and seismic forces.