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  • Word-of-the-Month: Winter Conditions

    Winter Conditions Winter conditions in construction refers to the additive budget lines items and possible schedule delays that are incurred by construction activities during the coldest months of the year. The expenses are usually related to increased fuel, material, and labor needs. Fun Fact Frigid winter weather (snow, ice, high.. More

    1 Feb 2021 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Brick Veneer

    Brick Veneer A brick veneer, or cavity wall, is constructed by using brick as the non-structural external layer, which is backed by an air cavity. The innermost element provides the structural support and is usually made of wood or metal framing or concrete. The brick is used on the exterior.. More

    4 Jan 2021 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Living Building Challenge

    Living Building Challenge The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is an ever-evolving human health and ecological impact standard, which provides certification based on the actual performance of a space, rather than the modeled projection.   The LBC program is comprised of seven categories, or petals. The petals include place, water, energy,.. More

    1 Dec 2020 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Shear Studs

    Shear Studs Shear studs are installed steel pins or grommets to create a structural connection between the concrete slab and structural steel beam. The stud locks the two materials together to greatly solidify the beam and distribute any shear force that the structure may incur. Fun Fact Shear studs are.. More

    2 Nov 2020 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Retrofititng

    Retrofitting Retrofitting adds something new to a building that was not previously part of the original construction. Retrofits are meant to improve and modernize the space. Examples of retrofits include the technology, building components, or accessories of a building, like light fixtures. Fun Fact The concept of retrofitting became an.. More

    1 Oct 2020 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Parapet

    Parapet A parapet is the continuation of an exterior wall above the surface of a roof, terrace, balcony, walkway, or other structure. Originally, they were to be used to defend buildings from military attack, but today they are used predominantly as guard rails and to prevent the spread of fires. Parapets.. More

    1 Sep 2020 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Bollard

    Bollard A bollard is a short, vertical post used to create a protective or architectural perimeter and is installed as a visual guide to control traffic or as a security feature to block vehicle incursion and to protect people and property. Bollards control traffic intake by limiting possible movements or.. More

    3 Aug 2020 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Feasibility

    Feasibility Feasibility refers to assessing the practicality of a proposed project or system. Two criteria to determine a project’s feasibility include cost and value. When conducting a feasibility study, it is key to remain objective when evaluating a project’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and to determine the appropriate and.. More

    1 Jul 2020 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Trellis

    Trellis A trellis is an architectural structure that supports and displays climbing plants and is often used in larger pergola structures. It is made of an open framework or lattice of interwoven wood, bamboo, or metal. Fun Fact Trellis types vary from agricultural usage, for climbing vegetable plants, to garden.. More

    1 Jun 2020 |