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  • Word-of-the-Month: Pediment

    A pediment is a decorative element used to crown a door, window, or monument. It is most commonly found in classical, neoclassical, and baroque architecture. Pediments often consist of a portico, apex, gable, tympanum, cornice, entablature, and relief sculptures. Portico – roof or entrance supported by columns Apex – tip,.. More

    5 Jun 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Conduit

    Conduit is a pipe or tube through which wires, cables, or liquid passes. It protects and routes electrical wiring and water to and within buildings. Most conduit is hard and rigid in order to provide a secure passage. It is often made of metal, plastic, or fired clay. Fun Fact.. More

    2 May 2017 |
  • PIP Chapter 4

    Introduction: A Strategic Approach to Getting the Most Out of Your Investment The following White Paper series outlines the considerations hotel owners must weigh before implementing a Property Improvement Plan. Evaluate Your Property Hotels best equipped to provide a comfortable and customized experience will thrive in the highly-competitive hospitality market. Work.. More

    26 Apr 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Green Roof

    A green roof is contained space on top of a building used to grow plants. Vegetation is planted above grade and incorporated into building designs for its aesthetics, sustainability impact, and community health benefits.Green roofs are often modular in design with interlocking grid systems. Grid systems allow for easy installation.. More

    5 Apr 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Proscenium

    Proscenium refers to the open space directly above a theatrical stage. It is the vertical plane between the curtain, orchestra, and scenery. A three-sided arch physically separates the stage from the rest of the theater or auditorium. It provides a ‘window’ into which the audience observes a performance. Proscenium construction.. More

    1 Feb 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: SAC

    SAC is an acronym that stands for Sewer Availability Charge. It is a one-time fee that a local jurisdiction charges when a residential, commercial, industrial, or institutional property first connects to the regional wastewater (sewer) system. In the Twin Cities, where our headquarters is located, the Metropolitan Council is the.. More

    4 Jan 2017 |
  • PIP Chapter 3

    Introduction: A Strategic Approach to Getting the Most Out of Your Investment The following White Paper series outlines the considerations hotel owners must weigh before implementing a Property Improvement Plan. Evaluate Your Property Hotels best equipped to provide a comfortable and customized experience will thrive in the highly-competitive hospitality market. Work.. More

    6 Dec 2016 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Architectural Scalies

    Scalies are computer-generated, 2D models of people designed to look realistic. Architects often incorporate scalies in their renderings to help clients visualize the human scale and functionality of a proposed project. Scalies show how the design and construction will blend into the local community upon completion. Thanks to advances in.. More

    6 Dec 2016 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Woonerf

    A woonerf is a mixed-use road without curbs. It combines both street and sidewalk. Woonerfs are designed to reduce driving speeds and inspire a casual pedestrian-centered community. Color variations in the pavement visually separates the space. Physical barriers are created with strategically placed benches and landscaping. Woonerf means ‘living street.’.. More

    1 Nov 2016 |