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  • Word-of-the-Month: Biodigester

      A biodigester is like a mechanical stomach. It is fed with organic materials, which is decomposed (broken down) by micro-organisms (bacteria) in an oxygen-free environment to produce a renewable energy (methane and dioxide). We will be installing a biodigester as part of our E-Generation mixed-use project in St. Louis.. More

    1 Dec 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Demising Wall

      A demising wall is a specially constructed wall or partition that separates two different uses or occupancies. The walls are typically found in retail strip malls and commercial or residential buildings with multiple tenants. The construction of a demising wall is inherently important to comply with building codes related.. More

    1 Nov 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Slurry

    A slurry is a semi-liquid mixture made of water and pulverized insoluble particles, such as cement, coal, or lime. The thick and sloppy substance hardens as it dries, which increases its strength and durability. Cement slurries are used in construction to build foundations, structures, and sidewalks. The flowable mortar is.. More

    29 Sep 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Girder

    A girder is a large horizontal support beam used to frame buildings and bridges. It is one of the most common structural support systems. Smaller beams transfer their weight-bearing loads onto girders, which then transfers the concentrated load onto the structure’s vertical columns. Fun Fact All girders are beams, but.. More

    8 Sep 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Integrated Project Delivery

    Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is an approach to teamwork as well as a contractual production method that integrates owners, designers, contractors, engineers, facility managers, systems suppliers, and the best industry practices into one highly-collaborative process. It harnesses the talents, experience, and perspectives of all   the participants early in the.. More

    3 Aug 2017 |
  • Word-of-the-Month: Guy-line

    A guy-line is a tensioned wire cable used to support and stabilize large construction cranes. It diagonally connects the top of the crane’s mast to the end of its horizontal boom. The lines counterbalance the crane and allow it to withstand heavy loads while resisting the effects of wind. If.. More

    3 Jul 2017 |
  • 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 |