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  • 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 |
  • 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 |
  • 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: Whitewash

    Whitewash is a thin-consistency paint made of water, chalk, and lime. It easily absorbs into the medium being ‘washed’ instead of adhering to the surface like a traditional paint. Whitewash is often applied to masonry because it is porous and otherwise difficult to clean. Stone, brick, and rough-cut lumber are.. More

    1 Mar 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 |