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  • Firefighters nationwide have struggled to keep up with the protective trend, particularly when it comes to protective glazing, says Glen McGuire, captain of the San Jose Fire Department in California...
  • The Sept. 11, attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon five years ago changed the way many architects and owners thought about building design, placing protective measures high on the list of design priorities...
  •   The basics: The $50 million, 78,000-square-foot Bronx Library Center features floor-to-ceiling glass on the south and east sides, allowing the complex to rely heavily on daylighting and helping it earn a silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council of Washington, D.C. The players: Architect, Dattner Architects & Partners...
  • The basics: Despite an aggressive construction schedule that required 1,000 workers on site at times, both office towers of the $120 million, 397,000-square-foot Piedmont Town Center project in Charlotte, N.C., were completed on time: Building A in November 2005 after one year of construction, followed by Building B in January 2006. The players: Architect, LS3P Associates Ltd., Charlotte;...
  • Until last fall, the Oklahoma History Society was in a 1930s-era, limestone-clad building with few windows and a “very heavy look,” says Robert Thomas, deputy executive director for the historical society.In November 2005, the society moved into the new Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, a $59 million, 215,000-square-foot museum with a three-story glass atrium that provides...
  • The $66.5 million, 370,344-square-foot addition to the Frazier Rehab Institute, part of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, made the building two times wider and three times taller. And workers built the addition while the institute and adjacent hospital remained fully open to patients.“We added 10 floors built on top of the existing five stories,” explains Bill Stone, president and chief...
  • What do authors of the international codes consider residential buildings? A single-family home? A two-story townhouse with a grade-level entrance? A two-story apartment building? A three-story assisted living facility? The answer depends on the code you use.The first two—single-family homes and townhouses three stories or less in height, with independent means of egress—fall within...
  • Effective safety programs share a number of attributes. These include a commitment to safety from a company’s president to workers in entry-level positions; education, training and retraining; consistently enforced safe practices; regular safety meetings; random work-site inspections; a corporate culture that welcomes and implements employee suggestions; analyses of all injuries followed by...
  •  Safety specialist Fortress Interlocks of the United Kingdom, with American headquarters in Erlanger, Ky., has introduced an option pod with key-switch for the company’s amGard range of modular safety gate switches. The option pod ensures an operative can only enter a potentially hazardous area when it is safe. It prevents inadvertent restart of the machinery while he or she is in...
  • Insulating glass manufacturers seek efficiency, labor savings
    Automation isn’t new. Manufacturers can recite the benefits of automated insulating glass production: higher efficiency, increased units per shift, reduced failure rates and so forth. Given that, why are only an estimated 25 percent of IG manufacturers fully automated? “Automation is the way they have to go to compete,” says Eric Vidmar, president of Anlin Window Systems in...
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