architecture - engineering - construction

2016 January

2016 January

Decorative Spray-Texture Concrete Overlays

January 29, 2016

For a Great Looking Pool deck or Patio at an Equally Attractive Price. With any new design or renovation project, the most important considerations are how will your new floor look and perform, and how much it will cost. On all three counts, decorative spray-texture concrete overlays are hard to beat.

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Understanding Home Energy Audits

January 27, 2016

Ever wondered how efficient your home really is? The U.S. Department of Energy has created a comprehensive and educational infographic that breaks down what a home energy audit is, what’s involved and how the results can help you and your clients determine the best investments to improve the home’s energy efficiency.

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Using Biometric Technologies For Access Control Solutions

January 25, 2016

Biometric technology isn’t just for James Bond. In fact, it is already part of our daily lives. You’ve likely used it to sign into your iPhone with your thumbprint, or used the facial recognition feature on Facebook to tag your friends in a photo.

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Importance Of Outdoor Garden Planter Materials

January 22, 2016

Did you know that the materials your garden planters are made out of impact the success of your plants? It’s true! People tend to focus on the plants as opposed to the planter, but you don’t have to make the same mistake. Planter materials are hugely important and will make a difference in the outcome of your plants. Planter materials include wood, resin, plastic, terra-cotta and more. Here’s an overview of some of the more common types of garden planter materials on the market, including pros and cons of each.

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The Test of Time: 10,000 N. Central Expressway, 30 Years Later

January 20, 2016

The Dallas office building, 10,000 N. Central Expressway, stands as a 30-year testament to the strength, beauty, and durability of StoneLite® panels.

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Green architecture key to nationwide energy savings

January 18, 2016

When it comes to energy efficiency in the U.S., many people point to automotive carbon dioxide emissions as ground zero. It's a fair point – according to the EPA, between 1990 and 2012, the transportation sector accounted for 32 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S. But in the realm of overall energy consumption, another industry is even higher.

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Stay Warm: How to Protect Workers from Cold Weather Hazards

January 15, 2016

In many parts of the country, it’s starting to get cold. Winter has officially begun. If your workers are exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time, they are at risk for such health conditions as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. Extreme exposure can also lead to death, in some cases.

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Amager Resource Center

January 13, 2016

Kalwall® translucent sandwich panels are the industry leaders in diffuse natural daylighting and energy efficiency, but that’s not what made them desirable for one of the highest profiled sustainable design projects in the world currently underway, the Amager Resource Center in Copenhagen, Denmark (Photo courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group).

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Online Color Selection and Specification Tool

January 11, 2016

Linetec offers a “Select and Spec” tool for architects and design professionals seeking long-lasting finishes for architectural aluminum products. Visitors to, click on the link to the tool where they may choose from the color palettes and order their painted aluminum samples.

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2015 NJ DISCA Excellence in Construction Awards – Tin Ceiling Project

January 8, 2016

This year’s Ceiling Project Award goes to Ricasoli&Santin Contracting for their contribution to the Duffy School-Senior Housing Project in Florence. The idea is pretty interesting: take an existing public school building constructed in the early 1900’s and convert it into a modern senior living facility while maintaining its historic character.

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7 Myths about One Level (Curbless) Showers

January 6, 2016

A one level shower can be cool, contemporary, stylish all while providing a functional design which will work for life. Let’s take a look at 7 myths about one level showers and bust them wide open.

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Got a Pest Bird Problem? Get These Top 5 Bird Deterrents

January 4, 2016

You’ve put it off long enough. Time to admit you’ve got a growing pest bird problem. As a responsible building owner/manager, you’ve come to realize that birds can and do deface and damage property. The cleanup and maintenance bills keep going up. And pest birds are one big reason. Time to take action. Bird B Gone offers a wide range of bird control solutions for buildings and structures. Humane and effective, the top five solutions most often recommended for most pest bird problems include:

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