architecture - engineering - construction

2019 October

2019 October

Incorporating autumn inspiration

October 30, 2019

Now that the summer has ended, it is time to transition your landscape design for the autumn season. Your landscaping is ready for a revamp once your summer blooms come to an end. This season is all about spending time outdoors and enjoying the landscapes. The maintenance-free TerraCast® resin products will enable an effortless transition to autumn and even winter landscaping.

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Corporate Security Best Practices

October 28, 2019

In most business settings, physical security is either absent or insufficient. “Since nothing has happened,” explains T.J. McComas, a physical security specialist and founder of Bastion Security Group, “the conclusion is that the security works. But, in many cases, it isn’t that the security works, it’s just that they’ve been lucky.“

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Glass house with load-bearing timber curtainwalls

October 25, 2019

Architect Jerome Engelking was engaged to create a nature-infused vacation retreat for a growing family on a wooded property on Long Island, NY – an architectural space that was to be a natural extension of the landscape. 

His mandate was challenging. The house had to be open, yet private. Warm and natural, but with daylighting and heat controls. Stylish, yet exceedingly functional. Modern, but with an organic aesthetic. And it had to have wood framing that would support the roof structure – a very unique architectural feature. All in all, a tall order!

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3 Tips to Make Sure Cable Rail Wood Frames Last for Years to Come

October 23, 2019

Cable railing can be particularly striking when combined with wood frames. However, it’s crucial to take care when constructing the frames to reduce the chance for bowing and possible failure – and accompanying callbacks.

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No Shower Wall Panel Dealer Left Behind – 6 Hot Remodeling Trends You Need to Use to Grow Your Business

October 21, 2019

Ask yourself, “Am I promoting the wall panel version of the ‘blue sparkle’ drum set? Have homeowner’s tastes shifted and left me behind? Do my products take advantage of today’s hot trends? In this article I’m going to dish out 6 key trends in remodeling you need to know.

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6 Discrete Designs Using Accuride Slides

October 19, 2019

In this blog post, we want to inspire you with projects that offer more than meets the eye: secret drawers and surprise compartments, to name a few. Whether you’re looking to increase security or expand storage space in your home, Accuride has a solution for your needs. Here are six hidden designs that transform everyday furniture into extraordinary opportunities for extra space. What might you spy with your little eye?

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How to select parking bollards to increase driver awareness and pedestrian safety

October 16, 2019

Despite being so necessary and ubiquitous in our communities, we design parking lots for their utilitarian function—building them for capacity instead of safety and aesthetics. Rarely do they receive the attention given to building interiors and facades. Effective parking lot design takes into account pedestrian safety, as well as efficient vehicle storage—which can be a rarity in many North American cities. In this post, we’ll look at a range of bollard-style barriers to help ensure optimal vehicle and pedestrian flow.

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PLAZA Large-Format Acoustic Panels are changing the rules of metal ceilings in a BIG way. Monolithic look, #acoustic performance, easy installation, and best of all — long-term stability.

October 14, 2019

Monolithic look, acoustic performance, easy installation, and best of all - long-term stability. Plaza large-format acoustic panels by Hunter Douglas Ceilings & Walls are engineered with a lightweight perforated aluminum construction and an innovative honeycomb core, so panels remain ultra-flat.

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RF Waves and Shielding for MRI Applications

October 9, 2019

Previous posts that I have written have mostly dealt with shielding gamma and neutron radiation, however there are other forms of radiation that should be shielded in certain situation. Radio Frequency (RF) waves are a form of electromagnetic waves produced by electronic devices and networks such as cell phones or radio towers. These waves can cause interference with other sensitive electronic devices. RF and electromagnetic waves can be shielded by enclosing an area with conductive material and electronically grounding the shield. This is also commonly known as a Faraday Cage. The effectiveness of the shield will depend on the material used, thickness of the material, and what frequency the waves that need to shield are.

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Sustainable architecture: how to help prevent bird strikes

October 7, 2019

The statistics sound like something from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Every year in the United States, more than one billion birds die flying into buildings. Yes, one billion. In fact, one of every ten adult breeding birds succumb in this manner, and because 100 eggs are usually needed to produce one adult breeding bird, that’s like losing 100 birds each time one adult breeding strikes a building.

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The Daylighting Difference: Biophilic Design

October 4, 2019

In an urban age when most waking hours are spent indoors, Biophilic design strives to satisfy the innate human tendency to hunt for and associate with the natural ingredients for human health and survival. People have evolved to instinctively associate with the natural features and processes that, though no longer as relevant to survival, contribute to their livelihood and well-being – and few things were and continue to be as integral to human health as the sun. The sun a source of both light and warmth, we have become biologically encoded to seek out its rays; and more than that, our body also relies on the sun to stimulate Vitamin D production and regulate the body’s daily rhythms.

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Boon Edam’s just-released security survey highlights the impact and challenges of tailgating

October 2, 2019

Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced the results of a recent survey regarding the risks and security threats associated with tailgating. A majority of the respondents, made up of security professionals, believe that tailgating remains a critical threat and does not seem to be abating.

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