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NFPA 285 and Insulated Metal Wall Panels (IMPs)

NFPA 285 and Insulated Metal Wall Panels (IMPs)

As required by the International Building Code (IBC), the 30-minute NFPA 285 test predicts how an assembly will perform in a real-world multi-story application and, most critically, whether or not building occupants will have enough time to safely exit a building in a fire event. Soon, NFPA 285 will be revised to make the test an even more accurate predictor of fire performance. The revised test will mandate the use of both horizontal and vertical wall panel joints (an area of greater fire vulnerability), and will specify the precise joint locations on the test specimen. NFPA 285 Pass/Fail Test Parameters […]

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A Look into the Dilemma of Damaged Glass by Chris Little, Ace Glass

A Look into the Dilemma of Damaged Glass by Chris Little, Ace Glass

ACE Glass “Where the Quality is Clear”  A Look into the Dilemma of Damaged Glass By Chris Little, Vice President of Development, ACE Glass Manufacturing Every day, architects, GC’s and builders utilize and integrate the clear vision and connection to the outside world only glass can provide just to see it compromised over time by water stains, environmental pollutants, and human interaction. It is a common challenge on most jobsites that dirt, dust, concrete leaching, human interaction, rainwater, sprinkler water, snow, and all other types of environmental pollutants will embed themselves into the pores of glass and cause significant damage.  […]

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AIA GULF STATES REGION CELEBRATES DESIGN EXCELLENCE

AIA GULF STATES REGION Jury Comments 2019 Honor Awards Las Vegas; June 7, 2019 Sheila Leggett / 615.254.1233 / sheila@aiatn.org AIA GULF STATES REGION CELEBRATES DESIGN EXCELLENCE Architects from the Gulf States Region of the American Institute of Architects gathered in Las Vegas during A’19 to celebrate the 2019 Honor Awards.  Seventeen projects were recognized for their innovative solutions to the design challenges presented.  Respected jury members chose these projects from those entered by architects practicing in the Gulf States region. The Honor Awards program identifies built works of distinction, and strives to promote the excellent work by architects from […]

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Architectural Copyright Issues by Jason Campbell; Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins, L.L.P.

Architectural Works Copyright Act In 1990, Congress enacted the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (“AWCPA”), which afforded “architectural works” special status under the law. 17 U.S.C § 101 et. seq. Prior to the enactment of the AWCPA, architectural structures themselves did not receive copyright protection, though plans, blueprints and technical drawings were afforded copyright protection as “pictorial” and “graphic” works. Accordingly, with the enactment of the AWCPA, architects now have two copyrights- one for the design depicted in the drawings or structures as “architectural work,” and another for the drawings themselves as “pictorial” or “graphic works.” The AWCPA provides the […]

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NTMA Announces 2019 Terrazzo Job of the Year, Honor Awards

NTMA Announces 2019 Terrazzo Job of the Year, Honor Awards

The National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association announced this year’s Honor Awards and Job of the Year at its annual convention in Amelia Island, Fla., on May 1. The Job of the Year is in Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco. The transportation terminal’s grand hall houses an intricate public art installation in epoxy terrazzo. Sixteen colors and 375 waterjet-cut elements of brass and zinc form the “Secret Garden” design, created by artist Julie Chang. The terrazzo was installed on a topping slab that contains a radiant flooring system. Associated Terrazzo Company of San Francisco is the installer. The list of […]

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