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17 April 2014

The 105,000-square-foot facility, once an abandoned warehouse in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood, now stands as a community-focused learning hub that houses three schools: LEARN Excel (K-5), LEARN 7 Elementary, and LEARN 8 Middle.

16 April 2014

On April 3, 2014, at Structures Congress 2014 in Boston, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger's Ron Hamburger received the prestigious Walter P. Moore, Jr. Award. The award recognizes Ron’s significant contributions to the development of SEI structural codes, standards, and extraordinary dedication as a volunteer in the advancement of the practice of structural engineering.

16 April 2014

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute has announced a new option that gives Mac users access to the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings, its acclaimed life cycle assessment (LCA) software.

04 April 2014

Lafarge North America and the National Building Museum announce that this year's third "Spotlight on Design" lecture will feature Douglas Reed and Gary Hilderbrand, fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects and founding principals of the award-winning design firm Reed Hilderbrand.

03 April 2014

Responding to the resurgence in new home construction, Oldcastle Architectural has created the position of national homebuilder representative and named Todd Jones to educate builders on best practices for using masonry and hardscape products in their home designs and community development.

Permeable Paver Makes The Grade

Pavers Near Heating PlantProduct case studies often examine the potential problem-solving nature of products such as speed of installation, labor savings and the like. But when it comes to performance, it is often expressed by contractors or building managers in terms of expectations for the future, thereby remaining a mystery as to how the product fared months or even years later.

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The Functionality of Pavers

Paver Link pavers in Sutton ParkDecades ago, in every small town in America, the local high school was the center of the community. You attended the school, graduated from there, and then sent your kids there. And, on Friday nights, the football team and the marching band drew you back once again, to build memories that would last a lifetime.

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Product Benchmarking for Greener Buildings

Hancock Elementary SchoolSelecting masonry products requires consideration of a number of attributes – performance, aesthetics and cost, to name just a few. If you’re working on a green building, the list grows. Products for sustainable projects require an additional level of scrutiny to determine environmental impacts, including operational and embodied energy, carbon footprint, and impact on human and ecosystem health.

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Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, Pa.

Lafayette College Art PlazaThe American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pennsylvania Chapter awarded a 2013 Citation of Merit to the recently completed Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, Pa. Spillman Farmer Architects (SFA) of Bethlehem, Pa., served as the project’s architect.

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Air Barriers: Impermeable or Permeable?

masonry architectureAir infiltration of buildings causes significant heating/cooling energy loss and permits moisture and condensation to collect in the walls. This interstitial condensation creates significant problems for buildings and occupants alike, including poor air quality, mold and mildew, and even structural damage.

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Masonry And BIM: The Next Level

masonry architectureIt’s important to first note that Building Information Modeling (BIM) is not a product. It is a concept – a process – that involves digital models of a building. Several software companies make versions of BIM software. The software creates 3D models that represent every aspect of what a building is or could be, from exteriors to internal function.

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Lightweight Block, Heavyweight Benefits

masonry architectureSix constructed block warehouses at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore are a testament to on-time and on-budget delivery. Built by St. John Properties, the buildings provided the center with a distinct advantage, both in the way they were constructed and the resources used – time, labor and materials.

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The Three-Part Rule for Moisture Management

masonry architectureThe three-part rule of moisture management is to “get moisture off of, out of and away from a construction detail as quickly as possible.” However, we are left with the nagging questions: Off to where? Out to where? Away to where?

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masonry design

Winter 2013-14

Welcome to the Winter 2013-14 issue of Masonry Design! In this issue, read about the practicality and beauty of permeable pavers, masonry products for green building and the LEED certified Arts Plaza at Lafayette College.

Table of Contents
Permeable Paver Makes The Grade
The Functionality of Pavers
Product Benchmarking for Greener Buildings
Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, Pa.

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