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21 May 2015

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., a global developer of design software, previewed upcoming capabilities in its Vectorworks® Architect 2016 release planned for later this fall at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention 2015 in Atlanta.

21 May 2015

According to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects Business Quarterly survey, firm leaders reported significantly higher levels of billable hours, hiring, and inquiries for new work during the first quarter of 2015 – suggesting an industry-wide spring thaw has arrived.

21 May 2015

VaproShield's innovative, self-adhered vapor permeable, water-resistive air barrier membranes – WrapShield SA Self-Adhered and RevealShield SA Self-Adhered (for open joint rain screen cladding systems) – received approval from Air Barrier Association of America.

19 May 2015

Acme Brick celebrated the company’s 124th birthday on April 17, 2015 by toppling more than 4,000 brick at the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

16 April 2015

Leading shelter publication Luxe Interiors + Design, and top home design forum Houzz have each recognized Rocco Fiore & Sons, Inc. in their respective best-of-the best awards programs for residential design and building professionals.

Brick: An Old Way to a Better Tomorrow

Since early mankind moved out of caves and into communities, brick was a desired construction material. With readily available raw materials, a simple manufacturing process, and durable and sustainable results, brick’s continued prominence is easy to understand.

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Masonry Flashing

Flashings remain a critical component of any cavity wall system, diverting moisture outward as it collects in the cavity space to the exterior of the façade through the weep openings. A failure in this arrangement can ultimately lead to degradation of wall components, including mortar, lintels, non-stainless anchors, and fasteners, as well as a reduction of R-Value in certain types of insulation.

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Project Spotlight: Workhorse Rally

Tom Livingston, president of the Village of La Grange, Ill., reflects with fondness on the Stone Avenue Train Station. “My father took the train out of this station for forty years. It’s a real workhorse,” he said.

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Stone 101

Stone. The term doesn’t have the same meaning it did 50 years ago. There was a time when someone would say “I’d like to put stone on my project” and everyone had a pretty good idea what they were considering. That was then. The legitimacy of the word has completely turned upside down.

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Design Trends / Restoration: A Timely Renaissance

For nearly a century, throngs of area residents of Waltham, Mass., made their way to work in the iconic 1854 factory of the Waltham Watch Company along the Charles River. The first enterprise to produce watches on an assembly line, the company operated in its expansive, 405,000-square-foot facility until 1949, after which a few light industrial and office tenants occupied the buildings.

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Spring 2015

On the cover: The Waltham Watch Factory in Waltham, Mass., has been redesigned by Bruner/Cott & Associates into a marvelous mixed-use development.

Table of Contents
Brick: An Old Way to a Better Tomorrow  
Workhorse Rally
Masonry Flashing
A Timely Renaissance
Stone 101

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