Removing Asbestos During Rehab and Restoration

BY JOHN STUART Unfortunately, the United States is one of very few major industrialized nations that has not banned asbestos entirely in all of its forms. It continues to be used in gaskets, friction products, roofing materials, fireproofing materials and other products that are used every single day. Iceland was the first country to ban…

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High-Mobility Grouting Keeps Historic Fountain From Sinking

Guest Post by Brian M. Fraley Photos by David Swanson Portions of the Catholic Total Abstinence Fountain in Fairmount Park were in “imminent danger,” according to a “Restoration Services” Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the City of Philadelphia in August 2014. Open voids in the foundation were causing ongoing settlement. Compaction Grouting Services (CGS),…

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Concrete Masonry Is Sustainable

Masonry’s strength and ability to withstand severe weather and fire are helping to meet new demands for climate-resistant building materials. Moreover, concrete masonry’s (CMU) thermal mass benefits can reduce energy bills and improve thermal comfort in buildings.…

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Minis & Marble

    For most working Americans, free time is a precious commodity these days. I would wager that most of you don’t know a single soul who works a “standard” 9-to-5 and then spends the weekends doing whatever he or she pleases, never checking their smartphone for that all-too-important email. I certainly don’t know anyone…

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ASLA Releases New Guide to Resilient Design

  A new online guide launched by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design. The Resilient Design Guide is found here: Mangrove forests like the one shown here protect shorelines from damaging storms. These trees are a great…

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Daily Download

Recently, I have been reacquainting myself with a TV series I loved as a teenager—Star Trek: The Next Generation. While watching an episode one evening, it occurred to me that there is at least one lesson we can take from the series (as well as the original series from the 1960s if that’s more to…

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When Intellectual Diversity Mattered

By Duo Dickinson In August 1973 I was one of 140 freshpeople entering Cornell’s top-ranked BArch program. We were clueless. It was a bumper crop, as 40 females were admitted to take a stab at diversity in the extreme male playpen that was 1970’s architecture. But attempting gender diversity was not the story at Cornell…

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What is your favorite business tool?

  Recently, I was asked: “What is your favorite business tool?” I didn’t have a quick answer, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Of course, I like my laptop and smartphone; I use one or the other for most hours of the day. But is either of them my “favorite?” Not really. I…

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