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Construction | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

This offering speeds up construction and renovation projects with competitive bidding requirements satisfied ahead of time.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: ezIQC from The Gordian Group

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: ezIQC from The Gordian Group

This offering speeds up construction and renovation projects with competitive bidding requirements satisfied ahead of time.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Secret Is In The Foundation

Housing a collection of fragile historical artifacts next to a busy railroad track calls for special protective measures. Vibrations must be kept to an absolute minimum.


This stone wool insulation board is designed for use as an exterior continuous insulation in rainscreen wall systems.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Tyvek Fluid Applied WB System from DuPont

This integrated system offers similar air and water protection of DuPont's Tyvek CommercialWrap, but in a fluid applied form. The system is ideal for application on concrete, CMU, gypsum sheathing, and complex high-rise facilities.

Building Stones Of Washington DC Landmarks

This article by Ari Massefski of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reflects on the geology that helped build Washington, DC. This information is based on a more extensive USGS publication, "Building Stones of Our Nation's Capital."


Facility managers can access the latest information about the company's piping systems through this new technology tool.

P-433 Ship Shape from Meese Orbitron Dunne Co.

This UN Certified container is suitable for collecting and transporting oil-based paints and stains, paint thinner, degreasers, aerosol paints, household batteries, and other hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Assemblies Library by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum

Facility managers can search this database for information on wall systems and assemblies.

Ensuring Facilities Perform As Designed

NIBS has released its "Guideline 3-2012: Building Enclosure Commissioning Process."


This underlayment can be used when there is a long anticipated open time before the roof is completed.

Education Case Study: Campus Connection

TFM Managing Editor Anne Vazquez talks to the director of campus services at Presbyterian College.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Carbon Calculator by WoodWorks

This tool is designed to estimate the carbon benefits of wood buildings, versus steel and concrete.

Commercial Sector Expected to Lead Real Estate Recovery

Slight increase in nonresidential construction spending expected in 2012 with substantial growth projected for 2013.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Spare Parts Expense Allocation

What is the standard practice of budget allocation towards spare parts expenses?


Every year, architects and engineers compete to see which team can build the most spectacular structure using little more than cans of food. After the competition is over, the cans are donated to a charitable food bank.

Supporting Joplin’s Extreme Makeover

More than 140 pieces of construction equipment were delivered to seven construction sites in the city destroyed by a tornado earlier this year.

ABI Turns Positive after Four Straight Monthly Declines

AIA reported the August ABI score was 51.4, following a very weak score of 45.1 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services.

Question Of The Week: Cost To Build Out Raw Space

How do facility managers weigh a general contractor's proposal if they are not sure of the exact costs?

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Building Energy Calculator From Guardian

Users can compare energy costs for multiple glazing options in prototypical buildings based on multiple variables.

OSHA Offers Equipment Safety Guide To Small Businesses

OSHA has issued Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction to help businesses comply with the recently published Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule.

AIA Database Of Stalled Construction Projects

The AIA will establish a new survey that will begin to identify and analyze stalled projects from around the country that could be moved forward on almost any front but for the lack of financing.

Maryland Adopts International Green Construction Code

Maryland’s adoption of the IGCC, effective in March 2012, will apply to all commercial buildings as well as residential properties more than three stories high.

ABI Unchanged For First Quarter

The March ABI score was 50.5, a negligible decrease from a reading of 50.6 the previous month. This score reflects a modest increase in demand for design services. The new projects inquiry index was 58.7, up significantly from a mark of 56.4 in February.

Revisions To MasterFormat Announced

CSI and CSC have announced the 2011 updates to MasterFormat®, the tool used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial, and institutional building projects in the United States and Canada.

Architecture Billings Index Continues Positive Momentum

On the heels of its highest mark since 2007, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) jumped more than two points in December.

Haiti Repeat Avoidable With Enforced Building Codes

Richard P. Weiland of ICC stresses the importance of enforceable building codes in light of the one year anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Election Means Changes, Challenges For Construction Industry

Following an election that brought sweeping changes and switched the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, construction industry observers foresee changes in policies impacting this sector.

Comments Needed: Workplace Noise Exposure Controls

OSHA is proposing to issue an interpretation of the term “feasible administrative or engineering controls” as used in the general industry and construction occupational noise exposure standards and to amend its current enforcement policy to reflect the interpretation. Comments are due 12/20/10.

Lighting Systems Index Indicates Brighter Times Ahead

The end of the tunnel appears to be about nine or so months away. The light there is, thankfully, not from an oncoming train. Or so it seems.

Museum Marks 10th Year Of Transforming Addition

Since its Quadracci Pavilion opened in 2010, the Milwaukee Art Museum has seen attendance more than double.

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