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Athletic Field Lighting and Zoning

Athletic Field Lighting and Zoning

 Athletic lighting can increase a school or municipality’s ability to use and play on their fields at night, which is a benefit to athletes and communities. It can double or perhaps even triple a field’s scheduled uses, provided that the turf system can...

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Could Artificial Turf Work at Your Airport?

Could Artificial Turf Work at Your Airport?

Artificial turf is appearing on more and more airfields across the globe. Reasons for its use are varied and sometimes unexpected:Eliminates mowing in certain areasMakes areas of an airfield more visibleNeutralizes Foreign Object and Debris (FOD) on...

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The Benefits of Gilding

The Benefits of Gilding

Gilding is a decorative technique that adds beauty and protection to any building element by applying fine gold or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, glass or metal, to create a lustrous and grand look. Gilding has been widely used as early as...

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Airport Vegetation Management

Airport Vegetation Management

Vegetation management is required at virtually all airports. Overgrown vegetation can cause a variety of problems including:Provides habitats for wildlife, which in turn creates hazards to aircraft operationsTall grass can obstruct airport lighting and...

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LEED Neighborhood Development: Fast Facts

LEED Neighborhood Development: Fast Facts

What is LEED Neighborhood Development?LEED Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) is the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) newest sector of project certification. LEED ND was created to motivate architects, engineers and planners to help create more...

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Natural v. Synthetic Turf Athletic Fields

Natural v. Synthetic Turf Athletic Fields

Undertaking an athletic field construction project requires thorough research to choose the playing surface for the field that best aligns with the athletic program’s goals and budgets.  When considering the construction of a competition level athletic...

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Preventing Woodpecker Damage To EIFS

Preventing Woodpecker Damage To EIFS

Woodpeckers can wreak havoc on building enclosures. Found across the globe, woodpeckers traditionally peck holes into trees to find food, make nests, and communicate. However, woodpeckers and other pecking birds, such as flickers, can mistake Exterior...

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Strengthening Unreinforced Masonry Walls

Strengthening Unreinforced Masonry Walls

Restoration and repair of multi-wythe masonry structures may require in-place strengthening. When rebuilding cracked, deteriorated, or displaced masonry assemblies is not practical, economical, feasible, or safe; in-place strengthening may be the...

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Wire Glass in Building Enclosures

Wire Glass in Building Enclosures

Wire glass was widely utilized in buildings constructed in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At the time, it was considered to be the most innovative glazing product in terms of safety and aesthetics. Today, wire glass is often viewed as a historic feature...

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The Myths of “Odorless” Low-VOCs

The Myths of “Odorless” Low-VOCs

The use of “zero” or “low”- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in construction materials is on the rise, and with it are industry misconceptions that low-VOC materials (such as adhesives, primers, coatings, or sealants) are odorless and tolerable to the...

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Synthetic Turf Warranties and Replacements

Synthetic Turf Warranties and Replacements

Do you have a synthetic turf field that is approaching the end of its warranty period?  If so, you may wish to consider having an expert perform an evaluation to determine if repairs are needed before warranty expiration.

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Photovoltaics and the Impact on Roofing Assemblies

Photovoltaics and the Impact on Roofing Assemblies

With improvements in technology and the variety of federal and private programs providing options for installing photovoltaic (PV) arrays, or solar panels, building owners should be aware of the short- and long-term considerations, including cost...

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Asphalt vs. Post-Tensioned Concrete Tennis Courts

Asphalt tennis courts may be the most commonly constructed hard-surfaced courts in the industry today. However, due to inconsistencies with the quality of asphalt in recent years, there is an increased interest in post-tensioned concrete courts. When...

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Forensic Nondestructive Test Methods

Forensic Nondestructive Test Methods

When evaluating existing structures, forensic test methods are often used to aid in the investigative process. Information regarding the material properties, conditions, and subsurface conditions is paramount in a forensic evaluation to have a clear...

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Re-Roofing Natatoriums: A Case Study

Natatoriums are notoriously difficult facilities to design and construct as there are many important factors to consider that, if overlooked, can result in premature failure of the building systems and/or hazardous conditions for building occupants. With...

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Reflecting on the Value of Cool Roofing

Reflecting on the Value of Cool Roofing

White roofs versus dark roofs? When choosing a surfacing or membrane color, there are several things to consider. White membranes, also referred to as cool roofing, use highly reflective and emissive properties generally associated with lighter colors to reflect solar radiation and, as such, emit heat to reduce roof surface temperatures. Darker membranes absorb heat from the sun, and radiate this heat to both the surrounding atmosphere and the building interior below. Since we can’t turn our roof black in the winter to absorb the heat, and white in the summer to reflect it, how do we know which roof would be better suited for our building’s overall efficiency?

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Cooperative Purchasing

Cooperative Purchasing

Cooperative purchasing is a contracting option for public agencies, such as educational facilities (K-12 and higher ed.) and non-profits, to purchase equipment, products and related services without going through the time-consuming public solicitation process....

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