Joseph Sirilla

Better Building BIM

Joseph Sirilla

Eliminating downtime associated with Requests for Information (RFIs) when clashes or questions come to light during the building phase saves significant time, money, and – of particular interest in our current supply-constrained labor market – construction labor. Many in the...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 38
Steve Mickley

AIBD Welcomes New President, Fellows, and Recognizes Excellence

Steve Mickley

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) inducted Anchorage businesswoman, Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, FAIBD, of Michelsohn & Daughter, into the office of President at its Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Karen is a certified member of the organization and for over 30 years has...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 42
Joe Kannapell

Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Four

Joe Kannapell

Part Four:  Apartment Trends of the 1990s and Beyond What was true in the Nineties is just as true today, that large apartment jobs can crowd out single family orders. But with the proper mix of work, a plant can achieve more steady production. Since 1993 was nearly as dire as 2010, most...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 6
Steve Mickley

What is a Building Designer?

Steve Mickley

Generally, building design refers to the broadly based architectural, engineering, and technical applications to the design of buildings. Therefore, all building projects require the services of a building designer. Statutorily, the required credentials of a building’s designer vary from...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 38
Frank Woeste. P.E.

When Fashion Affects Structure—Floor Design Considerations for Preventing Tile and Stone Cracks

Frank Woeste

Two kinds of designers are involved in home construction—design professionals responsible for the structure and the interior-focused designers responsible for the final appearance. Although these roles can overlap, it is important for design professionals to be aware of in-service demands...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 60
Steve Mickley

Remembering the “I” in BIM

Steve Mickley

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has started to become a common practice in the architectural, engineering, construction, and facilities management industries. The benefits of BIM have been recognized in commercial and industrial development, but the potential of BIM technology to facilitate...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 46
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Wood Frame Construction Manual—a Valuable Structural Design Guide

Frank Woeste

While the International Residential Code (IRC) gives the structural requirements and prescriptive design data for residential framing, additional help for the non-engineer is available through the Wood Frame Construction Manual for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (WFCM) published by the American...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 73
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Robotics: Labor Solution and The Future of the Housing

Matt Layman

The housing industry has been begging for workers going on a decade now. The American citizen work force is not answering the call. Consequently, housing construction has become completely dependent on undocumented workers. Meanwhile, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics technology are...

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November 2017
Issue #10220
Page 71
James Clinich

Limitless Possibilities in Texas

James Clinich

When our Salesman, Ross Black, gave me the plans for the Clark Residence, I knew from the start that this was going to be a special project. I always enjoy working on these large single family custom homes, and this was no exception. For the most part, this home was not too difficult of a...

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June 2017
Issue #10215
Page 54

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