Better Building BIM
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...
AIBD Welcomes New President, Fellows, and Recognizes Excellence
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...
Wood Components in Multi-Family Housing, Part Four
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...
What is a Building Designer?
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...
When Fashion Affects Structure—Floor Design Considerations for Preventing Tile and Stone Cracks
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...
Remembering the “I” in BIM
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...
All Things Wood:
Wood Frame Construction Manual—a Valuable Structural Design Guide
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...
Robotics: Labor Solution and The Future of the Housing
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...
Limitless Possibilities in Texas
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...
Transition From Multi-Family to Single Family Is Here
For a few months now, I have detected an uneasiness among lumber buyers. Near term expectations are bullish, however, there is an underlying sense of caution. Something is just not quite right in the housing sector. I believe I know what it is.
Winds of Change
Several years ago, when...