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March 22, 2018 Using Masonry and Elevation: Lessons on Flood-Zone Protection Following Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005 with sustained winds of 100-140 mph and storm surges as high as 29 1/2 feet. By the time the storm ended, 80 ...Keep Reading
By Oldcastle Building Solutions
March 1, 2018 An Introduction to Early Supplier Involvement in the Construction Industry  “You are too early.” “We don’t even have design documents together yet.” “We always work through the design teams and if needed, subcontractors, for any help ...Keep Reading
By Glenn Northey
February 19, 2018 What’s next? Another look into Olympic Construction The Olympics are upon us once again! Two years ago after the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I reflected on why there were ...Keep Reading
By Brett Chottiner
January 17, 2018 Delivering Comfort with Building Science You don’t have to have an engineering degree and you don’t need to be a PhD to want to improve your living conditions. In fact, we all do something to improve ...Keep Reading
By Oldcastle Building Solutions
November 20, 2017 Schools Design for the Future with Masonry after Explosion Konrad Judd, chief design officer with Huckabee, an architecture/engineering firm in Fort Worth, Texas, is an internationally-recognized thought-leader in ...Keep Reading
By Oldcastle Building Solutions
November 16, 2017 Stormwater Management: Regulations and Challenges Stormwater management regulations are a major requirement of construction projects across the country. From rainwater harvesting in Santa Monica to projects in ...Keep Reading
By Craig Kennedy
October 18, 2017 Fire Stations Resolve a Code Dilemma with Masonry Bill Howell, architect and president of The Howell Group, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia, has designed 29 fire stations in the State of Georgia in the past 25 to 30 ...Keep Reading
By Oldcastle Building Solutions
September 21, 2017 Fighting Fire Damage and Loss with Masonry From increasing escape time and reducing flame spread to speeding recovery, masonry is critical to fire safety.
By Oldcastle Building Solutions
September 30, 2016 VE: The Dirty Letters of the Construction Industry While value engineering (VE) in construction is meant to provide more value to an owner by either improving the function of building materials or reducing ...Keep Reading
By Antonio Rezic
August 25, 2016 No Medals Awarded for Olympic Construction As the closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics unfolded, I reflected on how much fun it was watching the United States compete in a variety of different ...Keep Reading
By Brett Chottiner
April 22, 2016 How green roofs are changing urban areas If buildings sprang up suddenly out of the ground like mushrooms, their rooftops would be covered with a layer of soil and plants. That’s not how humans build, ...Keep Reading
By Ron Dean
October 9, 2015 6 Ways to Protect Your Architectural Design from Value Engineering Nightmares When considering innovative building solutions, value engineering (VE) is a term that often comes to the forefront, especially at the point where the project ...Keep Reading
By Oldcastle Building Solutions

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