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CSC Vancouver looks at parking structures

October 6, 2015
On Thursday, October 8, the Vancouver Chapter of CSC is offering a technical session, combined with buffet lunch, about the design, construction, and maintenance of parking structures.

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Glass floor for an iconic salmon hatchery

October 9, 2015
About 15 months after a December 2013 fire completely destroyed the Mossom Creek Hatchery in Port Moody, B.C., the facility reopened thanks to the work of a group of volunteers, fundraising, and donated building products. Among its features, the project boasts a 60-minute insulated glass (IG) unit walkable glass floor/skylight.

Find Inspiration in the Natural World: Discover the new Matte Series

Countless architects around the world have found inspiration in the incredible colour and gloss range of ALPOLIC’s aluminum composite material (ACM) finishes. Now, they can take inspiration from the colours of nature with a new Matte Series finishes, drawn from the living Earth’s subtle palette.

Choosing prefab for offices with superior function and flexibility

October 9, 2015
A Calgary-based energy company operating pipelines and gas processing infrastructure around the continent needed workspaces that would be flexible and could change quickly to accommodate their present and future rapid growth. Prefab construction offered the solution.

The versatility of insulated metal panels

September 29, 2015
Insulated metal panels (IMPs) can be an effective way to improve energy efficiency and create a pleasing esthetic, which is why they are used in a variety of different projects. An Albertan truck dealership and an Ontario cycling facility provide examples of this cladding assembly's benefits.

Six Ways to Protect Cyber Assets

September 22, 2015
When it comes to securing ‘cyber assets,’ (any programmable electronic devices and electronic communication networks) many architects and design professionals think of only mitigating risks such as e-mail spam, phishing schemes, and malware that could infect their computer systems. However, cyber assets can also be compromised physically.

Five Ways of Protecting Mid-rise Bones with Gypsum Board

September 18, 2015
Mid-rise construction has taken hold as cities across Canada seek new ways to accommodate growth in urban populations. Recent provincial and municipal codes and pending national code changes are allowing a more affordable path for mid-rise construction. Specifically, codes are innovating fire-protected wood frames (timber) for five- and six-storey buildings.

Fluid-applied Flashings: Fully adhered instead of self-adhered

September 17, 2015
Flashings are critical to ensuring moisture does not have an opportunity to enter wall assemblies. However, many designers cannot agree on flashings because what constitutes the products themselves is poorly defined. A flashing is a material put in place to prevent water penetration, or to direct the water flow away from the building.