There is one thing you can count on with basements: given enough time, cracks will appear. Every crack tells a different story, but whatever the cause they need to be dealt with quickly, to avoid further damage.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, with some two million dying annually as a result. About eight per cent of these occupational disease deaths can be directly attributed to respiratory complications. What exactly is silicosis, though, and what should design/construction professionals know to help reduce its impact on those in the industry?
Commercial buildings are among the biggest consumers of energy, with much of it being wasted. There is growing pressure to provide more efficient designs that are also sustainable over the life of the building.
The first step in the proper repair of a damaged concrete floor is a professional evaluation of the surface to identify the cause. Managers can realize significant savings, while simultaneously providing a long-term, low maintenance solution, contributing to overall property value.
What are the main problems relating to the state of wood-framed construction in Canada?
All over the country, I am seeing restorations—which, traditionally, have been reserved for either replacing components that have reached the end of their service or for a simple ‘face-lift’—for buildings less than 10 years of age.
In my hands-on role as principal at an engineering firm, I spend most of my time investigating building envelope failures in …
Construction on the Royal Alberta Museum’s (RAM’s) new building in Edmonton is complete. At 38,926 m2 (419,000 sf), the new structure is twice the size of the former museum. Located in the heart of Edmonton’s Arts District, the new RAM is a careful blend of a well-designed structure and its historic content.
The Aga Khan Park in Toronto includes three distinct stone elements on a 7-ha (17-acre) campus-like property. The Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre are light-coloured stone buildings. The space between them encompasses reflecting granite pools, and stone accents. A formal 1-ha (2.5-acre) garden connects the structures. The whole complex is a cultural hub and represents Canada’s vibrant diversity.
You are probably thinking, “Oh great, another article about codes.” However, it is always surprising so many in the design/construction industry do not fully understand how building codes work (nationally and provincially), how they are developed, and how they impact individual firms.