BILCO doors protect pumps, help Virginia community solve water issues

The Hampton Roads region in eastern Virginia, United States, faces challenging issues with water quality and land subsidence, but a new project is helping to provide a sustainable source of groundwater.A central part of the system is specialty access doors manufactured by the BILCO Company of Connecticut. The doors protect pumps and vaults in the complex system, and play a vital role in protecting water and other matter from infiltrating the system.

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Architects and Specification Writers: Part two

A basic tenet of a good set of construction documents is “Mention it once and in the right place.” The contract is between the owner and the contractor, and the specifications communicate to the latter what is required (without telling the contractor how to construct). This second article in a three-part series on architects, specifiers, and construction documentation focuses on language and specification format.

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Spec Matters: What does THAT mean?

English is complicated, and misinterpretation of written communication is pervasive. Without the added layer of subtleties of speech tone, body language, and context, many written sentences can be easily misinterpreted. This is especially true when it comes to specifications.

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