Design professionals have deferred aspects of design responsibility to contractors as long as there have been architects, engineers, and contractors. This approach works best when final design of specific elements is resolved as a component of construction deliverables, rather than a detailed portion of the construction document set.
Canada is ranked second in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) annual list for the top 10 countries and regions for projects certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
An unkempt, neglected, or outdated restroom makes people think a business does not go the extra mile for its customers or really care about what people think about its brand. A commercial restroom is an opportunity to separate from the standard, not just the subpar. Building professionals can adopt these design tips to ensure a pleasant customer journey all the way inside a business’s restroom, starting with the handwashing station.
Even in winter, immediate replacement of roof systems could be an absolute necessity, depending on the severity of leaks and the interior environment the roof is supposed to protect. Contingent on the size of the roof, its complexity, and contractor availability, there may be time to squeeze in the replacement before snow falls. While roofing can be performed during the cold, winter months, there are many challenges that must be addressed by designers, contractors, and owners. These difficulties can be amplified when reroofing over an occupied facility.
Recent changes to professional design services and construction procurement have led to deferring design responsibility to the construction phase of the work. The design community can take leadership on this issue and act on necessary improvements to communication with the constructor.
From our earliest days as Specification Associate, the official publication of Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), this magazine has covered a wide variety of topics for specifiers, architects, and engineers. To celebrate our 60th anniversary, we look back through the pages of history.
Thermoplastic membranes can meet a variety of different building requirements by offering a range of options in new construction, retrofit, and tear-off/reroofing situations. They also offer excellent resistance to UV degradation, and ozone and chemical exposure.
The Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) have signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA), giving architects the opportunity to work across the Atlantic Ocean. The agreement comes into force in 2019.
Ontario-based Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of insulated concrete forms (ICF) in North America, has been brought by Dryvit Systems, a manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS).