CONSTRUCT Featured Speaker: The Future of Specifiers Entails a Commitment of Head and Heart

7/13/2020

Paul Doherty is thinking simultaneously these days about microscopic viruses and supersized cities. He
believes AEC’s future includes both.

 “We are in the age of pandemics,” says Doherty, a  featured speaker at the CONSTRUCT Virtual Conference launching Oct. 7. “COVID-19 is just the latest. They will continue to be in our psyche.”

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This Firm Rejiggered a Health Care Clinic’s HVAC System to Create Negative Air Pressure in 100 Rooms

7/13/2020

Paul Doherty’s proposal to reduce COVID-19’s spread in buildings through negative air pressure is getting a real-life test at a clinic in Billings, MT. That city’s Billings Clinic dramatically increased its number of airborne
infection isolation (AII) rooms by adjusting the facility’s HVAC system to dramatically increase the number of potential rooms for coronavirus patients. 

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6 Ways to Persuade Specifiers to Use Your Product

7/13/2020

Susan Milne of Epiphany Studio, a marketing agency for architectural product companies, says manufacturers need a fresh approach toward specifiers if they hope to get you to pick their products. 

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Schools Already Were Health Danger Zones Before COVID. New Products and Techniques Could Reduce the Threat

7/13/2020

The average student spends 15,600 hours inside a school by the time they graduate from high school, Harvard University estimates in a new report. Thus, it’s no surprise that building and maintaining healthy school buildings has generated lots of discussion as the COVID-19 pandemic rages. For one thing, in the same amount of floor space, schools have four times more occupants than occupants of office buildings, the EPA estimates.

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Specifying Flooring But Worried About Infections? These 5 Factors Can Help Narrow Your Choices

7/13/2020

INSTALL, the International Standards and Training Alliance for floor covering installers, issued recently five best practices that it believes commercial architects and designers should employ when specifying floor coverings in this new era of heightened infection control.

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Six Ways the Pandemic Is Changing Bathroom Design

7/13/2020

Jon Dommisse and Michelle Kempen of the Milwaukee-based architectural firm Kahler Slater predict COVID-19 concerns will lead to at least half a dozen revisions in bathroom design. 

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Clark Dietrich Unveils Lighter-Gauge Option for Pony Walls

7/13/2020

Clark Dietrich has introduced Pony Wall Lite, a lighter-gauge option to its existing pony wall products. Designed for interior applications, the 16-gauge Pony Wall Lite’s thinner plate is compatible with a 2.5-inch stud wall and is available in 24-, 30-, 48-, and 60-inch sizes. 

All of Clark Dietrich’s pony walls are designed to support the out-of-plane loading of cantilevered partial wall
systems when they are unsupported at the top rack. The load is transferred to the floor system through the base plate, which is welded to Pony Wall Lite’s stud member. 

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Sika Introduces Hydrophilic Crystalline Permeability Admixture

7/13/2020

With its introduction of WT-240 P, Sika now claims to be the only manufacturer to offer two technologies—hydrophilic crystalline and hydrophobic pore blocking—in its array of permeability reducing admixtures.

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