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Friday, May 31, 2013

5 Tips from NOAA on How to Prepare for the 2013 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season officially kicks off tomorrow.  To help raise awareness, NOAA's National Hurricane Center has put together a short list of tips on how to prepare for - and survive - the 2013 hurricane season.

1. Know the difference between hurricane and tropical storm “watches” and “warnings.” Areas reported to be on hurricane watch is a warning for residents to be on alert of a potential storm. Areas that are reported to have a storm warning, are required to take immediate actions against safeguarding life.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

To Repair or Replace: 4 Detention Equipment Maintenance Tips

Old or faulty equipment can be an inmate
escape problem waiting to happen.

Inmate escape prevention is the number one concern of detention facility personnel.  No matter how vigilant a guard might be, the chances of a prisoner fleeing increase exponentially if faulty equipment is being used.

This is why careful inspection of existing equipment is so important.  Below are some detention equipment maintenance tips to help you determine if your facility's equipment is failing or about to fail.

Repairing or replacing components of a system when you notice a problem can mean the difference between peace of mind for the community, and a dangerous criminal at large.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Best Recent Posts About Architecture

We've compiled links from a variety of sources around the web to connect you with some of the best architectural articles that were recently published.  Enjoy!

What does an Architect do?

Bob Borson at 3 weeks ago
Ask different architects the details of his or her daily job duties; you'll get a different answer every time. What an architect does on a daily basis depends on where they live, what kind of firm they work for, and a myriad of other factors. That's right, there are options ... more »

Monday, May 13, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Vertical Transportation Inside 1 World Trade Center

Last Friday, May 10, 2013, crews completed the installation of 1 World Trade Center's (1WTC) 408-foot spire.  The spire brings the building to 1,776 ft, making it the tallest structure in the western hemisphere and third-tallest in the world.  Construction on 1WTC began in 2006.

Check out the infographic below by ThyssenKrupp outlining the details of the vertical transportation  system inside 1 World Trade Center.   You may also refer to our previous infographic about 1WTC, which is located here

Having trouble viewing the infographic below?  Click here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Most Amazing Construction Projects

What are some of the most amazing construction projects still around today?  Rock and Dirt, a heavy equipment marketplace, answers this question with an eye-catching outline of notable masterpieces worth knowing more about.

Having trouble viewing the infographic?  CLICK HERE


Make your construction project amazing with these architectural metal products.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Happy Building Safety Month!


It's no secret that the most important part of the construction process is code compliance and safety.

All this month, the International Code Council is celebrating Building Safety Month - and they're inviting everyone to join in and get educated about the important role code officials play in our everyday lives.  

Building Safety Month's theme for 2013 is Code Officials Keep You Safe.  Each week will focus on a different area of building safety: 

Week 1 | May 6 - May 12:  Fire Safety & Awareness
Week 2 | May 13 - May 19:  Disaster Safety & Mitigation
Week 3 | May 20 - May 26:  Backyard & Pool Safety
Week 4 | May 27 - May 31:  Energy & Green Building

The International Code Council urges you to promote Building Safety Month in your community by doing the following:
  • Promote BSM through your Chapter activities.
  • Set up an information booth at city hall or a local hardware store.
  • Visit a school and give a presentation about building safety.
  • Post local information on your website.
  • Send a news release to newspapers, and radio and television stations.
  • Encourage local media to cover Building Safety Month activities and send public service announcements to local radio and television stations.
  • Public information officers, city managers, or mayors could also arrange to appear on a talk/community information show through your local television or radio stations.
  • Include a call-in, question-and-answer session as part of the program to generate even more interest.
  • Be sure to also invite your local media to any scheduled events you plan during the month and post on your social media websites.

To learn more about Building Safety Month - now in its 33rd year - visit 
the International Code Council HERE

For more information about building products that always meet code, CLICK HERE

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Building Leaders: About the AIA National Convention 2013

The AIA National Convention, June 20th through the 22nd, is the largest annual event in the architectural industry.    Held in Denver, Colorado for 2013, the AIA Convention's host city is home to many well-known contemporary structures including The Wells Fargo Center and The Denver Art Museum.

During the convention, registrants can attend educational seminars and network with peers - plus experience what's "new and next" with over 700 new products to test.

In addition to numerous workshops and tours, registrants can also appreciate a few words of wisdom from the following keynote speakers:
-Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS [shoes].
-Cameron Sinclair, Co-Founder of Architecture for Humanity
-General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Secretary of State (2001-2005)

For more info on the AIA National Convention, CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to learn more about the AIA National Convention exhibitor and 
architectural metal products manufacturer, KaneSterling.