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    BACKSTAGE MATTERS

    I have noticed as a professional actor — an observation reinforced in my work as a registered architect, specializing in theater design consulting — that the same shortcomings in backstage design occur time and again. Creating inefficient and sometimes barely workable spaces, these chronic problems in layout and provisions may be attributed in large part to design efforts that disproportionately concentrate on the lobby and the auditorium.

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    METAL STUD PRECAST

    Although precast concrete is an outstanding architectural material, its heavy weight can limit where and how it's used. A recently completed project demonstrates how a relatively new type of lighter-weight hybrid wall system combining cold-formed metal studs and precast concrete can expand opportunities to apply precast technologies.

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