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    FURNISHING THE WORKPLACE

    The furniture maker Steelcase has long been known for its "turn-key" office systems. One complete package supplies desks, chairs, cubicle partitions, power and communications receptacles, lighting, and more.

    Now Steelcase has taken this "plug-and-play" idea one step further. In conjunction with commercial real estate developer Gale and Wentworth, LLC, they have formed Workstage, a new company that produces entire office buildings as turn-key products. — Published 2001.0131

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    ELEGANT EFFICIENCY AT ZION CANYON

    Out in the beautiful Utah desert, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) is elegantly demonstrating how bringing the outside in and the inside out can enhance our appreciation of the built and natural environment.

    The 7,600-square-foot (706-square meter) Zion Canyon Visitor and Transportation Center, in Springdale, Utah, is a showcase of efficiency and sustainability for the NPS. — Published 2001.0103

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    REBUILDING CENTRAL BEIRUT

    For five millennia, Beirut, Lebanon has been evolving in response to the diverse cultures of its visitors and its invaders. Embedded in its urban fabric is a tradition of the dominant culture asserting its authority through spatial transformation.

    Now reconstruction is underway in the aftermath of the civil-regional war of 1975-1990, but there is no peace among those debating how reconstruction should proceed. — Published 2000.1220

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    RESTORING LADY LIBERTY

    The Statue of Liberty, created by French sculptor August Bartholdi and architect/engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, was completed in 1886. While its restoration was monumental in terms of size, complexity, and visibility, the technical, design, access/egress, and deadline issues are similar—if on a larger scale—to those on many historic building projects.

    These are some of the challenges faced by the restoration team: — Published 2000.1213

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    THE BUZZ AT BUILD BOSTON 2000

    Switch Hotel . . . Soft Landing . . . Air Barrier . . . Future Search. These were just a few of the many new "buzzwords" floating around Boston's World Trade Center in November when some 11,000 architects and construction professionals and 350 vendors converged at the 16th annual Build Boston. — Published 2000.1206

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    NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

    Comprehensive planning and budgeting for a historic preservation project cannot commence without a detailed survey of a building's existing conditions. Information gathered during the documentation search forms the basis but cannot supplant the need for field inspection.

    Those who plan to conduct the field investigation should first understand the existing construction. The original drawings, specifications, and historic research provide important information, but they may be inaccurate due to changes—both during the initial construction and in later modifications. — Published 2001.0110

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    GATESHEAD MILLENNIUM BRIDGE

    Since the ancient Romans built the first span across the River Tyne between the towns of Gateshead and Newcastle in northeastern England, bridges have loomed large in the local landscape.

    Newcastle's river skyline has become a veritable cacophony of bridges, forming vital transportation links supporting the local heavy industries of shipbuilding, coal mining, and iron and steel works. Now the newest piece in the illustrious collection, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, is once again making history. — Published 2001.0117

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    WOOD IN THE LANDSCAPE: DECKS PART V

    This article concludes our five-part series on deck construction. This time we look at seating and railings. Although there are many options for designing railings, they can be strictly regulated by local building codes.

    Seating — Published 2000.1108

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    WOOD IN THE LANDSCAPE: DECKS PART IV

    This article continues our five part series on deck construction. In this installment, we look at decking and stairs—installing decking to ensure its long life, bracing the structure, and constructing stringers and steps.

    Decking — Published 2000.1101

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    WOOD IN THE LANDSCAPE: DECKS PART III

    Last week, Part II of this five part series covered the fundamentals of wood deck foundations. This week our series continues with a discussion of beams and joists, how to build with them, and how to avoid common problems.

    Beams — Published 2000.1025

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