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  • Driving Down Risk

    When a 1,500-pound drop hammer is falling from 10 to 15 feet, hitting the butt of a 25-foot timber pile a few hundred times, and you have 70 or 80 piles to do, the neighbors tend to get up in arms no matter how charmingly you may have introduced yourself, notes contractor Eric Borden. His company...

  • Replacing Windows in Brick-Veneer Homes

    Tall-Wall Studs ~ Breathable Roofs~ Paperless Drywall ~ Screws for Composite Decking

  • Literary Light

    An ideal lighting scheme for the Minneapolis Central Library enhances the architecture, supports human comfort, and exceeds demands for energy efficiency.

  • The Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

    The Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) is a series of firsts, Zaha Hadid's first building in the United States, her first project on an urban site, her first museum, and the first collaboration between Hadid and lighting specialists Office for Visual Interaction (OVI).

  • Best-Practice Wall Shingles

    A rain screen offers the ultimate defense against water intrusion, provided you get the details right. That's easy enough to do with lap siding but considerably more complex with shingles. Custom home builder and remodeler Mike Guertin, who is accustomed to wind-swept rains in his area of the Ocean...

  • Muddy Waters

    Few dispute that construction-site erosion poses a significant problem. Muddy roads and cloudy streams tied to a decade-long nationwide building boom have left many residents eager for a clampdown, especially in coastal areas, where water quality is a crucial issue. For contractors, the upshot is...

  • Common Callbacks

    Callbacks typically result from three things: poor design, faulty construction, or the actions of a clueless homeowner. While this is true everywhere, coastal environments are a whole lot less forgiving of such errors. Wind-driven rain and infrequent drying opportunities can drive moisture deep...

  • Securing Soffits

    The eaves of a home can expose the structure to the ravages of wind-driven rain on two fronts: when soffits are blown out during a storm, and when winds of 90 mph or greater drive water through vented soffits. Effective December 2006, the Florida Building Code requires soffit systems to be able to...

  • Wetlands Done Right

    For coastal developers, the preservation of wetlands often seems like a hindrance to growth. But advances in the science of wetlands restoration and new environmental policy just may be able to find some common ground. Aaron Hoover looks at the issue of "compensatory mitigation" and the policy of...

  • Now You See It…

    Like many U.S. cities, Washington, D.C., is booming. But capital expansion comes at a price. The city's library system may abandon its Mies-designed headquarters. The site is ripe for redevelopment, and the building's future is unclear.