D+D Online December 2010

In This Issue...


Building-Envelope 101’s Simple Lesson No 1: ‘Think Like a Raindrop’

by Gary Henry

“Think like a raindrop.” That’s advice for design professionals from Washington State-based building-envelope consultant Ray Wetherholt, PE, RRC, RWC, of Wetherholt and Associates, Kirkland and Olympia.


Symbiosis of Supplier and Designer: An Ideal We Can Build Together

by Walter Scarborough

In the natural world, when a relationship exists between two different species, organisms or the vast flora and fauna world, it is called a symbiotic relationship. When each participant benefits from that relationship, it is known as a mutual symbiotic relationship.


Scoring High Marks: Concrete Floors Can Rule in School

by Gary Henry

School flooring has long been the domain of carpet and vinyl. That’s changing. Finished concrete floors are showing up in ever greater quantities in schools ranging from elementary to university. Coloring, polishing, and other decorative treatments are adding distinctive aesthetics and enhanced performance, meaning the concrete floor no longer must be standard-issue gray—a la Henry Ford’s uniformly black Model T.


Tales from the Trenches: Dancing to ‘Rock Star’s’ Tune

by Steve Ryan

I ran into a friend at the airport yesterday, and as all people in all industries do, we traded “war stories” or what I have labeled customer “horror shows.” As usual when Chase and I met and swapped stories, they always got bigger and better. Chase would always begin his stories he told me as his grandfather used to say, “Remember, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story!”


Technology Tips from the Paint Lab: Understanding and Dealing with Blistering Headaches

by V.C. “Bud” Jenkins

Large blisters will form on solvent-borne acrylic coatings, especially low-VOC coatings, on a cold, clear morning. Where do they come from? What causes them?


Opening-Act Preview: Concrete Décor Makeover to Transform ‘Rocketown’

by Steven H. Miller, CDT

When the 2011 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training kicks off in Nashville, Tenn., on March 15, 2011, one of the central events will be a “Decorative Concrete Makeover” of Nashville's Rocketown youth community center. The show will combine practical training with community service, offering hands-on workshops where the “work” will transform a former engine shop into 30,000 square feet of lively recreation and performance venue.


Back from the Abyss: Restoration Resurrects Once-Proud Mansion

by Joe Maty, Editor, Durability + Design

The historic but long-neglected McCormick-Goodhart Mansion in Langley Park, Md., a Georgian revival landmark and remnant of the area’s rural past, has been rescued from a state of serious decay and damage in a major restoration program directed by architect Ward Bucher of Bucher/Borges Group PLLC, Easton, Md.


Concrete Artistry: Exploring the World of ‘Liquid Stone’

by Shawn Wardall

Concrete has been around for thousands of years, but it is only in modern times that we have fully recognized and exploited this medium and its inherent natural beauty, in conjunction with its well-known strengths as a building material.


Technology Tips from the Paint Lab: Chill in the Air Can Drive a Paint to Craze

by V.C. “Bud” Jenkins

The label on most water-borne house paints usually says something like, “Don’t apply when the weather is below 50° F.” So as a rule, the painter will wait until the day reaches 50° F and begin to paint the house or wall.


Adhesion Malfunction: Formulating a Plan in Dealing with Peeling

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E.

Homeowners in a vacation community on the East Coast were becoming increasingly unhappy with peeling paint on their upscale summer homes. The rustic, “weathered” look may have aesthetic appeal, but not in the form of wholesale paint cracking and peeling.


‘Edgy, Rebellious’ Rolling Stone Takes L.A. Restaurant Stage

by Joe Maty

“Edgy, imaginative, creative, and rebellious” are some of the notes being hit in an attempt to define the design themes of the first Rolling Stone restaurant, recently making its debut in—where else—L.A.


Game Changer: ‘CHPS’ Schools Go by Different Set of Rules

by Joe Maty, Editor, Durability + Design

Entering the fray in the school design and construction arena in California isn’t the simplest of assignments.


   
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