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I couldn't agree more. Also take their pensions instead of firefighter's and school teacher's pensions.
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To all our elected officials:
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One sad thing is seeing relatively affluent and resourceful people taking advantage or enjoying public services, using their SS retirement income to pay for vacation cruises. Just because one's entitled to a benefit, doesn't mean one should use it, if you have other resources to pay.
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Here is the office building I am still designing. I still need to finish off some of the interior details and add review finishes along with lighting. I also have some work on the structural side of things I need to finish. After talking with my engineer friend he tells me the cantilevers will be a bit of a challenge but his biggest concern is the void at the stair tower corner. I told him that's the main feature of the tower and he replied it's going to be expensive. Once I am done with the building I will have to export it for rendering so I can update and correct the lighting fixtures.

Over all I think the project is about 85% done after I am done with a code review of it I will start working on the engineering side of it. I will have to get air conditioning, plumbing and electric for it finished off.

The short list of manufacturer and materials used.
Lighting: Targetti, Louis Poulsen, AMX, Bruck Lighting and Lithonia
Furniture: Cattelan Italia, Componance, Robern Vanities, Herman Miller and Gamma International
Equipment: Oce, Samsung, Logitech, Polk Audio
Appliances: Miele
Plumbing: Kohler and Jacuzzi
Glass: Innovative Structural Glass, PPG, and Smart Glass International
Finishes: Chrome, Quartzite, Corian, Zodiaq, Acrovyn, Cypress, Cherrywood, Bishop wood, and Cherry wood.

Well let me know what you think. I am still looking for work in the AEC industry and can not find anything.
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Thanks Pampana for the cool photos
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On the mountain Tyanmen (Heaven's Gate), located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province, China, was established trails of glass on the rocks 1430m above sea level,
Since the glass specially supported in absolute purity, tourists need some time to get accustomed to the seeming emptiness under our feet over a huge chasm.
It is a mountain in the park inspired the famous film "Avatar," the idea of floating mountains of Pandora.
Enterprising Chinese in order to advertise even renamed one of the peaks of Mount Tszyankunchzhu ("South of Heaven pillar") in the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain (Mountain "Hallelujah Avatar"), and advertising positions attract tourists slogans such as "Pandora far and near Zhangjiajie."
"This way the sky" has become a hot topic that is so open to the public.
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This is my latest design update on the OMBR Office which will be located northeast of Tampa, Florida. It is a mixed use building with an apartment on the top floor. I was set loose and was told to go as "extreme" as I wanted with the design. This design is cantilevered to accommodate all of the requirements the governing agencies in the Tampa area regardless of how impractical some of them were. I also new that I had to make this whole design practical in its' functionality also.

You will notice Interstate 75 in the background which also gave a bunch of problems that needed to be addressed in the design too. The tallest of the rectangular towers is the egress stair case. The second rectangular tower you see is the elevator shaft. I used these two structural features not only as their intended use but gave them yet another added function in the design. They both are used as a sound barrier blocking the sound from the Interstate 75 into the rest of the building. The large sail like walls projecting out of the building not only insulate the sound but also support the post tensioned cantilevered slabs.

Due to the considerable amount of trees on the property I felt the greenest thing to do was to incorporate them into the design. I wanted to keep as many trees as possible not only for their insulating properties and the environment but for their natural beauty as well. There is even a designated wetland area on the property at Cow House Creek that empties out into the Hillsborough River. This was the only thing that was truly worth looking at from the site.

I decided to use tinted seamless glass fin curtain walls by Innovative Structural Glass on the north and south sides of the building to maximize the views with a heavy focus on the nature. I also wanted to make sure that the guard rails did not obstructed the view so they are glass too. On the apartment level Research Frontiers SPD-SmartGlass is used on seamless glass fin walls to provide the maximum amount of view but only on an "on demand" basis addressing the typical privacy issue. The smart glass also cuts down on the electric bill when activated, functioning similar to curtains or blinds with a cleaner modern appearance.

The red rectangular projection off the cantilever is an insulated metal stud wall with a Alcoa Reynobond exterior which is made of recycled aluminum. It houses the common ares of the office and the plumbing vents are concealed with in the sail wall projecting out of the top. This was done for a very clean look and yet still providing a usable private deck for the apartment.

The roof is a slab tilted at 15 degrees to the south and supported like the rest of the post tensioned slabs for the floors. It also has 20 Uni-Solar PowerBond PVL roll up solar panels to reduce the amount of electricity needed to cool and heat the building.

The inside of this building is just as extreme as the exterior. I wanted to match the exterior of the building including the nature element. I also know that in order to create balance I need to create a contrast to all of the sharp edges and squared features through out the design. So I went to the extreme again collecting pictures of women celebrities and nude models to create curved features with in the interior portions of the building. When my client saw it under development it even took him by surprise.

I am also still working on the idea of flipping the parking lot with 30 spaces for privacy and to make the primary view of the site better. If I can not do this due to some restraint, technically it still works because eventually people go home from work although it's not ideal. I will have more images of interiors and possibly some more up to date images after my next visit to Tampa.
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I am a CAD designer with 15 years of professional experience as an independent contractor looking for work in the AEC industry and will relocate for the right opportunity. I have worked on may different types of buildings in multiple disciplines. I have also worked in the oil and gas industry. The contract work I have been doing is nice to have but it's not enough to keep me running. If you have any openings or jobs I can do please send me a message and I will get back with you promptly. Thank you for your time and consideration. Best Regards, Chris Currie
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Great article on the SOPA issue being debated as we speak. It's downright scary! Corporations and the multitudes of congresspeople in their pockets dismiss and laugh at how they're "not nerds," and don't get the Internets at all.
I remember fondly the days when we were all tickled pink by our elected officials’ struggle to understand how the internet works. Whether it was George W. Bush referring to “the internets” or Senator ...
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The only loop hole I see here is that a CEO uses his own money after giving himself a raise in order to give it as a person to a politician.
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I'm not paranoid. I'm smart enough not to call most of the money made from policies made by some of these corporations who have made incredibly large campaign contributions a coincidence. Politicians are bought everyday and they are all the same except for price.
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The best BBQ place in Virginia. Has corn bread just like Mom's. When you come here get the beef brisket with low fat and North Carolina vinegar. You cant go wrong. The burnt ends and ribs are excellent. Lemonade is fresh from scratch too.
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