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Should we replace old structures with new Green Structures?

Check out what Susan DeFreitas from has to say about this.

#greenbuilding   #sustainabledevelopment   #architecture   #engineering   #leed   #departmentofenergy  
KSP designed the New Surgery / Dermatology building at Universitätsklinikum Ulm in Munich, Germany. #architecture
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Communications Systems Large and Small

Yesterday +Timothy Jones and +Charles Hogge attended the Bogen "ACE" Training where they learned about public addressing, paging, mass notification, wireless clocks, etc. The course reviewed not only the products by Bogen Communications but also the techniques and best practices for designing these systems.

Feel free to test us on our knowledge of the systems below in the comments!
Largest Solar Power Neighborhood in the South-East

The River Garden Apartments, a mixed-income development covering eight blocks and around a square mile, is currently the largest solar neighborhood in the southeastern US, and the largest solar project in the state of Louisiana.

Article From: +EarthTechling 

#engineering   #engineersrock   #architecture   #solarpower   #solarenergy   #neworleans   #louisiana  
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Cardinal fountains for Big Game Week - Go #Stanford!
Social Media Effects City Planning
New Yorkers can vote for store locations via an interactive map launched by Mission Electric, a non-profit and city government social engagement campaign focused on enhancing electric vehicle transportation. Participants in the campaign will be entered in a contest to win Duane Reade green gift baskets and gift cards.
New York City’s largest drugstore chain, Duane Reade, is letting customers help decide which stores in the city should be served solely by electric vehicles.
◄ TKTS Booth in Times Square Completely Built Out of Glass ►

The new TKTS ticket booth in Times Square is a very unique structure by not only providing one of the only places to take a break in the busy Times Square but by also being the largest load-bearing glass structure in the world.

The two inch thick windows can hold a 500 people walking around on top of it with ease.  The way the engineers at Dewhurst Macfarlane made this possible is by reinforcing the glass with a plastic film called SentryGlas Plus.  The film is 100 times the strength of typical laminates and binds sheets together into structural pieces making them five times stronger then a wooden frame.

Light emitting diodes under the treads illuminate the staircase while aluminum pans between the crossbeams reflect the L.E.D. light and act as a water shield for the building.  To prevent ice from forming there are a set of pipes that connect to the heating unit.

Under the stepped structure are 12 ticket booths to sell half-price, same-day Broadway show tickets, a 700 sq. ft. office space, and a geothermal mechanical unit with a 450 ft. deep piping system that provides a consistent 55° F (12.8° C) year round.

Still interested in finding out more?  Check out these resources that were used to create this post.
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#engineering   #architecture   #nyc   #structural   #building   #TKTS     #technology   #construction   #design   #innovation  
Folkes Stevens Tennis Center

The Folkes Stevens Tennis Center, located on the campus of Old Dominion University was named the 2010 USTA/Virginia Tennis Facility of the Year on Oct. 23. The $7 million, 74,000 square foot facility was built in 2007 and has eight climate-controlled indoor courts as well as twelve outdoor courts. The USTA South Atlantic Regional was hosted last month at the facility.

This state-of-the-art facility was designed by Rancorn Wildman Architecture and +Hickman Ambrose Inc. Consulting Engineers and constructed by Pepperdine Corporation. In addition to the tennis center and two elevated mezzanines, is a conference room, offices for the ODU tennis staff, locker rooms and private lounge areas for the Monarchs men's and women's teams plus a separate locker room area for member use. There is wireless computer connectivity and flat screen televisions throughout the facility displaying campus based programs, tennis center events and the Tennis Channel. The facility also has the large matrix Beskin-Carpenter Scoreboard displaying text, pictures, and videos along with Court #1 having a radar gun display for serves.

All courts at Folkes-Stevens have the same hard surface as the #USOpen with the classic blue and green color patterns to match. The front and middle mezzanines serve as a 6,000 square foot spectator viewing space where visitors can enjoy comfortable seating, flat screen TVs, and vending machines.

Some unique features of this building are the use of a clear span technique, which allows for completely unobstructed playing and viewing areas while holding cost within budgetary constraints, and dehumidifying system and a heating and cooling system designed to make 78 degrees feel like the perfect playing temperature in the summer and 68 the optimum setting in the winter. Plus, indirect lighting also replicates and fulfills the requirements for National Tournament level lighting.

Designed and constructed with great attention to detail, this Design/Build project received multiple awards, and has become the gold standard for all future Indoor Tennis Centers, drawing interest from coast to coast. Much gratitude is owed to the $1 million contribution from Grey Folkes and Ricky Stevens. The Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center is also available for use by the collegiate teams, the ODU student body, faculty and staff, and the entirety of Hampton Roads!
Project photo's available at the link below.

#Architecture #Engineering #usopentennis #Tennis #constructionindustry #Construction #haprojects
Use Arrow Keys for Text Editing in Autodesk Products
Do you use arrow keys to quickly and accurately edit text?

Here are some of the commands that I use on a daily basis to assist me with editing text. At the bottom are some application and file control commands that I also use constantly.

Please add any others that you think of.

This is based on a windows platform so some of these will not work for everyone.

Text Selection
SHIFT + → = Selects the next character to the right.
SHIFT + ← = Selects the next character to the left.
CTRL + → = Moves cursor to the end of the next word.
CTRL + SHIFT+→ = Selects the next word to the right of the cursor.
CTRL + ← = Moves cursor to the beginning of the next word.
CTRL + SHIFT+← = Selects the next word to the left of the cursor.
CTRL + SHIFT+→ = Selects the next word to the left of the cursor.
CTRL + ↑ = Moves cursor up one line or to beginning of current line.
CTRL + SHIFT + ↑ = Selects one entire line heading up the sheet.
CTRL + ↓ = Moves cursor down one line or to beginning of current line.
CTRL + SHIFT + ↓ = Selects one entire line heading down the sheet.
CTRL + BACKSPACE = Removes one word from the left of the cursor.
CTRL + DELETE = Removes one word from the right of the cursor.

Application and File Control
ALT + TAB = Switch between applications forwards.
CTRL + TAB = Switch tabs or files forwards within a specific application.
ALT + SHIFT + TAB = Switch between applications backwards.
CTRL + SHIFT + TAB = Switch tabs or files backwards within a specific application.
The Windows key on the keyboard can also be used for this but is a graphically intense version of it.
Rainwater Harvesting Systems
L.E.E.D. Water Efficiency Credit

Most cities are taking the +USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) into consideration when planning for new construction. One of the more intricate systems that we have experience with are rainwater harvesting systems.

These systems begin by collecting rainwater from the roof, passing it through an integrated filter to remove large debris, then head into the underground storage cistern. From this point the water is stored and pumped into the building as required or can be pumped into a day tank stored within the building. The graphic below shows the day tank being positioned in the attic space of the building and then delivering waste water for bathrooms and water for irrigation.

Have you ever been in a building with a rainwater harvesting system?

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