How the animatronics guy behind the Showbiz Pizza Parlor band blew up his warehouse

Today I Found Out has a great story that seemed fitting to share on April Fools’ Day: It was lunch time on a muggy late September day in 2013 when an explosion shook downtown Orlando, Florida. A warehouse on west Jefferson street was the casualty. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks were already on their … Continue reading How the animatronics guy behind the Showbiz Pizza Parlor band blew up his warehouse

Norman Foster on collaborating with Steve Jobs on the upcoming Apple Spaceship project

Architectural Record has a wonderful interview with the one and only Norman Foster on super-sized buildings. Since I’m currently reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, I was particularly interested in Jobs’ collaboration with Foster on the design of the forthcoming “Apple Spaceship” that will eventually provide a home to the company’s headquarters. It’s interesting … Continue reading Norman Foster on collaborating with Steve Jobs on the upcoming Apple Spaceship project

What are the trends that will impact high performance residential construction in the US in 2014?

Hammer and Hand is a Portland, Oregon-based contractor specializing in high performance residential construction. Sam Hagerman, Skylar Swinford and Dan Whitmore, three of the green building experts at Hammer and Hand, put together their predictions for high performance residential construction in 2014. The entire article is worth the read. Here is a summary: Focus will … Continue reading What are the trends that will impact high performance residential construction in the US in 2014?

How to address a building envelope leaking from the inside out

The GreenBuildingAdvisor.com team continues to publish some of the best content related to building science and best practices for sustainable design and construction. The site also offers an online discussion forum that is regularly populated with posts that give insight into the real world issues facing professionals at the cutting edge of high-performance building. In … Continue reading How to address a building envelope leaking from the inside out

Should architects be fingerprinted? The State of Texas thinks so.

I have seen some architectural designs that one might consider to be criminal, but requiring all architects to be fingerprinted as part of licensure? That seems a tad extreme. Starting January 1, 2014, architects who apply for an occupational license in Texas will have to share their fingerprints with the state. Texas House Bill 1717, … Continue reading Should architects be fingerprinted? The State of Texas thinks so.

Construction Defect litigation, not economy, to blame for lack of Denver multi-family residential construction

Construction defect lawsuits are the primary factor impacting builders’ willingness to take on new projects in the Denver metro. That is the conclusion reached by local government officials. According to the recent Denver Metro Area Housing Diversity Study [PDF] prepared by Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. for the Denver Region Council of Governments, the mix … Continue reading Construction Defect litigation, not economy, to blame for lack of Denver multi-family residential construction

Residential solar installations reach all-time high of 31,000 in 3rd Quarter of 2013

While Germany is still in the lead when it comes to solar installations, the U.S. is fast approaching. GigaOm’s Katie Fehrenbacher reports that in the third quarter of 2013, 930 MW of solar panels were installed across the country. The big news is that residential solar installations are picking up: The largest number of American … Continue reading Residential solar installations reach all-time high of 31,000 in 3rd Quarter of 2013

Proprietary Construction Software Contributes To $52-Million Verdict

When I was handling internal project controls during construction of the $500-million research and development campus construction for Pfizer, I had to first be “Pfizer-ized.” A fellow colleague from the East Coast was flown out to our offices in La Jolla to set up, configure and train me on a software program known as Expedition. … Continue reading Proprietary Construction Software Contributes To $52-Million Verdict