By Ron Baer
The relationship between an architect and a contractor is not always smooth, but in the end they need to work as partners. After a few successful projects, perhaps the intermediate relationship problems can be nearly eliminated and the teamwork can be established early in a project. In this way, the masonry contractor has familiarity with the architect’s design concepts and the architect has the benefit of the masonry contractor’s hands-on experience in creating specifications for the job.
Dörken Systems Inc., a North-American manufacturer of air and moisture barriers, has launched the DELTA® Academy, a host of education programs for building professionals who strive to build to a higher standard. DELTA Academy gives building professionals, such as architects, specifiers and contractors, access to relevant and timely information addressing new research findings and industry standards, curated and presented by the industry’s key thought leaders. DELTA Academy is easy to access, convenient and simple to use.
Nothing says sustainability more than preserving, restoring and repurposing existing buildings. The greenest buildings today are those already built. Masonry is a sustainable, resilient material that can survive floods and fires. It is the oldest and most permanent building material, exuding a sense of permanence, longevity, quality, reliability and familiarity, yet it is forgiving and flexible. Many brick buildings that were built more than 100 years ago are continuing to fulfill their original purposes, while others have been adapted for new purposes.
16 September 2017 — Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has announced the English-version release of its 2018 Vectorworks software. The release includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as Vision. New this year is BraceworksTM, a structural load analysis add-on module targeted to designers and riggers working on temporary entertainment structures.
July 14, 2017 — GRAPHISOFT North America has partnered with Black Spectacles, an online learning resource, to create ARCHICAD for Beginners, a four-and-a-half-hour course that teaches the basics of ARCHICAD.