Review Category : Feature

Strange Bedfellows – The Liberty of the Seas® and an Abandoned Grain Elevator Foundation

The Port of Galveston has served as a hub for the cruise industry since the early 1990s and ranks as one of the busiest cruise ports in the U.S. Its facilities handle more than one million cruise passengers each year. When the industry demanded increased terminal capacity and throughput, the Port was quick to oblige.

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Drayton Hall is considered one of the finest, if not the finest, example of Palladian architecture in America (Figure 1). This 1740s plantation house sits on the banks of the Ashley River, near Charleston, South Carolina. It is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is maintained in roughly the same condition in which it was received from the Drayton family in the 1970s.

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Albina Yard, the first building in the U.S. to use domestically produced cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels as the primary structural building element, has recently wrapped up construction in North Portland’s Boise-Eliot district. The project is a 4-story, 16,000 square foot creative office building designed to accommodate small businesses looking to work in an environment with natural light and exposed wood.

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Viktoria Tower, at the heart of downtown Seattle, fosters urban living with 249 upscale apartment units ranging from studio to 2 bedrooms, six levels of parking above grade for tenants, and 3,700 square feet of street-level retail which spurs community revitalization. The project is LEED certified and incorporates an assortment of eco-friendly materials, which utilize sustainable building practices.

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Rebuilding with Site Constraints

Upon opening its doors in December of 2015, Dallas Fire Station #27 was recognized as special in a number of ways: 1) It is one of only four currently operational multi-story fire station facilities for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department (DFRD), and the first one built in the last 50 years; 2) Very few fire stations are composed of a concrete frame superstructure;

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An Improved Approach for Seismic Bracing

In recent years, engineers have been seeking to capture the benefits provided by buckling restrained braces (BRBs) through the exploration of new braced-frame configurations to improve the seismic performance of building structures. One such alternative is the BRB mast-frame system, which enhances seismic performance and offers better architectural compatibility at a lower cost than conventional systems. The case study of 740 Heinz demonstrates the efficacy and cost efficiency of BRB mast-frames.

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Constructed from 1883 to 1898, the Provo Tabernacle was a historical treasure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the local community. It seated 1,500 and featured octagonal stair towers, a high-pitched gabled roof, art glass windows, exquisite woodwork, and a central tower topping out at 167 feet above the ground. The building hosted U.S. presidents, musical performances, school commencements, interfaith gatherings, and community events.

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Much has been written about the One North development in Portland, Oregon. The two buildings, known as East and West, feature unique architecture, beyond-code energy efficiency, and a shared community courtyard. The project has received numerous awards for innovation and sustainability. However, behind the unique exterior lies a story. The team used glulam construction to meet a number of structural and aesthetic goals.

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