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July 28, 2015




Coney Island is getting a revitalization makeover, and a 5000-seat outdoor amphitheater topped with a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane roofing system is at the center of it. Estimated at $53 million, the Seaside Park and Community Arts Center is being designed as a year-round destination. The community-centred project includes an entertainment complex and public park housed in the empty space once home to the historic Childs Restaurant—one of the country’s first eatery chains that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. Seaside Park Amphitheater’s roof will feature approximately 3800 m2 (40,900 sf) of PVC membrane exterior and 3025 m2 (32,565 sf) of PVC membrane liner with two acoustical curtains supported by multiple structural steel arches.
Expansion bolts are commonly used to support new structural attachments in masonry or concrete. For example, expansion bolts are often installed into concrete spandrel beams to hold up new steel relieving angles, which, in turn, support building cladding such as brick or stone. Although relatively easy to install, expansion bolts must be placed into properly prepared holes drilled in the substrate—and torqued to the force specified by the manufacturer—to correctly engage the wedge portion of the bolt.
September 16
Silicon Valley Construction Expo 2015
CSI Santa Clara Valley
Santa Clara, California
September 16-18
Glassbuild America
National Glass Association/Window & Door Dealers Alliance
Atlanta, Georgia
September 30-October 3
CONSTRUCT & the CSI Annual Convention
Informa Exhibitions
St. Louis, Missouri
October 5-8
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
New York City, New York
October 6
CSI Metropolitan New York Chapter Trade Show and Education Day
CSI Metropolitan New York Chapter
New York City, New York
October 6-8
SFI Conference
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Olympic Valley, California
October 14-16
Metal Construction Association
Tampa, Florida
Daylighting is an integral part of architectural design. After all, building occupants want a physical and psychological connection to the outside world. We evolved under sunlight; our Circadian rhythms—governing daily living cycles, influencing our mood, and controlling our sleep patterns—developed in response to a connection to the outdoors. Unfortunately, how many design/construction professionals approach daylighting can be problematic.
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The Science Pyramid at Denver Botanic Gardens invites visitors to explore the relationship between people and plants, and to examine how biomimicry—the way the features of nature inspire ideas and actions in people—plays a role in our lives.
The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, a design competition spanning the last three years, has announced its global winners. The competition, an initiative of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, is open to all countries and focuses on pioneering novel and future-oriented, building projects. The 15 winners from the previous five regional Holcim Awards competitions (Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa Middle East, Asia Pacific) were selected to compete in the international competition. The three respective winners from the global pool were projects from Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

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