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Clearly Welcoming

by: Donna Kacmar
Architect: PGAL

THE International Arrivals Building (IAB) by PGAL Architects at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport welcomes travelers and unites the federal Immigration and Customs functions within one large day-lit volume.

Richard Payne, FAIA
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Designing the Right Fit

by: Andy MacPhillimy, AIA

In my 30-plus years as an architect I have seen few moisture intrusion problems that were the result of product system failures. More frequently, failures occurred at the intersections and transition details between moisture barrier systems. Such failures were caused by a variety of issues, including trade craftsmanship, system product incompatibility, or failure in the “joint” design.

P. 91 image copyright Pali Rao and Andrew Johnson, 2007 istockphoto
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The Most Stylish Floors of Tomorrow Today

by: D. Christopher Davis

Linen textured tiles, century-old wood, bamboo rugs, buttery leather, and sponge are just some of the new looks that have donned the floors at the premium floor covering tradeshow, Surfaces, sponsored by the World Floor Covering Association. WFCA, the industry’s largest advocacy organization representing specialty floor covering retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and contractors, offers a top-line overview of the fashionable looks that are making their way to the floors of homes and businesses across the country this year.

P. 54 Photo Courtesy Anderson hardwood Floors; P. 55 Photo courtesy
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Out of the Box

by: Rebecca Boles
Architect: Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford; Ellerbe Becket

The expanding curricula at Texas Christian University has generated the need for new buildings. As new programs have been added, TCU has been consistently infilling the campus master plan, adding approximately 600,000 square feet of new construction since 1996. Steve and Sarah Smith Entrepreneurs Hall, completed in February 2003, represents the second joint venture at TCU between design architect Ellerbe Becket and architect-of-record Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford. The team also produced TCU’s Tucker Technology Center the year before.

Chad Davis
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Buildings Count on Concrete

While concrete is more common ly used to construct low-rise buildings, continued improvement in concrete strength over the last decade has been a major factor in the development of taller buildings in the United States and throughout the world.

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Sound Design

by: Elmer Hixson, PhD

All occupiable structures – from single-family dwellings to apartment complexes, from office buildings to lecture halls – should be “people friendly” environments. This includes climate control, adequate lighting, and appropriate acoustic properties.

Thaddeus Leopoulos; courtesy
Holzman moss architecture
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Sites Seen and Sights Unseen

by: James B. Atkins, Grant A. Simpson

Building construction requires many workers and many trades. The contractors and subcontractors must coordinate and interface their work and plan how all the separate parts and pieces will fit together. A contractor coordinates the subcontractors and develops a work plan for delivering a completed project that conforms to the architect’s design.
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University Federal Credit Union

by: Jennifer Lee
Architect: Antenora Architects

University Federal Credit Union’s new Brodie Lane branch in Austin illustrates the institution’s rethinking of its marketing strategy. According to the architect, the goal was to design a visually striking landmark that would reflect the advances in technology within the banking world while not alienating UFCU’s long-standing, less digital-savvy members.

Paul Bardagjy
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New Trends in Walls and Ceilings

by: TA Staff

New technologies are offering architects and designers further innovative solutions to increase their projects’ overall value through operational efficiency and long-term maintenance. These range from improved materials to enhanced techniques for their application.

Courtesy Page Southerland Page; Courtesy baker drywall; craig blackmon, faia; Courtesy aker-zvonkovic photography; Courtesy Panel specialists inc.; Courtesy alamo architects
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Bricks, Aesthetics, and the Market

by: Scott Cook

With a tradition of brick manufacture and brick construction dating back to pre-statehood days of the early nineteenth century, Texas provides a unique laboratory for examining persistence and change in the clay brick industry.

all photos by scott cook
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Protecting Against Moisture

by: Joseph Crissinger

This article was adapted from “The Great Moisture Movement,” an article that originally appeared in the August 2005 edition of Interface magazine published by the Roof Consultants Institute.

© Howard Kingsnorth/zefa/Corbis
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Minimizing Indoor Mold Problems in Building Systems

The following is adapted from a position paper approved in June 2005 by the Board of Directors of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The complete document is posted at

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