Archive October 2017

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Mold: The Unintended Consequence of Sustainability

by Cheryl Ciecko, ALA, AIA, LEED AP

With today's highly-engineered and energy-efficient designs, as well as technologically-managed mechanical and enclosure systems, indoor air pollution from dampness and mold can create some potentially-hazardous health conditions for building occupants. In addition to poor air quality, moisture leads to the deterioration of building components.

ALA Announces Winners in 2017 Design Award Competition

Flying Pigs on Parade, Chicago’s Union Station, a Coney Island restaurant and a Fermilab research facility were among the projects winning top honors at the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) 19th Annual Design Awards, which recognized projects for design and construction achievement.

Architects and Passive Fire Resistance for Buildings

Choosing the right fire-rated design for a building's walls, beams, columns, floors or roof is a complex task for architects. Passive systems might not always fit design requirements but they must be in accordance with test procedures from the American Society for Testing Materials or from Underwriters Laboratories. 

Illinois Accessibility Code Overview with Felicia Burton

Felicia Burton, Accessibility Specialist with the State of Illinois Capital Development Board, will present an overview of the Illinois Accessibility Code. She'll talk about how the code is being interpreted, enforced and implemented.