Building

  • Organization of the Building Team

    Architecture is a process involving multidisciplinary input by many professionals. Comprehensive design services in the professional disciplines of planning, architecture, landscape…

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  • Building Codes

    Many of the restrictions encountered in building design are imposed by legal regulations. While all must be met, those in…

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  • Photo of Major Building Systems

    Major Building Systems

    The simplest building system consists of only two components. One component is a floor, a flat, horizontal surface on which human…

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  • Building Costs

    Construction cost of a building usually is a dominant design concern. One reason is that if construction cost exceeds the owner’s…

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  • Photo of Building Occupancy Loads

    Building Occupancy Loads

    Safe yet economical building designs necessitate application of reasonable and prudent design loads. Computation of design loads can require a complex…

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  • Approval of Special Construction

    Increasing use of specialized types of construction not covered by building codes has stimulated preparation of special-use permits or approvals. Model…

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  • Building Codes

    A building code is a legal ordinance enacted by public bodies, such as city councils, regional planning commissions, states, or federal…

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  • Photo of Conventional Spread Footings

    Conventional Spread Footings

    This type of foundations are commonly used for walls and masonry columns. These foundations are built after opening the trenches…

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