Tag Archives: Design

Home Renovation: A Different Perspective of the AEC Industry

by Jacob Odell When I bought a house, I didn’t see in the contract that I would have to hold on to everything that came in the front door, but I guess I didn’t read ALL the fine print. This suspicious anomaly has forced me to reserve an entire room for “stuff” like an elliptical, […]

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Knowledge is Power: How Data Can Improve Space Efficiency

by Bob Eastman This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Space planning and building system design involve a cycle of questions, answers, and new questions based on those answers. The ultimate question: How is this space to be used and will that use change over time? We design based on studied evidence, but […]

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An Active Approach to Passive House Design

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Back in October 2016, the AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) gathered for a “Sustainability Slam,” which I attended. The evening featured many informative presentations. Two of them, by NK Architects, caught my attention. They both focused on Passive House building […]

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The Shift to BIM: New Ways of Thinking for the Future of Design

By Mohammed Haq, P.E. Building information modeling (BIM) adds a new dimension to the building design process. Literally. While traditional design utilizes two-dimensional drawings to show the plan for individual disciplines, BIM generates an interactive, three dimensional layout that can contain details and data not possible in a static 2D drawing. It spans the life […]

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The Power of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

By Tom Leonidas, P.E. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has become a powerful alternative to traditional design-bid-build.  IPD is all about team members collaborating on a common set of project goals; and to optimize results. IPD takes a lot of the pain associated with bid projects in terms of dealing with change orders.  The goals are […]

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How a Design Drafter = Star Quarterback

By Andrew Brown While I have been compared to a grizzly bear more than once – something to do with my oft-fuzzy face, fondness for picnic baskets, and the style of my hugs – there is one key difference between me and this majestic creature. No, it’s not our diet (we’re both paleo)…Unlike the great […]

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