56. Villa Savoye #105architecturalinspirations


56. Villa Savoye #105architecturalinspirations It is a building that every architect has studied. The Villa Savoye is a modern villa located in Poissy, near Paris. Designed by Le Corbusier, this building exemplified Corb’s “five points” for a new architecture. 1. Replacement of supporting walls by a grid of reinforced concrete columns that bears the structural load….

The air Leakage in your home is making your home dirty


T air leakage in your home is making your home dirty. For many years a house that could “breath” or leak air through the walls was important to allow for drying of the wall. Then we started adding insulation and mechanical air conditioning and heating to our homes. This limited air flow through a wall…

55. Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage #105architecturalinspirations


55. Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage #105architecturalinspirations The Kansas City Public Library Parking Garage has a striking south wall – books spines that measure approximately 25′ x 9′ tall. The building features 22 titles that reflect a broad range of subject matters. Designed by Dimensional Innovations and built by JE Dunn Construction, the building is known for the…

Green Term Defined: Fly Ash


Green Term Defined: Fly Ash Fly Ash is a fine, glass like powder recovered from the coal-burning process for the production of electricity. Fly ash can be mixed with lime and water to form a cement like compound similar to Portland cement. Using fly ash in concrete creates a denser mix that provides a smoother…

Project Update: Dairy Queen


It is always exciting to see dirt moving on a project job site. Our latest ground breaking is for the new Harmony Square Dairy Queen. This project is sweet! If you have been to the existing Dairy Queen you will certainly look forward to the added space this new project will provide. It will also…

54. Edgeland House #105architecturalinspirations


54. Edgeland House #105architecturalinspirations The Edgeland House is based on the Native American Pit House. Built on a rehabilitated brownfield this house uses the earth’s mass to maintain thermal comfort throughout the year. Bercy Chen Studio designed this home to teach about healing the land. The project was done to raise awareness about the diminishing…

An open letter to Mark Dorsey, New Executive Director and CEO of CSI


An open letter to Mark Dorsey, New Executive Director and CEO of CSI Dear Mark, Welcome to the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). I am excited to see where you lead us in the future. You are going to be contacted by CSI members, many CSI members, with lots of thoughts and opinions. Some members will…

53. Green Office Building #105architecturalinspirations


53. Green Office Building #105architecturalinspirations Looking for cool signage, I found a very cool architectural firm. Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects are located in San Francisco, CA. Looking through their projects, there were few I did not like. However, the Green Office Building stands out. There is a mixture of agricultural and traditional materials. There…

Green Term Defined: Cellulose Insulation


Green Term Defined: Cellulose Insulation Cellulose Insulation is a low-thermal-conductivity material use to reduce heat loss and gain from a building. It is also a great noise transmission reduction materials as it is made of cellular materials. There are four major types of cellulose insulation. They have the general characteristics of being dry, spray applied,…

52. Merle’s Drive-In #105architecturalinspirations


Merle’s Drive-In photographed by Doug White in 1950 located in Los Angeles.  #105architecturalinspirations In the early Mid-20th century, young architects started challenging the status quo with a new aesthetic. The style featured bold signage, car scaled access, neon lights, and bright colors. This architectural type challenged typology of the time and presented a futuristic and…