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Specialty Buildings October 1, 2000

A Smattering of Sprinklers

Fire-suppression systems, like most building systems, components and construction materials, continue to take advantage of technological advancements—innovations that improve system performance, expand applications and result in cost savings or additional flexibility for building owners and users.

By MICHAEL J. MADDEN, P.E., Principal, Gage Babcock Associates, La Palma, Calif.
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2000

Plumbing the Depths—of ADA and Low-Flow

A panel of noted plumbing engineers and designers discuss major issues in commercial plumbing: code revisions, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), toilet parity and low-flush technology. Finally, they define what they feel are the major issues in commercial plumbing today in this month's M/E Roundtable.

By SCOTT SIDDENS, Senior Editor
Specialty Buildings January 1, 1970

New products literature

Magnetic-drive pumps are specifically designed to handle difficult fluids such as corrosives, pollutants, ultrapure liquids and toxics. This seamless pump can handle flows up to 1,500 gpm at 2,900 rpm and 1,760 gpm at 3,500 rpm. (Model ICM by Goulds Pumps) Circle 1 Structured cabling system doubles the bandwidth of the proposed category-6 standard, tested to perform at up to 400 MHz.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 1970

Radiation Safety for HVAC Engineers and Technicians

HVAC experts should know something about radiation and it’s control for a variety of reasons. First, planning and designing effluent systems for laboratories and other industrial facilities requires some knowledge of this hazard and how it is used. Secondly, maintenance and repair of these systems will require some near contact with potentially contaminated components such as fume hoods, blowers, flow dampers and ductwork.

By Mark L. Maiello, Ph.D., Wyeth Research, Radiation Safety Office, Pearl River, N.Y.
Specialty Buildings January 1, 1970

The New Soldier Field: Melding Tradition with Modern Convenience

As one of the founding teams in the league that would become the NFL, the Chicago Bears are steeped in traditions that run deeper than most. The roster of retired Bears jerseys on display in the lobby of the team headquarters is awe-inspiring, the names timeless: Blanda, Butkus, Ditka, Payton, Sayers. The faithful converge on Soldier Field every home Sunday, win or lose, to shiver in the open air as the wind howls off Lake Michigan. Even the stadium itself, until recently a crumbling Greek temple with peeling plaster and questionable plumbing, has been part of the team’s mystique for more than 30 years. In such a franchise, change does not come easy.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 1970

FCIA Promotes ‘Triad’ Solution

Chicago is the birthplace of the high-rise building and has been a world leader in building safety after the great Chicago fire in 1871. We applaud Mayor Daley, the City Council and the High Rise Building Safety Committee chaired by Alderman Bernard Stone for facilitating public discussion about fire and life safety in Chicago’s buildings. During recent testimony at the City Council, we were saddened to hear from senior citizens as well as building owners and managers that might have to move elsewhere or shutter buildings due to the expense of the high-rise building sprinkler mandate. We, like this committee, believe Chicagoans should be protected from fire and smoke in buildings. However, we need to keep the economics of living and employing in Chicago affordable.

By Bill McHugh, Executive Director, Firestop Contractors International Assn., Wheaton, Ill.
Specialty Buildings January 1, 1970

Lab-planning details that matter

If a researcher is struggling to perform a particular task, making a change to the architectural details of the lab space can help improve productivity.

By Mark Paskanik, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CRB, Raleigh, N.C.
Specialty Buildings January 1, 1970

Speedway Club at the Texas Motor Speedway Features Latest Life Safety

The Speedway Club is a nine-story tower in a famous racing setting. It is located outside the first turn of the 1.5-mile main track at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Both the Speedway and The Speedway Club are recognized as among the most modern in the world, and both are busy almost every day of the year. The Speedway hosted its inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series races in April 1997 and its first Indy Racing League and NASCAR Craftsman Truck events that June.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff