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Understanding Building Construction Types

Buildings are broken down into five categories (Types 1–5), ranging from the stoutest of construction to that which will most likely fail rapidly when under fire conditions. Each building type has specific characteristics that ladder companies must be familiar with so that they are able to ventilate the building in the safest and most efficient […]

Rising Construction Costs

Labor and materials are arguably the two most critical ingredients of any construction project. No buildings transform skylines, no bridges span rivers and no homes rise from foundations without them. That’s why pricing of these two production components can mean cost-cutting is in store for other areas of the job budget or, given steep-enough increases, […]

Arts District High Rise Starts Work

San Francisco-based developer Carmel Part­ners has broken ground on its first Arts District project. The planned 35-story project designed by Works Progress Architecture will rise at 520 S. Mateo St., near the Fourth Street Bridge. The main tower will include 475 live/work apartments, including 50 affordable units. Read full article

Under Construction Building Fires

The potential for extensive damage during a fire event is greatest when a building is under construction because it is largely unprotected. Code-required fire-suppression systems such as sprinklers and fire walls are typically nonexistent until a building is near completion. Regardless of the material used in a building’s construction, prolonged exposure to fire without mitigation […]

Construction Fire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The eight-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. Monday at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park, Kansas, sending plumes of smoke and embers toward homes in the suburban […]

Hewitt Street Getting a Hotel

Yet another hotel has been announced for the Arts District. Hospitality firm the Radisson Hotel Group announced plans to construct a 140-room Radisson RED hotel at 440 S. Hewitt St. A groundbreaking date has not been set, but the company expects it to open in early 2024. Read full article

Door Systems delivers AIA Courses

Door Systems strives to produce quality courses that help your team grow in the field of Fire Rated Smoke Containment Systems. As an AIA Continue Education Provider, we can serve you in person, On-Line with Video Meetings, or Virtually Online 24/7. With 2 Live Courses, you can engage the speaker with a live Q & […]

What to do during a building fire

NEVER IGNORE A FIRE ALARM! Your first reaction should be to grab your room keys, alert the people around you, and go. Act immediately but try to stay calm. Stay low in case of smoke or fumes. If you’re in bed, roll off the bed and crawl to the door. Don’t waste time getting dressed […]

Anaheim Stadium turned into a mega mixed-use district

Last Wednesday, the owners of the Anaheim Ducks hopped on the “professional sports team turning the area around their stadium into a mixed-use district” bandwagon with the announcement of “ocV!BE,” a 115-acre neighborhood that will set up shop around the team’s Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The hockey team’s owners will realize that vision by […]

The Worst Fires in US History

In 1871, Chicago experienced a massive fire that forced the city to rebuild. However, this fire was not among the United States’ deadliest. Wiping out properties, charring tracks of land, and killing up to thousands of people, these terrible fires are some of the most heartbreaking disasters to ever have hit the country. The causes […]