Entries by Door Systems Writer

Nvidia Steel Megaframe with triangles everywhere

Devcon Construction has built some of Silicon Valley’s most innovative structures, but its work extends far beyond the tech industry, with a diverse portfolio of nonprofit, institutional and large-scale development projects. One of Devcon’s most exciting current projects is the $800-million Nvidia corporate campus in Santa Clara, Calif. For the first phase of this project, […]

The Importance of Fire Curtains in Schools

Schools are usually designed to have large, open areas like gymnasiums and cafeterias, which makes protecting the school space difficult. Using fire curtains schools can easily create a safe area within large, open rooms that will create safe passages out of the building for occupants without exposure to fire, smoke, or heat.

Construction Boom in California

As construction activity in California continues to rise, contractors are riding a tidal wave of plans and projects. The state’s top 75 contractors tallied $36.55 billion of work during 2017, and the top 10 companies alone posted $16.8 billion, a more than 8{a3a96561f1931cff034342fa80212b7a95ecea3cbb82e64902a22555cf3a09e1} increase over the top 10 in the previous year. “The construction market […]

Building Fire Safety

The buildings we live and work in all represent a kind of compromise. We want them to be attractive, comfortable, cost-effective, and energy efficient, but we also want them to be safe. Sometimes those objectives can come into conflict. Faculty members in WPI’s world-renowned Department of Fire Protection Engineering are recognized experts on a wide […]

California and Hawaii Best Projects Competition

The California and Hawaii Best Projects competition showcases a wide range of work that demonstrates design and construction innovation while respecting both the built environment and the natural world. Judges selected 46 projects as winners in 19 categories. Two projects that the jury considered to reflect the pinnacle of achievement were designated Projects of the […]

Car dealership building fire in Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) — A 3-alarm fire did significant damage to a car dealership in the South Bay. The gas and oil fueled the flames and put firefighters in danger. Firefighters are still here making sure there are no hot spots and the structure is secured. Acura officials are hoping to re-open sometime today. Stevens Creek […]

California Construction Market Still Sizzles

Construction activity remains red-hot in California and Hawaii, with a wide range of public and private projects. Like last year, the top five projects to break ground in the region during 2017 all topped $1 billion. The annual ranking features the 28 largest projects to get underway in California and Hawaii during the past year. […]

Massive High-Rise Project in LA

Every project encounters both expected and unanticipated challenges: holidays, rain days, wind days. When planning the Oceanwide Plaza mixed-use development in Los Angeles, the project team had to consider “Adele days.” The $1-billion-plus project comprises nearly 1.5 million sq ft of development surrounded by some of downtown L.A’.s busiest streets and sidewalks. Every day, thousands […]