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Here’s how to improve environmental health and safety

Don’t blame an employee for an unsafe behavior; instead look at the factors behind the act.

Proactive organizations recognize that adopting a “systems approach” to their environmental, health and safety (EHS) management creates a stronger, more sustainable platform for success. Full Story


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Securing the Facility: Historic Data Center Roof Reconfiguration

Data Center Roof ReconfigurationWhen you’re responsible for housing the data center operations for the Southeast’s largest concentration of telecommunications companies, the words “leaky roof” are likely to cause you more than just a little anxiety. So when a renovation contractor requested that Terracon provide a roofing evaluation and specification to reroof the 10-story, 103-year-old 56 Marietta Street building in downtown Atlanta, it was clear that this project would require special attention. The historic brick hotel built in 1912 is now home to a 160,000-square-foot data center. The U-shaped building has four different levels of roofing which cover approximately 13,000 square feet. The third floor was Terracon’s particular focus and proved to be an unique opportunity for roof consultation.

EVALUATION

The project’s challenges began to mount early in the discovery phase. Terracon began by conducting destructive testing which identified that the building actually had two roofing systems – one of which was coal-tar pitch that dated back to the original construction. Coring roof samples then revealed that water had been running under the most recent roof system – a 15-year-old modified bitumen system. A subsequent moisture scan showed the third floor roof to be 100 percent wet. Full Story.


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ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit: A Tool for Success

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Motivations of Program Partners for Environmental Sustainability and Persistence of Benefits

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Kentucky Lake Pipe Pile Load Test Program

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Evaluation of Simulation Models of Lateral Spread Sites Treated with Prefabricated Vertical Drains

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Handling Hazards: Environmental hazards like asbestos, PCBs and lead can change the complexion of a seemingly routine job.

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Building Envelope Strategy For a One-of-a-Kind Building Design

Scoobe-constructionWith a unique new design that includes an observatory dome 40 feet above the ground, half of its planetarium dome outside of the building, and multiple exterior cladding systems; some say the building looks like a spaceship.

The original San Antonio College Planetarium opened as part of the Alamo College System in 1961 and has entertained and educated more than 2 million people. The facility was rededicated in 1994 as the Scobee Planetarium to honor NASA astronaut and former San Antonio College student, Francis R. Scobee, who served as commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger’s tragic final flight in 1986. Complete story found here.


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Are you concerned about 1/8 of an inch?

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Superficial fairy rings: Earthen dam and levee engineers and inspectors should be aware of these false indicators of seepage