The Art and Science of Polished Concrete (Print Course)

Part of the appeal of polished concrete is the honest expression of the material. The base color of the cement paste (and aggregates if exposed) combined with the natural mottling, creates a unique visual element for each project. Designers can choose appearance and gloss levels, ranging from a soft satin to a highly polished reflection. Today, a broad palette of color created through the use of integral color and modern stains and dyes is available, and the designs can incorporate stenciling, etching, and custom graphics. This course focuses on normal-weight concrete slabs-on-grade.

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Specifying Custom Fiberglass Doors: The Performance of Fiberglass and the Aesthetic of Real Wood

Exterior fiberglass doors that have the look, feel, weight, and—when knocked on, even the sound— of hardwood doors handcrafted by true artisans may be the ultimate combination of form and function. This course discusses the many benefits of fiberglass doors and the process of creating fiberglass doors using molds made from real wood species. The testing and rating of fiberglass doors is followed by a gallery of ideas for different styles of architecture, various types of wood and decorative accents. The course will demonstrate how to customize fiberglass to create an aesthetically pleasing space that is also functional.

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Enabling Innovation through Offsite Construction (Print Course)

Offsite construction can be an entry point for innovation that simplifies onsite assembly, provides cost savings, and offers superior performance. The sector has already implemented just-in-time job site production, reduced cycle time and inventory, and optimized vendor-managed processes. Offsite construction will evolve to increasingly integrated assemblies to further reduce site labor and utilize advanced automation. Significant innovation in offsite construction is finally pushing a large portion of the construction process from the jobsite into manufacturing plants. This course will cover what that innovation is and why the construction industry is ripe for change.

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