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Why it’s so hard to figure out what to pay top talent
Steven Burns
Is your firm’s approach to compensation effective in today’s rapidly changing talent market?
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Make a statement by the sea

Photo: Chase Lindberg/Flickr

Jeff Alexander
With salt stray and intense summer sun, coastal coatings take a real beating. When selecting a coating in these harsh...
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The Inherent Sustainability of Steel

It’s worth noting that recycled materials are not difficult for steel-makers to acquire. Steel recycling is well established in North America, and has been for decades. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Allen Hurtz
The steel in a metal building system may contribute to points for Recycled Content under the USGBC’s Leadership in...
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Radiant Heat: The Invisible Killer

Since the 45 minute openings in this 1-hour exit corridor extend to all the way to the floor, the architects specified SuperLite II-XL 45, a fire resistive tempered product with hose stream that meets ASTM E-119.  SuperLite II-XL 45 effectively blocks smoke, flames and dangerous radiant heat to enable safe egress through the corridor. Photo courtesy of SaftiFirst.

Bill O'Keeffe
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire, there’s the deadly threat of radiant heat.
Q+A with Arthur Gensler, and advice from his new book

Image © Gensler

GenslerOn
"Designers need to be trained to solve their clients’ problems through design while leading their own firms to become...
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Spring cleaning tips for modular space
Williams Scotsman
Modular structure manufacturer Williams Scotsman shares seven things to do to prep modular units for the spring.
Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

David Barista
Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people moving...
Plants on the inside: Here’s the data to support your suspicions

Research proves that interior vegetation boosts productivity, concentration, and satisfaction. Photo courtesy Sage Vertical Gardens

Legat Architects' Architecture Inspired by YOU
Internal foliage systems like vertical gardens have the potential to not only improve focus and productivity, but also...
5 trends shaping today's hospitality industry

Hotels are taking both sustainability and wellness seriously. Many announce their recycling programs, use of non-toxic cleaning supplies, and commitment to the reduction of energy and water consumption on their websites. Image courtesy Morgue File/IJY

VOA Blog
Digital concierges, smart locks, mobile check-in. These are among the emerging trends and technologies in hospitality...
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Natural weather testing ensures high quality products

Valspar’s test fence in Fort Myers, Fla., contains more than 100,000 weather test panels. Photo courtesy of Valspar.

Jeff Alexander
Instead of relying on outside testing facilities, where it is more difficult and expensive to constantly monitor...
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