Blog – Distinct Projects

Working in Haiti

After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, millions reached out to aid with the rescue, cleanup and rebuilding of Port-au-Prince and the affected surrounding areas.  Craig Barnes, P.E., CBI Consulting Inc.’s Founding Principal, spent two weeks in Port-au-Prince following …

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Self-Sustaining Structures

By Sofia Zamora, E.I.T. Building envelopes are structures that must insulate and protect the interior of a building from external agents and noise, from gaining or losing heat, and from letting moisture in or out.  Traditionally, envelopes are designed to …

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The Origins of Yellow Staining

By Robert G. Wilkin, P.E. CBI recently completed a project to recoat the stone on a 200-year-old mill building.  The project was designed under the requirements of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, so the recoated stone needed to match its previous …

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Revitalization of the Copley Headhouse

By Keith M. Bouchard, E.I.T. Traveling on the Green Line, the oldest and most-maligned of Boston’s color-coded subway lines, is rarely a pleasurable experience.  The mere mention of it usually conjures images of above-ground trolleys creeping through traffic and jammed …

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Trimbloid X and COR-TEN Steel

by Keith M. Bouchard, E.I.T. If you have ever walked, ran, biked, roller-bladed, or spent any time at all on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade, it’s likely you have come across the sculpture Trimbloid X.  The sculpture, which was created by …

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120 Fulton Street Condominiums

120 Fulton Street in Boston, Massachusetts, also known as the McLauthlin building, was used as a manufacturing facility until it was converted to condominiums in the early 1980s.  During the conversion, the height of the building was increased by the …

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