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Why Are CAD Standards Important?

CAD Standards refer to the standards of how drawings are created and documented.  These standards are set up by each firm to allow a more cohesive and readable set of drawings.  Firms need these standards for their CAD practices because …

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A Multi-Step Approach to Damage Surveying – Part 1 of 2

A few years ago, a client called CBI with a business emergency: multiple ISD citations required the client to vacate the facility that it was leasing.  Violations included electrical hookup problems, exposed abandoned elevator shafts, failure to change occupancy, failed …

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Pig’s Ear?

When most of us hear the words “pig’s ear” the first thing that might come to mind is a delicious treat for a dog to chew on.  However, this term also describes a special membrane folding technique to create an …

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The Benefits of Using Revit in an Office Setting

Technology is always advancing. This holds true in the field of architecture. Architects and engineers need to keep up with the constant changes of the world, whether it is how designs are generated, or how designs are constructed. No longer …

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Our Solution: A Buckled Wall

CBI was recently called out to investigate a buckling brick wall in the South End of Boston.  The building is a 19th century former whiskey distillery turned into artist studios.  The property owner was rightly spooked by the sight of …

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Historical McLauthlin Elevator Building: Part 2

In our previous blog post we talked about restoring the iconic iron-clad façade of the McLauthlin Elevator Building, however we have been working at this building for a number of years.  12 years ago, this building, over 100 years old …

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The Godfrey Hotel

The Godfrey Hotel in Boston, formerly 59 Temple Place, served as a multistory office building with first floor commercial space.  The Godfrey Hotel was created by combining as one, the four-story Amory Building and the eleven-story Blake Building.  Both buildings, …

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Public Safety Buildings

By Steven A. Watchorn, Assoc. A.I.A., LEED AP BD+C Renovations to existing buildings often occur with at least some level of occupancy in the building or adjacent space.  Even school renovations that take place over summer vacation usually must allow for …

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