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Patriot’s Day – CBI Closed

In observation of Patriot’s Day, CBI Consulting Inc. will be closed on Monday, April 21st.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, April 22nd.  Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and best of luck to all the runners!  

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The Zimmerman House

By Julio A. Cedano The Zimmerman House is one of two houses in the New England area designed by 20th century modern master Frank Lloyd Wright, and one of the only houses in New England by the architect that is open for …

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A Matter of Inches

By Edward N. Film, A.I.A., LEED AP Recently, CBI was awarded a project to upgrade a public housing development to meet the current Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS).  The design process of this project revealed the complexity of such an …

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The Expansion Joint

By Robert Freni Expansion and contraction are two forces that have the power to warp structures and destroy building systems.  Expansion is the result of particles speeding up and creating an increase in volume and is directly linked to a …

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Urban Development Taken for Granted

By Melissa Wreyford Having lived in the Boston suburbs, gone to college at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and now living in the heart of Boston, I tend to forget how much the city has progressed over the last few decades. …

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Wood Deterioration

By Keith M. Bouchard, P.E. Timber is perhaps the oldest and most widely used building material available.  It grows naturally and is  renewable.  It can have great strength-to-weight characteristics and it is easy to work with.  Unfortunately, like  any naturally …

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Bonding Over Bonds

By Eric Kizak, P.E. The preparation of a project specification may seem like a rather mundane process.  Assemble the “standard” front end sections, add the references to the appropriate AIA documents, prepare a bid sheet and add the technical sections.  …

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The Power of Rust

By Robert G. Wilkin, P.E., SECB   We have known for many years that as rust forms on metal installed in masonry or concrete, the rust  expands up to seven times the original thickness of the metal.  The force of this …

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School’s Out for Summer

By Steven A. Watchorn, Assoc. A.I.A., LEED AP BD+C Most public schools begin their summer recess the final week of June, and the race will be on to complete renovation and repair projects at many schools around the State.  This …

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ISGM Addition: Flaws in Positive Intents

By Alan Pinciaro Renzo Piano’s addition to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum attempts to facilitate the original museum building’s ability to support certain functions that Isabella Gardner wanted to perpetuate as part of her legacy.  The new music hall, artist …

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