I have been interested in Fab Labs for a number of years and am writing to share what they are, my perception of their potential, and why I support and help fund them. Fab Labs, short for fabrication laboratory, offer shared access to digital fabrication tools and prototyping machines, including 3D…
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Which type of insulation is best for a given project? Several different types of insulation are being used together in our Mercy Magnuson Place Apartments project. Each was chosen for its particular characteristics in its given application. Having a well thought out system with a quality…
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Kaiten-zushi is a sushi restaurant where plates of sushi are placed on a rotating conveyor belt that winds through the restaurant and moves past every table. The final bill is based on the number and type of plates of consumed sushi. Construction Procurement is the process of finding, agreeing on…
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Construction teams bring together a broad group of people to accomplish a set task: to construct a building. Teams can be made up of the building’s owners, construction professionals, architects, engineers, and various other consultants. Each brings their own personality, perspective, and expertise t…
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At the heart of the Rafn Company’s mission statement is “Building Success for our People”. One of the key elements of our approach to obtaining our mission is to foster learning, teaching, and constant improvement. At Rafn this is a combination of safety, craft training, employee development, and green…
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