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Behind the Wall or On It: Using Copper to Create Stunning Façades

Intricate mazes of pipes created by plumbers are usually tucked behind the walls. It’s often difficult to even know what type of material is used. However, at Local 130 the materials are being highlighted on the building’s façade. The United Association (UA)’s Local 130 Plumbers...

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Behind the Wall or On It: Using Copper to Create Stunning Façades

Historic Restoration and Contemporary Design Collide at Ryerson University

Adjacent to the main intersection of Ryerson University’s downtown campus, overlooking Devonian Pond, is the Heaslip House, which is home to the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. The retrofitted seven-story classroom and administration space is a mix of both historical restoration and contemporary...

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Historic Restoration and Contemporary Design Collide at Ryerson University

Urban Revitalization: Little Rock’s River Arts District

During the mid-1960s downtown Little Rock suffered the same fate as many other U.S. cities—businesses and employees fled the urban core and moved to the suburbs, leaving a downtown full of parking lots and shuttered businesses.  Fortunately, progressive city leaders developed and implemented a plan...

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Urban Revitalization: Little Rock’s River Arts District

Exploring “Portland’s Living Room”

Occupying an entire city block, Pioneer Square, centrally located in downtown Portland, Oregon, provides a nice place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the city.  In fact, it’s sometimes called “Portland’s Living Room”. The square gets its name from the 1879 Pioneer Court House,...

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Exploring “Portland’s Living Room”

Plastic Pollution: A Consequence of Lead Contamination

Installing lead service lines has been illegal since 1986, yet according to the American Water Works Association millions of previously installed lines are lurking underground potentially affecting hundreds of communities across North America. The only proven way to eliminate lead contamination in drinking water systems...

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Plastic Pollution: A Consequence of Lead Contamination

3 Reasons to Use Copper for Drinking Water Pipes

Two years after the Flint Water Crisis made international news, thousands of lead service lines are still buried underground across North America. Faced with two main material options to consider, plastic or copper, municipalities, utilities, developers and homeowners must weigh health implications, costs and environmental...

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3 Reasons to Use Copper for Drinking Water Pipes

Travels with Larry: Copper Steeples in “The Holy City”

  Situated squarely within the low country coastal areas of South Carolina, Charleston was one of the most important ports in Colonial America. The lack of elevation and the sandy soils lead to a community filled with relatively short structures, making church steeple lights visible...

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Travels with Larry: Copper Steeples in “The Holy City”

How to Reduce Bacteria in the Kitchen

Multitasking in the kitchen can quickly lead to the dispersion of bacteria – hands move from holding raw meat to touching sinks and cabinets without washing. In fact, according to a study conducted by NSF International, kitchen sinks contain the most germs in a home...

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How to Reduce Bacteria in the Kitchen

Copper Plays a Critical Role in the Future of the Grid

As Washington D.C. debates the modernization of our energy infrastructure, Americans across the nation are far less divided. It doesn’t make a difference to the construction and maintenance workers if they’re building a wind turbine or an oil pipeline – they’re more concerned that they...

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Copper Plays a Critical Role in the Future of the Grid


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