Archive for February, 2010

 

Phil Martino of Concrete Zen featured in DWELL Magazine for Shadyside Project.

Phil Martino of Concrete Zen featured in DWELL Magazine for Shadyside Project.

Phil Martino (PCM Inc) has been a dealer/builder in NUCOR Pre-engineered buildings in the Pittsburgh Area for 15 years. NUCOR is one of the largest recyclers in North America.  A recent project in Shadyside Pittsburgh was featured in DWELL Magazine http://tr.im/QYrQ.  We hope that our efforts that generate enthusiasm in Concrete Design and Pre-Engineered Buildings can help guide the Sustainable format the construction industry is working towards.

NUCOR’s Green initiative is listed on their site: http://tr.im/QYu9

Strict Rules Passed Regarding Lead Paint Removal

As stated in the February 17, 2010 issue of the Tribune Review, The Environmental Protection Agency will require that “every contractor dealing with lead paint [must] be certified by the agency”. Also the method in which the paint is removed must be done according to these new rules. “U.S. Census figures show [that] across Allegheny County, 88% of the homes were built predating 1978 [which is] when lead paint was used.”-The article goes on to say. This will call for a higher painting estimate, as well as, more painting equipment purchases in order to get the job done according to the stricter rules. Take Pride started off in  Victorian Restoration. We produced work in New York City and was required to have an EPA Lead supervisor abatement certification. We needed this for any work done in the City built pre 1960 and 1960-1978 if there is reason to believe that there is lead in the building. Lead was used as a white pigment on residential buildings. ” White Lead” was later replaced by Titanium Dioxide.

Old Paint to be removed from Victorian Project

Old Paint to be removed from Victorian Project

The “Red Lead” was used for rust inhibiting on metal bridges and industrial uses. Lead can be dangerous to children and animals because the chips taste sweet. The children and animals can ingest and it can lead to an array of complications such as learning disabilities in children and death in animals.-EE/B

Olympic Villages are “Green” Examples

Olympic Village LEED Platinum

Olympic Village LEED Platinum

The U.S. Green Building Council awards Vancouver’s Olympic Village the LEED Platinum Certification.

Recalling the Beijing Olympic Village, we were made aware of the “worlds biggest new green architectural projects…”-TreeHugger.com. The “Green Pix Zero Energy Media Wall” was one of the projects there that collected solar energy during the daytime and used it to power the screen at night.

These large scale environmentally sustainable projects serve as a way to promote “Green” technologies, proving to us that if it can be done through a prototypical example, it can be accomplished at a residential scale! -EE

Featured Renovation - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Featured Renovation - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Take Pride Construction and Design’s team was recognized for a local residential design project. Pittsburgh Post Gazette  ”2009 Renovation Inspiration Contest/(Large Project) Runner-Up”. I was involved in the production of the Kitchen GFRC (Concrete) Countertop, Theater room wall treatment, and Concrete Overlay flooring. The client recognized us for our work in an article published by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. – Nikki Santella