From 2000 through 2009, the average indemnity payment for a sports facility claim was $132,945. As is consistent with other types of claims, clients filed the most claims (66%), and the majority of these claims were made against architects (53%). The following is an example of a sports facility claim:
For years, vertically-oriented systems in buildings have been rigorously tested so that construction materials and processes could be designed to reduce noise levels. However, little to no testing has been performed on horizontally-oriented systems. Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) has bucked that trend by opening a new test facility in Pennsylvania that aims to test the noise levels in horizontally-oriented systems. The hope is that these tests will lead to “better testing of construction materials and systems like ceiling tiles, pipe lagging systems, skylights, roof assemblies and floor and ceiling systems, which dramatically affect interior sound levels” according to a recent entry on the SmartPlanet blog.
Modern schools in Finland
Students from Finland routinely place higher than most on international reading, math, and science tests. Could their academic achievements have anything to do with the design of their learning environments? Members of Finland’s education ministry believe so, explaining that the environment and design of the schools in Finland are more supportive of learning than traditional factory-style schools. A traveling exhibit at the Finnish embassy in D.C. displays the design of seven Finnish schools that were opened within the last 11 years. They exemplify a new look for schools in Finland: a move away from factory-style buildings to modern, spacious campuses with clustered buildings and lots of space for gatherings both indoors and outdoors. The abundance of open spaces allows for easy sight lines for adult supervision (thus potentially combating the type of bullying that has been in the news here in the U.S of late).
from the desk of Nahom Gebre