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Get the updated industry standard for a new age of constructi

For more than fifty years, Olin's Construction has been the cornerstone reference in the field for architecture and construction professionals and students. This new edition is an invaluable resource that will provide in-depth coverage for decades to come. You'll find the most up-to-date principles, materials, methods, codes, and standards used in the design and construction of contemporary concrete, steel, masonry, and wood buildings for residential, commercial, and institutional use. Organized by the principles of the MasterFormat ® 2010 Update, this edition:

  • Covers sitework; concrete, steel, masonry, wood, and plastic materials; sound control; mechanical and electrical systems; doors and windows; finishes; industry standards; codes; barrier-free design; and much more
  • Offers extensive coverage of the metric system of measurement
  • Includes more than 1,800 illustrations, 175 new to this edition and more than 200 others, revised to bring them up to date
  • Provides vital descriptive information on how to design buildings, detail components, specify materials and products, and avoid common pitfalls
  • Contains new information on sustainability, expanded coverage of the principles of construction management and the place of construction managers in the construction process, and construction of long span structures in concrete, steel, and wood

The most comprehensive text on the subject, Olin's Construction covers not only the materials and methods of building construction, but also building systems and equipment, utilities, properties of materials, and current design and contracting requirements. Whether you're a builder, designer, contractor, or manager, join the readers who have relied on the principles of Olin's Construction for more than two generations to master construction operations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This edition reflects the expanded adoption of the ICC codes and includes new information on sustainability and construction management." (Book News, February 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470547403
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 1200
  • Sales rank: 349,189
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.78 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Leslie Simmons, RA, CSI, is a construction consultant and specifications writer with more than fifty-five years of professional experience.

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Table of Contents



Acknowledgments for the Ninth Edition.


Chapter 1 Design and Contracting Requirements.


Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

1.1 Building Design.

1.2 Industry Standards.

1.3 Codes.

1.4 Barrier-Free Design.

1.5 Sustainable Building Design.

1.6 Construction Documents.

1.7 Bidding and Negotiation.

1.8 Construction Contract Administration.

1.9 Construction Management.

1.10 Additional Reading.

1.11 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 2 Existing Conditions.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

2.1 Land Surveys and Descriptions.

2.2 Demolition.

2.3 Subsurface Investigation.

2.4 Additional Reading.

2.5 Acknowledgments.

Chapter 3 Concrete.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

3.1 History.

3.2 Concrete Materials.

3.3 Formwork.

3.4 Reinforcement.

3.5 Accessories.

3.6 Joints.

3.7 Mixtures and Mixing.

3.8 Handling, Transporting, Placing, and Consolidating.

3.9 Finishing.

3.10 Curing and Protection.

3.11 Concrete Foundation Systems.

3.12 Concrete Slabs on Grade.

3.13 Cast-in-Place Structural Concrete.

3.14 Precast Concrete.

3.15 Specialty Concretes.

3.16 Concrete Toppings.

3.17 Structural Insulating Roof Decks.

3.18 Cement-Based Underlayment.

3.19 Additional Reading.

3.20 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 4 Masonry.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

4.1 History.

4.2 Mortar and Grout.

4.3 Reinforcement, Ties, Anchors, and Flashing.

4.4 Clay Masonry Units.

4.5 Concrete Masonry Units.

4.6 Unit Masonry Design.

4.7 Unit Masonry Erection.

4.8 Stone.

4.9 Glass Unit Masonry.

4.10 Properties of Selected Masonry Walls.

4.11 Additional Reading.

4.12 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 5 Metals.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

5.1 Iron and Steel Materials and Products.

5.2 Aluminum Materials and Products.

5.3 Joints and Connections in Metal Assemblies.

5.4 Structural Steel Framing.

5.5 Metal Joists, Girders, and Trusses.

5.6 Steel Decking.

5.7 Long Span Steel Construction.

5.8 Steel Stairs.

5.9 Cold-Formed Metal Framing.

5.10 Other Metals.

5.11 Metal Finishes.

5.12 Additional Reading.

5.13 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 6 Wood, Plastics, and Composites.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

6.1 Properties of Wood.

6.2 Lumber.

6.3 Engineered Wood Products.

6.4 Wood Protection.

6.5 Foundations.

6.6 General Framing Requirements.

6.7 Conventional Framing and Furring.

6.8 Structural Panels.

6.9 Shop-Fabricated Structural Wood.

6.10 Sheathing.

6.11 Other Framing Systems.

6.12 Long Span Wood Structures.

6.13 Finish Carpentry.

6.14 Plastics.

6.15 Additional Reading.

6.16 Acknowledgments.

Chapter 7 Thermal and Moisture Protection.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

7.1 Moisture Control.

7.2 Dampproofing and Waterproofing.

7.3 Thermal Insulation.

7.4 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.

7.5 Weather Barriers.

7.6 Steep-Slope Roofing.

7.7 Siding.

7.8 Membrane Roofing.

7.9 Flashing and Sheet Metal.

7.10 Metal Roofing.

7.11 Roof Specialties and Accessories.

7.12 Fireproofing.

7.13 Joint Protection.

7.14 Additional Reading.

7.15 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 8 Openings.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

8.1 Metal Doors and Frames.

8.2 Wood and Plastic Doors.

8.3 Specialty Doors.

8.4 Entrances and Storefronts.

8.5 Glazed Aluminum Curtain Walls.

8.6 Metal Windows and Sliding Glass Doors.

8.7 Wood and Plastic Windows and Sliding Glass Doors.

8.8 Storm and Screen Doors and Windows.

8.9 Door Hardware.

8.10 Glazing.

8.11 Additional Reading.

8.12 Acknowledgments.

Chapter 9 Finishes.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

9.1 Supports for Plaster and Gypsum Board.

9.2 Materials for Plaster and Gypsum Board.

9.3 Gypsum Plaster Mixes and Application.

9.4 Portland Cement Plaster Mixes and Application.

9.5 Gypsum Board.

9.6 Tiling.

9.7 Acoustical Treatment.

9.8 Brick Flooring and Paving.

9.9 Stone Flooring and Paving.

9.10 Wood Flooring.

9.11 Resilient Flooring.

9.12 Terrazzo Flooring.

9.13 Fluid-Applied Flooring.

9.14 Carpeting.

9.15 Vinyl-Coating Fabric Wall Coverings.

9.16 Painting.

9.17 Special Coatings.

9.18 Additional Reading.

9.19 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 10 Specialties.


Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

10.1 Fire Protection Specialties.

10.2 Additional Reading.

10.3 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 11 Furnishings.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

11.1 Wood Casework.

11.2 Window Treatment.

11.3 Additional Reading.

11.4 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 12 Special Construction.


Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

12.1 Sound Control.

12.2 Additional Reading.

12.3 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 13 Conveying Systems.


Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

13.1 Elevators and Lifts.

13.2 Escalators and Moving Walks.

13.3 Additional Reading.

13.4 References.

Chapter 14 Fire Suppression.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

14.1 Fire Suppression Standpipe Systems.

14.2 Fire Suppression Sprinkler Systems.

14.3 Fire Extinguishing Systems.

14.4 Additional Reading.

14.5 References.

Chapter 15 Plumbing.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

15.1 Codes, Laws, and Industry Standards.

15.2 Water Supply.

15.3 Drainage.

15.4 Plumbing Fixtures.

15.5 Sound Control.

15.6 Additional Reading.

15.7 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 16 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

16.1 Heat and Comfort.

16.2 Building Design Recommendations.

16.3 Heat Loss and Heat Gain.

16.4 Commissioning.

16.5 HVAC Controls.

16.6 HVAC Delivery Systems.

16.7 Central HVAC Equipment.

16.8 Decentralized HVAC Equipment.

16.9 Additional Reading.

16.10 Acknowledgments.

Chapter 17 Electrical.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

17.1 Fundamentals of Electricity.

17.2 Service and Distribution.

17.3 Lightning Protection.

17.4 Lighting.

17.5 Additional Reading.

17.6 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 18 Communications.


Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

18.1 Communications Systems.

18.2 Additional Reading.

18.3 References.

Chapter 19 Electronic Safety and Security.


Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

19.1 Intrusion Prevention and Detection.

19.2 Fire Detection and Alarm.

19.3 Additional Reading.

19.4 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 20 Earthwork.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

20.1 Soils.

20.2 Site Clearing.

20.3 Earthwork.

20.4 Surface Water and Groundwater Problems.

20.5 Special Foundations and Load-Bearing Elements.

20.6 Additional Reading.

20.7 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 21 Exterior Improvements.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

21.1 Lawns and Landscaping.

21.2 Additional Reading.

21.3 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 22 Utilities.


Sustainability Considerations.

Applicable MasterFormatTM Sections.

22.1 Water Supply Sources.

22.2 Sanitary Sewage Utilities.

22.3 Subdrainage Systems and Storm Drainage Utilities.

22.4 Electrical Power Distribution.

22.5 Additional Reading.

22.6 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 23 Properties of Materials.


23.1 Structure of Matter.

23.2 Properties of Matter.

23.3 Additional Reading.

23.4 Acknowledgments and References.

Chapter 24 The Metric system of Measurement.


24.1 The History of Measurement.

24.2 The Metric System.

24.3 The International System of Units.

24.4 SI Units for Design and Construction.

24.5 Conversion of Numerical Values.

24.6 Preferred Dimensions and Coordination.

24.7 Metric Conversions Applicable to This Book.

24.8 Additional Reading.

24.9 Acknowledgments and References.



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