Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 10th edition

  • Cameron K. Andres, 
  • Ronald C. Smith, 
  • W Ronald Woods

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Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction offers you a practical approach to modern construction. It will guide you in applying design theory to the construction process. Rationales are provided for choosing methods, equipment, materials and structural details in diverse building scenarios. Additionally, each phase of the construction process is contextualized through specific construction tasks, from site evaluation and layout, to interior design and building finishes.

Progressing from basic to advanced material, the text appears on the approved reference list for numerous states requiring contractors to pass licensing exams. Its flexible organization makes it suitable for a range of construction, architectural and engineering courses.

The 10th Edition expands its discussion of practical applications in structural design projects. Hundreds of chapter-ending review questions reinforce concepts and help you prepare for licensing exams.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137409006

Subject: Construction Management & Civil Technology

Category: Commercial Construction


1. The Practice of Commercial Construction

  • The Construction or “Project Delivery” Team
  • The Project Delivery Process
  • The Contract for Construction
  • Plans and Specifications for Construction
  • Codes and Standards
  • Development of Codes and Standards

2. Site Evaluation and Layout

  • Site Evaluation
  • Feasibility Evaluation and Land Development
  • Revisiting the Construction Team
  • Preliminary Investigation
  • Nature of Soil
  • Subsurface Sampling
  • Surface Testing
  • Secondary Investigation
  • Surveying the Site
  • Layout Before Excavation
  • Foundation Layout
  • Bench Marks and Deep Excavations
  • Review Questions

3. Site Development and Services

  • Pavements
  • Curbs and Sidewalks
  • Parking Areas
  • Storm Drainage and Sanitary Sewers
  • Lighting and Landscaping
  • Review Questions

4. Excavations and Excavating Equipment

  • Effects of Soil Types on Excavating Equipment
  • Removing Groundwater
  • General and Special Excavations
  • Estimating Amount of Material to Be Removed
  • Cranes
  • Excavating Machines
  • Trucks
  • Choosing Excavation Equipment
  • Protection of Excavations
  • Excavation Wall Bracing
  • Protection of Adjacent Buildings
  • Rock Excavation
  • Review Questions

5. Foundations

  • Need for Deep Foundations
  • Types of Piles
  • Bearing Capacity of Pile Foundations
  • Wood Piles
  • Concrete Piles
  • Steel Piles
  • Composite Piles
  • Pile Drivers
  • Caissons
  • Cofferdams
  • Spread Foundations
  • Slurry Wall Foundations
  • Earthquake-Resisting Foundations
  • Soil Enhancement for Foundations
  • Review Questions

6. Formwork

  • Form Materials
  • Formwork Principles
  • Concrete Pressure Calculations
  • Formwork Design
  • Footing Forms
  • Wall Forms
  • Slip Forms
  • Construction Joints
  • Control Joints
  • Column, Girder, and Beam Forms
  • Floor Forms
  • Shoring and Reshoring in Multistory Structures
  • Form Accessories
  • Review Questions

7. Concrete Work

  • Aggregates for Concrete
  • Portland Cement
  • Concrete Mix Design
  • Tests on Concrete
  • Preparation for Placing Concrete
  • Mixing Concrete
  • Machinery for Placing Concrete
  • Concrete Transportation
  • Placing Concrete
  • Concrete Joints
  • Finishing and Curing Concrete
  • Hot Concrete
  • Design of Structural Lightweight Concrete
  • Review Questions

8. Reinforced Concrete Frame

  • Principles of Reinforced Concrete
  • The Reinforced Concrete Frame
  • Reinforcing Steel
  • Cast-In-Place Reinforced Concrete Structural Frame
  • Precast Concrete Structural Frames
  • Architectural Precast Concrete
  • Tilt-Up Load-Bearing Wall Panels
  • Review Questions

9. Structural Timber Frame

  • The Structural Frame
  • Timber Connectors
  • Wood Columns
  • Wood Beams
  • Floor and Roof Decks
  • Glued-Laminated Timber
  • Connections for Glulam Beams and Arches
  • Parallel-Strand Lumber
  • Plywood Structures
  • Termite Control for Wood Buildings
  • Review Questions

10. Structural Steel Frame

  • Structural Steel Properties and Shapes
  • Planning for the Structural Steel Frame
  • Principles of Structural Steel Frames
  • Structural Steel Frame Components
  • Connecting Structural Steel Sections
  • Structural Steel Fabrication
  • Structural Steel Site Work and Erection
  • Review Questions

11. Floor Systems and Industrial Flooring

  • Timber Subfloors
  • Concrete Subfloors
  • Floor Slab Forms and Work
  • Industrial Floor Finishes
  • Review Questions

12. Roof Systems and Industrial Roofing

  • Roof Design Principles
  • Structural Framing for Roofs
  • Truss Roof Framing
  • Alternative Roof-Framing Methods
  • Roof-Framing Systems and Roof Styles
  • Roof Decks
  • Roof Membranes and Insulation
  • Review Questions

13. Masonry Construction

  • Building with Concrete Block Units
  • Prefabricated Concrete Block Wall Panels
  • Brick Construction
  • Building with Stone
  • Cold-Weather Masonry Work
  • Review Questions

14. Curtain Wall Construction

  • Masonry Curtain Walls
  • Stone Panels
  • Precast Concrete Curtain Walls
  • Lightweight Curtain Walls
  • Glass Curtain Walls
  • Review Questions

15. Building Insulation

  • Thermal Insulation
  • Fireproofing
  • Building Insulation
  • Sound Insulation and Control
  • Moisture Control
  • Review Questions

16. Finishing

  • Exterior Finishes and Facings
  • Windows
  • Interior Finishing
  • Plastering
  • Wall Tile
  • Hardboard
  • Gypsum Board
  • Plastic Laminates
  • Masonry Finishes
  • Ceilings
  • Stairs
  • Review Questions

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