Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction

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Edition: 10th
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2018-10-15
Publisher(s): Pearson
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A practical, well-rounded approach to modern construction principles and practices

Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction teaches students how to apply design theory to the construction process, providing crucial working knowledge for contractors managing subcontractors. 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 gives instructors the option of teaching each chapter on a standalone basis in a range of construction, architecture, and engineering courses. The 10th edition expands its discussion of practical applications in structural design projects and adds practice opportunities preparing students for licensing exams.

Table of Contents

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


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


Excavating Machines


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



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


Building Insulation

Sound Insulation and Control

Moisture Control

Review Questions


16. Finishing

Exterior Finishes and Facings


Interior Finishing


Wall Tile


Gypsum Board

Plastic Laminates

Masonry Finishes



Review Questions

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