Term Definition
GSU 1 like
Glazed Structural Unit
GTA 1 like
Glass Tempering Association
GTAW 1 like
Gas Tungsten-Arc Welding
Guarantee 0 likes
Written or implied assurances for the project or aspects of it
Undertaking or document stipulating that something will or will not happen
Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) 0 likes
Amount defined in a construction contract as the maximum sum payable by the owner to the contractor for the work stipulated
Guarantor 0 likes
One who provides a guarantee
Guarded 0 likes
Covered, shielded, enclosed, fenced, or otherwise protected to remove the possibility of danger
Guardrail1 like
A safety railing to prevent encroachment or accidents including falls from considerable height
Barrier or ridge keeping vehicles in their lanes in street construction
A device protecting a machine part or its operator
Guardrail Removal 0 likes
Removing a safety or protective device
Guesstimate 0 likes
An estimate based on a combination of calculation and guesswork
Guest 0 likes
Any person hiring or occupying a room to live and sleep in
Guest Room 0 likes
Any room occupied for occupation by a guest for sleeping purposes
Guide Coat 0 likes
A coat similar to the finish or color coat of different color to achieve complete coverage
Gum 0 likes
Nonvolatile, viscous and dissolves or swells when in contact with water; employed in making varnishes and paints
Gum Arabic 0 likes
Dry, gummy white powdered resin; employed in adhesives, cold water paint, and in show card colors
Gum Turpentine1 like
gum turpentine
Material from living pine trees; when distilled, provides gum rosin and spirits of turpentine
Gun Distance 0 likes
Space between the spray gun’s tip and the work
Gunite 0 likes
A concrete material pumped through a hose; also called dry-mix Shotcrete
Gusset 0 likes
A flat wood, plywood, or similar member providing a connection at the junction of wood members; most often employed at wood truss joints; fastened by nails, bolts, adhesives or screws
Gusset Plate 0 likes
A flat steel plate to which a truss’s chords are connected at a joint; a Stiffener Plate
Gutta-Percha 0 likes
A tough plastic substance that is similar to rubber but has more resin; provides insulation and has other uses
Gutter 0 likes
Shallow channel made of steel, copper, aluminum, or plastic with other materials to increase strength and wearing or rust resistance, positioned just under and along the eaves of a building for collecting and diverting rainwater and snow melt
Gutter Nail1 like
gutter nail
Long nail that hangs rainwater gutters on light wood framed homes
Gutter Removal 0 likes
Demolishing and removing a gutter system
Gutter Strap 0 likes
Metal band supporting a gutter
Guy Cable 0 likes
A wire maintaining a tall exterior mast, antenna, or other structure in place
Guy Rod 0 likes
A metal rod attached to a cable or rope, leading to an object for stability and reinforcement
Gym 0 likes
Gym Curtain1 like
gym curtain
Fabric hung vertically to separate the parts of a gymnasium
Gym Floor 0 likes
A level hardwood surface employed for sporting activities in a gymnasium
Gym Locker1 like
gym locker
A compartment with a lock and key that stores personal items in a gymnasium
Gym Scoreboard 0 likes
A large board in a gymnasium, displaying the score and commonly other information about a game or match
Gymnasium 0 likes
A building or room where indoor sports take place
Gymnasium Floor Anchor Channel 0 likes
Metal channel anchoring wood gymnasium flooring
Gymnasium Underfloor Insulation 0 likes
Board insulation between sleepers under gymnasium wood flooring to muffle the sound drum effect
Gyp Board 0 likes
Drywall; wall board or gypsum in a panel usually 4 feet X 8 feet, 10 feet, 12 feet, or 16 feet covering interior walls and ceilings
Gypsite 0 likes
Earthy deposit located at or near the ground’s surface, consisting of 60 to 90 percent fine, crystalline gypsum mixed with loam, humus, sand and clay
Gypsum 0 likes
A natural mineral, hydrous calcium sulfate; the main part of sheetrock or drywall; when heated, becomes plaster-of-Paris
Gypsum Association (GA) 0 likes
6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 480, Hyattsville, MD 20782, Tel: (301) 277-8686, Fax: (301) 277-8747: URL: www.gypsum.org/
Gypsum Backing Board 0 likes
A ¼ inch to 5/8 inch (6.35 mm – 15.875 mm) thick gypsum board employed as backing for gypsum wallboard, acoustical tile or other dry cladding
Gypsum Block 0 likes
Cast gypsum building block; also called Gypsum Tile
Gypsum Concrete 0 likes
Mixture of calcium gypsum with wood chips, aggregate, or both; employed mainly for poured roof decks
Gypsum Core Board 0 likes
A ¾ inch to 1 inch (19.0 mm to 25.4 mm) gypsumboard, either one board or several factory-laminated boards employed as a gypsum stud or core in gypsumboard partitions
Gypsum Fill 0 likes
Troweled on plaster material to level depressions
Gypsum Formboard 0 likes
Gypsumboard employed as the permanent form for poured gypsum in roof decking
Gypsum Gauging Plaster 0 likes
A plaster that mixes lime putty to regulate the setting time and initial strength of a finish coat; categorized either as slowset or quickset
Gypsum High Strength Basecoat Plaster 0 likes
A gypsum cement employed with sand aggregate; produces high compressive strength plaster
Gypsum Lath 0 likes
A plaster base produced in sheet or slab form in various sizes, 3/8 inch or ½ inch thick, with an incombustible core, basically gypsum, and surfaced with specific paper that can receive gypsum plaster
Gypsum Masonry 0 likes
Molded, lightweight masonry units made from gypsum plaster, fiber and water
Gypsum Molding Plaster0 likes
casting plaster
Plaster employed in casting and in decorative plasterwork; can be employed neat or with lime
Gypsum Neat Plaster 0 likes
A plaster which has aggregate added on-site; may be without fiber or fibered
Gypsum Plaster 0 likes
Gypsum produced for use with water and sand for base-coat plaster
Gypsum Ready Mixed Plaster 0 likes
A plaster mixed at the mill with mineral aggregate; may contain other ingredients that regulate set time and working characteristics; water must be included on-site; also called Mill-Mixed and Pre-Mixed
Gypsum Roof Deck 0 likes
A light roofing substrate made of gypsum as structural boards or poured in place over structural decking
Gypsum Sheathing 0 likes
Flat sheet gypsum board with water repellent paper attached to the external side of a wall, roof or floor framing; produces rigidity in building’s superstructure, acts as a base for additional construction adding fire resistive properties; not for long term exposure to the elements
Gypsum Tile 0 likes
See Gypsum Block
Gypsum Trowel Finish 0 likes
Proprietary, previously-mixed finish coat materials primarily of calcined gypsum
Gypsum Wall Sheathing, Fire-Rated 0 likes
Flat sheet material of fire-rated gypsum board
Gypsum Wallboard 0 likes
A gypsum board employed mainly for interior surfaces in structures
Gypsum Wood-Fibered Plaster 0 likes
Plaster with a small amount of wood fiber as aggregate, employed to fireproof and for strengthen
Gypsum, Alpha 0 likes
See Alpha Gypsum
Gypsumboard 0 likes
Interior-facing panel made of a gypsum core set between two paper faces; also called Drywall, Plasterboard, or Sheetrock
Gyrate 0 likes
To circle or spiral; whirl; revolve
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Three Top Characteristics of A Successful Architect

commercial architectureArchitecture is a lucrative, competitive industry. The successful architect must be creative, efficient, attentive to details, and able to operate under strict budgets and looming project deadlines. Commercial architects must be even more disciplined and organized than architects in the residential sector. We will discuss the top three characteristics of a successful architect to stand out and move ahead of the in the commercial architecture industry.

1. Creativity

Perhaps the most critical characteristic of a successful architect is creativity. As a successful architect, your creative ideas must also be practical and achievable within specific deadlines, defined budgets and meet your client’s expectations. You may have designed the best 17th century inspired office building complete with moat and drawbridge, but the reality is that it will most likely never see the light of day in the real world. You must combine creativity with conservative, practical, and modern design techniques that will not only meet the demand and the intended purpose of the building project, but also financial projections and client satisfaction. In essence, a quality you must possess to be a successful architect is what can only be defined as “controlled creativity”. As an architect, you are rarely going to be given a blank check and complete creative license over a project. The key is to walk the fine line between creative, practical, and budget considerations. Once you master this critical skill, you will be a much more professional,  productive architect.

2. Organization

A top-tier successful architect must understand and demonstrate organization. With all of the project details, client requests, budget constraints, building codes, project deadlines, and last minute updates and changes, organization is absolutely critical. Even with modern technologies such as tablets, smart phones, and modern software, a successful architect must be organized and detail oriented in all facets of the project from start to finish. This is especially true in commercial architecture. Businesses and corporations tend to be less flexible with time schedules and budgets than residential customers. The old adage “time is money” has never been more important when dealing with a commercial property client. Impeccable organization is a key to ensuring each project is completed on time, within the budget, and to the client’s satisfaction.

3. Communication

A successful architect must be well spoken and professional in presentations and interactions with potential and current clients. To be more specific, by communicating details assertively, ensuring mutual understanding, and reaching clear agreements, you will mitigate unnecessary conflict and promote healthy client relationships. Your clients will be more receptive to your ideas when your verbal and written communication skills are sharp and professional. Excellent communication skills will impact your ability to sell your services to prospective clients, and promote your clients’ faith in you as a professional in your field. Take advantage of the opportunity to employ your communication skills in writing.  Network with other architects via online forums and blogs dedicated to modern design to stay informed of the trends in architecture as a whole. Make sure you use these media to learn as much as you can each and every day about the architecture industry.  You will then stay on top of changing industry standards, changes in building materials, and modern design trends. We have discussed the most important qualities of a successful architect in this article. Obviously these qualities are not the only deciding factors in a successful architecture career, whether residential or commercial, but they are the most important qualities to adopt, possess, and improve upon every day to insure a lasting career in architecture. If you combine the three top qualities of a successful architect that we have talked about in this article, you are on track to a meaningful, inspirational, and successful career.

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