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Sheila Cain

Freelance writer and editor

Seattle, Washington

Sheila Cain

Seattle-based technical and creative writer

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'Where Should I Keep My...?': Solving Small Space Dilemmas

Squeeze every last bit of storage space out of your dwelling, no matter its size. When you’re renting, square footage is something to be savored, not squandered. It’s hard enough finding a home for your everyday must-haves, let alone bulky, infrequently used, or offseason items like snowshoes, pool toys, and holiday decorations.
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Project Spotlight: Tall, gray, and green

The Pacific Northwest region of the United States stands alone in sustainable design—Washington and Oregon enjoy the largest number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- (LEED) certified buildings per capita by a margin of 2.5 to 1 over almost any other green state. As the center for sustainable design, Pacific Northwest property owners and developers expect design teams to incorporate sustainable practices into their projects.
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McGuire misfortune spurs building code changes

New specifications address post-tensioning cable in concrete towers. As the McGuire apartment building in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is unceremoniously dismantled, industry experts are shoring up building codes to ensure the mistakes made in the doomed $32 million structure are not repeated. Newly written specifications have made their way through a committee within the Post-Tensioning Institute and are expected to soon become part of the American Concrete Institute’s updated recommendations.
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Board & Vellum's Second Story Add-on

Short on space? Take a cue from this Seattle firm's clever remodel to maximize every square foot. Bigger isn’t always better. In the case of this West Seattle remodel, the owners were set against a large, looming addition that they feared would overwhelm surrounding homes. They turned to Seattle design firm Board & Vellum, where they found the solution to their need for extra space.
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McGuire misfortune spurs building code changes

New specifications address post-tensioning cable in concrete towers. As the McGuire apartment building in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is unceremoniously dismantled, industry experts are shoring up building codes to ensure the mistakes made in the doomed $32 million structure are not repeated. Newly written specifications have made their way through a committee within the Post-Tensioning Institute and are expected to soon become part of the American Concrete Institute’s updated recommendations.
DJC.COM Link to Story
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A Look at Seattle's New 'Modern Home'

Popping up as quickly as Craftsman knockoffs in the 2000s, contemporary homes are having a moment. Sheila Cain, with Sheila Mickool, Jessica Yadegaran, and Madeline Lootens with additional reporting by Jennifer Meyers. Over the past decade, Seattle’s idea of the new home has shifted. Homeowners are trading in spacious front porches and ample front yards for rooftop decks and zero lot lines.
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Revised structural concrete ‘cookbook’ will follow a simpler recipe

The ACI 318 building code is getting its biggest makeover since 1971 to make it easier for engineers to use. The revised ACI 318 building code for structural concrete is available for public review and comment through June 17. The ACI 318 committee will meet in August to address the comments and make any necessary revisions to the document.
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About

Sheila Cain

I am a Seattle-based corporate and creative writer providing all types of written material for the business world. Services range from technical and feature writing to press releases and proof reading. I have more than 25 years of experience working as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and freelance writer.

With more than seven years as the editor-in-chief of a construction trade magazine, I am well versed in the technical applications and industry-specific language associated with the architecture, engineering and construction communities.

I also have extensive experience in the technology and feature writing realm. I have written dozens of sponsored content stories as well as lifestyle pieces for a variety of local and national publications.