Designs released for new entertainment center in Lubbock

The design is the result of a six-month collaboration between local and international firms. Renderings courtesy Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

Cultural Facilities | March 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Amenities of the facility include a performance venue that seats 2,220, a smaller one that seats 425, a 6,000-sf multipurpose room, and a bistro café.

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Q+A with Arthur Gensler, and advice from his new book

Image © Gensler

Architects | March 30, 2015 | GenslerOn | Maddy Burke-Vigeland, AIA, LEED AP

"Designers need to be trained to solve their clients’ problems through design while leading their own firms to become...

Designs released for new entertainment center in Lubbock

The design is the result of a six-month collaboration between local and international firms. Renderings courtesy Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

Cultural Facilities | March 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Amenities of the facility include a performance venue that seats 2,220, a smaller one that seats 425, a 6,000-sf mult...

12 projects earn US steel industry's top building award

The University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center earned a merit award for the design and structure of the facility.

Building Team | March 30, 2015 | American Institute of Steel Construction

The American Institute of Steel Construction announced the projects were named IDEAS² winners.

Morton Buildings is the national leader in custom post-frame construction. With an expansive network of resources and an ongoing commitment to innovation within the industry, Morton has earned its reputation that has lasted for generations.

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Spring cleaning tips for modular space
Modular Building | March 30, 2015 | Williams Scotsman | BD+C Staff

Modular structure manufacturer Williams Scotsman shares seven things to do to prep modular units for the spring.

Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 29, 2015 | David Barista |

Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people movi...

Elevator shafts a major source of heat loss in New York City

The report, “Spending Through the Roof,” says that apartment building owners pay an average of $3,400 a year to replace heat lost through the roof. In taller buildings, the cost can be more than $20,000 a year. Illustration: Urban Green Council 

Green | March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A typical New York apartment building loses thousands of dollars worth of energy every year from leaky elevator shaft...

 
Passive House Institute launches ‘cost-effective’ passive building standard

The Orchards at Orenco is currently under construction in Hillsboro, Ore., includes 57 units, making it the largest precertified Passive House building to date. Rendering: REACH Community Development

Green | March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The group says the building energy performance target is in the “sweet spot” where cost effectiveness overlaps with a...

Obama issues executive order for 40% reduction in federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions

IRS headquarters building. Photo: IRS

Government Buildings | March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The action also calls for an increase in the share of renewable energy in the federal government’s electricity supply...

VA construction program ‘a disaster,’ says congressman

The 182-bed Aurora, Colo., hospital has incurred more than $1 billion in cost overruns. The Army Corps of Engineers has taken over the management of the project. Rendering: VA

Healthcare Facilities | March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The VA construction program took more hits recently after the chairman of a congressional Committee on Veterans’ Affa...

Bathroom fixtures get a starchitect makeover by Bjarke Ingels

A faucet from the Taper series, designed by BIG. Photo courtesy Kallista

Multifamily Housing | March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This Danish starchitect elevates the toilet paper holder (and other bathroom accessories).

Illustrator Federico Babina explores architecture as animals

The Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, but as a walrus. Renderings courtesy Federico Babina

Architects | March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

When you pay attention, the Eiffel Tower really does look like a giraffe.

Plants on the inside: Here’s the data to support your suspicions

Research proves that interior vegetation boosts productivity, concentration, and satisfaction. Photo courtesy Sage Vertical Gardens

K-12 Schools | March 27, 2015 | Legat Architects' Architecture Inspired by YOU | Robin Randall, AIA, LEED AP

Internal foliage systems like vertical gardens have the potential to not only improve focus and productivity, but als...

World’s first ‘climate positive’ data center is under construction in Sweden

The 18-megawatt data center will be connected to Falun’s energy grid, and excess heat from its servers and equipment will warm buildings in the town’s district heating system. Renderings: http://ecodatacenter.se

Industrial Facility | March 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Excess heat and steam from its servers and IT equipment will warm homes in a town already known for its energy effici...

Morphosis unveils plans for controversial high-rise hotel in tiny Alpine village

The 7132 Tower, as this hotel is being called, would be the central piece of a resort complex that would also include two buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winners: Peter Zumthor and Tadao Ando. Renderings courtesy Morphosis

Hotel Facilities | March 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vals is a village of roughly 1,000 people, nestled in the Alps in Switzerland. That might seem like a strange place t...

7 sleek selections for ceilings and acoustical systems

The command center at the new Southwest Airlines Training and Operational Support building at Dallas Love Field. Photo: CertainTeed

Ceilings | March 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Thermoformed ceilings, acoustic panels, sound isolation membrane, and undulating ceiling systems are featured in this...

Kengo Kuma selected to design new Paris Metro station

The Japanese firm's sloping design pays homage to rail tracks. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma & Associates.

Transit Facilities | March 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new station will serve as a hub to connect Paris' northern suburbs with the core.

Malaysia developer to break ground on mega resort in Las Vegas

The resort would be built in multiple stages over several years, with the first phase scheduled for completion sometime 2017. Rendering courtesy Steelman Partners

Casinos | March 25, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The plan calls for adapting 80-85% of the unfinished Echelon casino structure for the new $4 billion resort and casin...

WELL building standard introduced in China

WELL complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star, and BREEAM. Image courtesy Morgue File/kconnors

Green | March 25, 2015 | Marisa Long, USGBC

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impac...

5 trends shaping today's hospitality industry

Hotels are taking both sustainability and wellness seriously. Many announce their recycling programs, use of non-toxic cleaning supplies, and commitment to the reduction of energy and water consumption on their websites. Image courtesy Morgue File/IJY

Hotel Facilities | March 25, 2015 | VOA Blog | Mark Pratt, AIA

Digital concierges, smart locks, mobile check-in. These are among the emerging trends and technologies in hospitality...

Timber residential high-rise will tower over Stockholm waterfront

The development will overlook an old harbor in Stockholm's industrial district on the island of Djurgården. Renderings courtesy Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

High-rise Construction | March 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The four towers, 20 stories each, will be made entirely out of Swedish pine, from frame to façade.

Natural weather testing ensures high quality products

Valspar’s test fence in Fort Myers, Fla., contains more than 100,000 weather test panels. Photo courtesy of Valspar.

Coatings | March 24, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Instead of relying on outside testing facilities, where it is more difficult and expensive to constantly monitor resu...

Another plan for renovating Houston’s Astrodome blends public space and history

Photo depicts thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A ULI panel of experts recommends a $242 million renovation that converts the massive building into a park that ties...

Designers turn a struggling mall into a hub of learning and recreation that work together and separately

The 32,000 square feet of panels were installed in a six-week period.

Cladding and Facade Systems | March 24, 2015 | Nichiha

Architects help Nashville government transform a struggling mall into a new community space.

Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

Multifamily Housing | March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in just under 20 million...

High tech automation is one new condo development’s calling card

The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf will include 213 condos in a five-building enclave within the DC Ranch master plan in Scottsdale, Ariz. Renderings and photos courtesy Cypress Development Group 

Multifamily Housing | March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Sterling Collection in Arizona will include the first robotic parking garage for a West-Coast residential communi...

Windows, doors, and storefronts: Optimizing safety, durability, and client satisfaction [AIA course]

The use of monumental automatic sliding doors is being tested with projects like the new flagship Apple Store in San Francisco’s Union Square, where Foster + Partners has detailed 23-foot-wide and 44-foot-tall glass doors. Rendering courtesy NABCO Entrances

Windows and Doors | March 23, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

In nonresidential construction, Building Teams are finding that product and system selection is becoming increasingly...

Multifamily for Millennials: Understanding what Gen Yers want in apartment design

AQ Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. Rendering: Aquinas Realty, BLT Architects

Multifamily Housing | March 23, 2015 | Michael R. Ytterberg, PhD, AIA, LEED AP

Authentic public spaces, pet-friendly options, and inviting, tech-focused lobbies are among the key ingredients to a...

School in Hong Kong will feature bioclimatic façade

The campus’ lower floors will be open public space shared with the neighborhood, while the upper floors are used exclusively by the institute. Renderings courtesy Ronald Lu & Partners

Higher Education | March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project's twin-tower design opens the campus up to the neighboring public green space, while maximizing the use o...

Is nothing sacred? Seattle church to become a restaurant and ballroom

People would be able to enter the restaurant from Fifth + Columbia, a $400 million, 43-story tower that Daniels started building in June 2014 and is scheduled to complete in 2017. Rendering: ZGF Architects

Religious Facilities | March 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Seattle-based real estate developer plans to convert a historic downtown building, which for more than a century ha...

SOM leads planning for Egypt’s new capital

The planned site for the new city will be 270 square miles with the capacity for seven million inhabitants. Renderings courtesy SOM

Government Buildings | March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To alleviate overcrowding and congestion in Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a new capital from scratch....

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