Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leading the charge to give patients quieter healing environments.   

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Hospital construction/renovation guidelines promote sound control

Glass enclosed work stations between patient rooms provides staff touch down areas with full view of patients without imposing upon their respite @ MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto, courtesy TRO Jung

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The newly revised guidelines from the Facilities Guidelines Institute touch on six factors that affect a hospital’s s...

7 (more) steps toward a quieter hospital

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Every hospital has its own “culture” of loudness and quiet. Jacobs’ Chris Kay offers steps to a therapeutic auditory...

Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leading the charge to give...

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Structural Steel. Photo: PEO ACWA/Creative Commons

Building Materials | August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Next year's specification open for comments until Sept. 21

North American Passive House Network e-book explains Passivhaus, net-zero techniques

Courtland Place Passive House in Washington. Photo: Rob Harrison/Creative Commons

Energy Efficiency | August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Free guide includes spotlight on individual projects

Newly formed group challenges Florida building code

Tampa's T. C. Taliaferro House. Photo: Ebyabe/Wikimedia Commons

Windows and Doors | August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Window, door companies oppose provisions that raise costs

Morton Buildings is notorious for its status as a titan in the American construction community. That status was not lost on the ownership of an exclusive country club, when it decided to choose Morton to spearhead a complete overhaul of its facilities.

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New Orleans becoming a model for climate resilience only 10 years after Katrina

Skyline of New Orleans

Codes and Standards | August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city has moved ahead with resilience strategies that may become a model for other communities

MIT Develops 3-D Printer that Prints Glass

The machine in action, up close. Photo screenshot from Mediated Matter via Fast Company Design.

Glass Technology | August 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Researchers develop a way to print glass vases, prisms, and potentially much more

How to transition leadership within your architecture firm, Part 2

Lyons Architects office. Photo: Peter Bennets/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | August 28, 2015 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

Close to retiring? Without a plan for leadership transition, you might not foster candidates who will be capable of t...

BIM, AEC, Zebra Imaging, Rendering, Architecture, architects

Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC community. Photo courtesy of Zebra Imaging.

BIM and Information Technology | August 27, 2015 | Zebra Imaging

Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC community.

Architects propose shipping container tower to replace slums

The scheme envisions a single container being subdivided into several studio flats, while three-bedroom family residences could be crafted out of three containers. Renderings courtesy CRG Architects

Multifamily Housing | August 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The firm says approximately 2,500 containers would be needed to complete the design, which aims to accommodate as man...

Vallco Shopping Mall renovation plans include 'largest green roof in the world'

The Hills at Vallco. Renderings courtesy Sand Hill Property Co. (via San Jose Mercury News)

Retail Centers | August 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The new owners of the mall in Cupertino, Calif., intend to transform the outdated shopping mall into a multi-purpose...

Barack Obama Foundation begins search for presidential library architect

Barack and Michelle Obama look at Chicago's skyline. Photo: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons 

Library | August 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Both national and foreign firms will compete for chance to design the Chicago-based Presidential Center.

How to transition leadership within your architecture firm, part 1

Photo: Hariri Pontarini Architects' office, Jason Paris/Creative Commons

Architects | August 27, 2015 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

In order for your firm to thrive and preserve your legacy after retirement, it is essential that you create a strateg...

Photo: NL Architects’ A8ernA project in Koog aan de Zaan, Zaanstadt, The Netherlands, NL Architects (via SmithGroupJJR)

Smart and Resilient Cities | August 26, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Valerie Berstene, SmithGroupJJR

Activating the areas beneath elevated highways, rail lines, and freeways can create unique environments, writes Smith...

Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

Mixed-Use | August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers are teaming to form...

Photo: One of the cities in JLL's quiz, Bobokine/Wikimedia Commons

Building Types | August 26, 2015 | JLL

Clues help players name eight metropolises in The Global Cities Quiz

Sky Pool, Swimming Pool, Residential, high-rise, apartment

The swimming pool will suspend approximately 115 feet above ground. Renderings courtesy Ballymore Group

Multifamily Housing | August 25, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Residents and visitors will be able to swim 10 stories above ground, and see views of London.

Building Team | August 25, 2015 | Steven Burns |

By analyzing the “benchmark firms” selected from its annual surveys, PSMJ has identified several characteristics that...

Millennial allowance: Tenant improvement key to attracting tomorrow’s workforce

Photo: Phil Whitehouse/Creative Commons

Office Building Design | August 25, 2015 | JLL

Millennials have been the driving force behind the growth in renovation construction projects since 2013, according t...

Coatings | August 25, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The eye-catching façade is a tribute to the area's rich oil history.

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Multifamily Housing | August 25, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

Multifamily housing starts reached 358,000 in 2014, a 16 percent increase over 2013 and the highest total since 2007...

A fully restored St. Patrick’s Cathedral awaits the Pope’s arrival

Images courtesy Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects 

Religious Facilities | August 25, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The three-year reconstruction project included more than 30,000 preservations and repairs. 

British company OpenDesk offers open-sourced office furniture

By turning furniture into downloadable templates, offices can be in charge of sourcing and manufacturing their own products. Screengrab of opendesk.cc/designs

Office Building Design | August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Offices can “download” their furniture to be made locally, anywhere.

Google Develops Google Maps for Solar Energy

Users can see an estimate of how much a rooftop receives sunlight year-round. Photo: screenshot via Google/YouTube.

Energy Efficiency | August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The tool offers high-resolution aerial maps, like the one used in Google Earth, to estimate the total sunlight a roof...

Green Bay Packers to start construction on a business district near Lambeau Field this fall

Image: Titletown District, all renderings courtesy Green Bay Packers (via Green Bay Press Gazette)

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

Flush with cash, the NFL team is kicking in about half of the $130 million for the 20-acre project’s first phase.

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Of Sky Garages and Dezervators:  Porsche Design Tower sets a new standard of cool with the help of fire rated glass

To meet the code requirements of the elevator enclosure and ensure that the ocean views were available, SAFTI FIRST supplied SuperLite II-XL 120 with GPX Curtain Wall Framing for the 2-hour segmented wall starting from the lobby. Renderings courtesy of Metrostudio.com.  

Fire-Rated Products | August 24, 2015 | SaftiFirst

The 60-story, 132-residence luxury Porsche Design Tower designed by Sieger Suarez Architects promises to deliver a ne...

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North America’s real estate market Is close to stabilization In cap rate pricing

Cincinnati Federated Building, Derek Jensen/Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | August 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest CBRE survey, covering the first half of the year, finds retail and hotel sectors experiencing the greatest...

Photo: Panama Canal Gatun Locks, Stan Shebs/Wikimedia Commons

Projects | August 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An April 2016 opening is scheduled, which will allow bigger-capacity ships to traverse between the Atlantic and Pacif...

Rauner, bill, codes, condo, chicago

Photo: RiverView Condominiums and Townhomes in Chicago, Jeramey Jannene/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Bill would have made it harder to sue for building flaws

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