World’s tallest wood building design unveiled by MGA

Plans include a mix of market-rate and social housing, a student hotel, urban agriculture, a bus station, e-car hub, and other amenities. Renderings courtesy Michael Green Architecture

Wood | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront," said architect Michael Green of the project.

 

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Succession planning starts with developing your leaders

A leadership-succession process should involving mentoring and coaching. Photo: HA0521-021/Flickr.

Building Team | June 03, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Two-thirds of U.S. companies still admit that they have no formal succession plan in place, a 2014 survey conducted b...

More accurate GPS ready to change the way we shop, interact, and explore

More accurate GPS will foster previously unimaginable connections between mobile device users. Image: Irwin MIller

BIM and Information Technology | June 03, 2015 | GenslerOn | Irwin Miller

Irwin Miller, design principal and lifestyle sector leader at Gensler, disucsses how more accurate GPS systems can ch...

Tech's influence on the workplace: 4 lessons from the field

Technology offices are influencing the workplace, Perkins+Will's Hakee Chang shares the trends he's noticed from the field. Image: Pixabay

Designers | June 03, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Hakee Chang

Hakee Chang from Perkins+Will discusses four trends from today's tech workplaces.

Downloaded by thousands: This popular report addresses the inherited costs of the design-bid-build process, as related to the often mission-critical stage of steel joist and deck design. 

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LEGO: An introduction to design

LEGO has changed a lot over the years, but has that been a good thing for encouraging creativity? Amy LaMar of HDR explains. Image courtesy of Dawn Feldman.

Designers | June 03, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Amy LaMar, Communications

Amy LaMar from HDR shares how she was introduced to design through a favorite childhood pastime: LEGOs.

Fire-resistive tempered products such as SuperLite II-XL 45, shown in this 1-hour corridor, is more affordable than filmed and laminated ceramics used in the same application.  SuperLite II-XL 45 is proudly USA-made, has no amber tints, meets CPSC Cat. II safety and the hose stream test, provides radiant heat protection and has a high STC rating.

Fire-resistive tempered products such as SuperLite II-XL 45, shown in this 1-hour corridor, is more affordable than filmed and laminated ceramics used in the same application. SuperLite II-XL 45 is proudly USA-made, has no amber tints, meets CPSC Cat. II safety and the hose stream test, provides radiant heat protection and has a high STC rating. 

Fire-Rated Products | June 02, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Where product selection has the most impact on cost is also the area where the majority of fire rated glass is being...

World’s tallest wood building design unveiled by MGA

Plans include a mix of market-rate and social housing, a student hotel, urban agriculture, a bus station, e-car hub, and other amenities. Renderings courtesy Michael Green Architecture

Wood | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push...

 

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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Weather to blame for decline in Construction Backlog Indicator

The Construction Backlog Indicator fell by 3.2% during the first three months of 2015. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Following an intense winter season, the Associated Builders and Contractors' Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rev...

Snøhetta and DIALOG to revitalize Willamette Falls area in Oregon

In addition to the revitalization of existing buildings, a new trail and several landscaped surfaces will be woven throughout the waterfall’s area. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed, and Dialog

Cultural Facilities | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of the plan, an abandoned paper mill will be repurposed, while landscaping and running trails will be added....

SHoP Architects unveils dual-glass-box scheme for Uber HQ

The office will be located in the trendy Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects and Studio O+A

Office Building Design | June 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan involves two glass buildings connected with criss-crossing bridges.

Nonresidential construction spending surges in April

Photo: Sean MacEntee via flickr

Contractors | June 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Nonresidential construction is up by a solid 8.8% over the past year, consistent with ABC's forecast of high single-d...

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | June 01, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Robert Benson

Just as we looked at that boarded up warehouse and thought it could be something other, office towers can be reborn,...

Sacramento moves forward on multifamily project with new modular supplier

Guerdon Modular Buildings is taking over the Eviva Downtown multifamily project. Rendering courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings.

Multifamily Housing | June 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will provide modules for 118 apartments.

Applying modern energy codes to building envelope retrofits [AIA course]

Roofing contractors apply insulation to an existing building. Building Teams should review the potential for increased moisture accumulation, condensation, and freeze-thaw before routinely adding insulation to older buildings. Photos courtesy Hoffmann Architects

Green | May 31, 2015 | Bradley T. Carmichael, PE

When applying current energy codes to existing buildings, a number of issues arise, particularly where the building e...

Texas senate approves $3 billion in bonds for university construction

Ezekiel W. Cullen Building at the University of Houston. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

University Buildings | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time in nearly a decade, Texas universities could soon have some state money for construction.

Fannie Mae offers incentives for energy, water efficiency in multifamily buildings

Photo: KCumming via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives may be eligible for loans with reduced interest rates for upgrades tha...

Energy Department releases resources to assess building energy benchmarking policies, programs

Photo: Hakilon via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new handbook demonstrates methodologies using real data from New York City.

Detroit transforms abandoned casino into modern public safety headquarters

In addition to redefining the exterior, the panels provide a vapor barrier, insulation, and an air barrier.

Coatings | May 29, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The recently completed, 400,000-sf facility repurposed an abandoned casino into a state-of-the-art civic building tha...

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Austin, Salt Lake City, Davis, Calif., and Boston creating first protected intersections in U.S.

Screenshot depicts a Dutch cycle-friendly junction design. Photo: Screenshot of BicycleDutch video

May 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Protected intersections arrange traffic so that everyone—bicyclists included—can see all moving traffic simply by loo...

4 ways cold-climate cities can make the most of their waterfronts

Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image: Chris Foyd courtesy Perkins+Will

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 28, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Noah Friedman

Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cit...

Does BIM Work as a Deliverable?
BIM and Information Technology | May 28, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sasha Reed sits down with industry professionals at the BIMForum in San Diego to talk about BIM technology.

SANAA won bid to design new building for Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Sydney Modern Project will add new and expanded spaces for art, live performance, and film, along with spaces to study and participate in cultural programs. Renderings courtesy SANAA

Museums | May 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The museum's developers hope the new gallery will enrich Sydney’s eastern cultural precinct.

Ten U.S. cities now have 1 million people or more

Each year, the Census Bureau revises its time series of previously released estimates going back to the 2010 Census. Photo: David Sim/Flickr.

Multifamily Housing | May 28, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

California and Texas each have three of the one-million-plus cities.

Tactical urbanism: Why bigger isn’t always better in urban revitalization

Each September, as part of Park(ing) Day, citizens, artists, and activists in more than 160 cities collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into micro parks, gardens, and art exhibits. Photo: my.parkingday.org

Cultural Facilities | May 27, 2015 | David Barista |

A budding urban planning movement that is sprouting in cities across the globe proves that low-cost, small-scale, com...

Roadmap for creating an effective sustainability program in healthcare environments

An interior view of a inpatient room in Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Oaks Pavilion. Photo: U.S. Navy via flickr

Healthcare Facilities | May 27, 2015 | Dyann Hamilton, Alliance Director, CBRE

With a constant drive for operational efficiencies and reduction of costs under an outcome-based healthcare environme...

Construction Industry Concerns with ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule Remain

The Mississippi River in Hennepin County, Minn. Photo: Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | May 27, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

EPA and Corps of Engineers rule may lead to a longer, more expensive permitting process

6 bold applications and innovations for fire and life safety

The Coltlite natural louvered ventilator provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. 

Fire and Life Safety | May 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wall at a transit hub...

Rochester, Minn., looks to escape Twin Cities’ shadow with $6.5 billion biotech development

On April 23, the Board of Directors of the Destination Medical Center Corporation formally adopted the development plan for Destination Medical Center, which would be comprised of six districts spread across 550 acres.

Healthcare Facilities | May 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 20-year plan would also be a boon to Mayo Clinic, this city’s best-known address.

4 designs honored at AIA's TAP Innovation Awards

The three main massing elements (south bar, atrium, and north tower) are each designed with their own structural systems and floor-to-floor heights to maximize efficiencies. Image: Alene Davis

BIM and Information Technology | May 27, 2015 | AIA

Morphosis Architects' Emerson College building in Los Angeles and the University of Delaware’s ISE Lab are among the...

‘European’ living comes to The Woodlands with its first condo tower

Condos at Trevisio at Waterway Square will start at $650,000 with one-, two-, and three-bedroom floorplans available between 1,247 and more than 3,500 sf. All renderings courtesy Bogza

Multifamily Housing | May 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Treviso at Waterway Square will offer a dynamic downtown setting with numerous live/work/play options.

Model Building System for Architects Wins Heart of Children

There are up to 620 pieces for walls, windows, and furniture. Renderings courtesy Arckit

BIM and Information Technology | May 26, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Arckit, as the system is called, was designed to a 1:48 scale, making it easy to create models accurate to the real-l...

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