GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and recover modestly over the next several years, according to BD+C's 2015 Giants 300 report.

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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...

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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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

Post-Katrina roofing codes creating more resilient buildings on Gulf Coast

Photo: New Orleans in 2005/Wikimedia Commons

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

Ten years after storm, notable progress on stronger roofs, IBHS says

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers plan to strengthen codes for disaster resilience

Photo: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, accarrino/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Some states losing ground on resilience, group says

After disease outbreak, ASHRAE legionella standard adopted in New York

CDC Public Health Image Library/Wikimedia Commons

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

City Council acts after 12 die of legionellosis

BIM and Information Technology | August 20, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Having the right counsel on your team can be the difference between long drawn-out negotiations and breaking new grou...

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Bring a project to life with color
Coatings | August 20, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The use of color in a building can influence the desired response.

Understanding the values and aspirations of millennials

Only 28 percent of millennials believe that their organization is taking full advantage of their skills, research from Deloitte revealed.

Building Team | August 20, 2015 | Steven Burns |

A recent LinkedIn workplace survey revealed that millennials (defined as individuals aged 18–24) are quite different...

FMI's Nonresidential Construction Index Report: Construction recovery continues despite slow down

Photo: Dan DeLuca/Creative Commons

Contractors | August 19, 2015 | FMI

The Q3 NRCI dropped to 63.6 from the previous reading of 64.9 in Q2, painting a mixed picture of the state of the non...

Proposed “High Line” in Mexico City pays homage to Aztec aqueduct

According to Architizer, references to the region’s aqueous heritage will be made with fountains and a waterfall. Renderings courtesy of FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise.

Cultural Facilities | August 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Plans for Mexico City’s elevated park include an amphitheatre and al fresco cafés.

Good design can combat open-office issues

Photo: GS&P-designed Jackson Development Zone in East Lansing, Michigan, courtesy GS&P

Office Building Design | August 19, 2015 | GS&P Dialogue | Jack E. Weber

Three tricks to maintain privacy and worker production in a cube-less world, according to GS&P's Jack E. Weber ...

5 brand-building strategies in the outpatient environment

Image: University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center, courtesy CannonDesign

Healthcare Facilities | August 19, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Jocelyn Stroupe

No longer coasting off of reputation, leading organizations are using new ambulatory care centers to re-brand for the...

Plan to demolish historic Riviera Hotel & Casino approved by Las Vegas tourism board

Photo: Alex Proimos/Wikimedia Commons

Hotel Facilities | August 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The project is the first step toward a $2.3 billion expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Despite dip, ABI remains strong

Photo: King of Prussia Mall in Lafayette Park, Penn. Montgomery County Planning Commission/Creative Commons.

Architects | August 19, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 54.7, down a point from a mark of 55.7 in...

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