BIG designs lush, terraced mixed-use building

The 79 & Park project will be built next to Stockholm’s Royal National City Park. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

Multifamily Housing | October 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cascading glass and wooden cubes create a form similar to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway rock formation.

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Designs unveiled for 558-foot mixed-use towers in Bahrain’s capital

The ground floor is designed to be publicly accessible, composed mostly of retail and public lobby space. Renderings courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects

Multifamily Housing | October 01, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The development, Bahrain Bay Tower, will consist of two residential towers connected “by a plinth of retail, office,...

The Red Hook West Urban Farm. Images courtesy thread collective and the New York City Housing Authority.

Green | October 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Providing healthy foods and job training are two of this project’s missions.

Takeoff! 5 ways high-flyin' airports are designing for rapid growth

JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at New York’s JFK International gives passengers a sense of place with its new rooftop garden. Photo: @Paul Rivera

Airports | September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Nimble designs, and technology that humanizes the passenger experience, are letting airports concentrate on providing...

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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FMI: Construction in place on track for sustained growth through 2016

Photo: Salim Virji via flickr Creative Commons

Contractors | September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FMI’s latest report singles out manufacturing, lodging, and office sectors as the drivers of nonresidential building...

SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY SECTOR GIANTS: HDR, Jensen Hughes, Skanska top S+T firm rankings

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Innovation Accelerator in Wauwatosa, Wis., was conceived as a place where business and industry meets academic research to launch intellectual property. On the Building Team: UWM Real Estate Foundation (developer), Eppstein Uhen Architects (architect), and Miron Construction (GC). Photo: C&N Photography, courtesy Eppstein Uhen Architects

Giants 300 | September 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest S+T sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants 300...

Park Metro Apartments in Bellevue, Wash.

September 30, 2015 | Nichiha

Nichiha’s PlymouthBrick fiber cement panels provide the warmth of brick along with an affordable, easy-to-handle form...

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Photo: Ted Eytan via flickr Creative Commons

Healthcare Facilities | September 29, 2015 | Nelson Udstuen, Vice President, Regional Director, CBRE Healthcare

In the United States, the environment where outpatient healthcare is being delivered is as dynamic and diverse as the...

Designs Unveiled for Warsaw Art Museum and Theatre

The buildings will sit next to each other, connected with landscaping that will bring in over 100 new trees. Renderings by Encore courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

Museums | September 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Emphasizing the building’s role in the public sphere, the museum will be accessible from all sides.

The developer that planned a mosque near Ground Zero now proposes a five-star condo tower instead

Rendering courtesy Soho Properties

Multifamily Housing | September 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties is looking to cash in while lower Manhattan’s real estate market stays hot.

What went wrong? Diagnosing building envelope distress [AIA course]

Image depicts a brick veneer exterior that has expanded and pulled away from the window. Image: Hoffmann Architects

Reconstruction & Renovation | September 29, 2015 | John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, and Deborah J. Costantini, AIA, Hoffmann Architects

With so many diverse components contributing to building envelope assemblies, it can be challenging to determine whic...

Renzo Piano-designed Kum & Go headquarters in Des Moines. Renderings courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Office Building Design | September 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new building is part of a downtown Des Moines, Iowa, redevelopment project, and is intended to echo the shapes of...

Diamond Lotus in Ho Chi Minh City. Renderings courtesy Vo Trong Nghia Architects (via Designboom)

Multifamily Housing | September 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 22-story housing complex in Ho Chi Minh City will have façades covered with plants and a rooftop garden that conn...

Reynobond composite panels were used for the soffit

Energy Efficiency | September 28, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

The building, a Walgreens made with metal and composite material from Petersen Aluminum Corp., includes enough sustai...

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Architects Foundation issues first annual report on National Resilience Initiative

Damage to a road in New Windsor, N.Y. from Hurricane Irene. Photo: Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | September 28, 2015 | AIA

The report, which includes the work of three schools, examines how architects work with communities through the Natio...

Italian soccer stadium designed to look like translucent waves

Though the stadium is open air, the seating is completely covered by a Teflon roof. Renderings courtesy Massimo Guidotti

Sports and Recreational Facilities | September 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Architect Massimo Guidotti created a sinuous design for the stadium, which can support up to 16,000 seats.

Comfort and energy efficiency with cool metal roofs

Solar reflective coatings on metal roofs have high thermal reflectance and thermal emittance, keeping rooftop temperatures down in direct sunlight.

Coatings | September 25, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Energy-efficient metal roofs, with cool coatings are at the forefront of innovation, helping to increase the efficien...

Builder balances construction and religious schedule in temple completion

The 16,000-sf temple, in the wooded suburbs north of Columbus, OH, utilized a Star Building System. Although it does not look it, it is a single-slope roof structure. 

Religious Facilities | September 25, 2015 | Star Building Systems

The beliefs of the congregation required specific compass-orientations for certain rooms

Rooftop HVAC unit

HVAC | September 25, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Reliance on outdated standards at odds with sustainability

Pennsylvania Supreme Court's chambers in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Photo: Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons

Legislation | September 25, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

State Supreme Court denies Navy contractor remedies in lawsuit

Portland's Framework, by Lever Architecture, was the West Coast winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. Rendering courtesy Lever Architecture.

Building Materials | September 25, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Prize awarded for 10-story or higher wooden buildings


Photovoltaic array on top of the Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C.

Energy Efficiency | September 25, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Agencies must get 30% of electricity from renewables by 2025

Developer Crescent Heights and architect Rafael Viñoly could possibly build twin skyscrapers for the south end of Grant Park in Chicago. Rendering courtesy Crescent Heights (via Curbed Chicago).

Architects | September 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest proposals pit designs by Rafael Viñoly, Jeanne Gang, and Helmut Jahn.

Meet the BD+C 40 Under 40 class of 2015

Melissa R. Daniel, ASSOC. AIA, LEED GA, NOMA, Senior Designer, KCCT Architects, Washington, D.C. Photo: DFinney Photography

40 Under 40 | September 24, 2015 | Susan Bady, Contributing Editor, and Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Discover why these 40 young professionals truly represent the emerging superstars of the AEC industry.

From Gehry to the High Line: What makes a project a game-changer?

El Peix sculpture in Barcelona, by Frank Gehry. Photo: Till Niermann via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | September 24, 2015 | David Barista |

Each year, there are a handful of projects that significantly advance the AEC industry or a particular building type....

Bakpak Architects' courtyard concept in Poland incorporates local pottery heritage

Renderings courtesy Bakpak Architects (via ArchDaily)

Cultural Facilities | September 24, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The multifunctional building proposed for Rzeszow, Poland, looks like it was handcrafted on a potter’s wheel.

BRIAN MCCARTHY Project Executive Swinerton Builders, San Diego

Brian McCarthy, Project Executive, Swinerton Builders, San Diego

40 Under 40 | September 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Winners of Building Design+Construction's 40 Under 40 awards program for 2015

The AMIE building, unveiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the DOE’s Industry Day event. Images courtesy SOM

Modular Building | September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) building features a high-performance shell with a photovoltaic ro...

JFK Airport's dormant TWA terminal will be reborn as a hotel

TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Dmitry Avdeev/Wikimedia Commons

Airports | September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

After 15 years of disuse, the Googie architecture-inspired TWA Flight Center at New York’s John F. Kennedy Internatio...

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The Green Building Initiative’s Consensus Body has released for public comment a revision to GBI’s American National...

Architecture Billings Index dips slightly in August

Construction on the World Trade Center PATH station in August 2015. Photo: Anthony Quintano/Creative Commons

Architects | September 23, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the August ABI score was 49.1, down from a mark of 54.7 in July. This s...

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