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, community-driven projects have the power to effect positive change.

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Preliminary Design for U.S. Olympic Museum Unveiled

The museum will frame a new downtown public plaza in Colorado Springs, Colo. Renderings courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Museums | May 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

According to the firm’s founding partner, Elizabeth Diller, the design was inspired by the movement of athletes, as i...

Suburban L.A. high school battles moisture-soaked flooring

The floor was reinforced with 2170 FC resin that was saturated into heavy mesh fiberglass.

Flooring | May 18, 2015 | AC Tech

School officials had to take action when popped flooring created trip hazards

Six Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Door

Things to consider before purchasing include wind speed requirements and need for door to be rated for fire.

Metals | May 18, 2015 | Bray Allen |

A set of six questions to help you confidently purchase the right door.

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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Gilbane foresees double-digit growth in construction spending in 2015

Gilbane says it's predicting an increase in construction spending this year. Image: Pixabay/PeterDargatz

Contractors | May 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In its Spring outlook, the construction company frets about hiring patterns that aren’t fully taking a project’s work...

New ASHRAE standard offers test method to determine heat gain of office equipment

A new standard from ASHRAE allows a test method for determining heat gains from office equipment. Image: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

Office Building Design | May 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard will aid engineers in configuring cooling systems in office buildings.

New York City runs into affordable housing dilemma

The 124-unit structure is one of several financed under the Bloomberg administration that have gone well beyond the average cost for affordable housing in the city. Rendering: David Adjaye

Multifamily Housing | May 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s affordable housing policy has created attractive low-cost housing, but the price of success has been...

 

Whenever putting down the foundation for the building, the installation of the embedded anchor rods must be precise. Misplacing them with a variance greater than 1/4” means your columns will be out of plumb...

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Mountain View, Calif., denies development rights for Google campus master plan

The Mountain View City Council instead gave another Internet giant, LinkedIn, about 1.4 million sf of the roughly 2.2 million sf of available commercial space in the area. Renderings: Google

Office Building Design | May 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Despite Google’s offer of new bike paths, wetlands restoration, and other perks, the city of Mountain View, Calif., d...

NCARB wants the title ‘architect’ confined to those who are licensed

“This issue has been fraught with controversy,” said Dale McKinney, FAIA, NCARB’s President, during a press conference at the AIA Show in Atlanta. Photo: NCARB

Architects | May 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Council is urging state licensing boards to come up with a substitute for the pre-licensure title ‘Intern.’  

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Design for beekeeping facility in Tanzania by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects unveiled

According to the architects, the building will use sustainable and locally sourced materials and labor. The structural components include mud-fired bricks, which are being made on site. Renderings courtesy Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

Cultural Facilities | May 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The developers say the center will be an important educational and vocational tool.

Szczecin Philharmonic Hall wins Mies van der Rohe Award 2015

Photo © Simon Menges via Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Cultural Facilities | May 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The hall is composed following a Fibonacci sequence whose fragmentation increases with the distance from the scene....

Guy Holloway proposes multi-level urban sports park for skaters

The facility will include a rock climbing wall and boxing space. Renderings courtesy Guy Holloway Architects

Sports and Recreational Facilities | May 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The facility will include a rock climbing wall and boxing space.

Prismatic coatings accent the new Altara Center

This multi-use campus will contain a university, sports facilities, medical center, and world-class shopping.

Coatings | May 14, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

This multi-use campus will contain a university, sports facilities, medical center, and world-class shopping

5 smart tech trends transforming the job site

Manhattan Construction’s use of 360 cameras on the DFW International Airport modernization and improvement project has greatly reduced the need for client/team visits to the massive site, and has improved existing site coordination efforts. Team members access the images via a digital floor plan of the job site. Users can take a virtual tour of the site by scrolling through the series of images. Courtesy Manhattan Construction

BIM and Information Technology | May 13, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

RFID labor tracking, 360 cameras, and advanced video tools are among the tech innovations that show promise for the c...

To succeed, malls must appeal to shopper lifestyles

Providing customers with dining options has become an important key to the success of shopping centers like the award-winning mall conversion known as The Street, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Photo: Michael Blanchard

Retail Centers | May 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Malls and shopping centers are more effective as destinations when their tenant mix appeals to customers’ lifestyles...

MVRDV Selected to Design High-Line Inspired Park ‘Seoul Skygarden’

The planned Seoul Skygarden will be made out of a 40-year-old overpass, which was deemed unsafe for heavier vehicles in 2009. Renderings courtesy MVRDV

Cultural Facilities | May 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The garden will be organized as a library of plants, which will make the park easier to navigate. 

The museum of tomorrow: 8 things to know about cultural institutions in today’s society

Digital Revolution at Barbican. Photo: Gensler

Museums | May 13, 2015 | GenslerOn | Diana Lee and Richard Jacob

Entertainment-based experiences, personal journeys, and community engagement are among the key themes that cultural i...

BIG completes Danish high school sports and arts expansion

The addition at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium integrates with the existing campus in one continuous flow. Photo: Jens Lindhe

K-12 Schools | May 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

By placing parts of the new building beneath the football fields, the students are able to walk through the sunken sp...

DTZ to acquire Cushman & Wakefield for $2 billion

Cushman & Wakefield was founded in New York, N.Y., on October 31, 1917, by brothers-in-law J. Clydesdale Cushman and Bernard Wakefield. Photo courtesy Cushman & Wakefield 

Building Owner | May 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The combination creates an imposing competitive threat to commercial real estate service giants CBRE Group and JLL....

SOM-designed Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute opens in Chicago

Floor-to-ceiling glass separates the manufacturing floor from the open workspaces and cafe. All photos: ©Christopher Barrett, courtesy SOM

Industrial Facility | May 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new space will be a place for academia, industries, and civic bodies to collaborate.

How to get the most out of a metal roof

The finish on the metal is integral to preventing corrosion. Scratches can compromise that protection, especially if metal is exposed.

Metals | May 11, 2015 | Dave Rutherford |

‘Low-maintenance’ is not the same thing as ‘no maintenance.’

Casino design references the 19th Century Oil Rush

The site in Ramona, Okla., was the first commercial oil well drilled in what would become Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Petersen Aluminum.

Native American Casinos | May 11, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

The site in Ramona, Okla., was the first commercial oil well drilled in what would become Oklahoma.

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Fire-rated glass separation helps merge new and old pools into a single connected aquatics center

Clear fire-rated glazing transfers daylight. Image courtesy of TGP.

Fire-Rated Products | May 11, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

Clear fire-rated glazing helps create a light-filled, safe space for student athletes and spectators in Niles, Illino...

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How architects can tap into the expertise of their metal roof manufacturer

Roof manufacturers can help architects by training the roof contractor on the in­stallation of the standing seam roof system to be used on the project. Photo: Flickr.

Roofing | May 11, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

Here are three things metal roof manufacturers can do to help the architect

Construction on Orlando’s massive ‘innovation hub’ is finally starting

This mixed-use project, which had been delayed for a number of years, is already being touted as mecca for business, colleges, and residents. Rendering courtesy Creative Village Development 

Mixed-Use | May 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $1 billion Creative Village development will create a business and education hub.

How beacons will change architecture

There are many researchers and companies currently vying to create the equivalent of GPS for buildings. People have been testing everything from optical sensors to magnetic and acoustic technologies. Photo: CASE

BIM and Information Technology | May 10, 2015 | CASE blog | Daniel Davis and Andrew Payne

Indoor positioning is right around the corner. Here is why it matters.

Harness the connection between managing risk and increasing profitability, Part 2

It’s always a good idea to discuss any concerns you may have about your liability or risk exposure with your professional liability advisor and project owner, but it’s also important that you develop your own procedures that will help you take control of the flow of information on a project.

Architects | May 10, 2015 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

In Part 1, we covered taking control of the submittals schedule and managing RFIs. Let’s move on to properly allocati...

Harness the connection between managing risk and increasing profitability, Part 1

By controlling the flow of information and communication during construction, AE firms can better control their costs and risk exposure, and increase their profitability.

Architects | May 10, 2015 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

AE firms need to protect themselves against vague contractual and procedural situations during all phases of the proj...

Share of buildings in the South exceeds region’s share of U.S. population

Construction projects today tend to be larger nationwide. Photo: James Willamor/Flickr

Contractors | May 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that there were 5.6 million commercial buildings in t...

Construction industry adds 45,000 jobs in April

A new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the construction industry added 45,000 jobs in April. Image: Pixabay

Building Team | May 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The construction industry saw an increase in jobs during the month of April after losing approximately 9,000 position...

Surety bond forms specifically for design-build projects now available

The Design-Build Institute of America released a full set of bonds for design-build projects. Image: Pixabay/jingoba

Building Team | May 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The documents are the first of their kind to be coauthored by designers and builders.

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