VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and Building Team members in highly detailed, fully lit environments that simulate the final structure. 

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OSHA’s announces Top 10 Violations for 2015

Scaffolding on a building in Cincinnati, Ohio. OSHA listed scaffolding as a frequent workplace safety hazard.

Contractors | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fall protection, hazard communication lead the list.

new york apartment retrofit green

Apartments in Jackson Heights, Queens. A new program's goal is to retrofit 1,000 buildings a year and retrofit all city-owned buildings by 2025. Photo: Jleon/Wikimedia Commons.

Energy Efficiency | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is 1,000 buildings a year.

ASHRAE guideline

The step-by-step ASHRAE guideline process leads owners and facility managers through the steps of ensuring optimum effectiveness from their facility for the lowest investment.

Codes and Standards | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Focuses on optimum facility and system operation.

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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Louisville renovate expand convention center Renderings floor plans EOP Architects HOK

Renderings and floor plans courtesy EOP Architects and HOK.

Events Facilities | October 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility, which reopens in the summer of 2018, has already booked events it wouldn’t have gotten as a smaller ven...

New York's Juilliard School, renovated in 2009 by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

New York's Juilliard School, renovated in 2009 by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Paul Masck/Wikimedia Commons

Higher Education | October 01, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Tianjin Juilliard School will have graduate courses, a pre-college program, an instrumental training program, adu...

Eight of 16 nonresidential construction sectors—including healthcare, manufacturing, and lodging—experienced spending increases in August on a monthly basis.

Contractors | October 01, 2015 | ABC

Spending totaled $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis in August, a 0.3% increase from the previo...

BIM and Information Technology | October 01, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sasha Reed sits down with David Fano, Chief Technology Officer for WeWork  (formerly with CASE), at BIMForum to discu...

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...

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.

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