NCARB survey indicates continued growth of U.S. architects

Cincinnati's skyline. Photo: Robert S. Donovan/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 20, 2016 | NCARB

The number of U.S. architects surpassed 110,000 in 2015, a 2% increase from the previous year.

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The AC Hotel in a neighborhood in Oklahoma City will be Oklahoma's first modular-built hotel, as well as the first for its developer. Image: Courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings 

Modular Building | May 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will produce 81 modules for this project. 

The ground floors of Oceanwide Center's two towers will be lifted up five stories to create an “urban room” with pedestrian crossings. Image: Foster + Partners

High-rise Construction | May 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One of Oceanwide Center’s buildings will be the city’s second tallest. 

Religious Facilities | May 17, 2016 | Star

A 50-foot x 90-foot metal building system from Star Buildings allowed the church to build its basic structure economi...

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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Market Data | May 17, 2016 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 in the previou...

AIA and HOK partner to advance Design and Health Research Consortium

Urban garden. Photo: Jeremy Riel/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 16, 2016 | AIA

The groups' key priority is to identify and develop practice-focused opportunities for funded research, publications,...

Upstate New York performing arts center revives once-toxic lakefront site

The Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater, near Syracuse, N.Y., seats 17,500. It is the first phase of a more extensive revitalization initiative that will benefit two nearby communities. Photo: David Revette/Revette Studio. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Early coordination, prefabrication, and judicious value engineering contributed to the accelerated completion of the...

Metal wall panels’ deep shadow lines break up massing of Georgia school
Energy Efficiency | May 16, 2016 | Petersen Aluminum

Marist School, a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school, creates a highly-sustainable structure on its cam...

5 steps to creating high-performance communities

Perkins+Will’s Chaudiere Island Master Plan in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd/Courtesy of Perkins+Will.

 

Urban Planning | May 16, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Noah Friedman and Kristen Hall

Perkins+Will's Noah Friedman and Kristen Hall break down the essential ingredients to create a neighborhood that's ac...

EPA proposes new stormwater discharge regulations for construction sites

Photo: Dawn Easterday/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would apply to sites of one or more acres.

 

A 24-story building with 241 affordable housing units will include a charter school, medical center, cultural spaces, and a supermarket. Image: Dattner Architects

Green | May 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 24-story curved building would be 70% more efficient than comparable housing in New York City.

Perkins Eastman releases white paper on impacts of Biophilic Design in senior living environments

Westminster Village in Scottsdale, Ariz. Photo courtesy Perkins Eastman

Senior Living Design | May 16, 2016 | Perkins Eastman

The paper highlights some of the firm's top projects that feature biophilic design, a sustainable architecture strate...

New guide focused on increasing energy and structural performance with raised-heel trusses

Raised-heel truss. Photo courtesy APA.

Roofing | May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Higher trusses simplify attic ventilation, leave more space for insulation.

 

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Architects | May 16, 2016 | VOA Blog | Pablo Quintana

VOA's Pablo Quintana writes that the industry is looking for ways to increase engagement through a mix of spaces suit...

Metals | May 13, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

Pre-painted metals can be printed, embossed, or striped for special visual effects.

New micro apartment complex planned for artsy Austin district

Indie Apartments in Austin. Rendering courtesy Transwestern Development. Click here to enlarge.

Multifamily Housing | May 12, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Indie Apartments will consist of 139 one- and two-bedroom units at 350- and 520-sf each.

 

The Brooklyn Strand. Renderings courtesy WXY architecture + urban design. Click here to enlarge.

The High Line | May 12, 2016 | BD+C Editors

A two-year community review has been completed, and the Community Vision Plan will now be submitted for review by the...

Resilience Building Coalition releases progress report

Construction in New York City in 2016. Photo: Basically Biz/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | May 12, 2016 | AIA

The coalition released a set of guiding principles to help the building industry adopt resilient design and policies....

Ball State University Master Plan. Rendering: Michael Bostic, courtesy SmithGroupJJR.

AEC Tech | May 12, 2016 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Michael Bostic

Decision-making at higher education institutions can be difficult, but SmithGroupJJR's Michael Bostic writes that gra...

Engineers | May 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FES Group is particularly strong in the automotive industry.

Photo: Hoffmann Architects

Brick and Masonry | May 11, 2016 | Erin L. Kesegi, AIA, and Robert A. Marsoli, Jr., Hoffmann Architects

Though brick masonry is highly durable, it is still important to conduct regular inspection of the building façade to...

AIA to create a resilience curriculum for architects

Photo: Franz Jachim/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 11, 2016 | AIA

The program will teach resilient design and decision-making on hazard mitigation, climate adaptation and community re...

Cladding and Facade Systems | May 11, 2016 |  Powered by Nichiha

Despite more durable materials that have developed over the years, wood remains a desirable part of many commercial b...

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Why corporate bathrooms stink and how good design can fix this

Bathrooms in hotels, restrooms and even airports tend to carry a touch of class that bathrooms in corporate offices so often lack. Pictured: a ladies room in SFO Terminal 2. Image: Bruce Damonte, courtesy Gensler.

Industry Research | May 11, 2016 | GenslerOn | Johnathan Sandler

Despite their importance, bathrooms are often overlooked when it comes to building design. Gensler's Johnathan Sandle...

Current California seismic codes provide safety, resiliency, but needed upgrades present challenge

Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Kevin Stanchfield/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Los Angeles requires seismic retrofits, but other cities do not.

 

Flooding in Hoboken, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy in late 2012. New legislation would allow private carriers to offer flood insurance. Image: Jean-Paul Picard/Fund for a Better Waterfront.org

Legislation | May 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Thanks to new floodplain maps, this market, previously the sole province of a federal program, looks more profitable....

The Fluid Harmonic Damper combines NASA's fluid structure coupling technology with water-filled PVC piping. It will be installed in a Brooklyn, New York, building later this spring. Rendering by Ena Cheung. All images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti.

AEC Tech | May 10, 2016 | BD+C Editors

TTWiiN initially features six products and will add more via its own incubator.

Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Ron Reiring/Wikimedia Commons.

Engineers | May 10, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Both companies offer mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering services.

Advanced laser scanning technology supports data collection and modeling efforts for Missouri’s Iatan 1 Power Plant
BIM and Information Technology | May 10, 2016 | FARO  | ROBYN M. FELLER

For the installation of a new heat exchanger, the power division of Black & Veatch contracted an engineering firm...

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Underwater restaurant to open in the Maldives

The world’s largest underwater restaurant—1,264 cm—will open this summer at a resort in the Maldives. Its interior will resemble the first of its kind (above), which opened a decade ago. Courtesy Conrad Hotels. Click here to enlarge.

Building Types | May 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Up to 24 deep-sea diners will be protected by an acrylic arch and an acrylic end window, allowing for panoramic views...

5 factors guiding restaurant design

SushiSamba’s 14,000-sf restaurant in Las Vegas is distinguished by a colorful, arching interior design. iCrave was the designer, PWI Construction the GC. Courtesy Forté Specialty Contractors. Click here to enlarge.

 

Retail Centers | May 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Restaurants are more than just places to eat. They are comprising town centers and playing into the future of brick-a...

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