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 innovation hot pockets.

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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...

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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BIG crowdfunds steam ring prototype for Amager Bakke project

For every ton of CO2 produced, the smokestack will release a ring of steam. Rendering courtesy BIG

Industrial Facility | August 18, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The unusual power plant/ski slope project in Copenhagen will feature a smokestack tha...

Image: Steelcase Ology, courtesy VOA Associates

August 18, 2015 | VOA Blog | Lauren Andrysiak, VOA Associates

Sit-to-stand work surfaces were all the rage this year, according to VOA Associates' Lauren Andrysiak.

Boone Pickens Stadium, Oklahoma State University

Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University (OSU), one of the largest building projects in recent NCAA history.

Plumbing | August 18, 2015 | Charlotte Pipe

​Getting the PVC vs. Cast Iron choice right

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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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Image: Ryan Gobuty, courtesy GenslerOn

Healthcare Facilities | August 18, 2015 | GenslerOn | Tama Duffy Day, GenslerOn

Flip the Clinic is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project invented to transform the patient-clinician experience. I...

Glass and Glazing | August 17, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Tempered glass is an excellent choice for large expanses of glass that maximize clear views while providing significa...

Reimagined cursors can change digital imaging

Instead of working on a 2D plane, Hyve3D allows users to work in 3D. Photo courtesy Hyve3D via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | August 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A University of Montreal professor has developed a system that elevates 2D cursors for a 3D world.

Installing Viega Climate Mat® for BBARWA

Industrial Facility | August 17, 2015 | Viega

The Big Bear Area Regional Wstewater Agency tried several different methods to dry the sludge with only marginal succ...

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Mosaic of desert tones converges on ASU Campus
August 17, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The campus building serves as a striking addition to downtown Phoenix

Leo A. Daly transforms Owatonna power plant after 2010 flood

Images courtesy Leo A. Daly

Architects | August 17, 2015 | Leo A. Daly

A landmark power plant in Owatonna, Minn., damaged in a 2010 flood has new life as the headquarters of Owatonna Publi...

One female contractor gets vocal about urging women to consider construction as a career

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Building Team | August 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Doreen DiPolito of Florida’s D-Mar General Contracting thinks opportunities abound in an industry struggling with wor...

Renderings courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

High-rise Construction | August 14, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The 29-story tower won’t be the tallest in the city, but it will set itself apart from surrounding, glimmering towers...

Research indicates major earthquake looming for Pacific Northwest

Photo: Bob Heims/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Most structures built before seismic codes instituted; extreme damage predicted

New York City may allow affordable housing developers to ‘double dip’ in subsidies

Photo: Rob Young/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City may allow affordable housing developers to ‘double dip’ in subsidies

L.A. considers controversial traffic calming measures

Photo: JGKlein/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to encourage alternative transportation

Proposed facility smart grid standard open for public review

Photo: Chris Hunkeler/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is common way to describe, manage, communicate about electrical energy consumptions, forecasts

AIA selects nine educational facilities for Education Facility Design Awards

Photo: The New School University Center, MusikAnimal/Wikimedia Commons

University Buildings | August 13, 2015 | AIA

Georgia Tech's Clough Commons, Boston's Berklee Tower, and seven other facilities were honored for aiding learning an...

Construction begins for Kengo Kuma-designed twisted Rolex tower in Dallas

The tower is being constructed in an 18-block master plan developed by Harwood International. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma Architects

High-rise Construction | August 12, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designs tower with gradually rotating floor plates for Rolex's new office in Dallas....

Frank Gehry is working on master plan for the L.A. River

Photo: Downtowngal/Wikimedia Commons

Reconstruction & Renovation | August 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The architect is stressing water reclamation and greater public access

Turning Torso wins CTBUH's 10 Year Award

Photo: Turning Torso, Väsk/Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | August 11, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 623-foot, 57-story tower was the world's first twisting skyscraper. Completed in 2005, the building, designed by...

Architecture firm compensation trending upwards

Photo: Octagon House, Aude/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | August 11, 2015 | AIA

Latest AIA compensation survey finds average compensation for staff positions up 3.5 percent from early 2013

12 Architecture Schools to Offer Internship and License Exams
Architects | August 11, 2015 | NCARB

For architecture students, a license to practice may soon be available as early as graduation day

Snoozebox launches competition for designers to create pop-up hotels

Image courtesy Snoozebox

Hotel Facilities | August 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designers can leave their mark in the international hotel design industry.

How to improve project planning
Building Team | August 11, 2015 | Steven Burns |

A recent research project revealed that more than 75 percent of project owners have no consistent method for assessin...

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Deriving value from coordinated building enclosure shop drawings

All images and charts courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Building Enclosure Systems | August 11, 2015 | John N. Karras and Jeffrey D. Kerr, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Building enclosure shop drawings play a critical role in guarding against common performance, cost, and schedule pitf...

HDR expands its Canadian presence through merger with CEI Architecture

The CEI deal is HDR’s first foray into western Canada.

Architects | August 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Public-private partnerships are expected to be one of the combined entity’s strengths.  

Walgreens’ flagship in Hawaii harkens back to the island’s fishing culture

The flagship store was built at the corner of one of Honolulu’s busiest intersections and near one of the nation’s top-grossing shopping centers. All photos courtesy Architects Hawaii Ltd. 

Retail Centers | August 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A house where canoes were made served as the model for this drug superstore’s design. 

Designs revealed for new multifamily residences on San Francisco's west side

1188 & 1198 Junipero Serra Blvd., designed by Kwan Henmi

Multifamily Housing | August 10, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The first 1,000 residential units will kickoff a decade-long plan to add 5,6779 new housing units.

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