Charlotte is a market to watch and a good example of an 18-hour city.

Charlotte is a market to watch and a good example of an 18-hour city. Photo: Bz3rk/Wikimedia Commons

Building Owner | October 07, 2015 | PwC Real Estate and the Urban Land Institute

PwC Real Estate and the ULI identified ten trends and five markets to watch for the coming year, including the 18-hour city and innovative infrastructure solutions. 

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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...

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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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...

Adjaye Associates' Ruby City is scheduled to open in 2018. Renderings courtesy Linda Pace Foundation

Museums | September 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

San Antonio's Ruby City will hold 800 works of art in 10,000 sf of exhibition space.

Sovereign territory ruling allows for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's $500 million casino

First Light Resort & Casino. Renderings courtesy Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and JCJ Architecture

Casinos | September 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Massachusetts-based tribe has plans for a 150,000-sf casino and 600-room hotel, along with a waterpark and event...

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre, Ontario, Canada ALPOLIC®/fr Custom Prismatic SEP Blue Finish.

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre, Ontario, Canada ALPOLIC®/fr Custom Prismatic SEP Blue Finish.

Metals | September 22, 2015 | ALPOLIC

It’s said that Ryerson University can be found at the intersection of Mind and Action. Ryerson’s new Student Learning...

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5 reasons healthcare organizations are implementing finish standards on construction projects

LSU's Graduate Medical Education & Innovation Center in Baton Rouge, La. Photo courtesy VOA Blog.

Healthcare Facilities | September 21, 2015 | VOA Blog | Lauren Andrysiak, NCIDQ, IIDA

The desire for improved patient satisfaction, staff retention, and turn-key maintenance are among the top reasons mor...

Tokyo Olympic Stadium saga ends for Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid's original concept for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Sports and Recreational Facilities | September 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

After resubmitting a bid, the firm will not design the main venue for the 2020 Olympics after all.

Vietnamese university to turn campus into ‘terraced forest’

Renderings courtesy Vo Trong Nghia Architects

University Buildings | September 21, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Pockets of plantings will be dispersed throughout the staggered floors of the building, framing the expansive courtya...

6 lessons in campus planning

Photo:  David Nicholas/Creative Commons (via GenslerOn)

University Buildings | September 21, 2015 | GenslerOn | Pamela Delphenich, FAIA

For campus planning, focus typically falls on repairing the bricks and mortar without consideration of program priori...

Ma Yansong and Jeanne Gang revise Chicago lakefront Lucas Museum

Critics have likened the building design to "Star Wars" character Jabba the Hutt. Renderings courtesy MAD

Museums | September 21, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

New renderings of the proposed Lucas Museum show a scaled-down building on more green space.

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