Snøhetta unveils designs for riverfront public market in Portland, Oregon

Construction is expected to begin in 2016. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta

Retail Centers | June 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The James Beard Public Market will be Portland’s first year-round market since 1942, when the Portland Public Market closed down.

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3 steps for sustainable landscape architecture

Image: LPA

Green | June 19, 2015 | LPA Blog | Richard Bienvenu

A water-conscious, sustainable landscape is easily achievable, and the options for native and drought tolerant plants...

Architecture and engineering profit margins deliver third consecutive year of growth

Median profit margins on net revenue have been on the upswing in the past three years, hitting 11.4% and 13.0% in the 2013 and 2014, according to PSMJ.

Engineers | June 18, 2015 | PSMJ Resources

Operating profits of AE firms have reach their highest level since 2009, according to a new report by PSMJ Resources....

A modern approach to continuous insulation

Icynene spray foam medium density spray foam insulation was used in a continuous insulation application.

Insulation | June 18, 2015 | Icynene

The poject included replacing the original residence halls built in the 1970s

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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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How to earn respect as a leader
June 18, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Employees will give you minimum effort if the only reason they respect you is for your authority

For this bank headquarters in Nebraska, LEO A DALY used color to support the design—"sparingly but purposely," says the firm.

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From bricks to bits: How tech firms use real estate for competitive advantage

Open offices with collaborative space is a growing trend. Image: Paladino

Office Building Design | June 18, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Dina Belon

The tech sector is the top industry leasing office space in the U.S., accounting for 20% of major leasing activity in...

 

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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Guides to wood construction in high wind areas updated

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Codes and Standards | June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guides establish prescriptive, wind-resistive structural requirements for wood-frame buildings of different sizes...

New document addresses school safety and security

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Codes and Standards | June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In an effort to balance security and fire safety features within codes, standards and planning, NFPA hosted a two-day...

Two myths regarding NFPA 101 Life Safety Code debunked

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Codes and Standards | June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

NFPA life safety engineer Ron Coté settles the debate over second egress doors and exit signs.

How to prevent corrosion in sprinkler system piping

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Codes and Standards | June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The technical committees responsible for NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, have been looking at ways to eli...

LED lighting: Replaceable or disposable?

Photo: SmithGroupJJR

Lighting | June 17, 2015 | Michael Nowicki

While first generation LED lighting fixtures were basically your standard incandescent or fluorescent housing retrofi...

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and gmp Architekten win Guangzhou museum competition

The design by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, made out of a "collection of nine volumes." Rendering courtesy Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Museums | June 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Overlooking the Pearl River in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the cluster of museums will be designed by Nie...

Daniel Libeskind unveils design for Rome skyscrapers

The architect wanted the buildings to look as if they were cut out of a single block. Renderings courtesy Daniel Libeskind

Office Building Design | June 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The scheme will drastically change the Eternal City’s skyline: three angular towers that look like they’re “in conver...

First draft: Architects’ rough sketches raise thousands for San Diego’s AIAS chapter

Image: Zaha Hadid

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

 

Prominent architects who submitted a total of 23 napkin doodles were Zaha Hadid, Cesar Pelli, Robert Venturi...

Former Studebaker plant to become mixed-use tech hub in South Bend, Ind.
Smart and Resilient Cities | June 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Once the nation’s fourth largest automobile manufacturer, employing as many as 23,000 people in South Bend, the Stude...

What’s next for 3D printing in design and construction?

Carbon 3D has developed a 3D printing method, continuous liquid interface production (CLIP), that uses UV light to trigger photopolymerization, and oxygen as an inhibiting agent. By balancing this interaction, CLIP “grows”objects from a pool of resin. Photo: Carbon 3D Inc.

BIM and Information Technology | June 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 3D printer industry keeps making strides in technology and affordability. Machines can now print with all sorts o...

Metal building products deliver endless design freedom and sustainability

Innovative solar reflective coatings cut building cooling costs when applied to wall panels, roofs, and extrusions. 

Metals | June 16, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Numerous metal building products contain recycled content, reducing the need to mine new materials and saving space i...

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Heatherwick’s design for cancer center branch has ‘healing power’

Heatherwick will work with landscape designer Marie-Louise Agius of Balston Agius to complete the verdant plan and take advantage of the therapeutic effect of plants. Renderings courtesy of Heatherwick Studio. 

Healthcare Facilities | June 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architect describes it as “a collection of stepped planter elements”

WSP expands Houston operations following ccrd acquisition

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Engineers | June 15, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Aside from bolstering its Houston operations, the ccrd acquisition expanded WSP’s presence in markets throughout the...

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

Transit Facilities | June 15, 2015 | Viega

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is the Grand Central Station of the future

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Cornell Tech announces construction of ‘first passive house residential high-rise in the world’

Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

High-rise Construction | June 15, 2015 | Cornell Tech

To achieve Passive House standards, Cornell Tech Residential will incorporate a number of sustainability-focused desi...

Arup report anticipates the future of manufacturing

Images: Arup

BIM and Information Technology | June 15, 2015 | Arup

Human-robot collaboration, self-cleaning and self-healing materials, mass customization, and 3D printing will herald...

A ‘stacked box’ skyscraper proposed for Vancouver

Renderings courtesy Buro Ole Scheeren

High-rise Construction | June 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The scheme by German architect Ole Scheeren involves 48 stories with multiple volumes of rectangles protruding out of...

‘Solar water’ poised as global solution

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, British West Indies. Photo courtesy Inovateus Solar

Green | June 15, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Strapped with both water and energy crises, several island nations are investing in solar-powered water plants to att...

What’s in a coating, and why does it matter?

Colofrul buildings in Tirana, Albania. 

Coatings | June 15, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

When the sun starts swinging punches at your building's coating, chalking and fading will start. But there's a way to...

NIST released draft guide for community resilience planning

Resilience planning can help communities to better withstand and bounce back from storms and other hazards so that they can quickly restore roads, power, and other essential services. Image: U.S. Air Force

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 15, 2015 | NIST

The guide lays out a six-step process that starts with the formation of a resilience team drawn from the community an...

Deep data: How greater intelligence can lead to better buildings

Photo: “Night Lights of the World,” courtesy NASA and NASA Earth Observatory

BIM and Information Technology | June 14, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The buzzword may be “Big Data,” but the reality is that Building Teams need to burrow deep into those huge datasets i...

Construction materials prices up in May

The latest report from Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction materials prices increased in May but remain down for the year. Image: Pixabay

Building Materials | June 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Prices for inputs to construction industries rose by 1.1% in May—the largest month-over-month increase in more than t...

North Carolina remains a major target for Wood Partners

Wood Partners continues to build multi-family apartment units in North Carolina, making it a main focus of the group. Image: Cline Design Associates

June 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer recently started its 15th multifamily community in that state.

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