Architect scouts investors for underwater tennis court

The underwater arena fits into the natural environment because it resembles a coral reef in Dubai, according to the architect. Renderings courtesy 8+8 Concept Studio

Sports and Recreational Facilities | May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

While off duty, the tennis complex could double as exhibition space.

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Qatar unveils fifth World Cup Stadium, Al Rayyan

The façade features abstract patterns that echo decorative motifs in Islamic architecture. Renderings courtesy Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After the World Cup, part of the stadium’s seating will be donated to other countries.

Architects, tap into the expertise of your metal roof manufacturer

There are a number of things a roof manufacturer can do to help the architect make sure the finished roof is properly designed. Photo courtesy of MBCI.

Metals | April 27, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

Architects are not only expected to be experts in every field, they must also be part lawyer, arbitrator and magician...

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Finalists’ designs for Guggenheim Helsinki competition released

The team behind this design, which is still hidden from the public, says, "The museum skyline is composed by independent volumes, highlighted by a landmark tower. These fragmented art exhibition spaces allow strong integration with outdoor display and events, while the lighthouse offers a new perspective over the city." Renderings courtesy Guggeinheim Helsinki

Museums | April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A custom-developed App engages an international public in the selection process.

Whenever putting down the foundation for the building, the installation of the embedded anchor rods must be precise. Misplacing them with a variance greater than 1/4” means your columns will be out of plumb...

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The construction industry isn't rushing to hop onto the cloud: study

Illustration: FutUndBeidl / flickr

BIM and Information Technology | April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new poll finds that nearly half of companies aren't planning to shift to cloud-based software to collaborate any ti...

The empire strikes back: George Lucas proposes new affordable housing complex he'll finance alone

Filmmaker George Lucas plans to build an affordable housing community on his Grady Ranch property, and will finance it himself. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest plans are seen by some as payback for community opposition to his past real estate ventures.

Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

Wood | April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Building Teams around t...

 

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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Are Metal Roofs Lightning Magnets?

A metal building system, with a conductive metal roof and a conductive metal structural frame, gives lightning a low-resistance path to the earth. Photo: David Selby/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | April 24, 2015 | Bryan Arlington |

According to The Metal Construction Assocition, a metal roof will not make lightning more likely to strike, but it ma...

HOK unveils renderings and video of new St. Louis NFL stadium

A view of the stadium's south entrance. Renderings courtesy HOK

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Retractable seating in the corners will allow the stadium to be used for FIFA or Major League Soccer matches, as it e...

Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum by Safdie Architects unveiled

The pentagonal concrete-and-glass structure wil be 128 feet high. Renderings courtesy Safdie Architects

Museums | April 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new museum near Charleston, S.C., will...

3 winners take top prizes in 2015 Global Holcim Awards

Three projects from around the world were selected as winners of the 2015 Holcim Awards. All renderings courtesy: Holcim Foundation

Green | April 23, 2015 | Holcim Foundation

Projects from Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. were chosen by the Holcim Foundation for the impact the projects have...

Leopardo releases 2015 Construction Economics Outlook

Leopardo's 2015 Construction Economics Outlook highlights the shortages currently being faced in the industry. Image: Morgue File/Alvimann

Contractors | April 23, 2015 | Leopardo Companies, Inc.

Low oil prices have reduced the cost of construction, but not enough to offset the rise in labor costs, according to...

Size matters in NYC, where several projects vie for the city’s tallest building honor

With a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet, Nordstrom Tower would be one foot shorter than One World Trade Center. Rendering via New York Yimby

High-rise Construction | April 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest renderings of 217 West 57th Street show a tower that would rise higher than the World Trade Center’s pinna...

Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

Multifamily Housing | April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into libraries, restaurant...

New York State renews design-build authority

The state first approved design-build in 2011, and has entered into dozens of design-build contracts in the interim. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Five state agencies are allowed to use design-build on certain projects.

OSHA’s estimated cost of silica rule said to underestimate impact by $4.5 billion annually

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition will cost the industry $5 billion per year. Image: Morgue File/PenMac

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The coalition says that OSHA’s flawed cost estimates point to flaws in the rule, and has urged the federal agency to...

2016 Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings draft available for public review

Image: Wikimedia Commons/Bill Bobzien

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The comment period is open until May 29.

GBCI renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for the LEED system. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The name change reflects the organization’s expanded certification and credentialing services.

Architects propose sustainable ‘vertical city’ in Sahara

Agriculture will be planted in a central tower inside the main structure, so that produce is protected from the harsh desert conditions. Renderings courtesy OXO Architectes

High-rise Construction | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designers aim to make the 1,476-foot tower sustainable, relying on rainwater collection, solar power, and geothermal...

Architecture Billings Index accelerates in March

Pictured: New York Times Building under construction. Photo courtesy Hu Totya via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | April 22, 2015 | AIA

For the second consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index indicated a modest increase in design activity in M...

Check out Ralph Johnson's stunning nature-inspired Shanghai museum

The building's shell shaped has earned it the nickname "Green Spiral" by the Chinese. All photos ©Steinkamp Photography, courtesy Perkins+Will

Museums | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The newly opened Shanghai Natural History Museum, designed by Perkins+Will’s Global Design Director Ralph Johnson, mi...

AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

Green | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

Green | April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating the performance and...

27 mega trends shaping commercial building design

Future law offices will be smaller, adaptable, more collaborative, and technology-rich, as evidenced in “Redesign Law,” Gensler’s exhibit for the 2014 Association of Legal Administrators Conference. For more, visit: www.redesign-law.com. Pictured: Morrison Foerster law office, New York, courtesy Gensler

Architects | April 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gensler’s 2015 Design Forecast focuses on how changes in demographics, workplace preferences, and technology are affe...

Stop the Endless Debate to Nowhere – It’s Time to Measure Workplace Performance

Cannon Design used strategic solutions when developing the new Zurich North America headquarters. Image courtesy CannonDesign

Office Building Design | April 21, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Meg Osman

Rather than be confused by the constant stream of opinions, leadership teams contemplating workplace investments shou...

Software shouldn't dictate process

"It’s time for a project management solution as unique as your project," writes Gensler's Mark Thole. Illustration: Christine Maurer, courtesy Gensler

BIM and Information Technology | April 21, 2015 | GenslerOn | Mark Thole

With over 200 solutions on the market, construction software is one of the most complex and fragmented markets, write...

Trends driving airport construction

To deliver a replacement terminal at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Skanska developed a multi-phased approach centered on taking as few of the existing aircraft gates out of service as possible. Image courtesy Skanska

Airports | April 21, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | MacAdam Glinn, LEED AP

Upgrades to aviation infrastructure have not kept pace with the increase in airport traffic or even at a level suffic...

Nichiha adds distinctive edge to Atlanta luxury apartment building

The use of gray and white colors enhance the warmth of the Nichiha wood-look panels and the building’s contemporary design.

Cladding and Facade Systems | April 21, 2015 | Nichiha

The apartment building features a contemporary high-end design that meshes well with neighboring buildings and the co...

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How to create an 'emotionally intelligent' workplace

A 2012 study by Ipsos found that while 91% of supervisors agreed that emotional intelligence is important, 75% of them were not strong in any of the four key areas of emotional intelligence. Image courtesy HOK

Office Building Design | April 21, 2015 | Life at HOK | Sofia Fonseca

Emotional intelligence is the leading predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadershi...

Exterior of West Los Angeles College, California

Coatings | April 20, 2015 | powered by Valspar

Color’s prominent role in wayfinding has become a focus in architecture, as color association is strong and memorable...

Jean Nouvel loses court battle against Philharmonie de Paris over alleged design ‘sabotage’

Nouvel accused project managers of cutting corners to save money during the hall’s completion. Photo: Copyleft via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the facility and asked for his name to be removed from all references to the...

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