Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leading the charge to give patients quieter healing environments.   

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Post-Katrina roofing codes creating more resilient buildings on Gulf Coast

Photo: New Orleans in 2005/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Ten years after storm, notable progress on stronger roofs, IBHS says

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers plan to strengthen codes for disaster resilience

Photo: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, accarrino/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Some states losing ground on resilience, group says

After disease outbreak, ASHRAE legionella standard adopted in New York

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Codes and Standards | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

City Council acts after 12 die of legionellosis

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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BIM and Information Technology | August 20, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Having the right counsel on your team can be the difference between long drawn-out negotiations and breaking new grou...

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Bring a project to life with color
Coatings | August 20, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The use of color in a building can influence the desired response.

Understanding the values and aspirations of millennials

Only 28 percent of millennials believe that their organization is taking full advantage of their skills, research from Deloitte revealed.

Building Team | August 20, 2015 | Steven Burns |

A recent LinkedIn workplace survey revealed that millennials (defined as individuals aged 18–24) are quite different...

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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FMI's Nonresidential Construction Index Report: Construction recovery continues despite slow down

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Contractors | August 19, 2015 | FMI

The Q3 NRCI dropped to 63.6 from the previous reading of 64.9 in Q2, painting a mixed picture of the state of the non...

Proposed “High Line” in Mexico City pays homage to Aztec aqueduct

According to Architizer, references to the region’s aqueous heritage will be made with fountains and a waterfall. Renderings courtesy of FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise.

Cultural Facilities | August 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Plans for Mexico City’s elevated park include an amphitheatre and al fresco cafés.

Good design can combat open-office issues

Photo: GS&P-designed Jackson Development Zone in East Lansing, Michigan, courtesy GS&P

Office Building Design | August 19, 2015 | GS&P Dialogue | Jack E. Weber

Three tricks to maintain privacy and worker production in a cube-less world, according to GS&P's Jack E. Weber ...

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...

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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

The architect is stressing water reclamation and greater public access

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