Anorexic skyscrapers keep popping up in Manhattan

The ODA Architecture-designed tower at 303-305 E. 44th Street in New York City will be only 47 feet wide. Renderings courtesy ODA

High-rise Construction | November 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One project slated to begin construction next spring is designed to be only 47 feet wide.

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AIA: Energy modeling key to reaching carbon neutrality in buildings

Nearly half of energy-modeled projects met or came close to meeting 2014 carbon reduction targets. Photo: York Region/Creative Commons

BIM and Information Technology | November 18, 2015 | AIA

Energy modeling allows architects to be more ambitious with energy-saving in their design projects.

AIA: Demand for design services still up for the year

Photo: kim/Creative Commons.

Architects | November 18, 2015 | AIA

October's ABI score was 53.1, down slightly from the mark of 53.7 in September. This still reflects an increase in de...

Sun Theater serves the youth of St. Louis

St. Louis’s Sun Theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Photo: Michael Kelley.

Reconstruction Awards | November 18, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor  

Lawrence Group and property owner TLG Beaux Arts raised $11 million to restore the 26,000-sf theater into a modern pe...

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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Green Seal expands standard for paints, coatings, stains and finishes

Photo: dan_walk/Creative Commons

Green | November 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

This new edition of GS-11 includes floor coatings, concrete and masonry sealers, and fire resistive coatings, in addi...

CTBUH awards “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” to Bosco Verticale

One of the residential towers as seen from Via Gaetano de Castillia on Google Maps

High-rise Construction | November 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, the building design was applauded for its “extraordinary implementation...

MVRDV to turn outdated Taiwanese mall into urban lagoon

Renderings courtesy of MVRDV

Cultural Facilities | November 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The firm's winning design honors Tainan’s natural landscape and historic role as a marine and fishing industry hotspo...

Drones are starting to fill the sky, and the whoosh of their propellers is more popular on construction sites than ever before.  Look up, and meet the future.

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Neopariés preserves modern aesthetic of celebrated One Park Place building
Glass and Glazing | November 17, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

For the iconic building to maintain its dramatic presence in the Kansas City skyline, it was critical that the buildi...

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The benefits of selling your firm to employees

Other benefits of selling a firm to employees is the opportunity to mentor the next generation of employees and providing your clients with continuity. Photo: Flickr/

Building Team | November 17, 2015 | Steven Burns |

One business advisor recommends professional services businesses to develop a group of employees who are willing and...

A new luxury high rise reflects a resurgent condo market in Miami Beach

GLASS tower in Miami Beach, Fla. Renderings courtesy Terra Group.

Multifamily Housing | November 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

GLASS is one of several residential buildings in the works in that city’s hot South of Fifth neighborhood.

Marriott to acquire Starwood for $12.2 billion

Marriott Hotel in Miami. Photo: Mark Altstiel/Creative Commons.

Hotel Facilities | November 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The combination would form the world’s largest hotel company, and bring together two growth-minded businesses.

DOE launches new data collaborative to help cities and states boost building efficiency

The SEED Collaborative will partner with a select group of cities, like Philadelphia, and states to help them better collect and manage building energy data. Photo: Peter Miller/Creative Commons

Green | November 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The SEED Standard will help manage, standardize, share performance data.

Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industries Building again an exposition and museum space

Smithsonian Institution’s Arts & Industries Building, the institution’s second building, and the first to house the National Museum. Photo: Maxwell MacKenzie, Architectural Photographer.

Reconstruction Awards | November 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After removing decades’ worth of unfortunate additions to expose 17 historic interior spaces for the National Histori...

Croatia's "sea organ." Photo: linssimato/Creative Commons

Architects | November 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Visitors to the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Zadar, Croatia, can hear the sounds of the ocean in an entirely differe...

Italian architect designs vertical forest with prefab units by BuroHappold

Cantilevered planters will host cedar trees and other plants hundreds of feet above ground. Renderings courtesy Stefano Boeri

Mixed-Use | November 16, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cantilevered planters will host cedar trees and other plants hundreds of feet above ground.

Edmonton's Rogers Place is one of North America's top next-generation stadiums

Edmonton's new Rogers Place, future home of the NHL's Oilers. Renderings courtesy Edmonton Arena Corp

Sports and Recreational Facilities | November 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers made Curbed’s list of 11 next-generation stadiums in North America. Also on the...

Amazon's Denny Triangle campus in Seattle. Rendering courtesy NBBJ

Energy Efficiency | November 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Up to 4 million kilowatt-hours of energy will be saved each year.  

USGBC Working Group approves new guidance for LEED Materials & Resources Credit 4

Photo: Cygnusloop99/Creative Commons.

Green | November 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Helps product manufacturers offer insight into material and supply chain sustainability

Perkins Eastman, ForrestPerkins combine practices

Room at the Joule in Dallas, a ForrestPerkins-designed hotel. Photo: Dave Pinter/Creative Commons

Architects | November 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The combined international firm will total almost 1,000 employees. 

A new database sheds more light on building products’ content

Photo: Denis Cappellin/Creative Commons.

Building Materials | November 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Quartz Project’s collaborators, which include Google, hope these data will better inform design decisions.

Lumberyard turned into Chicago charter school

Photo: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.

Reconstruction Awards | November 16, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

While the existing structures were in poor condition, the Building Team preserved and restored 75% of the spaces and...

15 ways "soft brand" hotel chains can distinguish themselves

Photo courtesy VOA

Hotel Facilities | November 13, 2015 | VOA Blog | Mark Pratt

Hospitality’s biggest names are creating new, evolved brands to appeal to today’s traveler and compete against boutiq...

It’s time to make MLB stadiums safer

Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Photo: Wally Gobetz/Creative Commons

Sports and Recreational Facilities | November 13, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | Tom Tingle

Major League Baseball doesn't have official stadium design guidelines. Skanska's Tom Tingle has three ways the league...

Getting the most value when you Value Engineer DWV systems

The largest building project in recent NCAA history, the T. Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University.

Plumbing | November 13, 2015 | Charlotte Pipe

There are lots of places in a DWV system where value can be captured, but there are applications where what looks lik...

Los Angeles's Hall of Justice gets a reprieve

Micro-abrasive glass-bead blasting helped restore the ivory color to exterior granite. Photo: Victor Muschetto Photography.

Justice Facilities | November 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor  

After being unoccupied for 20 years, the downtown Los Angeles judicial center was revitalized through a restoration e...

Miami Beach making plans to cope with rising sea levels, flooding

Miami Beach. Photo: Daniel Chodusov/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city has turned to sea walls, raised streets, and pumping stations.

Construction begins on $1 billion Texas shopping center

Jerry Jones' $1 billion development is being built in Prosper, Texas. Photo: Colby Nate/Creative Commons

Shopping Centers | November 12, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The plan calls for retail space, including a Walmart, along with offices, apartments, and homes. 

Renderings courtesy City Realty (via Inhabitat)

High-rise Construction | November 12, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

When completed, the 90-story tower will be the tallest building in the outer boroughs of New York City.

Is the PDF revolution advancing BIM workflows?

From left to right: Sasha Reed, V.P. Strategic Development at Bluebeam Software, Nathan Wood of DPR Construction, and Kris Lengieza, Director of VDC at Stiles Construction.

BIM and Information Technology | November 12, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Many project teams who struggle to get everyone up to speed with BIM, find PDFs a useful tool to bridge the gap betwe...

Construction will outpace worldwide GDP growth over the next 15 years

Construction in Dandong, Liaoning, China, in 2015. Photo: blake.thornberry/Creative Commons

Contractors | November 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Three countries—the United States, China, and India—will account for nearly three-fifths of worldwide construction gr...

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School grows with the times design-build

The Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School serves 1,300 students (pre-K to 12) at its facilities on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, near Central Park. Photos: Andrew Mohat Media

Reconstruction Awards | November 12, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The 251-year-old NYC school was a design-build project that overcame issues like tight space and zoning appeals durin...

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