VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and Building Team members in highly detailed, fully lit environments that simulate the final structure. 

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Green, construction, metal building products, life cycle assessment

To make the assessment, the resources used and the wastes generated are calculated, mass-balanced, and normalized relative to a specific quantity called a functional unit.

Metals | July 20, 2015 | Brad Johnson |

LCA is a way of quantifying the environmental impact generated by the manufacture and delivery of a product.

New York contest looks to shed the sidewalk shed

Photo: Sidewalk shed in Licnoln Square, Manhattan, New York. Billie Ward, Creative Commons.

Architects | July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

New York, which has nearly 200 total miles of sidewalk sheds, is seeking a concept that is practical but that also lo...

Morphosis Architects designs crowned tower for Casablanca Finance City

The architects designed the tower's tapered base to be a public meeting space, "a symbol of the city’s development and as a social node that nurtures an active streetlife in the district." Renderings courtesy Morphosis Architects

High-rise Construction | July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will anchor a new business district being planned, similar to the glass and concrete business La Défense se...

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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Multifamily construction continues to drive housing sector

Photo: Bainbridge Bethesda, Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | July 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predictions that multifamily housing construction would taper off in 2015 may have underestimated the ongoing demand...

SET Architects wins design competition for Holocaust Memorial

To create a sense of claustrophobia and imprisonment, the space separating the two structures starts at 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) and narrows to 50 centimeters (1.6 feet). Renderings courtesy SET Architects

Cultural Facilities | July 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The design for the memorial in Bologna, Italy, is dominated by two large metal monolithic structures that represent t...

Rojkind Arquitectos serves up Mexican concert hall on the rocks

The museum was conceived as a formal extension to the breakwater. Renderings courtesy Rojkind Arquitectos

Cultural Facilities | July 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The same way Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim has put Bilbao on the map, architect Michel Rojkind hopes his design will be “a...

Japan scraps Tokyo Olympic Stadium project

Rendering: Zaha Hadid's proposed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan Sport Council, Creative Commons.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The rising price tag was one of the downfalls of the 70-meter-tall, 290,000-sm stadium. In 2014, the cost of the proj...

Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

Photo: Stevens Community Apartments in Minneapolis. Michael Hicks, Wikimedia Commons.

Multifamily Housing | July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept plans with no parking s...

Berkeley, Calif., adopts balcony inspection program following deadly collapse

Photo: Berkeley City Hall. Almonroth, Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulations adopted following...

Oregon to spend $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings

Photo: Oreogn State Capitol building. M.O. Stevens, Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during earthquakes.

Seven parking garages officially recognized as green

Photo: The Forest Home Garage in Ithaca, N.Y. All images courtesy of Green Parking Council.

Green | July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new program rates parking structures based on 48 elements of operation, from water reuse to bicycle parking to ca...

BIM for O+M: New app streamlines project documentation handover process

The Building Ops app Dashboard offers focused and relevant role-based information to facilities technicians. Photo courtesy Autodesk

BIM and Information Technology | July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Building Ops app enables owners to begin operations on the first day with a turnkey maintenance and asset managem...

Louisville group plans on building world's largest disco ball

Photo: Bin im Garten, Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The sphere would more than double the size of the current record holder.

Rates are up in hotel construction

Photo: Everett Courtyard by Marriott, by SounderBruce, Creative Commons

Hotel Facilities | July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The luxury segment leads all chain scales with a 46.5% increase.

An upcoming tower in Chicago aims to be in the city’s top five tallest

Renderings courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli

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

Updated renderings from César Pelli's firm show a taller, slimmer design, possibly exceeding 1,000 feet.

Google moves towards the light with Eddystone

Courtesy Google Developers

BIM and Information Technology | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Though beacons usually broadcast information publicly, Eddystone has the option to communicate privately as well, whi...

BIG’s design for Philadelphia Navy Yard defies gravity

The new structure will be part of a new mixed-use campus on Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard. Renderings courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + Luxigon.

Office Building Design | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Ground has broken for 1200 Interpid, a 94,000-sf office building designed by BIG that appears to be leaning.

Landmark status could delay Hancock Center renovations

Owners of commercial portions of the tower envision adding tall triangular prisms, glass walls, and video screens to the skyscraper's sunken plaza. Photo: Achim Hepp, Creative Commons

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

Chicago officials have started to marshal documents to protect the tower against planned architectural changes.

Chile selects architects for Sub-Antarctic research center

All renderings courtesy Ennead Architects

Education Facility | July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Promoting ecological tourism is one of this facility’s goals

Massive exhibition space in Inner Mongolia replicates steppe landscape

Renderings courtesy Kuanlu Architects

Cultural Facilities | July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To mimic the Central Asian steppe landscape of the Chinese province Inner Mongolia, Kuanlu Architects proposed the co...

New city-modeling software quantifies the movement urban dwellers

Map: MIT, courtesy of Andres Sevtsuk/City Form Lab

BIM and Information Technology | July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNA for Rhino 3D helps determine the impact that urban design can have on where pedestrians go.

Tesla's Gigafactory seeks to grow even larger

Tesla's Elon Musk. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

Industrial Facility | July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tesla Motors purchased an additional 1,200 acres next to the Gigafactory and is looking to buy an additional 350 acre...

College upgrades and remediates riverfront campus with EPA funding

Metl-Span manufactured and supplied its Architectural Flat insulated metal wall panels in Dove Gray, Light Gray, Arabian Blue, and Chromium Gray.

Higher Education | July 14, 2015 | Metl-Span

. Goodwin College needed to expand its facilities to accommodate student increase.

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Charlotte’s Mosaic Village merges jazz and architecture

They exterior was coated with Valspar's 70% PVDF Fluropon coating in Cool Breakwater Blue and Silversmith. Photos courtesy of Valspar.

Higher Education | July 14, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The 124,000-sf mixed-use project contains 80 apartments, accommodating 300 students with numerous amenities

The nation’s first drone park breaks ground in North Dakota

Photo: Alexander Glinz, Wikimedia Commons

BIM and Information Technology | July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is one of six testing sites around the country that are developing flight standards and evaluating the utility o...

German architect proposes construction of mountain near Berlin

The architect envisions more topography in the otherwise flat capital city of Germany. Renderings courtesy Jakob Tigges

Cultural Facilities | July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architect wants to create the world’s largest man-made mountain, at 3,280 feet.

Herzog & de Meuron’s triangle tower design stirs controversy in Paris

Residents of the Porte de Versailles neighborhood, in Paris’ 15th arrondissement where the tower is proposed, claim the tower will overshadow them. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron

High-rise Construction | July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 590-foot glass pyramid building will include a 120-room hotel, 754,000 sf of office space, and cultural facilitie...

Holedeck, construction, concrete, voided slab, skyscraper, high-rise

Winner of the Innovation award, Holedeck, drastically reduces the vertical space needed to house components such as electricity and plumbing. Photo courtesy Holedeck via CTBUH

High-rise Construction | July 13, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The Holedeck coffer slab system is among the breakthrough technologies and projects recognized by the Council on Tall...

Office of Management and Budget asks agencies to consider climate change when budgeting for construction and maintenance projects

San Francisco United States Federal Building. Eric in SF via Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | July 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget is asking agencies to submit budget plans that consider...

White paper explores low-flow toilets’ impact on drain lines

Photo: Sloan Valve

Engineers | July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editors

The research found that certain variables: toilet paper—along with the pipe slope and flush volume—are key variables...

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