Los Angeles bus depot squeezes the most from a tight site

Perforated panels and purple photovoltaic assemblies distinguish the building from the surrounding urban concrete during the day. LED “stripes” and a glowing lantern make the facility pop at night. Photo: Chang Kim Photography. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 24, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Building Team for the MTA Division 13 Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility fit 12 acres’ worth of programming in a multi-level structure on a 4.8-acre site.

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Spiral forms dominate SWA’s planned mixed-use complex in China

The Performing Arts and Entertainment Center in Chengdu, China. Renderings courtesy SWA

Mixed-Use | March 02, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 1 million-sm development is expected to serve as a destination for Chengdu, Southwest China’s largest city.

HDR's redesigns Twin Cities' studio to have coffee shop vibe

Images courtesy HDR

Office Building Design | March 02, 2016 | HDR BLiNK | Mike Rodriguez

With open spaces, huddle rooms, and a design lab, the firm's new digs are drastically different than the old studio,...

WELL standard offers multiple benefits for owners, says real estate executive

Photo: Pixabay.

Codes and Standards | March 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Could be a recruiting tool for occupant companies.

 

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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Photo Courtesy of SmithGroupJJR

Office Building Design | March 01, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The “un-bank” design ditched the stuffy design elements typical of financial institutions and, instead, created somet...

ABC: Nonresidential spending regains momentum in January

Construction of the SLS Hotel & Residences Brickell in Miami in February, 2016. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons

Market Data | March 01, 2016 | ABC

Nonresidential construction spending expanded 2.5% on a monthly basis and 12.3% on a yearly basis, totaling $701.9 bi...

The 5 most questionable college and university rankings of 2015

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., claimed the number one spot The World University Rankings. Photo: Todd Van Hoosear/Creative Commons

University Buildings | March 01, 2016 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | David Lantz

SmithGroupJJR's David Lantz identifies five of the most flawed higher education rating systems, including ones with a...

Buckling restrained braced frame debuts in the Northeast at Bronx health center

Rendering and photos courtesy STV

Building Tech | March 01, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Faced with building a mid-rise structure on a site with poor soil conditions, a structural engineering team turns to...

Leopardo releases 2016 Construction Economics Report

Photo: Sterling Davis/Creative Commons

Market Data | March 01, 2016 | Leopardo

This year’s report shows that spending in 2015 reached the highest level since the Great Recession. Total spending on...

China bans ‘weird’ public architecture, gated communities

Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. Photo: Jon/Creative Commons.

Cultural Facilities | March 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Directs designers of public buildings to focus on functionality.

 

Christ Hospital's Mt. Auburn, Ohio, campus brings orthopedic and spine care under one roof in a building whose design emphasizes daylighting and wellness. The Building Team on this Center, which opened last fall, included Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (architect, interior designer, SE and CE, enviromental graphics, and LEED consultant), Fosdick & Hilmer (MEP), Champlin Architecture (local architect), THP (local SE), Kleingers (Local CE), Office of James Burnett (landscape), Messer Construction (construction management). Image: @Tom Rossiter/Courtesy SOM

Healthcare Facilities | March 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The opening coincides with agreements that make this center a preferred provider for several employers with self-fund...

Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

Office Building Design | February 29, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Jessica Wolkoff

Check out this fun infographic that explains Perkins+Will's ambitions, findings, and next steps for the future home o...

Wangjing SOHO, Beijing. Photo courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects via CTBUH

High-rise Construction | February 29, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The award program’s first year honored projects, designers, and builders stretched across six distinct awards categor...

Live-learn student housing becomes recruitment strategy for colleges and universities

Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle opened its first on-campus student housing building last fall. The residence hall has 16,850 sf of academic space as well as a first-floor “living room” with a fireside lounge. Photo courtesy Ankrom Moisan Architects

University Buildings | February 29, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In the hyper-competitive higher education sector, colleges and universities view residence halls as extensions of the...

Photo: Jin Lee, courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

Building Team Awards | February 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's Building Team Awards is the industry's only recognition program to honor projects that achieve excellence in b...

DOE unveils proposal for new light bulb efficiency standards

Photo: Alex Liivet/Creative Commons.

Lighting | February 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Only LEDs meet this efficiency level today.

 

All images and photos courtesy Ted Moudis Associates

Office Building Design | February 26, 2016 | BD+C Editors and Ted Moudis Associates

The report, from Ted Moudis Associates, encompasses over 2.5 million sf of workspace built over the past two years....

For the first time since the recession, office deliveries outpaced office starts in 2015, according to JLL's latest construction report. Image: Pixabay

Market Data | February 26, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its latest report cautions about ongoing cost increases related to finding skilled laborers.

CHPS releases new program, first model for prefab modular classrooms

Photo: Cramo Group/Creative Commons.

Modular Building | February 26, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides standards for indoor air quality, energy efficiency, materials, and waste management.

Long-time BD+C editor Gordon Wright, 1939-2016

Wright was honored with the Construction Writers Association’s Silver Hard Hat Award for lifetime achievement. 

Building Team | February 25, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Gordon Wright, whose career at BD+C spanned 32 years, passed away on February 15, at the age of 76. 

Rendering courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

High-rise Construction | February 25, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The tower would be the centerpiece of Next Tokyo, a mini city in Tokyo Bay adapted to climate change and rising tides...

RMW's Stephanie Silkwood counts the Juniper Networks Headquarters Campus in Sunnyvale, Calif., as one of her projects. Silkwood is one of 12 winners of the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award. Rendering: RMW

Architects | February 25, 2016 | AIA

Winners include Amy Kalar and Karen Lu, both with HGA, BNIM's Carey Nagle, and MSR Design's Bob Ganser.

The Guest Welcome Center at the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Alabama will include a Great Hall that could hold up to 350 guests. Image: Matheny Goldmon Architecture + Interiors.

Contractors | February 25, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 30,000-sf facility will feature three rental spaces of varying sizes.

February 25, 2016 | Sponsored Videos
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Is the booming freelance economy a threat to AEC firms?

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Architects | February 24, 2016 | David Barista |

By shifting the work (and revenue) to freelancers, “platform capitalism” startups have taken considerable market shar...

5 tips for creating photorealistic architectural renderings

Going bold and adding the desired tenant’s name to the top of the building in a rendering can be the final piece to getting the company to sign the lease—as was the case with Yahoo at the 229 West 43rd Street project in Manhattan. Courtesy Neoscape

BIM and Information Technology | February 24, 2016 | Matthew Clarey, Art Director, Neoscape

Storytelling, authenticity, and detail are vital to producing lifelike project artwork, according to a digital art sp...

Rendering courtesy NYC Parks Department

The High Line | February 24, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The piazza replaces an earlier design for the space that called for a bowl-shaped garden.

Photo: Brett VA, Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 24, 2016 | CBRE and BD+C Staff

Senior housing occupancy is at its highest level since 2007, and 2015 was a record year for sales and institutional t...

BD+C named a 2016 Jesse H. Neal Award finalist in 4 categories
February 24, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The Jesse H. Neal Award is recognized as the “Pulitzer Prize of the business press.” The winners, selected for exhibi...

Healthcare providers must retool operations

The revamp of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), in Rootstown, turned a commuter medical school into a university campus with an assortment of facilities for  use by students and the public. Photo: Courtesy Neomed.

Healthcare Facilities | February 24, 2016 | Susan Bady, Contributing Editor

As healthcare organizations make the transition from sick care to well care, they’re learning how to stretch their re...

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