Architect Jacques Rougerie envisions floating city to function as roving laboratory

Renderings courtesy Jacques Rougerie

Industrial Facility | August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The manta ray-shaped vessel will be completely self-sustaining, run on marine energy, and produce no waste. 

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Surety bond forms specifically for design-build projects now available

The Design-Build Institute of America released a full set of bonds for design-build projects. Image: Pixabay/jingoba

Building Team | May 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The documents are the first of their kind to be coauthored by designers and builders.

Salt Lake City on track to build first protected bicycle intersection in the U.S.

With the protected intersection, cyclists can make a left turn in two stages without crossing against oncoming car traffic. Rendering courtesy Salt Lake City

Transportation & Parking Facilities | May 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The templates are based on those found on Dutch streets.

A new study ranks the best and worst cities to work for a small business

Charlotte, N.C., topped the list for the best city to work for a small business. Image: Pixabay/tpsdave

Building Team | May 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Based on 11 criteria, Charlotte, N.C., tops the list, Youngstown, Ohio, brings up the rear.

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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Widespread damage from Nepal earthquake due to poor implementation of building code

Much of the damage caused by the earthquake in Nepal was due to the poor implementation of building codes. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nepal’s code author says destruction was ‘inevitable.’

Lavish residential skyscrapers prompt concern over shadows

New York City is reconsidering its policy on megatowers as residential buildings grow taller. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston among cities grappling with height regulations.

Several states moving to repeal prevailing wage laws

Anti-prevailing wage bills that apply to state-funded construction projects passed in West Virginia and Nevada, with more coming up for a vote in other states. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Anti-prevailing wage bills that apply to state-funded construction projects have been passed in West Virginia and Nev...

 

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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New OSHA rule aimed at protecting construction workers in confined spaces

People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

Codes and Standards | May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The agency says the rule will protect about 800 workers a year from serious injury.

Two new designs submitted for New York City Riverside Center

The design submitted by Miami-based Arquitectonica. Rendering courtesy Arquitectonica

High-rise Construction | May 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Both designs reference the cantilevers and other elements featured in architect Christian de Portzamparc’s original m...

The new headquarters in Irvine, Calif., for medical office software provider Kareo, designed by LAP Inc.

The new headquarters in Irvine, Calif., for medical office software provider Kareo, designed by LAP Inc.

Coatings | May 06, 2015 | powered by Valspar | By Emily Koch, CID, LEED AP ID+C

Because color is incredibly subjective, personal and situational, it is difficult to study scientifically. There is n...

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Megadeals drive mergers and acquisitions in engineering and construction industry

Competition among buyers for quality firms of size in attractive growth markets is leading to favorable valuations for sellers. Image: Pixabay/Martinelle

Engineers | May 06, 2015 | FMI

Large deals and the convergence of design and construction are spurring M&A activity in the engineering and const...

Valspar delivers custom coating solution for JW Marriott Austin
Coatings | May 06, 2015 | Valspar

Stunning design by HKS leaves onlookers wondering—weathered steel or coating?

Hackathons and RFCs: Why one developer killed the RFP

Image depicts design concepts from the hackathon winner, Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Conn. Photo courtesy Skanska

Building Owner | May 06, 2015 | David Barista |

In lieu of an RFP process, Skanska Commercial Development hosted a three-week "hackathon" to find an architect for it...

Parks in the sky? Subterranean bike paths? Meet the livable city, designed in 3-D

The Shanghai Tower. All images courtesy Gensler

High-rise Construction | May 06, 2015 | GenslerOn | Andy Cohen

Today’s great cities must be resilient—and open—to many things, including the influx of humanity, writes Gensler co-C...

 Is the office lobby the workplace of the future?

The recent building repositioning of Capella Tower in the heart of downtown Minneapolis embraces new design trends and provides innovative spaces for collaboration and concentration. All images courtesy Perkins+Will

Office Building Design | May 06, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Tony Layne

Perkins+Will's Tony Layne discusses three key trends driving the shift to workplaces that offer greater flexibility a...

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.

Top 3 2030 Challenge trends

Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

Green | May 05, 2015 | VOA Blog | Annalise Dietzen and Emma Conway

The growth of IPD is among the key takeaways from the USGBC Region 7 Conference.

Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

Mixed-Use | May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district that fulfills what i...

How to build 'smart' teams

Understanding the art and science of teams is vital to creating results for sustainability leaders. Image: Pixabay

Architects | May 05, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Julie Honeywell

In today's complex world, there are no simple answers—solutions to our most pressing problems aren't offered in 140 c...

Where the university students are (or will be)

Image: Pixabay/BlueOlive

University Buildings | May 05, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Alexa Bush

SmithGroupJJR's Alexa Bush discusses changing demographics and the search for out-of-state students at public univers...

San Diego prison designed with rehabilitation in mind

Common areas encourage interaction between staff and inmates, and act as a venue for educational programming. Photo via YouTube by Vanir Construction Management

Justice Facilities | May 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Following the approach of detention centers in Austria and Norway, KMD and HMC Architects designed a prison rich with...

Construction employees among top U.S. drug users

Miners and construction workers have a strong preference for alcohol, while hotel and restaurant employees generally prefer drugs to heavy drinking. Photo: Sam Metsfan/Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction workers are topped only by miners when it comes to heavy drinking, according to a new study by the Subst...

Colorado House kills construction defects bill

A bill that would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders was defeated in the Colorado House of Representatives. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

Codes and Standards | May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The legislation would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders.

New energy efficiency program, Tenant Star, gets OK from Congress

Tenant Star encourages tenants, who, in some buildings, consume more than half of the power used by the building, to take measures to save energy. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

Codes and Standards | May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The voluntary program for commercial and government buildings is modeled after Energy Star.

FEMA to require states to evaluate risks posed by climate change

States will be required to evaluate the risks of climate change before being granted access to disaster relief funds. Image: Pixabay/Antranias

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The aim is for states to do a better job planning for natural disasters they are likely to face in a warming world....

Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

Multifamily Housing | May 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in just under 20 million...

Department of Energy asks for feedback on cost-effectiveness of building energy codes

Image: Pixabay/werner22brigitte

Codes and Standards | May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

DOE’s RFI wants input on how to improve methodology on cost assessment.

Nonresidential fixed investments fall in latest Construction Economic Update

The newest Construction Econmic Update from ABC revealed that nonresidential fixed investments declined during the first three months of the year. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This is the first time that nonresidential fixed investment declined since the first quarter of 2011, ABC reported. N...

World Trade Center Developer Looks to Bjarke Ingels for New Tower Design

The redesign is an attempt to entice 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to move their operations into the new building. Photo courtesy Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center may be ousted, as developers are currently negotiating with Danish fi...

U.S. office construction is approaching historic levels again

CoStar finds building in one-third of the nation’s bigger markets exceeded their averages in the first quarter. Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | April 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An estimated 108 million sf of office space were under construction in the U.S. at the end of the first quarter, a 17...

Safdie Architects accepting applications for 2015 Research Fellowship

The 2015 Research Fellowship with Safdie Architects will battle the challenges of dense urbanism. Image: MBS Digital

Architects | April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The program, which features a theme of “dense urbanism,” encourages participants to tackle the challenges associated...

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