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The project has been described as the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history. Renderings courtesy OMA

University Buildings | July 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designs for what will be the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history feature a rectangular building at the edge of the school’s playing field. A running track is planned for the building’s roof, while sports facilities will be kept underneath.

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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....

Every facility or complex requires a custom approach to safety, involving risk assessment, code consulting, fire protection, security and emergency management. It’s important to look to experienced engineering consultants, like JENSEN HUGHES. 

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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...

 

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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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...

Atlanta Braves partner with Omni Hotels & Resorts to build hotel near new Suntrust Park

Alongside the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta will be a 16-story hotel built by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Renderings: Atlanta Braves

Hotel Facilities | April 30, 2015 | Atlanta Braves

The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel will feature 16 floors with 260 guest rooms and suites, rooftop hospitality suites,...

Self-piloting drone maps out construction sites in Pennsylvania

The system comes with a box where the drone rests and charges. Photo courtesy Identified Technologies via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system comes with a real-time portal for immediate access to collected data.

OMA unveils design for the Netherland’s largest hotel

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline. Renderings courtesy OMA

Hotel Facilities | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline.

Designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library in New Zealand unveiled

Maori cultural symbols are referenced throughout the library’s design. Renderings courtesy Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Library | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition to design the New Central Library in Christchurc...

Construction costs are expected to remain soft through fall of 2015

Analyst IHS reported that its unlikely construction prices will rise in the next several months. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | April 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Labor and materials haven’t appreciated this year through April, according to market analyst IHS.

Parsons Brinckerhoff and former CEO partner to solve the “brain drain” challenge
Building Team | April 29, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

For firms large and small, hiring is always a balancing act between keeping the business moving forward and being pat...

Minimal growth in domestic energy consumption projects over the next 25 years

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its annual energy outlook for 2015 that the U.S. may become a main exporter of natural gas within two years. Image courtesy Pixabay/Magnascan

Building Owner | April 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The U.S. Energy Information Administration foresees the U.S. becoming a net exporter of natural gas in the next two y...

Masdar City: Construction on sustainable residential complex begins

The residential development will have 500 units of one- and two-bedroom apartments. All material construction will be verified sustainable materials. Rendering courtesy Masdar Corporation

Multifamily Housing | April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The planned city’s new residences will help support Abu Dhabi’s rapid population growth.

Mace and Make work on London 40-story residential tower

View from the Atlas on City Road, an area with the recently earned nickname "Silicon Roundabout district." Renderings courtesy Rocket Investments

Multifamily Housing | April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower is one of six residential high-rises planned near London’s City Road, which is undergoing a mini constructi...

Creating an environment where students want to succeed

Four panelists discussed how the decline of motivation in many of the country's education systems affects students. Image: Perkins+Will

K-12 Schools | April 28, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Tinka Rogic

According to a 2014 Gallup poll, our school system not only kills children’s creativity, but also takes its toll on t...

10 things about Ebola from the infectious disease colloquium

Image courtesy HDR/Dan Schwalm

Healthcare Facilities | April 28, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Ellen Randall

Research institutions know how to handle life-threatening, highly contagious diseases like Ebola in the lab, but how...

Graffiti-Resistant Coatings To Keep Projects Looking Their Best

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating system and an associated chemical graffiti remover.

Coatings | April 27, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating sys...

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Qatar unveils fifth World Cup Stadium, Al Rayyan

The façade features abstract patterns that echo decorative motifs in Islamic architecture. Renderings courtesy Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After the World Cup, part of the stadium’s seating will be donated to other countries.

Architects, tap into the expertise of your metal roof manufacturer

There are a number of things a roof manufacturer can do to help the architect make sure the finished roof is properly designed. Photo courtesy of MBCI.

Metals | April 27, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

Architects are not only expected to be experts in every field, they must also be part lawyer, arbitrator and magician...

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Finalists’ designs for Guggenheim Helsinki competition released

The team behind this design, which is still hidden from the public, says, "The museum skyline is composed by independent volumes, highlighted by a landmark tower. These fragmented art exhibition spaces allow strong integration with outdoor display and events, while the lighthouse offers a new perspective over the city." Renderings courtesy Guggeinheim Helsinki

Museums | April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A custom-developed App engages an international public in the selection process.

The construction industry isn't rushing to hop onto the cloud: study

Illustration: FutUndBeidl / flickr

BIM and Information Technology | April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new poll finds that nearly half of companies aren't planning to shift to cloud-based software to collaborate any ti...

The empire strikes back: George Lucas proposes new affordable housing complex he'll finance alone

Filmmaker George Lucas plans to build an affordable housing community on his Grady Ranch property, and will finance it himself. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest plans are seen by some as payback for community opposition to his past real estate ventures.

Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

Wood | April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Building Teams around t...

Are Metal Roofs Lightning Magnets?

A metal building system, with a conductive metal roof and a conductive metal structural frame, gives lightning a low-resistance path to the earth. Photo: David Selby/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | April 24, 2015 | Bryan Arlington |

According to The Metal Construction Assocition, a metal roof will not make lightning more likely to strike, but it ma...

HOK unveils renderings and video of new St. Louis NFL stadium

A view of the stadium's south entrance. Renderings courtesy HOK

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Retractable seating in the corners will allow the stadium to be used for FIFA or Major League Soccer matches, as it e...

Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum by Safdie Architects unveiled

The pentagonal concrete-and-glass structure wil be 128 feet high. Renderings courtesy Safdie Architects

Museums | April 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new museum near Charleston, S.C., will...

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