GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and recover modestly over the next several years, according to BD+C's 2015 Giants 300 report.

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Codes and Standards | June 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide advises employers to allow employees to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Lanes that are 10.5 feet wide have lower side impact crashes than standard 12-foot lanes, suggests new research.

Why reality capture is essential for retrofits

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Codes and Standards | June 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide includes forms to support a two- to four-hour workshop to help an owner select the most appropriate deliver...

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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Experience Possibilities: The Linq Hotel and Casino

High Roller loading area clad in ALPOLIC®/fr

Walls and Partitions | June 04, 2015 |

Architectural vision, fabrication know-how and ALPOLIC® materials transform the Las Vegas dreamscape.

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How Big Of A Building Do I Need?

The good news is that metal buildings are expandable, especially if you plan expansion potential into the original design.

Metals | June 04, 2015 | Allen Hurtz |

Here is some advice on how metal buildings can be a solution for space shortages

Construction of record breaking glass-bottom bridge nearly complete in China

Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the white bridge is meant to look as if it is “disappearing into the clouds.” Renderings: Haim Dotan

Glass and Glazing | June 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the white bridge is meant to look as if it is “disappearing into the clouds...

NIBS, RICS to explore P3 as tool to achieve high-performance buildings

Shifting to a greater focus on building performance across the facility life-cycle is a more cost-effective and efficient way to achieve high-performance buildings. Photo: Flickr

Codes and Standards | June 04, 2015 | NIBS AND RICS

The idea of applying the P3 concept more to buildings, and especially building performance, is a potentially promisin...

Qatar launches competition for waterfront art museum design

The new gallery will repurpose a soon-to-be-vacant flour mill on a peninsula jutting into the Arabian Sea. Photo courtesy Malcolm Reading Consultants

Museums | June 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new gallery will repurpose a soon-to-be-vacant flour mill.

Succession planning starts with developing your leaders

A leadership-succession process should involving mentoring and coaching. Photo: HA0521-021/Flickr.

Building Team | June 03, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Two-thirds of U.S. companies still admit that they have no formal succession plan in place, a 2014 survey conducted b...

More accurate GPS ready to change the way we shop, interact, and explore

More accurate GPS will foster previously unimaginable connections between mobile device users. Image: Irwin MIller

BIM and Information Technology | June 03, 2015 | GenslerOn | Irwin Miller

New technology reduces location errors from the size of a car to the size of a nickel—a 100 times increase in accurac...

Tech's influence on the workplace: 4 lessons from the field

Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | June 03, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Hakee Chang

Beyond space and programmatic considerations, four tenets highlight today’s tech workplaces: strength of story, desig...

LEGO: An introduction to design

Image courtesy Dawn Feldman

Architects | June 03, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Amy LaMar

LEGO has changed a lot over the years, but has that been a good thing for encouraging creativity?

Fire-resistive tempered products such as SuperLite II-XL 45, shown in this 1-hour corridor, is more affordable than filmed and laminated ceramics used in the same application.  SuperLite II-XL 45 is proudly USA-made, has no amber tints, meets CPSC Cat. II safety and the hose stream test, provides radiant heat protection and has a high STC rating.

Fire-resistive tempered products such as SuperLite II-XL 45, shown in this 1-hour corridor, is more affordable than filmed and laminated ceramics used in the same application. SuperLite II-XL 45 is proudly USA-made, has no amber tints, meets CPSC Cat. II safety and the hose stream test, provides radiant heat protection and has a high STC rating. 

Fire-Rated Products | June 02, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Where product selection has the most impact on cost is also the area where the majority of fire rated glass is being...

World’s tallest wood building design unveiled by MGA

Plans include a mix of market-rate and social housing, a student hotel, urban agriculture, a bus station, e-car hub, and other amenities. Renderings courtesy Michael Green Architecture

Wood | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push...

Weather to blame for decline in Construction Backlog Indicator

The Construction Backlog Indicator fell by 3.2% during the first three months of 2015. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Following an intense winter season, the Associated Builders and Contractors' Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rev...

Snøhetta and DIALOG to revitalize Willamette Falls area in Oregon

In addition to the revitalization of existing buildings, a new trail and several landscaped surfaces will be woven throughout the waterfall’s area. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed, and Dialog

Cultural Facilities | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of the plan, an abandoned paper mill will be repurposed, while landscaping and running trails will be added....

SHoP Architects unveils dual-glass-box scheme for Uber HQ

The office will be located in the trendy Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects and Studio O+A

Office Building Design | June 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan involves two glass buildings connected with criss-crossing bridges.

Nonresidential construction spending surges in April

Photo: Sean MacEntee via flickr

Contractors | June 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Nonresidential construction is up by a solid 8.8% over the past year, consistent with ABC's forecast of high single-d...

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | June 01, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Robert Benson

Just as we looked at that boarded up warehouse and thought it could be something other, office towers can be reborn,...

Sacramento moves forward on multifamily project with new modular supplier

Guerdon Modular Buildings is taking over the Eviva Downtown multifamily project. Rendering courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings.

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

Guerdon Modular Buildings will provide modules for 118 apartments.

Applying modern energy codes to building envelope retrofits [AIA course]

Roofing contractors apply insulation to an existing building. Building Teams should review the potential for increased moisture accumulation, condensation, and freeze-thaw before routinely adding insulation to older buildings. Photos courtesy Hoffmann Architects

Green | May 31, 2015 | Bradley T. Carmichael, PE

When applying current energy codes to existing buildings, a number of issues arise, particularly where the building e...

Texas senate approves $3 billion in bonds for university construction

Ezekiel W. Cullen Building at the University of Houston. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

University Buildings | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time in nearly a decade, Texas universities could soon have some state money for construction.

Fannie Mae offers incentives for energy, water efficiency in multifamily buildings

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Multifamily Housing | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives may be eligible for loans with reduced interest rates for upgrades tha...

Energy Department releases resources to assess building energy benchmarking policies, programs

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Multifamily Housing | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new handbook demonstrates methodologies using real data from New York City.

Detroit transforms abandoned casino into modern public safety headquarters

In addition to redefining the exterior, the panels provide a vapor barrier, insulation, and an air barrier.

Coatings | May 29, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The recently completed, 400,000-sf facility repurposed an abandoned casino into a state-of-the-art civic building tha...

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Austin, Salt Lake City, Davis, Calif., and Boston creating first protected intersections in U.S.

Screenshot depicts a Dutch cycle-friendly junction design. Photo: Screenshot of BicycleDutch video

May 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Protected intersections arrange traffic so that everyone—bicyclists included—can see all moving traffic simply by loo...

4 ways cold-climate cities can make the most of their waterfronts

Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image: Chris Foyd courtesy Perkins+Will

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 28, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Noah Friedman

Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cit...

Does BIM Work as a Deliverable?
BIM and Information Technology | May 28, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sasha Reed sits down with industry professionals at the BIMForum in San Diego to talk about BIM technology.

SANAA won bid to design new building for Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Sydney Modern Project will add new and expanded spaces for art, live performance, and film, along with spaces to study and participate in cultural programs. Renderings courtesy SANAA

Museums | May 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The museum's developers hope the new gallery will enrich Sydney’s eastern cultural precinct.

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