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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Spending on lodging construction, like the expansive renovation of the Intercontinental New York Barclay pictured above, should increase by 10.8% to $23.4 billion in 2016. Total spending on nonresidential building is projected to grow this year by 13.7% to $439.2 billion, according to Gilbane. Image: Shawmut Design and Construction

Market Data | February 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But finding skilled workers continues to be a problem and could inflate a project's costs.

100 Resilient Cities to partner with Perkins Eastman

The Lenox Hill Healthplex is Manhattan’s first freestanding emergency department. Photo: Chris Cooper Photography/Courtesy Perkins Eastman.

 

Smart and Resilient Cities | February 10, 2016 | 100 Resilient Cities

Perkins Eastman joins 100RC group of Platform Partners to offer resilience-building services to member cities.

DBIA disputes study claiming design-build projects often delivered on time, over budget

Photo: Atomische * Tom Giebel/Creative Commons

Building Team | February 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Says study did not account for owner-initiated scope changes.

 

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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Winners named in “Reinventing Paris” competition

Created by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Mille Arbres includes a glass structure that tapers upward with trees lining its roof. The mixed-use development will contain apartments (including social housing), offices, and a community center. Rendering: DR

Urban Planning | February 09, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Architects submitted projects that redeveloped key parts of the city and incorporated green space features.

Cushman & Wakefield is bullish on U.S. economy and its property markets

Despite a projected slowing in manufacturing activity, warehouse distribution should continue to be a shining light in the nonresidential sector, for builders and investors alike. Image: Pixabay

Market Data | February 09, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Sees positive signs for construction and investment growth in warehouses, offices, and retail

Architect faces 21-month to 6-year prison sentence for VA medical center contract conspiracy

Photo: Pixabay

Architects | February 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Admits to using inside information to gain VA contracts in Cleveland

 

Photo Credit: Mark Brennan, Flickr Creative Commons

Industry Research | February 08, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

U-Haul truck rental costs are a good early predictor of migration trends in the U.S.

Bjarke Ingels Group designs winding Manhattan high-rise

Renderings courtesy Tishman Speyer

High-rise Construction | February 08, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Spiral will be a 65-story tower with a half-mile’s worth of green space wrapped around its exterior.

DirectTV offices. Photo courtesy AECOM

Giants 300 | February 08, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Ranking the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms. Giants 300 surveys are due Friday, Ap...

Increased demand for fire resistive glazing in combination with ballistic or physical attack protection led to the development of USA-made SuperSecure II-XLS by SAFTI FIRST, now used in prisons and other secure facilities nationwide.

Glass and Glazing | February 08, 2016 | Bill O'Keeffe | SaftiFirst

After a strong 2015, demand for fire resistive glass continues to grow

Trim-Tex Wall Mounted Deflection Bead installed, before drywall mud applied. 

Structural Materials | February 08, 2016 |

Trim-Tex Wall Mounted Deflection Bead features a coextruded flexible gasket that compresses under deflection pressure...

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American Wood Council releases construction fire best practice manuals, website

Photo: dchrisoh/Creative Commons

Fire and Life Safety | February 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The manuals provide information on preventing, reducing fire losses in buildings under construction.

Photo Credit: Shinkenchiku-sha Co, Ltd

Wood | February 08, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor and WoodWorks

The Aspen Art Museum, Scott Family Amazeum, and Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins are among the projects ho...

Call for Entries: BD+C’s 2016 AEC Movers+Shapers report

Deadline for nominations is March 11, 2016

Movers+Shapers | February 08, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s new Movers+Shapers program will honor AEC/O industry stalwarts. Honorees will be profiled in the June 2016 iss...

Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, N.Y. - Platinum Award winner, 2015. Photo: Matt Lambros Photography

Reconstruction Awards | February 05, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The 2016 Reconstruction Awards recognize the best reconstructed, renovated, or remodeled projects, based on overall d...

DS+R transforms old Art Deco building into a museum at the University of California, Berkeley

The BAMPFA, with the Art Deco building on the left and new stainless steel addition on the right. Photo: Iwan Baan (all images courtesy DS+R).

Museums | February 05, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which opened in late January, contains a theater, lab, and gallerie...

TIMELINE: 52 game-changing buildings through the years

Philip Johnson once called the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao “the greatest building of our time.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | BD+C Staff

From the E.V. Haughwout Building (first passenger elevator) to the Sackett-Wilhelms printing plant (first building wi...

London’s ’shadowless’ towers

Developed by NBBJ’s London office using design computation techniques, the No-Shadow Tower is a dual-tower scheme that utilizes the façade from one tower to effectively “erase” the shadows created by the second tower by redirecting sunlight. All renderings courtesy NBBJ

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Editor

Using advanced design computation, a design team demonstrates how to ‘erase’ a building’s shadows.

Asia’s modular miracle

A 230,000-sm factory in China’s Hunan province spent several months producing modules for the 57-story J57 Mini Sky City tower, in Changsha. Using advanced prefabrication techniques, China-based contractor Broad Sustainable Building erected the tower in less than three weeks. Photos courtesy Broad Sustainable Building

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A prefab construction company in China built a 57-story tower in 19 days. Here’s how they did it.  

Tesla: Battery storage is not just about electric vehicles

Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada will soon be making battery units like the Powerwall and Powerpack, which can store solar power for residential and commercial uses, including electric cars, homes, and businesses. Photos courtesy Tesla Motors

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With his $5 billion, 13.6 million-sf Gigafactory, Tesla’s Elon Musk seeks to change the economics of battery energy s...

Mayo Clinic's breakthrough research lab puts evidence-based design to the test

Model: Centerbrook Architects & Planners

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mayo teams up with Delos to bring hard science to EBD research.

Mega surf parks take entertainment to new extremes

Wavegarden’s Surf Snowdonia in Wales uses an underwater foil to generate waves. Photo: Wavegarden

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Wave-making technologies vie for attention, as surfing is shortlisted for 2020 Olympic Games.

Technology leads the way in today’s coatings and sealants [AIA course]

New urban developments use shop- and site-applied color to enliven the cityscape. The Brand, a mixed-use project in Glendale, Calif., designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture, employs pops of primary and secondary color. Photo: Costea Photography/Courtesy Carrier Johnson + Culture

Coatings | February 05, 2016 |  C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

History holds the key to the next coating or sealant specification. To earn 1.0 AIA CES HSW learning units, study the...

Design guidelines for retail space in NYC affordable housing projects released

Greenpoint Landing in Brooklyn, New York City, a megaproject with affordable rentals. Image courtesy Handel Architects, via Gothamist.

Multifamily Housing | February 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Aimed at designing efficient, flexible ground-floor space.

 

Photo: Pixabay

Market Data | February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Increased government spending on infrastructure projects should help.

Non-residential construction costs expected to increase slightly

Construction on the Amazon Complex in Seattle in December 2015. Photo: Jeffrey Scott Will/Creative Commons.

Market Data | February 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Construction Cost Index, from Mortenson Construction, indicated rises between 3 and 4% on average.

Renderings courtesy Grimshaw, BVN

K-12 Schools | February 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The design of the high-rise is based on the template of Schools-within-Schools (SWIS), a system that de-emphasizes ag...

PNC's 'breathing' tower redefines the modern office building

The tower's natural ventilation system includes manually operated sliding doors, made from locally supplied wood, that provide office occupants with access to a “porch” between the building’s interior and exterior walls. Photo: courtesy Gensler

Game Changers | February 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Natural breezes flow through the banking giant's new 33-story, double-skin tower in Pittsburgh.

 

Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

Government Buildings | February 04, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The blocky, modern design is meant to convey accessibility and public service.

Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

Game Changers | February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a prefab high-rise in Ch...

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