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Hamilton Elementary School in Moline, Ill., features a range of interactive learning spaces designed to encourage critical thinking and collaboration, including an “imaginarium,” discovery lab, and learning stair (pictured). On the Building Team: Legat Architects (design architect), KJWW Engineering (SE), Amsco Engineering (MEP), McClure Engineering (CE), MVP Services Group (kitchen design), and Russell Construction (CM). Photo: AJ Brown Imaging

2016 Giants Report | July 25, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler surpasses $1.1 billion in revenue, topping Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest architecture firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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5 ways universities use new buildings to stay competitive

The 9,000-sf, Gensler-designed Fast Forward incubator at Johns Hopkins University has been so popular with entrepreneurs that the university is more than quadrupling a second incubator on its east campus to 30,000 sf. Photo:[email protected] Karchmer. Click here for larger view.

University Buildings | April 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

From incubators to innovation centers, schools desire ‘iconic gateways’ that appeal to students, faculty, entrepreneu...

Canadian city fines itself for failing to get a building permit for building renovation

Guelph, Ontario. Photo: TheGiantVermin/Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | April 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Guelph, Ontario, will pay a $1,125 fine to the province.

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Building Tech | April 12, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Is the U.S. in an innovative funk, or is this just the calm before the storm?

Startup introduces PaperLight, an interactive projection screen for AEC pros

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AEC Tech | April 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The device lets users edit sketches, plans, and images with a stylus or their fingers.

 

Studio Libeskind designs angular Kurdish museum rich with symbolism

Rendering: Hayes Davidson. Click here to enlarge.

Cultural Facilities | April 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The museum consists of four geometric volumes separated by somber and uplifting divisions.

The tower of Dubai Creek Harbour, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Renderings courtesy Santiago Calatrava. Click here to enlarge picture.

High-rise Construction | April 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The slender structure will have 10 observation platforms, two Hanging Gardens decks, and a illuminating flower bud at...

Valspar can work with architects and builders to create custom colors and prints to create the look of wood, slate (pictured), shingles or provide a weathered look to panels.

Roofing Products | April 12, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

Prepainted metals are becoming popular for both commercial and residential use thanks to their durability, resistance...

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Building Enclosure Systems | April 12, 2016 | Sean M. O’Brien and Matthew Vong, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

This course will describe how to select vapor retarders to control moisture migration and prevent condensation within...

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Codes and Standards | April 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cite concerns about technological and economic feasibility.

Metals | April 11, 2016 | Allen Hurtz |

The fire safety of metal building systems is crucial. The ability of a metal building to prevent or slow down the spr...

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator develops TWIN, a system where two cars share the same elevator shaft

Images courtesy ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

Vertical Transportation | April 11, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

According to the developers, the system will handle more passenger traffic and save energy costs.

Chicago Cubs continue Wrigley Field renovations with new clubhouse

The Cubs' locker room at Wrigley Field in 2008. Photo: Phil Romans/Creative Commons.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 11, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The team found 30,000 sf of space underneath an old parking lot, nearly tripling the size of the old clubhouse. 

A new report from Navigant foresees a steady climb in commercial demand for wireless sensors, as developers and their AEC partners seek better ways to make their buildings smarter and interconnected. Image: Navigant Research

Building Technology | April 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Europe and Asia will propel that growth, according to a new report from Navigant.

Lighting experts explore applications for OLED, LiFi, and laser diodes

Decorative OLED fixtures brighten the lobby of the Irondequoit (N.Y.) Public Library. Passero Associates was project manager and architect of record; Concord Electric, the lighting contractor. Photo: Donald Cochran Photography.

Lighting | April 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

LEDs still have room for improvement. That may explain why this technology has yet to be challenged competitively by...

New LEED 2009 projects will have to meet increased minimum energy performance

Photo: Cygnusloop99 via Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | April 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New requirements went into effect April 8.

The sustainability culture shift: 8 steps for success

Toronto. Image courtesy Perkins+Will.

Sustainable Design and Construction | April 08, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Jon Douglas

Perkins+Will's Jon Douglas has eight strategies that will start an organization on the path to embedding sustainabili...

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Virtual Reality | April 08, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The mixed reality headset will allow people to take a holographic tour of the building while keeping visual contact w...

Turner streamlines construction progress tracking using predictive visual data analytics

Using images captured with a drone, the team creates a point cloud that is overlaid atop a 4D as-built model to compare real world to the intended design. The comparison report uses colors to point out problem areas (yellow indicates a missing element). Courtesy Turner.

BIM and Information Technology | April 08, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The construction giant teams with a computer science and engineering professor to develop a clever drone- and rover-b...

AIA: Architects release first white paper on materials transparency and risk

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Building Materials | April 08, 2016 | AIA

It provides the steps architects should be taking to ensure change, promote openness, and increase collaboration betw...

New LEED Pilot ACP designed to help eliminate irresponsibly sourced materials

Photo: Christopher Sessums/Creative Commons.

Wood | April 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Illegal wood is primary target to restrict illicit material in the supply chain.

 

Redevelopment plan announced for Chicago’s historic Cook County Hospital

Entrance to the Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Photo: Jeff Dahl/Wikimedia Commons

Adaptive Reuse | April 07, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The century-old, Beaux Arts architecture-inspired hospital will transform into a mixed-use development. 

Multifamily and Special Housing projects honored in 2016 AIA Housing Awards

Cloverdale749. Photo: Lawrence Anderson/LOHA

Multifamily Housing | April 07, 2016 | BD+C Staff

A San Francisco low-income mixed-use complex, a Los Angeles homeless veterans housing facility, and a series of stude...

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Industry Research | April 07, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Survey respondents are targeting smaller acquisitions, at a time when market cap rates are narrowing for different pr...

The BD+C team (l. to r.): John Caulfield, Senior Editor; Tony Mancini, Publisher, Group Director; David Barista, Editorial Director; Kevin Herda, Director of IT; and Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor. (Not pictured: Michael Chamernik and David Malone, Associate Editors)

April 06, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The Neal Awards are considered the “Pulitzer Prize of the business press.”

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Airports | April 06, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The domestic passenger terminal is just the tip of the spear, as the world’s most traveled airport is about to underg...

A 9,000-sf LED video mesh runs along an outside wall of T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is also distinguished by a first-of-its-kind exterior concert stage. Image: Populous

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 06, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The gambling mecca has its eyes on attracting a pro sports team. 

Evaluating the value proposition of project vendors

Images courtesy CBRE.

Building Team | April 06, 2016 | Daniel Waters, CBRE Healthcare

CBRE Healthcare's Daniel Waters has a few pointers for Request for Proposal (RFP) writers and Project Managers when i...

Houston at high risk for major damage from hurricanes

Aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas, in 2008. Photo: Galveston.com/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | April 06, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

After a decade of study, little has been done to improve resiliency.

Interactive map shows present and future Miami skyline

Screenshot of the Downtown Miami Interactive 3-D Skyline Map, which depicts what the city's skyline could look like after all of the planned, proposed, and under construction projects are finished.

BIM and Information Technology | April 05, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Downtown Miami Interactive 3-D Skyline Map lets users see the status of every downtown office, retail, residentia...

Lead 8 and BuroHappold design Hong Kong waterfront pedestrian network

Renderings courtesy Lead 8 And BuroHappold. Click here to enlarge lede photo.

The High Line | April 05, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 23-kilometer HarbourLoop will connect the territory’s main island to the Kowloon peninsula.

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