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2016 Giants Report | September 26, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Leo A Daly, Brasfield & Gorrie, Layton Construction, and AECOM top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest religious facility AEC firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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The chart above shows year-over-year (Q1 2016 v. Q1 2015) changes in regional construction backlogs. Most contractors are satisfied with the amount of work they have currently. But bigger firms with more robust workforces can expand their backlogs. Image: Associated Builders and Contractors

Contractors | June 21, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Large companies that can attract talent are better able to commit to more work, according to a national trade group f...

Ark Encounter is the first phase of the AiG theme park

Wood | June 21, 2016 | Viega

When you’re building the largest timber-frame structure in the world, you don’t want an open flame anywhere near the...

Glass and Glazing | June 20, 2016 | SaftiFirst

For federal courthouses, embassies, government facilities and other high profile buildings, building materials are ch...

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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CVS Health is among the retail pharmacies that are expanding their health clinics by adding services and investing in IT.  Consumers gain in convenience and access, but these retail clinics have the potential to disrupt conventional healthcare providers, according to research by Accenture Consulting. Image: BD+C

Healthcare Facilities | June 19, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Service expansions help dealers boost clinics’ profitability. 

Construction begins on new and expanded International Spy Museum in Washington D.C.

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Rendering courtesy SPY. Click here to enlarge.

Museums | June 17, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The building will have a glass veil that surrounds an enclosed black box, a setup that the museum hopes will add vibr...

Feds publish framework for evaluating public-private partnerships

A 371,160-sf office building in Frankfort, Ky., is being constructed through a public-private-partnership. Photo: Steve Beshear/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

No single factor determines whether a project yields stronger benefit as a P3.

 

Driverless cars could soon start impacting commercial, retail project design

Nissan driverless car. Photo: Charly W. Karl/Creative Commons.

AEC Tech | June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Offsite parking and more space for valet parking lines are among the foreseeable changes.

Boston's Logan Airport. Photo: Thomas Hawk/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Massport’s guidelines a step forward for integrated BIM initiative.

 

Hantz Woodlands brings thousands of trees to hard-pressed Detroit neighborhoods

On one 3½-acre lot, 330 tires and 150 cubic yards of trash had to be removed. Hantz Farms started planting trees there last November. Photo: Atlas Industries.

Movers+Shapers | June 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One of the city's richest residents, John Hantz, is buying hundreds of acres of vacant property, tearing down dilapid...

Theaster Gates. Photography by Taylor Castle. Click here to enlarge.

 

Movers+Shapers | June 17, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The award-winning Chicago artist renovates properties into studios, libraries, and spaces that commemorate art and bl...

Illustration: Cathy LePenske

Movers+Shapers | June 17, 2016 | BD+C Editors

BD+C’s new Movers+Shapers program honors AEC/O industry stalwarts.

Synagogues in Omaha and New York get new lives after intense reconstruction

The performance space at the Omaha (Neb.) Conservatory of Music was carved from the sanctuary of what had been Temple Israel. Image: @2015 Dan Schwalm/HDR

Performing Arts Centers | June 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Omaha Conservatory of Music gets a new home in a temple. A fire leads to an ambitious rebuild for a NYC synagogue...

Dero's Bike Depot. Click here to enlarge.

Transportation & Parking Facilities | June 16, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The units accommodate short-term and long-term storage at transit stations, university campuses, and residential buil...

Steel rods. Photo: PortlandBolt/Creative Commons.

Building Materials | June 16, 2016 | ABC

Nonresidential construction price gains were largely driven by iron and steel prices and steel mill product prices....

Ability to focus, not perks, is top concern for office employees

Open concept meeting space in an office in Redmond, Wash. Photo: Wonderlane/Creative Commons.

Office Building Design | June 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Open-plan offices found to worsen distraction problem.

 

Western U.S. ports are preparing to handle increased shipping from expanded Panama Canal

Rendering of the planned $1.5 billion replacement of the 50-year-old Gerald Desmond Bridge, at the Port of Long Beach, Calif. The new bridge will allow larger, taller vessels to pass under it. Click here to enlarge.

Industrial Facility | June 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The expansion of the Panama Canal might make some eastern U.S. ports more attractive to large-vessel operators. But W...

THE PANAMAX EFFECT: Expandeing the Panama Canal could trigger a construction boom

East Coast and Gulf Coast port cities can benefit from an expanded Panama Canal. Click here to enlarge.

Movers+Shapers | June 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cities lining the East Coast and Gulf Coast, from New York City to New Orleans, are spending big bucks to accommodate...

Rendering courtesy HOK

Laboratories | June 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 980,000-sf, $931 million facility is the result of a unique financing mechanism that brought together three of th...

Images courtesy Bradley

Industry Research | June 15, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Bradley’s 2016 Healthy Hand Washing Survey offers insights into restroom use.

Design Thinking makes its way into Yale School of Management

Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Conn. Photo: Nick Allen/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | June 15, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The school will introduce Design Observer co-founders Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut as faculty.

WilkinsonEyre designs diamond-patterned Bay Park Centre for Toronto

Bell Park Centre. Renderings courtesy WilkinsonEyre and Ivanhoé Cambridge. Click here to enlarge.

High-rise Construction | June 15, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A sloping plaza with trees, grass, and gardens connects the two downtown towers.

Pulse, in Orlando, Fla., where a terrorist attack killed 49 patrons. Could better design and engineering—like more exit doors—have mitigated the carnage? Image: EuroNews via Google 

Security and Life Safety | June 15, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic examines the limits...

Jerry Yudelson, author of "Reinventing Green Building."

Movers+Shapers | June 15, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The author and former president of the Green Building Initiative is critical of current green building rating systems...

Rendering courtesy C.F. Møller

Urban Planning | June 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The development acts as a transition area between a traditional urban landscape and parklands.

Outfront Media, Gensler, and MAK's Sunset Strip Spectacular billboard concept. Click here to enlarge.

Retail Centers | June 14, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The concepts are curvy, sleek, and multidimensional, and feature sharp digital displays.

Photo: Vimeo

3D Printing | June 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 3D concrete printing industry is expected to more than double in size within the next five years.

Transwestern: Market fundamentals and global stimulus driving economic growth

Robots producing a Tesla electric vehicle. Transwestern's latest report found that robot usage is becoming more prevalent and that auto sales are continuing at a record pace. Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Creative Commons

Market Data | June 14, 2016 | Transwestern

A new report from commercial real estate firm Transwestern indicates steady progress for the U.S. economy. Consistent...

VERTICAL INTEGRATOR: How Brooklyn’s Alloy LLC evolved from an architecture firm into a full-fledged development company

Jared Della Valle, President of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Alloy LLC

Movers+Shapers | June 14, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Led by an ambitious President and a CEO with deep pockets, Alloy LLC's six entities control the entire development pr...

Autodesk and Trimble will share APIs to improve develop products that improve user workflow

Autodesk headquarters in San Rafael, Calif. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.

BIM and Information Technology | June 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Data and document management is likely to benefit the soonest. 

Images courtesy HDR

Office Building Design | June 14, 2016 | HDR BLiNK | Lynn Mignola

Recent design trends favor extroverts who enjoy collaboration. HDR's Lynn Mignola says that designers need to accommo...

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