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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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.

 

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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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...

Drone imagery of map volumes—such as stockpiles of building materials—can now be measured and processed in the field, with accuracy that the software provider claims rivals laser scanning. Image: DroneDeploy

Drones | February 03, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

DroneDeploy’s latest app is available for all mobile devices. 

Sports and Recreational Facilities | February 03, 2016 | Valspar

The recently constructed basketball arena at Ole Miss, The Pavilion, exudes sophistication due to its spectacular cur...

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Guides to wood construction in high wind areas released

Photo: Putneypics/Creative Commons

Wood | February 03, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide is directed toward ensuring structural integrity to resist wind loads.

Report identifies 600 cities worldwide that will drive economic growth through 2025

Manila, Philippines. Photo: travel oriented/Creative Commons

Urban Planning | February 02, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Of them, 440 are in emerging economies in China, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

 

Photo Credit: William Lesch, Lori Carroll, Esthela J. Celya

Multifamily Housing | February 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Floating vanities, tricked-out showers, and freestanding tubs highlight the top bathroom design trends, according to...

Metals | February 02, 2016 | Dave Rutherford |

Speed has a real impact on the bottom line, in ways that are obvious and in some that you might not be aware of.

ABC: Nonresidential spending falls again in December

Construction in Indianpolis. Photo: sciondriver/Creative Commons.

Contractors | February 02, 2016 | ABC

For a second consecutive month, 12 of 16 nonresidential subsectors experienced spending decreases on a monthly basis....

New York City’s post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency efforts hailed as exemplar

Photo: David Shankbone/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | February 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Lessons learned can help urban areas cope with climate change impacts.

 

Section of the private residential gardens (click to view expanded version). Renderings, illustrations courtesy CallisonRTKL

High-rise Construction | February 02, 2016 | CallisonRTKL blog | Matthias Olt

Matthias Olt, Associate Vice President at CallisonRTKL, discusses new ways to improve individual health and well-bein...

Microsoft testing submersible data centers

Photo: Project Natick, via Microsoft

Data Centers | February 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Project Natick, featured a successful prototype trial run last summer.

 

Photo Credit: Mike Tuell, Tom E. Lutz, AKBD

Multifamily Housing | February 01, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Charging stations, built-in coffeemakers, and pet stations—these are among the top kitchen design trends for the comi...

Fifty-three-foot-long modules, made by Guerdon Modular Buildings and assembled by Martel Construction, are being used to rebuild The Canyons Lodge & Cabins in Yellowstone National Park. Image courtesy of Guerdon Modular Buildings

Modular Building | February 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A $90 million rebuilding project in Yellowstone National Park exemplifies this trend.

ABC: Tepid GDP growth a sign construction spending may sputter

Construction in Palo Alto, Calif. Photo: albedo20/Creative Commons.

Contractors | February 01, 2016 | ABC

Though the economy did not have a strong ending to 2015, the data does not suggest that nonresidential construction s...

Supreme Court ruling on demand response expected to benefit smart grid

Photo: Dave Dugdale/Creative Commons

Green | February 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Ruling allows PV owners and other small energy generators to continue to be paid wholesale rates for power they gener...

A giant proposed casino-hotel in Everett, Mass., will include 600-plus rooms, six restaurants, and a 20-foot-wide harborwalk along the Mystic River. The resort is scheduled to open in 2018. Rendering: Wynn Resorts

Casinos | January 30, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A judge’s ruling last year paved the way for Wynn Resorts to begin construction on a 33-acre gambling palace in Evere...

Target Field Station, Minneapolis, Minn. Photo: ©Morgan Sheff, courtesy Perkins Eastman

Giants 300 | January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest transit/TOD sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Gia...

USGBC names top 10 states for LEED green building

American Technical Publishers in Orland Park, Ill., a LEED Gold-certified building. Photo: American Technical Publishers/Wikimedia Commons

 

Green | January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Illinois leads the list for the third straight year.

Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photo: ©Robert Polidori, courtesy SOM

Giants 300 | January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest airport sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants...

Billion-dollar dome in Las Vegas could be the Oakland Raiders next home

Photo: Mike McBride/Creative Commons

Sports and Recreational Facilities | January 29, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The franchise, which is considering relocation if it can’t work out a stadium deal in the Bay Area, is listening to a...

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. Rendering: HOK

Giants 300 | January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest sports sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants 3...

Understanding the value of physical due diligence

Aged HVAC unit on a large commercial complex in Muskegon, Mich. All photos: WJE

Reconstruction & Renovation | January 29, 2016 | Ross J. Smith, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CDT

Physical inspections can range widely by discipline, level of detail, and the resulting deliverable, leaving even sea...

Glass and Glazing | January 29, 2016 | Walker Glass

The Boulevard Club is a century old structure in Toronto which needed an expansion. The windows facing Lake Ontario n...

Section of New Orleans will try new approach to flood control

Photo: Shawn Harquail/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | January 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city will turn to a retain and control storm water strategy.

Pikes Peak visitor complex will appear carved into the mountainside, at 14,115 feet

Renderings courtesy GWWO, Inc./Architects

Cultural Facilities | January 28, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The minimalist structure will provide majestic views of the Rocky Mountains for the 600,000-plus people who visit the...

Rendering courtesy of World War One Centennial Commission

Architects | January 28, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Joe Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard were selected from among five finalists and over 350 entries overall.

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