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September 28, 2016 | BD+C Staff

HOK, Stantec, Turner Construction Co., Fluor Corp., and AECOM top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest government facility AEC firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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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...

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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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...

San Francisco voters approve tougher affordability requirement on new housing development

San Francisco. Photo: Tony Webster/Creative Commons.

Multifamily Housing | June 14, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Critics charge that the measure may backfire and actually reduce new affordable units.

 

Drexel's Korman Center. Renderings courtesy Gluckman Tang Architects. Click here to enlarge.

University Buildings | June 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A large screen sets a living room vibe for the Philadelphia academic building. Plans call for 9,000 sf of common spac...

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Norfolk Transit Center, Norfolk, Virginia. ALPOLIC®/PE in SMX Silver Metallic Finish. Photographed by Chris Cunningham Photography.

Transit Facilities | June 13, 2016 | ALPOLIC

Whether building architecture or catching a bus, everyone’s happy when things run right on schedule.

High-rise Construction | June 13, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

Made of glass, concrete, and steel, the 56-story tower has been dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe" because of its curving li...

Photo: Pixabay

Building Team | June 13, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Inaugural 2.5-day event will convene 125+ leading AEC women in Dana Point, Calif., November 9-11, for professional de...

Room painted with the Intrepid palette. Photos courtesy Sherwin-Williams. Click here to enlarge. 

Coatings | June 13, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The four palettes—Noir, Holistic, Intrepid, and Unbounded—were developed by a team of design and color experts.

The Millennial workforce is growing fast. An estimated 10,000 people turn 21 every day.

Movers+Shapers | June 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms, particularly those that design hotels and offices, gain a competitive edge by knowing how to appeal to the...

Rand Hall, a three-story student center and dining area at the center of the Vanderbilt University campus. Photo: Bob Schatz. Click here to enlarge.

University Buildings | June 13, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Virtual learning rooms, gaming stations, and self-check-out kiosks are among the perks—and necessities—that have all...

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BIM and Information Technology | June 13, 2016 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Stephen Conschafter

Tech firms are creating a highly-detailed virtual planet available instantly for those who would like to scrutinize i...

American Concrete Institute releases new Guide to Shotcrete

Shotcrete. Photo: Raimond Spekking/Wikimedia Commons.

Concrete | June 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contibuting Editor

Includes information on application procedures, testing.

 

The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute in Los Angeles expects to consume 51% less energy and produce 1.25 times the energy it uses, thanks to a $15.5 million retrofit. Image courtesy of NZP ETI.

Energy Efficiency | June 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The goal of the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute is for this structure to become a model for emergency ope...

Carlos Arnaiz Architects (CAZA) has designed four different types of stations for Cebu, Philippines' first bus rapid transit system. Image courtesy of CAZA

Transit Facilities | June 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New York-based CAZA designed the modular bus stops with the city’s extreme weather conditions in mind.

URBAN EVANGELIST: Bruce Katz sees America humming again, city by city

Bruce Katz, the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, travels the globe espousing the virtues of cities as economic engines.

Movers+Shapers | June 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Katz, best known as Co-director of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy program, believes that cities are...

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