5 ingredients of successful mall design

Westfield Galleria at Roseville, near Sacramento, Calif., features an expanded indoor/outdoor promenade that became a centerpiece of a multimillion renovation led by architect Gensler and Westfield Design. That renovation increased the mall’s annual traffic by 46% and created a “brand” that more shoppers could relate to and want to frequent. Photo: Gensler/Sherman Takata

Retail Centers | May 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Entertainment, dining, and leisure components, plus the latest technology, are now crucial to making these centers a regular part of customers’ lives.   

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GSEs and their lenders were active on the multifamily front in 2014

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Multifamily Housing | February 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized more than $57 billion for 850,000-plus units.

3D printing has people in the building and construction industry talking

Source: 3dprint.com

Designers | February 09, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

How can 3D printing affect the building design and construction industry?

Construction highest employment total

Photo credit: russavia, Wikimedia Commons.

Contractors | February 09, 2015 | Associated General Contractors of America

Construction employers added 39,000 jobs in January and 308,000 over the past year, reaching the highest employment t...

Morton Buildings is notorious for its status as a titan in the American construction community. That status was not lost on the ownership of an exclusive country club, when it decided to choose Morton to spearhead a complete overhaul of its facilities.

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Shopping centers set their sight on solar
Green | February 09, 2015 | Panasonic Eco Solutions

As part of its pledge to environmentally sound practices, real estate investment trust Macerich is implementing solar...

ASHRAE, IAQA approve consolidation

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Codes and Standards | February 08, 2015 | ASHRAE

Under the consolidation, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board...

BIM for safety: How to use BIM/VDC tools to prevent injuries on the job site

Gilbane created this 4D simulation to help visualize the planned work areas near public thoroughfares on a recent project. Rendering: Gilbane Building Company

BIM and Information Technology | February 08, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Gilbane, Southland Industries, Tocci, and Turner are among the firms to incorporate advanced 4D BIM safety assessment...

 

Whenever putting down the foundation for the building, the installation of the embedded anchor rods must be precise. Misplacing them with a variance greater than 1/4” means your columns will be out of plumb...

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Tacoma Art Museum's new wing features sun screens that operate like railroad box car doors

The 16,000-sf addition expands the museum’s existing Antoine Predock-designed structure. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

Museums | February 06, 2015 | Olson Kundig Architects

The 16-foot-tall screens, operated by a hand wheel, roll like box car doors across the façade and interlace with a se...

6 factors steering workplace design at financial services firms

Photo courtesy HOK

Office Building Design | February 06, 2015 | Life at HOK |

Grossly underutilized space and a lack of a mobility strategy are among the trends identified by HOK based on its res...

Architects look to ‘activate’ vacant block in San Diego with shipping container-based park

A 28,500-sf vacant city block in San Diego will become a temporary urban park that will attempt to draw local residents and tourists with retail, food service, and meeting spaces. Vendors will set up shop in recycled shipping containers. Rendering: RAD Labs

Cultural Facilities | February 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A team of alumni from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego has taken over a 28,500-sf empty city blo...

Fannie Mae to offer lower interest rates to LEED-certified multifamily properties

Colorado Court Affordable Housing — Santa Monica, Calif. Photo: Calder Oliver via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 06, 2015 | USGBC

For certified properties, Fannie Mae is now granting a 10 basis point reduction in the interest rate of a multifamily...

Zaha Hadid-Designed Terminal in Beijing Will Be World’s Largest

ADPI won the bid back in 2011, but then teamed up with Zaha Hadid Architects for the final design, Dezeen reports. Renderings courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

Airports | February 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The terminal will accommodate 45 million passengers per year, and will be a hub for both air and rail travel.

Obama executive order requires federal construction projects to consider flood damage caused by climate change

The standard would make large tracts of low-lying land off limits for construction with federal funds. Photo: Craig Dietrich via Wikimedia Commons 

Codes and Standards | February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

To meet the new standard, builders must build two feet above the currently projected elevation for 100-year floods fo...

ASHRAE, REHVA publish guide to chilled beam systems

Rendering: Schako Air Distribution, http://www.schako.de/

HVAC | February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam systems.

Under the sea: Manmade island functions as artificial reef

Renderings courtesy Quentin Perchet, Thomas Yvon, and Zarko Uzlac

Cultural Facilities | February 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The proposed island would allow visitors to view the enormous faux-reef and its accompanying marine life from the wat...

Census Bureau: Capital spending by U.S. businesses increased 4.5%

The headquarters of Adobe Systems in downtown San Jose, Calif. Photo: Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | February 06, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

Of the 19 industry sectors covered in the report, only one had a statistically significant year-to-year decrease in c...

Designs for self storage in one of Miami’s party hot spots

Curbed calls the design "a chunk of the Fountainbleu" stuck on Alton Road. Renderings: courtesy Gutierrez & Lozano

Warehouses | February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans by architect Gutierrez & Lozano are of a sleek, boutique-looking, 22,500-sf facility at the gateway to...

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

Cultural Facilities | February 05, 2015 | Bruner Foundation

Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, S.C., and the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Downtown Market are among the finalists for...

The Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. Photo credit: The Emerging Objects Corporation. 

Brick and Masonry | February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. The bricks absorb water, which cools the air as it passes...

Toy around with Ittyblox's ultra-detailed building blocks

Photos: Shapeways

Architects | February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

For Lego fanatics, time is no object when building a model. For those of us with a little less time, Ittyblox is a go...

London mayor approves plan for a bicycle highway

Proposal for Parliament Square. Renderings courtesy Transport for London

Transit Facilities | February 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan will guarantee bike riders a designated stretch of street to ride from east to west through the city.

Arup unveils plans for the new A.C. Milan stadium

The stadium's removable roof will help migitate noise in the surrounding area. Renderings courtesy Arup

Sports and Recreational Facilities | February 04, 2015 | Arup

The venue will include a modern stage for the home matches together with a hotel, sports college, restaurants, childr...

Illinois leads top 10 U.S. states for LEED green building

National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, designed by The Freelon Group and HOK. Photo: @Albert Vecerka/Esto

Green | February 04, 2015 | USGBC

Collectively, 1,662 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the top 10 states in 2014, rep...

A firefighter uses the voice capabilities of a fire alarm panel (in this case, a
Fire-Rated Products | February 03, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

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February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

New York enacted a law that could make firefighting a bit safer by mandating property owners inform government and fi...

Integrated Learning Neighborhoods: A solution for linking student housing with the typical student experience

The new College Avenue Commons at Arizona State University. Image © Bill Timmerman

Higher Education | February 03, 2015 | GenslerOn | Brian Watson and Mark McMinn

Just as urban housing fits into the city as a whole, student housing can be integrated into the campus network as a s...

5 trends transforming workplace design

The average American sits 7.7 hours per day. Being sedentary for that long over a prolonged period of time has negative impacts on a person’s weight gain. Photo: Darko Maksimovic via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | February 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

RTKL's workplace design expert Jodi Williams foresees healthier and more technologically enabled offices that allow p...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s work nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Status

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House, arguably one of the architect's most iconic works, is included in the nomination list. Photo courtesy of Fallingwater.org

Architects | February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

If selected, Wright’s work will be the first examples of U.S. modern architecture on the list.

Nonresidential construction spending expands in December 2014

Spending for the month totaled $627.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, 5.9% higher than December 2013. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Dawn M. Price, U.S. Air Force, Wikimedia Commons.

Contractors | February 03, 2015 | Associated Contractors and Builders

Seven of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases in spending in December on a monthly basis.

BIG proposes canopied, vertical village for Middle East media company

Two towers are connected by a giant tensile canopy that slopes down, mimicking the tents traditionally used by cultures of the region. Renderings courtesy BIG.

Office Building Design | February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tensile canopy shades a relaxation plaza from the desert sun.

16 stunning wood buildings win 2015 Wood Design Awards

The Wood in Educational Buildings award winner, Indian Mountain Student Arts & Innovation Center in Lakeville, Conn. Photo: Robert Benson Photography

Wood | February 03, 2015 | Wood Products Council

Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Airport and Stapleton Library in Staten Island, N.Y., are among the projects honored by WoodWorks...

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