VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and Building Team members in highly detailed, fully lit environments that simulate the final structure. 

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What’s in a coating, and why does it matter?

Colofrul buildings in Tirana, Albania. 

Coatings | June 15, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

When the sun starts swinging punches at your building's coating, chalking and fading will start. But there's a way to...

NIST released draft guide for community resilience planning

Resilience planning can help communities to better withstand and bounce back from storms and other hazards so that they can quickly restore roads, power, and other essential services. Image: U.S. Air Force

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 15, 2015 | NIST

The guide lays out a six-step process that starts with the formation of a resilience team drawn from the community an...

Deep data: How greater intelligence can lead to better buildings

Photo: “Night Lights of the World,” courtesy NASA and NASA Earth Observatory

BIM and Information Technology | June 14, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The buzzword may be “Big Data,” but the reality is that Building Teams need to burrow deep into those huge datasets i...

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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Construction materials prices up in May

The latest report from Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction materials prices increased in May but remain down for the year. Image: Pixabay

Building Materials | June 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Prices for inputs to construction industries rose by 1.1% in May—the largest month-over-month increase in more than t...

North Carolina remains a major target for Wood Partners

Wood Partners continues to build multi-family apartment units in North Carolina, making it a main focus of the group. Image: Cline Design Associates

June 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer recently started its 15th multifamily community in that state.

Houston's energy sector keeps office construction humming

Colliers International’s 2015 North America Office Market report assessed 92 markets in the U.S. and Canada. Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | June 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Colliers International projects continued expansion this year in its quarterly report on national office market. 

Google launches company to improve city leaving

Google CEO Larry Page believes that focusing on innovation for cities is an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The search engine giant is yet again diversifying its products. Google has co-created a startup, called Sidewalk Labs...

Steel Framing Alliance updates ‘Thermal Design and Code Compliance for Cold-Formed Steel Walls’ design guide

The Steel Framing Alliance updated its "Thermal Design and Code Compliance for Cold-Formed Steel Walls" design guide. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes results of new tests and addresses IECC and ASHRAE compliance paths.

Helena, Montana, may charge commercial developers a fee to fund public art

A current proposal would assess the fee at 1% of the construction cost. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The fee would apply to new construction or alteration of nonresidential buildings of at least 20,000 sf.

DBIA releases new document on choosing a project delivery method

Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides owners and others with factors to consider when choosing the best method of delivery for their project.

Pop-up tree-office opens in London borough of Hackney

TreexOffice is a pop-up office space lcoated in the heart of Hackney in London. Image: Tate Harmer LLP

Office Building Design | June 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

London's Hackney borough welcomed a new kind of workspace to Hoxton Square—the TreexOffice.

Artists Turn Tankers into Architecture

The project involves anchoring tankers to the shore as permanent land buildings, designed to accommodate cultural and event spaces, retail, or public parks. Renderings courtesy of Chris Collaris Design.

Cultural Facilities | June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Four Dutch artists propose transforming tankers into monuments with mixed-use space.

World’s Largest Hotel Coming to Mecca

The hotel will have 10,000-rooms, a shopping center, and helipads on its 12 towers. Rendering courtesy Dar Al-Handasah

Hotel Facilities | June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With 10,000 rooms, the Abraj Kudai hotel will far surpass the current title of world’s largest hotel by room count—th...

London opens business complex made from 50 shipping containers

Photo: PopBrixton.org

Modular Building | June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

London's newest business complex, Pop Brixton, will support local entrepreneurs, create jobs, and is made entirely of...

GBCI launches SITES - a rating system for sustainable landscapes

The rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings, ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more. Image: EPA

Green | June 10, 2015 | GBCI

The new SITES rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings, rangin...

Fuel cell technology makes its way into energy generation

A 1.4-MW fuel cell power plant, installed on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in 2014, generates clean, round-the-clock baseload power. The fuel cell is part of a configuration, in which high-quality heat produces steam for campus heating and absorption cooling. Photo courtesy FuelCell Energy

Green | June 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for fuel cells, while modest, is growing, and cost savings are getting noticed.

BIG unveils designs for last WTC tower

The tower's design takes cue from its existing neighbors. Renderings courtesy BIG

Office Building Design | June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The towering "staircase" will rise from St. Paul’s chapel to the skyline, leaning against One World Trade Center.

$300 million office to transform Denver skyline

The 1144 Fifteenth tower will stand between Arapahoe and Lawrence streets, on the edge of historic Larimer Square. Renderings: Hines 

Office Building Design | June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by Pickard Chilton, the 640,000-sf tower is geared for large-scale tenants, with features like floor-to-ceil...

How architects can tap into the expertise of their metal roof manufacturer, part 4
Metals | June 09, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

Let’s look at the importance of enforcing the detailed specifications the roof manufacturer provides.

Is your firm social enough?
Building Team | June 09, 2015 | Steven Burns |

The overwhelming majority of A/E/C firms are engaged in social media. But to what end? 

First earthquake warning system installed in North Portland

The first U.S. installation of the ShakeAlarm was installed in North Portland, Ore.'s Radiator Building. All images: CoreFirst

Seismic Design | June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The ShakeAlarm system recognizes and quantifies the faster but lower-energy seismic P-wave, which is the precursor to...

BIG releases designs for transport hub in Swedish city

The new transport hub will integrate the city center once separated by tracks. Renderings courtesy BIG

Transit Facilities | June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Like a continuous thin sheet, the roof is gently lifted at its four corners, wrapping the city's vehicular infrastru...

Ready for takeoff: Drones await clearance for job site flights

The Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed rules for commercial drone use would require pilots to be at least 17 years old and obtain aircraft operator certificates with a small unmanned aerial systems rating. Photo: courtesy Assurance

BIM and Information Technology | June 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

The fog is finally lifting on who will be allowed to pilot unmanned aerial vehicles. 

A company is developing spray-on solar panels for windows

Researchers view the Colorado Rocky Mountains through an electricity-generating SolarWindow module. Photo courtesy SolarWindow Technologies

Green | June 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Made primarily out of hydrogen and carbon, the coating can turn see-through surfaces into solar panels.

ABC: 49 states report decline in construction unemployment rate

Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Utah reported the lowest unemployment rates among construction workers in April. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | June 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Five Plain States reported the lowest unemployment rates for construction workers in April. 

Diamond Schmitt Architects creates tool to compare energy use data across building types

The firm released its ecoMetrics analysis tool at the CAGBC Conference. Image: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Green | June 08, 2015 | Diamond Schmitt Architects

The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation models across a wid...

High-rise Construction | June 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This quirky-sounding building code is a safety measure for the earthquake-prone nation.

Exposed glulam framework offers quiet complement to Jackson Hole airport’s mountain backdrop
Airports | June 05, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

A three-phase expansion and renovation, which began in 2009, nearly doubled the size of the aviation hub; the only on...

Unwrapping ‘the mummy’: Chicago hotel project comes to life

The sleek architectural panels and Valspar coating give the building a steely sheen.

Coatings | June 05, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The sleek architectural panels and Valspar coating give the building a steely sheen.

Backpack becomes industry first in wearable reality capture

The Pegasus:Backpack from Leica is the industry's first wearable reality-capture technology. Image: Leica Geosystems

BIM and Information Technology | June 05, 2015 | Leica Geosystems

Combining five high-dynamic cameras and a LiDAR profiler, Leica's Pegasus:Backpack creates a 3D view indoors or outdo...

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