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Hamilton Elementary School in Moline, Ill., features a range of interactive learning spaces designed to encourage critical thinking and collaboration, including an “imaginarium,” discovery lab, and learning stair (pictured). On the Building Team: Legat Architects (design architect), KJWW Engineering (SE), Amsco Engineering (MEP), McClure Engineering (CE), MVP Services Group (kitchen design), and Russell Construction (CM). Photo: AJ Brown Imaging

2016 Giants Report | July 25, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler surpasses $1.1 billion in revenue, topping Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest architecture firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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The fire station in Allen, Texas, which opened in 2012, is a prime example of Pro Forma's expertise in designing municipal buildings. Image: Courtesy of PGAL

Architects | March 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The merger adds a firm that has specialized in municipal projects.

The Mall of the Future will be a combination community center and gathering place. It will be technology rich, be attached or near living and working spaces, and will provide variety to lure customers for frequent visits. Image: CallisonRTKL's “Mall of the Future” report

Retail Centers | March 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

CallisonRTKL foresees future retail centers as hubs with live/work/play components. 

Nevada utility regulations hampering growth of solar energy

Photo: Jason Mrachina/Creative Commons

Energy | March 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Conflict between energy-hungry casinos and utilities highlights challenges of burgeoning solar electricity generation...

Rendering Courtesy of Google

Office Building Design | March 16, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The original canopy design scheme is still in place, but the plans now call for it to be opaque.

OMA’s first UAE project transforms warehouses into multi-purpose art district venue

Renderings courtesy OMA

Cultural Facilities | March 15, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Moveable walls will provide different spatial configurations for events and gatherings, and large glass doors will bl...

Behnisch Architekten designs Harvard’s proposed Science and Engineering Complex

The proposed Science and Engineering Complex, located on Harvard University’s Allston campus, integrates one of the country’s most diverse and exciting engineering programs into a 497,000-sf structure. Renderings courtesy Harvard/Behnisch Architekten. Click here for larger image

University Buildings | March 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The 497,000-sf building will be the home of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Bjarke Ingels, Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw all winners in Expo 2020 pavilion design competition

Mobility Pavilion, designed by Foster+Partners. All renderings courtesy Expo 2020 and BIG, Foster+Partners, and Grimshaw

Events Facilities | March 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BIG designed the Opportunity Pavilion, Foster+Partners submitted the winning Mobility Pavilion, and Grimshaw created...

Photo Credit: Francois Schnell, Flickr Creative Commons

AEC Tech | March 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Making things like augmented reality, precise measurements of indoor spaces, and indoor wayfinding possible, Google’s...

ILFI launches Biophilic Design Initiative

Photo: Lex McKee/Creative Commons

Green | March 15, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to transfer biophilic design theory to real-world applications.

Washington Redskins tease new stadium model designed by Bjarke Ingels

Photo via Washington Redskins

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 14, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The location isn't yet determined, but the new stadium will have a moat for kayaking.

Visual estimating, generative design, and component construction push the limits of BIM/VDC

Trent Nichols, VP and National VDC Director with JE Dunn (left), and Jason Hickam, Preconstruction Manager, use the firm’s new BIM-based visual estimation tool, JE Dunn Lens, to track the costs of a project design. Photo courtesy JE Dunn

BIM and Information Technology | March 14, 2016 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

DPR Construction, JE Dunn, and The Living advance the AEC industry with three clever tech solutions.

NRCA’s EnergyWise Roof Calculator updated

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Energy Efficient Roofing | March 14, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Now includes information from 2015 ICC Green Construction Code.

 

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Green | March 11, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Carbon dioxide has been captured and stored by scientists for years, but now GE has a novel idea for how to put this...

German artist recreates brutalist buildings with LEGO blocks

Photo: Arndt Schlaudraff, via Dezeen

Architects | March 11, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Arndt Schlaudraff brings the beauty out of the rugged, linear style of buildings most popular a half century ago.

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Image courtesy Open Architecture Collaborative

Architects | March 11, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

With a new name, logo, and mission, the Open Architecture Collaborative is seeking a fresh start. 

G/BA releases 2015 Hospital Benchmarking Survey

Prentice Women's Hospital Building in Chicago. Photo: Erin Nekervis/Creative Commons

Healthcare Facilities | March 11, 2016 | Grumman/Butkus Associates

A new survey from engineering firm Grumman/Butkus Associates examines electricity, fossil fuel, water/sewer, and carb...

Breakwater Chicago releases renderings of floating Lake Michigan resort

Rendering: Breakwater Chicago

Resort Design | March 11, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Anchored a mile off of Chicago’s coast, the luxury party vessel will have restaurants, a swimming pool, and a spa. ...

AIA's latest diversity report paints a picture of an industry that still isn't proactively recruiting, developing, or promoting enough women or people of color. Image: Pixabay

Architects | March 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Dissatisfaction with “work-life balance” and compensation are cited as reasons why companies’ diversity strategies ma...

Ohlone Community College’s Academic Core project in Fremont, Calif., introduces three new academic hybrid buildings that build community and enhance learning. Rendering courtesy CannonDesign

University Buildings | March 11, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog | Carisima Koenig

Even in the face of funding challenges and historic precedent, there are emerging examples of how partnership between...

A view of London with approved tall building proposals outlined in red. Image credit: ©Visualhouse and photographer Dan Lowe

High-rise Construction | March 10, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

More than 100 tall buildings have been added to the plans for the capital city since this time last year, and the ove...

Is the Internet of Things the key to smarter buildings and cities?

Humanscale added sensors to adjustable workstations. Photos courtesy Humanscale.

AEC Tech | March 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Experts say yes. But what’s needed is a point person who makes sure that sensing devices can “talk” to each other....

Expedia unveils design for Seattle waterfront campus

The Expedia courtyard accommodates visitor arrival and drop-off, all-hands meetings, outdoor meetings, and recreation. It will be encircled by a new approximately 600,000-sf four-story office building. All renderings courtesy Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Click here for larger view

Office Building Design | March 10, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Transparency and outdoor areas will give the complex a Pacific Northwest vibe.

 

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to open Los Angeles office

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff worked with HOK on the recently opened Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Photo: Ron Reiring/Creative Commons.

Engineers | March 10, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The new office will specialize in building enclosure engineering.

How to manage the process and limit the risk of value engineering

Photo: Pixabay

Architects | March 10, 2016 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

AEC consultant Steve Whitehorn shares several ways in which architects can be more effective managers of value-engine...

The StratIS app gives property managers wireless control over thermostats and door locks. Image: StratIS

Multifamily Housing | March 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Ease of installation is one of StratIS’s selling features.

Two Houston firms merge to form Method Architecture

Designed by Three Square Design Group, Legacy at Crystal Falls is a 48,400 sf assisted living facility in Leander, Texas. Images courtesy Method Architecture. (Click here for larger photo).

Architects | March 09, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

In mid-2016, Architects-Plus and Three Square Design Group will join to make a studio that will design industrial cen...

A construction specialist programs the flight path of a drone using a Sony tablet that's part of a Site Scan platform that Sony, 3DRobotics, and Autodesk have introduced to make using image-capture data from the field easier with modeling and design software easier. Image courtesy 3DRobotics

Drones | March 09, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

3DRobotics, Autodesk, and Sony launch Site Scan to speed the process of making models from field data.

CBRE: Workplace wellness on the rise

Photos: Pixabay (Treadmill desk photo: CBRE)

Office Building Design | March 09, 2016 | Craig Beam, CBRE Healthcare

As insurance premiums and deductibles continue to rise, both employees and employers are evaluating options to improv...

Seismic Design Working Group calls for participation in peer review process

Seattle. Photo: sama093/Creative Commons.

High-rise Construction | March 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Research at an advanced stage.

Yotel, New York City. Photo: JasonParis, flickr creative commons

Hotel Facilities | March 09, 2016 | Rob Cassidy | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Hotels are going for a new minimalist look to attract younger guests, but some older business travelers don't like th...

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