10 megatrends shaping the future of green building

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy

Green | November 30, 2015 | Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, Contributing Editor

Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a sharper focus on existing structures are among the trends that will drive sustainability through 2020, according to author and green building expert Jerry Yudelson.

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An upcoming tower in Chicago aims to be in the city’s top five tallest

Renderings courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli

High-rise Construction | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Updated renderings from César Pelli's firm show a taller, slimmer design, possibly exceeding 1,000 feet.

Google moves towards the light with Eddystone

Courtesy Google Developers

BIM and Information Technology | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Though beacons usually broadcast information publicly, Eddystone has the option to communicate privately as well, whi...

BIG’s design for Philadelphia Navy Yard defies gravity

The new structure will be part of a new mixed-use campus on Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard. Renderings courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + Luxigon.

Office Building Design | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Ground has broken for 1200 Interpid, a 94,000-sf office building designed by BIG that appears to be leaning.

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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Landmark status could delay Hancock Center renovations

Owners of commercial portions of the tower envision adding tall triangular prisms, glass walls, and video screens to the skyscraper's sunken plaza. Photo: Achim Hepp, Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Chicago officials have started to marshal documents to protect the tower against planned architectural changes.

Chile selects architects for Sub-Antarctic research center

All renderings courtesy Ennead Architects

Education Facility | July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Promoting ecological tourism is one of this facility’s goals

Massive exhibition space in Inner Mongolia replicates steppe landscape

Renderings courtesy Kuanlu Architects

Cultural Facilities | July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To mimic the Central Asian steppe landscape of the Chinese province Inner Mongolia, Kuanlu Architects proposed the co...

Drones are starting to fill the sky, and the whoosh of their propellers is more popular on construction sites than ever before.  Look up, and meet the future.

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New city-modeling software quantifies the movement urban dwellers

Map: MIT, courtesy of Andres Sevtsuk/City Form Lab

BIM and Information Technology | July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNA for Rhino 3D helps determine the impact that urban design can have on where pedestrians go.

Tesla's Gigafactory seeks to grow even larger

Tesla's Elon Musk. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

Industrial Facility | July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tesla Motors purchased an additional 1,200 acres next to the Gigafactory and is looking to buy an additional 350 acre...

College upgrades and remediates riverfront campus with EPA funding

Metl-Span manufactured and supplied its Architectural Flat insulated metal wall panels in Dove Gray, Light Gray, Arabian Blue, and Chromium Gray.

Higher Education | July 14, 2015 | Metl-Span

. Goodwin College needed to expand its facilities to accommodate student increase.

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Charlotte’s Mosaic Village merges jazz and architecture

They exterior was coated with Valspar's 70% PVDF Fluropon coating in Cool Breakwater Blue and Silversmith. Photos courtesy of Valspar.

Higher Education | July 14, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The 124,000-sf mixed-use project contains 80 apartments, accommodating 300 students with numerous amenities

The nation’s first drone park breaks ground in North Dakota

Photo: Alexander Glinz, Wikimedia Commons

BIM and Information Technology | July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is one of six testing sites around the country that are developing flight standards and evaluating the utility o...

German architect proposes construction of mountain near Berlin

The architect envisions more topography in the otherwise flat capital city of Germany. Renderings courtesy Jakob Tigges

Cultural Facilities | July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architect wants to create the world’s largest man-made mountain, at 3,280 feet.

Herzog & de Meuron’s triangle tower design stirs controversy in Paris

Residents of the Porte de Versailles neighborhood, in Paris’ 15th arrondissement where the tower is proposed, claim the tower will overshadow them. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron

High-rise Construction | July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 590-foot glass pyramid building will include a 120-room hotel, 754,000 sf of office space, and cultural facilitie...

Holedeck, construction, concrete, voided slab, skyscraper, high-rise

Winner of the Innovation award, Holedeck, drastically reduces the vertical space needed to house components such as electricity and plumbing. Photo courtesy Holedeck via CTBUH

High-rise Construction | July 13, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The Holedeck coffer slab system is among the breakthrough technologies and projects recognized by the Council on Tall...

Office of Management and Budget asks agencies to consider climate change when budgeting for construction and maintenance projects

San Francisco United States Federal Building. Eric in SF via Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | July 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget is asking agencies to submit budget plans that consider...

White paper explores low-flow toilets’ impact on drain lines

Photo: Sloan Valve

Engineers | July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editors

The research found that certain variables: toilet paper—along with the pipe slope and flush volume—are key variables...

U.S. Green Building Council aligns programs with CALGreen

California Academy of Sciences. Photo: TheDailyNathan via Wikimedia Commons

Green | July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editor

California has a new LEED certification path as the state struggles with drought.

Multi-million dollar vertical farm project breaks ground in Newark

The building site is located on a three-acre site in the center of Newark’s Ironbound District. Rendering courtesy KSS Architects

Industrial Facility | July 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The vertical farm by commercial grower AeroFarms will be the world’s largest indoor vertical farm.

According to research by talent management firm Development Dimensions International, 89% of leaders with strong interaction skills have more engaged teams. Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg/Flickr

Building Team | July 10, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Much of what’s written about employee engagement focuses on how leaders can help their employees become more involved...

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Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial plan gets OK from D.C. planning commission

Rendering: Gehry Partners, LLP

Cultural Facilities | July 09, 2015 | Lacey Johnson, Reuters

Despite the thumbs up, disputes over costs may keep the $142 million work from ever being built.

Opioid abuse blamed for increase in worker injuries, business losses

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | July 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Insurance giant CNA says concerns are increasing in the construction industry.

St. Petersburg Pier’s dramatic makeover gets green light from city officials

The new St. Petersburg Pier, The Pier Park. Renderings courtesy ASD/Rogers Partners/Ken Smith

Smart and Resilient Cities | July 09, 2015 | Rogers Partners

The Pier Park will be a platform for a multitude of smaller and more flexible programs and experiences for tourists a...

Beyoncé, Melbourne, tower, high-rise, Elenberg Fraser

The team came up with the design using parametric modeling to optimize passive heating and cooling. Soon after, a director noticed the form's similarity with a certain pop star in a music video. Renderings courtesy Elenberg Fraser

Multifamily Housing | July 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The bootylicious tower is composed of 660 apartments and a 160-room hotel at the west end of Melbourne's business dis...

NCARB: Record number of aspiring architects on path toward licensure

The 37,178 aspiring architects who were testing and/or reporting hours in 2014 was the highest to date. The previous record high was 33,030 in 2009.

Architects | July 09, 2015 | NCARB

More than 37,170 design professionals either reported hours through the Intern Development Program or tested for the...

David Adjaye, Africa, Art, Black, African American, Harlem, Studio Museum, New York City, Thelma Golden

Rendering courtesy Adjaye Associates

Museums | July 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

In designing the five-story, 71,000-sf building, Adjaye took cues from the brownstones, churches, and bustling sidewa...

From Subway to Walgreens, healthcare campuses embrace retail chains in the name of patience convenience

Walgreens Pharmacy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.  Photo courtesy VOA Associates

Healthcare Facilities | July 08, 2015 | Craig Beam, Managing Director, CBRE Healthcare

Most retail in healthcare discussions today are focused on integrating ambulatory care into traditional retail settin...

Metal Roof Retrofits: The Potential, The Problems, The Payoff
Metals | July 08, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

During metal roof retrofits, look for moisture and check for asbestos

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California Supreme Court upholds affordable housing requirements
Codes and Standards | July 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributor

Court cites affordable housing crisis of ‘epic proportions.’

Why AEC firms should be cultivating 'visible experts'

Photo: Cydcor via flickr creative commons

Architects | July 07, 2015 | David Barista |

A new study pinpoints the true dollar value of having knowledge leaders and market shapers on your team.

BIG designs Frankfurt skyscraper with a surprise in the middle

Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

High-rise Construction | July 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Several levels in the center of the 185-meter tower are shifted outward to allow for terraces with city views.

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