Breaking out of the box: Pirbright Institute’s radical approach to biocontainment facility design

Warm materials, splashes of color, pleasing proportions, and lively design elements combine to create an informal, nonscientific aesthetic for the facility. The lab wings are clad in Siberian larch timber articulated by punched windows with colorful surrounds. Photo: © Dan Schwalm, courtesy HDR Architecture

Public Health Labs | January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The novel scheme turns the typical containment lab building inside out, placing the high-containment spaces at the perimeter to provide researchers with daylight and views.

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Atascadero City Hall was severely damaged by the San Simeon earthquake in 2003.

Atascadero City Hall was severely damaged by the San Simeon earthquake in 2003. Reconstruction renewed the buildings stability,

August 26, 2014 | Julie S. Higginbotham

The landmark city hall was severely damaged by the San Simeon earthquake in 2003. Reconstruction renewed the building’s stability, restored its ext...

Cincinnati Art Museum - Longworth Wing Renovation. Building Team: emersion DESIG

Cincinnati Art Museum - Longworth Wing Renovation. Building Team: emersion DESIGN (architect, structural engineer); Advanced Eng

August 26, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Arup, Gensler, and Turner head BD+C's rankings of design and construction firms with the most revenue from cultural facility projects, as reported...

Kingdom Tower. Image courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill.

Kingdom Tower. Image courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill.

August 25, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Large portions of some skyscrapers are useless space used to artificially enhance their height, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urba...

Morton Buildings is the national leader in custom post-frame construction. With an expansive network of resources and an ongoing commitment to innovation within the industry, Morton has earned its reputation that has lasted for generations.

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August 25, 2014 | BD+C Staff 
Choosing from 30,000 photos he took from the day construction began in 2006 to the day when construction was finished in 2012, Brooklyn-based pho...
Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects

Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects

August 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Hadid claims the reviewer falsely implied her indifference toward the plight of migrant workers in the Middle East, including those working on her...

August 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Mark Domino, the son-in-law of developer Douglas Durst, has developed an app, called Spireworks, that allows anyone with a smartphone to change the...

Illustration: www.nctcog.org

Illustration: www.nctcog.org

August 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Driven by New Urbanism, more than two dozen communities in the U.S. have loosened zoning restrictions in recent years.

J. Craig Venter Institutes Landmark Net-Zero-Energy Genomic Laboratory, La Joll

J. Craig Venter Institutes Landmark Net-Zero-Energy Genomic Laboratory, La Jolla, Calif. Building Team: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Ar

August 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

HDR, Affiliated Engineers, and Skanska top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest S+T sector design and construction firms.

Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center Expansion & Renovation, Detroit, Mich. Bui

Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center Expansion & Renovation, Detroit, Mich. Building Team: Detroit Regional Convention Facility

August 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, AECOM, and Hunt Construction top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest convention center design and construction firms.

Pasa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., designed by WATG (hotel design) a

Pasa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., designed by WATG (hotel design) and Callison (guest rooms).

August 21, 2014 | RTKL

The acquisition of Callison, known predominantly for its leadership in retail and mixed-use design, builds on Arcadis’ strong global design and arc...

August 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

An opulent Renaissance Revival building in downtown Detroit is being used as a parking garage.

August 21, 2014 |

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC announced that its Bristol, Conn. manufacturing facility was recognized by the Northeast Energy Efficiency...

Designed by the architectural duo Charles A. Reed and Allen H. Stem, King Street

Designed by the architectural duo Charles A. Reed and Allen H. Stem, King Street Station was the centerpiece of a massive rail c

August 21, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

After years of neglect and botched renovations, King Street Station sparkles once again.

August 20, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The New York office of the Gerson Lehrman Group recently redesigned its office without personal desks or cubicles. The company gave each of its 250...

Photo: Mark Ahsmann via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Mark Ahsmann via Wikimedia Commons

August 20, 2014 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the July ABI score was 55.8, up noticeably from a mark of 53.5 in June. 

August 20, 2014 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached an all-time high in the second quarter of 2014. CBI improved...

Renderings courtesy of Goettsch Partners

Renderings courtesy of Goettsch Partners

August 19, 2014 | Goettsch Partners

The overall design concept is of a complex of textured buildings that would differentiate from the surrounding blue-glass buildings of Shenzhen....

One of the projects that 360 has worked on; Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

One of the projects that 360 has worked on; Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Photo credit: Derek Jensen, Wikimedia Commons.

August 19, 2014 | HOK

Expected to be finalized by the end of October, the acquisition of 360 Architecture will provide immediate benefits to both firms’ clients worldwid...

August 19, 2014 | JLL Capital Markets 

In the coming months, a gleaming S-shaped tower will join Nashville's burgeoning skyline. The new tower is just one example of a project financed n...

August 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff 

The Howard Hughes Corporation, in association with architecture firm Cho Benn Holback + Associates, plans to turn the building—at least the majorit...

Photo courtesy Perikins+Will

Photo courtesy Perikins+Will

August 18, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The broadened focus is resulting in comprehensive, long-term plans that will guide new growth in places like Buffalo, N.Y., Kingston, R.I., and Bro...

Renderings: courtesy SPARK

Renderings: courtesy SPARK

August 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Architecture firm SPARK recently finished a design for a new development in Shenzhen. The 770,700 square-foot mixed-use structure's design mimics t...

August 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Melo Group has launched sales for Aria on the Bay, its new 647-unit luxury condominium in Miami. The bayfront condo will overlook Margaret Pace Par...

Narrow fire-rated aluminum framing system

Narrow fire-rated aluminum framing system

August 17, 2014 | Technical Glass Products Sponsored Content

The precision engineering of TGP’s Fireframes Aluminum Series creates narrow profiles and crisp sightlines at Johnson & Wales University Center...

The Ysios winery, also designed by Calatrava, also has had design flaws that res

The Ysios winery, also designed by Calatrava, also has had design flaws that resulted in litigation. Photo credit: Roberto Lumbr

August 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Valencia High Court has requested documents detailing how Calatrava was hired in private, without any publicity, for a convention center projec...

Renderings courtesy RMJM

Renderings courtesy RMJM

August 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The tower's fish-jumping gesture is meant to symbolize the prosperity and rapid transformation of Zhuhai, China.

Renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architekt

Renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architekt

August 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Polish architect Adam Wiercinski designs a public toilet with a periscope mechanism that gives visitors unobstructed views of the sea.

Rendering: RMF Engineering

Rendering: RMF Engineering

August 14, 2014 | Seth Spangler, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP

There are many hurdles to overcome when completing a life cycle cost assessment. RMF Engineering’s Seth Spangler offers some words of advice regard...

Rendering: RMF Engineering

Rendering: RMF Engineering

August 14, 2014 | Seth Spangler, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP

A life cycle cost analysis helps a school district decide which HVAC system to use in $198 million worth of future building projects.

Drawing inspiration from traditional temple architecture, a monolithic box will

Drawing inspiration from traditional temple architecture, a monolithic box will be perched atop blocks of stone, accompanied by

August 14, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Museo Maya de América in Guatemala City will be the world’s largest museum of Mayan history and culture, at 60,000 sf. 

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