Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

Game Changers | February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a prefab high-rise in China to a breakthrough research lab in the Midwest.

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Young & Ayata's Bauhaus Museum Dessau design. Rendering courtesy Young & Ayata, via Dezeen

Museums | September 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The German museum chose one sleek, no-nonsense concept and one colorful, complex entry.

Photo: cegoh/Pixabay

Contractors | September 09, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The backlog indicator is up 1% to 8.5 months during the second quarter of 2015.

Fire-rated stairwell features custom angles

Glass and Glazing | September 09, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

Fire-rated glazing can help turn a frequently traversed fire-rated stairwell into a central design element.

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This visualization of residential unit types shows how different sizes and types of bedrooms are stacked and positioned within the building. 3D model courtesy Kyle Martin

BIM and Information Technology | September 09, 2015 | Kyle Martin

Advances in building information modeling allow for more thorough project documentation, but don't get lost in the wh...

Local San Antonio artist Ansen Seale created You Activate this Space as an interactive LED light installation for hospital employees. Photos by Ansen Seale

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Building owners worry that a problem will occur and no responsible party will fix it. This is when your choice of bui...

RETAIL SECTOR GIANTS: Callison RTKL, PCL Construction, Jacobs among top  retail sector AEC firms

Strategically placed illuminated LED panels produce a shimmering glow on the exterior of the newly renovated Bloomingdales at the Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif. On the Building Team: Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors (AE), Kevin Kennon Architects (designer), and C.W. Driver (GC). Photo: Cristi D. Costea Photography, courtesy Hixson

Giants 300 | September 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest retail sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants 3...

EverBlock bricks make modular building a snap

Modular wall system. Photos courtesy EverBlock (via Gizmag)

Modular Building | September 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Life-size EverBlocks can be used to build actual furniture, dividing walls, and free-standing shelters.

Thornton Tomasetti adds depth by merging with Weidlinger Associates

A key component of this merger will be the formation of an R&D holding company to develop innovative products and services for the company, as well as for other firms. 

Engineers | September 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A quest for innovation and growth drove the two engineering firms together.

The power of data: How AEC firms and owners are using analytics to transform design and construction

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BIM and Information Technology | September 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Case’s bldgs = data conference highlighted how collecting data about personal activities can inform design and extend...

Seattle releases affordable housing ‘grand bargain’ between developers, advocates

Seattle's Sunset Electric Apartments. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes linkage fee to further goal of constructing 6,000 new affordable units.

ASHRAE proposes standardization of global rating systems

The LEED sign at the Crystals at the CityCenter development in Las Vegas. Photo: Cygnusloop99/Wikimedia Commons

Green Specifications | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to ensure users are aware of factors that impact their ratings.

 

AAMA releases new comparison of condensation ratings systems for fenestration

Condensation on a window. Photo: Arron T. Williams/DeviantArt

Fenestration and Glazing | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Document compares three ratings systems.

New York City allots $100 million for storm resiliency infrastructure in lower Manhattan

Manhattan during a storm. Photo: Chris Buecheler/Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Part of $20 billion plan for the city.

Architects | September 04, 2015 | BQE ArchiOffice

ArchiOffice enables the firm to spend less time on managing projects by providing relevant information in one place....

DATA CENTER SECTOR GIANTS: Beck Group, Fluor, Holder Construction among top data center AEC firms

Photo: Global Access Point via Wikimedia Commons

Industrial Facility | September 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest data center sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Gia...

Rafael Viñoly's Walkie-Talkie named U.K.'s worst new building

London's 'Walkie-Talkie.' Photo: Garry Knight/Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | September 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The curved, glass tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in London has been known to reflect intense heat onto the streets belo...

Nashville officials and residents weigh the pros and cons of taller, thinner skyscrapers

The 38-story tower proposed for downtown Nashville. Image courtesy Buckingham Cos.

High-rise Construction | September 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One developer proposes building a 38-story tower on a half-acre of land. 

Google's driverless car. Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

Education Facility | September 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The University of Michigan’s Mcity is a public-private partnership interested in overcoming unpredictable obstacles t...

Proposed stadium for NFL's St. Louis Rams offers more than just football

The latest St. Louis Rams stadium renderings, released Sept. 1, courtesy HOK

Sports and Recreational Facilities | September 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The stadium's newest features have been unveiled by HOK, which could give the Rams one of the most inventive homes in...

Engineers | September 01, 2015 |  WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Halvorson and Partners, a 40-person Chicago-based firm, has completed structural designs for buildings like Abu Dhabi...

Nonresidential construction spending continues to grow through mid-summer

Construction of Minneapolis's Downtown East. Photo: Tony Webster/Creative Commons

Building Types | September 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Job growth, increased business travel spending, and the rebounding U.S. have all aided the construction sector, says...

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Airports | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several surveys gauge passenger satisfaction with airports, as flyers and airlines weigh in on technology, security,...

Small and regional airports in a dogfight for survival

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport by Art davis via Wikimedia Commons

Airports | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Small and regional airports are in a dogfight for survival. Airlines have either cut routes to non-hub markets, or do...

Logan Airport Rental Car Center, Boston. Photo: Arnold Reinhold via Wikimedia Commons

Airports | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC teams have found fertile ground in building or expanding consolidated rental car facilities, which are the No. 1...

Experts discuss how airports can manage growth

Dan Shouse via Flickr Creative Commons

Airports | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In February 2015, engineering giant Arup conducted a “salon” in San Francisco on the future of aviation. This report...

Urban developers add supermarkets to the mixes

Whole Foods at Oahu's Ward Village, image courtesy Ward Village by Howard Hughes Corporation

Retail Centers | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several high-rise projects include street-level Whole Foods Markets.

University of South Carolina’s Darla School of Business

University of South Carolina’s Darla School of Business. Image courtesy Firewater Photography; other images courtesy Bruce Damonte

Energy-Efficient Design | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The project is part of a large DOE initiative to develop more buildings that can generate as much energy as they cons...

Hospital construction/renovation guidelines promote sound control

Glass enclosed work stations between patient rooms provides staff touch down areas with full view of patients without imposing upon their respite @ MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto, courtesy TRO Jung

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The newly revised guidelines from the Facilities Guidelines Institute touch on six factors that affect a hospital’s s...

7 (more) steps toward a quieter hospital

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Every hospital has its own “culture” of loudness and quiet. Jacobs’ Chris Kay offers steps to a therapeutic auditory...

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