GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and recover modestly over the next several years, according to BD+C's 2015 Giants 300 report.

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Reimagined cursors can change digital imaging

Instead of working on a 2D plane, Hyve3D allows users to work in 3D. Photo courtesy Hyve3D via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | August 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A University of Montreal professor has developed a system that elevates 2D cursors for a 3D world.

Installing Viega Climate Mat® for BBARWA

Industrial Facility | August 17, 2015 | Viega

The Big Bear Area Regional Wstewater Agency tried several different methods to dry the sludge with only marginal succ...

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Mosaic of desert tones converges on ASU Campus
August 17, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The campus building serves as a striking addition to downtown Phoenix

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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Leo A. Daly transforms Owatonna power plant after 2010 flood

Images courtesy Leo A. Daly

Architects | August 17, 2015 | Leo A. Daly

A landmark power plant in Owatonna, Minn., damaged in a 2010 flood has new life as the headquarters of Owatonna Publi...

One female contractor gets vocal about urging women to consider construction as a career

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Building Team | August 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Doreen DiPolito of Florida’s D-Mar General Contracting thinks opportunities abound in an industry struggling with wor...

Renderings courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

High-rise Construction | August 14, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The 29-story tower won’t be the tallest in the city, but it will set itself apart from surrounding, glimmering towers...

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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Research indicates major earthquake looming for Pacific Northwest

Photo: Bob Heims/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Most structures built before seismic codes instituted; extreme damage predicted

New York City may allow affordable housing developers to ‘double dip’ in subsidies

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Codes and Standards | August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City may allow affordable housing developers to ‘double dip’ in subsidies

L.A. considers controversial traffic calming measures

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Codes and Standards | August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to encourage alternative transportation

Proposed facility smart grid standard open for public review

Photo: Chris Hunkeler/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is common way to describe, manage, communicate about electrical energy consumptions, forecasts

AIA selects nine educational facilities for Education Facility Design Awards

Photo: The New School University Center, MusikAnimal/Wikimedia Commons

University Buildings | August 13, 2015 | AIA

Georgia Tech's Clough Commons, Boston's Berklee Tower, and seven other facilities were honored for aiding learning an...

Construction begins for Kengo Kuma-designed twisted Rolex tower in Dallas

The tower is being constructed in an 18-block master plan developed by Harwood International. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma Architects

High-rise Construction | August 12, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designs tower with gradually rotating floor plates for Rolex's new office in Dallas....

Frank Gehry is working on master plan for the L.A. River

Photo: Downtowngal/Wikimedia Commons

Reconstruction & Renovation | August 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The architect is stressing water reclamation and greater public access

Turning Torso wins CTBUH's 10 Year Award

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High-rise Construction | August 11, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 623-foot, 57-story tower was the world's first twisting skyscraper. Completed in 2005, the building, designed by...

Architecture firm compensation trending upwards

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Architects | August 11, 2015 | AIA

Latest AIA compensation survey finds average compensation for staff positions up 3.5 percent from early 2013

12 Architecture Schools to Offer Internship and License Exams
Architects | August 11, 2015 | NCARB

For architecture students, a license to practice may soon be available as early as graduation day

Snoozebox launches competition for designers to create pop-up hotels

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Hotel Facilities | August 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designers can leave their mark in the international hotel design industry.

How to improve project planning
Building Team | August 11, 2015 | Steven Burns |

A recent research project revealed that more than 75 percent of project owners have no consistent method for assessin...

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Deriving value from coordinated building enclosure shop drawings

All images and charts courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Building Enclosure Systems | August 11, 2015 | John N. Karras and Jeffrey D. Kerr, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Building enclosure shop drawings play a critical role in guarding against common performance, cost, and schedule pitf...

HDR expands its Canadian presence through merger with CEI Architecture

The CEI deal is HDR’s first foray into western Canada.

Architects | August 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Public-private partnerships are expected to be one of the combined entity’s strengths.  

Walgreens’ flagship in Hawaii harkens back to the island’s fishing culture

The flagship store was built at the corner of one of Honolulu’s busiest intersections and near one of the nation’s top-grossing shopping centers. All photos courtesy Architects Hawaii Ltd. 

Retail Centers | August 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A house where canoes were made served as the model for this drug superstore’s design. 

Designs revealed for new multifamily residences on San Francisco's west side

1188 & 1198 Junipero Serra Blvd., designed by Kwan Henmi

Multifamily Housing | August 10, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The first 1,000 residential units will kickoff a decade-long plan to add 5,6779 new housing units.

Campus Branding With Color
Color Trends Series | August 09, 2015 | powered by Valspar

Iconic and identifiable colors play role in higher ed branding on campuses. - See more at:...

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GOVERNMENT SECTOR GIANTS: Public sector spending even more cautiously on buildings

The $160 million renovation of the 620,000-sf, 18-story Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse in downtown Denver. HOK was the architect on the project, with Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects (architect of record), RMH Group (MEP), Rocky Mountain Institute (high-performance building consultant), and Mortenson Construction (design-builder). Photo: HOK

Giants 300 | August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms that do government work say their public-sector clients have been going smaller to save money on constructi...

K-12 SCHOOL SECTOR GIANTS: To succeed, school design must replicate real-world environments

Intrinsic School, Chicago, combines STEM and humanities in podlike settings. The Intrinsic charter system was founded by CEO Melissa Zaikos. The Building Team: Wheeler Kearns Architects (designer), Enspect Engineering (SE), Wolff Landscape Architect, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Giants 300 | August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Whether new or reconstructed, schools must meet new demands that emanate from the real world and rapidly adapt to dif...

MULTIFAMILY AEC GIANTS: Slowdown prompts developers to ask: Will the luxury rentals boom hold?

ZINC Apartments, West Cambridge, Mass., just outside Boston. The owner, Wood Partners, will start accepting tenants in September. The Building Team: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (architect), J Derenzo (site work), EM Duggan (MEP), McPhee (electrical contractor), JK Glass (curtain wall/glass), Canatal (steel), Sanford (wall panels), and Lend Lease (GC). Rendering: Wood Partners and Monogram Residential Trust

Giants 300 | August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For the last three years, rental apartments have occupied the hot corner in residential construction, as younger peop...

Tribute tower to cricket ’96 world champions to be Sri Lanka’s tallest

Renderings courtesy Reza Kabul Architects

High-rise Construction | August 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The 1996 Iconic Tower will be a tribute to the country’s cricket team, which won the World Cup in 1996.

UNIVERSITY SECTOR GIANTS: Collaboration, creativity, technology—hallmarks of today’s campus facilities

The $50 million Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., was completed last August by Walbridge (CM at risk). The five-story, 149,879-sf facility, designed by SmithGroupJJR, pulls together functions that were scattered over four buildings. The center provides instructional and R&D space for the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Photo: Jason Robinson Photography, LLC 

Giants 300 | August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges and universities must...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Restorations breathe new life into valuable older buildings

The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, with 40,000 artworks and artifacts, will undergo a renovation of 30,000 sf, about one-third of its total space. The Building Team: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (primary architect), Sabatini & Associates (associate architect), and Mar Lan Construction (GC). Photo: Courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Giants 300 | August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC Giants discuss opportunities and complications associated with renovation, restoration, and adaptive reuse constr...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Green building movement hits a new plateau, but the underlying problems remain

The LEED Gold Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach (Va.) Joint-Use Library. The Building Team: Carrier Johnson + CULTURE (design architect), RRMM Architects (AOR), Anderson Brulé Architects (interior design), Stroud, Pence and Associates (SE), C. Allan Bamforth, Jr. (CE), Pace Collaborative (MEP), In Sites (landscape architect), and Gilbane Building Co. (CMAR). Photo: Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Today, the green building movement is all about eliminating toxic substances in building materials and systems and, f...

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