Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

Wood | April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Building Teams around the world are starting to use more large-scale structural wood systems. 

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Henning Larsen Architects designs a timber museum extension in Sweden

In each protrusion on the jagged roof is a skylight, bringing in plenty of natural light into the space within. Renderings courtesy Henning Larsen Architects

Museums | April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new extension will complement Österund’s wooded surroundings

14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams demonstrate the pow...

Prefab saves the day for Denver hospital

An 8x25-foot multi-trade rack containing mechanical, piping, and HVAC systems is lifted into place at Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, by mechanical subcontractor U.S. Engineering. Photo: Ross Cooperthwaite

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mortenson Construction and its partners completed the 831,000-sf, $623 million Saint Joseph Hospital well before the...

Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. For many small architecture firms, principals don't have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters...

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Anaheim’s soaring intermodal hub

The Building Team for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center used a lightweight ETFE polymer roof system to overcome poor soil conditions. Photo: John Linden

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

Anaheim's Regional Transportations Intermodal Center is the largest ETFE project in North America.

Virtual collaboration helps complete a hospital in 24 months

PinnacleHealth’s new 108-bed, 188,000-sf West Shore Hospital provides acute care, surgical, cardiology, orthopedic, and stroke care services, and chronic disease management to patients on the west side of the Susquehanna River in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Photo: Jeffrey Totaro/Jeffrey Totaro Architectural Photographer

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

PinnacleHealth needed a new hospital STAT! This team delivered it in two years, start to finish.

New arts venue reinvigorates Virginia Tech's campus

The new arts venue at Virginia Tech is the ninth building on campus to be LEED-certified. Jeff Goldberg/Esto Photographics Inc.

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The STV-led Building Team creates a world-class performance and arts venue with learning and entrepreneurial dimensio...

 

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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A carboard box by Google can bring virtual reality to architecture
BIM and Information Technology | April 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The global search engine giant has launched a new product, Google Cardboard, that easily allows users to experience v...

Multifaced fitness center becomes campus landmark

The recreation center’s sloped running track is expressed on the building’s north elevation through a glass curtain wall system and roofline that are sloped to match the incline of the track. Photos courtesy Skanska USA Building

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A sloped running track and open-concept design put this Building Team to the test. 

Design for new Milwaukee Bucks stadium is ‘modest and modernist’

Critics have commended the building, with one professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee telling the Journal Sentinel that the design is "not overly zooming and it's not faux historic." Renderings courtesy Populous

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by local firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the sports venue will prominently feature a...

Nation's first LEED-certified bus depot

The LEED-certified Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem incorporates 6,290 sf of mosaic and laminated glass artwork that the transit authority commissioned from artist Shinique Smith. Chris Cooper/Chris Cooper Photography

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A bus garage in Harlem shows that even the most mundane of facilities can strut its environmentally sensitive stuff....

Setting the bar for port-of-entry design

An oasis welcomes citizens and visitors to the U.S. at the Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Nogales, Ariz. Photos: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography, Inc.

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Whenever you eat a tomato from Mexico, there’s a one-in-three chance it came through this LEED Gold gateway.

Big D’s billion-dollar baby: New Parkland hospital tops the chart

The new 17-story Parkland Hospital. A seven-story clinical space cantilevers 60 feet past the Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Health unit. Photos: Andrew Pogue/Andrew Pogue Photography

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Dallas’s new $1.27 billion public hospital preserves an important civic anchor, Texas-style.

Multifamily development and transactions haven’t taken a breather yet

ELEVEN10 West is being designed to coincide with the City of Orange, Calif.'s mixed-use vision created in 2010. It will open for leasing in the summer of 2017. Rendering: Picerne Group

Multifamily Housing | April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Despite predictions about an impending softening in multifamily construction, builders and developers continue to exp...

Ipd-driven fusion facility serves science and student life in Chicago

Among the building’s student life functions is a bistro-style cafe and lounge with views of the central campus green. Photos: Mark Ballogg

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In dire need of modern science labs and a student union, North Park University built both—in the same building.

‘Prudent, not opulent’ sets the tone for this Catholic hospital

The 93-bed Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is the first new hospital to be built in Maryland in 25 years. The 237,000-sf acute care facility resides on the campus of Montgomery College, making it the first hospital in the U.S. to be co-located on a community college campus. All photos: Alan Karchmer / Alan Karchmer Architectural Photographer

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

This Building Team stuck with a project for seven years to get a new hospital built for a faithful client.

How one team solved a tricky daylighting problem with BIM/VDC tools, iterative design

Using Grasshopper modeling software, the team for Oregon State University's Johnson Hall, led by SRG Partnership, built a virtual model that could be quickly manipulated. Renderings: SRG Partnership

BIM and Information Technology | April 09, 2015 | BLG by SRG Partnership | Scott Mooney, AIA

SRG Partnership's Scott Mooney describes how Grasshopper, Diva, Rhino, and 3D printing were utilized to optimize a da...

9/11 museum triumphs over controversy

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the skyscapers’ slurry wall and the “Last Column.” Photos: James Ewing Photography / courtesy Davis Brody Bond

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Building Team for this highly visible project had much more than design, engineering, and construction problems t...

Facebook plans to build two more Frank Gehry-designed offices

An early model of the recently opened building sitting inside the actual building. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Office Building Design | April 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

In addition to office space, Facebook’s development involves a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.

Roof Air Leakage Issue in NYC Multifamily Buildings Isn’t Just “Hot Air” Talk

The opportunity for impact is abundant for New York City’s many rooftops. Image: Paladino

Multifamily Housing | April 08, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Robert Hayes

Paladino's Robert Hayes talks about venting regulations in New York and how air leaks can cost residents upwards of $...

The Competitive Advantage of Urban Institutions

UNLV Campus master plan. Rendering: SmithGroupJJR

University Buildings | April 08, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Michael Johnson, LEED AP

In the coming years, urban colleges and universities will outperform their non-urban peers, bolstered by the 77 milli...

Out of the Shadows: Designing for Behavioral Health

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Cafe. Image: Shau Lin Hon

Healthcare Facilities | April 08, 2015 | GenslerOn | Jamie Huffcut

Gensler's Jamie Huffcut discusses mental health in the U.S. and how design can affect behavioral health.

Unique test facility will help make wind power more feasible

The Clemson University SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, where giant wind-power systems can be tested. Photo: Ryan Manchester, Clear Sky Images

Building Team Awards | April 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new facility at Clemson University makes it possible to test the huge stresses that large-scale wind turbines must...

Mies’ Martin Luther King Jr. Library to get a Mecanoo makeover

"While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District," the library said in a statement. Renderings courtesy Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture

Cultural Facilities | April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architects say the modernization aims to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesia...

Construction site updates from the new $100 billion Saudi Arabian city

The city constructed from scratch off the Red Sea coast will give its port access to the Suez Canal, reflecting the government’s attempt to diversify its oil-dependent economy by focusing more in its shipping industry. Rendering courtesy of the King Abdullah Economic City.

Mixed-Use | April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new King Abdullah Economic City was conceived to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent economy by focusing more i...

New survey shows top companies prioritize global green building rating system LEED

The new Apple headquarters designed by Norman Foster. Image: Apple, Inc.

Green | April 07, 2015 | USGBC

The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate social responsibility...

Berkeley’s West Branch Library generates more energy than it uses

Photos: David Wakely, courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux

Cultural Facilities | April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 9,400-sf facility is California's first Net Zero Energy-certified building.

Industry groups petition for change order reform on federal projects

Photo: Matti Mattila via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nine design and construction associations ask for assurance that funds available for additional work.

DOE releases Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

MIT's Media Laboratory and expansion under construction. Photo: Madcoverboy via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guidelines are aimed at strengthening and streamlining commercial building workforce training and certification p...

Melbourne tower will light up depending on weather

"Real-time weather data [makes] the light move, and articulate the architecture of the building to give it a sense of elegance and presence,” lighting designer Bruce Ramus said. Rendering courtesy Lend Lease Group

High-rise Construction | April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will be illuminated by 164-foot-tall beams of LED light based on weather updates from the Bureau of Meteoro...

UK's leading foot and mouth disease lab turns containment design inside out

To create an inviting, nonscientific aesthetic for the high-containment lab facility, the team incorporated splashes of color, timber cladding, and pleasing proportions into the exterior scheme. Photo: © James Brittain

Building Team Awards | April 05, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A daring Building Team breaks the bunker mentality common to research containment with this light-filled, open facili...

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