10 kitchen and bath design trends for 2015, NKBA

Bright, light, and simple spaces with accessibility in mind will be in demand this year. Photo courtesy NKBA

Multifamily Housing | March 03, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

From kitchens made for pet lovers to floating vanities, the nation's top kitchen and bath designers identify what's hot for 2015.

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Preparing for the worst: Campus security since Virginia Tech

Card-swipe technology has become a popular security feature on most campuses. Colleges usually require users to punch in a PIN code to enter a building or transverse a secure space. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C

University Buildings | February 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Seven years after the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and universities continue to shake up their emergency...

Why the mobile workplace isn't always mobile

Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

Office Building Design | February 18, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Janice Barnes

Perkins+Will’s Janice Barnes addresses the nuance in mobility types and explains the importance of defining terms upf...

BD+C exclusive: How security is influencing campus design and construction

For the University of California–San Diego’s Health Sciences 2 Research Laboratory Building, ZGF Architects used a mix of lighting techniques to enhance safety. Occupancy sensors control lighting use in labs and offices. The ground-floor lobby is on a timer so that it can be illuminated at night. Photo: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing

University Buildings | February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Campus crime—whether real or perceived—presents Building Teams with more opportunities for early-stage consultation w...

Downloaded by thousands: This popular report addresses the inherited costs of the design-bid-build process, as related to the often mission-critical stage of steel joist and deck design. 

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Apartment complex in Atlanta balances the historic with the modern

The FLATS of Ponce City Market account for 330,000 sf of the 2.1 million sf that are being restored for the Market, which will also include retail, restaurants, and office space. Rendering, photos courtesy Stevens & Wilkinson

February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The FLATS at Ponce City Market targets young professionals and empty nesters as renters. 

Architecture billings dip in January, severe weather likely to blame

The American Institute of Architects reported the January ABI score was 49.9, down from a mark of 52.6 in December. Photo: Bart Everson via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | February 17, 2015 | AIA

“This easing in demand for design services is a bit of a surprise given the overall strength of the market over the p...

NYC multifamily sales increased by 39% in 2014

For New York City as a whole, $20 million-plus deals accounted for more than half of all transactions. Photo: Momos via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For New York City as a whole, $20 million-plus deals accounted for more than half of all transactions.

 

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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California launches pilot program to finance multifamily retrofits for energy efficiency

HUD has also committed to support California’s creation of another pilot financing program for multifamily building, where most or all of the energy use is billed through a common meter. Photo: Almonroth via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Obama Administration and the state of California are teaming with the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation on a pil...

Why diversity at work matters

In the U.S., there is a linear relationship between racial and ethnic diversity and better financial performance, a study by McKinsey found. Photo: Monisha Pushparaj/Wikimedia Commons

Building Team | February 17, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns abo...

Returning home: Millennials moving back in with their parents

Ninety percent of individuals born between 1980 and 1984 and who hold a Bachelor’s degree left home before they were 27 years hold. However, half of this group later returned to their parents’ home, according to a study by the National Longitudinal Study of Youth. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 17, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

Ninety percent of individuals born between 1980 and 1984 and who hold a Bachelor’s degree left home before they were...

When lava flow in Hawaii threatens a public school district, officials turn to modular

In November, the Keonepoko Elementary School at Keaau opened its doors to 430 students in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade, providing educational facilities for a community displaced by a natural disaster.

Modular Building | February 17, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

Hawaii Modular Space, a Williams Scotsman company, designed temporary classroom space for the Pahoa and Keeau schools...

10 healthcare trends worth sharing

Illustrations: Bill Kline, SmithGroupJJR

Healthcare Facilities | February 17, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Bill Kline

The rise of the medical home model of care and ongoing Lean value stream improvement are among the top healthcare ind...

Work begins on Bjarke Ingels' pixelated tower in Calgary

Telus Sky Tower will be the home of Telus, a telecommunication company, as well as 320 serviced residences. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

High-rise Construction | February 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on Calgary’s newest skyscraper, the 66-story Telus Sky...

Light will shimmer through roof cutouts in Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi

The latticed dome is supported by the sculptural, rectangular interiors. Renderings courtesy Jean Nouvel Architects

Museums | February 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After many delays since construction started in 2009, the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi is slated for complet...

contractor, contractors, workforce shortage

Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | February 13, 2015 | FMI

32% of surveyed contract professionals said they will experience slow growth if their companies cannot reasonably mee...

First Look: Sacramento Planning Commission approves mixed-use tower by the new Kings arena

An aerial view of the proposed tower, standing next to the new downtown arena in Sacramento. Renderings courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

Mixed-Use | February 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Downtown Plaza Tower, will have 16 stories and will include a public lobby, retail and office spac...

OMA commissioned to design newest New York High Line addition

The High Line in Manhattan, New York City at West 20th Street, looking downtown (south). Photo courtesy of Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | February 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Rem Koolhaas is the latest addition to the list of starchitects working on projects near the High Line elevated park....

State of the fire rated glazing industry

The value that today’s technologically advanced fire rated glazing is derived from the radiant heat protection it provides while adding aesthetic appeal and increased visibility within the surrounding building environment. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Fire-Rated Products | February 12, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Many years have passed since my days as the “Wired Warrior,” writes SAFTI FIRST's Bill O'Keeffe. Every year at this t...

ASHRAE, USGBC, IES consider biomass requirements in green building standard

The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.

New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that lenders can use as pa...

Is Houston headed for an office glut?

By the end of 2014, 80 buildings with about 18 million sf of office space were started in Greater Houston, according to CoStar Group. Photo: Mike Russell via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | February 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More than 13 million sf could be completed this year, adding to this metro’s double-digit vacancy woes.

New shipping container complex begins construction in Albuquerque

Rendering: Green Jeans Farmery

Modular Building | February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Green Jeans Farmery already has a hydroponic farm component courtesy of owner and entrepreneur Roy Solomon.

Gensler proposes network of cycle highways in London’s unused underground

The firm hopes the project can kickstart efforts to turn subterranean London into a thriving public space. Renderings courtesy Gensler London

Transit Facilities | February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Unused tube lines would host pedestrian paths, cycle routes, cultural spaces, and retail outlets.

How does airflow under a metal roof further enhance energy savings?

In cool or cold weather conditions, scientists confirmed that direct-nailed asphalt shingle roofs had significantly larger heat loss than attics with metal shakes and above-sheathing ventilation.

Energy Efficient Roofing | February 12, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Metal roof coatings with solar reflectance can help building owners save substantially in annual cooling costs. Resea...

Primer: Using 'parallel estimating' to pinpoint costs on healthcare construction projects

Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Seth Rossman via Wikimedia Commonshosp

Healthcare Facilities | February 11, 2015 | Andrew Sumner, CBRE Healthcare

As pressure increases to understand capital cost prior to the first spade touching dirt, more healthcare owners are t...

11 of the nation’s best ‘Complete Streets’ policies of 2014 Austin

Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas. The Lone Star State capital ranked number five. Photo courtesy city of Austin.

Transportation & Parking Facilities | February 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Austin, Texas, and Troy, N.Y., are among the cities with the strongest safe streets policies, according to a new repo...

New school blends with local architecture using Petersen metal roof

The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship in South Windsor, Conn. Photo: Petersen Aluminum

Roofing | February 11, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

Perkins Eastman in Stamford, Conn., designed the school to emphasize and integrate the International Baccalaureate cu...

Somerset Development plans to turn Bell Labs headquarters into a New Urbanist town center

Aerial view of Bell Labs Holmdel Complex. The Bell Labs building in Holmdel is an architectural heirloom, designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen. Photo courtesy of Lee Beaumont/Wikimedia Commons.

Mixed-Use | February 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by Eero Saarinen in the late 1950s, the two-million-sf, steel-and-glass building was one of the best-funded...

Photo credit: Mikkel Frost

Architects | February 11, 2015 | Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Copenhagen, Berlin, and Rotterdam are the cities where most of the shortlisted works have been built. 

project tango, tango, google, 3-D scanner, 3D scanner

Project Tango devices contain customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. Image: Google

BIM and Information Technology | February 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Google is said to be partnering with LG to create a version of the technology for public release sometime this year....

Korean researchers discover “super steel”

Two instructors and a doctoral student of the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology at Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, make up the team behind the discovery. Photo: Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology/Wikimedia Commons

Steel Construction and Products | February 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new alloy makes steel as strong as titanium.

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