A giant, silver loop in Dubai will house the Museum of the Future

The museum's exterior will be decorated with verses of the Sheikh's poetry, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Museums | March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Sheikh of Dubai hopes the $136 million museum will serve as an incubator for ideas and real designs—a global destination for inventors and entrepreneurs.

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PwC Reports Rise in Engineering and Construction Deals in 2014

Overall, there were 21 mega deals last year, totaling $127 billion. The greatest number of deals took place in Asia and Oceania. Image courtesy of MorgueFile/hotblack

Engineers | February 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Worldwide engineering and construction industries closed 218 M&A deals in 2014 worth more than $172 billion, acco...

Is multifamily construction getting too frothy for demand?

Last year, the 340,000 multifamily units started represented the highest level of construction since the 1980s. Photo: Uploader via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Contractors are pushing full speed ahead, but CoStar Group thinks a slowdown might be in order this year.

Prices for Construction Materials Fall in January

Construction input prices were down in January, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Prices for other materials were also down on both a monthly and yearly basis.

Building Materials | February 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The decline in oil and petroleum prices finally showed up in the produce price index data, according to ABC Chief Eco...

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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Illustrator Federico Babina imagines architecture from nowhere

Architecture from nowhere. Illustrations courtesy of Feredico Babina.

Architects | February 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The illustrator imagines architecture where past, present, and future intertwine.

Buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes

Photo: Thester11 via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Research at Case Western Reserve University has found that buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plu...

USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

Photo: Cygnusloop99 via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout their projects as “LEE...

 

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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Wet-applied coatings and finishes for commercial and institutional projects [AIA course]

A colorful hair spa called zoey + joey in Ann Arbor, Mich. “It’s a boutique salon that incorporates the simple use of color to support their brand,” says Wightman & Associates’ Marissa Kovatch. She says she usually specifies certain branded paint products as a basis of design, especially those that meet the VOC limits in LEED. Photo courtesy Wightman & Associates 

Coatings | February 18, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

The rapid pace of development of improved liquid-applied materials and finishes has given Building Teams new options....

Make It Right Releases New Designs for Affordable Housing Complex

Renderings courtesy of Make It Right

Multifamily Housing | February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BNIM is among the six firms involved in the project.

Commercial real estate developers optimistic, but concerned about taxes, jobs outlook

Brookfield Properties' 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | February 18, 2015 | NAIOP

The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over sluggish job creatio...

Ground Breaks on Innovative Museum Design by Foster + Partners

The building’s façade will face toward Badouzi harbor. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

Museums | February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The museum will be home to an aquarium, exhibition space, and waterfront views. 

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...

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.

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.

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