10 megatrends shaping the future of green building

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy

Green | November 30, 2015 | Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, Contributing Editor

Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a sharper focus on existing structures are among the trends that will drive sustainability through 2020, according to author and green building expert Jerry Yudelson.

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15 ways "soft brand" hotel chains can distinguish themselves

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Hotel Facilities | November 13, 2015 | VOA Blog | Mark Pratt

Hospitality’s biggest names are creating new, evolved brands to appeal to today’s traveler and compete against boutiq...

It’s time to make MLB stadiums safer

Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Photo: Wally Gobetz/Creative Commons

Sports and Recreational Facilities | November 13, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | Tom Tingle

Major League Baseball doesn't have official stadium design guidelines. Skanska's Tom Tingle has three ways the league...

Getting the most value when you Value Engineer DWV systems

The largest building project in recent NCAA history, the T. Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University.

Plumbing | November 13, 2015 | Charlotte Pipe

There are lots of places in a DWV system where value can be captured, but there are applications where what looks lik...

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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Los Angeles's Hall of Justice gets a reprieve

Micro-abrasive glass-bead blasting helped restore the ivory color to exterior granite. Photo: Victor Muschetto Photography.

Justice Facilities | November 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor  

After being unoccupied for 20 years, the downtown Los Angeles judicial center was revitalized through a restoration e...

Miami Beach making plans to cope with rising sea levels, flooding

Miami Beach. Photo: Daniel Chodusov/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city has turned to sea walls, raised streets, and pumping stations.

Construction begins on $1 billion Texas shopping center

Jerry Jones' $1 billion development is being built in Prosper, Texas. Photo: Colby Nate/Creative Commons

Shopping Centers | November 12, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The plan calls for retail space, including a Walmart, along with offices, apartments, and homes. 

Drones are starting to fill the sky, and the whoosh of their propellers is more popular on construction sites than ever before.  Look up, and meet the future.

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High-rise Construction | November 12, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

When completed, the 90-story tower will be the tallest building in the outer boroughs of New York City.

Is the PDF revolution advancing BIM workflows?

From left to right: Sasha Reed, V.P. Strategic Development at Bluebeam Software, Nathan Wood of DPR Construction, and Kris Lengieza, Director of VDC at Stiles Construction.

BIM and Information Technology | November 12, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Many project teams who struggle to get everyone up to speed with BIM, find PDFs a useful tool to bridge the gap betwe...

Construction will outpace worldwide GDP growth over the next 15 years

Construction in Dandong, Liaoning, China, in 2015. Photo: blake.thornberry/Creative Commons

Contractors | November 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Three countries—the United States, China, and India—will account for nearly three-fifths of worldwide construction gr...

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School grows with the times design-build

The Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School serves 1,300 students (pre-K to 12) at its facilities on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, near Central Park. Photos: Andrew Mohat Media

Reconstruction Awards | November 12, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The 251-year-old NYC school was a design-build project that overcame issues like tight space and zoning appeals durin...

MVRDV designs a ‘Disco Ball’ for Rotterdam

Inside the Collectiegebouw, visitors will be able to witness the backstage activity that happens at museums: restoration, transport, and storage of art. Renderings courtesy of MVRDV

Museums | November 11, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Called the Collectiegebouw (Dutch for "collection building"), the building will make public the city’s extensive art...

No eyes on the road: The impact of driverless vehicles

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG, foresaw an interesting interim solution where cars can act autonomously part of the time and be human-guided the rest. Photo courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 11, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | SmithGroupJJR

The idea that space can be repurposed by breaking dependence on the purchase, maintenance, and storage of a big machi...

New York City opens SOM-designed net-zero school

The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground is the first net-zero energy school in New York City. Rendering by SOM/Courtesy of the SCA

K-12 Schools | November 10, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground will produce 662,500 kWh of energy, which...

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum breaks ground on Collections and Conservation Center

The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center will open in early 2017. Rendering courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Museums | November 10, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR

Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center will provide long-te...

AIA: The year's best justice facilities

San Bernardino Justice Center won a Citation award. Image courtesy SOM

Justice Facilities | November 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

CO Architects, RMKM Architecture, and SOM are among the firms honored with 2015 Justice Facilities Review Awards from...

AIA releases nine new contract documents

Photo: Mark Kaletka/Creative Commons

Architects | November 10, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Include six new forms for design-build projects.

Restoration of the Whitney Building provides hope for Detroit

A second skylight was placed above the hallmark atrium skylight; only the steel framework of the original was kept. Photo courtesy Whitney Partners.

Reconstruction Awards | November 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Four years ago, Whitney Partners purchased the 253,000-sf Whitney for $3.3 million. Their mission was to turn the 19-...

University of Chicago's uses space economically with Saieh Hall

The nearly 150,000-sf Saieh Hall for Economics had to be sqeezed into tight quarters on the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago. Photo: Tom Rossiter.

Reconstruction Awards | November 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The five-story, 100,000-sf seminary was converted into a modern education facility that would be fully integrated int...

King of kings: Classic brooklyn movie theater stages a return engagement

The final result of the Kings Theatre redevelopment gracefully emulates the original design by theater architects Rapp & Rapp and interior designer Harold W. Rambusch. Photo: Matt Lambros Photography

Reconstruction Awards | November 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The theater, which withstood vacancy, neglect and vandalism, has been redeveloped with a goal: balance preservation w...

White paper promotes incentives for improved disaster resilience

Long Island, N.Y. after Hurricane Sandy struck. Photo: UN ISDR/Creative Commons.

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The white paper makes the case that the most cost-effective manner to achieve resilience is through a holistic and in...

Perkins+Will acquires London-based Portland Design Associates

Portland helped Turner Communications gain an airport retail presence with The News Café, at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi International Airport. Rendering courtesy Portland/P+W

Architects | November 09, 2015 | Perkins+Will

The firms will work together to offer “future-proofing” insights to clients.

Paint company announces new product that can kill bacteria in hospitals

Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say eliminating healthcare-associated infections is a top priority. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The new product from Sherwin-Williams, called Paint Shield, is said to not only kill over 99.9% of dangerous bacteria...

Real Madrid gets new headquarters designed by Rafael de La-Hoz

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepiped-shaped volumes. Renderings courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Office Building Design | November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepiped-shaped volumes. ...

Studio Gang designs American Museum of Natural History's new science center

Renderings courtesy American Museum of Natural History

Museums | November 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will hold areas where visitors can engage with high-...

DOE’s Energy Asset Score diagnostic tool gets upgrade

The Asset Score's software was developed in part by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Photo: Ian Roberts/Creative Commons

Energy Efficiency | November 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The tool is used to assess energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily buildings.

Budget bill provision raises OSHA fines for first time in 25 years

Workers building condos in Washington, D.C. Photo: Elvert Barnes/Creative Commons.

Contractors | November 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Inflation-adjusted penalty hikes could go up as much as 80%.

Architects propose residential tower in Singapore with gardens on every floor

The four residential towers will surround a lush atrium, which from afar will seem like a green mountain. Renderings courtesy of M+S Pte Ltd

Multifamily Housing | November 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Imagine a high-rise with lush greenery on every floor—that’s the design Ingehoven Architects and A61 propose for Mari...

JLL names 10 emerging world cities

JLL says that Mexico City is a gateway for international firms, trade, and investment. Photo: Kasper Christensen/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Mexico City, Shanghai, Istanbul, and seven other world-class cities have experienced rapid economic growth and real e...

Metal building maintenance is essential

Photo courtesy of Pressure Washing The Woodlands.

Metals | November 05, 2015 | Cary Barger |

Inspect, repair damages, and clean the building

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How active design is reshaping higher education campuses

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University Buildings | November 05, 2015 | LPA Blog | Glenn Carels

Active design, a dynamic approach to design with a primary focus on people, assists students in learning to make heal...

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