Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leading the charge to give patients quieter healing environments.   

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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

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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Snoozebox launches competition for designers to create pop-up hotels

Image courtesy Snoozebox

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...

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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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...

After refueling is capital tank, WeWork acquires BIM consultant Case

When Case launched in 2008, it was operating out of one of WeWork’s spaces, and the two companies have since been linked at the hip as WeWork has expanded. Photo: courtesy Case

BIM and Information Technology | August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The merger is expected to help standardize how WeWork designs and builds out office space. 

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Robotic reality capture, gaming systems, virtual reality—AEC Giants continue tech frenzy

Designers in Little’s Charlotte, N.C., office test drive a project design using two virtual reality methods: the Unity gaming engine combined with the Oculus Rift headset, and stereo panoramic renderings viewed on a smartphone using Google Cardboard. Photo: Little

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of software and hardware s...

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Metals | August 06, 2015 | Allen Hurtz |

In a contemporary metal building system, the size and shape can be just about whatever the project "wants." 

Coatings | August 06, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Special care must be taken to formulate coatings to ensure performance, even in the most demanding environments.

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Healthcare Construction Firms

Presbyterian Cardiovascular Institute, a seven-story facility that is the cornerstone of a 25-year master plan for Scripps Memorial Hospital’s La Jolla, Calif., campus. GC McCarthy Building Companies used lean construction principles to prefabricate headwalls and handwashing sinks in the patient rooms, ICUs, and prep/recovery rooms. Also on the Building Team: HOK (project architect), KPFF (SE/CE), exp (MEP), MWPA (landscape architect), and Jacobs Engineering Group (CM). Photo: Stephen Whalen Photography

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest healthcare contractors a...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 80 Healthcare Engineering Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Courtesy HKS, DPR

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest healthcare en...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 115 Healthcare Architecture Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The new facility will unite the hospital’s rehabilitative orthopedic, cardiac, and pulmonary services under one roof. DPR and HKS will also complete the 45,000-sf Christine Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute on the Boca Raton campus this summer. Courtesy HKS

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

HDR, Stantec, and Perkins+Will top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest healthcare architecture...

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...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Construction Management Firms

The renovation of the Sawyer Library at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., required the demolition of two additions from the 1950s and 1960s to make way for a 130,000-sf, four-story concrete-framed expansion. Consigli Construction was the construction manager on the three-year retrofit, with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (architect), CVM Professional (SE), and AltieriSeborWieber Consulting Engineers (MEP engineer). Photo: Timothy Schenck

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, AECOM, and Hill International head Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest construction ma...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 100 Contractors

The Connor Group headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. The Building Team included Moody•Nolan (architect/CE), Korda/Nemeth Engineering (SE), Prater Engineering Associates (ME), and Messer (GC). Photo: Brad Feinknopf

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction and Whiting-Turner Contracting top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest con...

AAMA updates methods for testing of exterior walls

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

The standard specifies test methods, specifications, and field checks to evaluate structural adequacy of exterior wal...

Women wear lighter clothing in summer, so are cooler in air-conditioned rooms

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

Women wear lighter clothing in the summer, so they tend to be cooler in air-conditioned rooms, according to the group...

ConsensusDocs releases new CM agency contract standard agreement

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

For use when owner acts as the construction manager, hires a construction manager, or uses multiple prime contractors...

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