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 the next several years, according to BD+C's 2015 Giants 300 report.

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SOM leads planning for Egypt’s new capital

The planned site for the new city will be 270 square miles with the capacity for seven million inhabitants. Renderings courtesy SOM

Government Buildings | March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To alleviate overcrowding and congestion in Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a new capital from scratch....

Drones for AEC: How every stage of a building project can benefit from drone technology

"Say you are interested in creating a high-rise with amazing views of the city. A drone can capture those exact views from any height and in any direction," says Molla. Photo: SRG Partnership

BIM and Information Technology | March 23, 2015 | BLG by SRG Partnership | Dmitriy Molla

From photo-mapping to aerial progress videos, SRG Partnership's Dmitriy Molla studies real-world applications for unm...

Skanska hosts three-week 'hackathon' to find architect for Seattle tower development

Following three weeks of intense competition between nine firms participating in Skanska's hackathon, Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Conn., was selected to serve as the design architect for the 2&U project in Seattle. Photo courtesy Skanska

BIM and Information Technology | March 23, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | Lisa Picard

Searching for a nimble, collaborative design firm for its 2&U tower project in Seattle, the construction giant di...

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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Federal Way Elementary Schools Program, Washington

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Education is changing, and school design is changing with it. The old-fashioned classroom, filled with rows of front-...

Can advanced elevator technology take vertical hospitals to the next level?

In the mid-1990s elevator giant Otis conducted a research project called Odyssey. Otis developed an elevator system that allowed elevator cab occupants to travel both vertically and horizontally within the same cab, with the option to travel vertically again. Illustrations: Douglas J. King, VOA Associates

Healthcare Facilities | March 23, 2015 | VOA Blog | Douglas J. King

VOA's Douglas King recalls the Odyssey project and ponders vertical transportation in high-rise healthcare design....

Budget woes may lead to moratorium on school projects in Alaska

Photo: RadioKAOS via Wikimedia Commons

K-12 Schools | March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The bill would suspend 70% cost reimbursement from state to localities.

6 myths holding back green building

1225 Connecticut Avenue NW is an office building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Built in 1968, with a $32 million renovation in 2009 by Brookfield Properties and RTKL Associates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Green | March 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Sustainable design has proven benefits, so why isn’t it more widely adopted?

New Joplin, Mo., hospital built to tornado-resistant standards

The $465 million structure replaces St. John's Regional Medical Center that was destroyed in a 2011 tornado that devastated the city. Rendering: Mercy.net

Healthcare Facilities | March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new hospital features a window and frame system that can protect patients from winds of up to 250 mph. 

Populous design wins competition for Britains’s most sustainable arena

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings. Rendering courtesy Populous

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “the atmosphere and int...

Sealing the deal: An easier way to dike air leaks in buildings

This image shows how the sealant is injected into the shafts. Photo courtesy Hyundai

Energy Efficiency | March 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An aerosol product injected into ductwork allowed Hyundai to open its new U.S. HQs on time.

Grumman/Butkus Associates releases 2014 hospital energy and water benchmarking survey results

Photo: The Neenan Company/Flickr

Healthcare Facilities | March 19, 2015 | Grumman/Butkus Associates

The survey results show that hospitals’ overall fossil fuel use has trended downward, but electricity use isn’t decli...

Architecture Billings Index rises in February

Photo: Dimitris Agelakis/Flickr

Architects | March 18, 2015 | AIA

The ABI score was 50.4 last month, up slightly from a mark of 49.9 in January. This score reflects a minor increase i...

Prefabricated skycubes proposed with 'elastic' living apartments inside

The tower is designed to be 70% wood, and will contain gardens and flexible living spaces attached to a central concrete core. Renderings courtesy Weingartner Architects

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

The interiors for each unit are designed using an elastic living concept, where different spaces are created by slidi...

Vertical urban greenhouses will feed import-reliant Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The garden will occupy a vacant lot next to a parking lot that is only one-tenth of an acre. Renderings courtesy Vertical Harvest Jackson Hole

Green | March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A Jackson Hole, Wyo., start up aims to reduce the city’s susceptibility to food deficits by building vertical greenho...

 Healthcare design partnership asks: What about the doctor?

Image courtesy of Joel Worthington/HDR.

Healthcare Facilities | March 18, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Abbie Clary

HDR's Abbie Clary discusses the design of healthcare facilities and how they affect doctors.

The new Vo-Tech: transforming vocational workshops into 21st century learning labs

Image courtesy Perkins+Will

K-12 Schools | March 18, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Patrick Glenn

It’s no secret: the way students learn today is different. But facilities are adapting to the increasing demands of t...

Boston Living with Water selects finalists in resiliency design competition

High Street City: (Gradually) Living with Water was selected as one of six finalists.

Architects | March 18, 2015 | Sasaki Ideas |

The competition asks for creative approaches for planning for a not-so-distant future Boston where higher sea levels...

Academic incubators: Garage innovation meets higher education

Houston’s TMCx links students and researchers at The Texas Medical Center campus to bio-tech start-ups and their investors. Image © Gensler

University Buildings | March 18, 2015 | GenslerOn | Jill Goebel and Christine Durman

Gensler's Jill Goebel and Christine Durman discuss the role of design in academic incubators, and why many universiti...

The High Line’s co-designer wins contract for The Underline in Miami

The proposed 10-mile Underline park. Courtesy Anna Baez/Underline

Cultural Facilities | March 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

James Corner Field Operations will design the master plan for this 10-mile restoration project. 

Are face-to-face meetings still important?

It’s particularly important for sensitive communication, when having tone and body language for context makes a difference.

March 17, 2015 | Steven Burns |

One CEO looks pass convenience and advocates for old school, in-person meetings.

Berkeley researchers develop 3D-printable concrete powder

A team from the university constructed the Bloom pavilion out of the 3D-printed material, which will go on tour around the world. Screenshot from UC Berkeley Campus Life on Youtube.

BIM and Information Technology | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The technique allows teams to create more complex and precisely finished structures, with reduced weight and waste....

California Cuts its Carbon Footprint with Solar

Photo courtesy of Panasonic

Energy Efficiency | March 16, 2015 | Panasonic

Spanning four locations in Central Valley, the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff projects pack a lot of power...

Modular Space Showcase: Helping BP take command in the Gulf of Mexico
Modular Building | March 16, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

Immediate emergency response to minimize and remedy environmental damage called for temporary, modular spaces.

One of London’s new skyscrapers will be shadowless

The architects designed this particular concept as a potential pair of towers in Greenwich, England. Renderings courtesy NBBJ

High-rise Construction | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A team of architects from the London branch of NBBJ used computer algorithms to generate a dual-tower design that max...

New Jersey Supreme Court puts control of affordable housing agency in the courts

The ruling comes after a decade of litigation over the agency's proposed rules to determine municipalities' housing obligations for low- and moderate-income residents. Photo: Rgkleit via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively transferred the agency...

San Jose adopts bird-friendly building standard

Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr

Codes and Standards | March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard includes avoiding large chunks of transparent or reflective glass and adding fritting.

Healthcare planning in a post-ACA world: 3 strategies for success

An intended outcome of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce overall inpatient activity by managing health, reducing average length of stay, reducing readmissions, and generally moving toward a holistic approach of population health rather than an acute, episodic approach. Photo: Ralf/Flickr 

Healthcare Facilities | March 16, 2015 | Curtis Skolnick, CBRE Healthcare

Healthcare providers are seeking direction on how to plan for a value-based world while still very much operating in...

Top FAQs for Metal Building Insulation
Metals | March 16, 2015 | Jim Place |

Here are some of the most important issues for keeping fiberglass insulation working at its maximum.

Mexican Museum tower caught in turmoil to break ground this summer

Millennium Partners said it will break ground on the Mexican Museum this summer. Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

High-rise Construction | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Millennium Partners said it will break ground on the 53-story residential and museum tower while the lawsuits go thro...

Giancarlo Zema Design Group unveils plans for Qatar resort

The design for a semi-submerged resort in Qatar includes luxury hotels, office buildings, and access to an activity zone in a marine park. Renderings courtesy Giancarlo Zema Design Group

Resort Design | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The resort will have four semi-submerged hotels that look similar to super-yachts,...

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