VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and Building Team members in highly detailed, fully lit environments that simulate the final structure. 

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Fire resistive curtain wall brings maximum light, views and safety to Aspen Art Museum

With sections of the glass curtain wall also functioning as an elevator enclosure, it had to meet the fire resistive wall criteria ASTM E-119 for 2 hours.  

Fire-Rated Products | April 14, 2015 | SaftiFirst

The curtain wall used for the Shigeru Ban-designed museum provides maximum daylight while protecting the art from fir...

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USGBC will recognize energy and water standards for the Living Building Challenge
Green | April 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

This move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Challenge will be consid...

New York City preparing new codes for evacuation elevators

Rookery Building, Chicago. Photo: Velvet via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments in New York are writing rules to govern occupant-evacu...

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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Winning design for Toronto ferry dock poised to be city’s new living room

“The primary purpose is to make a public gathering place,” KPMB principal Bruce Kuwabara told the Toronto Star. Renderings courtesy West 8/KPMB Architects/Ken Greenberg Consultants

Transit Facilities | April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The winning submission features a spacious complex under a green roof, and is designed to attract all types of visito...

Figure-eight shaped hotel to open around PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Facility

The sprawling 317,460-sf site will host a variety of marine and mountain recreation facilities. Renderings courtesy Planning Korea

Hotel Facilities | April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Just three miles away from the Olympic stadiums, the hotel will be a hub of its own.

Graffiti vandalism is on the rise

Valspar offers built-in graffiti resistance in all its building products coatings, at no additional cost. This protection includes both existing buildings and new construction, allowing your projects to be resistant to all the elements.

Coatings | April 13, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Graffiti is the most common form of vandalism, and its cleanup is burdening businesses and property owners.

USTA breaks ground on what will be the country’s largest tennis complex

With 106 courts and 270,000 sf, the USTA National Campus will be the largest tennis complex in the U.S. Rendering: Michel Borg, HKS

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 63-acre facility is being positioned as a cornerstone for a sports innovation and performance district in Lake No...

Bigger, brighter daylighting in Byerly's supermarket
Daylighting | April 13, 2015 | Solatube

More natural light was needed, but the project team wanted it to be diffused across large areas of the store.

California imposes stringent new water standards

An aerial view of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing west of Tracy. Photo: Ikluft via Wikimedia Commons

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

California is the first state to adopt standards that are more efficient than those set by EPA's WaterSense program. ...

Virginia surpasses Florida for strictest hurricane building codes

Photo: Arlington County via Wikimedia Commons

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

Virginia has edged out Florida as the state with the most stringent hurricane building codes, according to the Instit...

Henning Larsen Architects designs a timber museum extension in Sweden

In each protrusion on the jagged roof is a skylight, bringing in plenty of natural light into the space within. Renderings courtesy Henning Larsen Architects

Museums | April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new extension will complement Österund’s wooded surroundings

14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams demonstrate the pow...

Prefab saves the day for Denver hospital

An 8x25-foot multi-trade rack containing mechanical, piping, and HVAC systems is lifted into place at Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, by mechanical subcontractor U.S. Engineering. Photo: Ross Cooperthwaite

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mortenson Construction and its partners completed the 831,000-sf, $623 million Saint Joseph Hospital well before the...

Anaheim’s soaring intermodal hub

The Building Team for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center used a lightweight ETFE polymer roof system to overcome poor soil conditions. Photo: John Linden

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

Anaheim's Regional Transportations Intermodal Center is the largest ETFE project in North America.

Virtual collaboration helps complete a hospital in 24 months

PinnacleHealth’s new 108-bed, 188,000-sf West Shore Hospital provides acute care, surgical, cardiology, orthopedic, and stroke care services, and chronic disease management to patients on the west side of the Susquehanna River in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Photo: Jeffrey Totaro/Jeffrey Totaro Architectural Photographer

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

PinnacleHealth needed a new hospital STAT! This team delivered it in two years, start to finish.

New arts venue reinvigorates Virginia Tech's campus

The new arts venue at Virginia Tech is the ninth building on campus to be LEED-certified. Jeff Goldberg/Esto Photographics Inc.

Building Team Awards | April 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The STV-led Building Team creates a world-class performance and arts venue with learning and entrepreneurial dimensio...

A carboard box by Google can bring virtual reality to architecture
BIM and Information Technology | April 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The global search engine giant has launched a new product, Google Cardboard, that easily allows users to experience v...

Multifaced fitness center becomes campus landmark

The recreation center’s sloped running track is expressed on the building’s north elevation through a glass curtain wall system and roofline that are sloped to match the incline of the track. Photos courtesy Skanska USA Building

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A sloped running track and open-concept design put this Building Team to the test. 

Design for new Milwaukee Bucks stadium is ‘modest and modernist’

Critics have commended the building, with one professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee telling the Journal Sentinel that the design is "not overly zooming and it's not faux historic." Renderings courtesy Populous

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by local firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the sports venue will prominently feature a...

Nation's first LEED-certified bus depot

The LEED-certified Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem incorporates 6,290 sf of mosaic and laminated glass artwork that the transit authority commissioned from artist Shinique Smith. Chris Cooper/Chris Cooper Photography

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A bus garage in Harlem shows that even the most mundane of facilities can strut its environmentally sensitive stuff....

Setting the bar for port-of-entry design

An oasis welcomes citizens and visitors to the U.S. at the Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Nogales, Ariz. Photos: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography, Inc.

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Whenever you eat a tomato from Mexico, there’s a one-in-three chance it came through this LEED Gold gateway.

Big D’s billion-dollar baby: New Parkland hospital tops the chart

The new 17-story Parkland Hospital. A seven-story clinical space cantilevers 60 feet past the Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Health unit. Photos: Andrew Pogue/Andrew Pogue Photography

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Dallas’s new $1.27 billion public hospital preserves an important civic anchor, Texas-style.

Multifamily development and transactions haven’t taken a breather yet

ELEVEN10 West is being designed to coincide with the City of Orange, Calif.'s mixed-use vision created in 2010. It will open for leasing in the summer of 2017. Rendering: Picerne Group

Multifamily Housing | April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Despite predictions about an impending softening in multifamily construction, builders and developers continue to exp...

Ipd-driven fusion facility serves science and student life in Chicago

Among the building’s student life functions is a bistro-style cafe and lounge with views of the central campus green. Photos: Mark Ballogg

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In dire need of modern science labs and a student union, North Park University built both—in the same building.

‘Prudent, not opulent’ sets the tone for this Catholic hospital

The 93-bed Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is the first new hospital to be built in Maryland in 25 years. The 237,000-sf acute care facility resides on the campus of Montgomery College, making it the first hospital in the U.S. to be co-located on a community college campus. All photos: Alan Karchmer / Alan Karchmer Architectural Photographer

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

This Building Team stuck with a project for seven years to get a new hospital built for a faithful client.

How one team solved a tricky daylighting problem with BIM/VDC tools, iterative design

Using Grasshopper modeling software, the team for Oregon State University's Johnson Hall, led by SRG Partnership, built a virtual model that could be quickly manipulated. Renderings: SRG Partnership

BIM and Information Technology | April 09, 2015 | BLG by SRG Partnership | Scott Mooney, AIA

SRG Partnership's Scott Mooney describes how Grasshopper, Diva, Rhino, and 3D printing were utilized to optimize a da...

9/11 museum triumphs over controversy

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the skyscapers’ slurry wall and the “Last Column.” Photos: James Ewing Photography / courtesy Davis Brody Bond

Building Team Awards | April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Building Team for this highly visible project had much more than design, engineering, and construction problems t...

Facebook plans to build two more Frank Gehry-designed offices

An early model of the recently opened building sitting inside the actual building. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Office Building Design | April 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

In addition to office space, Facebook’s development involves a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.

Roof Air Leakage Issue in NYC Multifamily Buildings Isn’t Just “Hot Air” Talk

The opportunity for impact is abundant for New York City’s many rooftops. Image: Paladino

Multifamily Housing | April 08, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Robert Hayes

Paladino's Robert Hayes talks about venting regulations in New York and how air leaks can cost residents upwards of $...

The Competitive Advantage of Urban Institutions

UNLV Campus master plan. Rendering: SmithGroupJJR

University Buildings | April 08, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Michael Johnson, LEED AP

In the coming years, urban colleges and universities will outperform their non-urban peers, bolstered by the 77 milli...

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