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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Out of the Shadows: Designing for Behavioral Health

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Cafe. Image: Shau Lin Hon

Healthcare Facilities | April 08, 2015 | GenslerOn | Jamie Huffcut

Gensler's Jamie Huffcut discusses mental health in the U.S. and how design can affect behavioral health.

Unique test facility will help make wind power more feasible

The Clemson University SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, where giant wind-power systems can be tested. Photo: Ryan Manchester, Clear Sky Images

Building Team Awards | April 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new facility at Clemson University makes it possible to test the huge stresses that large-scale wind turbines must...

Mies’ Martin Luther King Jr. Library to get a Mecanoo makeover

"While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District," the library said in a statement. Renderings courtesy Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture

Cultural Facilities | April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architects say the modernization aims to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesia...

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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Construction site updates from the new $100 billion Saudi Arabian city

The city constructed from scratch off the Red Sea coast will give its port access to the Suez Canal, reflecting the government’s attempt to diversify its oil-dependent economy by focusing more in its shipping industry. Rendering courtesy of the King Abdullah Economic City.

Mixed-Use | April 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new King Abdullah Economic City was conceived to diversify the kingdom's oil-dependent economy by focusing more i...

New survey shows top companies prioritize global green building rating system LEED

The new Apple headquarters designed by Norman Foster. Image: Apple, Inc.

Green | April 07, 2015 | USGBC

The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate social responsibility...

Berkeley’s West Branch Library generates more energy than it uses

Photos: David Wakely, courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux

Cultural Facilities | April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 9,400-sf facility is California's first Net Zero Energy-certified building.

Industry groups petition for change order reform on federal projects

Photo: Matti Mattila via Wikimedia Commons

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

Nine design and construction associations ask for assurance that funds available for additional work.

DOE releases Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

MIT's Media Laboratory and expansion under construction. Photo: Madcoverboy via Wikimedia Commons

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

The guidelines are aimed at strengthening and streamlining commercial building workforce training and certification p...

Melbourne tower will light up depending on weather

"Real-time weather data [makes] the light move, and articulate the architecture of the building to give it a sense of elegance and presence,” lighting designer Bruce Ramus said. Rendering courtesy Lend Lease Group

High-rise Construction | April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will be illuminated by 164-foot-tall beams of LED light based on weather updates from the Bureau of Meteoro...

UK's leading foot and mouth disease lab turns containment design inside out

To create an inviting, nonscientific aesthetic for the high-containment lab facility, the team incorporated splashes of color, timber cladding, and pleasing proportions into the exterior scheme. Photo: © James Brittain

Building Team Awards | April 05, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A daring Building Team breaks the bunker mentality common to research containment with this light-filled, open facili...

‘Project first’ philosophy shows team’s commitment to a true IPD

An internal “connecting bridge” (above) brings the outdoors indoors via glass panels, and provides a welcome respite for staff and visitors moving from one area of the hospital to another. Photo: Bruce Damonte

Building Team Awards | April 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Skanska and NBBJ join forces with Sutter Health on a medical center project where all three parties share the risk....

Georgia may ban use of LEED on state buildings

Photo: OTRS via Wikimedia Commons

Green | April 03, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Georgia's state legislature is considering a measure to require all state buildings to only use green building standa...

Energy benchmarking law helps make D.C. top ranked Energy Star city

With 480 Energy Star-certified buildings, the EPA estimates D.C.'s Energy Star buildings have saved $127.1 million. Photo: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Green | April 03, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

First-in-the-nation law requires public reporting of annual energy performance

French startup develops drone camera that overlays video with 3D images

Concept Photo by Sysveo via Discovery News.

BIM and Information Technology | April 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new drones can capture video and overlay the shot results with 3D images and augmented reality remotely.

Why it’s so hard to figure out what to pay top talent
Building Team | April 03, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Is your firm’s approach to compensation effective in today’s rapidly changing talent market?

Make a statement by the sea

Photo: Chase Lindberg/Flickr

Coatings | April 03, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

With salt stray and intense summer sun, coastal coatings take a real beating. When selecting a coating in these harsh...

Building Design+Construction editors win two 2015 Jesse H. Neal awards for journalism excellence

BD+C was honored for Best Newsletter, with the BD+C Daily 5, and Best Subject Related Package (BIM/technology coverage). Photo: ABM 

April 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

ABM’s Jesse H. Neal Award is recognized as the “Pulitzer Prize of the business press."

The Inherent Sustainability of Steel

It’s worth noting that recycled materials are not difficult for steel-makers to acquire. Steel recycling is well established in North America, and has been for decades. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Metals | April 03, 2015 | Allen Hurtz |

The steel in a metal building system may contribute to points for Recycled Content under the USGBC’s Leadership in En...

Historic Romanesque Church in Chicago to Make Way For Multifamily Project

The apartment building will feature a south-facing, second-floor terrace and enclosed parking for bikes and cars. Rendering by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson via Chicago Architecture Blog

Multifamily Housing | April 02, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

The infamous neighborhood’s Saint Dominic’s Church “was instrumental in taming a part of the city that grew up from t...

C40 cities across the globe are making sustainability a policy

Cities around the world are enacting policies to create more sustainable environments. Image: Morgue File/iceman0

Energy Efficiency | April 02, 2015 | USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group with the World Green Building Council release...

Architecture excellence: 6 award-winning libraries

Mission Branch Library, San Antonio, designed by Muñoz and Company. Photo: Chris Cooper/Luis M. Garza

Library | April 02, 2015 | AIA

The new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the restored Slover Library in Norfolk, Va., are among six breakthrough proje...

Nonresidential construction spending flat in February

Commercial construction spending lost 1.9% in February, but is up 13.5% on a year-over-year basis.

Contractors | April 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The Associated Builders and Contractors forecasts a robust nonresidential construction spending recovery in 2015, des...

Facebook opens Gehry-designed headquarters: ‘The largest open floor plan in the world,’ says Zuckerberg

One of its attractions is a nine-acre rooftop park, designed by CMG Landscape Architecture, which includes a half-mile looping walking path. More than 400 trees were planted on what Wired magazine calls “a garden-roofed fantasyland.” Photo courtesy Facebook 

Office Building Design | April 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Employees have started moving into Facebook’s new headquarters, a 435,555-sf building in Menlo Park, Calif., whose fa...

Super computer Watson finds new home in Manhattan's Silicon Alley

IBM Watson immersion room and interactive video wall. Image: The Switzer Group

Office Building Design | April 01, 2015 | The Switzer Group

The new headquarters for the former Jeopardy champ was conceived as a showcase for Watson’s capabilities, and as an i...

Global wind power installations expected to slow through 2019

Navigant projects a curtailment in the growth of annual new installations through 2019. Image: Morgue File/AcrylicArtist

Green | April 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After a 20% falloff in 2013, the global wind power industry made a strong comeback in 2014, with a record 51.2 gigawa...

Radiant Heat: The Invisible Killer

Since the 45 minute openings in this 1-hour exit corridor extend to all the way to the floor, the architects specified SuperLite II-XL 45, a fire resistive tempered product with hose stream that meets ASTM E-119.  SuperLite II-XL 45 effectively blocks smoke, flames and dangerous radiant heat to enable safe egress through the corridor. Photo courtesy of SaftiFirst.

Fire and Life Safety | April 01, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire, there’s the deadly threat of radiant heat.

Containers on Grand: A new apartment complex in Phoenix

The apartments' living areas will open to a central courtyard through double French windows, which will flood the spaces with natural light. Renderings courtesy Stark James, LLC

Modular Building | March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The eight-unit complex, called Containers on Grand, was inspired by the need for affordable and sustainable housing n...

Pratt Institute to offer first-ever degree in designing public spaces

Miller's Court in Baltimore, Md. Photo: Billy Michels, courtesy Bruner Foundation Inc.

Cultural Facilities | March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of its new Urban Placemaking and Management degree, Pratt will offer courses on topics such as "the history a...

Plans for a new condo tower in New York create a ‘communal ecosystem’ for residents

Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

Multifamily Housing | March 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The conceptual plans for a 700-foot-tall, 65-story condominium tower in New York City were unveiled in early March by...

BIM and the changing procurement model for medical equipment in healthcare construction

Photo: Fotos GOVBA/flickr

Healthcare Facilities | March 31, 2015 | Julie Ford, CBRE Healthcare

BIM coordination has dramatically reduced change orders during the construction period. Unfortunately, it has had the...

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