Anorexic skyscrapers keep popping up in Manhattan

The ODA Architecture-designed tower at 303-305 E. 44th Street in New York City will be only 47 feet wide. Rendering courtesy ODA

High-rise Construction | November 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One project slated to begin construction next spring is designed to be only 47 feet wide.

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How to get the most out of a metal roof

The finish on the metal is integral to preventing corrosion. Scratches can compromise that protection, especially if metal is exposed.

Metals | May 11, 2015 | Dave Rutherford |

‘Low-maintenance’ is not the same thing as ‘no maintenance.’

Casino design references the 19th Century Oil Rush

The site in Ramona, Okla., was the first commercial oil well drilled in what would become Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Petersen Aluminum.

Native American Casinos | May 11, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

The site in Ramona, Okla., was the first commercial oil well drilled in what would become Oklahoma.

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Fire-rated glass separation helps merge new and old pools into a single connected aquatics center

Clear fire-rated glazing transfers daylight. Image courtesy of TGP.

May 11, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

Clear fire-rated glazing helps create a light-filled, safe space for student athletes and spectators in Niles, Illino...

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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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How architects can tap into the expertise of their metal roof manufacturer

Roof manufacturers can help architects by training the roof contractor on the in­stallation of the standing seam roof system to be used on the project. Photo: Flickr.

Roofing | May 11, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

Here are three things metal roof manufacturers can do to help the architect

Construction on Orlando’s massive ‘innovation hub’ is finally starting

This mixed-use project, which had been delayed for a number of years, is already being touted as mecca for business, colleges, and residents. Rendering courtesy Creative Village Development 

Mixed-Use | May 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $1 billion Creative Village development will create a business and education hub.

How beacons will change architecture

There are many researchers and companies currently vying to create the equivalent of GPS for buildings. People have been testing everything from optical sensors to magnetic and acoustic technologies. Photo: CASE

BIM and Information Technology | May 10, 2015 | CASE blog | Daniel Davis and Andrew Payne

Indoor positioning is right around the corner. Here is why it matters.

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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Harness the connection between managing risk and increasing profitability, Part 2

It’s always a good idea to discuss any concerns you may have about your liability or risk exposure with your professional liability advisor and project owner, but it’s also important that you develop your own procedures that will help you take control of the flow of information on a project.

Architects | May 10, 2015 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

In Part 1, we covered taking control of the submittals schedule and managing RFIs. Let’s move on to properly allocati...

Harness the connection between managing risk and increasing profitability, Part 1

By controlling the flow of information and communication during construction, AE firms can better control their costs and risk exposure, and increase their profitability.

Architects | May 10, 2015 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

AE firms need to protect themselves against vague contractual and procedural situations during all phases of the proj...

Share of buildings in the South exceeds region’s share of U.S. population

Construction projects today tend to be larger nationwide. Photo: James Willamor/Flickr

Contractors | May 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that there were 5.6 million commercial buildings in t...

Construction industry adds 45,000 jobs in April

A new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the construction industry added 45,000 jobs in April. Image: Pixabay

Building Team | May 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The construction industry saw an increase in jobs during the month of April after losing approximately 9,000 position...

Surety bond forms specifically for design-build projects now available

The Design-Build Institute of America released a full set of bonds for design-build projects. Image: Pixabay/jingoba

Building Team | May 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The documents are the first of their kind to be coauthored by designers and builders.

Salt Lake City on track to build first protected bicycle intersection in the U.S.

With the protected intersection, cyclists can make a left turn in two stages without crossing against oncoming car traffic. Rendering courtesy Salt Lake City

Transportation & Parking Facilities | May 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The templates are based on those found on Dutch streets.

A new study ranks the best and worst cities to work for a small business

Charlotte, N.C., topped the list for the best city to work for a small business. Image: Pixabay/tpsdave

Building Team | May 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Based on 11 criteria, Charlotte, N.C., tops the list, Youngstown, Ohio, brings up the rear.

Widespread damage from Nepal earthquake due to poor implementation of building code

Much of the damage caused by the earthquake in Nepal was due to the poor implementation of building codes. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nepal’s code author says destruction was ‘inevitable.’

Lavish residential skyscrapers prompt concern over shadows

New York City is reconsidering its policy on megatowers as residential buildings grow taller. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston among cities grappling with height regulations.

Several states moving to repeal prevailing wage laws

Anti-prevailing wage bills that apply to state-funded construction projects passed in West Virginia and Nevada, with more coming up for a vote in other states. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Anti-prevailing wage bills that apply to state-funded construction projects have been passed in West Virginia and Nev...

New OSHA rule aimed at protecting construction workers in confined spaces

People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

Codes and Standards | May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The agency says the rule will protect about 800 workers a year from serious injury.

Two new designs submitted for New York City Riverside Center

The design submitted by Miami-based Arquitectonica. Rendering courtesy Arquitectonica

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

Both designs reference the cantilevers and other elements featured in architect Christian de Portzamparc’s original m...

The new headquarters in Irvine, Calif., for medical office software provider Kareo, designed by LAP Inc.

The new headquarters in Irvine, Calif., for medical office software provider Kareo, designed by LAP Inc.

Coatings | May 06, 2015 | powered by Valspar | By Emily Koch, CID, LEED AP ID+C

Because color is incredibly subjective, personal and situational, it is difficult to study scientifically. There is n...

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Megadeals drive mergers and acquisitions in engineering and construction industry

Competition among buyers for quality firms of size in attractive growth markets is leading to favorable valuations for sellers. Image: Pixabay/Martinelle

Engineers | May 06, 2015 | FMI

Large deals and the convergence of design and construction are spurring M&A activity in the engineering and const...

Valspar delivers custom coating solution for JW Marriott Austin
Coatings | May 06, 2015 | Valspar

Stunning design by HKS leaves onlookers wondering—weathered steel or coating?

Hackathons and RFCs: Why one developer killed the RFP

Image depicts design concepts from the hackathon winner, Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Conn. Photo courtesy Skanska

Building Owner | May 06, 2015 | David Barista |

In lieu of an RFP process, Skanska Commercial Development hosted a three-week "hackathon" to find an architect for it...

Parks in the sky? Subterranean bike paths? Meet the livable city, designed in 3-D

The Shanghai Tower. All images courtesy Gensler

High-rise Construction | May 06, 2015 | GenslerOn | Andy Cohen

Today’s great cities must be resilient—and open—to many things, including the influx of humanity, writes Gensler co-C...

 Is the office lobby the workplace of the future?

The recent building repositioning of Capella Tower in the heart of downtown Minneapolis embraces new design trends and provides innovative spaces for collaboration and concentration. All images courtesy Perkins+Will

Office Building Design | May 06, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Tony Layne

Perkins+Will's Tony Layne discusses three key trends driving the shift to workplaces that offer greater flexibility a...

Architect scouts investors for underwater tennis court

The underwater arena fits into the natural environment because it resembles a coral reef in Dubai, according to the architect. Renderings courtesy 8+8 Concept Studio

Sports and Recreational Facilities | May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

While off duty, the tennis complex could double as exhibition space.

Top 3 2030 Challenge trends

Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

Green | May 05, 2015 | VOA Blog | Annalise Dietzen and Emma Conway

The growth of IPD is among the key takeaways from the USGBC Region 7 Conference.

Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

Mixed-Use | May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district that fulfills what i...

How to build 'smart' teams

Understanding the art and science of teams is vital to creating results for sustainability leaders. Image: Pixabay

Architects | May 05, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Julie Honeywell

In today's complex world, there are no simple answers—solutions to our most pressing problems aren't offered in 140 c...

Where the university students are (or will be)

Image: Pixabay/BlueOlive

University Buildings | May 05, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Alexa Bush

SmithGroupJJR's Alexa Bush discusses changing demographics and the search for out-of-state students at public univers...

San Diego prison designed with rehabilitation in mind

Common areas encourage interaction between staff and inmates, and act as a venue for educational programming. Photo via YouTube by Vanir Construction Management

Justice Facilities | May 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Following the approach of detention centers in Austria and Norway, KMD and HMC Architects designed a prison rich with...

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