10 megatrends shaping the future of green building

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy

Green | November 30, 2015 | Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, Contributing Editor

Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a sharper focus on existing structures are among the trends that will drive sustainability through 2020, according to author and green building expert Jerry Yudelson.

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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...

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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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?

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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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

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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...

Construction employees among top U.S. drug users

Miners and construction workers have a strong preference for alcohol, while hotel and restaurant employees generally prefer drugs to heavy drinking. Photo: Sam Metsfan/Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction workers are topped only by miners when it comes to heavy drinking, according to a new study by the Subst...

Colorado House kills construction defects bill

A bill that would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders was defeated in the Colorado House of Representatives. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

Codes and Standards | May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The legislation would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders.

New energy efficiency program, Tenant Star, gets OK from Congress

Tenant Star encourages tenants, who, in some buildings, consume more than half of the power used by the building, to take measures to save energy. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

Codes and Standards | May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The voluntary program for commercial and government buildings is modeled after Energy Star.

FEMA to require states to evaluate risks posed by climate change

States will be required to evaluate the risks of climate change before being granted access to disaster relief funds. Image: Pixabay/Antranias

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The aim is for states to do a better job planning for natural disasters they are likely to face in a warming world....

Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

Multifamily Housing | May 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in just under 20 million...

Department of Energy asks for feedback on cost-effectiveness of building energy codes

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Codes and Standards | May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

DOE’s RFI wants input on how to improve methodology on cost assessment.

Nonresidential fixed investments fall in latest Construction Economic Update

The newest Construction Econmic Update from ABC revealed that nonresidential fixed investments declined during the first three months of the year. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This is the first time that nonresidential fixed investment declined since the first quarter of 2011, ABC reported. N...

World Trade Center Developer Looks to Bjarke Ingels for New Tower Design

The redesign is an attempt to entice 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to move their operations into the new building. Photo courtesy Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center may be ousted, as developers are currently negotiating with Danish fi...

U.S. office construction is approaching historic levels again

CoStar finds building in one-third of the nation’s bigger markets exceeded their averages in the first quarter. Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | April 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An estimated 108 million sf of office space were under construction in the U.S. at the end of the first quarter, a 17...

Safdie Architects accepting applications for 2015 Research Fellowship

The 2015 Research Fellowship with Safdie Architects will battle the challenges of dense urbanism. Image: MBS Digital

Architects | April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The program, which features a theme of “dense urbanism,” encourages participants to tackle the challenges associated...

Atlanta Braves partner with Omni Hotels & Resorts to build hotel near new Suntrust Park

Alongside the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta will be a 16-story hotel built by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Renderings: Atlanta Braves

Hotel Facilities | April 30, 2015 | Atlanta Braves

The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel will feature 16 floors with 260 guest rooms and suites, rooftop hospitality suites,...

Self-piloting drone maps out construction sites in Pennsylvania

The system comes with a box where the drone rests and charges. Photo courtesy Identified Technologies via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system comes with a real-time portal for immediate access to collected data.

OMA unveils design for the Netherland’s largest hotel

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline. Renderings courtesy OMA

Hotel Facilities | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline.

Designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library in New Zealand unveiled

Maori cultural symbols are referenced throughout the library’s design. Renderings courtesy Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Library | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition to design the New Central Library in Christchurc...

Construction costs are expected to remain soft through fall of 2015

Analyst IHS reported that its unlikely construction prices will rise in the next several months. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | April 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Labor and materials haven’t appreciated this year through April, according to market analyst IHS.

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