Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leading the charge to give patients quieter healing environments.   

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10 healthcare trends worth sharing

Illustrations: Bill Kline, SmithGroupJJR

Healthcare Facilities | February 17, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Bill Kline

The rise of the medical home model of care and ongoing Lean value stream improvement are among the top healthcare ind...

Work begins on Bjarke Ingels' pixelated tower in Calgary

Telus Sky Tower will be the home of Telus, a telecommunication company, as well as 320 serviced residences. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

High-rise Construction | February 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on Calgary’s newest skyscraper, the 66-story Telus Sky...

Light will shimmer through roof cutouts in Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi

The latticed dome is supported by the sculptural, rectangular interiors. Renderings courtesy Jean Nouvel Architects

Museums | February 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After many delays since construction started in 2009, the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi is slated for complet...

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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contractor, contractors, workforce shortage

Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | February 13, 2015 | FMI

32% of surveyed contract professionals said they will experience slow growth if their companies cannot reasonably mee...

First Look: Sacramento Planning Commission approves mixed-use tower by the new Kings arena

An aerial view of the proposed tower, standing next to the new downtown arena in Sacramento. Renderings courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

Mixed-Use | February 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Downtown Plaza Tower, will have 16 stories and will include a public lobby, retail and office spac...

OMA commissioned to design newest New York High Line addition

The High Line in Manhattan, New York City at West 20th Street, looking downtown (south). Photo courtesy of Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | February 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Rem Koolhaas is the latest addition to the list of starchitects working on projects near the High Line elevated park....

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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State of the fire rated glazing industry

The value that today’s technologically advanced fire rated glazing is derived from the radiant heat protection it provides while adding aesthetic appeal and increased visibility within the surrounding building environment. Photo: SAFTI FIRST

Fire-Rated Products | February 12, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Many years have passed since my days as the “Wired Warrior,” writes SAFTI FIRST's Bill O'Keeffe. Every year at this t...

ASHRAE, USGBC, IES consider biomass requirements in green building standard

The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons

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

The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.

New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

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

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that lenders can use as pa...

Is Houston headed for an office glut?

By the end of 2014, 80 buildings with about 18 million sf of office space were started in Greater Houston, according to CoStar Group. Photo: Mike Russell via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | February 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More than 13 million sf could be completed this year, adding to this metro’s double-digit vacancy woes.

New shipping container complex begins construction in Albuquerque

Rendering: Green Jeans Farmery

Modular Building | February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Green Jeans Farmery already has a hydroponic farm component courtesy of owner and entrepreneur Roy Solomon.

Gensler proposes network of cycle highways in London’s unused underground

The firm hopes the project can kickstart efforts to turn subterranean London into a thriving public space. Renderings courtesy Gensler London

Transit Facilities | February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Unused tube lines would host pedestrian paths, cycle routes, cultural spaces, and retail outlets.

How does airflow under a metal roof further enhance energy savings?

In cool or cold weather conditions, scientists confirmed that direct-nailed asphalt shingle roofs had significantly larger heat loss than attics with metal shakes and above-sheathing ventilation.

Energy Efficient Roofing | February 12, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Metal roof coatings with solar reflectance can help building owners save substantially in annual cooling costs. Resea...

Primer: Using 'parallel estimating' to pinpoint costs on healthcare construction projects

Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Seth Rossman via Wikimedia Commonshosp

Healthcare Facilities | February 11, 2015 | Andrew Sumner, CBRE Healthcare

As pressure increases to understand capital cost prior to the first spade touching dirt, more healthcare owners are t...

11 of the nation’s best ‘Complete Streets’ policies of 2014 Austin

Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas. The Lone Star State capital ranked number five. Photo courtesy city of Austin.

Transportation & Parking Facilities | February 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Austin, Texas, and Troy, N.Y., are among the cities with the strongest safe streets policies, according to a new repo...

New school blends with local architecture using Petersen metal roof

The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship in South Windsor, Conn. Photo: Petersen Aluminum

Roofing | February 11, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

Perkins Eastman in Stamford, Conn., designed the school to emphasize and integrate the International Baccalaureate cu...

Somerset Development plans to turn Bell Labs headquarters into a New Urbanist town center

Aerial view of Bell Labs Holmdel Complex. The Bell Labs building in Holmdel is an architectural heirloom, designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen. Photo courtesy of Lee Beaumont/Wikimedia Commons.

Mixed-Use | February 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by Eero Saarinen in the late 1950s, the two-million-sf, steel-and-glass building was one of the best-funded...

Photo credit: Mikkel Frost

Architects | February 11, 2015 | Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Copenhagen, Berlin, and Rotterdam are the cities where most of the shortlisted works have been built. 

project tango, tango, google, 3-D scanner, 3D scanner

Project Tango devices contain customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. Image: Google

BIM and Information Technology | February 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Google is said to be partnering with LG to create a version of the technology for public release sometime this year....

Korean researchers discover “super steel”

Two instructors and a doctoral student of the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology at Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, make up the team behind the discovery. Photo: Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology/Wikimedia Commons

Steel Construction and Products | February 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new alloy makes steel as strong as titanium.

The generalist architect vs. the specialist architect

Image courtesy SRG Partnership

Architects | February 09, 2015 | BLG by SRG Partnership | Gary Harris, AIA

The corporate world today quite often insists on hiring specialists, but the generalists have an intrinsic quality to...

Herzog & de Meuron-designed M+ museum begins construction in Hong Kong

The building’s design consists of a translucent tower with research, retail, and restaurant spaces that rests on a horizontal slab filled with exhibition galleries. Renderings courtesy Herzog & De Meuron

Museums | February 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

When completed, M+ will be one of the first buildings in the Foster + Partners-planned West Kowloon Cultural District...

GSEs and their lenders were active on the multifamily front in 2014

Nick D. via Wikimedia Commons

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

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securitized more than $57 billion for 850,000-plus units.

3D printing has people in the building and construction industry talking

Source: 3dprint.com

Designers | February 09, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

How can 3D printing affect the building design and construction industry?

Construction highest employment total

Photo credit: russavia, Wikimedia Commons.

Contractors | February 09, 2015 | Associated General Contractors of America

Construction employers added 39,000 jobs in January and 308,000 over the past year, reaching the highest employment t...

Shopping centers set their sight on solar
Green | February 09, 2015 | Panasonic Eco Solutions

As part of its pledge to environmentally sound practices, real estate investment trust Macerich is implementing solar...

ASHRAE, IAQA approve consolidation

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Codes and Standards | February 08, 2015 | ASHRAE

Under the consolidation, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board...

BIM for safety: How to use BIM/VDC tools to prevent injuries on the job site

Gilbane created this 4D simulation to help visualize the planned work areas near public thoroughfares on a recent project. Rendering: Gilbane Building Company

BIM and Information Technology | February 08, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Gilbane, Southland Industries, Tocci, and Turner are among the firms to incorporate advanced 4D BIM safety assessment...

Tacoma Art Museum's new wing features sun screens that operate like railroad box car doors

The 16,000-sf addition expands the museum’s existing Antoine Predock-designed structure. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

Museums | February 06, 2015 | Olson Kundig Architects

The 16-foot-tall screens, operated by a hand wheel, roll like box car doors across the façade and interlace with a se...

6 factors steering workplace design at financial services firms

Photo courtesy HOK

Office Building Design | February 06, 2015 | Life at HOK |

Grossly underutilized space and a lack of a mobility strategy are among the trends identified by HOK based on its res...

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