The bulk of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be high above street level. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily).

The main exhibition space of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be high above street level. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily).

Architects | October 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The blocky, seven-story wood and concrete structure is wider in the middle and uppermost floors.  

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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

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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...

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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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...

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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. 

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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

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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


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...

Architects look to ‘activate’ vacant block in San Diego with shipping container-based park

A 28,500-sf vacant city block in San Diego will become a temporary urban park that will attempt to draw local residents and tourists with retail, food service, and meeting spaces. Vendors will set up shop in recycled shipping containers. Rendering: RAD Labs

Cultural Facilities | February 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A team of alumni from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego has taken over a 28,500-sf empty city blo...

Fannie Mae to offer lower interest rates to LEED-certified multifamily properties

Colorado Court Affordable Housing — Santa Monica, Calif. Photo: Calder Oliver via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 06, 2015 | USGBC

For certified properties, Fannie Mae is now granting a 10 basis point reduction in the interest rate of a multifamily...

Zaha Hadid-Designed Terminal in Beijing Will Be World’s Largest

ADPI won the bid back in 2011, but then teamed up with Zaha Hadid Architects for the final design, Dezeen reports. Renderings courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

Airports | February 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The terminal will accommodate 45 million passengers per year, and will be a hub for both air and rail travel.

Obama executive order requires federal construction projects to consider flood damage caused by climate change

The standard would make large tracts of low-lying land off limits for construction with federal funds. Photo: Craig Dietrich via Wikimedia Commons 

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

To meet the new standard, builders must build two feet above the currently projected elevation for 100-year floods fo...

ASHRAE, REHVA publish guide to chilled beam systems

Rendering: Schako Air Distribution,

HVAC | February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam systems.

Under the sea: Manmade island functions as artificial reef

Renderings courtesy Quentin Perchet, Thomas Yvon, and Zarko Uzlac

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

The proposed island would allow visitors to view the enormous faux-reef and its accompanying marine life from the wat...

Census Bureau: Capital spending by U.S. businesses increased 4.5%

The headquarters of Adobe Systems in downtown San Jose, Calif. Photo: Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | February 06, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

Of the 19 industry sectors covered in the report, only one had a statistically significant year-to-year decrease in c...

Designs for self storage in one of Miami’s party hot spots

Curbed calls the design "a chunk of the Fountainbleu" stuck on Alton Road. Renderings: courtesy Gutierrez & Lozano

Warehouses | February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans by architect Gutierrez & Lozano are of a sleek, boutique-looking, 22,500-sf facility at the gateway to...

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

Cultural Facilities | February 05, 2015 | Bruner Foundation

Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, S.C., and the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Downtown Market are among the finalists for...

The Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. Photo credit: The Emerging Objects Corporation. 

Brick and Masonry | February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. The bricks absorb water, which cools the air as it passes...

Toy around with Ittyblox's ultra-detailed building blocks

Photos: Shapeways

Architects | February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

For Lego fanatics, time is no object when building a model. For those of us with a little less time, Ittyblox is a go...

London mayor approves plan for a bicycle highway

Proposal for Parliament Square. Renderings courtesy Transport for London

Transit Facilities | February 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan will guarantee bike riders a designated stretch of street to ride from east to west through the city.

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