Breaking out of the box: Pirbright Institute’s radical approach to biocontainment facility design

Warm materials, splashes of color, pleasing proportions, and lively design elements combine to create an informal, nonscientific aesthetic for the facility. The lab wings are clad in Siberian larch timber articulated by punched windows with colorful surrounds. Photo: © Dan Schwalm, courtesy HDR Architecture

Public Health Labs | January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The novel scheme turns the typical containment lab building inside out, placing the high-containment spaces at the perimeter to provide researchers with daylight and views.

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Photo: Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

Photo: Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

May 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Federal disaster policy should shift its focus toward mitigation in order to reduce future disaster costs, the National Association of Mutual Insur...

520 West 28th Street. Rendering courtesy of Related Companies and Zaha Hadid Arc

520 West 28th Street. Rendering courtesy of Related Companies and Zaha Hadid Architects.

May 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The High Line, New York City's elevated park created from a conversion of rail lines, is the organizing principle for a series of luxury condo buil...

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179 mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter c

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179 mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline which begins in Hardisty, Alta

May 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The legislation focused on energy efficiency standards such as water heaters with smart meters and cheaper heating and cooling systems for office b...

Morton Buildings is the national leader in custom post-frame construction. With an expansive network of resources and an ongoing commitment to innovation within the industry, Morton has earned its reputation that has lasted for generations.

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IKEA Headquarters in lmhult, Sweden. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

IKEA Headquarters in lmhult, Sweden. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

May 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Due to open next year, the museum is expected to attract 200,000 people annually to rural Älmhult, Sweden, home of the first ever IKEA store.  

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Lenfest Hall, one of the museum's two principal public entrance spaces, will be

Lenfest Hall, one of the museum's two principal public entrance spaces, will be renovated as part of the project. Rendering: Geh

May 21, 2014 | Philadelphia Museum of Art and BD+C Staff

Gehry's final design reorganizes and expands the building, adding more than 169,000 sf of space, much of it below the iconic structure.

A large variety of loosely structured spaces contrast with small, private meetin

A large variety of loosely structured spaces contrast with small, private meeting rooms dubbed phone booths. All photos: court

May 21, 2014 | B.R. Fries

The new East Coast office for the Internet radio provider is housed on two interconnected floors of the classic 125 Park Avenue building, and featu...

Photo: Greg Goebel via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Greg Goebel via Wikimedia Commons

May 21, 2014 | AIA

The March ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March, but still below the growth threshold of 50. 

May 20, 2014 | Arup

The book, co-authored by Arup's Russell Fortmeyer, illustrates the various ways architects, consultants, and engineers approach energy and comfort...

Rendering: Gensler

Rendering: Gensler

May 20, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Called "The Legal Office of the Future," the pop-up demonstration project made its debut this week at the annual conference for the Association of...

Located on Lake Tai, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD is a 102-meter

Located on Lake Tai, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD is a 102-meter-tall hotel whose shape evokes a gigantic ring.

May 20, 2014 | Emporis

Eight other high-rise projects were named Emporis Skyscraper Award winners, including DC Tower 1 by Dominique Perrault Architecture and Tour Carpe...

Photo: Jonrev via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Jonrev via Wikimedia Commons

May 20, 2014 | JLL

Despite emerging structural challenges and newly-announced store closings, such as those of Radio Shack and Office Depot, the U.S. retail sector ha...

Photo: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia by ToNToNi via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia by ToNToNi via Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A judge has ordered the left-wing political party Esquerra Unida to pay €30,000 to Santiago Calatrava because of "insulting and degrading" website....

Since trading traditional closed cubicles for an open, transparent layout, softw

Since trading traditional closed cubicles for an open, transparent layout, software developer Appian reports a positive change i

May 19, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better....

Photo: Ben Aveling via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Ben Aveling via Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2014 | BD+C staff

The improved economy has boosted construction starts, but a shortage of experienced trade workers has led to more on-the-job injuries and construct...

Photo: New York National Guard via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: New York National Guard via Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Massive storm surge barriers would be too costly for the potential benefit to protect New York City from violent storms like Hurricane Sandy, resea...

Photo: Brett VA via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Brett VA via Wikimedia Commons

May 16, 2014 | USGBC

The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will offer 14 grants to developers of affordable housing in North America who are committed to bui...

Neville Willsmore (left) and Thomas Christian have joined Harley Ellis Devereaux

Neville Willsmore (left) and Thomas Christian have joined Harley Ellis Devereaux's leadership team in San Diego.

May 16, 2014 | Harley Ellis Devereaux

Neville Willsmore, Thomas Christian join leadership team for Harley Ellis Devereaux.

May 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Ito and other Japanese architects cite excessive costs, massive size, and the project's potentially negative impact on surrounding public spaces as...

May 16, 2014 | Carl Bass, Autodesk President and CEO

The design of the printer, as well as Autodesk's new Spark 3D printing software, will be open and publicly available to allow for further developme...

May 15, 2014 | Julie S. Higginbotham, Senior Editor

Color-shifting finishes, dry-erase surfaces, and stain-blocking paints are highlighted in this round up of new offerings in paints, coatings, seala...

May 15, 2014 | U.S. Census Bureau

Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to new a ...

Part of the World Trade Centers original foundation, this wall was built to kee

Part of the World Trade Centers original foundation, this wall was built to keep the Hudson River from flooding the site by cre

May 15, 2014 | 9/11 Memorial Museum and BD+C Staff

The 110,000-sf museum is filled with monumental artifacts from the tragedy and exhibits that honor the lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 a...

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is adapting the concrete th

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is adapting the concrete thinshell structural approach for K-12 schools in

May 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

At $94 a square foot and "virtually indestructible," some school districts in Utah are opting to build concrete dome schools in lieu of traditional...

May 14, 2014 | UC Berkeley

People working in buildings certified under LEED’s green building standard appear no more satisfied with their workplace environments than those in...

Designed by Boeri Studio and developed by Hines, a vertical forest in Milan will

Designed by Boeri Studio and developed by Hines, a vertical forest in Milan will include two residential towers. Photos, renderi

May 14, 2014 | Arup

Some 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 floral plants have been planted on the terraces of Bosco Verticale, a new high-rise residential developmen...

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

May 14, 2014 | Gilbane

Construction spending for 2014 should finish 6.6% higher than in 2013, with nonresidential work contributing substantially.

The contractor implemented advanced prefabrication measures on the 360-bed Exemp

The contractor implemented advanced prefabrication measures on the 360-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project in Denver, incl

May 14, 2014 | Mortenson Construction

Value-based cost-benefit analysis of prefab approaches on the firm's 360-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project shows significant savings for th...

The $1.5 billion project is the initial seed of urban development in the area. I

The $1.5 billion project is the initial seed of urban development in the area. In addition to five major sports venues, the comp

May 13, 2014 | Nadel Architects

In addition to five major sports venues, the Dalian Sports Center includes a 30-story, 440-room, 5-star Kempinski full-service hotel and conference...

Ron Knowles, PE, will move from President to Chairman/CEO of the firm.

Ron Knowles, PE, will move from President to Chairman/CEO of the firm.

May 13, 2014 | J. Vinton Schafer & Sons

J. Vinton Schafer...

A study based on the construction of the Papadakis building at Drexel University

A study based on the construction of the Papadakis building at Drexel University gave Green Globes an advantage in costs and spe

May 13, 2014 | The Green Building Initiative

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