The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | March 02, 2015 | David Barista

As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to take notice. Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seoul, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, D.C., are among the metros currently planning High Line-inspired park projects.

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ASHRAE, IAQA approve consolidation

Photo: PictorialEvidence via Wikimedia Commons

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...

Downloaded by thousands: This popular report addresses the inherited costs of the design-bid-build process, as related to the often mission-critical stage of steel joist and deck design. 

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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...

 

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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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, http://www.schako.de/

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.

Arup unveils plans for the new A.C. Milan stadium

The stadium's removable roof will help migitate noise in the surrounding area. Renderings courtesy Arup

Sports and Recreational Facilities | February 04, 2015 | Arup

The venue will include a modern stage for the home matches together with a hotel, sports college, restaurants, childr...

Illinois leads top 10 U.S. states for LEED green building

National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, designed by The Freelon Group and HOK. Photo: @Albert Vecerka/Esto

Green | February 04, 2015 | USGBC

Collectively, 1,662 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the top 10 states in 2014, rep...

Integrated Learning Neighborhoods: A solution for linking student housing with the typical student experience

The new College Avenue Commons at Arizona State University. Image © Bill Timmerman

Higher Education | February 03, 2015 | GenslerOn | Brian Watson and Mark McMinn

Just as urban housing fits into the city as a whole, student housing can be integrated into the campus network as a s...

5 trends transforming workplace design

The average American sits 7.7 hours per day. Being sedentary for that long over a prolonged period of time has negative impacts on a person’s weight gain. Photo: Darko Maksimovic via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | February 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

RTKL's workplace design expert Jodi Williams foresees healthier and more technologically enabled offices that allow p...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s work nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Status

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House, arguably one of the architect's most iconic works, is included in the nomination list. Photo courtesy of Fallingwater.org

Architects | February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

If selected, Wright’s work will be the first examples of U.S. modern architecture on the list.

Nonresidential construction spending expands in December 2014

Spending for the month totaled $627.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, 5.9% higher than December 2013. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Dawn M. Price, U.S. Air Force, Wikimedia Commons.

Contractors | February 03, 2015 | Associated Contractors and Builders

Seven of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases in spending in December on a monthly basis.

BIG proposes canopied, vertical village for Middle East media company

Two towers are connected by a giant tensile canopy that slopes down, mimicking the tents traditionally used by cultures of the region. Renderings courtesy BIG.

Office Building Design | February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tensile canopy shades a relaxation plaza from the desert sun.

16 stunning wood buildings win 2015 Wood Design Awards

The Wood in Educational Buildings award winner, Indian Mountain Student Arts & Innovation Center in Lakeville, Conn. Photo: Robert Benson Photography

Wood | February 03, 2015 | Wood Products Council

Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Airport and Stapleton Library in Staten Island, N.Y., are among the projects honored by WoodWorks...

AGC working with EPA on website to help with environmental rule compliance

As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to a website. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | February 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The goal is for the site to be improved to make it easier for construction contractors to learn how to comply with fe...

D.C. developer sees apartment project as catalyst for modeling neighborhood after NY's popular  High Line district

The apartment building is located a block from D.C.’s NoMa/Gallaudet Red Line Metro Station, which since opening in 2004 has been the impetus for development. Rendering: courtesy Level 2

Multifamily Housing | February 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

It’s no accident that the word “Highline” is in this project’s name. The goal is for the building to be a kind of gat...

Study results show that employees tend to have trouble tearing themselves away from work. Photo credit: Tony Alter, Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | February 02, 2015 | Mancini-Duffy

Study findings indicate that more than half the respondents holds tight to their smartphones, checking and responding...

Williams Scotsman provided 119,864 sf of space on time and on budget for the Firebag In-Situ Sands Project Camp in Alberta, Canada.

Modular Building | February 02, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

If you work in the energy sector you’ve heard of Alberta’s oil sands. Located in Western Canada, Alberta is a provinc...

Solid spending increases projected for construction industry in 2015

The commercial construction sector is now looking at double-digit increases in 2015, led by vigorous levels of demand for hotels and office buildings. Photo: Kallerna via Wikimedia Commons. 

Building Team | February 02, 2015 | AIA

The commercial construction sector is now looking at double-digit increases in 2015, led by vigorous levels of demand...

7 new factors shaping hospital emergency departments

The Marion Emergency Care Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, features a “super track” area to assess and treat low-acuity patients. Photo: Daryl Shields / HKS

Healthcare Facilities | February 01, 2015 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

A new generation of highly efficient emergency care facilities is upping the ante on patient care and convenience whi...

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