U. of Chicago approves Diller Scofidio + Renfro design for new campus building

The University of Chicago's David M. Rubenstein Forum. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Click here to enlarge.

University Buildings | May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

With a two-story base and 165-foot tower, the Rubenstein Forum will have room for informal meetings, lectures, and other university events.

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Navigant Research estimates that global demand for data integration technologies for buildings will increase nearly tenford over the next 10 years. Image: Pixabay

Big Data | May 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Navigant Research report takes a deeper dive to examine where demand will be strongest by region and building type....

Diamond Schmitt designs multi-purpose Buddy Holly Hall for a variety of performing arts

Diamond Schmitt's Buddy Holly Hall in Lubbock, Texas. Renderings courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects. Click images to enlarge.

Performing Arts Centers | May 04, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The spacious and versatile complex can hold operas, plays, rock concerts, and conferences.

 

Steel Construction and Products | May 04, 2016 | Star Building Systems

Winter Construction is part of the Star family, and their new 8300 sf brewery and tasting room is a Star Building Sys...

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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World’s largest cultural center planned for Dubai

Dubai Opera House. Rendering courtesy Emaar.

Cultural Facilities | May 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Opera District will have a 2,000-seat theater and three residential complexes.

 

Photo: Aurimas/Creative Commons.

Urban Planning | May 04, 2016 | Brookings

In the new report, “How Firms Learn: Industry Specific Strategies for Urban Economies,” Brookings' Scott Andes examin...

Study finds engineering, architecture among the best entry-level jobs

Photo: Pixabay.

Architects | May 03, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The results balanced immediate opportunity, job growth potential, and job hazards.

 

Piazza in San Francisco will feature a 92-foot stainless steel statue

The piazza at Trinity Place. Renderings courtesy Trinity Properties.

Building Team | May 03, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Made of 2,500 seamlessly-welded panels, Venus will be the centerpiece of a new public piazza containing other works o...

ABC: Nonresidential construction spending slips in March

Hotel construction in New York City. Photo: Nick Normal/Creative Commons.

Contractors | May 03, 2016 | ABC

Spending is up 8.3% on a year-over-year basis. Half of the 16 nonresidential construction subsectors experienced mont...

Florida clamps down on school construction spending

Melbourne (Fla.) High School. Photo: Scapler/Wikimedia Commons.

School Construction | May 03, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Critics fear rules will hamper ability to build schools with desired features.

 

Altara Shopping and Lifestyle Center in Honduras

Coatings | May 02, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

From prismatic coatings with mica flakes to graffiti-resistant coatings to coatings with a crinkle...

Construction to begin this summer in Chicago on Studio Gang’s Vista Tower

Vista Tower. Renderings courtesy Studio Gang.

High-rise Construction | May 02, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 1,186-foot tower will be the third-tallest building in the city.

 

How HDR used computational design tools to design Omaha's UNO Baxter Arena

The new Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb. Photo: Dan Schwalm, courtesy of HDR Architecture, Inc. Click here to enlarge.

BIM and Information Technology | May 02, 2016 | HDR BLiNK | Matt Goldsberry

Three years after writing a white paper about designing an arena for the University of Nebraska Omaha, HDR's Matt Gol...

Rippled façade defines Snøhetta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion design

Photo: Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA. Click here to enlarge.

Museums | May 02, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The museum will have three times as much gallery space as before, along with a new theater, atrium, and living wall....

Connecticut to develop new code standards for resiliency

Flooding in Hartford, Conn., in 2007. Photo: billandkent/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | May 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expected more frequent severe weather events due to climate change prompts review.

 

A man-made lagoon with a Bellagio-like fountain will be the highlight of a mixed-use project outside Dallas

A planned mixed-use development called Bayside, in a suburb of Dallas will feature a lagoon and water fountain that would be a first for Texas. Phase I construction on the residential, office, and retail parts of the 262-acre project is scheduled to begin in the few months. Image: Humphreys and Partners Architects

Mixed-Use | May 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction will soon begin on housing, retail, and office spaces.

NBBJ designed the headquarters for Alipay, a part of the Alibaba Corporation. Rendering courtesy NBBJ

Virtual Reality | April 29, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The Seattle design firm has partnered with Visual Vocal, a startup VR company.

Improving emergency department design leads to greater hospital efficiency

Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Photo: Christopher Lance/Creative Commons.

Healthcare Facilities | April 29, 2016 | Curtis Skolnick, CBRE

Efficient ED operations result in shorter wait times, quicker diagnosis and care plans, maximum utilization of high-c...

Rendering courtesy Anders Berensson Architects

Wood | April 29, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The structure, which will be made entirely out of cross-laminated timber, will rise 436 feet into the air, making it...

ABC: Quarterly GDP growth slowest in two years

Construction in San Francisco in April 2016. Photo: Lynn Friedman/Creative Commons.

Market Data | April 29, 2016 | ABC

Bureau of Economic Analysis data indicates that the U.S. output is barely growing and that nonresidential investment...

OSHA issues advisory to protect workers from Zika virus

Photo: coniferconifer/Creative Commons.

Contractors | April 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry workers considered at high risk.

 

bKL Architecture proposes world’s third tallest tower for China

Renderings courtesy bKL Architecture. Click here to enlarge.

High-rise Construction | April 28, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The mixed-use H700 Shenzhen Tower will have sky gardens, angled recesses, and an attached plaza. It will trail only t...

Studio Dror designs geodesic dome to pair with the Montreal Biosphère

Interior view of the vegetation-covered aluminum frame dome. Renderings courtesy Studio Dror. Click here to enlarge.

Cultural Facilities | April 28, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The aluminum dome, which honors the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, can host events year-round.

Building a Habitat with Paint – the Polk Penguin Conservation Center

Valspar's elite color matching process helped the Polk Penguin Conservation Center perfectly replicate a tabular iceberg in Antarctica. Click here to enlarge.

Coatings | April 28, 2016 | Valspar

With Valspar’s expertly color-matched Fluropon coating, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center was able to capture the...

Using 30 energy saving measures can cut energy use nearly in half

Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | April 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ASHRAE’s prescription cuts across all building types and climates.

 

Photo Credit: Nick Merrick

Green | April 27, 2016 | BD+C Editors and AIA

The Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco and the West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library are two of the proje...

SmithGroupJJR’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Building wins Lab of the Year award

The New Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Photo courtesy SmithGroupJJR. Click here to enlarge.

 

University Buildings | April 27, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Sustainable features like chilled beams and solar screens help the University of Illinois research facility use 50% l...

How retailers can create spaces to appeal to Millennial shoppers

The GS&P-designed 5th + Broadway mixed-use development provides provides pedestrian and mass-transit access as well as a variety of retail, dining, entertainment options on ground level. Images courtesy GS&P.

Retail Centers | April 27, 2016 | GS&P Dialogue | Brandon Bell

Today's college students have a bit more spending power than past generations. In the third part of the The New Stude...

Florida gives developers more time to install first responder radio signal systems

Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | April 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expensive upgrades can be postponed for several years.

 

Coatings | April 26, 2016 |  Powered by Valspar

As with many building products, the process of shipping from manufacturing centers to jobsites leaves the possibility...

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Notable architects design mini-golf holes for London Design Festival

Architect Paul Smith designed a mini-golf hole using the steps of the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. Image courtesy London Design Festival.

Architects | April 25, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Visionaries like Paul Smith, Mark Wallinger, and the late Zaha Hadid all helped in designing the course, which will b...

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