Massive windmill will double as mixed-use entertainment tower in Rotterdam

Using a technology developed at Delft Technical University, the windmill generates energy by harnessing the movement of charged water droplets in the wind. Renderings courtesy Dutch Windwheel Corporation

Industrial Facility | February 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 571-foot structure will house apartments, a hotel, restaurants, even a roller coaster.

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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...

What do our builders want? From my standpoint, they want faster more accurate deliverables. They want their drawings more complete, and they want their steel delivered on time and correctly detailed.

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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.

 

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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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...

5 intriguing trends to track in the multifamily housing game

The upper lobby in the apartment building ECO, one of eight buildings in the Green District complex in Allston, Mass. Common areas in multifamily buildings, especially those charging higher rents, often look more like lobbies found in hotels. Photo: Warren Jagger

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for rental apartments and condos hasn’t been this strong in years, and our experts think the multifamily secto...

20% down?!! Survey exposes how thin renters’ wallets are

Situated in Houston’s historic Hines Market Square district is a 32-story luxury tower that will be home to 274 residents. Most of the multifamily that’s being built in the U.S. is rental, and much of it is in or near urban centers where both young and older renters and empty nesters are gravitating. Photo: courtesy Ziegler Cooper

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A survey of more than 25,000 adults found the renters to be more burdened by debt than homeowners and severely short...

Production builders are still shying away from rental housing

Trumark Urban’s 27-condo Amero, in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, features a rooftop terrace with a striking fireplace. Photo: ©Christopher Mayer Photography

Multifamily Housing | January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Toll Brothers, Lennar, and Trumark are among a small group of production builders to engage in construction for renta...

The 4 leadership behaviors that really matter McKinsey & Company

Using a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits, McKinsey surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations around the world.

Building Team | January 30, 2015 | Steven Burns |

It includes seeking diverse perspectives and supporting others.

Investment in nonresidential structures expands in fourth quarter

In the fourth quarter of 2014, investment in nonresidential structures increased 2.6%. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

January 30, 2015 | Associated Builders & Contractors

Real gross domestic product expanded 2.6% during the fourth quarter of 2014, following a 5% increase in the third qua...

Want greater energy savings? The answer is on your roof

A recent study compared the possible energy savings of metal vs. asphalt roofs by doing field testing on an asphalt shingle roof and a stone-coated metal shake roof.

Metals | January 30, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

A recent study finds that metal roofs can cut energy costs.

Photography exhibit captures 60 of BIG's projects from hottest to coldest places on Earth

Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation takes visitors on a journey across the globe to explore the forces that shape our cities and buildings. Photos: BIG

Architects | January 30, 2015 | Bjarke Ingels Group

The Hot to Cold exhibit encompasses 60 of BIG’s recent projects captured by Iwan Baan´s masterful photography. 

Mega medical complex opens in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood

About $600 million of the complex’s $1.5 billion cost was raised from private donors. All photos: Mark Citret via Flickr 

Healthcare Facilities | January 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

The new UCSF Medical Center is actually three hospitals in one.

5 crucial lessons from moving BIM/VDC workflows to the cloud

Like any emerging technology, cloud-based modeling has nuances that can be nettlesome for firms that are new to the process. Illustration: Autodesk

BIM and Information Technology | January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Early adopters of cloud-based model collaboration share what they learned in overcoming their toughest hurdles.

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

When a physical block is moved, its interface "twin" does the exact same thing. Screenshot from Lego X.

BIM and Information Technology | January 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

5 predictions for the multifamily sector in 2015

Real estate expert Brian Carlock of PwC foresees an ongoing shortage of affordable multifamily housing units. Photo: Scott Ehardt via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | January 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Brian Carlock of PwC expects more younger adults to get into the game, despite continuing affordability issues.

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 pe...

Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates the retrofit market for small commercial buildings at $35.6 billion. Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | January 28, 2015 | David Barista |

The real opportunity for shrinking the nation’s energy footprint lies in the mundane world of small commercial buildi...

An urban wind and solar energy system that may actually work

The system sits at the edge of a building's roof, generating wind and solar energy. Images courtesy of Anerdgy.

Energy Efficiency | January 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system was designed to take advantage of a building's air flow and generate energy even if its in the middle of a...

January 28, 2015 | Inside Video Series
In this new exclusive video series, we have a look "Inside" Valspar and take you behind-the-scenes to peer int...

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