GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and recover modestly over the next several years, according to BD+C's 2015 Giants 300 report.

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Robotic reality capture, gaming systems, virtual reality—AEC Giants continue tech frenzy

Designers in Little’s Charlotte, N.C., office test drive a project design using two virtual reality methods: the Unity gaming engine combined with the Oculus Rift headset, and stereo panoramic renderings viewed on a smartphone using Google Cardboard. Photo: Little

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of software and hardware s...

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Metals | August 06, 2015 | Allen Hurtz |

In a contemporary metal building system, the size and shape can be just about whatever the project "wants." 

Coatings | August 06, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Special care must be taken to formulate coatings to ensure performance, even in the most demanding environments.

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Healthcare Construction Firms

Presbyterian Cardiovascular Institute, a seven-story facility that is the cornerstone of a 25-year master plan for Scripps Memorial Hospital’s La Jolla, Calif., campus. GC McCarthy Building Companies used lean construction principles to prefabricate headwalls and handwashing sinks in the patient rooms, ICUs, and prep/recovery rooms. Also on the Building Team: HOK (project architect), KPFF (SE/CE), exp (MEP), MWPA (landscape architect), and Jacobs Engineering Group (CM). Photo: Stephen Whalen Photography

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest healthcare contractors a...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 80 Healthcare Engineering Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Courtesy HKS, DPR

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest healthcare en...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 115 Healthcare Architecture Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The new facility will unite the hospital’s rehabilitative orthopedic, cardiac, and pulmonary services under one roof. DPR and HKS will also complete the 45,000-sf Christine Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute on the Boca Raton campus this summer. Courtesy HKS

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

HDR, Stantec, and Perkins+Will top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest healthcare architecture...

Morton Buildings is notorious for its status as a titan in the American construction community. That status was not lost on the ownership of an exclusive country club, when it decided to choose Morton to spearhead a complete overhaul of its facilities.

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and recover modestly over...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Construction Management Firms

The renovation of the Sawyer Library at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., required the demolition of two additions from the 1950s and 1960s to make way for a 130,000-sf, four-story concrete-framed expansion. Consigli Construction was the construction manager on the three-year retrofit, with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (architect), CVM Professional (SE), and AltieriSeborWieber Consulting Engineers (MEP engineer). Photo: Timothy Schenck

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, AECOM, and Hill International head Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest construction ma...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 100 Contractors

The Connor Group headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. The Building Team included Moody•Nolan (architect/CE), Korda/Nemeth Engineering (SE), Prater Engineering Associates (ME), and Messer (GC). Photo: Brad Feinknopf

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction and Whiting-Turner Contracting top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest con...

AAMA updates methods for testing of exterior walls

Photo: Tim1965/Creative Commons

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

The standard specifies test methods, specifications, and field checks to evaluate structural adequacy of exterior wal...

Women wear lighter clothing in summer, so are cooler in air-conditioned rooms

Photo: midnightcomm/Wikimedia Commons

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

Women wear lighter clothing in the summer, so they tend to be cooler in air-conditioned rooms, according to the group...

ConsensusDocs releases new CM agency contract standard agreement

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

For use when owner acts as the construction manager, hires a construction manager, or uses multiple prime contractors...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Economists hedge their bets on prospects for nonresidential construction

Owner’s rep Hill International oversees the massive pour for Miami’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. More than 120 truckloads of concrete were placed for a tank that will support four million pounds of sea water. Also on the Building Team: Grimshaw Architects (design architect), R&Q Architects (executive architect), DDA Engineers (SE), Fraga Engineers (MEP), and Skanska USA (GC). Photo: Miami Focus, courtesy Hill International

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Leading economists expect spending for nonresidential construction to rise in 2015 by somewhere in the 6.4–7.7% range...

Ultramoderne's Chicago Horizon wins design competition

Renderings courtesy Ultramoderne

Cultural Facilities | August 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Dubbed Chicago Horizon, the 3,200-sf structure will feature a chin-height rooftop viewing platform that will offer vi...

Eight cities win Bloomberg data program award

Chattanooga, Tenn., was selected as a winning city in the "What Works Cities" program. Photo: rjones0856/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | August 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The competition, called "What Works Cities," promotes innovation in city government by making the massive amounts of...

Elevator, Magnet Elevator, High Rise, ThyssenKrupp, Germany, Rottweil

The tower's location in Rottweil, Germany, was selected because of its proximity to roughly 10,000 engineering students in area universities. Photos courtesy ThyssenKrupp

Vertical Transportation | August 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The 761-foot concrete tower will enable the manufacturer to test its maglev elevator prototypes. The new elevators wi...

The world’s longest ski slope will be built in one of the world’s hottest cities

Meydan One. Renderings courtesy Meydan City Corporation

Sports and Recreational Facilities | August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The words “skiing” and “desert” aren’t often used in the same sentence. But that’s changing in Dubai, which appears t...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 87 Office Sector Construction FirmsGIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 85 Office Sector Construction Firms

Crane installation at the 181 Fremont office/condo mixed-use project in San Francisco. Immediately adjacent to the new Transbay Transit Center and elevated park, the 70-story high-rise will become the city's second tallest building when completed in June 2016. Photo courtesy Level 10 Construction

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, Structure Tone, and Gilbane top BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector contractors and construc...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Office Sector Engineering Firms

Exposed ductwork typifies the high-tech nature of the 30 floors of DirectTV’s 690,000-sf Los Angeles campus. The Building Team: JLL (PM), AECOM (architect/interiors), Nabih Youssef Associates (SE), ARC Engineering (MEP), KGM Architectural Lighting, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell head BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector engineering and en...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 135 Office Sector Architecture Firms

KSS Architects led the Building Team of Harrison Hamnett (SE), Rock Brook Consulting Group (MEP/FP), Corsi Associates (kitchen consultant), and Bar &  Bar (GC) on the new 225,000-sf Burlington Stores corporate HQ in Burlington, N.J. The facility features open and collaborative offices, conference space, a fitness center, a café, a multipurpose training area, and an outdoor lunch area. PHOTO: HALKIN | MASON PHOTOGRAPHY

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, HOK, and Perkins+Will top BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector architecture and architecture...

Douglas County Community and Senior Center, a focal point for all ages
Senior Living Design | August 05, 2015 | MBCI

In Douglas County, 30 percent of the 46,000 residents are senior citizens; thus the need for a senior community cente...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Today’s workplace design must appeal to Millennials’ ‘activity-based’ lifestyle

Lifestyle micro kitchen at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters, Chicago. The Building Team: CBRE (owner’s rep); Gensler (architect); Klein and Hoffman (SE); Environmental Systems Design (MEP); CD+M Lighting Design Group; Wiss, Janney, Elstner (historical engineer); and Skender Construction (GC). Photo: @Eric Laignel

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Office market AEC Giants discuss the latest trends workplace design, and the state of the office construction sector....

A new database for tracking commercial and multifamily façade upgrades

Photo: Dallas's Centerpoint Energy Plaza is one of the façade retrofits listed on the site. Ken Lund/Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The site allows users to submit information about new projects, or supplement information on those already posted....

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 36 Engineering/Architecture Firms

Terminal B, Logan International Airport, Boston. Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, AECOM, and Thornton Tomasetti head Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest engineering/arc...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 56 Engineering Firms

150 North Riverside office building, Chicago. Rendering courtesy Goettsch Partners and Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Fluor, Arup, and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest engineerin...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Profits, revenue on the rise at U.S. engineering firms as economy sputters back to life

The Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. Photo: Bess Adler, courtesy Thornton Tomasetti

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The vast majority of engineering firms are decidedly bullish on revenue growth for 2015, and profitability is nearing...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 64 Architecture/Engineering Firms

Denver Union Station. Photo: Ryan Dravitz, courtesy SOM

Giants 300 | August 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Stantec, HOK, and Callison RTKL top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest architecture/engineeri...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top Architecture Firms

Rendering: MEIS

Giants 300 | August 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Perkins+Will, and Kohn Pedersen Fox top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest architect...

21 practice management innovations from Giants 300 design firms

Rendering: The $400 million Stadio Della Roma, as highlighted in innovation No. 5. MEIS Studio.

Giants 300 | August 04, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Design firms have gone all out with management innovations in the last year. Check out which ones might work for your...

Augmented reality app provides step-by-step help for repairing equipment

Screenshot: RemoteAR

BIM and Information Technology | August 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The developers of Remote AR have discovered a new application for AR technology that could apply to all types of indu...

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