VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and Building Team members in highly detailed, fully lit environments that simulate the final structure. 

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Norman Foster proposes Droneports as way to ship goods across Africa

Droneport renderings courstey Foster + Partners (via World Architecture Community)

BIM and Information Technology | September 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The structures would store cargo-shipping drones and serve as community centers.

VIDEO: See how Wiss, Janney, Elstner engineers use drones to perform building inspections

New YouTube video shows how drones can be used for building facade inspections. Screenshot courtesy WJE

BIM and Information Technology | September 16, 2015 | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

"We believe that drone usage will enable building owners to assess problems quicker and with less risk to the general...

Grimshaw and Arup unveil proposal for London high-speed train station

The southern entrance of the proposal for Euston Station. Renderings courtesy Arup

Transit Facilities | September 15, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Renderings that have been released show a glazed façade and a new entrance that will create a “light and airy destina...

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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HOTEL SECTOR GIANTS: Gensler, AECOM, Turner among nation's largest hotel sector AEC firms

Washington (D.C.) Marriott Marquis. Photo courtesy Cooper Carry

Giants 300 | September 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest hotel sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants 30...

Construction on BD Bacatá, Columbia's tallest structure, began in 2013. Photo: Pedro Felipe/Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | September 15, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The world’s first crowdfunded skyscraper is near completion in Colombia.

The color library enables architects to gain an accurate project snapshot, complete with coatings.

Coatings | September 14, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Valspar's Fluropon material library for ...

Apple Pencil, technology, Architects

Apple promises unprecedented precision for its new stylus. Photo courtesy Apple

BIM and Information Technology | September 14, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A stylus, split screen, and improved graphics make designing on the tablet easier.

Gehry unveils plan for Children's Institute, Inc. campus in LA

Model of the Children's Institute Watts Campus, designed by Frank Gehry. Images courtesy Gehry Partners

Education Facility | September 14, 2015 | Children's Institute, Inc.

The new facility, which will have rooms for counseling, afterschool activities, and youth programs, will allow CII to...

Gilbane report: Nonres building on brink of ‘breakout’ spending year

Construction of a Publix in West Miami, Fla. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons

Contractors | September 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Total construction spending is on pace to achieve double-digit growth in 2015, and a strong single-digit increase nex...

Solar flash forward

 Panasonic’s Sustainable Smart Town in Japan

Roofing Technology | September 11, 2015 | Panasonic

Looking to integrate solar into your building? Here’s what you need to know

Haeahn Architecture wins design competition for Seoul work and press center

Renderings sourtesy Haeahn Architecture and H Architecture, via ArchDaily

Architects | September 11, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor 

Building will have low roofs, open courtyard, and media facilities

Health Product Declaration Collaborative releases updated HPD Open Standard – Version 2.0

Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, Wisc. Photo: Royalbroil/Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Advances transparent disclosure of building product contents

California Legislature expands design-build for schools

Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, Calif. Photo: Carol Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons

School Construction | September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Also okays design-build for public works projects over $1 million

Lighting and climate zone changes proposed for ASHRAE/IES energy standard

Blue LED lights above the High Trestle Trail Bridge in Madrid, Iowa. Photo: Phil Roeder/Creative Commons

Lighting | September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Twenty-three items open for public review through Oct. 4

The University of Texas at Dallas Student Services Building is the first academic building in Texas to receive LEED Platinum status.

Green | September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Revised ANSI standard open for review through Oct. 26


Harvard launches Master in Design Engineering program

Gund Hall, the home of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Photo: Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikimedia Commons

Designers | September 10, 2015 | Harvard University

Schools of Design, Engineering collaborate on innovative two-year program.

New London Underground plan from NBBJ consists of moving walkway

Renderings courtesy NBBJ (via Dezeen)

Transit Facilities | September 10, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

For once, walking can be faster than taking a train.

Renderings via New York Yimby

High-rise Construction | September 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This building, the tallest under development at the moment, is the latest manifestation of the city’s luxury resident...

INDUSTRIAL SECTOR GIANTS: Stantec, Turner, Jacobs among top industrial AEC firms

Sainsbury's distribution center in Waltham Point, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Photo: Nick Saltmarsh via flickr.com/Wikimedia Commons

Giants 300 | September 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest industrial sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Gian...

MILITARY SECTOR GIANTS: Clark Group, HDR, Fluor top ranking of nation's largest military sector AEC firms

Photo: United States Navy

Giants 300 | September 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest military sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants...

New York's  Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Photo: Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons

Glass and Glazing | September 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Manufacturers are frantically restarting plants they mothballed during the economic downturn.

Young & Ayata's Bauhaus Museum Dessau design. Rendering courtesy Young & Ayata, via Dezeen

Museums | September 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The German museum chose one sleek, no-nonsense concept and one colorful, complex entry.

Photo: cegoh/Pixabay

Contractors | September 09, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The backlog indicator is up 1% to 8.5 months during the second quarter of 2015.

Fire-rated stairwell features custom angles

Glass and Glazing | September 09, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

Fire-rated glazing can help turn a frequently traversed fire-rated stairwell into a central design element.

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How is data changing the nature of design?

This visualization of residential unit types shows how different sizes and types of bedrooms are stacked and positioned within the building. 3D model courtesy Kyle Martin

BIM and Information Technology | September 09, 2015 | Kyle Martin

Advances in building information modeling allow for more thorough project documentation, but don't get lost in the wh...

Local San Antonio artist Ansen Seale created You Activate this Space as an interactive LED light installation for hospital employees. Photos by Ansen Seale

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Metals | September 08, 2015 | Cary Barger |

Building owners worry that a problem will occur and no responsible party will fix it. This is when your choice of bui...

RETAIL SECTOR GIANTS: Callison RTKL, PCL Construction, Jacobs among top  retail sector AEC firms

Strategically placed illuminated LED panels produce a shimmering glow on the exterior of the newly renovated Bloomingdales at the Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif. On the Building Team: Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors (AE), Kevin Kennon Architects (designer), and C.W. Driver (GC). Photo: Cristi D. Costea Photography, courtesy Hixson

Giants 300 | September 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest retail sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants 3...

EverBlock bricks make modular building a snap

Modular wall system. Photos courtesy EverBlock (via Gizmag)

Modular Building | September 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Life-size EverBlocks can be used to build actual furniture, dividing walls, and free-standing shelters.

Thornton Tomasetti adds depth by merging with Weidlinger Associates

A key component of this merger will be the formation of an R&D holding company to develop innovative products and services for the company, as well as for other firms. 

Engineers | September 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A quest for innovation and growth drove the two engineering firms together.

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