Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

Wood | April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Building Teams around the world are starting to use more large-scale structural wood systems. 

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UK's leading foot and mouth disease lab turns containment design inside out

To create an inviting, nonscientific aesthetic for the high-containment lab facility, the team incorporated splashes of color, timber cladding, and pleasing proportions into the exterior scheme. Photo: © James Brittain

Building Team Awards | April 05, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A daring Building Team breaks the bunker mentality common to research containment with this light-filled, open facili...

‘Project first’ philosophy shows team’s commitment to a true IPD

An internal “connecting bridge” (above) brings the outdoors indoors via glass panels, and provides a welcome respite for staff and visitors moving from one area of the hospital to another. Photo: Bruce Damonte

Building Team Awards | April 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Skanska and NBBJ join forces with Sutter Health on a medical center project where all three parties share the risk....

Georgia may ban use of LEED on state buildings

Photo: OTRS via Wikimedia Commons

Green | April 03, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Georgia's state legislature is considering a measure to require all state buildings to only use green building standa...

Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. For many small architecture firms, principals don't have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters...

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Energy benchmarking law helps make D.C. top ranked Energy Star city

With 480 Energy Star-certified buildings, the EPA estimates D.C.'s Energy Star buildings have saved $127.1 million. Photo: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Green | April 03, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

First-in-the-nation law requires public reporting of annual energy performance

French startup develops drone camera that overlays video with 3D images

Concept Photo by Sysveo via Discovery News.

BIM and Information Technology | April 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new drones can capture video and overlay the shot results with 3D images and augmented reality remotely.

Why it’s so hard to figure out what to pay top talent
Building Team | April 03, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Is your firm’s approach to compensation effective in today’s rapidly changing talent market?

 

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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Make a statement by the sea

Photo: Chase Lindberg/Flickr

Coatings | April 03, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

With salt stray and intense summer sun, coastal coatings take a real beating. When selecting a coating in these harsh...

Building Design+Construction editors win two 2015 Jesse H. Neal awards for journalism excellence

BD+C was honored for Best Newsletter, with the BD+C Daily 5, and Best Subject Related Package (BIM/technology coverage). Photo: ABM 

April 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

ABM’s Jesse H. Neal Award is recognized as the “Pulitzer Prize of the business press."

The Inherent Sustainability of Steel

It’s worth noting that recycled materials are not difficult for steel-makers to acquire. Steel recycling is well established in North America, and has been for decades. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Metals | April 03, 2015 | Allen Hurtz |

The steel in a metal building system may contribute to points for Recycled Content under the USGBC’s Leadership in En...

Historic Romanesque Church in Chicago to Make Way For Multifamily Project

The apartment building will feature a south-facing, second-floor terrace and enclosed parking for bikes and cars. Rendering by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson via Chicago Architecture Blog

Multifamily Housing | April 02, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

The infamous neighborhood’s Saint Dominic’s Church “was instrumental in taming a part of the city that grew up from t...

C40 cities across the globe are making sustainability a policy

Cities around the world are enacting policies to create more sustainable environments. Image: Morgue File/iceman0

Energy Efficiency | April 02, 2015 | USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group with the World Green Building Council release...

Architecture excellence: 6 award-winning libraries

Mission Branch Library, San Antonio, designed by Muñoz and Company. Photo: Chris Cooper/Luis M. Garza

Library | April 02, 2015 | AIA

The new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the restored Slover Library in Norfolk, Va., are among six breakthrough proje...

Nonresidential construction spending flat in February

Commercial construction spending lost 1.9% in February, but is up 13.5% on a year-over-year basis.

Contractors | April 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The Associated Builders and Contractors forecasts a robust nonresidential construction spending recovery in 2015, des...

Facebook opens Gehry-designed headquarters: ‘The largest open floor plan in the world,’ says Zuckerberg

One of its attractions is a nine-acre rooftop park, designed by CMG Landscape Architecture, which includes a half-mile looping walking path. More than 400 trees were planted on what Wired magazine calls “a garden-roofed fantasyland.” Photo courtesy Facebook 

Office Building Design | April 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Employees have started moving into Facebook’s new headquarters, a 435,555-sf building in Menlo Park, Calif., whose fa...

Super computer Watson finds new home in Manhattan's Silicon Alley

IBM Watson immersion room and interactive video wall. Image: The Switzer Group

Office Building Design | April 01, 2015 | The Switzer Group

The new headquarters for the former Jeopardy champ was conceived as a showcase for Watson’s capabilities, and as an i...

Global wind power installations expected to slow through 2019

Navigant projects a curtailment in the growth of annual new installations through 2019. Image: Morgue File/AcrylicArtist

Green | April 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After a 20% falloff in 2013, the global wind power industry made a strong comeback in 2014, with a record 51.2 gigawa...

Radiant Heat: The Invisible Killer

Since the 45 minute openings in this 1-hour exit corridor extend to all the way to the floor, the architects specified SuperLite II-XL 45, a fire resistive tempered product with hose stream that meets ASTM E-119.  SuperLite II-XL 45 effectively blocks smoke, flames and dangerous radiant heat to enable safe egress through the corridor. Photo courtesy of SaftiFirst.

Fire and Life Safety | April 01, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire, there’s the deadly threat of radiant heat.

Containers on Grand: A new apartment complex in Phoenix

The apartments' living areas will open to a central courtyard through double French windows, which will flood the spaces with natural light. Renderings courtesy Stark James, LLC

Modular Building | March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The eight-unit complex, called Containers on Grand, was inspired by the need for affordable and sustainable housing n...

Pratt Institute to offer first-ever degree in designing public spaces

Miller's Court in Baltimore, Md. Photo: Billy Michels, courtesy Bruner Foundation Inc.

Cultural Facilities | March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of its new Urban Placemaking and Management degree, Pratt will offer courses on topics such as "the history a...

Plans for a new condo tower in New York create a ‘communal ecosystem’ for residents

Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

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

The conceptual plans for a 700-foot-tall, 65-story condominium tower in New York City were unveiled in early March by...

BIM and the changing procurement model for medical equipment in healthcare construction

Photo: Fotos GOVBA/flickr

Healthcare Facilities | March 31, 2015 | Julie Ford, CBRE Healthcare

BIM coordination has dramatically reduced change orders during the construction period. Unfortunately, it has had the...

Q+A with Arthur Gensler, and advice from his new book

Image © Gensler

Architects | March 30, 2015 | GenslerOn | Maddy Burke-Vigeland, AIA, LEED AP

"Designers need to be trained to solve their clients’ problems through design while leading their own firms to become...

Designs released for new entertainment center in Lubbock

The design is the result of a six-month collaboration between local and international firms. Renderings courtesy Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

Cultural Facilities | March 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Amenities of the facility include a performance venue that seats 2,220, a smaller one that seats 425, a 6,000-sf mult...

Best in steel construction: 12 projects earn steel industry's top building award

The University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center earned a Merit Award for the design and structure of the facility. Image: Jeremy Bittermann

Structural Materials | March 30, 2015 | American Institute of Steel Construction

Calatrava's soaring Innovation Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University is among the 12 proj...

Spring cleaning tips for modular space
Modular Building | March 30, 2015 | Williams Scotsman | BD+C Staff

Modular structure manufacturer Williams Scotsman shares seven things to do to prep modular units for the spring.

Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 29, 2015 | David Barista |

Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people movi...

Elevator shafts a major source of heat loss in New York City

The report, “Spending Through the Roof,” says that apartment building owners pay an average of $3,400 a year to replace heat lost through the roof. In taller buildings, the cost can be more than $20,000 a year. Illustration: Urban Green Council 

Codes and Standards | March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A typical New York apartment building loses thousands of dollars worth of energy every year from leaky elevator shaft...

Passive House Institute launches ‘cost-effective’ passive building standard

The Orchards at Orenco is currently under construction in Hillsboro, Ore., includes 57 units, making it the largest precertified Passive House building to date. Rendering: REACH Community Development

Green | March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The group says the building energy performance target is in the “sweet spot” where cost effectiveness overlaps with a...

Obama issues executive order for 40% reduction in federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions

IRS headquarters building. Photo: IRS

Government Buildings | March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The action also calls for an increase in the share of renewable energy in the federal government’s electricity supply...

VA construction program ‘a disaster,’ says congressman

The 182-bed Aurora, Colo., hospital has incurred more than $1 billion in cost overruns. The Army Corps of Engineers has taken over the management of the project. Rendering: VA

Healthcare Facilities | March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The VA construction program took more hits recently after the chairman of a congressional Committee on Veterans’ Affa...

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