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2016 Giants Report | September 26, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Leo A Daly, Brasfield & Gorrie, Layton Construction, and AECOM top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest religious facility AEC firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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Concerns over new wood-frame, mid-rise residential building construction in Charlotte

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Wood | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cheaper construction material may increase risk for firefighters.

U.S. generates enough wind power for 19 million homes

Photo: Timothy Tolle/Creative Commons.

Energy | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Congress extends wind power tax credits.

 

Federal appropriations bill will boost construction activity in 2016

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Government Buildings | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

$1.1 trillion spending package includes tripling of GSA’s construction budget.

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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Energy Dept. announces historic new commercial air conditioner and furnace standards

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HVAC | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Businesses will save $167 billion over life of products.

 

Wood materials aid in patient recovery in healthcare environments

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Healthcare Facilities | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Report says patient recovery times, pain perception, stress levels improve where natural materials are present.

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“Tree-covered mountains” planned for urban Shanghai

Rendering: Heatherwick Studio (via ArchDaily)

Mixed-Use | December 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Heatherwick Studio unveiled a 300,000-sm mixed-use project in the Chinese city’s main arts district.

Kengo Kuma selected to design National Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Rendering via Japan Sports Council (via Dezeen).

Sports and Recreational Facilities | December 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Japan chose between projects from Japanese architects Kuma and Toyo Ito. The decision has been met with claims of fav...

Hospitality sustainability measurement tool will be an industry game-changer

Hyatt Centric South Beach. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons.

Sustainability | December 23, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Dina Belon

The Hotel Sustainability Measurement Tool will allow hoteliers to compare energy and water use as well as their carbo...

How engineers help developers meet green building objectives

The Asymmetric Warfare Group Training Complex, Fort A.P. Hill, Va., where Mason & Hanger (architect, SE) deployed ground-source heat pump systems. On the Building Team: GET Solutions (geothermal engineer), R. Ward & Associates (functional range planning), and Precision Measurements (topographic/utility survey). Photo: Skyshots/Courtesy Mason & Hanger.

 

Greenbuild Report | December 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Engineers say AEC teams need to be on the same page to help clients realize goals that often boil down to minimizing...

International Code Council approves updates based on NIST study of Joplin, Mo. tornado

Joplin, Mo., in 2011. Photo: twi$tbarbie/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | December 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to schools and other high occupancy buildings.

Austin, Texas mandates construction recycling

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Green | December 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Projects larger than 5,000 sf must recycle or salvage at least half of their trash.

 

Student housing developer broadens its reach into multifamily

At 658 feet, The Independent will be the tallest building in Austin, Texas.

Multifamily Housing | December 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Aspen Heights Partners evaluates seven metros for its initial projects.

Meet the world’s next great construction superpower

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Industry Research | December 23, 2015 | David Barista |

There’s a new world construction hotbed coming down the pike (more specifically, the Mumbai Nashik Expressway), and i...

Image: © Wendy Andrew-Doele

Image: © Wendy Andrew-Doele

Office Building Design | December 23, 2015 | GenslerOn | Johnathan Sandler

Gensler's Johnathan Sandler discusses efficient alternatives to dull, wasteful workplace meetings. 

Taking the LEED in Construction
Metals | December 23, 2015 | Bob Zabcik |

LEED is a rating system that allows a building to score points for doing things more sustainably, in a variety of way...

Seven finalists named in Barack Obama Presidential Center design search

A view of the Chicago skyline from Washington Park, one of the proposed sites of the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Photo: Connie Ma/Creative Commons

Cultural Facilities | December 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

ShoP Architects, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Adjaye Associates are among the remaining firms that will propose...

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Urban Planning | December 21, 2015 | GS&P Dialogue | Jessica K. Lucyshyn, PE

How does success in managing density begin? By being design friendly to everyone, writes Jessica K. Lucyshyn of GS...

Laser scanning and in-shop prefabrication a boon for the WellStar Paulding Hospital

All images courtesy Brasfield & Gorrie.

BIM and Information Technology | December 21, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

Contractor Brasfield & Gorrie’s use of BIM and prefabrication on the Hiram, Ga., hospital shows how digital tools...

Scaled-down casino can now move forward in Springfield, Mass.

Rendering courtesy City of Springfield

Casinos | December 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

It took a year, but the state’s gaming commission finally signs off on a $950 million proposal.

Experts predict commercial real estate trends for 2016

Off-price retail stores have become more popular since the recession. Nordstrom Rack now has more locations in the U.S. and Canada than Nordstrom’s full-price stores. Photos courtesy Taylor Johnson

Industry Research | December 21, 2015 | Emily Johnson, Taylor Johnson

Midwest Experts Predict Commercial Real Estate Trends for 2016, according to  real estate communications firm TaylorJ...

Changing building codes to protect against mass shootings at odds with other safety measures

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Codes and Standards | December 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fire and other emergencies require getting people out quickly, not locking down sections.

 

Gothic skyscraper planned for New York

New York City's 41 West 57th Street. Renderings: Mark Foster Gage Architects

High-rise Construction | December 18, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 102-story tower, 41 West 57th Street, will have glass walls, balconies, and a carved stone façade.

Santiago Calatrava-designed museum opens in Rio

The Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photos courtesy Santiago Calatrava Architects and Engineers.

 

Museums | December 18, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Museu do Amanhã addresses the future of the planet and has an inventive, futuristic design itself.

Sustainable design is the only option for public-sector clients

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational and Research Theory Facility. Perkins+Will was the designer. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design. Image courtesy Perkins+Will/Drew Kelly

Government Buildings | December 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Government projects that feature sustainable practices like high-efficiency LED lighting, improved HVAC systems, and ...

Codes should be updated to reflect lessons learned from recent extreme weather events

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Codes and Standards | December 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More can be done to boost resiliency to flooding, extended power outages.

The 2016 Commercial Construction Market: A Contractor’s View

Team Tocci's rendering for the 65 Grove Street Project in Watertown, Mass.

Industry Research | December 17, 2015 | Bud LaRosa, Tocci Building Companies

The CFO of Tocci Building Companies forecasts the outlook for commercial and institutional construction in 2016.

Images courtesy Gensler

Architects | December 17, 2015 | GenslerOn | Joan Meyers

While utilization is an important metric to inform how frequently a space is used, it’s important to consider activit...

Developers respond to demand from tenants for ‘smart’ design

Optimizing the window-to-wall ratio was a design focus for FXFowle (architect) on the 600-unit Crossing at Jamaica Station redevelopment, in Queens, N.Y. Also on the Building Team: ICOR Consulting Engineers (MEP), and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (SE). Image courtesy FXFowle.

Multifamily Housing | December 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A number of green prerogatives are having a beneficial impact on multifamily design and construction.

 

BIM and Information Technology | December 17, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sascha Vesterlund, a VDC Specialist, Design Processer with MT Højgaard, and Nathan Wood, Innovation at DPR Constructi...

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