Anorexic skyscrapers keep popping up in Manhattan

The ODA Architecture-designed tower at 303-305 E. 44th Street in New York City will be only 47 feet wide. Rendering courtesy ODA

High-rise Construction | November 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One project slated to begin construction next spring is designed to be only 47 feet wide.

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Vienna's 25-story wood skyscraper

The project team expects to start construction next year. Renderings courtesy Rüdiger Lainer + Partner

High-rise Construction | March 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Architects from Rüdiger Lainer + Partner are working with developer Kerbler Holding GmbH on a 276-foot-tall building...

Modular construction brings affordable housing to many New Yorkers

Lower Manhattan viewed from Brooklyn. Photo: Vik Waters/Wikimedia Commons

Modular Building | March 03, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

After city officials waived certain zoning and density regulations, modular microunits smaller than 400 square feet a...

The Great Debate: Is 3D PDF really BIM?
BIM and Information Technology | March 03, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

You can pull apart buildings, cut through floors, and view simulated animation for assembly instructions all within a...

Drones are starting to fill the sky, and the whoosh of their propellers is more popular on construction sites than ever before.  Look up, and meet the future.

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The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | March 02, 2015 | David Barista |

As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to take notice. Chicago, Los A...

BD+C special report: What it takes to build 21st-Century Schools

Students use a quiet zone at Falcon Virtual Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., a $1.2 million adaptive reuse of an aging manufacturing warehouse. Home-schooled students, working students, and transitional students can use spaces within the facility when they need to work together on projects or seek instructional support from teachers. DLR Group designed and planned the 20,000-sf facility for 400 students of Falcon School District 49. Photo: ©Ed LaCasse 

K-12 Schools | March 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

How the latest design, construction, and teaching concepts are being implemented in the next generation of America’s...

Nevada moves to suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects

Photo: Stan Shebs via Wikimedia Common

Codes and Standards | March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects.

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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Proposed energy standard for data centers, telecom buildings open for public comment

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Codes and Standards | March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more flexible and accommo...

Nonresidential construction spending dips in January, still outpaced 2014

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Contractors | March 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nonresidential construction spending fell 2% in January, which is the largest setback to spending since January 2014,...

Are energy management systems too complex for school facility staffs?

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K-12 Schools | March 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

When school districts demand the latest and greatest, they need to think about how those choices will impact the dist...

Are you ready for high-rise hospitals?

Illustration: Douglas King, VOA

Healthcare Facilities | March 01, 2015 | VOA Blog | Douglas J. King, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ACHA

The vertical hospital environment may be the wave of the future, but it is not without its design challenges.

Google unveils modular-focused plan for corporate HQ in Mountain View

This rendering shows the inside of the proposed Charleston South building looking west. Within the canopy, building segments operate like furniture—light, tactile and reconfigurable. These segments form small villages where employees can work or relax. Renderings courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The master plan by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick will wrap highly flexible office blocks in soaring translucen...

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.

5 finalists announced for 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

Antinori Winter by Archea Associati in San Casciano Val di Pesa, Florence, Italy. Photo by Pietro Savorelli

Architects | February 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Bjarke Ingels' Danish Maritime Museum and the Ravensburg Art Museum by Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei are among the five p...

Using active design to help strengthen the corporate workplace and enhance employee wellness

Lentz Public Health Center, Nashville, Tenn. Photo: GS&P 

Office Building Design | February 26, 2015 | GS&P Dialogue | Ann S. Trent, AIA, LEED AP

The new Lentz Public Health Center in Nashville, Tenn., serves as a model of how those progressive and healthy change...

Florida lifts 14-year ban on nursing home construction

Florida will get 22 new nursing home facilities and 11 others will expand, for a total value of $430 million. Photo: Onore Baka Sama via Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | February 26, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Some $430 million of new space for senior care in Florida has been approved after the state ended a 14-year ban on nu...

Should your next school project include a safe room?

Wrestling room doubles as safe room at a Wichita, Kan., school. Photo: FEMA

K-12 Schools | February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many school districts continue to resist mandating the inclusion of safe rooms or storm shelters in new and existing...

Construction funding still scarce for many school districts

The 11th high school in Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District will be part of a 179-acre, 592,000-sf “educational village” that eventually will include middle and elementary schools. The project is one of dozens of new K-12 campuses being planned throughout Texas to keep up with the population growth. Rendering: PBK Architects, courtesy Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

K-12 Schools | February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many districts are struggling to have new construction and renovation keep pace with student population growth.

A color-changing gateway for Altara Center
Shopping Centers | February 26, 2015 | Valspar

Valspar works with developers to complete a multicolored shopping center façade in Honduras.

D.C.'s Dunbar High School is world's highest-scoring LEED school, earns 91% of base credits

Natural light floods the interior spaces. All photos: copyright Joseph Romeo

K-12 Schools | February 26, 2015 | Perkins Eastman

The 280,000-sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the highest-scoring sch...

Polish architect designs modular ‘kids city’ kindergarten using shipping container frames

The complex will be filled with terraces and gardens where children can learn basic biology. All renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architecture.

K-12 Schools | February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Forget the retrofit of a shipping container into a building for one moment. Designboom showcases the plans of Polish...

Why Churches Are Being Built of Metal

Metal church in Spitak, Armenia (then part of the U.S.S.R), built after the earthquake in 1988. Photo courtesy of Mcsochi/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | February 25, 2015 | Doug Clark |

Affordability and speed of building are important factors.

Bjarke Ingels designs geodesic dome for energy production, community use

The geodesic facade will contain PV panels to generate electricity for off-season use. Renderings courtesy BIG

Cultural Facilities | February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new building in Uppsala, Sweden, will serve as a power plant during the winter and a venue for shows, festivals, an...

Edmonton considering 'freezeway' to embrace winter

Design plans for the Freezeway include setting up skate rentals in nearby metro stops and using buildings as windbreaks. Renderings courtesy Matthew Gibbs

Cultural Facilities | February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

If the new Edmonton Freezeway is constructed, residents will have an 11-km course that winds through the city and all...

What your employees really want

Employers can support employees' personal growth by encouraging them to take courses online or be mentored by more senior employees. Photo courtesy of Evan Bench/Wikimedia Commons.

Building Team | February 24, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Here are key aspects of a job that keep employees happy

Starchitecture meets agriculture: OMA unveils design for Kentucky community farming facility

Food Port will feature expanses of agricultural space to support local farmers and the agricultural industry. Renderings courtesy of OMA

Industrial Facility | February 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The $460 million Food Port project will define a new model for the relationship between consumer and producer.

ABC economist: Year-end construction backlog drops 1%

With hotel occupancy rising, office vacancy falling, and demand for data climbing exponentially, a number of key private segments are positioned for rapid growth in construction spending this year, says ABC's Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Photo: Hydrogen Iodide via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | February 24, 2015 | ABC

Despite a quarter-over-quarter decline, the U.S. construction backlog ended the year at 8.7 months, 4.4% higher than...

Future-proofing educational institutions: 5 trends to consider

The ‘digital-native’ generation has developed unique modes of assimilating and comprehending information. Learning space design has evolved alongside these changes. Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

University Buildings | February 23, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Rachael Dumas and Anne Johnson

In response to rapidly changing conditions in K-12 and higher education, institutions and school districts should con...

The importance of quiet and the consequences of distraction

Steelcase study recently published in The Harvard Business Review found that “98% of the most highly engaged employees reported that they had ‘the ability to concentrate easily’ in their workplace and that this attribute is a top factor in their satisfaction.” Photo: Phil Whitehouse, Flickr CC

Office Building Design | February 23, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Allison Arnone

Recent work style studies show that the average knowledge worker spends 25-35% of their time doing heads-down focused...

9 best practices for effective laser scanning

The rendering above depicts a 3D laser scan of a performing arts theater atrium in greyscale format. This viewing method is preferred in low-light environments. Rendering: JE Dunn

BIM and Information Technology | February 23, 2015 | Trent Nichols, LEED AP

JE Dunn’s National BIM Director, Trent Nichols, offers tips and advice for mastering the art of laser scanning.

The Loblolly House in Taylors Island, Md., designed by Kieran Timberlake, showcases the real-world application of modern industrial supply chain principles that were at the heart of Stephen Kieran's and James Timberlake's book, Refabricating Architecture. Photo courtesy Kieran Timberlake

Modular Building | February 23, 2015 | FXFOWLE blog | David Wallance, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Can innovative project delivery methods, namely modular construction, bring down costs and offer a solution for housi...

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