Great Solutions | August 23, 2016 | BD+C Staff

A roll-up emergency department, next-gen telemedicine center, and biophilic cooling pods are among the AEC industry’s clever ideas and novel innovations for 2016.

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Amazon's Denny Triangle campus in Seattle. Rendering courtesy NBBJ

Energy Efficiency | November 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Up to 4 million kilowatt-hours of energy will be saved each year.  

USGBC Working Group approves new guidance for LEED Materials & Resources Credit 4

Photo: Cygnusloop99/Creative Commons.

Green | November 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Helps product manufacturers offer insight into material and supply chain sustainability

Perkins Eastman, ForrestPerkins combine practices

Room at the Joule in Dallas, a ForrestPerkins-designed hotel. Photo: Dave Pinter/Creative Commons

Architects | November 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The combined international firm will total almost 1,000 employees. 

Coatings | November 16, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Color can make or break your project. At Valspar, we live and breathe color. 

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A new database sheds more light on building products’ content

Photo: Denis Cappellin/Creative Commons.

Building Materials | November 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Quartz Project’s collaborators, which include Google, hope these data will better inform design decisions.

Lumberyard turned into Chicago charter school

Photo: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.

Reconstruction Awards | November 16, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

While the existing structures were in poor condition, the Building Team preserved and restored 75% of the spaces and...

15 ways "soft brand" hotel chains can distinguish themselves

Photo courtesy VOA

Hotel Facilities | November 13, 2015 | VOA Blog | Mark Pratt

Hospitality’s biggest names are creating new, evolved brands to appeal to today’s traveler and compete against boutiq...

It’s time to make MLB stadiums safer

Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Photo: Wally Gobetz/Creative Commons

Sports and Recreational Facilities | November 13, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | Tom Tingle

Major League Baseball doesn't have official stadium design guidelines. Skanska's Tom Tingle has three ways the league...

Getting the most value when you Value Engineer DWV systems

The largest building project in recent NCAA history, the T. Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University.

Plumbing | November 13, 2015 | Charlotte Pipe

There are lots of places in a DWV system where value can be captured, but there are applications where what looks lik...

Los Angeles's Hall of Justice gets a reprieve

Micro-abrasive glass-bead blasting helped restore the ivory color to exterior granite. Photo: Victor Muschetto Photography.

Justice Facilities | November 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor  

After being unoccupied for 20 years, the downtown Los Angeles judicial center was revitalized through a restoration e...

Miami Beach making plans to cope with rising sea levels, flooding

Miami Beach. Photo: Daniel Chodusov/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city has turned to sea walls, raised streets, and pumping stations.

Construction begins on $1 billion Texas shopping center

Jerry Jones' $1 billion development is being built in Prosper, Texas. Photo: Colby Nate/Creative Commons

Shopping Centers | November 12, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The plan calls for retail space, including a Walmart, along with offices, apartments, and homes. 

Renderings courtesy City Realty (via Inhabitat)

High-rise Construction | November 12, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

When completed, the 90-story tower will be the tallest building in the outer boroughs of New York City.

Is the PDF revolution advancing BIM workflows?

From left to right: Sasha Reed, V.P. Strategic Development at Bluebeam Software, Nathan Wood of DPR Construction, and Kris Lengieza, Director of VDC at Stiles Construction.

BIM and Information Technology | November 12, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Many project teams who struggle to get everyone up to speed with BIM, find PDFs a useful tool to bridge the gap betwe...

Construction will outpace worldwide GDP growth over the next 15 years

Construction in Dandong, Liaoning, China, in 2015. Photo: blake.thornberry/Creative Commons

Contractors | November 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Three countries—the United States, China, and India—will account for nearly three-fifths of worldwide construction gr...

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School grows with the times design-build

The Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School serves 1,300 students (pre-K to 12) at its facilities on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, near Central Park. Photos: Andrew Mohat Media

Reconstruction Awards | November 12, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The 251-year-old NYC school was a design-build project that overcame issues like tight space and zoning appeals durin...

MVRDV designs a ‘Disco Ball’ for Rotterdam

Inside the Collectiegebouw, visitors will be able to witness the backstage activity that happens at museums: restoration, transport, and storage of art. Renderings courtesy of MVRDV

Museums | November 11, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Called the Collectiegebouw (Dutch for "collection building"), the building will make public the city’s extensive art...

No eyes on the road: The impact of driverless vehicles

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG, foresaw an interesting interim solution where cars can act autonomously part of the time and be human-guided the rest. Photo courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 11, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | SmithGroupJJR

The idea that space can be repurposed by breaking dependence on the purchase, maintenance, and storage of a big machi...

New York City opens SOM-designed net-zero school

The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground is the first net-zero energy school in New York City. Rendering by SOM/Courtesy of the SCA

K-12 Schools | November 10, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground will produce 662,500 kWh of energy, which...

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum breaks ground on Collections and Conservation Center

The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center will open in early 2017. Rendering courtesy SmithGroupJJR

Museums | November 10, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR

Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center will provide long-te...

AIA: The year's best justice facilities

San Bernardino Justice Center won a Citation award. Image courtesy SOM

Justice Facilities | November 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

CO Architects, RMKM Architecture, and SOM are among the firms honored with 2015 Justice Facilities Review Awards from...

AIA releases nine new contract documents

Photo: Mark Kaletka/Creative Commons

Architects | November 10, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Include six new forms for design-build projects.

Restoration of the Whitney Building provides hope for Detroit

A second skylight was placed above the hallmark atrium skylight; only the steel framework of the original was kept. Photo courtesy Whitney Partners.

Reconstruction Awards | November 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Four years ago, Whitney Partners purchased the 253,000-sf Whitney for $3.3 million. Their mission was to turn the 19-...

University of Chicago's uses space economically with Saieh Hall

The nearly 150,000-sf Saieh Hall for Economics had to be sqeezed into tight quarters on the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago. Photo: Tom Rossiter.

Reconstruction Awards | November 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The five-story, 100,000-sf seminary was converted into a modern education facility that would be fully integrated int...

King of kings: Classic brooklyn movie theater stages a return engagement

The final result of the Kings Theatre redevelopment gracefully emulates the original design by theater architects Rapp & Rapp and interior designer Harold W. Rambusch. Photo: Matt Lambros Photography

Reconstruction Awards | November 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The theater, which withstood vacancy, neglect and vandalism, has been redeveloped with a goal: balance preservation w...

White paper promotes incentives for improved disaster resilience

Long Island, N.Y. after Hurricane Sandy struck. Photo: UN ISDR/Creative Commons.

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The white paper makes the case that the most cost-effective manner to achieve resilience is through a holistic and in...

Perkins+Will acquires London-based Portland Design Associates

Portland helped Turner Communications gain an airport retail presence with The News Café, at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi International Airport. Rendering courtesy Portland/P+W

Architects | November 09, 2015 | Perkins+Will

The firms will work together to offer “future-proofing” insights to clients.

Paint company announces new product that can kill bacteria in hospitals

Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say eliminating healthcare-associated infections is a top priority. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The new product from Sherwin-Williams, called Paint Shield, is said to not only kill over 99.9% of dangerous bacteria...

Real Madrid gets new headquarters designed by Rafael de La-Hoz

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepiped-shaped volumes. Renderings courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

Office Building Design | November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The design of the building is made of a set of two parallelepiped-shaped volumes. ...

Studio Gang designs American Museum of Natural History's new science center

Renderings courtesy American Museum of Natural History

Museums | November 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will hold areas where visitors can engage with high-...

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