10 megatrends shaping the future of green building

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy

Green | November 30, 2015 | Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, Contributing Editor

Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a sharper focus on existing structures are among the trends that will drive sustainability through 2020, according to author and green building expert Jerry Yudelson.

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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.

Morton Buildings is notorious for its status as a titan in the American construction community. That status was not lost on the ownership of an exclusive country club, when it decided to choose Morton to spearhead a complete overhaul of its facilities.

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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...

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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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...

Modular Space Showcase: Sales center brings curb appeal
Modular Building | February 23, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

The Welcome Center received rave reviews from the customer as well as community residents and potential buyers.

Rising Nonresidential Construction Index comes with struggles, FMI reports

Engineering and construction executives that comprise the NRCI panel are strongly optimistic about both the economy and their businesses. Photo courtesy of Vhanepfu/Wikimedia Commons.

Contractors | February 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction companies face the challenge of having enough people to keep up with increasing backlogs.

Millennials to outgrow Baby Boomers in 2015

Image courtesy of CEU/Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Baby Boomer generation, once the nation's largest living generation, will be outpaced by the Millennials this yea...

State of the green union, and the next big shift in sustainability

Charts courtesy Paladino and Co.

Green | February 23, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Brad Pease

The history of the green movement offers cues that we are on the precipice of another significant shift in the green...

Louisiana officials critical of stricter building standards in flood-prone areas

Photo: David Fine / FEMA via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | February 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Buildings would have to be built either two or three feet above the base flood elevation for a 100-year flood or abov...

Pumped-up recreation centers help build body, mind, and spirit

The Bickman Fitness Center expansion at Clark University, completed in September 2013, provides space for an expanded cardio fitness program, with additional room for equipment storage and multipurpose events. Photo: John Horner Photography / courtesy Perkins+Will

Sports and Recreational Facilities | February 21, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Adopting facility layouts from Asian and European models, today’s sports and recreational buildings are becoming soci...

Penn strengthens campus security by reviving its surrounding neighborhood

Security experts contend that camera surveillance loses its effectiveness if the images are not continuously monitored, as shown here in the University of Pennsylvania’s public safety command center. Penn is experimenting with using cameras to remotely identify people entering buildings. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C

University Buildings | February 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In 1996, the University of Pennsylvania’s sprawling campus in Philadelphia was in the grip of an unprecedented crime...

Chargers and Raiders propose joint stadium in Carson

The proposed site is a 168-acre parcel at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of the 405 freeway and Del Amo Boulevard. Renderings courtesy of Scott Boehm/Manica Architecture.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | February 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Two rival teams may bring the NFL back to Los Angeles.

‘Floating’ park on New York’s Hudson River moves one step closer to reality

The 2.4-acre park is the brainchild of billionaire mogul Barry Diller and his wife, the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Renderings courtesy Heatherwick Studio

Cultural Facilities | February 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developers envision the 2.4-acre space as a major performance arts venue.

PwC Reports Rise in Engineering and Construction Deals in 2014

Overall, there were 21 mega deals last year, totaling $127 billion. The greatest number of deals took place in Asia and Oceania. Image courtesy of MorgueFile/hotblack

Engineers | February 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Worldwide engineering and construction industries closed 218 M&A deals in 2014 worth more than $172 billion, acco...

Is multifamily construction getting too frothy for demand?

Last year, the 340,000 multifamily units started represented the highest level of construction since the 1980s. Photo: Uploader via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | February 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Contractors are pushing full speed ahead, but CoStar Group thinks a slowdown might be in order this year.

Prices for Construction Materials Fall in January

Construction input prices were down in January, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Prices for other materials were also down on both a monthly and yearly basis.

Building Materials | February 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The decline in oil and petroleum prices finally showed up in the produce price index data, according to ABC Chief Eco...

Illustrator Federico Babina imagines architecture from nowhere

Architecture from nowhere. Illustrations courtesy of Feredico Babina.

Architects | February 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The illustrator imagines architecture where past, present, and future intertwine.

Buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes

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

Research at Case Western Reserve University has found that buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plu...

USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

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

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout their projects as “LEE...

Wet-applied coatings and finishes for commercial and institutional projects [AIA course]

A colorful hair spa called zoey + joey in Ann Arbor, Mich. “It’s a boutique salon that incorporates the simple use of color to support their brand,” says Wightman & Associates’ Marissa Kovatch. She says she usually specifies certain branded paint products as a basis of design, especially those that meet the VOC limits in LEED. Photo courtesy Wightman & Associates 

Coatings | February 18, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

The rapid pace of development of improved liquid-applied materials and finishes has given Building Teams new options....

Make It Right Releases New Designs for Affordable Housing Complex

Renderings courtesy of Make It Right

Multifamily Housing | February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BNIM is among the six firms involved in the project.

Commercial real estate developers optimistic, but concerned about taxes, jobs outlook

Brookfield Properties' 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | February 18, 2015 | NAIOP

The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over sluggish job creatio...

Ground Breaks on Innovative Museum Design by Foster + Partners

The building’s façade will face toward Badouzi harbor. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

Museums | February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The museum will be home to an aquarium, exhibition space, and waterfront views. 

Preparing for the worst: Campus security since Virginia Tech

Card-swipe technology has become a popular security feature on most campuses. Colleges usually require users to punch in a PIN code to enter a building or transverse a secure space. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C

University Buildings | February 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Seven years after the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and universities continue to shake up their emergency...

Why the mobile workplace isn't always mobile

Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

Office Building Design | February 18, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Janice Barnes

Perkins+Will’s Janice Barnes addresses the nuance in mobility types and explains the importance of defining terms upf...

BD+C exclusive: How security is influencing campus design and construction

For the University of California–San Diego’s Health Sciences 2 Research Laboratory Building, ZGF Architects used a mix of lighting techniques to enhance safety. Occupancy sensors control lighting use in labs and offices. The ground-floor lobby is on a timer so that it can be illuminated at night. Photo: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing

University Buildings | February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Campus crime—whether real or perceived—presents Building Teams with more opportunities for early-stage consultation w...

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