Rendering courtesy of Saúl Ajuria Fernández 

Drones | December 07, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project was designed by Saúl Ajuria Fernández as part of his master’s degree in architecture.

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Tesla: Battery storage is not just about electric vehicles

Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada will soon be making battery units like the Powerwall and Powerpack, which can store solar power for residential and commercial uses, including electric cars, homes, and businesses. Photos courtesy Tesla Motors

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With his $5 billion, 13.6 million-sf Gigafactory, Tesla’s Elon Musk seeks to change the economics of battery energy s...

Mayo Clinic's breakthrough research lab puts evidence-based design to the test

Model: Centerbrook Architects & Planners

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mayo teams up with Delos to bring hard science to EBD research.

Mega surf parks take entertainment to new extremes

Wavegarden’s Surf Snowdonia in Wales uses an underwater foil to generate waves. Photo: Wavegarden

Game Changers | February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Wave-making technologies vie for attention, as surfing is shortlisted for 2020 Olympic Games.

Technology leads the way in today’s coatings and sealants [AIA course]

New urban developments use shop- and site-applied color to enliven the cityscape. The Brand, a mixed-use project in Glendale, Calif., designed by Carrier Johnson + Culture, employs pops of primary and secondary color. Photo: Costea Photography/Courtesy Carrier Johnson + Culture

Coatings | February 05, 2016 |  C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

History holds the key to the next coating or sealant specification. To earn 1.0 AIA CES HSW learning units, study the...

Design guidelines for retail space in NYC affordable housing projects released

Greenpoint Landing in Brooklyn, New York City, a megaproject with affordable rentals. Image courtesy Handel Architects, via Gothamist.

Multifamily Housing | February 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Aimed at designing efficient, flexible ground-floor space.

 

Photo: Pixabay

Market Data | February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Increased government spending on infrastructure projects should help.

Non-residential construction costs expected to increase slightly

Construction on the Amazon Complex in Seattle in December 2015. Photo: Jeffrey Scott Will/Creative Commons.

Market Data | February 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Construction Cost Index, from Mortenson Construction, indicated rises between 3 and 4% on average.

Renderings courtesy Grimshaw, BVN

K-12 Schools | February 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The design of the high-rise is based on the template of Schools-within-Schools (SWIS), a system that de-emphasizes ag...

PNC's 'breathing' tower redefines the modern office building

The tower's natural ventilation system includes manually operated sliding doors, made from locally supplied wood, that provide office occupants with access to a “porch” between the building’s interior and exterior walls. Photo: courtesy Gensler

Game Changers | February 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Natural breezes flow through the banking giant's new 33-story, double-skin tower in Pittsburgh.

 

Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

Government Buildings | February 04, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The blocky, modern design is meant to convey accessibility and public service.

Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

Game Changers | February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a prefab high-rise in Ch...

Drone imagery of map volumes—such as stockpiles of building materials—can now be measured and processed in the field, with accuracy that the software provider claims rivals laser scanning. Image: DroneDeploy

Drones | February 03, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

DroneDeploy’s latest app is available for all mobile devices. 

Sports and Recreational Facilities | February 03, 2016 | Valspar

The recently constructed basketball arena at Ole Miss, The Pavilion, exudes sophistication due to its spectacular cur...

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Guides to wood construction in high wind areas released

Photo: Putneypics/Creative Commons

Wood | February 03, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide is directed toward ensuring structural integrity to resist wind loads.

Report identifies 600 cities worldwide that will drive economic growth through 2025

Manila, Philippines. Photo: travel oriented/Creative Commons

Urban Planning | February 02, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Of them, 440 are in emerging economies in China, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

 

Photo Credit: William Lesch, Lori Carroll, Esthela J. Celya

Multifamily Housing | February 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Floating vanities, tricked-out showers, and freestanding tubs highlight the top bathroom design trends, according to...

Metals | February 02, 2016 | Dave Rutherford |

Speed has a real impact on the bottom line, in ways that are obvious and in some that you might not be aware of.

ABC: Nonresidential spending falls again in December

Construction in Indianpolis. Photo: sciondriver/Creative Commons.

Contractors | February 02, 2016 | ABC

For a second consecutive month, 12 of 16 nonresidential subsectors experienced spending decreases on a monthly basis....

New York City’s post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency efforts hailed as exemplar

Photo: David Shankbone/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | February 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Lessons learned can help urban areas cope with climate change impacts.

 

Section of the private residential gardens (click to view expanded version). Renderings, illustrations courtesy CallisonRTKL

High-rise Construction | February 02, 2016 | CallisonRTKL blog | Matthias Olt

Matthias Olt, Associate Vice President at CallisonRTKL, discusses new ways to improve individual health and well-bein...

Microsoft testing submersible data centers

Photo: Project Natick, via Microsoft

Data Centers | February 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Project Natick, featured a successful prototype trial run last summer.

 

Photo Credit: Mike Tuell, Tom E. Lutz, AKBD

Multifamily Housing | February 01, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Charging stations, built-in coffeemakers, and pet stations—these are among the top kitchen design trends for the comi...

Fifty-three-foot-long modules, made by Guerdon Modular Buildings and assembled by Martel Construction, are being used to rebuild The Canyons Lodge & Cabins in Yellowstone National Park. Image courtesy of Guerdon Modular Buildings

Modular Building | February 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A $90 million rebuilding project in Yellowstone National Park exemplifies this trend.

ABC: Tepid GDP growth a sign construction spending may sputter

Construction in Palo Alto, Calif. Photo: albedo20/Creative Commons.

Contractors | February 01, 2016 | ABC

Though the economy did not have a strong ending to 2015, the data does not suggest that nonresidential construction s...

Supreme Court ruling on demand response expected to benefit smart grid

Photo: Dave Dugdale/Creative Commons

Green | February 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Ruling allows PV owners and other small energy generators to continue to be paid wholesale rates for power they gener...

A giant proposed casino-hotel in Everett, Mass., will include 600-plus rooms, six restaurants, and a 20-foot-wide harborwalk along the Mystic River. The resort is scheduled to open in 2018. Rendering: Wynn Resorts

Casinos | January 30, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A judge’s ruling last year paved the way for Wynn Resorts to begin construction on a 33-acre gambling palace in Evere...

Target Field Station, Minneapolis, Minn. Photo: ©Morgan Sheff, courtesy Perkins Eastman

Giants 300 | January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest transit/TOD sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Gia...

USGBC names top 10 states for LEED green building

American Technical Publishers in Orland Park, Ill., a LEED Gold-certified building. Photo: American Technical Publishers/Wikimedia Commons

 

Green | January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Illinois leads the list for the third straight year.

Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photo: ©Robert Polidori, courtesy SOM

Giants 300 | January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest airport sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants...

Billion-dollar dome in Las Vegas could be the Oakland Raiders next home

Photo: Mike McBride/Creative Commons

Sports and Recreational Facilities | January 29, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The franchise, which is considering relocation if it can’t work out a stadium deal in the Bay Area, is listening to a...

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