Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

Mixed-Use | May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district that fulfills what is lacking from Miami’s current auto-dependent layout.

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Make a statement by the sea

Photo: Chase Lindberg/Flickr

Coatings | April 03, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

With salt stray and intense summer sun, coastal coatings take a real beating. When selecting a coating in these harsh...

Building Design+Construction editors win two 2015 Jesse H. Neal awards for journalism excellence

BD+C was honored for Best Newsletter, with the BD+C Daily 5, and Best Subject Related Package (BIM/technology coverage). Photo: ABM 

April 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

ABM’s Jesse H. Neal Award is recognized as the “Pulitzer Prize of the business press."

The Inherent Sustainability of Steel

It’s worth noting that recycled materials are not difficult for steel-makers to acquire. Steel recycling is well established in North America, and has been for decades. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Metals | April 03, 2015 | Allen Hurtz |

The steel in a metal building system may contribute to points for Recycled Content under the USGBC’s Leadership in En...

Whenever putting down the foundation for the building, the installation of the embedded anchor rods must be precise. Misplacing them with a variance greater than 1/4” means your columns will be out of plumb...

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Historic Romanesque Church in Chicago to Make Way For Multifamily Project

The apartment building will feature a south-facing, second-floor terrace and enclosed parking for bikes and cars. Rendering by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson via Chicago Architecture Blog

Multifamily Housing | April 02, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

The infamous neighborhood’s Saint Dominic’s Church “was instrumental in taming a part of the city that grew up from t...

C40 cities across the globe are making sustainability a policy

Cities around the world are enacting policies to create more sustainable environments. Image: Morgue File/iceman0

Energy Efficiency | April 02, 2015 | USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group with the World Green Building Council release...

Architecture excellence: 6 award-winning libraries

Mission Branch Library, San Antonio, designed by Muñoz and Company. Photo: Chris Cooper/Luis M. Garza

Library | April 02, 2015 | AIA

The new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the restored Slover Library in Norfolk, Va., are among six breakthrough proje...

 

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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Nonresidential construction spending flat in February

Commercial construction spending lost 1.9% in February, but is up 13.5% on a year-over-year basis.

Contractors | April 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The Associated Builders and Contractors forecasts a robust nonresidential construction spending recovery in 2015, des...

Facebook opens Gehry-designed headquarters: ‘The largest open floor plan in the world,’ says Zuckerberg

One of its attractions is a nine-acre rooftop park, designed by CMG Landscape Architecture, which includes a half-mile looping walking path. More than 400 trees were planted on what Wired magazine calls “a garden-roofed fantasyland.” Photo courtesy Facebook 

Office Building Design | April 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Employees have started moving into Facebook’s new headquarters, a 435,555-sf building in Menlo Park, Calif., whose fa...

Super computer Watson finds new home in Manhattan's Silicon Alley

IBM Watson immersion room and interactive video wall. Image: The Switzer Group

Office Building Design | April 01, 2015 | The Switzer Group

The new headquarters for the former Jeopardy champ was conceived as a showcase for Watson’s capabilities, and as an i...

Global wind power installations expected to slow through 2019

Navigant projects a curtailment in the growth of annual new installations through 2019. Image: Morgue File/AcrylicArtist

Green | April 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After a 20% falloff in 2013, the global wind power industry made a strong comeback in 2014, with a record 51.2 gigawa...

Radiant Heat: The Invisible Killer

Since the 45 minute openings in this 1-hour exit corridor extend to all the way to the floor, the architects specified SuperLite II-XL 45, a fire resistive tempered product with hose stream that meets ASTM E-119.  SuperLite II-XL 45 effectively blocks smoke, flames and dangerous radiant heat to enable safe egress through the corridor. Photo courtesy of SaftiFirst.

Fire and Life Safety | April 01, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Where there’s fire, there’s the deadly threat of radiant heat.

Containers on Grand: A new apartment complex in Phoenix

The apartments' living areas will open to a central courtyard through double French windows, which will flood the spaces with natural light. Renderings courtesy Stark James, LLC

Modular Building | March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The eight-unit complex, called Containers on Grand, was inspired by the need for affordable and sustainable housing n...

Pratt Institute to offer first-ever degree in designing public spaces

Miller's Court in Baltimore, Md. Photo: Billy Michels, courtesy Bruner Foundation Inc.

Cultural Facilities | March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of its new Urban Placemaking and Management degree, Pratt will offer courses on topics such as "the history a...

Plans for a new condo tower in New York create a ‘communal ecosystem’ for residents

Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

Multifamily Housing | March 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The conceptual plans for a 700-foot-tall, 65-story condominium tower in New York City were unveiled in early March by...

BIM and the changing procurement model for medical equipment in healthcare construction

Photo: Fotos GOVBA/flickr

Healthcare Facilities | March 31, 2015 | Julie Ford, CBRE Healthcare

BIM coordination has dramatically reduced change orders during the construction period. Unfortunately, it has had the...

Q+A with Arthur Gensler, and advice from his new book

Image © Gensler

Architects | March 30, 2015 | GenslerOn | Maddy Burke-Vigeland, AIA, LEED AP

"Designers need to be trained to solve their clients’ problems through design while leading their own firms to become...

Designs released for new entertainment center in Lubbock

The design is the result of a six-month collaboration between local and international firms. Renderings courtesy Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

Cultural Facilities | March 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Amenities of the facility include a performance venue that seats 2,220, a smaller one that seats 425, a 6,000-sf mult...

Best in steel construction: 12 projects earn steel industry's top building award

The University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center earned a Merit Award for the design and structure of the facility. Image: Jeremy Bittermann

Structural Materials | March 30, 2015 | American Institute of Steel Construction

Calatrava's soaring Innovation Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University is among the 12 proj...

Spring cleaning tips for modular space
Modular Building | March 30, 2015 | Williams Scotsman | BD+C Staff

Modular structure manufacturer Williams Scotsman shares seven things to do to prep modular units for the spring.

Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 29, 2015 | David Barista |

Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people movi...

Elevator shafts a major source of heat loss in New York City

The report, “Spending Through the Roof,” says that apartment building owners pay an average of $3,400 a year to replace heat lost through the roof. In taller buildings, the cost can be more than $20,000 a year. Illustration: Urban Green Council 

Codes and Standards | March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A typical New York apartment building loses thousands of dollars worth of energy every year from leaky elevator shaft...

Passive House Institute launches ‘cost-effective’ passive building standard

The Orchards at Orenco is currently under construction in Hillsboro, Ore., includes 57 units, making it the largest precertified Passive House building to date. Rendering: REACH Community Development

Green | March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The group says the building energy performance target is in the “sweet spot” where cost effectiveness overlaps with a...

Obama issues executive order for 40% reduction in federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions

IRS headquarters building. Photo: IRS

Government Buildings | March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The action also calls for an increase in the share of renewable energy in the federal government’s electricity supply...

VA construction program ‘a disaster,’ says congressman

The 182-bed Aurora, Colo., hospital has incurred more than $1 billion in cost overruns. The Army Corps of Engineers has taken over the management of the project. Rendering: VA

Healthcare Facilities | March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The VA construction program took more hits recently after the chairman of a congressional Committee on Veterans’ Affa...

Bathroom fixtures get a starchitect makeover by Bjarke Ingels

A faucet from the Taper series, designed by BIG. Photo courtesy Kallista

Multifamily Housing | March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This Danish starchitect elevates the toilet paper holder (and other bathroom accessories).

Illustrator Federico Babina explores architecture as animals

The Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, but as a walrus. Renderings courtesy Federico Babina

Architects | March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

When you pay attention, the Eiffel Tower really does look like a giraffe.

Plants on the inside: Here’s the data to support your suspicions

Research proves that interior vegetation boosts productivity, concentration, and satisfaction. Photo courtesy Sage Vertical Gardens

K-12 Schools | March 27, 2015 | Legat Architects' Architecture Inspired by YOU | Robin Randall, AIA, LEED AP

Internal foliage systems like vertical gardens have the potential to not only improve focus and productivity, but als...

World’s first ‘climate positive’ data center is under construction in Sweden

The 18-megawatt data center will be connected to Falun’s energy grid, and excess heat from its servers and equipment will warm buildings in the town’s district heating system. Renderings: http://ecodatacenter.se

Industrial Facility | March 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Excess heat and steam from its servers and IT equipment will warm homes in a town already known for its energy effici...

Morphosis unveils plans for controversial high-rise hotel in tiny Alpine village

The 7132 Tower, as this hotel is being called, would be the central piece of a resort complex that would also include two buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winners: Peter Zumthor and Tadao Ando. Renderings courtesy Morphosis

Hotel Facilities | March 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vals is a village of roughly 1,000 people, nestled in the Alps in Switzerland. That might seem like a strange place t...

7 sleek selections for ceilings and acoustical systems

The command center at the new Southwest Airlines Training and Operational Support building at Dallas Love Field. Photo: CertainTeed

Ceilings | March 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Thermoformed ceilings, acoustic panels, sound isolation membrane, and undulating ceiling systems are featured in this...

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