Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leading the charge to give patients quieter healing environments.   

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Nonresidential fixed investment falls in second quarter

Chart:  Bureau of Economic Analysis

Contractors | July 31, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

In the first half of 2015, both the broader economy and nonresidential investment lost the momentum they had coming i...

Cover of The Lego Architect by Tom Alphin. Courtesy No Starch Press via ArchDaily

Architects | July 30, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The book features famous buildings accompanied with a photograph and drawing of the Lego model of the building, and a...

Two loads you must understand before requesting an estimate

Mezzanine in a Bilbao metro station, Spain. Photo: Javierme/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | July 30, 2015 | Jenny Arrowood |

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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Snøhetta designs ring-shaped cable car station in Italian Alps

The base station is only four minutes from Snøhetta's city center, and a cable car ride up to the Virgolo Cliff wil last only a minute. Renderings by Sonaar, courtesy Snøhetta

Transit Facilities | July 30, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

In Snøhetta’s design, two cylindrical rings embedded into the existing topography, each at different elevations, will...

Design plans for Fannie Mae’s new HQ revealed

Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

Office Building Design | July 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer/owner, Carr Properties, envisions a 1-million-sf plus mixed-use center with a large retail pavilion....

Startup builds a reputation with 3D printed walls

Photo: Courtesy Branch Technology

BIM and Information Technology | July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Branch Technology used the world’s largest freeform printer, one that has an arm that prints objects in open space, t...

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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Glulam provides aesthetic, structural, and safety solution for Appleton Mills project

Exterior of Appleton Mills at night.

Building Materials | July 29, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

The Appleton Mills complex includes 5 million square feet of space, with an original structure built in the 1870s and...

Jerusalem, Israel, Daniel Libeskind, Mahane Yehuda Market, The Shuk

A 3,251-sf plaza at the tower’s base will provide a public gathering spot. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

High-rise Construction | July 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Are pyramids making a comeback? The city of Paris recently approved a triangle-shaped building that stirred controver...

Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the first quarter of the ye...

bucks, milwaukee, arena, deal, wisconsin, basketball, building

Renderings courtesy Populous

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by Milwaukee firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the venue will be built in downtown Milw...

Plans to make over New York’s aging LaGuardia Airport are revealed

Construction on the first half of the new unified terminal is expected to be a $4 billion project. It will be managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a new public private partnership chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the project. Renderings: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Airports | July 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The complete redesign, devised by a panel of experts, would unify terminals, relieve ground traffic congestion, and i...

K - 12 Schools, college, Brighton, architecture, Rem Koolhaas, OMA

The project has been described as the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history. Renderings courtesy OMA

University Buildings | July 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designs for what will be the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history feature a rectangular buil...

New York, Manhattan, condos, luxury, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Renderings courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

High-rise Construction | July 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 62-story, 157-unit luxury condo tower widens at the 40th floor, resulting in a gently flared silhouette, accented...

Zaha Hadid, Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Reinhold Messner, Italy, mountain, Dolomites

Photo: Unveiling of the new Messner Mountain Museum Corones. All photos courtesy Messner Mountain Museum

Museums | July 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The museum, dedicated to legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, is embedded within Mount Kronplatz in northern Italy...

Perkins+Will imagines new opportunity for Atlantic City

Sea levels are rising in many coastal cities around the globe, posing a threat to millions of people. Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

Smart and Resilient Cities | July 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The architecture giant believes it has a solution that could put Atlantic City’s existing infrastructure to good use—...

Steel curtain wall system a landmark for justice in butte county

TGP’s steel curtain wall mirrors nearby buttes.

Curtain Wall | July 27, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

The curtain wall and cupola mirror the shape of surrounding landforms

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Vox Populi: Netherlands municipality turns to public vote to select design for new theater

The design, called Theater on the Parade, received 57% of 2,681 votes cast online, beating out Rotterdam-based Ector Hoogstad Architects’ more classical, brick-structured proposal. Renderings courtesy UNStudio

Performing Arts Centers | July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNStudio’s Theatre on the Parade received nearly three-fifths of votes cast in contest between two finalists.

Fish-shaped shopping mall designed to fit oddly shaped plot of land

All renderings courtesy Kuan Architects

Retail Centers | July 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The mall, in Qinshui, a city in China’s Shanxi province, will fit within the 250x30-meter dimensions surrounded by pa...

Miami developers are designing luxury housing to cater to out-of-town buyers and renters

The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Miami Worldcenter (pictured), whose homes include maid’s rooms, larger terraces, boutique-size closets, and guest suites. Rendering courtesy Paramount Miami Worldcenter

Multifamily Housing | July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Miami Worldcenter, who...

MUST SEE: Dutch company to test using plastic waste for road construction

KWS Infra is piloting a program to make roads from plastic garbage, including bags and bottles extracted from the ocean. Renderings courtesy KWS Infra

Green | July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

KWS Infra is piloting a program to make roads from plastic garbage, including bags and bottles extracted from the oce...

New York City changing zoning rules to reduce shadows cast by high rises

Photo: Greg Knapp, Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For decades, the New York City’s zoning rules have made it hard to construct high-rise buildings that seem airy and m...

ICC, ASHRAE outline roles to consolidate IgCC and 189.1

Photo: Jeff Kubina via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

"IgCC Powered by 189.1” will provide the design and construction industry with “the single, most-effective way to del...

Tennessee county considers local worker requirement on construction projects

Photo: Nashville skyline, Kyle Simourd, Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A proposed amendment to the charter governing Nashville and Davidson County would mandate that 40% of work hours on c...

New guide for installation of mineral fiber pipe insulation on chilled water systems

Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Developed for professional insulation contractors, the 36-page guide recommends methods for insulating chilled water...

Wood, natural materials, building materials, interiors

A Canadian study showed that wood in interiors was perceived by a majority of subjects as more “warm,” “inviting,” “homey,” and “relaxing” than all other tested materials.

July 24, 2015 | Dana Ohler |

The preference for nature has a name: biophilia, which literally means “love of life.” 

Office bust hits suburban Washington D.C.: metro area awash in vacant office buildings

Photo: Carol M. Highsmith

Office Building Design | July 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Most of the building and buying is happening within the city’s limits.

Soft, soothing colors are employed in this room at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, where the combination of color, lighting, and texture is meant to guide patients at the nursing facility. Photo courtesy Chris Cooper.

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Photo: PARKROYAL on Pickering, Erwin Soo, Creative Commons

Architects | July 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Singapore hotel has green space galore

David Adjaye Architects, Rwanda, Africa, Architecture, Cancer Facility, Healthcare, Children, Pediatric

Slated for a 2017 completion, the facility will be the first of it’s kind in Africa. Renderings courtesy David Adjaye Architects

Healthcare Facilities | July 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The metallic, geometric façade is based on the region’s traditional Imigongo art.

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