Design for new pavilion in Toronto includes a ‘peel-away’ façade, Ontario, Bortolotto Architects, OCAD

Renderings courtesy Bortolotto Architects

University Buildings | July 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An architect's proposal for a renovation of the main office building at the Ontario College of Art and Design features a façade that fans out from the edges of the building, like it’s opening up to visitors. 

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SHoP Architects unveils dual-glass-box scheme for Uber HQ

The office will be located in the trendy Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects and Studio O+A

Office Building Design | June 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan involves two glass buildings connected with criss-crossing bridges.

Nonresidential construction spending surges in April

Photo: Sean MacEntee via flickr

Contractors | June 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Nonresidential construction is up by a solid 8.8% over the past year, consistent with ABC's forecast of high single-d...

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | June 01, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Robert Benson

Just as we looked at that boarded up warehouse and thought it could be something other, office towers can be reborn,...

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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Sacramento moves forward on multifamily project with new modular supplier

Guerdon Modular Buildings is taking over the Eviva Downtown multifamily project. Rendering courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings.

Multifamily Housing | June 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will provide modules for 118 apartments.

Applying modern energy codes to building envelope retrofits [AIA course]

Roofing contractors apply insulation to an existing building. Building Teams should review the potential for increased moisture accumulation, condensation, and freeze-thaw before routinely adding insulation to older buildings. Photos courtesy Hoffmann Architects

Green | May 31, 2015 | Bradley T. Carmichael, PE

When applying current energy codes to existing buildings, a number of issues arise, particularly where the building e...

Texas senate approves $3 billion in bonds for university construction

Ezekiel W. Cullen Building at the University of Houston. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

University Buildings | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time in nearly a decade, Texas universities could soon have some state money for construction.

 

Every facility or complex requires a custom approach to safety, involving risk assessment, code consulting, fire protection, security and emergency management. It’s important to look to experienced engineering consultants, like JENSEN HUGHES. 

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Fannie Mae offers incentives for energy, water efficiency in multifamily buildings

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Multifamily Housing | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives may be eligible for loans with reduced interest rates for upgrades tha...

Energy Department releases resources to assess building energy benchmarking policies, programs

Photo: Hakilon via Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new handbook demonstrates methodologies using real data from New York City.

Detroit transforms abandoned casino into modern public safety headquarters

In addition to redefining the exterior, the panels provide a vapor barrier, insulation, and an air barrier.

Coatings | May 29, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The recently completed, 400,000-sf facility repurposed an abandoned casino into a state-of-the-art civic building tha...

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Austin, Salt Lake City, Davis, Calif., and Boston creating first protected intersections in U.S.

Screenshot depicts a Dutch cycle-friendly junction design. Photo: Screenshot of BicycleDutch video

May 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Protected intersections arrange traffic so that everyone—bicyclists included—can see all moving traffic simply by loo...

4 ways cold-climate cities can make the most of their waterfronts

Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image: Chris Foyd courtesy Perkins+Will

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 28, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Noah Friedman

Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cit...

Does BIM Work as a Deliverable?
BIM and Information Technology | May 28, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sasha Reed sits down with industry professionals at the BIMForum in San Diego to talk about BIM technology.

SANAA won bid to design new building for Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Sydney Modern Project will add new and expanded spaces for art, live performance, and film, along with spaces to study and participate in cultural programs. Renderings courtesy SANAA

Museums | May 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The museum's developers hope the new gallery will enrich Sydney’s eastern cultural precinct.

Ten U.S. cities now have 1 million people or more

Each year, the Census Bureau revises its time series of previously released estimates going back to the 2010 Census. Photo: David Sim/Flickr.

Multifamily Housing | May 28, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

California and Texas each have three of the one-million-plus cities.

Tactical urbanism: Why bigger isn’t always better in urban revitalization

Each September, as part of Park(ing) Day, citizens, artists, and activists in more than 160 cities collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into micro parks, gardens, and art exhibits. Photo: my.parkingday.org

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 27, 2015 | David Barista |

A budding urban planning movement that is sprouting in cities across the globe proves that low-cost, small-scale, com...

Roadmap for creating an effective sustainability program in healthcare environments

An interior view of a inpatient room in Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Oaks Pavilion. Photo: U.S. Navy via flickr

Healthcare Facilities | May 27, 2015 | Dyann Hamilton, Alliance Director, CBRE

With a constant drive for operational efficiencies and reduction of costs under an outcome-based healthcare environme...

Construction Industry Concerns with ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule Remain

The Mississippi River in Hennepin County, Minn. Photo: Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | May 27, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

EPA and Corps of Engineers rule may lead to a longer, more expensive permitting process

6 bold applications and innovations for fire and life safety

The Coltlite natural louvered ventilator provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. 

Fire and Life Safety | May 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wall at a transit hub...

Rochester, Minn., looks to escape Twin Cities’ shadow with $6.5 billion biotech development

On April 23, the Board of Directors of the Destination Medical Center Corporation formally adopted the development plan for Destination Medical Center, which would be comprised of six districts spread across 550 acres.

Healthcare Facilities | May 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 20-year plan would also be a boon to Mayo Clinic, this city’s best-known address.

4 designs honored at AIA's TAP Innovation Awards

The three main massing elements (south bar, atrium, and north tower) are each designed with their own structural systems and floor-to-floor heights to maximize efficiencies. Image: Alene Davis

BIM and Information Technology | May 27, 2015 | AIA

Morphosis Architects' Emerson College building in Los Angeles and the University of Delaware’s ISE Lab are among the...

‘European’ living comes to The Woodlands with its first condo tower

Condos at Trevisio at Waterway Square will start at $650,000 with one-, two-, and three-bedroom floorplans available between 1,247 and more than 3,500 sf. All renderings courtesy Bogza

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

Treviso at Waterway Square will offer a dynamic downtown setting with numerous live/work/play options.

Model Building System for Architects Wins Heart of Children

There are up to 620 pieces for walls, windows, and furniture. Renderings courtesy Arckit

BIM and Information Technology | May 26, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Arckit, as the system is called, was designed to a 1:48 scale, making it easy to create models accurate to the real-l...

Moore's Law and the future of urban design

A virtually expanded VA Hospital at Bay Pines, Fla. Using tools like Lumion 3D, planners are able to create increasingly life-like environments and fly through spaces in real time. Image: SmithGroupJJR

BIM and Information Technology | May 26, 2015 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Stephen Conschafter

SmithGroupJJR's Stephen Conschafter, urban designer and planner, discusses his thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Mo...

5 ingredients of successful mall design

Westfield Galleria at Roseville, near Sacramento, Calif., features an expanded indoor/outdoor promenade that became a centerpiece of a multimillion renovation led by architect Gensler and Westfield Design. That renovation increased the mall’s annual traffic by 46% and created a “brand” that more shoppers could relate to and want to frequent. Photo: Gensler/Sherman Takata

Retail Centers | May 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Entertainment, dining, and leisure components, plus the latest technology, are now crucial to making these centers a...

AIA design competition creates portable, temporary housing for the homeless

Rolling Shelter, designed by Eduardo Lacroze, AIA, Lacroze-Miguens-Prati Arquitectos, was chosen as the winner of The Pop-up Project competition called "A Safe Place." Images: AIA

Architects | May 26, 2015 | American Institute of Architects

The winning design from the AIA's "A Safe Place" competition was built at the AIA convention in Atlanta and later don...

Rapid growth for environmental insurance in construction industry

Many construction contracts now require environmental insurance. Image: Pixabay

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is paying closer attention to intrusion of potentially harmful vapors into c...

Roof collapse at Minnesota water park highlights failure to enforce codes

Some say that many governments in the Minneapolis metro area don't enforce building codes, which may have been the cause of a roof collapse at an indoor water park in the state. Image: Pixabay/jarmoluk

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

Rural areas say they can’t afford to enforce state-adopted building code.

U.S. House scuttles EPA plan to expand definition of waters in Clean Water Act

Builders, farmers, and others had objected to the rule, saying the proposed definition would force landowners to get federal permits before they could work around them. Image: Pixabay/falco

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

Construction industry officials said the rule would hamper developers, cost jobs.

First EPD covering PVC water and wastewater piping published

The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association published the first environmental product declaration. Image: Pixabay

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

Benchmarks impacts of seven PVC pipe products across their life cycles.

This office interior in Austin, Texas, spotlights the firm's green color throughout, from a signature wall (pictured above) to the decorative accents (below).

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Many companies utilize their signature colors for the exterior and interior of their office suites, buildings, and mo...

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