Snøhetta unveils designs for riverfront public market in Portland, Oregon

Construction is expected to begin in 2016. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta

Retail Centers | June 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The James Beard Public Market will be Portland’s first year-round market since 1942, when the Portland Public Market closed down.

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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...

Downloaded by thousands: This popular report addresses the inherited costs of the design-bid-build process, as related to the often mission-critical stage of steel joist and deck design. 

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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.

 

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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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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How architects can tap into the expertise of their metal roof manufacturer, part 3

For architects, it’s important to stay on top of the details and specifications, and make sure these are clearly communicated to the roofing contractor as needed.

Metals | May 21, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

But how does the architect ensure that he or she gets this essential information on every project?

How AEC firms should approach BIM training

The dedicated training facility in CASE's New York City office. Images: CASE

BIM and Information Technology | May 21, 2015 | CASE blog | Steve Sanderson and Daniel Davis

CASE Founding Partner Steve Sanderson talks about the current state of software training in the AEC industry and comm...

How CLT materials affect project costs

CLT is more widely available and there are long-term value considerations necessary when choosing this material for a project. All images: SRG

Wood | May 21, 2015 | BLG by SRG Partnership | Emily Dawson, AIA

SRG Partnership's Emily Dawson shares insights on the installation, availablilty, and cost of cross-laminated timber...

Resiliency and climate change: Dual perspectives from designers

Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch discuss the topic of resilency and how it affected the two very different climates in which they grew up. Image: Jupiter

Smart and Resilient Cities | May 21, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Bob Beduhn and Lynette Cardoch

Two geographies, two perspectives, one conclusion: from Minnesota to Miami, resiliency matters, write HDR's Bob Beduh...

Quick service restaurants evolving brand strategy to compete with fast casual

The original Wendy's restaurant in Downtown Columbus. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Retail Centers | May 20, 2015 | JLL

In the race for market share, quick service restaurant staples Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A implement creative development...

Federal Highway Administration releases guide for protected bike lanes

A separated bike lane on Higgins Street in Missoula, Mont. Photo courtesy City of Missoula

Transportation & Parking Facilities | May 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The guide consolidates lessons learned from practitioners designing and implementing separated bike lanes across the...

Architecture Billings Remain Stuck in Winter Slowdown

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. Photo: Wholetone/Wikimedia Commons.

Architects | May 20, 2015 | AIA

Regional business conditions continue to thrive in the South and West

How your firm can help struggling colleges and universities meet their building project goals

Keene (N.H.) State College hopes to meet the high standards of the AIA Architecture 2030 Challenge with a planned 350-bed living/learning residence hall, currently under design by Perkins+Will. Colleges and universities are using their construction projects to make important statements about their institutional goals and aspirations. Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

University Buildings | May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Building Teams that want to succeed in the higher education market have to help their clients find new funding source...

Renovate or build new: How to resolve the eternal question

Prep spaces in Niagara County Community College’s Niagara Falls Culinary Institute provide future chefs with experience needed to operate foodservice venues. The institute is housed in a converted shopping mall. Photo: Tim Wilkes Photography

University Buildings | May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

With capital budgets strained, renovation may be an increasingly attractive money-saving option for many college and...

KU Jayhawks take a gander at a P3 development

The west entrance of the main campus of the University of Kansas with the Chi Omega Fountain. Photo: Quasselkasper via Wikimedia Commons

University Buildings | May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The P3 concept is getting a tryout at the University of Kansas, where state funding for construction has fallen from...

Zaha Hadid unveils 'interlocking lattice' design for luxury apartments in Monterrey, Mexico

The orientation of each unit softens sun exposure, while the façade material reflects the sun's rays. Renderings courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Multifamily Housing | May 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Hadid's scheme was inspired by the Mexican tradition of interlocking lattice geometries.

ALPOLIC® materials echo nature’s colors.

ALPOLIC® materials echo nature’s colors.

Building Materials | May 19, 2015 |

Strong, lightweight ALPOLIC materials honor the rugged Wasatch Mountains while standing up to the forces that created...

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Study: Urban land use policies costs U.S. economy around $1.6 trillion a year

San Francisco creates great wealth in the technology sector, but most of those gains go to pay for higher housing costs. Photo courtesy King of Hearts/Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | May 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The research contends that more affordable housing options can help cities generate significantly more income.

ULI forecast sees clear skies for real estate over next three years

City Creek at City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Uncle Alf via Wikimedia Commons

Retail Centers | May 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With asset availability declining in several sectors, rents and transactions should rise.

Preliminary Design for U.S. Olympic Museum Unveiled

The museum will frame a new downtown public plaza in Colorado Springs, Colo. Renderings courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Museums | May 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

According to the firm’s founding partner, Elizabeth Diller, the design was inspired by the movement of athletes, as i...

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