VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and Building Team members in highly detailed, fully lit environments that simulate the final structure. 

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EverBlock bricks make modular building a snap

Modular wall system. Photos courtesy EverBlock (via Gizmag)

Modular Building | September 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Life-size EverBlocks can be used to build actual furniture, dividing walls, and free-standing shelters.

Thornton Tomasetti adds depth by merging with Weidlinger Associates

A key component of this merger will be the formation of an R&D holding company to develop innovative products and services for the company, as well as for other firms. 

Engineers | September 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A quest for innovation and growth drove the two engineering firms together.

The power of data: How AEC firms and owners are using analytics to transform design and construction

Courtesy Foursquare

BIM and Information Technology | September 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Case’s bldgs = data conference highlighted how collecting data about personal activities can inform design and extend...

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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Seattle releases affordable housing ‘grand bargain’ between developers, advocates

Seattle's Sunset Electric Apartments. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes linkage fee to further goal of constructing 6,000 new affordable units.

ASHRAE proposes standardization of global rating systems

The LEED sign at the Crystals at the CityCenter development in Las Vegas. Photo: Cygnusloop99/Wikimedia Commons

Green Specifications | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to ensure users are aware of factors that impact their ratings.


AAMA releases new comparison of condensation ratings systems for fenestration

Condensation on a window. Photo: Arron T. Williams/DeviantArt

Fenestration and Glazing | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Document compares three ratings systems.

New York City allots $100 million for storm resiliency infrastructure in lower Manhattan

Manhattan during a storm. Photo: Chris Buecheler/Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Part of $20 billion plan for the city.

Architects | September 04, 2015 | BQE ArchiOffice

ArchiOffice enables the firm to spend less time on managing projects by providing relevant information in one place....

DATA CENTER SECTOR GIANTS: Beck Group, Fluor, Holder Construction among top data center AEC firms

Photo: Global Access Point via Wikimedia Commons

Industrial Facility | September 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

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

Rafael Viñoly's Walkie-Talkie named U.K.'s worst new building

London's 'Walkie-Talkie.' Photo: Garry Knight/Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | September 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The curved, glass tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in London has been known to reflect intense heat onto the streets belo...

Nashville officials and residents weigh the pros and cons of taller, thinner skyscrapers

The 38-story tower proposed for downtown Nashville. Image courtesy Buckingham Cos.

High-rise Construction | September 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One developer proposes building a 38-story tower on a half-acre of land. 

Google's driverless car. Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

Education Facility | September 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The University of Michigan’s Mcity is a public-private partnership interested in overcoming unpredictable obstacles t...

Proposed stadium for NFL's St. Louis Rams offers more than just football

The latest St. Louis Rams stadium renderings, released Sept. 1, courtesy HOK

Sports and Recreational Facilities | September 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The stadium's newest features have been unveiled by HOK, which could give the Rams one of the most inventive homes in...

Engineers | September 01, 2015 |  WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Halvorson and Partners, a 40-person Chicago-based firm, has completed structural designs for buildings like Abu Dhabi...

Nonresidential construction spending continues to grow through mid-summer

Construction of Minneapolis's Downtown East. Photo: Tony Webster/Creative Commons

Building Types | September 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Job growth, increased business travel spending, and the rebounding U.S. have all aided the construction sector, says...

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Airports | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several surveys gauge passenger satisfaction with airports, as flyers and airlines weigh in on technology, security,...

Small and regional airports in a dogfight for survival

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport by Art davis via Wikimedia Commons

Airports | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Small and regional airports are in a dogfight for survival. Airlines have either cut routes to non-hub markets, or do...

Logan Airport Rental Car Center, Boston. Photo: Arnold Reinhold via Wikimedia Commons

Airports | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC teams have found fertile ground in building or expanding consolidated rental car facilities, which are the No. 1...

Experts discuss how airports can manage growth

Dan Shouse via Flickr Creative Commons

Airports | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In February 2015, engineering giant Arup conducted a “salon” in San Francisco on the future of aviation. This report...

Urban developers add supermarkets to the mixes

Whole Foods at Oahu's Ward Village, image courtesy Ward Village by Howard Hughes Corporation

Retail Centers | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several high-rise projects include street-level Whole Foods Markets.

University of South Carolina’s Darla School of Business

University of South Carolina’s Darla School of Business. Image courtesy Firewater Photography; other images courtesy Bruce Damonte

Energy-Efficient Design | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The project is part of a large DOE initiative to develop more buildings that can generate as much energy as they cons...

Hospital construction/renovation guidelines promote sound control

Glass enclosed work stations between patient rooms provides staff touch down areas with full view of patients without imposing upon their respite @ MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto, courtesy TRO Jung

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

The newly revised guidelines from the Facilities Guidelines Institute touch on six factors that affect a hospital’s s...

7 (more) steps toward a quieter hospital

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto

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

Every hospital has its own “culture” of loudness and quiet. Jacobs’ Chris Kay offers steps to a therapeutic auditory...

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...

Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Structural Steel. Photo: PEO ACWA/Creative Commons

Building Materials | August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Next year's specification open for comments until Sept. 21

North American Passive House Network e-book explains Passivhaus, net-zero techniques

Courtland Place Passive House in Washington. Photo: Rob Harrison/Creative Commons

Energy Efficiency | August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Free guide includes spotlight on individual projects

Newly formed group challenges Florida building code

Tampa's T. C. Taliaferro House. Photo: Ebyabe/Wikimedia Commons

Windows and Doors | August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Window, door companies oppose provisions that raise costs

New Orleans becoming a model for climate resilience only 10 years after Katrina

Skyline of New Orleans

Codes and Standards | August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city has moved ahead with resilience strategies that may become a model for other communities

MIT Develops 3-D Printer that Prints Glass

The machine in action, up close. Photo screenshot from Mediated Matter via Fast Company Design

BIM and Information Technology | August 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The machine uses molten glass as its “ink,” contained in a “kiln cartridge” that heats up at 1,900 degrees until it i...

How to transition leadership within your architecture firm, Part 2

Lyons Architects office. Photo: Peter Bennets/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | August 28, 2015 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

Close to retiring? Without a plan for leadership transition, you might not foster candidates who will be capable of t...

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