World Trade Center Developer Looks to Bjarke Ingels for New Tower Design

The redesign is an attempt to entice 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to move their operations into the new building. Photo courtesy Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center may be ousted, as developers are currently negotiating with Danish firm BIG to redesign the original scheme.

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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...

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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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...

 

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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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...

Kengo Kuma selected to design new Paris Metro station

The Japanese firm's sloping design pays homage to rail tracks. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma & Associates.

Transit Facilities | March 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new station will serve as a hub to connect Paris' northern suburbs with the core.

Malaysia developer to break ground on mega resort in Las Vegas

The resort would be built in multiple stages over several years, with the first phase scheduled for completion sometime 2017. Rendering courtesy Steelman Partners

Casinos | March 25, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The plan calls for adapting 80-85% of the unfinished Echelon casino structure for the new $4 billion resort and casin...

WELL building standard introduced in China

WELL complements green building rating programs such as LEED, Three Star, and BREEAM. Image courtesy Morgue File/kconnors

Green | March 25, 2015 | Marisa Long, USGBC

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impac...

5 trends shaping today's hospitality industry

Hotels are taking both sustainability and wellness seriously. Many announce their recycling programs, use of non-toxic cleaning supplies, and commitment to the reduction of energy and water consumption on their websites. Image courtesy Morgue File/IJY

Hotel Facilities | March 25, 2015 | VOA Blog | Mark Pratt, AIA

Digital concierges, smart locks, mobile check-in. These are among the emerging trends and technologies in hospitality...

Timber residential high-rise will tower over Stockholm waterfront

The development will overlook an old harbor in Stockholm's industrial district on the island of Djurgården. Renderings courtesy Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

High-rise Construction | March 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The four towers, 20 stories each, will be made entirely out of Swedish pine, from frame to façade.

Natural weather testing ensures high quality products

Valspar’s test fence in Fort Myers, Fla., contains more than 100,000 weather test panels. Photo courtesy of Valspar.

Coatings | March 24, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Instead of relying on outside testing facilities, where it is more difficult and expensive to constantly monitor resu...

Another plan for renovating Houston’s Astrodome blends public space and history

Photo depicts thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A ULI panel of experts recommends a $242 million renovation that converts the massive building into a park that ties...

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