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2016 Giants Report | September 26, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Leo A Daly, Brasfield & Gorrie, Layton Construction, and AECOM top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest religious facility AEC firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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How To Identify A Metal Building
Metals | October 09, 2015 | Jeff Koos |

The metal buildings of yesteryear were drab and largely windowless. Now, an application that depends on big, beautifu...

Sanaa-designed cultural center opens at Connecticut’s Grace Farms

The River, designed by Sanaa, lets guests see the surrounding nature reserve. Photos courtesy Grace Farms (via Dezeen)

Cultural Facilities | October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 83,000-sf The River is five pavillions with space for a sanctuary, library, and gym.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design new University of Chicago building

The University of Chicago is adding a new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, that will hold plenty of meeting space. Photo: Luiz Gadelha Jr./Creative Commons

Higher Education | October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The David M. Rubenstein Forum will be both formal and informal, and will host lectures, workshops, and conferences....

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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Forest City, N.C. data center facebook

Facebook's data center in Forest City, N.C. The social media giant is investing $200 million to expand the campus with a third, 480,000-sf building. Photos courtesy Facebook.

BIM and Information Technology | October 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cities are now vying for these facilities with sizable tax incentives.

Brookings Announces the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking

Rendering of a placemaking project in Chicago. Photo: Steven Vance/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | October 08, 2015 | Brookings Institution

The think tank's goal is to stress public spaces, urban economies, and inclusive growth in city building.

The 75 tallest observation decks in the world

Visitors step out onto the Skydeck at Chicago's Willis Tower. The building's observation deck is on the 103rd floor, which is 1,387 feet from ground level. Photo: David Fulmer/Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | October 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Chicago's Willis Tower cracks the top 20 as the Middle East and China dominate the rest of the list compiled by the C...

BIG designs lush, terraced mixed-use building

The 79 & Park project will be built next to Stockholm’s Royal National City Park. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

Multifamily Housing | October 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cascading glass and wooden cubes create a form similar to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway rock formation.

Skanska and University of Washington offer new BIM program

The University of Washington's student quad. The school now offers a BIM program.

BIM and Information Technology | October 07, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 11-week course is available for students and professionals and teaches BIM software skills, virtual design, and c...

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Skid steers are susceptible to theft. Photo: Ildar Sagdejev/Creative Commons 

Contractors | October 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Poor security and lax inventory control make jobsites sitting ducks for robbers, according to crime-data analysis by...

Charlotte is a market to watch and a good example of an 18-hour city.

Charlotte is a market to watch and a good example of an 18-hour city. Photo: Bz3rk/Wikimedia Commons

Building Owner | October 07, 2015 | PwC Real Estate and the Urban Land Institute

PwC Real Estate and the ULI identified ten trends and five markets to watch for the coming year, including the 18-hou...

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 – designed with the AEC industry in mind

Microsoft explains how they made the impossible, possible in building the Surface Pro 3 with Bluebeam Revu in their keynote presentation here: http://bit.ly/1gmWkEy

BIM and Information Technology | October 07, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sasha Reed sits down with Microsoft’s Senior Director of Programs, Pete Kyriacou to discuss the unique challenges AEC...

Data says completions in buildings with 50 or more units continues to climb square apartments richmond

The Square Apartments complex in Richmond, Va., was under consturction in 2014. Photo: Eli Christman/Creative Commons.

Multifamily Housing | October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Census Bureau estimates that 255,600 multifamily housing units were completed in 2014 in buildings with at least...

Columbus Museum of Art is opening the new Margaret M. Walter Wing

The Margaret M. Walter Wing will have more than 21,000 sf of gallery space. Photos: Brad Feinknopf/Courtesy Columbus Museum of Art

Museums | October 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by the DesignGroup, the Margaret M. Walter Wing is part of a $36.7 million renovation project.

Engineering firms KJWW and TTG merge

Logos courtesy KJWW

Engineers | October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Comparable in size and compatible in culture, the companies unite to present clients with greater “scale.” 

The Triple Five Group has submitted plans for a 1.1 million-sf addition to the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis. Renderings courtesy city of Bloomington

Retail Centers | October 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One phase is under construction, a second has been proposed, and a third is on the drawing board.  

Renderings revealed for proposed curvy and lush second office for Apple

The 777,100-sf development by Landbank Investment on Central & Wolfe in Sunnyvale, Calif., is just five miles from Apple’s current Cupertino headquarters.

Office Building Design | October 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The project has been dubbed as another “spaceship,” referencing the nickname for the loop-shaped Apple Campus under c...

Istanbul New Airport. Rendering courtesy Grimshaw

Airports | October 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The mixed-use development will be adjacent to the Istanbul New Airport, which is currently under construction.

The 46-story, 1.86 million-sf Leeza Soho will have more than 100,000 sf of retail space. Rendring courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects (via Architects' Journal)

The 46-story, 1.86 million-sf Leeza Soho will have more than 100,000 sf of retail space. Rendring courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects 

High-rise Construction | October 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 200-meter-high open space will cut the building in two.

Los Angeles's City National Plaza improved its energy, water, indoor air quality, and transportation. Photo: Selvingarcia/Wikimedia Commons

Green | October 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new report from ULI’s Greenprint Center shows a positive trajectory of real estate properties worldwide reducing...

The bulk of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be high above street level. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily).

The main exhibition space of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be high above street level. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily).

Architects | October 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The blocky, seven-story wood and concrete structure is wider in the middle and uppermost floors.  

Even when a building has smart meters, the owner cannot get total kilowatt hour use from the utility. Photo: Portland General Electric/Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of multi-tenant buildings lack basic information.

OSHA’s announces Top 10 Violations for 2015

Scaffolding on a building in Cincinnati, Ohio. OSHA listed scaffolding as a frequent workplace safety hazard.

Contractors | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fall protection, hazard communication lead the list.

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Apartments in Jackson Heights, Queens. A new program's goal is to retrofit 1,000 buildings a year and retrofit all city-owned buildings by 2025. Photo: Jleon/Wikimedia Commons.

Energy Efficiency | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is 1,000 buildings a year.

ASHRAE guideline

The step-by-step ASHRAE guideline process leads owners and facility managers through the steps of ensuring optimum effectiveness from their facility for the lowest investment.

Codes and Standards | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Focuses on optimum facility and system operation.

Louisville renovate expand convention center Renderings floor plans EOP Architects HOK

Renderings and floor plans courtesy EOP Architects and HOK.

Events Facilities | October 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility, which reopens in the summer of 2018, has already booked events it wouldn’t have gotten as a smaller ven...

New York's Juilliard School, renovated in 2009 by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

New York's Juilliard School, renovated in 2009 by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Paul Masck/Wikimedia Commons

Higher Education | October 01, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Tianjin Juilliard School will have graduate courses, a pre-college program, an instrumental training program, adu...

Eight of 16 nonresidential construction sectors—including healthcare, manufacturing, and lodging—experienced spending increases in August on a monthly basis.

Contractors | October 01, 2015 | ABC

Spending totaled $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis in August, a 0.3% increase from the previo...

BIM and Information Technology | October 01, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sasha Reed sits down with David Fano, Chief Technology Officer for WeWork  (formerly with CASE), at BIMForum to discu...

Designs unveiled for 558-foot mixed-use towers in Bahrain’s capital

The ground floor is designed to be publicly accessible, composed mostly of retail and public lobby space. Renderings courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects

Multifamily Housing | October 01, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The development, Bahrain Bay Tower, will consist of two residential towers connected “by a plinth of retail, office,...

The Red Hook West Urban Farm. Images courtesy thread collective and the New York City Housing Authority.

Green | October 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Providing healthy foods and job training are two of this project’s missions.

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