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2016 Giants Report | August 18, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Page, EYP, Fluor Corp.,BL Harbert International, and AECOM top Building Design+Construction’s annual rankings of the nation’s largest federal government sector AEC firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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Augmented reality app provides step-by-step help for repairing equipment

Screenshot: RemoteAR

BIM and Information Technology | August 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The developers of Remote AR have discovered a new application for AR technology that could apply to all types of indu...

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture seeks independent incorporation

Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Ariz. Photo: I, Gobeirne/Creative Commons

Architects | August 04, 2015 | Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

The school is halfway to its first fundraising milestone, but is facing a major deadline at end of this month.

Arup, Atkin, Mixed-use, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh

The tower is made out of a cluster of 25 rectangular tubes jutting out of the ground at varying heights. Renderings courtesy Atkins

High-rise Construction | August 04, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A 1,509-foot skyscraper broke ground on the banks of the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

London, Anish Kapoor, Cecil Balmond, ArcelorMittal Orbit

A 591-foot tube will connect the observation deck on top of the 376-foot sculpture to the ground. Rendering courtesy London Legacy Development Corporation

Cultural Facilities | August 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The city of London recently approved a proposal to add a slide to the Anish Kapoor- and Cecil Balmond-designed Arcelo...

Photo: Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Joe Mabel, Wikimedia Commons

Building Types | August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

This is the largest year-over-year growth over the first six months of a year since construction spending was tracked...

Architect Jacques Rougerie envisions floating city to function as roving laboratory

Renderings courtesy Jacques Rougerie

Industrial Facility | August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The manta ray-shaped vessel will be completely self-sustaining, run on marine energy, and produce no waste. 

Parking with a purpose: clean cars and solar power shape new structure

Titled the Smart Microgrid Program, the ongoing initiative involves a network of fast and standard charging stations that allow electric cars to be charged in minutes.

Transportation & Parking Facilities | August 03, 2015 | Panasonic

The project was the first of its kind in Canada to successfully demonstrate the integration of solar power, energy st...

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Clearing up myths about PVDF coatings

Photo courtesy of Timothy Hursely.

Coatings | August 03, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

While all PVDF coatings contain the same resins, the remaining 30% of the binders and pigmentation vary by manufactur...

National Desert Storm War Memorial

Renderings courtesy National Desert Storm War Memorial

Cultural Facilities | August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

 The National Desert Storm Memorial Foundation has a $25 million goal for the project.

AIA, International Code Council reach collaborative agreement on building codes

Among the common objectives under the five-year pact are model code development and education and training.

Codes and Standards | July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The deal covers a wide range of initiatives, including code development, compliance, and sustainability.

Report offers urban design recommendations for healthier cities, fewer traffic fatalities

Photo: Andre Carrotflower, Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides concepts for creating safer streets

2015 gypsum fire resistance design manual released

Photo courtesy of the Gypsum Association

Codes and Standards | July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The 2015 edition contains nearly 100 new systems that supplement existing assemblies for walls and partitions, floor-...

Design unveiled for Apple HQ visitor center

A single-story glass building will house the tech giant's new visitor center. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

Office Building Design | July 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A glass-walled single-story building alongside the main office building in Cupertino, Calif., will be used as a visit...

fiberglass, batt, spray foam, insulation

Photo: A room insulated with spray foam, via Creative Commons

Insulation | July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The finding is contrary to popular belief among builders and installers that insulation quality varies depending on t...

Zaha Hadid responds to Tokyo Olympic Stadium controversy

Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 31, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

“Our warning was not heeded that selecting contractors too early in a heated construction market and without sufficie...

Nonresidential fixed investment falls in second quarter

Chart:  Bureau of Economic Analysis

Contractors | July 31, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

In the first half of 2015, both the broader economy and nonresidential investment lost the momentum they had coming i...

Cover of The Lego Architect by Tom Alphin. Courtesy No Starch Press via ArchDaily

Architects | July 30, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The book features famous buildings accompanied with a photograph and drawing of the Lego model of the building, and a...

Two loads you must understand before requesting an estimate

Mezzanine in a Bilbao metro station, Spain. Photo: Javierme/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | July 30, 2015 | Jenny Arrowood |
Snøhetta designs ring-shaped cable car station in Italian Alps

The base station is only four minutes from Snøhetta's city center, and a cable car ride up to the Virgolo Cliff wil last only a minute. Renderings by Sonaar, courtesy Snøhetta

Transit Facilities | July 30, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

In Snøhetta’s design, two cylindrical rings embedded into the existing topography, each at different elevations, will...

Design plans for Fannie Mae’s new HQ revealed

Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

Office Building Design | July 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer/owner, Carr Properties, envisions a 1-million-sf plus mixed-use center with a large retail pavilion....

Startup builds a reputation with 3D printed walls

Photo: Courtesy Branch Technology

BIM and Information Technology | July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Branch Technology used the world’s largest freeform printer, one that has an arm that prints objects in open space, t...

Glulam provides aesthetic, structural, and safety solution for Appleton Mills project

Exterior of Appleton Mills at night.

Building Materials | July 29, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

The Appleton Mills complex includes 5 million square feet of space, with an original structure built in the 1870s and...

Jerusalem, Israel, Daniel Libeskind, Mahane Yehuda Market, The Shuk

A 3,251-sf plaza at the tower’s base will provide a public gathering spot. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

High-rise Construction | July 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Are pyramids making a comeback? The city of Paris recently approved a triangle-shaped building that stirred controver...

Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the first quarter of the ye...

bucks, milwaukee, arena, deal, wisconsin, basketball, building

Renderings courtesy Populous

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by Milwaukee firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the venue will be built in downtown Milw...

Plans to make over New York’s aging LaGuardia Airport are revealed

Construction on the first half of the new unified terminal is expected to be a $4 billion project. It will be managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a new public private partnership chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the project. Renderings: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Airports | July 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The complete redesign, devised by a panel of experts, would unify terminals, relieve ground traffic congestion, and i...

K - 12 Schools, college, Brighton, architecture, Rem Koolhaas, OMA

The project has been described as the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history. Renderings courtesy OMA

University Buildings | July 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designs for what will be the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history feature a rectangular buil...

New York, Manhattan, condos, luxury, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Renderings courtesy Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

High-rise Construction | July 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 62-story, 157-unit luxury condo tower widens at the 40th floor, resulting in a gently flared silhouette, accented...

Zaha Hadid, Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Reinhold Messner, Italy, mountain, Dolomites

Photo: Unveiling of the new Messner Mountain Museum Corones. All photos courtesy Messner Mountain Museum

Museums | July 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The museum, dedicated to legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, is embedded within Mount Kronplatz in northern Italy...

Perkins+Will imagines new opportunity for Atlantic City

Sea levels are rising in many coastal cities around the globe, posing a threat to millions of people. Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

Smart and Resilient Cities | July 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The architecture giant believes it has a solution that could put Atlantic City’s existing infrastructure to good use—...

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