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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Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center Expansion & Renovation, Detroit, Mich. Bui
August 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, AECOM, and Hunt Construction top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest convention center design and constr...

Pasa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., designed by WATG (hotel design) a
August 21, 2014 | RTKL

The acquisition of Callison, known predominantly for its leadership in retail and mixed-use design, builds on Arcadis...

August 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

An opulent Renaissance Revival building in downtown Detroit is being used as a parking garage.

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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August 21, 2014 |

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC announced that its Bristol, Conn. manufacturing facility was recognized by t...

Designed by the architectural duo Charles A. Reed and Allen H. Stem, King Street
August 21, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

After years of neglect and botched renovations, King Street Station sparkles once again.

August 20, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The New York office of the Gerson Lehrman Group recently redesigned its office without personal desks or cubicles. Th...

Photo: Mark Ahsmann via Wikimedia Commons
August 20, 2014 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the July ABI score was 55.8, up noticeably from a mark of 53.5 in June....

August 20, 2014 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached an all-time high in the second...

Renderings courtesy of Goettsch Partners
August 19, 2014 | Goettsch Partners

The overall design concept is of a complex of textured buildings that would differentiate from the surrounding blue-g...

One of the projects that 360 has worked on; Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
August 19, 2014 | HOK

Expected to be finalized by the end of October, the acquisition of 360 Architecture will provide immediate benefits t...

August 19, 2014 | JLL Capital Markets 

In the coming months, a gleaming S-shaped tower will join Nashville's burgeoning skyline. The new tower is just one e...

August 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff 

The Howard Hughes Corporation, in association with architecture firm Cho Benn Holback + Associates, plans to turn the...

Photo courtesy Perikins+Will
August 18, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The broadened focus is resulting in comprehensive, long-term plans that will guide new growth in places like Buffalo,...

Renderings: courtesy SPARK
August 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Architecture firm SPARK recently finished a design for a new development in Shenzhen. The 770,700 square-foot mixed-u...

August 18, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Melo Group has launched sales for Aria on the Bay, its new 647-unit luxury condominium in Miami. The bayfront condo w...

Narrow fire-rated aluminum framing system
August 17, 2014 | Technical Glass Products Sponsored Content

The precision engineering of TGP’s Fireframes Aluminum Series creates narrow profiles and crisp sightlines at Johnson...

The Ysios winery, also designed by Calatrava, also has had design flaws that res
August 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Valencia High Court has requested documents detailing how Calatrava was hired in private, without any publicity,...

Renderings courtesy RMJM
August 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The tower's fish-jumping gesture is meant to symbolize the prosperity and rapid transformation of Zhuhai, China.

Renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architekt
August 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Polish architect Adam Wiercinski designs a public toilet with a periscope mechanism that gives visitors unobstructed...

Rendering: RMF Engineering
August 14, 2014 | Seth Spangler, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP

There are many hurdles to overcome when completing a life cycle cost assessment. RMF Engineering’s Seth Spangler offe...

Rendering: RMF Engineering
August 14, 2014 | Seth Spangler, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP

A life cycle cost analysis helps a school district decide which HVAC system to use in $198 million worth of future bu...

Drawing inspiration from traditional temple architecture, a monolithic box will
August 14, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Museo Maya de América in Guatemala City will be the world’s largest museum of Mayan history and culture, at 60,00...

August 13, 2014 | AIA

The International Union of Architects, representing approximately 2.3 million architects worldwide, has unanimously a...

August 13, 2014 | ADD Inc. and Stantec

The deal, which helps Stantec strengthen its capabilities in the buildings business on the East Coast, is expected to...

August 13, 2014 |

Hosted by AISC and its members and partners, SteelDay offers free events throughout the country for AEC professionals...

August 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Designed by Vietnamese design firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the building will be made up of stacked concrete blocks...

August 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The boost to apartment construction suggests that job gains are encouraging the creation of households.

 Santiago Calatrava, LLC
August 12, 2014 | Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers 

The $60 million structure is wrapped in a bright-white, aluminum pergola for dramatic effect and solar shading.

Renderings courtesy of NBBJ
August 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Developed by architects at NBBJ, Sunbreak uses a unique three-hinged shade that morphs from an opaque shutter to an a...

August 12, 2014 | The City of St. Petersburg

The city of St. Petersburg, Fla., invites firms to submit their ideas for a new and improved pier for Florida's fifth...

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