UC Merced's campus will greatly expand over the next four years, as the state's Board of Regents has approved a design and construction plan that would allow the 11-year-old university to increase its enrollment by nearly 50%. Image: Courtesy UC Merced

University Buildings | July 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The state’s Board of Regents has approved a $1.34 billion plan that would add nearly 1.2 million sf of new space.

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AEC Tech | June 09, 2016 | Sasha Reed |

Rather than fighting to control the proliferation of apps, perhaps we should be training our eyes to look for signs o...

Photo: chris white/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | June 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Unanimous decision allows landowners to take regulatory decisions straight to court.

King's Fork High School in the City of Suffolk, Va.

Insulation | June 08, 2016 | NCFI Polyurethanes

InsulBloc frees architects, contractors and specifiers from restrictive concerns about innovation and form in their d...

Dan Gilbert, Founder of Quicken Loans and Bedrock Real Estate Services

Movers+Shapers | June 08, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gilbert has invested $2.2 billion in Detroit, buying up left-for-dead properties and redeveloping them to lure busine...

Certification programs have only scratched the surface of assessing the performance of existing buildings. A new certification program, BREEAM USA, hopes to change that by making it easier for owners and managers to find out where their buildings stand and how they can make improvements. Image: Pixabay

Sustainability | June 08, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

BREEAM USA, an offshoot of a program already in place in Europe, aims to ease the point of entry.  

TD Bank Group's renovated Toronto office is first WELL-Certified project under WELL v1

TD Bank Tower and TD North Tower. Photo: John Vetterli/Wikimedia Commons

Green | June 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The newly renovated 25,000-sf space achieved gold-level status.

Gateway Tower in Chicago. Renderings courtesy Gensler. Click here to enlarge.

High-rise Construction | June 07, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A new 2,000-foot tower has been proposed for a site that is currently a non-monument to an abandoned plan.

Cozy hideouts support an emerging work mode that's proving critical to helping workers recharge their batteries. Image © Garrett Rowland. Click here to enlarge

Office Building Design | June 07, 2016 | GenslerOn | Penny Lewis

Workspaces are geared toward socializing and collaboration, but people need quiet, calm places where they can sit alo...

Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation/Creative Commons.

Concrete | June 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New curing monitoring techniques included.

 

Conquer computational design: 5 tips for starting your journey

HDR design team members utilize computational design tools to collaborate on façade treatment strategies for one of the firm’s arena projects. Courtesy HDR

BIM and Information Technology | June 07, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Data-driven design expert Nathan Miller offers helpful advice for getting your firm ready to use CD tools and concept...

A project team at HDR collaborates on design solutions for a sports facility project with the help of data-driven design tools. The firm has been using CM tools for several years. Photo courtesy HDR

BIM and Information Technology | June 07, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Rapid prototyping, custom plug-ins, and data dashboards are among the common applications for computational design....

Photo: Pixabay

Market Data | June 07, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The good news: the length and value of disputes in the U.S. fell last year, according to latest Arcadis report.

Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons.

Energy | June 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Energy modeling is a ‘no-brainer—like checking MPG on a car’

A 1,200-car parking garage planned for Fairfield, Calif. Rendering courtesy Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture. Click here to enlarge.

Transportation & Parking Facilities | June 03, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Artwork and patterns will be displayed on the structure’s 600-foot wide façade.

 

JLL Report: Retail renovation drives construction growth in 2016

Construction of the Sky 19 Plaza in Bismarck, N.D. in 2016. Photo: Consolidated Construction/Creative Commons

Market Data | June 03, 2016 | JLL

Retail construction projects were up nearly 25% year-over-year, and the industrial and office construction sectors fa...

Robinson Starmills mall in San Fernando, Philippines. Photo: Robinsons Land, via Inhabitat

Shopping Centers | June 03, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Robinsons Starmills mall in San Fernando recently turned on a 2.9 megawatt rooftop PV plant.

Rendering Courtesy of Studio Gang

K-12 Schools | June 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Academy for Global Citizenship’s new purpose-built structure, located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chica...

Managing risk when building in challenging locations

Crane in Cuba's Havana Harbor. Photo courtesy Whitehorn Financial.

Building Team | June 02, 2016 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

AEC firms recognize the upsides of exploring new, emerging markets. Whitehorn Financial's Steve Whitehorn offers four...

ABC: Nonresidential construction spending down in April

Construction in Cleveland's Public Sqaure in April 2016. Photo: Erik Drost/Creative Commons.

Market Data | June 02, 2016 | ABC

Lower building material prices, a sluggish U.S. economy, and hesitation among private developers all factor into the ...

USGBC offers new LEED pilot credit: Building Material Human Hazard and Exposure Assessment

Construction in Asbury Park, N.J. Photo: Jazz Guy/Creative Commons.

Green | June 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For assessing human health-related exposure scenarios for construction products.

The redeveloped Central Terminal B at New York's LaGuardia Airport will have 35 gates. Construction of this $4 billion project started officially on June 1, as its public-private development partnership signed a long-term lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Rendering: LaGuardia Gateway Partners

Airports | June 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The development consortium has secured financing for the $4 billion project, and signed an operating lease through 20...

MIT study: Microscopic structure of natural materials can inspire better concrete

Photo: BEV Norton/Creative Commons

Building Materials | June 01, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Bones and sea sponges are highly organized at the molecular level, while concrete consists of random composites.

AltaSea's Engagement Center. All renderings courtesy Gensler. Click here to enlarge.

Education Facility | June 01, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

New and renovated facilities will help researchers, educators, and visitors better understand the ocean.

Office building and multifamily tower revitalize Philadelphia cathedral

The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, with the 3737 Chestnut building in the background. Courtesy BLT Architects. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | June 01, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director  

The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral capitalizes on hot property to help fund much needed upgrades and programs.

Central utility power plant takes center stage

UCSD Medical Center Central Plant in La Jolla, Calif. Photo: Kevin Turner. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | June 01, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

An undulating roof, floor-to-ceiling glass, and façade scheme give visual appeal to a plant that serves the 10-story...

Federal agencies boost standards for more resilient construction

Flooding in Houston in April 2016. Photo: meltedplastic/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | June 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

HUD, FEMA, GSA, Army Corps of Engineers make policy changes.

 

 

Vancouver park board approves final design for urban park

Rendering courtesy Vancouver Park Board.

Urban Planning | May 31, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The green space is intended to be a recreation area for a busy part of downtown.

 

A rendering of Kiruna's new city center. Rendering courtesy of White and Tegmark

Urban Planning | May 31, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, and its 20,000 residents will be moved two miles to the east by 2040.

JLG Architects acquires Minneapolis-based Studio Five Architects

Studio Five Architects worked on the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center in Minneapolis. Rendering courtesy University of Minnesota Physicians/Cannon Design

Architects | May 31, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Led by Linda McCracken-Hunt, SFA is one of Minnesota’s oldest woman-owned architecture firms.

Photo: Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Corey Lewis , U.S. Navy, via Wikimedia Commons; photo filter via BeFunky.com

AEC Tech | May 31, 2016 | David Barista |

As buildings become increasingly connected, opportunistic hackers have countless avenues into a building’s network. ...

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