Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leading the charge to give patients quieter healing environments.   

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ICC, ASHRAE outline roles to consolidate IgCC and 189.1

Photo: Jeff Kubina via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

"IgCC Powered by 189.1” will provide the design and construction industry with “the single, most-effective way to del...

Tennessee county considers local worker requirement on construction projects

Photo: Nashville skyline, Kyle Simourd, Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A proposed amendment to the charter governing Nashville and Davidson County would mandate that 40% of work hours on c...

New guide for installation of mineral fiber pipe insulation on chilled water systems

Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Developed for professional insulation contractors, the 36-page guide recommends methods for insulating chilled water...

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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Wood, natural materials, building materials, interiors

A Canadian study showed that wood in interiors was perceived by a majority of subjects as more “warm,” “inviting,” “homey,” and “relaxing” than all other tested materials.

July 24, 2015 | Dana Ohler |

The preference for nature has a name: biophilia, which literally means “love of life.” 

Office bust hits suburban Washington D.C.: metro area awash in vacant office buildings

Photo: Carol M. Highsmith

Office Building Design | July 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Most of the building and buying is happening within the city’s limits.

Soft, soothing colors are employed in this room at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, where the combination of color, lighting, and texture is meant to guide patients at the nursing facility. Photo courtesy Chris Cooper.

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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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Photo: PARKROYAL on Pickering, Erwin Soo, Creative Commons

Architects | July 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Singapore hotel has green space galore

David Adjaye Architects, Rwanda, Africa, Architecture, Cancer Facility, Healthcare, Children, Pediatric

Slated for a 2017 completion, the facility will be the first of it’s kind in Africa. Renderings courtesy David Adjaye Architects

Healthcare Facilities | July 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The metallic, geometric façade is based on the region’s traditional Imigongo art.

McKinney, Texas, dives into huge pool-and-fitness center project

Rendering courtesy Brinkley Sargent Wiginton

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Money magazine is the latest publication to rank McKinney, Texas, as the best place to live in the U.S. The city is t...

Japan announces new plan for Olympic Stadium

Rendering: Zaha Hadid's proposed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan Sport Council, Creative Commons

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The country moves on from Zaha Hadid Architects, creators of the original stadium design scrapped last week.

NASA: U.S. headed for worst droughts in a millennium

Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing, just east of Interstate 580 junction. Photo: Kluft via Wikimedia Commons

Green | July 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind devastating water shortages and record drough...

Pets, JFK, Airport, terminal, Gensler, Paradise 4 Paws

Luxury amenities for pets will be operated by Illinois-based Paradise 4 Paws. Rendering courtesy of Paradise 4 Paws.

Airports | July 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Pets can enjoy luxurious spa and grooming services before being transported directly to their flight from the termina...

China, Development, Master Plan, Urban Planning

Thames Town in Songjiang imitates a typical English town. Wikipedia lists it is as one of China's many ghost towns. Photo: Huai Chun Hsu/Wikimedia Commons

Mixed-Use | July 22, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Cities continue to spring up in the heart of China. Designed to accommodate millions, many are still nearly empty....

Eight healthcare building designs win AIA award

Photo: Cleveland Clinic, Brunswick Family Health Center Emergency Department. All images and renderings courtesy of AIA

Healthcare Facilities | July 22, 2015 | AIA

Montalba Architects' prototype mobile dental unit and Westlake Reed Leskosky's modern addition to the Cleveland Clini...

Finally! There's a workplace trend that’s worth embracing

The intersection of people, place, and tools is where we find success. Discover that intersection and design to criteria support all three. Diagram: VOA Associates

Office Building Design | July 21, 2015 | VOA Blog | John Varholak, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP

There’s a realization by corporate real estate executives that in order to create a successful workplace, there must...

Maker spaces: Designing places to test, break, and rebuild

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Phase 1 completion August 2015. Rendering: Gensler

University Buildings | July 21, 2015 | GenslerOn | Kenneth I. Fisher and Keller Roughton

Gensler's Kenneth Fisher and Keller Roughton highlight recent maker space projects at MIT and the University of Nebra...

Architecture Billings Index at highest mark since 2007

Photo: rhythmuswege, Creative Commons.

Architects | July 21, 2015 | AIA

This is the first month in 2015 that all regions are reporting positive business conditions, said AIA Chief Economist...

New stylus brings digital sketching to the next level

Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to give the least fatigue to users. Photo courtesy Scriba via getscriba.com

BIM and Information Technology | July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Without buttons, users can change the weight of the stylus’ stroke.

Fire Rated Curtain Wall Performance in Dramatic Weather Conditions

Combined transparent high performance low-e glass panels and opaque decorative panels in a clear anodized aluminum curtain wall frame.

Building Enclosure Systems | July 20, 2015 | SaftiFirst

Materials selected for the building envelope had to protect occupants from Wisconsin's weather, as well as ensuring t...

Fluropon celebrates 50 years of excellence

The JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, uses the Fluropon coating system.

Coatings | July 20, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Introduced in 1965, the coating system was designed for excellent color retention and resistance to fading.

Green, construction, metal building products, life cycle assessment

To make the assessment, the resources used and the wastes generated are calculated, mass-balanced, and normalized relative to a specific quantity called a functional unit.

Metals | July 20, 2015 | Brad Johnson |

LCA is a way of quantifying the environmental impact generated by the manufacture and delivery of a product.

New York contest looks to shed the sidewalk shed

Photo: Sidewalk shed in Licnoln Square, Manhattan, New York. Billie Ward, Creative Commons.

Architects | July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

New York, which has nearly 200 total miles of sidewalk sheds, is seeking a concept that is practical but that also lo...

Morphosis Architects designs crowned tower for Casablanca Finance City

The architects designed the tower's tapered base to be a public meeting space, "a symbol of the city’s development and as a social node that nurtures an active streetlife in the district." Renderings courtesy Morphosis Architects

High-rise Construction | July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will anchor a new business district being planned, similar to the glass and concrete business La Défense se...

Multifamily construction continues to drive housing sector

Photo: Bainbridge Bethesda, Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | July 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predictions that multifamily housing construction would taper off in 2015 may have underestimated the ongoing demand...

SET Architects wins design competition for Holocaust Memorial

To create a sense of claustrophobia and imprisonment, the space separating the two structures starts at 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) and narrows to 50 centimeters (1.6 feet). Renderings courtesy SET Architects

Cultural Facilities | July 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The design for the memorial in Bologna, Italy, is dominated by two large metal monolithic structures that represent t...

Rojkind Arquitectos serves up Mexican concert hall on the rocks

The museum was conceived as a formal extension to the breakwater. Renderings courtesy Rojkind Arquitectos

Cultural Facilities | July 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The same way Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim has put Bilbao on the map, architect Michel Rojkind hopes his design will be “a...

Japan scraps Tokyo Olympic Stadium project

Rendering: Zaha Hadid's proposed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan Sport Council, Creative Commons.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The rising price tag was one of the downfalls of the 70-meter-tall, 290,000-sm stadium. In 2014, the cost of the proj...

Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

Photo: Stevens Community Apartments in Minneapolis. Michael Hicks, Wikimedia Commons.

Multifamily Housing | July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept plans with no parking s...

Berkeley, Calif., adopts balcony inspection program following deadly collapse

Photo: Berkeley City Hall. Almonroth, Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulations adopted following...

Oregon to spend $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings

Photo: Oreogn State Capitol building. M.O. Stevens, Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during earthquakes.

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