GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

Giants 300 | August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and recover modestly over the next several years, according to BD+C's 2015 Giants 300 report.

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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...

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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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—...

Steel curtain wall system a landmark for justice in butte county

TGP’s steel curtain wall mirrors nearby buttes.

Curtain Wall | July 27, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

The curtain wall and cupola mirror the shape of surrounding landforms

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Vox Populi: Netherlands municipality turns to public vote to select design for new theater

The design, called Theater on the Parade, received 57% of 2,681 votes cast online, beating out Rotterdam-based Ector Hoogstad Architects’ more classical, brick-structured proposal. Renderings courtesy UNStudio

Performing Arts Centers | July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNStudio’s Theatre on the Parade received nearly three-fifths of votes cast in contest between two finalists.

Fish-shaped shopping mall designed to fit oddly shaped plot of land

All renderings courtesy Kuan Architects

Retail Centers | July 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The mall, in Qinshui, a city in China’s Shanxi province, will fit within the 250x30-meter dimensions surrounded by pa...

Miami developers are designing luxury housing to cater to out-of-town buyers and renters

The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Miami Worldcenter (pictured), whose homes include maid’s rooms, larger terraces, boutique-size closets, and guest suites. Rendering courtesy Paramount Miami Worldcenter

Multifamily Housing | July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Miami Worldcenter, who...

MUST SEE: Dutch company to test using plastic waste for road construction

KWS Infra is piloting a program to make roads from plastic garbage, including bags and bottles extracted from the ocean. Renderings courtesy KWS Infra

Green | July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

KWS Infra is piloting a program to make roads from plastic garbage, including bags and bottles extracted from the oce...

New York City changing zoning rules to reduce shadows cast by high rises

Photo: Greg Knapp, Creative Commons

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

For decades, the New York City’s zoning rules have made it hard to construct high-rise buildings that seem airy and m...

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...

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.

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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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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.

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