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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 building at the edge of the school’s playing field. A running track is planned for the building’s roof, while sports facilities will be kept underneath.

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A company is developing spray-on solar panels for windows

Researchers view the Colorado Rocky Mountains through an electricity-generating SolarWindow module. Photo courtesy SolarWindow Technologies

Green | June 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Made primarily out of hydrogen and carbon, the coating can turn see-through surfaces into solar panels.

ABC: 49 states report decline in construction unemployment rate

Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Utah reported the lowest unemployment rates among construction workers in April. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | June 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Five Plain States reported the lowest unemployment rates for construction workers in April. 

Diamond Schmitt Architects creates tool to compare energy use data across building types

The firm released its ecoMetrics analysis tool at the CAGBC Conference. Image: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Green | June 08, 2015 | Diamond Schmitt Architects

The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation models across a wid...

Every facility or complex requires a custom approach to safety, involving risk assessment, code consulting, fire protection, security and emergency management. It’s important to look to experienced engineering consultants, like JENSEN HUGHES. 

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High-rise Construction | June 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This quirky-sounding building code is a safety measure for the earthquake-prone nation.

Exposed glulam framework offers quiet complement to Jackson Hole airport’s mountain backdrop
Airports | June 05, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

A three-phase expansion and renovation, which began in 2009, nearly doubled the size of the aviation hub; the only on...

Unwrapping ‘the mummy’: Chicago hotel project comes to life

The sleek architectural panels and Valspar coating give the building a steely sheen.

Coatings | June 05, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The sleek architectural panels and Valspar coating give the building a steely sheen.

 

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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Backpack becomes industry first in wearable reality capture

The Pegasus:Backpack from Leica is the industry's first wearable reality-capture technology. Image: Leica Geosystems

BIM and Information Technology | June 05, 2015 | Leica Geosystems

Combining five high-dynamic cameras and a LiDAR profiler, Leica's Pegasus:Backpack creates a 3D view indoors or outdo...

FMI's quarterly survey finds contractors mostly optimistic about their growth

The latest quarterly survey by FMI reported that many contractors are optimistic about growth. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | June 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The overall economy, as well as the economy in which they do business, might be down, but contractor panelists who pr...

Chicago’s 606 elevated park opens this weekend

Nature reclaimed the tracks long before the conversion to park started. Photo courtesy the606.org

Cultural Facilities | June 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 2.7-mile stretch repurposes an abandoned elevated train track that snakes through Humboldt Park and Bucktown.

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Why reality capture is essential for retrofits

Plan view of the floor slab created from a point cloud. Image: CASE

BIM and Information Technology | June 04, 2015 | CASE blog | Matthew Nelson and Carrie Schulz

Although we rely upon as-built drawings to help us understand the site for our design, their support is as thin as th...

Codes and Standards | June 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide advises employers to allow employees to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Lanes that are 10.5 feet wide have lower side impact crashes than standard 12-foot lanes, suggests new research.

Why reality capture is essential for retrofits

Photo: booledozer via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | June 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide includes forms to support a two- to four-hour workshop to help an owner select the most appropriate deliver...

Experience Possibilities: The Linq Hotel and Casino

High Roller loading area clad in ALPOLIC®/fr

Walls and Partitions | June 04, 2015 |

Architectural vision, fabrication know-how and ALPOLIC® materials transform the Las Vegas dreamscape.

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How Big Of A Building Do I Need?

The good news is that metal buildings are expandable, especially if you plan expansion potential into the original design.

Metals | June 04, 2015 | Allen Hurtz |

Here is some advice on how metal buildings can be a solution for space shortages

Construction of record breaking glass-bottom bridge nearly complete in China

Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the white bridge is meant to look as if it is “disappearing into the clouds.” Renderings: Haim Dotan

Glass and Glazing | June 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the white bridge is meant to look as if it is “disappearing into the clouds...

NIBS, RICS to explore P3 as tool to achieve high-performance buildings

Shifting to a greater focus on building performance across the facility life-cycle is a more cost-effective and efficient way to achieve high-performance buildings. Photo: Flickr

Codes and Standards | June 04, 2015 | NIBS AND RICS

The idea of applying the P3 concept more to buildings, and especially building performance, is a potentially promisin...

Qatar launches competition for waterfront art museum design

The new gallery will repurpose a soon-to-be-vacant flour mill on a peninsula jutting into the Arabian Sea. Photo courtesy Malcolm Reading Consultants

Museums | June 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new gallery will repurpose a soon-to-be-vacant flour mill.

Succession planning starts with developing your leaders

A leadership-succession process should involving mentoring and coaching. Photo: HA0521-021/Flickr.

Building Team | June 03, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Two-thirds of U.S. companies still admit that they have no formal succession plan in place, a 2014 survey conducted b...

More accurate GPS ready to change the way we shop, interact, and explore

More accurate GPS will foster previously unimaginable connections between mobile device users. Image: Irwin MIller

BIM and Information Technology | June 03, 2015 | GenslerOn | Irwin Miller

New technology reduces location errors from the size of a car to the size of a nickel—a 100 times increase in accurac...

Tech's influence on the workplace: 4 lessons from the field

Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | June 03, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Hakee Chang

Beyond space and programmatic considerations, four tenets highlight today’s tech workplaces: strength of story, desig...

LEGO: An introduction to design

Image courtesy Dawn Feldman

Architects | June 03, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Amy LaMar

LEGO has changed a lot over the years, but has that been a good thing for encouraging creativity?

Fire-resistive tempered products such as SuperLite II-XL 45, shown in this 1-hour corridor, is more affordable than filmed and laminated ceramics used in the same application.  SuperLite II-XL 45 is proudly USA-made, has no amber tints, meets CPSC Cat. II safety and the hose stream test, provides radiant heat protection and has a high STC rating.

Fire-resistive tempered products such as SuperLite II-XL 45, shown in this 1-hour corridor, is more affordable than filmed and laminated ceramics used in the same application. SuperLite II-XL 45 is proudly USA-made, has no amber tints, meets CPSC Cat. II safety and the hose stream test, provides radiant heat protection and has a high STC rating. 

Fire-Rated Products | June 02, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Where product selection has the most impact on cost is also the area where the majority of fire rated glass is being...

World’s tallest wood building design unveiled by MGA

Plans include a mix of market-rate and social housing, a student hotel, urban agriculture, a bus station, e-car hub, and other amenities. Renderings courtesy Michael Green Architecture

Wood | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push...

Weather to blame for decline in Construction Backlog Indicator

The Construction Backlog Indicator fell by 3.2% during the first three months of 2015. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Following an intense winter season, the Associated Builders and Contractors' Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rev...

Snøhetta and DIALOG to revitalize Willamette Falls area in Oregon

In addition to the revitalization of existing buildings, a new trail and several landscaped surfaces will be woven throughout the waterfall’s area. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed, and Dialog

Cultural Facilities | June 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of the plan, an abandoned paper mill will be repurposed, while landscaping and running trails will be added....

SHoP Architects unveils dual-glass-box scheme for Uber HQ

The office will be located in the trendy Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects and Studio O+A

Office Building Design | June 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan involves two glass buildings connected with criss-crossing bridges.

Nonresidential construction spending surges in April

Photo: Sean MacEntee via flickr

Contractors | June 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Nonresidential construction is up by a solid 8.8% over the past year, consistent with ABC's forecast of high single-d...

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | June 01, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Robert Benson

Just as we looked at that boarded up warehouse and thought it could be something other, office towers can be reborn,...

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