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Hamilton Elementary School in Moline, Ill., features a range of interactive learning spaces designed to encourage critical thinking and collaboration, including an “imaginarium,” discovery lab, and learning stair (pictured). On the Building Team: Legat Architects (design architect), KJWW Engineering (SE), Amsco Engineering (MEP), McClure Engineering (CE), MVP Services Group (kitchen design), and Russell Construction (CM). Photo: AJ Brown Imaging

2016 Giants Report | July 25, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler surpasses $1.1 billion in revenue, topping Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest architecture firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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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. ...

CannonDesign manages a $2 billion hospital design review with digital processes

The Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) hospital project in Montreal, Canada. Image courtesy CannonDesign.

AEC Tech | May 31, 2016 | Bluebeam

Collectif Santé Montreal turns to Bluebeam Revu for project efficiency in establishing the largest hospital in Montre...

Gonzaga's new student center is bustling social hub

The new John J. Hemmingson Center’s “main street” features several dining options, including a Starbucks. Photo: Christian Columbres. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 31, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Retail mall features, comfortable furniture, and floor-to-ceiling glass add vibrancy to the new John J. Hemmingson Ce...

Miami Beach requires developers to meet green standards or pay a fee

Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Alan PARKER/Creative Commons.

Green | May 31, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to structures larger than 7,000 sf.

 

12 building projects that represent the best in AEC team collaboration

The interior of Fulton Center in Manhattan, N.Y., is constructed of architecturally exposed structural steel, glass storefronts, stainless steel panels, GFRC column covers and ceilings, granite flooring, and a decorative cable net structure in the oculus. Spiral stairs, 15 ADA-compliant elevators, and 10 escalators convey 300,000 passengers a day between nine train lines. A 350-foot tunnel connects to train lines at the World Trade Center.

 

Building Team Awards | May 31, 2016 | BD+C Editors

A busy, light-filled Manhattan subway station and a pebble-shaped Chicago library are among the winners of the 19th a...

The expanded and renovated First Hill Medical Pavilion in Seattle sold for a record amount early this year, an indication that the healthcare sector continues to lure investors. Image: CollinsWoerman

Healthcare Facilities | May 30, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Over the past year, healthcare accounted for nearly one-fifth of all new jobs in the U.S.

West Hollywood Parking Garage. Photo courtesy LPA Inc. Click here to enlarge.

Transportation & Parking Facilities | May 27, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Using robots to store and fetch parked cars will save on carbon dioxide emissions.

 

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Big Data | May 27, 2016 | Paul Oswald, Managing Director, CBRE | ESI

Advanced technology provides insight into the actions necessary to cut costs, but it's the people, processes, and imp...

Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority - B.T. Brown Water Treatment Plant. Image courtesy of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood.

Engineers | May 27, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Stevenson & Palmer Engineering brings a half-century of experience and relationships to the table.

A mock environment at the NYC Police Training Academy mimics a subway station, minus the grime. Photo: Eric Laignel/Eric Laignel Photography. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 27, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The Police Training Academy in Queens, N.Y., consists of a 480,000-sf academic/administration building and a 240,000-...

Better enforcement needed for successful implementation of energy efficiency policies

Photo: Seth Tisue/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Commercial buildings the focus of recent code initiatives.

 

Designer Jongha Choi's furniture collection folds flat and can be displayed on a wall.

Products and Services | May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Jongha Choi unveiled his From 2D to 3D furniture collection.

 

Dubai opens world’s first 3D-printed office

Photo: Government of Dubai

3D Printing | May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 2,690-sf structure took 17 days to print. City officials say the labor cost was only half as much as similar size...

Rendering Courtesy of Axion Visual and Napur Architect

Museums | May 26, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The Museum of Ethnography’s new home will be part of a large museum complex in Budapest’s City Park

U. of Chicago approves Diller Scofidio + Renfro design for new campus building

The University of Chicago's David M. Rubenstein Forum. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Click here to enlarge.

University Buildings | May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

With a two-story base and 165-foot tower, the Rubenstein Forum will have room for informal meetings, lectures, and ot...

Floor-to-ceiling glass floods the interior spaces with daylight and provides scenic views of the wooded areas that surround the property. Photo: Warren Patterson Photography. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Lean construction techniques were used to build 275 Wyman Street during a winter that brought more than 100 inches of...

Building Materials | May 25, 2016 | Trim-Tex Drywall Products
New health center campus provides affordable care for thousands of Northern Californians

The clinic’s vibrant exterior is reflective of the staff’s energy for its patients. Colorful tilt-up concrete construction was used for its durability and low cost. Photo: Donald Satterlee, Satterlee Photodesign. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 25, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 38,000-sf, two-level John & Susan Sobrato Campus in Palo Alto is expected to serve 25,000 patients a year by...

LEED Dynamic is worth the effort, says commercial real estate executive

Symphony Tower in San Diego. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

San Diego office tower is California’s first office building to receive LEED Dynamic plaque in recertification.

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Rendering Courtesy of Lissoni Architettura and Arch Out Loud

Architects | May 24, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

NYC Aquatrium was selected from among 178 proposals from 40 countries as the winner of Arch Out Loud’s NYC Aquarium...

A recent survey of 1,003 U.S office workers finds a high percentage of them are pretty happy about their jobs, in terms of their own productivity and success. Image: Adobe's “Work in Progress” report.

Building Technology | May 24, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But most employees still see their companies falling on the dull side of the cutting edge. 

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Coatings | May 24, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

With high-quality Valspar coatings, pre-painted metals can be abrasion resistant even for heavy commercial use, deliv...

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Los Angeles bus depot squeezes the most from a tight site

Perforated panels and purple photovoltaic assemblies distinguish the building from the surrounding urban concrete during the day. LED “stripes” and a glowing lantern make the facility pop at night. Photo: Chang Kim Photography. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 24, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Building Team for the MTA Division 13 Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility fit 12 acres’ worth of programming...

Ontario planning to spend $7-billion on wide-ranging climate change plan

Mississauga, Ontario. Photo: Robert Linsdell/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | May 24, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes financial incentives to retrofit buildings.

 

Related Midwest will transform 62 acres of undeveloped land, as pictured here in 2005, into an area containing thousands of homes and millions of square feet of office and retail space. Photo: Payton Chung/Creative Commons

Urban Planning | May 23, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Related Midwest will turn the strip that connects the South Loop to Chinatown into a neighborhood with homes, stores,...

The entry portal to the Naval Cemetery Landscape, which converts a former naval cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y., into a vibrant public space that pays tribute to war veterans. Image: Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Cultural Facilities | May 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The site is one of six where TKF Foundation is studying the relationship between nature, the built environment, and h...

Perkins+Will achieves first Living Building Challenge Certification with Vancouver visitors center

Inspired by an orchid, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver has curved walls and a floating roof. Image courtesy Perkins+Will. Click here to enlarge.

Green | May 23, 2016 | Perkins+Will

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre was recognized for its use of healthy building materials, on-site renewa...

'Greenest ballpark' proves a winner for St. Paul Saints

A berm in left field provides a picnic-like setting for up to 1,000 fans at CHS Field. Brick warehouses highlight the setting in the Lowertown arts district. Photo: Paul Crosby Photography/Courtesy Snow Kreilich Architects. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 23, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Solar arrays, a public art courtyard, and a picnic-friendly “park within a park" make the 7,210-seat CHS Field the fi...

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