Anorexic skyscrapers keep popping up in Manhattan

The ODA Architecture-designed tower at 303-305 E. 44th Street in New York City will be only 47 feet wide. Rendering courtesy ODA

High-rise Construction | November 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One project slated to begin construction next spring is designed to be only 47 feet wide.

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Columbus Museum of Art is opening the new Margaret M. Walter Wing

The Margaret M. Walter Wing will have more than 21,000 sf of gallery space. Photos: Brad Feinknopf/Courtesy Columbus Museum of Art

Museums | October 06, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by the DesignGroup, the Margaret M. Walter Wing is part of a $36.7 million renovation project.

Engineering firms KJWW and TTG merge

Logos courtesy KJWW

Engineers | October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Comparable in size and compatible in culture, the companies unite to present clients with greater “scale.” 

The Triple Five Group has submitted plans for a 1.1 million-sf addition to the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis. Renderings courtesy city of Bloomington

Retail Centers | October 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One phase is under construction, a second has been proposed, and a third is on the drawing board.  

Drones are starting to fill the sky, and the whoosh of their propellers is more popular on construction sites than ever before.  Look up, and meet the future.

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Renderings revealed for proposed curvy and lush second office for Apple

The 777,100-sf development by Landbank Investment on Central & Wolfe in Sunnyvale, Calif., is just five miles from Apple’s current Cupertino headquarters.

Office Building Design | October 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The project has been dubbed as another “spaceship,” referencing the nickname for the loop-shaped Apple Campus under c...

Istanbul New Airport. Rendering courtesy Grimshaw

Airports | October 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The mixed-use development will be adjacent to the Istanbul New Airport, which is currently under construction.

The 46-story, 1.86 million-sf Leeza Soho will have more than 100,000 sf of retail space. Rendring courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects (via Architects' Journal)

The 46-story, 1.86 million-sf Leeza Soho will have more than 100,000 sf of retail space. Rendring courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects 

High-rise Construction | October 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 200-meter-high open space will cut the building in two.

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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Los Angeles's City National Plaza improved its energy, water, indoor air quality, and transportation. Photo: Selvingarcia/Wikimedia Commons

Green | October 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new report from ULI’s Greenprint Center shows a positive trajectory of real estate properties worldwide reducing...

The bulk of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be high above street level. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily).

The main exhibition space of the Vancouver Art Gallery will be high above street level. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily).

Architects | October 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The blocky, seven-story wood and concrete structure is wider in the middle and uppermost floors.  

Even when a building has smart meters, the owner cannot get total kilowatt hour use from the utility. Photo: Portland General Electric/Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Owners of multi-tenant buildings lack basic information.

OSHA’s announces Top 10 Violations for 2015

Scaffolding on a building in Cincinnati, Ohio. OSHA listed scaffolding as a frequent workplace safety hazard.

Contractors | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fall protection, hazard communication lead the list.

new york apartment retrofit green

Apartments in Jackson Heights, Queens. A new program's goal is to retrofit 1,000 buildings a year and retrofit all city-owned buildings by 2025. Photo: Jleon/Wikimedia Commons.

Energy Efficiency | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is 1,000 buildings a year.

ASHRAE guideline

The step-by-step ASHRAE guideline process leads owners and facility managers through the steps of ensuring optimum effectiveness from their facility for the lowest investment.

Codes and Standards | October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Focuses on optimum facility and system operation.

Louisville renovate expand convention center Renderings floor plans EOP Architects HOK

Renderings and floor plans courtesy EOP Architects and HOK.

Events Facilities | October 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility, which reopens in the summer of 2018, has already booked events it wouldn’t have gotten as a smaller ven...

New York's Juilliard School, renovated in 2009 by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

New York's Juilliard School, renovated in 2009 by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Paul Masck/Wikimedia Commons

Higher Education | October 01, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Tianjin Juilliard School will have graduate courses, a pre-college program, an instrumental training program, adu...

Eight of 16 nonresidential construction sectors—including healthcare, manufacturing, and lodging—experienced spending increases in August on a monthly basis.

Contractors | October 01, 2015 | ABC

Spending totaled $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis in August, a 0.3% increase from the previo...

BIM and Information Technology | October 01, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Sasha Reed sits down with David Fano, Chief Technology Officer for WeWork  (formerly with CASE), at BIMForum to discu...

Designs unveiled for 558-foot mixed-use towers in Bahrain’s capital

The ground floor is designed to be publicly accessible, composed mostly of retail and public lobby space. Renderings courtesy of Wiel Arets Architects

Multifamily Housing | October 01, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The development, Bahrain Bay Tower, will consist of two residential towers connected “by a plinth of retail, office,...

The Red Hook West Urban Farm. Images courtesy thread collective and the New York City Housing Authority.

Green | October 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Providing healthy foods and job training are two of this project’s missions.

Takeoff! 5 ways high-flyin' airports are designing for rapid growth

JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at New York’s JFK International gives passengers a sense of place with its new rooftop garden. Photo: @Paul Rivera

Airports | September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Nimble designs, and technology that humanizes the passenger experience, are letting airports concentrate on providing...

FMI: Construction in place on track for sustained growth through 2016

Photo: Salim Virji via flickr Creative Commons

Contractors | September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FMI’s latest report singles out manufacturing, lodging, and office sectors as the drivers of nonresidential building...

SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY SECTOR GIANTS: HDR, Jensen Hughes, Skanska top S+T firm rankings

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Innovation Accelerator in Wauwatosa, Wis., was conceived as a place where business and industry meets academic research to launch intellectual property. On the Building Team: UWM Real Estate Foundation (developer), Eppstein Uhen Architects (architect), and Miron Construction (GC). Photo: C&N Photography, courtesy Eppstein Uhen Architects

Giants 300 | September 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest S+T sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants 300...

Park Metro Apartments in Bellevue, Wash.

September 30, 2015 | Nichiha

Nichiha’s PlymouthBrick fiber cement panels provide the warmth of brick along with an affordable, easy-to-handle form...

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Photo: Ted Eytan via flickr Creative Commons

Healthcare Facilities | September 29, 2015 | Nelson Udstuen, Vice President, Regional Director, CBRE Healthcare

In the United States, the environment where outpatient healthcare is being delivered is as dynamic and diverse as the...

Designs Unveiled for Warsaw Art Museum and Theatre

The buildings will sit next to each other, connected with landscaping that will bring in over 100 new trees. Renderings by Encore courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

Museums | September 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Emphasizing the building’s role in the public sphere, the museum will be accessible from all sides.

The developer that planned a mosque near Ground Zero now proposes a five-star condo tower instead

Rendering courtesy Soho Properties

Multifamily Housing | September 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties is looking to cash in while lower Manhattan’s real estate market stays hot.

What went wrong? Diagnosing building envelope distress [AIA course]

Image depicts a brick veneer exterior that has expanded and pulled away from the window. Image: Hoffmann Architects

Reconstruction & Renovation | September 29, 2015 | John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, and Deborah J. Costantini, AIA, Hoffmann Architects

With so many diverse components contributing to building envelope assemblies, it can be challenging to determine whic...

Renzo Piano-designed Kum & Go headquarters in Des Moines. Renderings courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Office Building Design | September 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new building is part of a downtown Des Moines, Iowa, redevelopment project, and is intended to echo the shapes of...

Diamond Lotus in Ho Chi Minh City. Renderings courtesy Vo Trong Nghia Architects (via Designboom)

Multifamily Housing | September 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 22-story housing complex in Ho Chi Minh City will have façades covered with plants and a rooftop garden that conn...

Reynobond composite panels were used for the soffit

Energy Efficiency | September 28, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

The building, a Walgreens made with metal and composite material from Petersen Aluminum Corp., includes enough sustai...

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Architects Foundation issues first annual report on National Resilience Initiative

Damage to a road in New Windsor, N.Y. from Hurricane Irene. Photo: Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | September 28, 2015 | AIA

The report, which includes the work of three schools, examines how architects work with communities through the Natio...

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