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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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Report: Urban area population growth slows

Austin, Texas. The population growth of the city has slowed, but a few of its suburbs, including Pflugerville and Georgetown, have experience booms. Photo: Stuart Seeger/Creative Commons

Market Data | May 20, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Older Millennials are looking to buy homes and move away to more affordable suburbs and exurbs.

Photo: Tobias Horvath/Creative Commons

BIM and Information Technology | May 20, 2016 | AIA

The new automated connection will allow the more than 350 AIA 2030 committed firms to report their project and portfo...

The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh achieves the client’s sustainable business objectives. And its execution required a degree of testing and modeling by the Building Team that’s unusual for most U.S. office buildings. Photo: Connie Zhou/Michael Ash Partners. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Building Team designed the 800,000-sf tower to use 50% less energy than a comparable building. A 1,200-sf mockup...

Why people are the most important factor in urban regeneration

A 100-hectare contemporary waterfront site in Belgrade, Serbia. Rendering courtesy CallisonRTKL.

Urban Planning | May 20, 2016 | CallisonRTKL blog | Edgar Kiviet

What makes large-scale urban regeneration projects successful? CallisonRTKL's Edgar Kiviet explores how cities, parti...

Industry leaders call for wider use of bamboo as a building material

Bamboo used as scaffolding. Photo: Andy McDowall/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 20, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Benefits include seismic resiliency and sustainability.

 

NCARB survey indicates continued growth of U.S. architects

Cincinnati's skyline. Photo: Robert S. Donovan/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 20, 2016 | NCARB

The number of U.S. architects surpassed 110,000 in 2015, a 2% increase from the previous year.

Photo: Reuters/Noah Berger

Retail Centers | May 20, 2016 | Julia Love, Reuters

The prototype store borrows features from Apple's hotly anticipated new headquarters in Silicon Valley, which is set...

Architect Jean Nouvel designs 'flood-resilient' Monad Terrace in Miami Beach

New rendering of Monad Terrace. Courtesy JDS Development Group, via Curbed Miami

 

Multifamily Housing | May 19, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A man-made lagoon with lush vegetation at the base of the complex is expected to adapt to climate change and rising s...

Report finds that e-commerce and new tech is changing warehouses

Photo: Seika/Creative Commons.

Warehouses | May 19, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Companies are integrating new technology and planning to build new warehouses in order to serve customers faster than...

The entrance to the Cubs' new locker room

Sports and Recreational Facilities | May 19, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Audacy system uses a combination of motion sensors, luminaire controllers, light sensors, and switches that are a...

Vertical fins provide essential shading for the pebble-shaped library, which is wrapped in glass curtain wall to maximize views and natural light. Photo: Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 19, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 16,000-sf, pebble-shaped Chinatown Branch Library was built at the intersection of new and old Chinatown neighbor...

CannonDesign releases new white paper on advancements in operating room environments

Hybrid operating room. Photo: Pfree2014/Wikimedia Commons

Hospital Design Trends | May 19, 2016 | BD+C Editors

"Surgical Suites: Emerging Approaches to Planning and Design" offers solutions for collaboration and technology integ...

Asphalt roofing group publishes updated shingle installation guide

Asphalt shingles. Photo: TriviaKing/Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Technical manual provides best practices for roofing professionals.

 

The 53-foot-diameter oculus looms over the grand atrium. Suspended under tension within the conical atrium is the “Sky Reflector-Net,” by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and Arup. The artwork is composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods, and nearly 10,000 stainless steel components; 952 aluminum panels distribute sunlight down to the lowest levels of the station. Photo: Jon Ortner/Ortner Photography.

Building Team Awards | May 19, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Fulton Center, which handles 85% of the riders coming to Lower Manhattan, is like no other station in the city’s vast...

U.S. hotel construction pipeline full, led by upscale property segment

Photo: Pixabay

Hotel Facilities | May 17, 2016 | STR

The 506,000 rooms under contract in April represent a 14.6% YoY increase. 

Photo Courtesy of RotoVR.com

Virtual Reality | May 17, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Roto VR looks to create the most immersive VR experience available by incorporating things like motorized turns, cabl...

The AC Hotel in a neighborhood in Oklahoma City will be Oklahoma's first modular-built hotel, as well as the first for its developer. Image: Courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings 

Modular Building | May 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will produce 81 modules for this project. 

The ground floors of Oceanwide Center's two towers will be lifted up five stories to create an “urban room” with pedestrian crossings. Image: Foster + Partners

High-rise Construction | May 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One of Oceanwide Center’s buildings will be the city’s second tallest. 

Religious Facilities | May 17, 2016 | Star

A 50-foot x 90-foot metal building system from Star Buildings allowed the church to build its basic structure economi...

Photo: Pixabay

Market Data | May 17, 2016 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 in the previou...

AIA and HOK partner to advance Design and Health Research Consortium

Urban garden. Photo: Jeremy Riel/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 16, 2016 | AIA

The groups' key priority is to identify and develop practice-focused opportunities for funded research, publications,...

Upstate New York performing arts center revives once-toxic lakefront site

The Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater, near Syracuse, N.Y., seats 17,500. It is the first phase of a more extensive revitalization initiative that will benefit two nearby communities. Photo: David Revette/Revette Studio. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Early coordination, prefabrication, and judicious value engineering contributed to the accelerated completion of the...

Metal wall panels’ deep shadow lines break up massing of Georgia school
Energy Efficiency | May 16, 2016 | Petersen Aluminum

Marist School, a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school, creates a highly-sustainable structure on its cam...

5 steps to creating high-performance communities

Perkins+Will’s Chaudiere Island Master Plan in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd/Courtesy of Perkins+Will.

 

Urban Planning | May 16, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Noah Friedman and Kristen Hall

Perkins+Will's Noah Friedman and Kristen Hall break down the essential ingredients to create a neighborhood that's ac...

EPA proposes new stormwater discharge regulations for construction sites

Photo: Dawn Easterday/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would apply to sites of one or more acres.

 

A 24-story building with 241 affordable housing units will include a charter school, medical center, cultural spaces, and a supermarket. Image: Dattner Architects

Green | May 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 24-story curved building would be 70% more efficient than comparable housing in New York City.

Perkins Eastman releases white paper on impacts of Biophilic Design in senior living environments

Westminster Village in Scottsdale, Ariz. Photo courtesy Perkins Eastman

Senior Living Design | May 16, 2016 | Perkins Eastman

The paper highlights some of the firm's top projects that feature biophilic design, a sustainable architecture strate...

New guide focused on increasing energy and structural performance with raised-heel trusses

Raised-heel truss. Photo courtesy APA.

Roofing | May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Higher trusses simplify attic ventilation, leave more space for insulation.

 

Images courtesy VOA

Architects | May 16, 2016 | VOA Blog | Pablo Quintana

VOA's Pablo Quintana writes that the industry is looking for ways to increase engagement through a mix of spaces suit...

Metals | May 13, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

Pre-painted metals can be printed, embossed, or striped for special visual effects.

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