One of VOA Associates' strengths is the cultural and entertainment sector, and its recent work includes the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona, Fla., pictured above. Merging its operations with Stantec brings together companies with “a commitment to design,” says VOA's Chairman Mike Toolis. Image: VOA Associates

Architects | February 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This deal reflects an industry where consolidation is a strategic necessity for more firms.

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Undaunted, Forest City pushes ahead on modular construction

B2 BKLYN. Photo: Field Condition

Modular Building | December 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The president of its FC Modular division says new projects are under consideration, even as competitors falter or fal...

Sports and Recreational Facilities | December 14, 2015 | Star Building Systems

House of Sports in Ardsley, N.Y., is home to a soccer field on the third floor of a downtown building.  

Sensible sustainability: The new standard for hotels

The 17-story, 206-room Hyatt Place in Chicago is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The Building Team: VOA Associates (architect), Forefront Structural Engineers (SE), KJWW Engineering Consultants (MEP), Eriksson Engineering Associates (CE), Arup (acoustic engineer), and Wolff Landscape Architecture. Photo: courtesy OTO Development

Greenbuild Report | December 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In October 2008, The Proximity, a 147-room hotel in Greensboro, N.C., became the first LEED Platinum–certified hotel...

Detroit plans massive effort to convert vacant properties to green spaces

Vacant lot in Detroit. Photo: Stephen Harlan/Creative Commons.

Green | December 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Effort aims to improve property values, city life.

 

Los Angeles launches ‘Drop 100′ campaign to reduce water use in commercial buildings

Photo: Ron Reiring/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | December 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to save 100 million gallons annually.

Aged chimney in Baku sees new life as shopping center totem

Images courtesy Cintec.

Retail Centers | December 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For the Twin Towers of Port Baku, the restoration requires an elaborate anchoring and stabilization process. 

Skybridge connects a terminal and airport on each side of the U.S.-Mexico border

Images courtesy Latitude 33.

Airports | December 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cross Border Xpress is the first phase of a larger development that will include hotels and offices.  

Glass industry gives back during the holidays

10-year old Eliyana, a patient at the Burn Center, playing with one of the Starlight® Fun Center® mobile entertainment units donated by SAFTI FIRST to provide entertainment to children receiving treatment at the Community Medical Center in Fresno, CA

Glass and Glazing | December 11, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

The holiday season is generally a time when individuals and companies ramp up their charitable giving. The glass indu...

Developer of curvy glass New York City condo complex sued

Photo: joevare/Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | December 10, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

One resident says living in the curvy, glass 100 Eleventh Avenue building is like being in a wind tunnel.

AASHE’s STARS tool highlights the university sector’s holistic approach to sustainability

Colorado State University students gather outside of the school’s LEED Platinum Pavilion at Laurel Village in Fort Collins. The 11,500-sf, $5.5 million facility was designed by 4240 Architecture to function as a village square, with a sloped green lawn for outdoor performances and outdoor seating areas. Photo: Raul Garcia, courtesy 4240 Architecture

Greenbuild Report | December 10, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Buzzwords like “living lab” and “experiential learning” are indicative of the trend toward more holistic sustainabili...

Sustainable performance: Hospital systems’ new financial and marketing imperative

Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Central Hospital Medical Center has been designed to consume 30% less energy than the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline. Building Team: CO Architects (designer), KPFF (SE), Arup (MEP), and Hensel Phelps Construction (GC). Courtesy CO Architects

Greenbuild Report | December 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several years ago, the healthcare industry would have ranked in the bottom tier among adopters of sustainable design...

HOK collaborates with IFMA on new workplace strategy research report

Photo: Nate Burgos/Creative Commons

Office Building Design | December 09, 2015 | HOK

Report cites work-life balance as the top reason for implementing “distributed work” strategies.

Architecure firms Carry Cooper and The Johnson Group merge

Cleveland Downtown Hilton Hotel, designed by Cooper Carry. Photo: Erik Drost/Creative Commons

Architects | December 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The combination is expected to bolster each firm’s hospitality-related services. 

Is ‘green’ still a selling point in the office sector?

Ambler Boiler House, on a brownfield site in Pennsylvania, was reinvented as a Class A office with geothermal heat pumps and a graywater reuse system. The Building Team: Heckendorn & Shiles (architect), Elton & Thompson (SE), Bala Consulting Engineers (MEP/FP, Cx), Alderson Engineering (geothermal), Domus (CM). Courtesy Bala Consulting Engineers

Greenbuild Report | December 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Some developers are missing an opportunity by downplaying sustainability at a time when demand for such features is p...

Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Photo: Adam Jones, Ph.D.

Resiliency | December 08, 2015 | Jim Shelton, YaleNews
Architect Eric Parry unveils design for London’s tallest building

Renderings couresty DBOX, Eric Parry Architects

High-rise Construction | December 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

At more than 1,000 feet, 1 Undershaft will rival The Shard in height.

AEC leaders say the 'talent wars' are heating up: BD+C survey

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Industry Research | December 08, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

A new survey from Building Design+Construction shows that U.S. architecture, engineering, and construction f...

All renderings courtesy Jeddah Economic Company and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

High-rise Construction | December 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The tower will overtake the Burj Khalifa in terms of height, but how long will it remain king?

 

Why employee advocacy is key to social media success
Building Team | December 07, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Employee advocacy is key to boosting social media engagement, and employee advocacy is about more than just the promo...

ABC: Continued growth expected for the construction industry

Photo: David Tan/Creative Commons

Market Data | December 07, 2015 | ABC

ABC forecasts growth in nonresidential construction spending of 7.4% in 2016 along with growth in employment and back...

New earthquake rating system released by the U.S. Resiliency Council

Photo: Richard Walker/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | December 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Intended for building owners and leasing, finance, and insurance industry.

Handbook for design, construction, maintenance of permeable pavements released

Photo: Yamanaka Tamaki/Creative Commons

Urban Planning | December 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Supports sustainable solution to stormwater and urban runoff.

Michigan YMCA receives Universal Design Certification

Photos courtesy Mary Free Bed YMCA

Sports and Recreational Facilities | December 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 116,200-sf Mary Free Bed YMCA in Grand Rapids is accessable for everyone who uses the facilities.

Compelling conversations about wood: Engineered wood as expressive design
Wood | December 07, 2015 | Karyn Beebe |

This installment features a wide-ranging discussion that reveals how a mix of engineered wood products lend themselve...

The Wolf Creek Library: ALPOLIC® Materials welcomes a community to its new “living room.”

Red and copper tones in prismatic “magma” finish

Cladding and Facade Systems | December 07, 2015 | ALPOLIC

An expansive glass curtain wall frames the forest and lake behind the building, bringing the outside in.

Proposed ASHRAE/ACCA Energy Audit Standard open for public comment

Photo: Matt Brown/Creative Commons.

Energy | December 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would bring order to the ‘Wild West’ of the energy audit industry.

Are long-term apartment rentals Airbnb’s next target?

An Airbnb office in Toronto. Photo: Raysonho/Wikimedia Commons.

Multifamily Housing | December 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Some developers are thinking about that possibility, says one West Coast real estate consultant. 

AIA Baltimore holds rowhouse redesign competition

A team of students from Virginia Tech and local architects from Brown Craig Turner submitted the BeMORE Flats design, which won the Most Resilient Design award.

Smart and Resilient Cities | December 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Teams competed to provide the best social and environmental design solutions for the city’s existing rowhouse stock. ...

High tech material makes Minnesota Vikings' new stadium's roof light and strong

Rendering courtesy HKS

Sports and Recreational Facilities | December 07, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

U.S. Bank Stadium will have an ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) pneumatic roof, a durable, flexible material made...

Milwaukee Art Museum opens new atrium designed by HGA Architects

All photos courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum

Museums | December 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The lakefront addition gives visitors expansive views both inside and out.

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