Snøhetta unveils designs for riverfront public market in Portland, Oregon

Construction is expected to begin in 2016. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta

Retail Centers | June 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The James Beard Public Market will be Portland’s first year-round market since 1942, when the Portland Public Market closed down.

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World Trade Center Developer Looks to Bjarke Ingels for New Tower Design

The redesign is an attempt to entice 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to move their operations into the new building. Photo courtesy Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center may be ousted, as developers are currently negotiating with Danish fi...

U.S. office construction is approaching historic levels again

CoStar finds building in one-third of the nation’s bigger markets exceeded their averages in the first quarter. Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | April 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An estimated 108 million sf of office space were under construction in the U.S. at the end of the first quarter, a 17...

Safdie Architects accepting applications for 2015 Research Fellowship

The 2015 Research Fellowship with Safdie Architects will battle the challenges of dense urbanism. Image: MBS Digital

Architects | April 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The program, which features a theme of “dense urbanism,” encourages participants to tackle the challenges associated...

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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Atlanta Braves partner with Omni Hotels & Resorts to build hotel near new Suntrust Park

Alongside the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta will be a 16-story hotel built by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Renderings: Atlanta Braves

Hotel Facilities | April 30, 2015 | Atlanta Braves

The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel will feature 16 floors with 260 guest rooms and suites, rooftop hospitality suites,...

Self-piloting drone maps out construction sites in Pennsylvania

The system comes with a box where the drone rests and charges. Photo courtesy Identified Technologies via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system comes with a real-time portal for immediate access to collected data.

OMA unveils design for the Netherland’s largest hotel

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline. Renderings courtesy OMA

Hotel Facilities | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline.

 

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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Designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library in New Zealand unveiled

Maori cultural symbols are referenced throughout the library’s design. Renderings courtesy Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Library | April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition to design the New Central Library in Christchurc...

Construction costs are expected to remain soft through fall of 2015

Analyst IHS reported that its unlikely construction prices will rise in the next several months. Image: Pixabay

Contractors | April 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Labor and materials haven’t appreciated this year through April, according to market analyst IHS.

Parsons Brinckerhoff and former CEO partner to solve the “brain drain” challenge
Building Team | April 29, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

For firms large and small, hiring is always a balancing act between keeping the business moving forward and being pat...

Minimal growth in domestic energy consumption projects over the next 25 years

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its annual energy outlook for 2015 that the U.S. may become a main exporter of natural gas within two years. Image courtesy Pixabay/Magnascan

Building Owner | April 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The U.S. Energy Information Administration foresees the U.S. becoming a net exporter of natural gas in the next two y...

Masdar City: Construction on sustainable residential complex begins

The residential development will have 500 units of one- and two-bedroom apartments. All material construction will be verified sustainable materials. Rendering courtesy Masdar Corporation

Multifamily Housing | April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The planned city’s new residences will help support Abu Dhabi’s rapid population growth.

Mace and Make work on London 40-story residential tower

View from the Atlas on City Road, an area with the recently earned nickname "Silicon Roundabout district." Renderings courtesy Rocket Investments

Multifamily Housing | April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower is one of six residential high-rises planned near London’s City Road, which is undergoing a mini constructi...

Creating an environment where students want to succeed

Four panelists discussed how the decline of motivation in many of the country's education systems affects students. Image: Perkins+Will

K-12 Schools | April 28, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Tinka Rogic

According to a 2014 Gallup poll, our school system not only kills children’s creativity, but also takes its toll on t...

10 things about Ebola from the infectious disease colloquium

Image courtesy HDR/Dan Schwalm

Healthcare Facilities | April 28, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Ellen Randall

Research institutions know how to handle life-threatening, highly contagious diseases like Ebola in the lab, but how...

Graffiti-Resistant Coatings To Keep Projects Looking Their Best

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating system and an associated chemical graffiti remover.

Coatings | April 27, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating sys...

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Qatar unveils fifth World Cup Stadium, Al Rayyan

The façade features abstract patterns that echo decorative motifs in Islamic architecture. Renderings courtesy Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After the World Cup, part of the stadium’s seating will be donated to other countries.

Architects, tap into the expertise of your metal roof manufacturer

There are a number of things a roof manufacturer can do to help the architect make sure the finished roof is properly designed. Photo courtesy of MBCI.

Metals | April 27, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

Architects are not only expected to be experts in every field, they must also be part lawyer, arbitrator and magician...

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Finalists’ designs for Guggenheim Helsinki competition released

The team behind this design, which is still hidden from the public, says, "The museum skyline is composed by independent volumes, highlighted by a landmark tower. These fragmented art exhibition spaces allow strong integration with outdoor display and events, while the lighthouse offers a new perspective over the city." Renderings courtesy Guggeinheim Helsinki

Museums | April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A custom-developed App engages an international public in the selection process.

The construction industry isn't rushing to hop onto the cloud: study

Illustration: FutUndBeidl / flickr

BIM and Information Technology | April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new poll finds that nearly half of companies aren't planning to shift to cloud-based software to collaborate any ti...

The empire strikes back: George Lucas proposes new affordable housing complex he'll finance alone

Filmmaker George Lucas plans to build an affordable housing community on his Grady Ranch property, and will finance it himself. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest plans are seen by some as payback for community opposition to his past real estate ventures.

Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

Wood | April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Building Teams around t...

Are Metal Roofs Lightning Magnets?

A metal building system, with a conductive metal roof and a conductive metal structural frame, gives lightning a low-resistance path to the earth. Photo: David Selby/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | April 24, 2015 | Bryan Arlington |

According to The Metal Construction Assocition, a metal roof will not make lightning more likely to strike, but it ma...

HOK unveils renderings and video of new St. Louis NFL stadium

A view of the stadium's south entrance. Renderings courtesy HOK

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Retractable seating in the corners will allow the stadium to be used for FIFA or Major League Soccer matches, as it e...

Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum by Safdie Architects unveiled

The pentagonal concrete-and-glass structure wil be 128 feet high. Renderings courtesy Safdie Architects

Museums | April 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new museum near Charleston, S.C., will...

3 winners take top prizes in 2015 Global Holcim Awards

Three projects from around the world were selected as winners of the 2015 Holcim Awards. All renderings courtesy: Holcim Foundation

Green | April 23, 2015 | Holcim Foundation

Projects from Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. were chosen by the Holcim Foundation for the impact the projects have...

Leopardo releases 2015 Construction Economics Outlook

Leopardo's 2015 Construction Economics Outlook highlights the shortages currently being faced in the industry. Image: Morgue File/Alvimann

Contractors | April 23, 2015 | Leopardo Companies, Inc.

Low oil prices have reduced the cost of construction, but not enough to offset the rise in labor costs, according to...

Size matters in NYC, where several projects vie for the city’s tallest building honor

With a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet, Nordstrom Tower would be one foot shorter than One World Trade Center. Rendering via New York Yimby

High-rise Construction | April 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest renderings of 217 West 57th Street show a tower that would rise higher than the World Trade Center’s pinna...

Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

Multifamily Housing | April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into libraries, restaurant...

New York State renews design-build authority

The state first approved design-build in 2011, and has entered into dozens of design-build contracts in the interim. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Five state agencies are allowed to use design-build on certain projects.

OSHA’s estimated cost of silica rule said to underestimate impact by $4.5 billion annually

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition will cost the industry $5 billion per year. Image: Morgue File/PenMac

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The coalition says that OSHA’s flawed cost estimates point to flaws in the rule, and has urged the federal agency to...

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