Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

Mixed-Use | August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers are teaming to form innovation hot pockets.

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First look: JetBlue opens sprawling green rooftop at JFK International Airport

The vegetated rooftop is open to everyone who clears security at the terminal and offers spectacular views of Manhattan and the adjacent TWA Terminal. Photo: © Paúl Rivera, courtesy of Gensler

Airports | July 01, 2015 | Gensler

The 4,046-sf rooftop includes landscaped green spaces, seating for 50 people, 400-sf children’s play area, and a 400-...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Museum, Art, UC Berkeley

The building will provide 25,000 sf of exhibition space, as well as spaces for film screenings and public access to BAM/PFA collections. Renderings courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Museums | July 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The building, located directly across from the UC Berkeley campus, integrates the existing 48,000-sf Art Deco-style b...

ABC: Nonresidential construction spending continues growth with stellar May

Photo: Mack Male via flickr Creative Commons

Contractors | July 01, 2015 | ABC

Through the first five months of 2015, nonresidential construction spending is having its second best year since the...

Weather conditions during transit can often cause signs of rust to appear on your steel. By tarping the material and protecting it from exposure, this can be minimized. Here’s what you need to know.

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World’s first fully 3D-printed office to be produced in Dubai

The building will be 2,000 sf with one story. Renderings via Emirates 24/7

BIM and Information Technology | July 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A 20-foot-tall printer will be needed for the project, spewing out construction material consisting of special reinfo...

San Diego charter school finds home in existing public library building

Design highlights include a “living room” setting with flexible furniture. Photos courtesy LPA, Inc.

K-12 Schools | June 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The school is located on the sixth and seventh floors of a downtown public library and embraces flexible school days,...

'What’s the latest trend in workplace design?': How architects and designers should answer this question

Rendering: VOA Associates

Office Building Design | June 30, 2015 | VOA Blog | John Varholak, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP

Hint: Your response must be better than a laundry list of solutions, according to VOA Associates' John Varholak.

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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Arcadis report: Complex projects with huge investments at stake make contract disputes more likely, costly

Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

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

While the value of disputes fell by nearly 14% in 2014, the time it took to resolve them lengthened substantially las...

Glass-clad, 'communal' Whole Foods approved in Miami Beach

The building at 19th Street and Alton Road will be comprised of a 40,000-sf market and a 5,000-sf Wells Fargo Bank. Rendering courtesy Oppenheim Architects

Retail Centers | June 30, 2015 | Oppenheim Architecture

The design for the Whole Food Market features a grid of white concrete representing a pure expression of structure an...

Heat, Convection, Conduction, Radiation, Metal Buildings, Insulation, Heat Transmittance

Heat energy has only three mechanisms through which it can transfer: thermal convection, thermal conduction, and thermal radiation.. Illustration courtesy of kmecriunit/Wikimedia Commons

Metals | June 30, 2015 | Barbara Shirley |

Thermal convection occurs when hot molecules move from one location to another.

Which Is More Efficient: Wood Walls or Steel and Masonry With Continuous Insulation?
Energy Efficiency | June 30, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

By nature, wood has nearly four times the thermal resistance of steel or masonry

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...

Gandhi Bhawan, Gandhi Center, India, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Indic, Pierre Jeanneret, Architecture, Getty Foundation, Grant, Historic Preservation

The Gandhi Bhawan (Gandhi Center) at the Panjab University in Chandigarh, India, designed by Pierre Jeanneret, is among this year's grant recipients. Photo courtesy of Shubh Singh/Wikimedia Commons.

Architects | June 29, 2015 | The Getty Foundation

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple and Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower are among the 14 projects added to the Keepin...

9 top picks for continuing education from BD+C University

Marselle Condominiums, Seattle, designed by PB Architects, with Yu & Trochalakis as structural engineer and Norcon NW as general contractor. The project was featured in the BD+C University class, "Building Wood Towers: How High Is Up for Timber Structures?" Photo: Matt Todd, courtesy U.S. Woodworks 

Architects | June 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A roundup of top AIA/CES Discovery courses from BD+C University.

Rick Fedrizzi to step down as USGBC’s Chief Executive next year

The Washington, D.C.-based USGBC employs 260 people, and last year reported $74.1 million in revenue.

Green | June 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Fedrizzi will be leaving an organization that has grown to 76 chapters. The Washington, D.C.-based USGBC employs 260...

Ensuring today’s medical education facilities fit tomorrow’s healthcare

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences building is organized around large learning communities that create spaces for socializing and collaboration. Rendering: Perkins+Will

University Buildings | June 29, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Heidi Costello

Through thought-leading design, medical schools have the unique opportunity to meet the needs of today’s medical stud...

Construction spending, despite some slowing, stays on healthy growth path

Photo: Felix Andrews via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | June 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FMI’s latest forecasts find continued strengths in manufacturing, lodging, and office sectors.

Why does an American city of 400,000 feel more compact than a European city of 2.4 million?

View over Paris, at dusk, from the Maine-Montparnasse tower. Photo: Benh Lieu Song, Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | June 28, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Jim Thomson

HDR’s Jim Thomson brings home some insights from a recent trip to Paris. 

New Museum debuts first museum-led incubator space

NEW INC, the New Museum's incubator. Image © New Museum

Museums | June 28, 2015 | GenslerOn | Bevin Savage-Yamazaki

Part studio, part shared workplace, part lab, and part professional development program, NEW INC connects design with...

Training center for electricians in L.A. focuses on net zero technologies

The transformation of the 142,000-sf Electrical Training Center—which was formally announced 11 months ago—should be completed by Spring 2016. Rendering courtesy NECA

Green | June 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction has begun Los Angeles County on what is being called the nation’s largest Net Zero Plus retrofit of a co...

Google to convert an Alabama coal-burning plant to a data center running on clean energy

This October, Tennessee Valley Authority will close its outdated Widows Creek coal plant in Stevenson, Ala., which had been providing energy to the region since the 1960s. Photo: TVA Web Team via Wikimedia Commons

Industrial Facility | June 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $600 million conversion project will be Google's 14th data center globally, but the first it has committed to in...

5 trends that will shape the future of scientific labs

 Image © Gensler

Industrial Facility | June 24, 2015 | GenslerOn | Erik Lustgarten, AIA

Scientific research is increasingly focusing on data collection and analytical analysis of that data, meaning the "la...

6 steps toward better water management [AIA course]

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Integrated MEP engineers at Integral Group and structural engineers at Fast + Epp worked with Perkins+Will’s Peter Busby, FRAIC, LEED Fellow, DSC (Hon.), to design this petal-shaped, LEED-NC Platinum building. Photo: Nic Lehoux, courtesy Perkins+Will

Green | June 24, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

When it comes to water conservation, Building Teams tend to concentrate on water-efficient plumbing fixtures, irrigat...

Maryland’s Prince George County turns to P3s to build green infrastructure

A new order was issued that requires Maryland's Prince George's County to clean up Chesapeak Bay. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Over the next 10 years, the county must convert 15,000 acres of watertight surfaces—almost 5% of the county's total a...

Philadelphia considers more incentives for green building

A bill to give height and denisty bonuses to developers was introduced to the Philadelphia City Council. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Developers could be allowed additional height, floor area on projects that meet benchmarks.

LEED building at Duke University may be retrofitted to prevent bird deaths

Photo: Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More birds die from colliding with buildings at Duke than on any other campus in a 45-school survey conducted by Augu...

Balcony collapse in Berkeley, Calif., prompts an examination of codes

The fatal accident in Berkeley, Calif., has led to a call for the review of codes and standards regarding balconies. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Dry rot and too much weight appear to be the causes of a fatal accident at an eight-year-old building in Berkeley, Ca...

Architecture Billings Index back to positive territory for May 2015

Photo: Armin van Buuren, Oceanlab via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | June 23, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the May ABI score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8 in April.

Gilbane Building Company, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)

Gilbane’s Joey Felix, starting the Focus3D Laser Scanner.

BIM and Information Technology | June 23, 2015 | FARO Technologies Inc.

Gilbane discovered the anecdotal side of laser scanning pales in comparison to the dramatic ROI story.

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A steel bridge in Amsterdam will be 3D printed

Multi-axis robotic hands will be equipped with 3D printing tools. Screenshot via M3XD/YouTube.

BIM and Information Technology | June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To complete the bridge, multi-axis industrial robots will be fitted with 3D printin...

If film directors designed homes, what would they look like?

A sample from Federico Babina's latest series, Archidirector. Illustrations courtesy Federico Babina

Architects | June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Burton to Bergman, Gondry to Greenway, artist Federico Babina illustrates what buildings would look like if desi...

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