Urban developers add supermarkets to the mixes

Whole Foods at Oahu's Ward Village, image courtesy Ward Village by Howard Hughes Corporation

Retail Centers | August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several high-rise projects include street-level Whole Foods Markets.

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Beyoncé, Melbourne, tower, high-rise, Elenberg Fraser

The team came up with the design using parametric modeling to optimize passive heating and cooling. Soon after, a director noticed the form's similarity with a certain pop star in a music video. Renderings courtesy Elenberg Fraser

Multifamily Housing | July 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The bootylicious tower is composed of 660 apartments and a 160-room hotel at the west end of Melbourne's business dis...

NCARB: Record number of aspiring architects on path toward licensure

The 37,178 aspiring architects who were testing and/or reporting hours in 2014 was the highest to date. The previous record high was 33,030 in 2009.

Architects | July 09, 2015 | NCARB

More than 37,170 design professionals either reported hours through the Intern Development Program or tested for the...

David Adjaye, Africa, Art, Black, African American, Harlem, Studio Museum, New York City, Thelma Golden

Rendering courtesy Adjaye Associates

Museums | July 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

In designing the five-story, 71,000-sf building, Adjaye took cues from the brownstones, churches, and bustling sidewa...

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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From Subway to Walgreens, healthcare campuses embrace retail chains in the name of patience convenience

Walgreens Pharmacy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.  Photo courtesy VOA Associates

Healthcare Facilities | July 08, 2015 | Craig Beam, Managing Director, CBRE Healthcare

Most retail in healthcare discussions today are focused on integrating ambulatory care into traditional retail settin...

Metal Roof Retrofits: The Potential, The Problems, The Payoff
Metals | July 08, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

During metal roof retrofits, look for moisture and check for asbestos

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California Supreme Court upholds affordable housing requirements
Codes and Standards | July 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributor

Court cites affordable housing crisis of ‘epic proportions.’

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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Why AEC firms should be cultivating 'visible experts'

Photo: Cydcor via flickr creative commons

Architects | July 07, 2015 | David Barista |

A new study pinpoints the true dollar value of having knowledge leaders and market shapers on your team.

BIG designs Frankfurt skyscraper with a surprise in the middle

Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

High-rise Construction | July 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Several levels in the center of the 185-meter tower are shifted outward to allow for terraces with city views.

Metals | July 07, 2015 | MBCI

With donations as the charitable foundation's main source of income, camp facilities need to be affordable

Philips sheds new light on growing fresh food indoors

Philips City Farm Research Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Photo courtesy Philips

Green | July 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A research center in The Netherlands is testing the latest techniques in urban farming. 

Metal Buildings, Buick/GMC dealership

The Buick/GMC building was started first, and took 12 weeks to build.

Metals | July 07, 2015 | Star Building Systems

The new dealerships, consisting of two metal buildings, have made a difference to the community as a whole

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BIM/VDC training is more than learning the features

The CASE Dynamo Workshop at Tex-Fab 2014 in Austin, Texas. Images courtesy CASE

BIM and Information Technology | July 06, 2015 | CASE blog | Nathan Miller

Training can be a taxing experience for both the class and the instructor. CASE's Nathan Miller offers four ways to m...

The main noisemakers in healthcare facilities: behavior and technology

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Maine. Anton Grassl/Esto

Healthcare Facilities | July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Over the past few decades, numerous research studies have concluded that noise in hospitals can have a deleterious ef...

Researchers increase GPS precision to centimeter-accurate

Though centimeter-accurate positioning systems are already used in fields such as geology, surveying, and mapping, the devices have always been too large and costly. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

BIM and Information Technology | July 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new startup is working with Samsung to develop a snap-on accessory for centimeter-accurate global positioning.

First valuation advisory for green and high performance property adopted

The document provides voluntary guidance to appraisers on the background and competency necessary to credibly value green buildings.

Codes and Standards | July 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The document provides voluntary guidance to appraisers on the background and competency necessary to credibly value g...

New documentary shows Legos as touchstones of creativity

Screenshot via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The film's narrator, actor Jason Bateman, says it’s a story “about a simple toy and how its unique properties ushered...

ASHRAE releases design guide for skyscrapers

Photo: Qilei Cai via Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | July 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Tall buildings present unique and formidable challenges to architects and engineers because of their size, location i...

Design for new pavilion in Toronto includes a ‘peel-away’ façade, Ontario, Bortolotto Architects, OCAD

Renderings courtesy Bortolotto Architects

University Buildings | July 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An architect's proposal for a renovation of the main office building at the Ontario College of Art and Design feature...

A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco. Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

A bicyclist sits in traffic near a housing construction project in San Francisco. Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

Multifamily Housing | July 01, 2015 | Megan Cassella, Reuters

The volatile U.S. multifamily housing market has returned to pre-recession investment levels, driven largely by Mille...

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...

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.

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...

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