Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

Game Changers | February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a prefab high-rise in China to a breakthrough research lab in the Midwest.

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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.

Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi win 2016 AIA Gold Medal Award

Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, London. Photo: Richard George/Wikimedia Commons

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

The husband and wife architect team—founders of VSBA Architects and Planners—are the award's first joint winners.

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National Fire Protection Association drops ban on glass boarding bridges

Photo: Leonard G./Wikimedia Commons

Airports | December 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

U.S. airports can now use more aesthetically pleasing building-to-plane links.

 

New app visualizes amount of cellular signal and Wi-Fi in an area

The application in action. Screenshot courtesy Architecture of Radio via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | December 03, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Using data collected from millions of cell towers and Wi-Fi routers, the app makes the invisible visible.

LMN Architects earns the 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award

Vancouver Convention Centre West. Photo: Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | December 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The firm is known for projects like Vancouver Convention Centre West and the University of Washington’s Foster School...

SANAA’s design selected for Hungary’s new National Gallery – Ludwig Museum

Architects Kazuyo Sejima and Rue Nishizawa describe their design as “an extension of the park." Renderings courtesy SANAA

Museums | December 03, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

After months of deliberation, the Japanese firm ultimately won the tie with Snøhetta.

Herzog & de Meuron unveils renderings of redeveloped stadium for Chelsea FC

Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron (via ArchDaily)

Sports and Recreational Facilities | December 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

As many as 264 brick piers will line the perimeter of the stadium and extend to a steel ring perched above the field....

Photo: Deskmag via Wikimedia Commons

December 02, 2015 | Rob Cassidy |

Researchers at Harvard, SUNY-Upstate Medical Center, and Syracuse University conduct a controlled experiment to see i...

Perkins+Will designs headquarters for Seattle brain research center

All images courtesy of Perkins+Will / Hedrich Blessing

Healthcare Facilities | December 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The design orients labs like flower petals around a large light-filled central atrium; the effect is like the inside...

FMI: Nonresidential construction in a slowdown, according to latest NRCI score

Photo: Pioneer Library System/Creative Commons

Contractors | December 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Economic recovery momentum is losing steam and rising costs in labor and materials start to put a load on the indust...

ABC releases scorecard on state policies affecting the construction industry

Construction of an apartment complex in Tempe, Ariz. Photo: sdobie/Creative Commons

Contractors | December 02, 2015 | ABC

The scorecard website identifies states that have good environments for merit shop contractors, like Arizona, and sta...

Coatings | December 01, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |
ABC: September's nonresidential spending retains momentum in October

Photo: Anders Lejczak/Creative Commons.

Contractors | December 01, 2015 | ABC

Spending increased in 10 of 16 nonresidential construction sectors on a monthly basis.

Data centers turn to alternative power sources, new heat controls and UPS systems

Modules for a data center for one of Skanska’s telecommunications clients were built in an offsite factory. Callison was the architect. Cosentini Associates provided engineering. Photo: Adam Friedberg

Greenbuild Report | December 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Data centers account for 2% of the nation’s electricity consumption and about 30% of the power used annually by the e...

LEED Steering Committee approves resiliency pilot credits

Specific assessment requirements are provided for the following hazards including wildfires, as seen here in Texas in 2011. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons.

Smart and Resilient Cities | December 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Three credits address planning, design, and survivability.

More than 50 design, construction, and real estate firms urge action on climate change

Photo: United Nations Photo/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | December 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Call for policymakers to move on one of the ‘greatest economic opportunities of the 21st Century’

Massive Chicago parking garage gets overdue waterproofing maggie daley

Millennium Lakeside Garage in Chicago. Photos: Western Specialty Contractors

Reconstruction Awards | December 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Millennium Lakeside Garage, the largest underground parking facility in the U.S., hadn’t been waterproofed since the...

The contractor’s role in promoting job site sustainability [AIA course]

Courtesy Robins & Morton

Contractors | December 01, 2015 | Jackie Mustakas, LEED AP BD+C, Robins & Morton

Robins & Morton’s Jackie Mustakas offers specific actions that contractors and construction managers can take to...

10 megatrends shaping the future of green building

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy

Greenbuild Report | November 30, 2015 | Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, Contributing Editor

Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a sharper focus on exi...

Photos courtesy Sundt Construction

Contractors | November 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The contractor's Center for Craft Excellence, in Phoenix, is in response to the labor shortages in the industry.

New wireless technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

How Li-Fi works. Illustration: Alejosemejiagp/Wikimedia Commons.

BIM and Information Technology | November 30, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Li-Fi, which reaches speeds of 224 gigabits per second, is being tested in Estonia.

5 ways to bring data into marketing and business development
Building Team | November 30, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Here are five ways to use data to enhance the client acquisition process

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