2016 Giants Report | August 30, 2016 | BD+C Staff

HOK, Perkins+Will, Turner Construction Co., The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Jacobs, and Thornton Tomasetti top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest BIM AEC firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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Floating sauna, mobile dental trailer, and Christmas market huts among this year's best small projects

The wa_sauna functions as a boat that can be taken out on open waters. Photo: Kevin Scott, courtesy AIA.

Architects | June 30, 2016 | AIA

AIA chose the 2016 recipients of the Small Project Awards. Every entry cost less than $1.5 million to build, with one...

The new University of Kansas School of Business building marks a departure from the traditional design model – and, thus, the traditional approach to learning – focusing on innovation, serendipity, and being “future ready.” Image: Gensler.

Higher Education | June 30, 2016 | GenslerOn | David Broz

Academic incubators that bridge school and the workplace are transforming design in higher education. Gensler's David...

Chicago contractor found guilty of fraud on city’s requirement on minority-owned businesses

Construction in Chicago. Photo: Paul Morgan/Creative Commons.

Contractors | June 30, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Alleged to have been sham business in bid to win city public works contract.

 

AIA: Healthy demand for all building types signaled in Architecture Billings Index

A parking garage was being built in SeaTac, Wash., in June 2016. Photo: SounderBruce/Creative Commons.

Architects | June 29, 2016 | AIA

Recent client interest could signal resurgence for institutional market. May's ABI score was the highest mark in near...

Roofing | June 29, 2016 | Dave Rutherford |

When faced with the need to replace a flat roof, many building owners find retrofitting a more viable investment, and...

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Photo: mosambers/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | June 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New studies indicate significant number of construction workers suffer hearing loss.

 

Taipei 101, a 2.1-million-sf, 1,667-foot-tall office building in Taiwan that was completed in 2004, was chosen by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as the winner of its 2016 Performance Award for efficiency and sustainability. CTBUH also selected what it considers to be the best tall buildings in four regions of the world. Image:[email protected] Financial

High-rise Construction | June 29, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat selects winners in four regions.

Images courtesy Whitehorn Financial

Architects | June 28, 2016 | Whitehorn Financial Group blog | Steve Whitehorn

Whitehorn Financial Managing Principal Steve Whitehorn offers effective ways to recoup lost revenue, including a few...

Coatings | June 28, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

With more than 20,000 colors to choose from, Valspar offers coatings that lower heating costs, lower cooling costs, a...

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New York City's VIA 57 West under construction in 2015. The luxury residential complex opened this year. Photo: Justin.A.Wilcox/Wikimedia Commons.

High-rise Construction | June 28, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Eight winners were named in five categories that recognized tall buildings, urban habitats, innovation, performance,...

Green Breakthrough: The new invention behind sustainable temperature control

Xylem in Jakarta, Indonesia. Rendering courtesy CallisonRTKL. Click here to enlarge.

Green | June 28, 2016 | CallisonRTKL blog | Pablo La Roche

CallisonRTKL’s sustainable design expert Pablo La Roche shares Xylem, the latest innovation on creating thermal comfo...

Photo: Jocelyn Kinghorn/Creative Commons.

Seismic Design | June 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expected to improve consistency of risk evaluation on commercial real estate transactions.

 

The Presidential Suite with rooftop balcony at the 336-guestroom Gallivant Times Square in New York, which was unveiled earlier this month as a renamed and reimagined boutique hotel.  New York has more hotel projects and rooms under construction than any metro in the world, according to Lodging Econometrics. Image: The Gallivant Times Square

Hotel Facilities | June 28, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New York continues to be the leader among metros in projects and rooms in the pipeline, according to Lodging Economet...

Intel Co-founders (l. to r.): Andrew Grove, Robert Noyce, and Gordon Moore. Photo: Wikimedia Commons   

AEC Tech | June 27, 2016 | David Barista |

“Sooner or later, something fundamental in your business world will change.” The late Andrew Grove (1936-2016), Co-fo...

Fire-rated curtain wall emulates SG curtain wall

Fire-rated curtain wall emulates SG curtain wall

June 27, 2016 | Technical Glass Products

Creating a sleek and aesthetically pleasing space, while also providing protection against the spread of fire between...

A hilltop public information center being built on the grounds of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu is designed to let in the maximum daylight possible. Image: Architects Hawaii, Ltd. 

Military Construction | June 24, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The upgrade adds new resting spaces for urns containing cremated remains of Armed Forces servicemen and –women.

June 23, 2016 | Sasha Reed |

Two truths from the jobsite: 1) The best part about uncovering a problem is discovering its solution, and 2) The wors...

The $46 million Charlotte Park Apartments project, part of the 295-acre Hitachi master-planned community in San Jose, Calif., features 200 affordable apartments built by ROEM Buillders, Inc. In its latest “State of the Nation's Housing Market” report, the Joint Center for Housing Studies laments that projects like this one, for moderate- and low-income renters, are fewer and farther between. Image: ROEM Builders 

Multifamily Housing | June 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Joint Center for Housing Studies’ latest disection of America’s housing market finds moderate- and low-priced ren...

The chart above shows year-over-year (Q1 2016 v. Q1 2015) changes in regional construction backlogs. Most contractors are satisfied with the amount of work they have currently. But bigger firms with more robust workforces can expand their backlogs. Image: Associated Builders and Contractors

Contractors | June 21, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Large companies that can attract talent are better able to commit to more work, according to a national trade group f...

Ark Encounter is the first phase of the AiG theme park

Wood | June 21, 2016 | Viega

When you’re building the largest timber-frame structure in the world, you don’t want an open flame anywhere near the...

Glass and Glazing | June 20, 2016 | SaftiFirst

For federal courthouses, embassies, government facilities and other high profile buildings, building materials are ch...

CVS Health is among the retail pharmacies that are expanding their health clinics by adding services and investing in IT.  Consumers gain in convenience and access, but these retail clinics have the potential to disrupt conventional healthcare providers, according to research by Accenture Consulting. Image: BD+C

Healthcare Facilities | June 19, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Service expansions help dealers boost clinics’ profitability. 

Construction begins on new and expanded International Spy Museum in Washington D.C.

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Rendering courtesy SPY. Click here to enlarge.

Museums | June 17, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The building will have a glass veil that surrounds an enclosed black box, a setup that the museum hopes will add vibr...

Feds publish framework for evaluating public-private partnerships

A 371,160-sf office building in Frankfort, Ky., is being constructed through a public-private-partnership. Photo: Steve Beshear/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

No single factor determines whether a project yields stronger benefit as a P3.

 

Driverless cars could soon start impacting commercial, retail project design

Nissan driverless car. Photo: Charly W. Karl/Creative Commons.

AEC Tech | June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Offsite parking and more space for valet parking lines are among the foreseeable changes.

Boston's Logan Airport. Photo: Thomas Hawk/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Massport’s guidelines a step forward for integrated BIM initiative.

 

Hantz Woodlands brings thousands of trees to hard-pressed Detroit neighborhoods

On one 3½-acre lot, 330 tires and 150 cubic yards of trash had to be removed. Hantz Farms started planting trees there last November. Photo: Atlas Industries.

Movers+Shapers | June 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One of the city's richest residents, John Hantz, is buying hundreds of acres of vacant property, tearing down dilapid...

Theaster Gates. Photography by Taylor Castle. Click here to enlarge.

 

Movers+Shapers | June 17, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The award-winning Chicago artist renovates properties into studios, libraries, and spaces that commemorate art and bl...

Illustration: Cathy LePenske

Movers+Shapers | June 17, 2016 | BD+C Editors

BD+C’s new Movers+Shapers program honors AEC/O industry stalwarts.

Synagogues in Omaha and New York get new lives after intense reconstruction

The performance space at the Omaha (Neb.) Conservatory of Music was carved from the sanctuary of what had been Temple Israel. Image: @2015 Dan Schwalm/HDR

Performing Arts Centers | June 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Omaha Conservatory of Music gets a new home in a temple. A fire leads to an ambitious rebuild for a NYC synagogue...

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