VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and Building Team members in highly detailed, fully lit environments that simulate the final structure. 

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Today’s workplace design must appeal to Millennials’ ‘activity-based’ lifestyle

Lifestyle micro kitchen at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters, Chicago. The Building Team: CBRE (owner’s rep); Gensler (architect); Klein and Hoffman (SE); Environmental Systems Design (MEP); CD+M Lighting Design Group; Wiss, Janney, Elstner (historical engineer); and Skender Construction (GC). Photo: @Eric Laignel

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Office market AEC Giants discuss the latest trends workplace design, and the state of the office construction sector....

A new database for tracking commercial and multifamily façade upgrades

Photo: Dallas's Centerpoint Energy Plaza is one of the façade retrofits listed on the site. Ken Lund/Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The site allows users to submit information about new projects, or supplement information on those already posted....

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 36 Engineering/Architecture Firms

Terminal B, Logan International Airport, Boston. Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, AECOM, and Thornton Tomasetti head Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest engineering/arc...

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 56 Engineering Firms

150 North Riverside office building, Chicago. Rendering courtesy Goettsch Partners and Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Fluor, Arup, and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest engineerin...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Profits, revenue on the rise at U.S. engineering firms as economy sputters back to life

The Winter Garden at the World Financial Center. Photo: Bess Adler, courtesy Thornton Tomasetti

Giants 300 | August 05, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The vast majority of engineering firms are decidedly bullish on revenue growth for 2015, and profitability is nearing...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 64 Architecture/Engineering Firms

Denver Union Station. Photo: Ryan Dravitz, courtesy SOM

Giants 300 | August 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Stantec, HOK, and Callison RTKL top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest architecture/engineeri...

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top Architecture Firms

Rendering: MEIS

Giants 300 | August 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Perkins+Will, and Kohn Pedersen Fox top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest architect...

21 practice management innovations from Giants 300 design firms

Rendering: The $400 million Stadio Della Roma, as highlighted in innovation No. 5. MEIS Studio.

Giants 300 | August 04, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Design firms have gone all out with management innovations in the last year. Check out which ones might work for your...

Augmented reality app provides step-by-step help for repairing equipment

Screenshot: RemoteAR

BIM and Information Technology | August 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The developers of Remote AR have discovered a new application for AR technology that could apply to all types of indu...

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture seeks independent incorporation

Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Ariz. Photo: I, Gobeirne/Creative Commons

Architects | August 04, 2015 | Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

The school is halfway to its first fundraising milestone, but is facing a major deadline at end of this month.

Arup, Atkin, Mixed-use, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh

The tower is made out of a cluster of 25 rectangular tubes jutting out of the ground at varying heights. Renderings courtesy Atkins

High-rise Construction | August 04, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A 1,509-foot skyscraper broke ground on the banks of the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

London, Anish Kapoor, Cecil Balmond, ArcelorMittal Orbit

A 591-foot tube will connect the observation deck on top of the 376-foot sculpture to the ground. Rendering courtesy London Legacy Development Corporation

Cultural Facilities | August 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The city of London recently approved a proposal to add a slide to the Anish Kapoor- and Cecil Balmond-designed Arcelo...

Photo: Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Joe Mabel, Wikimedia Commons

Building Types | August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

This is the largest year-over-year growth over the first six months of a year since construction spending was tracked...

Architect Jacques Rougerie envisions floating city to function as roving laboratory

Renderings courtesy Jacques Rougerie

Industrial Facility | August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The manta ray-shaped vessel will be completely self-sustaining, run on marine energy, and produce no waste. 

Parking with a purpose: clean cars and solar power shape new structure

Titled the Smart Microgrid Program, the ongoing initiative involves a network of fast and standard charging stations that allow electric cars to be charged in minutes.

Transportation & Parking Facilities | August 03, 2015 | Panasonic

The project was the first of its kind in Canada to successfully demonstrate the integration of solar power, energy st...

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Clearing up myths about PVDF coatings

Photo courtesy of Timothy Hursely.

Coatings | August 03, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

While all PVDF coatings contain the same resins, the remaining 30% of the binders and pigmentation vary by manufactur...

National Desert Storm War Memorial

Renderings courtesy National Desert Storm War Memorial

Cultural Facilities | August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

 The National Desert Storm Memorial Foundation has a $25 million goal for the project.

AIA, International Code Council reach collaborative agreement on building codes

Among the common objectives under the five-year pact are model code development and education and training.

Codes and Standards | July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The deal covers a wide range of initiatives, including code development, compliance, and sustainability.

Report offers urban design recommendations for healthier cities, fewer traffic fatalities

Photo: Andre Carrotflower, Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides concepts for creating safer streets

2015 gypsum fire resistance design manual released

Photo courtesy of the Gypsum Association

Codes and Standards | July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The 2015 edition contains nearly 100 new systems that supplement existing assemblies for walls and partitions, floor-...

Design unveiled for Apple HQ visitor center

A single-story glass building will house the tech giant's new visitor center. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

Office Building Design | July 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A glass-walled single-story building alongside the main office building in Cupertino, Calif., will be used as a visit...

fiberglass, batt, spray foam, insulation

Photo: A room insulated with spray foam, via Creative Commons

Insulation | July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The finding is contrary to popular belief among builders and installers that insulation quality varies depending on t...

Zaha Hadid responds to Tokyo Olympic Stadium controversy

Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 31, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

“Our warning was not heeded that selecting contractors too early in a heated construction market and without sufficie...

Nonresidential fixed investment falls in second quarter

Chart:  Bureau of Economic Analysis

Contractors | July 31, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

In the first half of 2015, both the broader economy and nonresidential investment lost the momentum they had coming i...

Cover of The Lego Architect by Tom Alphin. Courtesy No Starch Press via ArchDaily

Architects | July 30, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The book features famous buildings accompanied with a photograph and drawing of the Lego model of the building, and a...

Two loads you must understand before requesting an estimate

Mezzanine in a Bilbao metro station, Spain. Photo: Javierme/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | July 30, 2015 | Jenny Arrowood |
Snøhetta designs ring-shaped cable car station in Italian Alps

The base station is only four minutes from Snøhetta's city center, and a cable car ride up to the Virgolo Cliff wil last only a minute. Renderings by Sonaar, courtesy Snøhetta

Transit Facilities | July 30, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

In Snøhetta’s design, two cylindrical rings embedded into the existing topography, each at different elevations, will...

Design plans for Fannie Mae’s new HQ revealed

Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

Office Building Design | July 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer/owner, Carr Properties, envisions a 1-million-sf plus mixed-use center with a large retail pavilion....

Startup builds a reputation with 3D printed walls

Photo: Courtesy Branch Technology

BIM and Information Technology | July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Branch Technology used the world’s largest freeform printer, one that has an arm that prints objects in open space, t...

Glulam provides aesthetic, structural, and safety solution for Appleton Mills project

Exterior of Appleton Mills at night.

Building Materials | July 29, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

The Appleton Mills complex includes 5 million square feet of space, with an original structure built in the 1870s and...

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