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Hamilton Elementary School in Moline, Ill., features a range of interactive learning spaces designed to encourage critical thinking and collaboration, including an “imaginarium,” discovery lab, and learning stair (pictured). On the Building Team: Legat Architects (design architect), KJWW Engineering (SE), Amsco Engineering (MEP), McClure Engineering (CE), MVP Services Group (kitchen design), and Russell Construction (CM). Photo: AJ Brown Imaging

2016 Giants Report | July 25, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler surpasses $1.1 billion in revenue, topping Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest architecture firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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New guide focused on increasing energy and structural performance with raised-heel trusses

Raised-heel truss. Photo courtesy APA.

Roofing | May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Higher trusses simplify attic ventilation, leave more space for insulation.

 

Images courtesy VOA

Architects | May 16, 2016 | VOA Blog | Pablo Quintana

VOA's Pablo Quintana writes that the industry is looking for ways to increase engagement through a mix of spaces suit...

Metals | May 13, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

Pre-painted metals can be printed, embossed, or striped for special visual effects.

New micro apartment complex planned for artsy Austin district

Indie Apartments in Austin. Rendering courtesy Transwestern Development. Click here to enlarge.

Multifamily Housing | May 12, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Indie Apartments will consist of 139 one- and two-bedroom units at 350- and 520-sf each.

 

The Brooklyn Strand. Renderings courtesy WXY architecture + urban design. Click here to enlarge.

The High Line | May 12, 2016 | BD+C Editors

A two-year community review has been completed, and the Community Vision Plan will now be submitted for review by the...

Resilience Building Coalition releases progress report

Construction in New York City in 2016. Photo: Basically Biz/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | May 12, 2016 | AIA

The coalition released a set of guiding principles to help the building industry adopt resilient design and policies....

Ball State University Master Plan. Rendering: Michael Bostic, courtesy SmithGroupJJR.

AEC Tech | May 12, 2016 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Michael Bostic

Decision-making at higher education institutions can be difficult, but SmithGroupJJR's Michael Bostic writes that gra...

Engineers | May 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FES Group is particularly strong in the automotive industry.

Photo: Hoffmann Architects

Brick and Masonry | May 11, 2016 | Erin L. Kesegi, AIA, and Robert A. Marsoli, Jr., Hoffmann Architects

Though brick masonry is highly durable, it is still important to conduct regular inspection of the building façade to...

AIA to create a resilience curriculum for architects

Photo: Franz Jachim/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 11, 2016 | AIA

The program will teach resilient design and decision-making on hazard mitigation, climate adaptation and community re...

May 11, 2016 | Powered by Nichiha

Despite more durable materials that have developed over the years, wood remains a desirable part of many commercial b...

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Why corporate bathrooms stink and how good design can fix this

Bathrooms in hotels, restrooms and even airports tend to carry a touch of class that bathrooms in corporate offices so often lack. Pictured: a ladies room in SFO Terminal 2. Image: Bruce Damonte, courtesy Gensler.

Industry Research | May 11, 2016 | GenslerOn | Johnathan Sandler

Despite their importance, bathrooms are often overlooked when it comes to building design. Gensler's Johnathan Sandle...

Current California seismic codes provide safety, resiliency, but needed upgrades present challenge

Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Kevin Stanchfield/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Los Angeles requires seismic retrofits, but other cities do not.

 

Flooding in Hoboken, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy in late 2012. New legislation would allow private carriers to offer flood insurance. Image: Jean-Paul Picard/Fund for a Better Waterfront.org

Legislation | May 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Thanks to new floodplain maps, this market, previously the sole province of a federal program, looks more profitable....

The Fluid Harmonic Damper combines NASA's fluid structure coupling technology with water-filled PVC piping. It will be installed in a Brooklyn, New York, building later this spring. Rendering by Ena Cheung. All images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti.

AEC Tech | May 10, 2016 | BD+C Editors

TTWiiN initially features six products and will add more via its own incubator.

Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Ron Reiring/Wikimedia Commons.

Engineers | May 10, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Both companies offer mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering services.

Advanced laser scanning technology supports data collection and modeling efforts for Missouri’s Iatan 1 Power Plant
BIM and Information Technology | May 10, 2016 | FARO  | ROBYN M. FELLER

For the installation of a new heat exchanger, the power division of Black & Veatch contracted an engineering firm...

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Underwater restaurant to open in the Maldives

The world’s largest underwater restaurant—1,264 cm—will open this summer at a resort in the Maldives. Its interior will resemble the first of its kind (above), which opened a decade ago. Courtesy Conrad Hotels. Click here to enlarge.

Building Types | May 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Up to 24 deep-sea diners will be protected by an acrylic arch and an acrylic end window, allowing for panoramic views...

5 factors guiding restaurant design

SushiSamba’s 14,000-sf restaurant in Las Vegas is distinguished by a colorful, arching interior design. iCrave was the designer, PWI Construction the GC. Courtesy Forté Specialty Contractors. Click here to enlarge.

 

Retail Centers | May 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Restaurants are more than just places to eat. They are comprising town centers and playing into the future of brick-a...

University of Florida Health Jacksonville. Images courtesy GS&P.

Sustainable Design and Construction | May 10, 2016 | GS&P Dialogue | Corie Baker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC

GS&P's Corie Baker shows how to design and orient a building to efficiently collect or dissipate solar radiation...

Apple's new campus. Rendering courtesy City of Cupertino

Codes and Standards | May 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus project prompts questions about whether the company should pay more to offset traffic...

City planners find value in data from Strava, a cyclist tracking app

Bike path in Portland, Ore. Photo: Ian Sane/Creative Commons

Big Data | May 09, 2016 | BD+C Editors

More than 75 metro areas around the world examine cyclists’ routes and speeds that the app has recorded.

Rendering courtesy of three: living architecture

Senior Living Design | May 09, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Nakoma Sky is a 70-acre, desert-resort senior living community designed for an active lifestyle. The environment conn...

Roofing | May 09, 2016 | Cary Barger |

A report by the Metal Construction Association (MCA) found that 55% Al-Zn coated low-slope steel standing seam roofin...

Preventing and treating distress in brick veneer cavity walls [AIA course]

Lateral displacement of brick veneer (shown here) can be caused by poorly designed expansion joints and insufficient or failed anchorage of the veneer to the backup.

Brick and Masonry | May 09, 2016 | Erin L. Kesegi, AIA, and Robert A. Marsoli, Jr., Hoffmann Architects  

The design, detailing, and installation of brick cavity walls become more demanding as masonry construction becomes m...

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

Warehouse Office Community Space. Images courtesy Cannon Design

Office Building Design | May 09, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog | Robert Benson

CannonDesign's Robert Benson insists that the industry needs to start looking at traditional office spaces differentl...

Safety Stand-Down yields proposals to boost construction safety

Photo: Matt Brown/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

One example: Gilbane encourages safety harnesses for all working above 6 feet.

 

Santiago Calatrava designs falcon pavilion for UAE at Dubai Expo

Santiago Calatrava's UAE Pavilion. All renderings courtesy Santiago Calatrava. Click here to enlarge. 

Events Facilities | May 09, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 161,000-sf structure will be a centerpiece for the event, which is expected to draw more than 25 million visitors...

Lexus RX 450h self-driving car. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

AEC Tech | May 09, 2016 | David Barista |

Despite popular belief, the country is not in a great age of technological and digital innovation, at least when comp...

All images courtesy Proving Ground.

Building Tech | May 09, 2016 | Nathan Miller |

In creating a roadmap for computation, Proving Ground's Nathan Miller likes to consider investing in the right people...

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