Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leading the charge to give patients quieter healing environments.   

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6 steps toward better water management [AIA course]

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Integrated MEP engineers at Integral Group and structural engineers at Fast + Epp worked with Perkins+Will’s Peter Busby, FRAIC, LEED Fellow, DSC (Hon.), to design this petal-shaped, LEED-NC Platinum building. Photo: Nic Lehoux, courtesy Perkins+Will

Green | June 24, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

When it comes to water conservation, Building Teams tend to concentrate on water-efficient plumbing fixtures, irrigat...

Maryland’s Prince George County turns to P3s to build green infrastructure

A new order was issued that requires Maryland's Prince George's County to clean up Chesapeak Bay. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Over the next 10 years, the county must convert 15,000 acres of watertight surfaces—almost 5% of the county's total a...

Philadelphia considers more incentives for green building

A bill to give height and denisty bonuses to developers was introduced to the Philadelphia City Council. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Developers could be allowed additional height, floor area on projects that meet benchmarks.

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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LEED building at Duke University may be retrofitted to prevent bird deaths

Photo: Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More birds die from colliding with buildings at Duke than on any other campus in a 45-school survey conducted by Augu...

Balcony collapse in Berkeley, Calif., prompts an examination of codes

The fatal accident in Berkeley, Calif., has led to a call for the review of codes and standards regarding balconies. Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Dry rot and too much weight appear to be the causes of a fatal accident at an eight-year-old building in Berkeley, Ca...

Architecture Billings Index back to positive territory for May 2015

Photo: Armin van Buuren, Oceanlab via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | June 23, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the May ABI score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8 in April.

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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Gilbane Building Company, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)

Gilbane’s Joey Felix, starting the Focus3D Laser Scanner.

BIM and Information Technology | June 23, 2015 | FARO Technologies Inc.

Gilbane discovered the anecdotal side of laser scanning pales in comparison to the dramatic ROI story.

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A steel bridge in Amsterdam will be 3D printed

Multi-axis robotic hands will be equipped with 3D printing tools. Screenshot via M3XD/YouTube.

BIM and Information Technology | June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To complete the bridge, multi-axis industrial robots will be fitted with 3D printin...

If film directors designed homes, what would they look like?

A sample from Federico Babina's latest series, Archidirector. Illustrations courtesy Federico Babina

Architects | June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Burton to Bergman, Gondry to Greenway, artist Federico Babina illustrates what buildings would look like if desi...

The world's best new skyscrapers

One World Trade Center was named the winner of the Best Tall Buildings category for the Americas. Image: SOM/CTBUH

High-rise Construction | June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

One World Trade Center and Abu Dhabi's Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower are among the four towers named Best Tall Build...

Metal Roof Retrofits: the potential, the problems, the payoff, part 1
Metals | June 23, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

For the best possible outcomes when working on metal roof retrofits, consider some simple but vital steps to get the...

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Texas eye surgery center captures attention in commercial neighborhood

The selection of fiber cement, in itself, helped contribute to the individuality of the Eye Surgery Center, because it was the first use of the material in the area.

Healthcare Facilities | June 23, 2015 | Nichiha

The team wanted to build an eye surgery center in an already established area but provide something clean and fresh c...

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Museum, Guggenheim, Helsinki, Moreau Kusunoki, Art in the City

“The waterfront, park, and nearby urban area all have a dialogue with the loose cluster of pavilions, with people and activities flowing between them,” said jury chair Mark Wigley in a statement. Renderings courtesy Moreau Kusunoki Architectes

Museums | June 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The firm’s design concept makes use of the museum’s site, turning it into a bustling, well-connected waterfront hub....

NCARB adopts alternative for certification of foreign architects

Foyer of the Lyons Studio. Photo: Peter Bennets via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | June 22, 2015 | NCARB

The change, effective July 1, 2016, will replace the current BEFA Program’s requirements, eliminating the committee d...

Bright green coating helps Geometrica domes withstand harsh Andean climate
June 22, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The vibrant color was selected to allow the domes to stand out, even with significant snow cover in the Andean Mounta...

MAD Architects, Ma Yansong, Beverly Hills, 8600 Wilshire, Multifamily

Renderings courtesy MAD Architects

Multifamily Housing | June 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The “hillside village” edifice will be covered in drought-tolerant vines and succulents.

11 tips for mastering 3D printing in the AEC world

Populous dedicates space in its model shop in Kansas City, Mo., for creating models using an Epson ProJet 3500 CPX Max 3D printer. The firm had to develop software that could translate what its designers were providing into language the printer could interpret. Photo: Brian Folkers, Populous

BIM and Information Technology | June 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Early adopters provide first-hand advice on the trials and tribulations of marrying 3D printing with the science of b...

4 ways convention centers are revamping for the 21st century

The Raleigh (N.C.) Convention Center was designed and built with wireless infrastructure to support tech-heavy events. Image: Skanska

Events Facilities | June 19, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | Tom Tingle

Today's convention centers require more flexible spaces, the ability to blend virtual and in-person events, and meani...

3 steps for sustainable landscape architecture

Image: LPA

Green | June 19, 2015 | LPA Blog | Richard Bienvenu

A water-conscious, sustainable landscape is easily achievable, and the options for native and drought tolerant plants...

Architecture and engineering profit margins deliver third consecutive year of growth

Median profit margins on net revenue have been on the upswing in the past three years, hitting 11.4% and 13.0% in the 2013 and 2014, according to PSMJ.

Engineers | June 18, 2015 | PSMJ Resources

Operating profits of AE firms have reach their highest level since 2009, according to a new report by PSMJ Resources....

A modern approach to continuous insulation

Icynene spray foam medium density spray foam insulation was used in a continuous insulation application.

Insulation | June 18, 2015 | Icynene

The poject included replacing the original residence halls built in the 1970s

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How to earn respect as a leader
June 18, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Employees will give you minimum effort if the only reason they respect you is for your authority

For this bank headquarters in Nebraska, LEO A DALY used color to support the design—"sparingly but purposely," says the firm.

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From bricks to bits: How tech firms use real estate for competitive advantage

Open offices with collaborative space is a growing trend. Image: Paladino

Office Building Design | June 18, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Dina Belon

The tech sector is the top industry leasing office space in the U.S., accounting for 20% of major leasing activity in...

Guides to wood construction in high wind areas updated

Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guides establish prescriptive, wind-resistive structural requirements for wood-frame buildings of different sizes...

New document addresses school safety and security

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Codes and Standards | June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In an effort to balance security and fire safety features within codes, standards and planning, NFPA hosted a two-day...

Two myths regarding NFPA 101 Life Safety Code debunked

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Codes and Standards | June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

NFPA life safety engineer Ron Coté settles the debate over second egress doors and exit signs.

How to prevent corrosion in sprinkler system piping

Image: Pixabay

Codes and Standards | June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The technical committees responsible for NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, have been looking at ways to eli...

LED lighting: Replaceable or disposable?

Photo: SmithGroupJJR

Lighting | June 17, 2015 | Michael Nowicki

While first generation LED lighting fixtures were basically your standard incandescent or fluorescent housing retrofi...

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and gmp Architekten win Guangzhou museum competition

The design by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, made out of a "collection of nine volumes." Rendering courtesy Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Museums | June 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Overlooking the Pearl River in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the cluster of museums will be designed by Nie...

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