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September 28, 2016 | BD+C Staff

HOK, Stantec, Turner Construction Co., Fluor Corp., and AECOM top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest government facility AEC firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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Construction in Seattle. Photo: SounderBruce/Creative Commons.

2016 Giants Report | July 27, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction spending is up this year and is expected to continue to increase through 2017. But, economists identifie...

Top 70 Construction Management Firms

Hill International provided construction management services for the building of the Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Francisco Anzola/Creative Commons.

2016 Giants Report | July 27, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Hill International, Jacobs, and JLL head Building Design+Construction's 2016 ranking of the largest construction mana...

Top 115 Contractor Firms BDC Giants 2016

Suffolk Construction is the general contractor for the MiamiCentral station project in Miami. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Wikimedia Commons.

2016 Giants Report | July 27, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Turner Construction, Whiting-Turner Contracting, Fluor, and Skanska top Building Design+Construction's 2016 ranking o...

Downloaded by thousands: This popular report addresses the inherited costs of the design-bid-build process, as related to the often mission-critical stage of steel joist and deck design. 

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Energy Efficiency | July 27, 2016 | Bob Zabcik |

 A large roof can become a resource that saves significant money on energy consumption and helps reduce emissions of...

Photo:  Rider Levett Bucknall

Hotel Facilities | July 27, 2016 | Rider Levett Bucknall Blog | Paul Brussow

Paul Brussow, Executive Vice President with Rider Levett Bucknall, offers cost control strategies for hotel renovatio...

New York’s resilience plans not taking long-term view, critics charge

Flooding in New York City during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons.

Resiliency | July 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Continued waterfront development may be regretted later this century.

 

Acumen Development Partners recently broke ground on the first tri-branded Marriott Hotel. The 470-room, $137 million project, adjacent to the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Spending on hotel construction nationwide, which has boomed of late, is expected to level off in 2017, according to AIA's latest Consensus Forecast Panel. Image: Acumen Development Partners

Industry Research | July 26, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But several factors could make the industry downshift.

Perkins+Will unveils plans for what will be Atlanta’s second-tallest tower

Atlanta's 98 Fourteenth Street. Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will, via ArchDaily.

High-rise Construction | July 26, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The 74-story 98 Fourteenth Street will be a mixed-use building with retail space and luxury residential units.

Thornton Tomasetti was the SE for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The venue opened in April 2016. Photo: Bill Feldberg/Wikimedia Commons.

2016 Giants Report | July 26, 2016 | BD+C Editors

AECOM, Jacobs, and Thornton Tomasetti head Building Design+Construction's 2016 ranking of the largest engineering/arc...

New Miami Beach law requires LEED certification on projects larger than 7,000 sf

Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Marc Averette/Wikimedia Commons.

Green Specifications | July 26, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED Silver the prescribed standard on buildings larger than 50,000 sf.

The LEED Platinum–registered Engineered Biosystems Building at Georgia Tech is packed with energy-saving features and technologies, including energy-recovery wheels, a two-stage runaround loop for vivarium systems, and chilled beams. On the Building Team: Lake|Flato Architects (design architect), Cooper Carry (AOR), Research Facilities Design (lab planner), Uzun & Case Engineers (SE), Newcomb & Boyd (MEP), Long Engineering (CE), and McCarthy Building Cos. (GC). Photo: Chris Cooper

2016 Giants Report | July 26, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Trends include 3D printing, modular hospitals, and fluid dampers.

Perkins Eastman was the architect for the new headquarters of the AIGA, the professional association for design, in 17th floor of the Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway, New York. The building, designed by Cass Gilbert and completed in 1913, was once the tallest building in the world (792 feet). Photo: James Ewing/Otto.

2016 Giants Report | July 26, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Check out what these 50 design firms are doing to stay ahead of the pack.

Fluor construction site in Shuaiba, Kuwait. Photo: Fluor/Wikimedia Commons.

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

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Fluor, and Arup top Building Design+Construction's 2016 ranking of the largest engineerin...

Autodesk LIVE includes interactive tools like time of day and time of year, which provide realistic sun lighting and shadows. All images courtesy Autodesk. Click here to enlarge.

 

BIM and Information Technology | July 25, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Users can adjust navigation points, render styles, and even the time of day, with fluid and quick controls.

Top 100 Architecture Firms

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 nati...

New Michigan law provides local governments with flexible energy conservation financing

State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. Photo: OZinOH/Creative Commons.

Energy | July 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Allows cities to fund projects without adding debt.

 

Photo: Ron Blunt. Click here to enlarge.

Healthcare Facilities | July 25, 2016 | AIA

The National Healthcare Design Awards recognizes functional hospital projects that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and...

Photo: Mike Mozart/Creative Commons.

Industrial Facility | July 25, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A committee will evaluate proposals in September.

 

PNC Bank’s 110-sf “Tiny Branch." Photos courtesy PNC. Click here to enlarge.

Modular Building | July 22, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The new branch doesn’t need much space for its ATM and new accounts and personal loans services.

5 creative approaches to finish standards

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, La. Photos: Hedrich Blessing, Marie Constantin, Ted Kiper, courtesy VOA.

Architects | July 22, 2016 | Stantec Blog | Candace Small

With the right mindset, standards can produce great design for healthcare facilities, as VOA's Candace Small explores...

UC Merced's campus will greatly expand over the next four years, as the state's Board of Regents has approved a design and construction plan that would allow the 11-year-old university to increase its enrollment by nearly 50%. Image: Courtesy UC Merced

University Buildings | July 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The state’s Board of Regents has approved a $1.34 billion plan that would add nearly 1.2 million sf of new space.

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Paradise City in Seoul, South Korea. Rendering: MVRDV. Click here to enlarge.

Retail Centers | July 21, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 9,800-sm complex will have retail and nightclub space. A plaza separates the two concrete buildings.

Energy Efficient Roofing | July 21, 2016 | Mark Halverson |

Not all roof and ceiling assemblies are created equal, especially when it comes to energy performance.

Designing with Office Heroes: Lessons from a network of startup professionals

Prezi office in San Francisco. Photo: © Michael Townsend, via Gensler

Designers | July 21, 2016 | GenslerOn | Katie Rodrigues

Gensler Design Strategist Katie Rodrigues talks about how the design community can support emerging and startup clien...

A rendering of Seaport San Diego, a redevelopment of a 70-acre waterfront property. A 480-foot-tall observation tower would be one of this district's main attractions. Image: Seaport San Diego

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its developers envision a thriving business, education, and entertainment district, highlighted by a huge observation...

Images courtesy GS&P.

Healthcare Facilities | July 20, 2016 | GS&P Dialogue | Ray Wong, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED GA

Charting procedures and highlighting improvement opportunities can lead to developing effective design strategy simul...

Photo: Torre Reforma/Arup

Concrete | July 20, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Double-V hangers and irregularly spaced gaps allow the structure to bend.

 

Chicago Cubs unveil plans for premier fan club underneath box seats at Wrigley Field

Rendering: Chicago Cubs.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 20, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

As part of the baseball team’s larger stadium renovation project, the club will offer exclusive food, drinks, and sea...

The Crescent Terminus project in Atlanta features wood siding accents placed close to street level, where it will withstand wear and tear over time from passing sidewalk traffic.

July 20, 2016 | Powered by Nichiha

Among contemporary architecture's hard lines and hard surfaces, wood is the great contrasting element—an element of s...

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Colorful Boston Road building offers affordable housing in the Bronx

Boston Road building in the Bronx. Photo: Michael Moran, via Curbed New York.

Multifamily Housing | July 20, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Designed by NYC’s Alexander Gorlin Architects, the 12-story building will have 154 studio apartments for low-income w...

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