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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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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...

EcoDistricts unveils sustainable neighborhood framework

Colorado Springs, Colo. Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons.

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

Focus is on equity, resilience, and climate protection.

 

NBA’s Atlanta Hawks to build new practice center with attached medical facilities

The Atlanta Hawks new practice facility in Brookhaven, Ga. Rendering courtesy HOK.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | May 06, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The team will have easy access to an MRI machine, 3D motion capture equipment, and in-ground hydrotherapy. 

On New York City’s bulletin on lot line requirements – and how it applies everywhere else

1 hour curtain wall adjacent to a parking area in a private office in Valley Stream, NY. Products used: SuperLite II-XL 60 with PPG Starphire Low-Iron insulated with Low-E in GPX Curtain Wall Framing; Architect: RPF; Glazier: AMG Contracting

Fire-Rated Products | May 06, 2016 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Determining when fire rated requirements apply, the type of fire rated glazing allowed, how much fire rated glazing c...

SkyLine pod. Courtesy of Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond, via ArchDaily.

Cultural Facilities | May 06, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond designed a "gondola" network that will connect the city's Riverfront t...

Infographic: The greening of healthcare

Photo: M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | May 06, 2016 | Constructive Thinking Blog | Skanska

By adopting green building and sustainable practices, healthcare facilities can save $15 billion over 10 years. Skans...

Photo Credit: Daniel Schwen, Wikimedia Commons

Big Data | May 05, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

AllTransit analyzes the social benefits of good transit service by analyzing data related to health, equity, and econ...

The Rutgers University School of Business won a National Award for Projects $15 million to $75 million in the 2016 IDEAS2 awards

Steel Construction and Products | May 05, 2016 | American Institute of Steel Construction

Held annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 awards recognize exceptio...

Navigant Research estimates that global demand for data integration technologies for buildings will increase nearly tenford over the next 10 years. Image: Pixabay

Big Data | May 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Navigant Research report takes a deeper dive to examine where demand will be strongest by region and building type....

Diamond Schmitt designs multi-purpose Buddy Holly Hall for a variety of performing arts

Diamond Schmitt's Buddy Holly Hall in Lubbock, Texas. Renderings courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects. Click images to enlarge.

Performing Arts Centers | May 04, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The spacious and versatile complex can hold operas, plays, rock concerts, and conferences.

 

Steel Construction and Products | May 04, 2016 | Star Building Systems

Winter Construction is part of the Star family, and their new 8300 sf brewery and tasting room is a Star Building Sys...

World’s largest cultural center planned for Dubai

Dubai Opera House. Rendering courtesy Emaar.

Cultural Facilities | May 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Opera District will have a 2,000-seat theater and three residential complexes.

 

Photo: Aurimas/Creative Commons.

Urban Planning | May 04, 2016 | Brookings

In the new report, “How Firms Learn: Industry Specific Strategies for Urban Economies,” Brookings' Scott Andes examin...

Study finds engineering, architecture among the best entry-level jobs

Photo: Pixabay.

Architects | May 03, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The results balanced immediate opportunity, job growth potential, and job hazards.

 

Piazza in San Francisco will feature a 92-foot stainless steel statue

The piazza at Trinity Place. Renderings courtesy Trinity Properties.

Building Team | May 03, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Made of 2,500 seamlessly-welded panels, Venus will be the centerpiece of a new public piazza containing other works o...

ABC: Nonresidential construction spending slips in March

Hotel construction in New York City. Photo: Nick Normal/Creative Commons.

Contractors | May 03, 2016 | ABC

Spending is up 8.3% on a year-over-year basis. Half of the 16 nonresidential construction subsectors experienced mont...

Florida clamps down on school construction spending

Melbourne (Fla.) High School. Photo: Scapler/Wikimedia Commons.

School Construction | May 03, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Critics fear rules will hamper ability to build schools with desired features.

 

Altara Shopping and Lifestyle Center in Honduras

Coatings | May 02, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

From prismatic coatings with mica flakes to graffiti-resistant coatings to coatings with a crinkle...

Construction to begin this summer in Chicago on Studio Gang’s Vista Tower

Vista Tower. Renderings courtesy Studio Gang.

High-rise Construction | May 02, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 1,186-foot tower will be the third-tallest building in the city.

 

How HDR used computational design tools to design Omaha's UNO Baxter Arena

The new Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb. Photo: Dan Schwalm, courtesy of HDR Architecture, Inc. Click here to enlarge.

BIM and Information Technology | May 02, 2016 | HDR BLiNK | Matt Goldsberry

Three years after writing a white paper about designing an arena for the University of Nebraska Omaha, HDR's Matt Gol...

Rippled façade defines Snøhetta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion design

Photo: Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA. Click here to enlarge.

Museums | May 02, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The museum will have three times as much gallery space as before, along with a new theater, atrium, and living wall....

Connecticut to develop new code standards for resiliency

Flooding in Hartford, Conn., in 2007. Photo: billandkent/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | May 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expected more frequent severe weather events due to climate change prompts review.

 

A man-made lagoon with a Bellagio-like fountain will be the highlight of a mixed-use project outside Dallas

A planned mixed-use development called Bayside, in a suburb of Dallas will feature a lagoon and water fountain that would be a first for Texas. Phase I construction on the residential, office, and retail parts of the 262-acre project is scheduled to begin in the few months. Image: Humphreys and Partners Architects

Mixed-Use | May 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction will soon begin on housing, retail, and office spaces.

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