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2016 Giants Report | September 26, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Leo A Daly, Brasfield & Gorrie, Layton Construction, and AECOM top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest religious facility AEC firms, as reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report.

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Construction in Philadelphia in the summer of 2016. Photo: Alexis Lewis/Creative Commons.

Architects | July 20, 2016 | AIA

The June ABI score was down from May, but the figure was positive for the fifth consecutive month. 

 

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Urban Planning | July 19, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

By treating the neighborhood as a living entity, players of Block’hood take part in the creation, death, and rebirth...

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Events Facilities | July 19, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Current plans for the Astrodome’s renovation turn the site into an indoor park and events space, but a Houston archit...

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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New color palettes add sparkle and sustainability to “you dream it we make it” projects

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17 buildings designed by Le Corbusier added UNESCO World Heritage List

Immeuble Clarté in Switzerland, a new UNESCO World Heritage site. Photo: Romano1246/Wikimedia Commons.

Architects | July 18, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The sites are spread across seven counties and were built over the course of 50 years. Le Corbusier, an architect, de...

Four residential projects named winners of the 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary Awards

Lakeside Senior Apartments in Oakland, Calif. Photo: Bruce Damonte. Click here to enlarge.

Multifamily Housing | July 18, 2016 | AIA

Affordable housing, specialized housing, and accessible housing projects were honored.

 

Downtown Tower-K18B. Rendering courtesy Studio Libeskind. Click here to enlarge.

Mixed-Use | July 18, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The glass facade, and spaces for restaurants, a luxury hotel, and offices will lure visitors and tenants.

The new stadium and mixed-use project for the Los Angeles Rams. Renderings courtesy LA Rams.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | July 18, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 70,000-seat stadium will be ready by the 2019 NFL season. The surrounding mixed-use development includes space fo...

Impact fees on development proposed to fund Miami’s rising sea level resiliency plans

Construction site near the water in downtown Miami. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons.

Resiliency | July 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

$400 million flood plan includes new valves, pumps, and raised roadways.

 

Newark passes nation’s first ‘environmental justice’ ordinance

Newark, N.J. Photo: A. Duarte/Creative Commons.

Green | July 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Requires city planning officials to get more information from developers to ensure healthy, sustainable projects.

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Augmented Reality | July 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

While catching them all may be the main goal, the wildly popular mobile game is also leading people to trek to unexpl...

Zaha Hadid designs geometric flower-shaped tower for sustainable Qatar city

Courtesy ZHA. Click here to enlarge.

High-rise Construction | July 15, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 38-story building will have a mashrabiya latticed facade with hotel and residential space inside.

Construction in New York City. Photo: Jeffrey Zeldman/Creative Commons.

Contractors | July 15, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

‘Sick and tired’ of lawbreaking contractors defining public perception.

 

Welding has begun on a 70-story-tall office and residential tower in earthquake prone San Franciso that claims it can resist a 500-year earthquake, and be back in full operation within a month after a catastrophic event. Image: Courtesy of 181 Fremont

High-rise Construction | July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A megabrace is a key seismic component at 181 Fremont, with offices, residences, and retail space.

Shigeru Ban designs tower expected to be world’s tallest hybrid timber structure

Rendering of Shigeru Ban's Terrace House project. Plans are subject to change, and the full unveil is scheduled for the fall. Rendering courtesy Shigeru Ban and PortLiving. Click here to enlarge.

High-rise Construction | July 14, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

To lessen the carbon footprint, Terrace House in Vancouver will be made of wood sourced from British Columbia.

Capital One adds coffee shops to bank locations

Capital One Cafe in San Francisco. Photo: kennejima/Creative Commons.

Retail Centers | July 14, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Several cities opened or are planning Capital One Cafes where customers can buy a latte and make a checking deposit....

The history of building with wood [infographic]

The ceiling of the Richmond Olympic Oval building in Richmond, B.C., Canada, is made of glulam. Photo: Thelastminute/Wikimedia Commons.

Wood | July 14, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The first timber home was built 10,000 years ago. Now 40-story wood skyscrapers are being constructed.

Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host next week's Republican National Convention, at which more than 20,000 people are expected to attend. The venue is relying on a distributed antennae system to help boost voice and data transmission and make sure those attendees' smartphones work smoothly. Image: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons

Building Tech | July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Each venue is equipped with DAS technology that extends the building’s wireless coverage.

Portland, Ore. Photo: Holly Hayes/Creative Commons.

Multifamily Housing | July 14, 2016 | Peter Fabrid, Contributing Editor

Expected to raise $8 million annually on commercial and residential projects.

 

West Palm Beach, Fla. Photo courtesy Van Alen Institute.

Urban Planning | July 13, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Design and research teams will use West Palm Beach, Fla., as their model.

 

Chicago's Union Station. Photo: Jazz Guy/Creative Commons.

Transit Facilities | July 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The third-busiest station in the country needs more space.

 

A growing number of Americans are opting out of office work. Employers can make the office environment more appealing—and in the process foment innovation—through better workspace design and by allowing greater latitude in where work takes place, according to a new survey conducted by Gensler. Image: Pixabay

Office Building Design | July 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A poll of 4,000-plus U.S. workers finds the most innovative among them spend less time at the office.

FAA issues final rule on commercial use of drones

Photo: Paul Cooper/Creative Commons.

Drones | July 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The rule covers commercial uses for drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, and it takes effect Aug. 29.

 

Ark Encounter. Photo and video courtesy Ark Encounter.

Religious Facilities | July 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Ark Encounter, the largest timber-framed structure in the world, opened in Kentucky.

 

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High-rise Construction | July 12, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The structure will be the tallest building in the Edgewater District

OhioHealth Neuroscience Institute at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. Building Team: NBBJ (architect), Korda (SE/MEP), Dynamix (MEP), EMH&T (CE), and Whiting-Turner/Corna Kokosing (CM). Photos courtesy Ohio CTC. Click here to enlarge.

 

Building Team | July 12, 2016 | Tom Garske, Jennifer Horvath, Ed Keener, Stephen Metz, Jeff Ortman, Randy Sleeper, Kurt Smith, and Monica Wangler | Ohio Construction Transformation Consortium

Experts explain the benefits of DA, a process where the subcontractors are retained to assist other Building Team mem...

CF Møller designs LEGO world headquarters complex in Denmark

A four-story atrium sits at the center of the proposed LEGO world headquarters building. Renderings courtesy CF Møller. Click here to enlarge.

Office Building Design | July 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 52,000-sm complex will incorporate many familiar motifs from the popular plastic building block toys.

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Sustainability | July 12, 2016 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Divya Natarajan

Healthier and happier employees benefit a company’s bottom line. Paladino senior project manager Divya Natarajan writ...

OSHA raises maximum civil penalties by 78%

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Codes and Standards | July 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to infractions that occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.

 

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