NCARB survey indicates continued growth of U.S. architects

Cincinnati's skyline. Photo: Robert S. Donovan/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 20, 2016 | NCARB

The number of U.S. architects surpassed 110,000 in 2015, a 2% increase from the previous year.

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Ark Encounter is the first phase of the AiG theme park

Wood | May 24, 2016 | Viega

When you’re building the largest timber-frame structure in the world, you don’t want an open flame anywhere near the...

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Coatings | May 24, 2016 | Jeff Alexander |

With high-quality Valspar coatings, pre-painted metals can be abrasion resistant even for heavy commercial use, deliv...

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Los Angeles bus depot squeezes the most from a tight site

Perforated panels and purple photovoltaic assemblies distinguish the building from the surrounding urban concrete during the day. LED “stripes” and a glowing lantern make the facility pop at night. Photo: Chang Kim Photography. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 24, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Building Team for the MTA Division 13 Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility fit 12 acres’ worth of programming...

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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Ontario planning to spend $7-billion on wide-ranging climate change plan

Mississauga, Ontario. Photo: Robert Linsdell/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | May 24, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes financial incentives to retrofit buildings.

 

Related Midwest will transform 62 acres of undeveloped land, as pictured here in 2005, into an area containing thousands of homes and millions of square feet of office and retail space. Photo: Payton Chung/Creative Commons

Urban Planning | May 23, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Related Midwest will turn the strip that connects the South Loop to Chinatown into a neighborhood with homes, stores,...

The entry portal to the Naval Cemetery Landscape, which converts a former naval cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y., into a vibrant public space that pays tribute to war veterans. Image: Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Cultural Facilities | May 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The site is one of six where TKF Foundation is studying the relationship between nature, the built environment, and h...

Perkins+Will achieves first Living Building Challenge Certification with Vancouver visitors center

Inspired by an orchid, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver has curved walls and a floating roof. Image courtesy Perkins+Will. Click here to enlarge.

Green | May 23, 2016 | Perkins+Will

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre was recognized for its use of healthy building materials, on-site renewa...

'Greenest ballpark' proves a winner for St. Paul Saints

A berm in left field provides a picnic-like setting for up to 1,000 fans at CHS Field. Brick warehouses highlight the setting in the Lowertown arts district. Photo: Paul Crosby Photography/Courtesy Snow Kreilich Architects. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 23, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Solar arrays, a public art courtyard, and a picnic-friendly “park within a park" make the 7,210-seat CHS Field the fi...

Facility managers say Internet of Things, analytics will impact maintenance soon

Photo: Thomas Hawk/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More reliable data needed for optimal results from the technology.

 

Texas Rangers announce plans for $1 billion retractable roof ballpark

Globe Life Park in Arlington. Photo: Brandi Korte/Creative Commons

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

The new stadium will replace Globe Life Park, which is only 22 years old.

 

Saudi Arabia capital city Riyadh is building a massive public transit system

King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station. Rendering couresy Zaha Hadid Architects. Click here to enlarge.

Transit Facilities | May 20, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

More than 110 miles of track will connect 85 stations over six lines. The cars can reach speeds up to 90 mph, and Zah...

Report: Urban area population growth slows

Austin, Texas. The population growth of the city has slowed, but a few of its suburbs, including Pflugerville and Georgetown, have experience booms. Photo: Stuart Seeger/Creative Commons

Market Data | May 20, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Older Millennials are looking to buy homes and move away to more affordable suburbs and exurbs.

Photo: Tobias Horvath/Creative Commons

BIM and Information Technology | May 20, 2016 | AIA

The new automated connection will allow the more than 350 AIA 2030 committed firms to report their project and portfo...

The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh achieves the client’s sustainable business objectives. And its execution required a degree of testing and modeling by the Building Team that’s unusual for most U.S. office buildings. Photo: Connie Zhou/Michael Ash Partners. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Building Team designed the 800,000-sf tower to use 50% less energy than a comparable building. A 1,200-sf mockup...

Why people are the most important factor in urban regeneration

A 100-hectare contemporary waterfront site in Belgrade, Serbia. Rendering courtesy CallisonRTKL.

Urban Planning | May 20, 2016 | CallisonRTKL blog | Edgar Kiviet

What makes large-scale urban regeneration projects successful? CallisonRTKL's Edgar Kiviet explores how cities, parti...

Industry leaders call for wider use of bamboo as a building material

Bamboo used as scaffolding. Photo: Andy McDowall/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 20, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Benefits include seismic resiliency and sustainability.

 

NCARB survey indicates continued growth of U.S. architects

Cincinnati's skyline. Photo: Robert S. Donovan/Creative Commons.

Architects | May 20, 2016 | NCARB

The number of U.S. architects surpassed 110,000 in 2015, a 2% increase from the previous year.

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Retail Centers | May 20, 2016 | Julia Love, Reuters

The prototype store borrows features from Apple's hotly anticipated new headquarters in Silicon Valley, which is set...

Architect Jean Nouvel designs 'flood-resilient' Monad Terrace in Miami Beach

New rendering of Monad Terrace. Courtesy JDS Development Group, via Curbed Miami

 

Multifamily Housing | May 19, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A man-made lagoon with lush vegetation at the base of the complex is expected to adapt to climate change and rising s...

Report finds that e-commerce and new tech is changing warehouses

Photo: Seika/Creative Commons.

Warehouses | May 19, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Companies are integrating new technology and planning to build new warehouses in order to serve customers faster than...

The entrance to the Cubs' new locker room

Sports and Recreational Facilities | May 19, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Audacy system uses a combination of motion sensors, luminaire controllers, light sensors, and switches that are a...

12 building projects that represent the best in AEC team collaboration

The interior of Fulton Center in Manhattan, N.Y., is constructed of architecturally exposed structural steel, glass storefronts, stainless steel panels, GFRC column covers and ceilings, granite flooring, and a decorative cable net structure in the oculus. Spiral stairs, 15 ADA-compliant elevators, and 10 escalators convey 300,000 passengers a day between nine train lines. A 350-foot tunnel connects to train lines at the World Trade Center.

 

Building Team Awards | May 19, 2016 | BD+C Editors

A busy, light-filled Manhattan subway station and a pebble-shaped Chicago library are among the winners of the 19th a...

Vertical fins provide essential shading for the pebble-shaped library, which is wrapped in glass curtain wall to maximize views and natural light. Photo: Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing. Click here to enlarge.

Building Team Awards | May 19, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 16,000-sf, pebble-shaped Chinatown Branch Library was built at the intersection of new and old Chinatown neighbor...

CannonDesign releases new white paper on advancements in operating room environments

Hybrid operating room. Photo: Pfree2014/Wikimedia Commons

Hospital Design Trends | May 19, 2016 | BD+C Editors

"Surgical Suites: Emerging Approaches to Planning and Design" offers solutions for collaboration and technology integ...

Asphalt roofing group publishes updated shingle installation guide

Asphalt shingles. Photo: TriviaKing/Wikimedia Commons.

Codes and Standards | May 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Technical manual provides best practices for roofing professionals.

 

The 53-foot-diameter oculus looms over the grand atrium. Suspended under tension within the conical atrium is the “Sky Reflector-Net,” by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and Arup. The artwork is composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods, and nearly 10,000 stainless steel components; 952 aluminum panels distribute sunlight down to the lowest levels of the station. Photo: Jon Ortner/Ortner Photography.

Building Team Awards | May 19, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Fulton Center, which handles 85% of the riders coming to Lower Manhattan, is like no other station in the city’s vast...

U.S. hotel construction pipeline full, led by upscale property segment

Photo: Pixabay

Hotel Facilities | May 17, 2016 | STR

The 506,000 rooms under contract in April represent a 14.6% YoY increase. 

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Virtual Reality | May 17, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Roto VR looks to create the most immersive VR experience available by incorporating things like motorized turns, cabl...

The AC Hotel in a neighborhood in Oklahoma City will be Oklahoma's first modular-built hotel, as well as the first for its developer. Image: Courtesy Guerdon Modular Buildings 

Modular Building | May 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guerdon Modular Buildings will produce 81 modules for this project. 

The ground floors of Oceanwide Center's two towers will be lifted up five stories to create an “urban room” with pedestrian crossings. Image: Foster + Partners

High-rise Construction | May 17, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One of Oceanwide Center’s buildings will be the city’s second tallest. 

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