When officials at the U.S. General Services Administration first presented the program requirements for the new federal courthouse in Seattle, the building's structural engineer knew exactly what to pull out of its...

August 11, 2010

More than a hundred years ago, when the ribbon was cut on North America's first subway line, in Boston (1897), and seven years later in New York, nobody cared about "openness" and "transparency" as chief requirements...

August 11, 2010

A dynamic entertainment market is prompting changes in the traditional approaches to the design and construction of performing arts centers, from concert halls to venues on college campuses.

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August 11, 2010

Imagine being commissioned to create a laboratory in which the testing conditions are so sensitive the light from a single flashlight could ruin even the most carefully designed experiment.

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August 11, 2010

The design and construction team for the Capitol Area East End Complex, Block 225, in Sacramento, faced tightened requirements of California's Title 24 energy code, frequent presentations to...

August 11, 2010

Construction spending for higher education work began growing again last summer after a year-long stall and is now 13% higher than a year ago. Growth stems almost entirely from classroom space, as university...

August 11, 2010

When the Chicago Transit Authority put the finishing touches on its sparkling new, 12-story headquarters in late 2004, the 400,000-sf complex was already one of the greenest office buildings in the city....

August 11, 2010

Concrete is one of most durable manmade materials, but even this old industry workhorse has its weaknesses.

Exposure to harsh weather, reactions with common elements...

August 11, 2010

When patrons walk through the doors of the new Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn., they may think they've just entered a Marriott or Hyatt hotel. Daylight floods the lobby through a large skylight. Trees and...

August 11, 2010


         
            
On the lookout for ever more energy-efficient building envelope solutions, a growing number of Building Teams are turning to insulating concrete forms as an alternative to...


August 11, 2010