The Commerce Department's official inflation measure for construction spending increased by a moderate 2.3% in June compared the same period last year. This followed average annual gains over of 4.1% over the...

August 11, 2010

Cesar Pelli, whose design credits include the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — at the time of their completion in 1998 the world's tallest towers — is the architect for a 530,000-sf events center in Tulsa...

August 11, 2010

Through the first eight months of this year, an estimated $40 billion was spent in the retail building sector for either new construction or the reconstruction and of existing space. This total was 8.8 percent greater than...

August 11, 2010

Because of the oval shape of the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University in State College, Pa., all 30 skylights that encircle the building had to be custom-designed, each with a different size and pitch.

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August 11, 2010

Average flat glass prices moved lower during each one of the final four years of the past decade. But the inflation environment for this important building component turned much less benign during the past two years...

August 11, 2010

Computer-aided design took a quantum leap forward in the 1980s when the Pro/Engineer parametric design program swept over the world of mechanical engineering. It has taken awhile, but that same change is now slowly...

August 11, 2010

The construction materials price index for nonresidential buildings fell 0.3% in April extending the decline since the September index peak to 13.1%. Prices for the mix of materials used in nonresidential...

August 11, 2010

At its annual conference in Denver earlier this month, the Design-Build Institute of America issued proposed guidelines for selecting specialty contractors. The document, which is still subject to review by members...

August 11, 2010

Construction has begun on the $60 million Soleil Resort hotel/condominium project at 11th and Ocean Avenues in Ocean City, N.J., across from the well-known Flanders Hotel. Scheduled to open in the second half of 2007...

August 11, 2010

Built in 1929 for NW Ayer, the nation's first advertising agency, Philadelphia's landmark Ayer building has been transformed into a luxury condo development following a two-year, $75 million renovation project....

August 11, 2010