Multifamily housing starts dropped to 100,000 in April—the lowest level in several decades—due to still-worsening conditions in the apartment market. Nonetheless, the April total is below trend, so starts will move...

August 11, 2010

In the building team's quest to reduce energy costs, insulation is becoming an important component of building design because of its role in moderating fluctuations in outside temperatures. But insulation systems...

August 11, 2010

In the lobby of the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the lights flicker as the crowd sets out to quickly find their seats. The auditorium lights dim and the curtain rises, giving view to a beautiful theater appearing...

August 11, 2010

High schools led the growth in K-12 construction spending during the last year with peak enrollment now in the 10th grade. Middle school construction spending fell 15%.

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August 11, 2010

The success of a multi-tenant, speculative office building is dependent on the developer's ability to convince tenants that by moving to its building they can expect to experience one or more of the following...

August 11, 2010
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August 11, 2010

Summary: Wood has long been considered an environmentally friendly resource. Today, even more focus is being placed on the recycling and renewability aspects of wood, as well as the use of certified forest land. This report...

August 11, 2010

Brick walls may look sturdy, strong, and ready to take on the fiercest storms that Mother Nature can conjure up, but brick construction has proven to be vulnerable during high-wind storms, especially hurricanes....

August 11, 2010

Jim Whitaker will never forget the day he first met Maurice Rhude.

It was early 2004, and Whitaker and his design-build team from Skanska USA Building Inc.,...

August 11, 2010