On December 31, 1988, as employees at KCI were ringing in the New Year, they were also celebrating the purchase of their engineering firm just weeks earlier from the British holding company Hanson Trust PLC. That...

August 11, 2010

If there were any doubts about the dangers of poorly anchored rooftop equipment during a hurricane, building consultant Thomas Lee Smith can point to case after case of flying mechanical units, rolling condensers,...

August 11, 2010

Rising 22 stories above one of Santiago, Chile's most high-scale commercial districts, the glass-and-steel corporate headquarters for Almacenes Paris LTDA — Chile's largest retailer — stands as an icon of innovative...

August 11, 2010

Trendsetting hotel design is more than theater; it is a sales and marketing tool. One look at hotels as varied as the Empire Palace Hotel in Rome, the Hudson in New York City and the Hotel Meurice in Paris shows why...

August 11, 2010

From the incorporation of closed-circuit TV to the installation of access-control systems, technology has no doubt improved building security in recent years. However, if a facility can be designed inherently safer,...

August 11, 2010

It is said that a roof is 10% of a project's cost and 90% of its problems. That may be an overstatement, but without proper design and installation, roofs can and will fail.

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August 11, 2010


There are no cartoon characters adorning the walls in the HKS-designed Phoenix Children’s Hospital expansion (left). Rather, the sophisticated...

August 11, 2010

Architecturally designed to conform to the landscape of the Pikes Peak region, The Broadmoor includes the best features of many famous European resort hotels, and affords every convenience and luxury that could be...

August 11, 2010