Contractors

Bringing the concepts of architects, engineers, and clients to life often requires problem-solving and compromise, and always requires hard work on the contractor’s part. Keeping construction within the allotted budget and up to the rest of the building team’s standards requires a combination of extensive technical and product knowledge.
Construction employees among top U.S. drug users

Miners and construction workers have a strong preference for alcohol, while hotel and restaurant employees generally prefer drugs to heavy drinking. Photo: Sam Metsfan/Wikimedia Commons

May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction workers are topped only by miners when it comes to heavy drinking, according to a ne...

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Nonresidential fixed investments fall in latest Construction Economic Update

The newest Construction Econmic Update from ABC revealed that nonresidential fixed investments declined during the first three months of the year. Image: Pixabay

May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This is the first time that nonresidential fixed investment declined since the first quarter of 2...

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Construction costs are expected to remain soft through fall of 2015

Analyst IHS reported that its unlikely construction prices will rise in the next several months. Image: Pixabay

April 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Labor and materials haven’t appreciated this year through April, according to market analyst IHS....

Leopardo releases 2015 Construction Economics Outlook

Leopardo's 2015 Construction Economics Outlook highlights the shortages currently being faced in the industry. Image: Morgue File/Alvimann

April 23, 2015 | Leopardo Companies, Inc.

Low oil prices have reduced the cost of construction, but not enough to offset the rise in labor...

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Size matters in NYC, where several projects vie for the city’s tallest building honor

With a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet, Nordstrom Tower would be one foot shorter than One World Trade Center. Rendering via New York Yimby

April 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest renderings of 217 West 57th Street show a tower that would rise higher than the World...

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Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into l...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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Too many construction projects still don’t meet owners’ expectations: KPMG report

KPMG International's Global Construction Survery 2015 reported that 53% of owners say they suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Causes for delays, overruns, and underperformance include project management talent shortages, di...

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Goettsch Partners unveils designs for Nanning China Resources Center Tower

The massing of the building steps and tapers to accommodate the changing floor plates of the various program types to offer a form that is efficient and identifiable. Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

April 17, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The tower's design is derived from its multiple uses, which include 170,000 sm of Class A office...

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Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaki...

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14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams...

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Prefab saves the day for Denver hospital

An 8x25-foot multi-trade rack containing mechanical, piping, and HVAC systems is lifted into place at Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, by mechanical subcontractor U.S. Engineering. Photo: Ross Cooperthwaite

April 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mortenson Construction and its partners completed the 831,000-sf, $623 million Saint Joseph Hospi...

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Anaheim’s soaring intermodal hub

The Building Team for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center used a lightweight ETFE polymer roof system to overcome poor soil conditions. Photo: John Linden

April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

Anaheim's Regional Transportations Intermodal Center is the largest ETFE project in North America...

Virtual collaboration helps complete a hospital in 24 months

PinnacleHealth’s new 108-bed, 188,000-sf West Shore Hospital provides acute care, surgical, cardiology, orthopedic, and stroke care services, and chronic disease management to patients on the west side of the Susquehanna River in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Photo: Jeffrey Totaro/Jeffrey Totaro Architectural Photographer

April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

PinnacleHealth needed a new hospital STAT! This team delivered it in two years, start to finish....

New arts venue reinvigorates Virginia Tech's campus

The new arts venue at Virginia Tech is the ninth building on campus to be LEED-certified. Jeff Goldberg/Esto Photographics Inc.

April 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The STV-led Building Team creates a world-class performance and arts venue with learning and entr...

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Multifaced fitness center becomes campus landmark

The recreation center’s sloped running track is expressed on the building’s north elevation through a glass curtain wall system and roofline that are sloped to match the incline of the track. Photos courtesy Skanska USA Building

April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A sloped running track and open-concept design put this Building Team to the test. 

Nation's first LEED-certified bus depot

The LEED-certified Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem incorporates 6,290 sf of mosaic and laminated glass artwork that the transit authority commissioned from artist Shinique Smith. Chris Cooper/Chris Cooper Photography

April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A bus garage in Harlem shows that even the most mundane of facilities can strut its environmental...

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Setting the bar for port-of-entry design

An oasis welcomes citizens and visitors to the U.S. at the Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Nogales, Ariz. Photos: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography, Inc.

April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Whenever you eat a tomato from Mexico, there’s a one-in-three chance it came through this LEED Go...

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Big D’s billion-dollar baby: New Parkland hospital tops the chart

The new 17-story Parkland Hospital. A seven-story clinical space cantilevers 60 feet past the Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Health unit. Photos: Andrew Pogue/Andrew Pogue Photography

April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Dallas’s new $1.27 billion public hospital preserves an important civic anchor, Texas-style.

Ipd-driven fusion facility serves science and student life in Chicago

Among the building’s student life functions is a bistro-style cafe and lounge with views of the central campus green. Photos: Mark Ballogg

April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In dire need of modern science labs and a student union, North Park University built both—in the...

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‘Prudent, not opulent’ sets the tone for this Catholic hospital

The 93-bed Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is the first new hospital to be built in Maryland in 25 years. The 237,000-sf acute care facility resides on the campus of Montgomery College, making it the first hospital in the U.S. to be co-located on a community college campus. All photos: Alan Karchmer / Alan Karchmer Architectural Photographer

April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

This Building Team stuck with a project for seven years to get a new hospital built for a faithfu...

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9/11 museum triumphs over controversy

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the skyscapers’ slurry wall and the “Last Column.” Photos: James Ewing Photography / courtesy Davis Brody Bond

April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Building Team for this highly visible project had much more than design, engineering, and con...

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Unique test facility will help make wind power more feasible

The Clemson University SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, where giant wind-power systems can be tested. Photo: Ryan Manchester, Clear Sky Images

April 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new facility at Clemson University makes it possible to test the huge stresses that large-scale...

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Berkeley’s West Branch Library generates more energy than it uses

Photos: David Wakely, courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux

April 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 9,400-sf facility is California's first Net Zero Energy-certified building.

Industry groups petition for change order reform on federal projects

Photo: Matti Mattila via Wikimedia Commons

April 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nine design and construction associations ask for assurance that funds available for additional w...

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French startup develops drone camera that overlays video with 3D images

Concept Photo by Sysveo via Discovery News.

April 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new drones can capture video and overlay the shot results with 3D images and augmented realit...

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Nonresidential construction spending flat in February

Commercial construction spending lost 1.9% in February, but is up 13.5% on a year-over-year basis.

April 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The Associated Builders and Contractors forecasts a robust nonresidential construction spending r...

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Super computer Watson finds new home in Manhattan's Silicon Alley

IBM Watson immersion room and interactive video wall. Image: The Switzer Group

April 01, 2015 | The Switzer Group

The new headquarters for the former Jeopardy champ was conceived as a showcase for Watson’s capab...

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Designs released for new entertainment center in Lubbock

The design is the result of a six-month collaboration between local and international firms. Renderings courtesy Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

March 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Amenities of the facility include a performance venue that seats 2,220, a smaller one that seats...

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Best in steel construction: 12 projects earn steel industry's top building award

The University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center earned a Merit Award for the design and structure of the facility. Image: Jeremy Bittermann

March 30, 2015 | American Institute of Steel Construction

Calatrava's soaring Innovation Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University...

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