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.
Hospital construction/renovation guidelines promote sound control

Glass enclosed work stations between patient rooms provides staff touch down areas with full view of patients without imposing upon their respite @ MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto, courtesy TRO Jung

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The newly revised guidelines from the Facilities Guidelines Institute touch on six factors that a...

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7 (more) steps toward a quieter hospital

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Every hospital has its own “culture” of loudness and quiet. Jacobs’ Chris Kay offers steps to a t...

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Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leadin...

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Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers...

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FMI's Nonresidential Construction Index Report: Construction recovery continues despite slow down

Photo: Dan DeLuca/Creative Commons

August 19, 2015 | FMI

The Q3 NRCI dropped to 63.6 from the previous reading of 64.9 in Q2, painting a mixed picture of...

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GOVERNMENT SECTOR GIANTS: Public sector spending even more cautiously on buildings

The $160 million renovation of the 620,000-sf, 18-story Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse in downtown Denver. HOK was the architect on the project, with Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects (architect of record), RMH Group (MEP), Rocky Mountain Institute (high-performance building consultant), and Mortenson Construction (design-builder). Photo: HOK

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms that do government work say their public-sector clients have been going smaller to save...

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K-12 SCHOOL SECTOR GIANTS: To succeed, school design must replicate real-world environments

Intrinsic School, Chicago, combines STEM and humanities in podlike settings. The Intrinsic charter system was founded by CEO Melissa Zaikos. The Building Team: Wheeler Kearns Architects (designer), Enspect Engineering (SE), Wolff Landscape Architect, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Whether new or reconstructed, schools must meet new demands that emanate from the real world and...

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MULTIFAMILY AEC GIANTS: Slowdown prompts developers to ask: Will the luxury rentals boom hold?

ZINC Apartments, West Cambridge, Mass., just outside Boston. The owner, Wood Partners, will start accepting tenants in September. The Building Team: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (architect), J Derenzo (site work), EM Duggan (MEP), McPhee (electrical contractor), JK Glass (curtain wall/glass), Canatal (steel), Sanford (wall panels), and Lend Lease (GC). Rendering: Wood Partners and Monogram Residential Trust

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For the last three years, rental apartments have occupied the hot corner in residential construct...

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UNIVERSITY SECTOR GIANTS: Collaboration, creativity, technology—hallmarks of today’s campus facilities

The $50 million Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., was completed last August by Walbridge (CM at risk). The five-story, 149,879-sf facility, designed by SmithGroupJJR, pulls together functions that were scattered over four buildings. The center provides instructional and R&D space for the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Photo: Jason Robinson Photography, LLC 

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges an...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Restorations breathe new life into valuable older buildings

The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, with 40,000 artworks and artifacts, will undergo a renovation of 30,000 sf, about one-third of its total space. The Building Team: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (primary architect), Sabatini & Associates (associate architect), and Mar Lan Construction (GC). Photo: Courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC Giants discuss opportunities and complications associated with renovation, restoration, and a...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Robotic reality capture, gaming systems, virtual reality—AEC Giants continue tech frenzy

Designers in Little’s Charlotte, N.C., office test drive a project design using two virtual reality methods: the Unity gaming engine combined with the Oculus Rift headset, and stereo panoramic renderings viewed on a smartphone using Google Cardboard. Photo: Little

August 06, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of sof...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Healthcare Construction Firms

Presbyterian Cardiovascular Institute, a seven-story facility that is the cornerstone of a 25-year master plan for Scripps Memorial Hospital’s La Jolla, Calif., campus. GC McCarthy Building Companies used lean construction principles to prefabricate headwalls and handwashing sinks in the patient rooms, ICUs, and prep/recovery rooms. Also on the Building Team: HOK (project architect), KPFF (SE/CE), exp (MEP), MWPA (landscape architect), and Jacobs Engineering Group (CM). Photo: Stephen Whalen Photography

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest heal...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and r...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Construction Management Firms

The renovation of the Sawyer Library at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., required the demolition of two additions from the 1950s and 1960s to make way for a 130,000-sf, four-story concrete-framed expansion. Consigli Construction was the construction manager on the three-year retrofit, with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (architect), CVM Professional (SE), and AltieriSeborWieber Consulting Engineers (MEP engineer). Photo: Timothy Schenck

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, AECOM, and Hill International head Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the lar...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 100 Contractors

The Connor Group headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. The Building Team included Moody•Nolan (architect/CE), Korda/Nemeth Engineering (SE), Prater Engineering Associates (ME), and Messer (GC). Photo: Brad Feinknopf

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction and Whiting-Turner Contracting top Building Design+Construction's 2015 rankin...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Economists hedge their bets on prospects for nonresidential construction

Owner’s rep Hill International oversees the massive pour for Miami’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. More than 120 truckloads of concrete were placed for a tank that will support four million pounds of sea water. Also on the Building Team: Grimshaw Architects (design architect), R&Q Architects (executive architect), DDA Engineers (SE), Fraga Engineers (MEP), and Skanska USA (GC). Photo: Miami Focus, courtesy Hill International

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Leading economists expect spending for nonresidential construction to rise in 2015 by somewhere i...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 87 Office Sector Construction FirmsGIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 85 Office Sector Construction Firms

Crane installation at the 181 Fremont office/condo mixed-use project in San Francisco. Immediately adjacent to the new Transbay Transit Center and elevated park, the 70-story high-rise will become the city's second tallest building when completed in June 2016. Photo courtesy Level 10 Construction

August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, Structure Tone, and Gilbane top BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector cont...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Today’s workplace design must appeal to Millennials’ ‘activity-based’ lifestyle

Lifestyle micro kitchen at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters, Chicago. The Building Team: CBRE (owner’s rep); Gensler (architect); Klein and Hoffman (SE); Environmental Systems Design (MEP); CD+M Lighting Design Group; Wiss, Janney, Elstner (historical engineer); and Skender Construction (GC). Photo: @Eric Laignel

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Office market AEC Giants discuss the latest trends workplace design, and the state of the office...

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Nonresidential fixed investment falls in second quarter

Chart:  Bureau of Economic Analysis

July 31, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

In the first half of 2015, both the broader economy and nonresidential investment lost the moment...

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Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...

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bucks, milwaukee, arena, deal, wisconsin, basketball, building

Renderings courtesy Populous

July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Created by Milwaukee firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the venue will be bu...

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Miami developers are designing luxury housing to cater to out-of-town buyers and renters

The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Miami Worldcenter (pictured), whose homes include maid’s rooms, larger terraces, boutique-size closets, and guest suites. Rendering courtesy Paramount Miami Worldcenter

July 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Mi...

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NASA: U.S. headed for worst droughts in a millennium

Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing, just east of Interstate 580 junction. Photo: Kluft via Wikimedia Commons

July 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind devastating water shortag...

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Pets, JFK, Airport, terminal, Gensler, Paradise 4 Paws

Luxury amenities for pets will be operated by Illinois-based Paradise 4 Paws. Rendering courtesy of Paradise 4 Paws.

July 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Pets can enjoy luxurious spa and grooming services before being transported directly to their fli...

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Berkeley, Calif., adopts balcony inspection program following deadly collapse

Photo: Berkeley City Hall. Almonroth, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulatio...

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Oregon to spend $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings

Photo: Oreogn State Capitol building. M.O. Stevens, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during e...

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Louisville group plans on building world's largest disco ball

Photo: Bin im Garten, Wikimedia Commons

July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The sphere would more than double the size of the current record holder.

Tesla's Gigafactory seeks to grow even larger

Tesla's Elon Musk. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tesla Motors purchased an additional 1,200 acres next to the Gigafactory and is looking to buy an...

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The nation’s first drone park breaks ground in North Dakota

Photo: Alexander Glinz, Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is one of six testing sites around the country that are developing flight standards and eval...

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Opioid abuse blamed for increase in worker injuries, business losses

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July 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Insurance giant CNA says concerns are increasing in the construction industry.

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