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.
ABC: Nonresidential construction spending down in April

Construction in Cleveland's Public Sqaure in April 2016. Photo: Erik Drost/Creative Commons.

June 02, 2016 | ABC

Lower building material prices, a sluggish U.S. economy, and hesitation among private developers...

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The redeveloped Central Terminal B at New York's LaGuardia Airport will have 35 gates. Construction of this $4 billion project started officially on June 1, as its public-private development partnership signed a long-term lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Rendering: LaGuardia Gateway Partners

June 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The development consortium has secured financing for the $4 billion project, and signed an operat...

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Office building and multifamily tower revitalize Philadelphia cathedral

The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, with the 3737 Chestnut building in the background. Courtesy BLT Architects. Click here to enlarge.

June 01, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director  

The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral capitalizes on hot property to help fund much needed upgrade...

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Central utility power plant takes center stage

UCSD Medical Center Central Plant in La Jolla, Calif. Photo: Kevin Turner. Click here to enlarge.

June 01, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

An undulating roof, floor-to-ceiling glass, and façade scheme give visual appeal to a plant that...

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Gonzaga's new student center is bustling social hub

The new John J. Hemmingson Center’s “main street” features several dining options, including a Starbucks. Photo: Christian Columbres. Click here to enlarge.

May 31, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Retail mall features, comfortable furniture, and floor-to-ceiling glass add vibrancy to the new J...

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A mock environment at the NYC Police Training Academy mimics a subway station, minus the grime. Photo: Eric Laignel/Eric Laignel Photography. Click here to enlarge.

May 27, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The Police Training Academy in Queens, N.Y., consists of a 480,000-sf academic/administration bui...

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Floor-to-ceiling glass floods the interior spaces with daylight and provides scenic views of the wooded areas that surround the property. Photo: Warren Patterson Photography. Click here to enlarge.

May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Lean construction techniques were used to build 275 Wyman Street during a winter that brought mor...

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New health center campus provides affordable care for thousands of Northern Californians

The clinic’s vibrant exterior is reflective of the staff’s energy for its patients. Colorful tilt-up concrete construction was used for its durability and low cost. Photo: Donald Satterlee, Satterlee Photodesign. Click here to enlarge.

May 25, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 38,000-sf, two-level John & Susan Sobrato Campus in Palo Alto is expected to serve 25,000...

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Los Angeles bus depot squeezes the most from a tight site

Perforated panels and purple photovoltaic assemblies distinguish the building from the surrounding urban concrete during the day. LED “stripes” and a glowing lantern make the facility pop at night. Photo: Chang Kim Photography. Click here to enlarge.

May 24, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Building Team for the MTA Division 13 Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility fit 12 acres’ w...

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'Greenest ballpark' proves a winner for St. Paul Saints

A berm in left field provides a picnic-like setting for up to 1,000 fans at CHS Field. Brick warehouses highlight the setting in the Lowertown arts district. Photo: Paul Crosby Photography/Courtesy Snow Kreilich Architects. Click here to enlarge.

May 23, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Solar arrays, a public art courtyard, and a picnic-friendly “park within a park" make the 7,210-s...

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Vertical fins provide essential shading for the pebble-shaped library, which is wrapped in glass curtain wall to maximize views and natural light. Photo: Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing. Click here to enlarge.

May 19, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 16,000-sf, pebble-shaped Chinatown Branch Library was built at the intersection of new and ol...

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The 53-foot-diameter oculus looms over the grand atrium. Suspended under tension within the conical atrium is the “Sky Reflector-Net,” by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and Arup. The artwork is composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods, and nearly 10,000 stainless steel components; 952 aluminum panels distribute sunlight down to the lowest levels of the station. Photo: Jon Ortner/Ortner Photography.

May 19, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Fulton Center, which handles 85% of the riders coming to Lower Manhattan, is like no other statio...

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Photo: Pixabay

May 17, 2016 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of...

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5 factors guiding restaurant design

SushiSamba’s 14,000-sf restaurant in Las Vegas is distinguished by a colorful, arching interior design. iCrave was the designer, PWI Construction the GC. Courtesy Forté Specialty Contractors. Click here to enlarge.


May 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Restaurants are more than just places to eat. They are comprising town centers and playing into t...

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Navigant Research estimates that global demand for data integration technologies for buildings will increase nearly tenford over the next 10 years. Image: Pixabay

May 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Navigant Research report takes a deeper dive to examine where demand will be strongest by regio...

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Photo: Aurimas/Creative Commons.

May 04, 2016 | Brookings

In the new report, “How Firms Learn: Industry Specific Strategies for Urban Economies,” Brookings...

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ABC: Nonresidential construction spending slips in March

Hotel construction in New York City. Photo: Nick Normal/Creative Commons.

May 03, 2016 | ABC

Spending is up 8.3% on a year-over-year basis. Half of the 16 nonresidential construction subsect...

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ABC: Quarterly GDP growth slowest in two years

Construction in San Francisco in April 2016. Photo: Lynn Friedman/Creative Commons.

April 29, 2016 | ABC

Bureau of Economic Analysis data indicates that the U.S. output is barely growing and that nonres...

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OSHA issues advisory to protect workers from Zika virus

Photo: coniferconifer/Creative Commons.

April 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry workers considered at high risk.


Public-private partnership used to fund Long Beach Civic Center Project

Long Beach Civic Center. Plenary Properties Long Beach LLC (developer), Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate and Clark Construction (contractor), Skidmore Owings & Merrill (architect)

April 22, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Arup served as a lead advisor and oversaw financial, commercial, real estate, design, engineering...

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Photo: Dewalt.

April 21, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The Android-powered device is waterproof, dustproof, weatherproof, and can withstand drops up to...

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April 12, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Is the U.S. in an innovative funk, or is this just the calm before the storm?

AIA report analyzes 20 years of the best green projects

Federal Center South Building 1202 in Seattle. The building, designed by ZGF Architects LLP, was a COTE Top Ten Green Project in 2013. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

April 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

"Lessons from the Leading Edge" is a study of the 200 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten...

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ABC: Nonresidential spending slip in February no cause for alarm

Photo: Victoria Pickering/Creative Commons

April 04, 2016 | ABC

Spending in the nonresidential sector totaled $690.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized...

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OSHA finalizes new silica dust regulations

Photo: Pixabay.

March 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry has until June 2017 to comply.


ABC: Construction Backlog expands nearly 3% at the close of 2015

Hilton Cleveland construction in 2015. Photo: Mack Male/Creative Commons.

March 24, 2016 | ABC

Uptick suggests high demand for construction workers will continue.


ABC: Nonresidential spending regains momentum in January

Construction of the SLS Hotel & Residences Brickell in Miami in February, 2016. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons

March 01, 2016 | ABC

Nonresidential construction spending expanded 2.5% on a monthly basis and 12.3% on a yearly basis...

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Leopardo releases 2016 Construction Economics Report

Photo: Sterling Davis/Creative Commons

March 01, 2016 | Leopardo

This year’s report shows that spending in 2015 reached the highest level since the Great Recessio...

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For the first time since the recession, office deliveries outpaced office starts in 2015, according to JLL's latest construction report. Image: Pixabay

February 26, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its latest report cautions about ongoing cost increases related to finding skilled laborers.

The Guest Welcome Center at the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Alabama will include a Great Hall that could hold up to 350 guests. Image: Matheny Goldmon Architecture + Interiors.

February 25, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 30,000-sf facility will feature three rental spaces of varying sizes.

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