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.
Obama executive order requires federal construction projects to consider flood damage caused by climate change

The standard would make large tracts of low-lying land off limits for construction with federal funds. Photo: Craig Dietrich via Wikimedia Commons 

February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

To meet the new standard, builders must build two feet above the currently projected elevation fo...

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ASHRAE, REHVA publish guide to chilled beam systems

Rendering: Schako Air Distribution, http://www.schako.de/

February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam syst...

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Census Bureau: Capital spending by U.S. businesses increased 4.5%

The headquarters of Adobe Systems in downtown San Jose, Calif. Photo: Coolcaesar via Wikimedia Commons

February 06, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

Of the 19 industry sectors covered in the report, only one had a statistically significant year-t...

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Designs for self storage in one of Miami’s party hot spots

Curbed calls the design "a chunk of the Fountainbleu" stuck on Alton Road. Renderings: courtesy Gutierrez & Lozano

February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans by architect Gutierrez & Lozano are of a sleek, boutique-looking, 22,500-sf facilit...

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Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Mike Buck

February 05, 2015 | Bruner Foundation

Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, S.C., and the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Downtown Market are amo...

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London mayor approves plan for a bicycle highway

Proposal for Parliament Square. Renderings courtesy Transport for London

February 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan will guarantee bike riders a designated stretch of street to ride from east to west thro...

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Arup unveils plans for the new A.C. Milan stadium

The stadium's removable roof will help migitate noise in the surrounding area. Renderings courtesy Arup

February 04, 2015 | Arup

The venue will include a modern stage for the home matches together with a hotel, sports college,...

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5 trends transforming workplace design

The average American sits 7.7 hours per day. Being sedentary for that long over a prolonged period of time has negative impacts on a person’s weight gain. Photo: Darko Maksimovic via Wikimedia Commons

February 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

RTKL's workplace design expert Jodi Williams foresees healthier and more technologically enabled...

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Nonresidential construction spending expands in December 2014

Spending for the month totaled $627.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, 5.9% higher than December 2013. Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Dawn M. Price, U.S. Air Force, Wikimedia Commons.

February 03, 2015 | Associated Contractors and Builders

Seven of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases in spending in December on a...

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BIG proposes canopied, vertical village for Middle East media company

Two towers are connected by a giant tensile canopy that slopes down, mimicking the tents traditionally used by cultures of the region. Renderings courtesy BIG.

February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tensile canopy shades a relaxation plaza from the desert sun.

AGC working with EPA on website to help with environmental rule compliance

As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to a website. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

February 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The goal is for the site to be improved to make it easier for construction contractors to learn h...

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D.C. developer sees apartment project as catalyst for modeling neighborhood after NY's popular  High Line district

The apartment building is located a block from D.C.’s NoMa/Gallaudet Red Line Metro Station, which since opening in 2004 has been the impetus for development. Rendering: courtesy Level 2

February 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

It’s no accident that the word “Highline” is in this project’s name. The goal is for the building...

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7 new factors shaping hospital emergency departments

The Marion Emergency Care Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, features a “super track” area to assess and treat low-acuity patients. Photo: Daryl Shields / HKS

February 01, 2015 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

A new generation of highly efficient emergency care facilities is upping the ante on patient care...

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5 intriguing trends to track in the multifamily housing game

The upper lobby in the apartment building ECO, one of eight buildings in the Green District complex in Allston, Mass. Common areas in multifamily buildings, especially those charging higher rents, often look more like lobbies found in hotels. Photo: Warren Jagger

January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for rental apartments and condos hasn’t been this strong in years, and our experts think t...

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20% down?!! Survey exposes how thin renters’ wallets are

Situated in Houston’s historic Hines Market Square district is a 32-story luxury tower that will be home to 274 residents. Most of the multifamily that’s being built in the U.S. is rental, and much of it is in or near urban centers where both young and older renters and empty nesters are gravitating. Photo: courtesy Ziegler Cooper

January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A survey of more than 25,000 adults found the renters to be more burdened by debt than homeowners...

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Production builders are still shying away from rental housing

Trumark Urban’s 27-condo Amero, in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, features a rooftop terrace with a striking fireplace. Photo: ©Christopher Mayer Photography

January 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Toll Brothers, Lennar, and Trumark are among a small group of production builders to engage in co...

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Investment in nonresidential structures expands in fourth quarter

In the fourth quarter of 2014, investment in nonresidential structures increased 2.6%. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

January 30, 2015 | Associated Builders & Contractors

Real gross domestic product expanded 2.6% during the fourth quarter of 2014, following a 5% incre...

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An urban wind and solar energy system that may actually work
January 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system was designed to take advantage of a building's air flow and generate energy even if it...

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Multifamily construction, focused on rentals, expected to slow in the coming years
January 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New-home purchases, which recovered strongly in 2014, indicate that homeownership might finally b...

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London goes through with Foggo Associates' "can of ham" building
January 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The much delayed high-rise development at London’s 60-70 St. Mary Axe resembles a can of ham, and...

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Photo: Terence Wiki via Wikimedia Commons
January 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Investors bet big time on demand for rental properties over homeownership in 2014, when sales of...

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Rendering courtesy Tesla
January 21, 2015 | John Caulfield

Tesla Motors’ “gigafactory,” a $5 billion project on 980 acres in Sparks, Nev., could annually pr...

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3D Printer, Building, Multifamily, China
January 21, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The building components were prefabricated piece by piece using a printer that is 7 meters tall,...

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Crystalline Amethyst Hotel Rendering NL Architects
January 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Dutch practice NL Architects designed a proposal for a chain of hotels shaped like a rock cut...

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No. 1 Undershaft, London, Avery Associates, tower
January 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 270-meter tower, dubbed the No. 1 Undershaft, will stand next to the city's "Cheesegrater" bu...

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Renderings courtesy Holm Architecture Office
January 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

New York-based HAO has released designs for the proposed Bolong 3D Movie Museum & Mediatek in...

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January 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nearly 100 years after Antoni Gaudí’s death, Chile will begin constructing a chapel using his des...

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Mitazono Wakaba, Architecture for Humanity, bankruptcy, nonprofit
January 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After more than 15 years of work, the nonprofit design group Architecture for Humanity has closed...

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Minneapoliss Target Field Station opened last May 17. The $82.5 million hub is
January 18, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

You can catch a train at Minneapolis’s new Target Field Station. You can also share in an experie...

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Hot Box, by Michaela MacLeod of Polymtis Architecture and Nicholas Croft, was o
January 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Five winning designs have been unveiled for lifeguard stands that will double as public space art...

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