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
For the last three years, rental apartments have occupied the hot corner in residential construct...read more
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
At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges an...read more
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
AEC Giants discuss opportunities and complications associated with renovation, restoration, and a...read more
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
Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of sof...read more
Prebys 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
Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest heal...read more
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
Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and r...read more
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
Jacobs, AECOM, and Hill International head Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the lar...read more
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
Turner Construction and Whiting-Turner Contracting top Building Design+Construction's 2015 rankin...read more
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
Leading economists expect spending for nonresidential construction to rise in 2015 by somewhere i...read more
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
Turner, Structure Tone, and Gilbane top BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector cont...read more
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
Office market AEC Giants discuss the latest trends workplace design, and the state of the office...read more
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In the first half of 2015, both the broader economy and nonresidential investment lost the moment...read more
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Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...read more
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Created by Milwaukee firm Eppstein Uhen Architects and global firm Populous, the venue will be bu...read more
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
The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Mi...read more
Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing, just east of Interstate 580 junction. Photo: Kluft via Wikimedia Commons
Data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind devastating water shortag...read more
Luxury amenities for pets will be operated by Illinois-based Paradise 4 Paws. Rendering courtesy of Paradise 4 Paws.
Pets can enjoy luxurious spa and grooming services before being transported directly to their fli...read more
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Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulatio...read more
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A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during e...read more
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The sphere would more than double the size of the current record holder.
Tesla's Elon Musk. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons
Tesla Motors purchased an additional 1,200 acres next to the Gigafactory and is looking to buy an...read more
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This is one of six testing sites around the country that are developing flight standards and eval...read more
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Insurance giant CNA says concerns are increasing in the construction industry.
Philips City Farm Research Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Photo courtesy Philips
A research center in The Netherlands is testing the latest techniques in urban farming.
In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Maine. Anton Grassl/Esto
Over the past few decades, numerous research studies have concluded that noise in hospitals can h...read more
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Through the first five months of 2015, nonresidential construction spending is having its second...read more
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While the value of disputes fell by nearly 14% in 2014, the time it took to resolve them lengthen...read more
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FMI’s latest forecasts find continued strengths in manufacturing, lodging, and office sectors....
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The American Institute of Architects reported the May ABI score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8...read more