Engineers

Engineering goes hand-in-hand with design, putting a practical lens on the architect’s vision and finding the best way to make it happen. Without a talented engineer, the project will never reach completion, and certainly will not reach the standards of functionality and sustainability that the architect and client are seeking.
‘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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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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Bathroom fixtures get a starchitect makeover by Bjarke Ingels

A faucet from the Taper series, designed by BIG. Photo courtesy Kallista

March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This Danish starchitect elevates the toilet paper holder (and other bathroom accessories).

Illustrator Federico Babina explores architecture as animals

The Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, but as a walrus. Renderings courtesy Federico Babina

March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

When you pay attention, the Eiffel Tower really does look like a giraffe.

Kengo Kuma selected to design new Paris Metro station

The Japanese firm's sloping design pays homage to rail tracks. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma & Associates.

March 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new station will serve as a hub to connect Paris' northern suburbs with the core.

Timber residential high-rise will tower over Stockholm waterfront

The development will overlook an old harbor in Stockholm's industrial district on the island of Djurgården. Renderings courtesy Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

March 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The four towers, 20 stories each, will be made entirely out of Swedish pine, from frame to façade...

Is nothing sacred? Seattle church to become a restaurant and ballroom

People would be able to enter the restaurant from Fifth + Columbia, a $400 million, 43-story tower that Daniels started building in June 2014 and is scheduled to complete in 2017. Rendering: ZGF Architects

March 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Seattle-based real estate developer plans to convert a historic downtown building, which for mo...

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SOM leads planning for Egypt’s new capital

The planned site for the new city will be 270 square miles with the capacity for seven million inhabitants. Renderings courtesy SOM

March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To alleviate overcrowding and congestion in Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a new capi...

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New Joplin, Mo., hospital built to tornado-resistant standards

The $465 million structure replaces St. John's Regional Medical Center that was destroyed in a 2011 tornado that devastated the city. Rendering: Mercy.net

March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new hospital features a window and frame system that can protect patients from winds of up to...

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Populous design wins competition for Britains’s most sustainable arena

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings. Rendering courtesy Populous

March 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “th...

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Prefabricated skycubes proposed with 'elastic' living apartments inside

The tower is designed to be 70% wood, and will contain gardens and flexible living spaces attached to a central concrete core. Renderings courtesy Weingartner Architects

March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The interiors for each unit are designed using an elastic living concept, where different spaces...

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Healthcare planning in a post-ACA world: 3 strategies for success

An intended outcome of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce overall inpatient activity by managing health, reducing average length of stay, reducing readmissions, and generally moving toward a holistic approach of population health rather than an acute, episodic approach. Photo: Ralf/Flickr 

March 16, 2015 | Curtis Skolnick, CBRE Healthcare

Healthcare providers are seeking direction on how to plan for a value-based world while still ver...

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Dubai Announces Construction of Aladdin City

A scene from a sci-fi movie? No, these are the official renderings of the planned Aladdin City in Dubai. Renderings courtesy Dubai Media Office

March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Planned on 4,000 acres in the Dubai Creek area, the ...

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Construction materials prices rise for first time in six months

"This rise is the first monthly gain since April 2014 and the eighth consecutive month in which petroleum prices were down on a year-over-year basis." said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Photo: Tosirog via Wikimedia Commons

March 13, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The largest monthly gain in petroleum prices in over three years caused construction materials pr...

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Construction Demand Exploding in 2015, But Costs Complicate Recovery

While the overall market is recovering, it’s not an even recovery, says JLL. 

March 12, 2015 | JLL

Raw materials and labor costs temper expectations for soaring profits.

Energy Trust of Oregon offers financial incentives for net-zero buildings

Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons

March 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.

Google plans to use robots, cranes to manipulate modular offices at its new HQ

Rendering courtesy Google

March 11, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its visions of “crabots” accentuate the search-engine giant’s recent fascination with robotics an...

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A 57-floor Chinese skyscraper was completed in 19 days

The tower has an office space capacity for 4,000 employees and residential units for 800 households. Screenshot from BSB

March 10, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

After erecting the mega prefab tower in Changsha, China, modular builder BSB stated, “three floor...

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Orlando's Skyscraper to be the world's tallest coaster

The roller coaster will be the centerpiece of a new $300 entertainment center named Skyplex. Renderings courtesy Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects

March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Skyscraper is expected to begin construction later this year, and open in 2016. It will stand...

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New courthouse blossoms into a civic space for one California town

The site in Hollister, Calif., on which the Superior Court for San Benito County was built is tight. Project architect SmithGroupJJR expanded the sense of openness in the 41,500-sf building’s interior space by borrowing visual interest from its exterior exposures. All public circulation and staff corridors and ramps have direct views onto outdoor areas, which include a plaza and roof rock gardens. The technique is based on a concept used in traditional Japanese gardens. Photo: Bruce Damonte, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

March 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building's canopy suggests classical courthouse features of front porch and portico. It also...

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State of the state: How state governments are funding construction projects

Bonds issued to build or renovate 44 courthouses in California helped pay for the $29.4 million Superior Court for San Benito County, which opened in 2014. The exterior is distinguished by a cantilevered patterned canopy. Photo: Bruce Damonte, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

March 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

State budget shortfalls are making new construction and renovation projects a tough sell, leading...

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A giant, silver loop in Dubai will house the Museum of the Future

The museum's exterior will be decorated with verses of the Sheikh's poetry, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Sheikh of Dubai hopes the $136 million museum will serve as an incubator for ideas and real d...

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Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...

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