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.
FMI: Construction in place on track for sustained growth through 2016

Photo: Salim Virji via flickr Creative Commons

September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FMI’s latest report singles out manufacturing, lodging, and office sectors as the drivers of nonr...

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What went wrong? Diagnosing building envelope distress [AIA course]

Image depicts a brick veneer exterior that has expanded and pulled away from the window. Image: Hoffmann Architects

September 29, 2015 | John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, and Deborah J. Costantini, AIA, Hoffmann Architects

With so many diverse components contributing to building envelope assemblies, it can be challengi...

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The AMIE building, unveiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the DOE’s Industry Day event. Images courtesy SOM

September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) building features a high-performance shell wi...

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CONVENTION CENTER SECTOR GIANTS: Gensler, AECOM, Turner top rankings of nation's largest convention/events sector AEC firms

Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

September 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest convention/events sector design and construction firms, a...

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AIRPORT SECTOR GIANTS: KPF, Hensel Phelps, Jacobs top rankings of nation's largest airport terminal sector AEC firms

Terminal B, Logan International Airport, Boston. Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM

September 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest airport terminal sector design and construction firms, as...

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HOTEL SECTOR GIANTS: Gensler, AECOM, Turner among nation's largest hotel sector AEC firms

Washington (D.C.) Marriott Marquis. Photo courtesy Cooper Carry

September 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest hotel sector design and construction firms, as reported i...

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INDUSTRIAL SECTOR GIANTS: Stantec, Turner, Jacobs among top industrial AEC firms

Sainsbury's distribution center in Waltham Point, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Photo: Nick Saltmarsh via flickr.com/Wikimedia Commons

September 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest industrial sector design and construction firms, as repor...

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MILITARY SECTOR GIANTS: Clark Group, HDR, Fluor top ranking of nation's largest military sector AEC firms

Photo: United States Navy

September 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest military sector design and construction firms, as reporte...

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RETAIL SECTOR GIANTS: Callison RTKL, PCL Construction, Jacobs among top  retail sector AEC firms

Strategically placed illuminated LED panels produce a shimmering glow on the exterior of the newly renovated Bloomingdales at the Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif. On the Building Team: Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors (AE), Kevin Kennon Architects (designer), and C.W. Driver (GC). Photo: Cristi D. Costea Photography, courtesy Hixson

September 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest retail sector design and construction firms, as reported...

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Thornton Tomasetti adds depth by merging with Weidlinger Associates

A key component of this merger will be the formation of an R&D holding company to develop innovative products and services for the company, as well as for other firms. 

September 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A quest for innovation and growth drove the two engineering firms together.

The power of data: How AEC firms and owners are using analytics to transform design and construction

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September 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Case’s bldgs = data conference highlighted how collecting data about personal activities can info...

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DATA CENTER SECTOR GIANTS: Beck Group, Fluor, Holder Construction among top data center AEC firms

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September 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest data center sector design and construction firms, as repo...

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September 01, 2015 |  WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Halvorson and Partners, a 40-person Chicago-based firm, has completed structural designs for buil...

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August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several surveys gauge passenger satisfaction with airports, as flyers and airlines weigh in on te...

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Small and regional airports in a dogfight for survival

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport by Art davis via Wikimedia Commons

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Small and regional airports are in a dogfight for survival. Airlines have either cut routes to no...

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Logan Airport Rental Car Center, Boston. Photo: Arnold Reinhold via Wikimedia Commons

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC teams have found fertile ground in building or expanding consolidated rental car facilities,...

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Experts discuss how airports can manage growth

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August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In February 2015, engineering giant Arup conducted a “salon” in San Francisco on the future of av...

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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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Deriving value from coordinated building enclosure shop drawings

All images and charts courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

August 11, 2015 | John N. Karras and Jeffrey D. Kerr, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Building enclosure shop drawings play a critical role in guarding against common performance, cos...

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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 80 Healthcare Engineering Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Courtesy HKS, DPR

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the l...

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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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