Facility Managers

Once the project is completed, the building must be managed by someone, or it cannot live up to its full functionality. Owners and facility managers are the unsung heroes of many iconic works of architecture, making sure that buildings remain in good condition and are utilized to their fullest potential.
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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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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Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...

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Pets, JFK, Airport, terminal, Gensler, Paradise 4 Paws

Luxury amenities for pets will be operated by Illinois-based Paradise 4 Paws. Rendering courtesy of Paradise 4 Paws.

July 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Pets can enjoy luxurious spa and grooming services before being transported directly to their fli...

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Tesla's Gigafactory seeks to grow even larger

Tesla's Elon Musk. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

July 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tesla Motors purchased an additional 1,200 acres next to the Gigafactory and is looking to buy an...

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Philips sheds new light on growing fresh food indoors

Philips City Farm Research Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Photo courtesy Philips

July 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A research center in The Netherlands is testing the latest techniques in urban farming. 

The main noisemakers in healthcare facilities: behavior and technology

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Maine. Anton Grassl/Esto

July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Over the past few decades, numerous research studies have concluded that noise in hospitals can h...

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Construction materials prices up in May

The latest report from Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction materials prices increased in May but remain down for the year. Image: Pixabay

June 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Prices for inputs to construction industries rose by 1.1% in May—the largest month-over-month inc...

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Houston's energy sector keeps office construction humming

Colliers International’s 2015 North America Office Market report assessed 92 markets in the U.S. and Canada. Image: Pixabay

June 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Colliers International projects continued expansion this year in its quarterly report on national...

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FMI's quarterly survey finds contractors mostly optimistic about their growth

The latest quarterly survey by FMI reported that many contractors are optimistic about growth. Image: Pixabay

June 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The overall economy, as well as the economy in which they do business, might be down, but contrac...

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Nonresidential construction spending surges in April

Photo: Sean MacEntee via flickr

June 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Nonresidential construction is up by a solid 8.8% over the past year, consistent with ABC's forec...

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6 bold applications and innovations for fire and life safety

The Coltlite natural louvered ventilator provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. 

May 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wa...

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4 designs honored at AIA's TAP Innovation Awards

The three main massing elements (south bar, atrium, and north tower) are each designed with their own structural systems and floor-to-floor heights to maximize efficiencies. Image: Alene Davis

May 27, 2015 | AIA

Morphosis Architects' Emerson College building in Los Angeles and the University of Delaware’s IS...

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Renovate or build new: How to resolve the eternal question

Prep spaces in Niagara County Community College’s Niagara Falls Culinary Institute provide future chefs with experience needed to operate foodservice venues. The institute is housed in a converted shopping mall. Photo: Tim Wilkes Photography

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

With capital budgets strained, renovation may be an increasingly attractive money-saving option f...

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KU Jayhawks take a gander at a P3 development

The west entrance of the main campus of the University of Kansas with the Chi Omega Fountain. Photo: Quasselkasper via Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The P3 concept is getting a tryout at the University of Kansas, where state funding for construct...

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Construction industry adds 45,000 jobs in April

A new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the construction industry added 45,000 jobs in April. Image: Pixabay

May 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The construction industry saw an increase in jobs during the month of April after losing approxim...

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Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

May 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in ju...

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Nonresidential fixed investments fall in latest Construction Economic Update

The newest Construction Econmic Update from ABC revealed that nonresidential fixed investments declined during the first three months of the year. Image: Pixabay

May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This is the first time that nonresidential fixed investment declined since the first quarter of 2...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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Jean Nouvel loses court battle against Philharmonie de Paris over alleged design ‘sabotage’

Nouvel accused project managers of cutting corners to save money during the hall’s completion. Photo: Copyleft via Wikimedia Commons

April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the facility and asked for his name to be removed from al...

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Too many construction projects still don’t meet owners’ expectations: KPMG report

KPMG International's Global Construction Survery 2015 reported that 53% of owners say they suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Causes for delays, overruns, and underperformance include project management talent shortages, di...

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Goettsch Partners unveils designs for Nanning China Resources Center Tower

The massing of the building steps and tapers to accommodate the changing floor plates of the various program types to offer a form that is efficient and identifiable. Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

April 17, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The tower's design is derived from its multiple uses, which include 170,000 sm of Class A office...

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Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaki...

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14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams...

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Prefab saves the day for Denver hospital

An 8x25-foot multi-trade rack containing mechanical, piping, and HVAC systems is lifted into place at Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, by mechanical subcontractor U.S. Engineering. Photo: Ross Cooperthwaite

April 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mortenson Construction and its partners completed the 831,000-sf, $623 million Saint Joseph Hospi...

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Anaheim’s soaring intermodal hub

The Building Team for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center used a lightweight ETFE polymer roof system to overcome poor soil conditions. Photo: John Linden

April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

Anaheim's Regional Transportations Intermodal Center is the largest ETFE project in North America...

Virtual collaboration helps complete a hospital in 24 months

PinnacleHealth’s new 108-bed, 188,000-sf West Shore Hospital provides acute care, surgical, cardiology, orthopedic, and stroke care services, and chronic disease management to patients on the west side of the Susquehanna River in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Photo: Jeffrey Totaro/Jeffrey Totaro Architectural Photographer

April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

PinnacleHealth needed a new hospital STAT! This team delivered it in two years, start to finish....

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