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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.
Former DuPont lab to be converted into business incubator near U Penn campus

The three-story, 58,000-sf Pennovation Center, as it’s being called, will be at the heart of Pennovation Works, a blend of offices, labs, and production spaces situated within 23 acres along the Schuykill River and adjacent to the university’s main campus in Philadelphia. Renderings courtesy HWKN 

March 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new Pennovation Center will provide collaborative and research spaces for educators, scientis...

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BD+C special report: What it takes to build 21st-Century Schools

Students use a quiet zone at Falcon Virtual Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., a $1.2 million adaptive reuse of an aging manufacturing warehouse. Home-schooled students, working students, and transitional students can use spaces within the facility when they need to work together on projects or seek instructional support from teachers. DLR Group designed and planned the 20,000-sf facility for 400 students of Falcon School District 49. Photo: ©Ed LaCasse 

March 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

How the latest design, construction, and teaching concepts are being implemented in the next gene...

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Proposed energy standard for data centers, telecom buildings open for public comment

Photo courtesy Facebook

March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more...

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Are energy management systems too complex for school facility staffs?

Photo courtesy EnergyManagementSystems.org

March 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

When school districts demand the latest and greatest, they need to think about how those choices...

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Massive windmill will double as mixed-use entertainment tower in Rotterdam

Using a technology developed at Delft Technical University, the windmill generates energy by harnessing the movement of charged water droplets in the wind. Renderings courtesy Dutch Windwheel Corporation

February 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 571-foot structure will house apartments, a hotel, restaurants, even a roller coaster.

Using active design to help strengthen the corporate workplace and enhance employee wellness

Lentz Public Health Center, Nashville, Tenn. Photo: GS&P 

February 26, 2015 | Ann S. Trent, AIA, LEED AP

The new Lentz Public Health Center in Nashville, Tenn., serves as a model of how those progressiv...

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Should your next school project include a safe room?

Wrestling room doubles as safe room at a Wichita, Kan., school. Photo: FEMA

February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many school districts continue to resist mandating the inclusion of safe rooms or storm shelters...

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Construction funding still scarce for many school districts

The 11th high school in Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District will be part of a 179-acre, 592,000-sf “educational village” that eventually will include middle and elementary schools. The project is one of dozens of new K-12 campuses being planned throughout Texas to keep up with the population growth. Rendering: PBK Architects, courtesy Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many districts are struggling to have new construction and renovation keep pace with student popu...

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D.C.'s Dunbar High School is world's highest-scoring LEED school, earns 91% of base credits

Natural light floods the interior spaces. All photos: copyright Joseph Romeo

February 26, 2015 | Perkins Eastman

The 280,000-sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the...

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Polish architect designs modular ‘kids city’ kindergarten using shipping container frames

The complex will be filled with terraces and gardens where children can learn basic biology. All renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architecture.

February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Forget the retrofit of a shipping container into a building for one moment. Designboom showcases...

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Starchitecture meets agriculture: OMA unveils design for Kentucky community farming facility

Food Port will feature expanses of agricultural space to support local farmers and the agricultural industry. Renderings courtesy of OMA

February 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The $460 million Food Port project will define a new model for the relationship between consumer...

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Call for entries: 2015 Giants 300 survey

Great Hall, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: @Lawrence Anderson

February 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The annual Giants 300 Report ranks the top AEC firms in commercial construction, by revenue. 

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Future-proofing educational institutions: 5 trends to consider

The ‘digital-native’ generation has developed unique modes of assimilating and comprehending information. Learning space design has evolved alongside these changes. Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

February 23, 2015 | Rachael Dumas and Anne Johnson

In response to rapidly changing conditions in K-12 and higher education, institutions and school...

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The importance of quiet and the consequences of distraction

Steelcase study recently published in The Harvard Business Review found that “98% of the most highly engaged employees reported that they had ‘the ability to concentrate easily’ in their workplace and that this attribute is a top factor in their satisfaction.” Photo: Phil Whitehouse, Flickr CC

February 23, 2015 | Allison Arnone

Recent work style studies show that the average knowledge worker spends 25-35% of their time doin...

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The Loblolly House in Taylors Island, Md., designed by Kieran Timberlake, showcases the real-world application of modern industrial supply chain principles that were at the heart of Stephen Kieran's and James Timberlake's book, Refabricating Architecture. Photo courtesy Kieran Timberlake

February 23, 2015 | David Wallance, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Can innovative project delivery methods, namely modular construction, bring down costs and offer...

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State of the green union, and the next big shift in sustainability

Charts courtesy Paladino and Co.

February 23, 2015 | Brad Pease

The history of the green movement offers cues that we are on the precipice of another significant...

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February 23, 2015 |

What does a green building look like? How would you know one if you saw one? Maybe a trivial ques...

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Pumped-up recreation centers help build body, mind, and spirit

The Bickman Fitness Center expansion at Clark University, completed in September 2013, provides space for an expanded cardio fitness program, with additional room for equipment storage and multipurpose events. Photo: John Horner Photography / courtesy Perkins+Will

February 21, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Adopting facility layouts from Asian and European models, today’s sports and recreational buildin...

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Penn strengthens campus security by reviving its surrounding neighborhood

Security experts contend that camera surveillance loses its effectiveness if the images are not continuously monitored, as shown here in the University of Pennsylvania’s public safety command center. Penn is experimenting with using cameras to remotely identify people entering buildings. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C

February 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In 1996, the University of Pennsylvania’s sprawling campus in Philadelphia was in the grip of an...

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Is multifamily construction getting too frothy for demand?

Last year, the 340,000 multifamily units started represented the highest level of construction since the 1980s. Photo: Uploader via Wikimedia Commons

February 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Contractors are pushing full speed ahead, but CoStar Group thinks a slowdown might be in order th...

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Prices for Construction Materials Fall in January

Construction input prices were down in January, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Prices for other materials were also down on both a monthly and yearly basis.

February 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The decline in oil and petroleum prices finally showed up in the produce price index data, accord...

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USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

Photo: Cygnusloop99 via Wikimedia Commons

February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...

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Commercial real estate developers optimistic, but concerned about taxes, jobs outlook

Brookfield Properties' 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons

February 18, 2015 | NAIOP

The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over...

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Ground Breaks on Innovative Museum Design by Foster + Partners

The building’s façade will face toward Badouzi harbor. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The museum will be home to an aquarium, exhibition space, and waterfront views. 

Preparing for the worst: Campus security since Virginia Tech

Card-swipe technology has become a popular security feature on most campuses. Colleges usually require users to punch in a PIN code to enter a building or transverse a secure space. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C

February 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Seven years after the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and universities continue to shak...

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Why the mobile workplace isn't always mobile

Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

February 18, 2015 | Janice Barnes

Perkins+Will’s Janice Barnes addresses the nuance in mobility types and explains the importance o...

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BD+C exclusive: How security is influencing campus design and construction

For the University of California–San Diego’s Health Sciences 2 Research Laboratory Building, ZGF Architects used a mix of lighting techniques to enhance safety. Occupancy sensors control lighting use in labs and offices. The ground-floor lobby is on a timer so that it can be illuminated at night. Photo: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing

February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Campus crime—whether real or perceived—presents Building Teams with more opportunities for early-...

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California launches pilot program to finance multifamily retrofits for energy efficiency

HUD has also committed to support California’s creation of another pilot financing program for multifamily building, where most or all of the energy use is billed through a common meter. Photo: Almonroth via Wikimedia Commons

February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Obama Administration and the state of California are teaming with the Chicago-based MacArthur...

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Why diversity at work matters

In the U.S., there is a linear relationship between racial and ethnic diversity and better financial performance, a study by McKinsey found. Photo: Monisha Pushparaj/Wikimedia Commons

| February 17, 2015 |

Companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have f...

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When lava flow in Hawaii threatens a public school district, officials turn to modular

In November, the Keonepoko Elementary School at Keaau opened its doors to 430 students in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade, providing educational facilities for a community displaced by a natural disaster.

| February 17, 2015 |

Hawaii Modular Space, a Williams Scotsman company, designed temporary classroom space for the Pah...

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