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Garney Construction workers wearing Kenzen heat stress devices on their arms

Courtesy Garney Construction

February 10, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The device helps to prevent heat injuries on job sites.

One of iBuilt's factories in Berwick, Pa.

iBUILT operates three factories in Pennsylvania with a combined 2 million sf production capacity. One of those facilities will be fully automated by the end of 2021. Image: Courtesy of iBUILT

January 26, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

iBUILT plans to double its production capacity this year, and usher in more technology and auto...

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Production of Katerra's new window line, made at its facility in Tracy, Calif.

Last September, Katerra, which specializes in modular solutions, launched its high-performance Kova Windows line, produced in its Tracy, Calif., facility. JLL found that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t had much impact on the industry’s adoption of modular construction. Image: Katerra  

December 08, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new JLL report assesses which tech options got a pandemic “boost.”

2020 Contractor Giants Walbridge_UofM StudentUnion

Walbridge teamed with architect Integrated Design Solutions on a 20-month renovation of The Michigan Union, the University of Michigan’s iconic 1919 student union. The project involved upgrades to the MEP systems and elevators, a roof replacement, and restoration of 540 of the building’s original windows. Courtesy Walbridge

   

December 04, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Contractors are more receptive than ever to ways that help get projects done faster.

Twente AM Fibonacci House using Laticrete 3D mortar

Fibonacci House, a 3D-printed structure using Laticrete 3D printing mortar. Photo: Twente Additive Manufacturing

November 27, 2020 | MATTHEW CARLI, KHO VERIAN, AND IAN COMISHIN

The Fibonacci House, which we have named after Leonardo Fibonacci, the medieval Italian mathema...

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Stanford Morphonenesis mesh display

Stanford's Morphogenesis architectural mesh display responds to the human touch through an interactive system. Photo: Gabe Border

November 25, 2020 | GKD METAL FABRICS

Stanford University's ...

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The Weekly show: SPIRE smart building rating system, and pickleball court design tips
November 20, 2020 | BD+C Staff

The November 19 episode of BD+C's The Weekly is available for viewing on demand.

Smart buildings stand on good data
October 01, 2020 | Mike Paciero, VDC Manager, VIATechnik

The coming disruption of owning and operating a building and how to stay ahead through BIM.

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Inertia Platform leverages BIM data to provide mobile device-equipped team members with real-time “maps” of a project's progress, by the location of the work. Images: Inertia Systems

June 29, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Inertia Platform provides a visual and map-centric approach to jobsite management and Building...

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Navien tankless water heaters being checked by plumbing contractor

Navien NPE tankless water heaters being monitored at a senior living facility in Pennsylvania. Photo: Navien Inc.

April 23, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Twelve factors to consider in using tankless water heaters in multifamily housing.

ACF units modified from existing modular pods

ACF units modified from existing modular containers. Photo: PODS.

April 21, 2020 | CALLISONRTKL

CallisonRTKL and PODS collaborate on repurposed containers for ACFs

COVID-19 patient rooms in alternate care facility

Typical COVID-19 patient room layout in an alternate care facility. Photo: Henderson Engineers

April 10, 2020 | JAKE KATZENBERGER, MARK CHRISMAN, AND RUSS MURDOCK, HENDERSON ENGINEERS

COVID-19: Converting existing unused or underused hospitals, hotels, convention centers, and ot...

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Mobile wayfinding platform helps patients, visitors navigate convoluted health campuses

As soon as visitors step out of their car in the parking garage, the mobile wayfinding platform provides turn-by-turn, Blue Dot navigation through the entire campus. Photos: Gozio Health

   

March 09, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Gozio Health uses a robot to roam hospital campuses to capture data and create detailed maps of...

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Auburn University, Robins & Morton open Construction Field Laboratory

Robins & Morton Construction Field Laboratory at Auburn University. Photo courtesy Robins & Morton

   

March 09, 2020 |

Robins & Morton and Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction (C...

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An exterior wall panel, manufactured by Clark Pacific, is positioned into place. Image: Clark Pacific

An exterior wall panel, manufactured by Clark Pacific, is positioned into place. Image: Clark Pacific

    

February 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gensler has been working with component supplier Clark Pacific on several projects.

Giants 300 Technology and Innovation Study: Assessing the state of technology adoption at AEC firms
February 13, 2020 | BD+C Staff

This survey of 130 of the nation's largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms trac...

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Reliable Building Systems Increase Net Operating Income by Retaining Tenants
| February 03, 2020 | Powered by Mitsubishi Electric

Tenants increasingly expect a well-crafted property that feels unique, authentic, and comfortable...

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This cutaway shows MULTI, Thyssenkrupp's innovative sideways elevator system, which it introduced in 2017. Thyssenkrupp is considering several bids for its Elevator Technology business unit. Image: Thyssenkrupp

January 31, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Engineering firm Kone Oyj raises the ante and joins three other suitor groups that have made mult...

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Drone technology is one of the tools that engineers and contractors are using to make their jobsites more efficient. A new report by Deloitte sees construction technology as a competitive advantage. Image: Deloitte

January 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Deloitte, in new report, lays out a risk mitigation strategy that relies on tech.

Tariff whiplash for bifacial solar modules

Image by Jukka Niittymaa from Pixabay

January 07, 2020 | Will Porter, PE, Electrical Engineer

Bifacial solar systems offer many advantages over traditional systems.

Four Ways Building Systems Create Long-term Profitability
| January 06, 2020 | Powered by Mitsubishi Electric

When accounting for the total cost of ownership and the potential return on investment, owners an...

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Maximize Energy Efficiency in Class A Office Buildings With Modern Building Systems
| January 06, 2020 | Powered by Mitsubishi Electric

Energy-efficient building design starts with the building envelope, but the building systems have...

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Reconsidering construction robotics, Building Design+Construction

Photo courtesy Construction Robotics

   

December 18, 2019 |

After decades when experts predicted that robots would become more prevalent on construction site...

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Top Building Systems Products for 2019 Flos Architectural 101 Top Products report
December 16, 2019 | BD+C Staff

FabricAir’s ceiling-hung fabric duct and Ellumi Lighting’s bacteria-killing lights are among the...

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Generally, concrete structures show less embedded carbon than steel structures, according to a study of 600-plus buildings by Thornton Tomasetti. The engineering firm is about to release its carbon measuring tool Beacon. The Carbon Leadership Forum is launching its own tool, EC3, which was co-conceived by Skanska. Image: Pixabay

November 15, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Carbon Leadership Forum and Thornton Tomasetti are taking the lead to drive the industry towa...

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Meet the masters of offsite construction

Photo courtesy Prescient

   

September 12, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

Prescient combines 5D software, clever engineering, and advanced robotics to create prefabricated...

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prefab construction, modular construction, offsite construction

Photo: Pixabay

    

July 23, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

The most important benefit of offsite construction, when done right, is reliability.

A new McKinsey report says factory-built modular construction could be next big shift in the industry.

Modular carries a potential cost savings of up to 20%, but there is a risk of up to a 10% loss if delivery or material costs spike, the report says.

June 26, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modular construction can deliver projects 20% to 50% faster than traditional methods and drastica...

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155 Wacker Drive in Chicago is one of two office high rises, owned by The John Buck Company, that have installed a software product devised by Cohesion that gives tenants more control over their businesses' workflow activities. Image: Cohesion

May 30, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new company, Cohesion, helps synchronize tenants’ workflows.

Embracing innovation allows Southland Industries to meet the needs of a changing industry. Continuous evaluation of its processes led to the creation of this state-of-the-art 160,000-sf fabrication facility. Image: Southland Industries

May 23, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Southland Industries takes a measured approach to leaning into technology.

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