Government Buildings

The halls of lawmakers, judges, and politicians demand a mix of functionality and awe-inspiring design. For an oasis of productivity on behalf of your nation’s people within the government’s budget, thinking outside the box is a requirement.
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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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Green building movement hits a new plateau, but the underlying problems remain

The LEED Gold Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach (Va.) Joint-Use Library. The Building Team: Carrier Johnson + CULTURE (design architect), RRMM Architects (AOR), Anderson Brulé Architects (interior design), Stroud, Pence and Associates (SE), C. Allan Bamforth, Jr. (CE), Pace Collaborative (MEP), In Sites (landscape architect), and Gilbane Building Co. (CMAR). Photo: Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

August 06, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Today, the green building movement is all about eliminating toxic substances in building material...

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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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New energy efficiency program, Tenant Star, gets OK from Congress

Tenant Star encourages tenants, who, in some buildings, consume more than half of the power used by the building, to take measures to save energy. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The voluntary program for commercial and government buildings is modeled after Energy Star.

Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Bui...

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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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GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating...

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Georgia may ban use of LEED on state buildings

Photo: OTRS via Wikimedia Commons

April 03, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Georgia's state legislature is considering a measure to require all state buildings to only use g...

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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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Obama issues executive order for 40% reduction in federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions

IRS headquarters building. Photo: IRS

March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The action also calls for an increase in the share of renewable energy in the federal government’...

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Metl-Span systems meet design needs in cost effective manner

One challenge required onsite bending of CFA panels for the curved portion of the facility. Photo courtesy of Metl-Span.

| March 25, 2015 | Metl-Span

The goal from the beginning was to construct an energy efficient building with insulated metal pa...

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Designers turn a struggling mall into a hub of learning and recreation that work together and separately

The 32,000 square feet of panels were installed in a six-week period.

| March 24, 2015 | Nichiha

Architects help Nashville government transform a struggling mall into a new community space.

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 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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Must see: Egypt planning 656-foot pyramid skyscraper in Cairo

Renderings courtesy of Egypt's Ministry of Housing.

March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Zayed Crystal Spark Tower will stand 200 meters tall and will be just a short distance from the p...

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January 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan by Snøhetta and WCIT Architecture features a building that appears square from the outsi...

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Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons
January 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...

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Images courtesy HealthSpot
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The HealthSpot station is an 8x5-foot, ADA-compliant mobile kiosk that lets patients access a net...

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December 06, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new CBRE survey finds that what Millennials expect and need from offices doesn’t vary drastical...

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An example of Aons Construction Risk Map, which the portal updates regularly to
November 18, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new interactive tool from Aon Risk Solutions provides real-time updates pertaining to the ris...

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At Coastline Community Colleges Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
November 10, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s...

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While the exposed ceiling look is popular in todays commercial office spaces, s
November 10, 2014 | Bill Stangeland, McGuire Engineers, Chicago

Although architecturally appealing, exposed ceilings can create unwanted drafts and airflow probl...

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Photo: suphakit73 via FreeDigitalPhotos.net
November 05, 2014 | Mancini•Duffy

With the rise of technology, much of the workday—even the most productive morning hours—is spent...

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The Pacific Northwest College of Arts new home base, renovated from an space th
November 03, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

About seven years ago, The Pacific Northwest College of Art, the oldest art college in Portland,...

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Public Safety Headquarters, Detroit. Photo: courtesy Valspar
| October 23, 2014 | Valspar Sponsored Content

First constructed as an office for the Internal Revenue Service, the city's new public safety hea...

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October 20, 2014 | SmithGroupJJR

Designed by SmithGroupJJR and Gallagher & Associates, renovated center shows public its uniqu...

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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e
October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
October 15, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The impetus behind Harvard's Center for Green Buildings and Cities is what the design school’s de...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
October 14, 2014 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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