Office Building Design

No longer marked by gray, uniform rows of cubicles, offices have become more personalized and employee-centric than ever, giving people a more comfortable place to spend their working hours. New approaches to office customization and the way employees interact are breathing new life into the workplace.
Women wear lighter clothing in summer, so are cooler in air-conditioned rooms

Photo: midnightcomm/Wikimedia Commons

August 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Women wear lighter clothing in the summer, so they tend to be cooler in air-conditioned rooms, ac...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 87 Office Sector Construction FirmsGIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 85 Office Sector Construction Firms

Crane installation at the 181 Fremont office/condo mixed-use project in San Francisco. Immediately adjacent to the new Transbay Transit Center and elevated park, the 70-story high-rise will become the city's second tallest building when completed in June 2016. Photo courtesy Level 10 Construction

August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, Structure Tone, and Gilbane top BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector cont...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Office Sector Engineering Firms

Exposed ductwork typifies the high-tech nature of the 30 floors of DirectTV’s 690,000-sf Los Angeles campus. The Building Team: JLL (PM), AECOM (architect/interiors), Nabih Youssef Associates (SE), ARC Engineering (MEP), KGM Architectural Lighting, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM

August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell head BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office secto...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 135 Office Sector Architecture Firms

KSS Architects led the Building Team of Harrison Hamnett (SE), Rock Brook Consulting Group (MEP/FP), Corsi Associates (kitchen consultant), and Bar &  Bar (GC) on the new 225,000-sf Burlington Stores corporate HQ in Burlington, N.J. The facility features open and collaborative offices, conference space, a fitness center, a café, a multipurpose training area, and an outdoor lunch area. PHOTO: HALKIN | MASON PHOTOGRAPHY

August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, HOK, and Perkins+Will top BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector architect...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Today’s workplace design must appeal to Millennials’ ‘activity-based’ lifestyle

Lifestyle micro kitchen at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters, Chicago. The Building Team: CBRE (owner’s rep); Gensler (architect); Klein and Hoffman (SE); Environmental Systems Design (MEP); CD+M Lighting Design Group; Wiss, Janney, Elstner (historical engineer); and Skender Construction (GC). Photo: @Eric Laignel

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Office market AEC Giants discuss the latest trends workplace design, and the state of the office...

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Design unveiled for Apple HQ visitor center

A single-story glass building will house the tech giant's new visitor center. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

July 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A glass-walled single-story building alongside the main office building in Cupertino, Calif., wil...

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Design plans for Fannie Mae’s new HQ revealed

Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

July 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer/owner, Carr Properties, envisions a 1-million-sf plus mixed-use center with a large...

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Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

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July 29, 2015 | AIA

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

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Office bust hits suburban Washington D.C.: metro area awash in vacant office buildings

Photo: Carol M. Highsmith

July 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Most of the building and buying is happening within the city’s limits.

Morphosis Architects designs crowned tower for Casablanca Finance City

The architects designed the tower's tapered base to be a public meeting space, "a symbol of the city’s development and as a social node that nurtures an active streetlife in the district." Renderings courtesy Morphosis Architects

July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower will anchor a new business district being planned, similar to the glass and concrete bu...

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BIG’s design for Philadelphia Navy Yard defies gravity

The new structure will be part of a new mixed-use campus on Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard. Renderings courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group + Luxigon.

July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Ground has broken for 1200 Interpid, a 94,000-sf office building designed by BIG that appears to...

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Herzog & de Meuron’s triangle tower design stirs controversy in Paris

Residents of the Porte de Versailles neighborhood, in Paris’ 15th arrondissement where the tower is proposed, claim the tower will overshadow them. Renderings courtesy Herzog & de Meuron

July 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 590-foot glass pyramid building will include a 120-room hotel, 754,000 sf of office space, an...

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BIG designs Frankfurt skyscraper with a surprise in the middle

Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

July 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Several levels in the center of the 185-meter tower are shifted outward to allow for terraces wit...

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The world's best new skyscrapers

One World Trade Center was named the winner of the Best Tall Buildings category for the Americas. Image: SOM/CTBUH

June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

One World Trade Center and Abu Dhabi's Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower are among the four towers n...

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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for Rome skyscrapers

The architect wanted the buildings to look as if they were cut out of a single block. Renderings courtesy Daniel Libeskind

June 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The scheme will drastically change the Eternal City’s skyline: three angular towers that look lik...

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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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Pop-up tree-office opens in London borough of Hackney

TreexOffice is a pop-up office space lcoated in the heart of Hackney in London. Image: Tate Harmer LLP

June 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

London's Hackney borough welcomed a new kind of workspace to Hoxton Square—the TreexOffice.

London opens business complex made from 50 shipping containers

Photo: PopBrixton.org

June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

London's newest business complex, Pop Brixton, will support local entrepreneurs, create jobs, and...

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BIG unveils designs for last WTC tower

The tower's design takes cue from its existing neighbors. Renderings courtesy BIG

June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The towering "staircase" will rise from St. Paul’s chapel to the skyline, leaning against One Wor...

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$300 million office to transform Denver skyline

The 1144 Fifteenth tower will stand between Arapahoe and Lawrence streets, on the edge of historic Larimer Square. Renderings: Hines 

June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designed by Pickard Chilton, the 640,000-sf tower is geared for large-scale tenants, with feature...

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SHoP Architects unveils dual-glass-box scheme for Uber HQ

The office will be located in the trendy Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects and Studio O+A

June 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan involves two glass buildings connected with criss-crossing bridges.

Ten U.S. cities now have 1 million people or more

Each year, the Census Bureau revises its time series of previously released estimates going back to the 2010 Census. Photo: David Sim/Flickr.

May 28, 2015 | U.S. Census Bureau

California and Texas each have three of the one-million-plus cities.

ULI forecast sees clear skies for real estate over next three years

City Creek at City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Uncle Alf via Wikimedia Commons

May 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With asset availability declining in several sectors, rents and transactions should rise.

New ASHRAE standard offers test method to determine heat gain of office equipment

A new standard from ASHRAE allows a test method for determining heat gains from office equipment. Image: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

May 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard will aid engineers in configuring cooling systems in office buildings.

Mountain View, Calif., denies development rights for Google campus master plan

The Mountain View City Council instead gave another Internet giant, LinkedIn, about 1.4 million sf of the roughly 2.2 million sf of available commercial space in the area. Renderings: Google

May 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Despite Google’s offer of new bike paths, wetlands restoration, and other perks, the city of Moun...

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SOM-designed Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute opens in Chicago

Floor-to-ceiling glass separates the manufacturing floor from the open workspaces and cafe. All photos: ©Christopher Barrett, courtesy SOM

May 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new space will be a place for academia, industries, and civic bodies to collaborate.

Construction on Orlando’s massive ‘innovation hub’ is finally starting

This mixed-use project, which had been delayed for a number of years, is already being touted as mecca for business, colleges, and residents. Rendering courtesy Creative Village Development 

May 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $1 billion Creative Village development will create a business and education hub.

Two new designs submitted for New York City Riverside Center

The design submitted by Miami-based Arquitectonica. Rendering courtesy Arquitectonica

May 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Both designs reference the cantilevers and other elements featured in architect Christian de Port...

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Miami ‘Innovation District’ will have 6.5 million-sf dense, walkable space

Designers say the tower is inspired by things associated with Miami: fashion, sculpture, and sailboats. Renderings courtesy SHoP Architects

May 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designing a neighborhood from the ground-up, developers aim to create a dense, walkable district...

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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.

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