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These days, BIM is par for the course across most facets of design. But a lot of the conversation surrounding BIM still lacks clarity due to ambiguous terminology, a lack of clear-cut guiding illustrations, and widely varying...
Installation of a facade panel system that uses a rainscreen approach to control
Dec 30, 2014
Building envelope expert Bradley Carmichael of Hoffmann Architects explains how rainscreen wall systems work and evaluates the effectiveness of various rain-control methods, including mass walls, perfect barriers, and masonry veneers. This...
Taking a cue from the hospitality industry, airport executives are seeking to make their facilities feel more like destinations, writes HOK's Richard Gammon.
Gensler's San Francisco office. Image © Gensler
Numerous studies and mountains of evidence confirm what common sense has long suggested: healthy, happier workers are more productive, more likely to collaborate with colleagues, and more likely to innovate in ways that benefit the bottom...
The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, designed by RTKL and KA, combine high-end and mi
Feb 11, 2014
Generic ‘boxes’ and indifferent service won’t cut it with today’s savvy shoppers. Retailers are seeking a technology-rich-but-handmade vibe, plus greater speed to market and adaptability. 
Since trading traditional closed cubicles for an open, transparent layout, softw
May 19, 2014
Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are changing, mostly for the better. We examine the top office design trends. 
Tower Pinkster Titus Architects specified a silicone-glazed curtain wall for ene
Dec 10, 2013
When it comes to selecting fenestration systems—particularly glass facades and door systems—a number of factors come into play, requiring a thorough evaluation of a project’s individual requirements. 
Image courtesy of John Gresko, HDR
Want to take the next step as a design processional? John Gresko, Senior Project Architect with HDR, explores the traits that many great architects possess. 
Image courtesy of John Gresko, HDR
An acquaintance recently asked me about the kinds of things I did on a day-to-day basis at work, anticipating a response loaded with enviable activities. She was wrong, writes HDR's John Gresko.
AIA CES class: New trends in ceiling designs and materials
Sep 22, 2014
A broad array of new and improved ceiling products offers designers everything from superior acoustics and closed-loop, recycled content to eased integration with lighting systems, HVAC diffusers, fire sprinkler heads, and other overhead...
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Dec 27, 2014
The open work environment has allowed owners to house more employees in smaller spaces, minimizing the required real estate and capital costs. But, what about all of their wireless devices? 
Photo: Justin A. Wilcox via Wikimedia Commons
Dec 27, 2014
When Plaza Construction first introduced the concept of "core first" in managing the construction of a major office building, the procedure of pouring concrete prior to erecting a steel frame had never been done in New York City.
Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3
Dec 23, 2014
From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are potential game changers for AEC firms that are serious about building information modeling. 
Sarika Bajoria, Founding Principal, Architect, Per-forma Studio, NYC
Dec 23, 2014
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