Issue Contents

January 2012

Digital Edition


Modular Design Architecture > 31: The percentage of Americans that are aware the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be made after January 2012, according to the Sylvania Socket Survey. For the third...

From what I’m hearing as I venture out into the hustings, reconstruction projects are what’s keeping a lot of architects, engineers, contractors, and developers off the unemployment line. With the flow of new construction practically at a...


A gothic-style structure is reconstructed into comfortable, modern patient residence facility for the American Cancer Society.

Quinn Evans Architects renovates a vacant animal holding facility into world-class DNA laboratory. 

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After running what is today the largest architecture firm in the world for more than four decades, M. Arthur Gensler, Jr., FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA, is content to be just another employee at the firm that bears his name. 

Ohio State University Medical Center is converting 55 Medical Center buildings from AutoCAD to BIM to improve quality and speed of decision making related to facility use, renovations, maintenance, and more. 

The giant architecture firm succeeds by giving each of its more than 3,000 employees the opportunity for career growth and professional leadership. 

Houston apartment complex receives $10 million renovation; Children’s hospitalemploys handicap-accessible design; Casino expansionincludes hotel and fine-dining restaurant in Tucson; Manhattan conventembodies religious and environmental doctrines...

Rehab center in San Antonioto help veterans cope with traumatic injuries; New Navajo elementary schoolcharacterized by energy-efficient upgrades; Spokane hospital renovations expand pediatric and adult healthcare; Renovations of a 225-year-old...

A new rule from the Steel Joist Institute clarifies when local reinforcement of joists is required for chord loads away from panel points. SJI members offer guidance about how and when to specify loads.

Across much of the U.S., apartment rents are rising, vacancy rates are falling. In just about every major urban area, new multifamily rental projects and major renovations are coming online. It may be too soon to pronounce the rental market fully...

An expert conservator provides a three-step approach to determining a historic building’s “period of significance”—and how to restore its painted surfaces to the correct patterns and colors. 


Thornton Tomasetti founding principal Charles H. Thornton responsible for launching ACE.

SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. 

Acquisition extends and accelerates cloud-based BIM solutions for collaboration, data, and lifecycle management.

Declared a “groundbreaking” event for the industry, Gilbane’s First Annual National Partners Council Forum addressed diversity and inclusion as well as building partnerships with minority, veteran, and women-owned businesses.

Grants will fund programs for disadvantaged kids across six states.

The office, located in the Chong Hing Finance Center in Shanghai’s busy Huangpu District, will support HDR’s design efforts throughout Asia. 

Firm achieves LEED Platinum certification in New York office that overlooks Bryant Park.

Keast & Hood Co., is the structural engineer-of-record for the year-long $27.25 million renovation of the Statue of Liberty. 

At a cost of $654 million, the 14-story, 830,000-sf medical center, designed by a Perkins+Will team led by design principal Ralph Johnson, FAIA, LEED AP, is distinguished in its ability to handle disasters. 

USGBC commends two U.S. cities for their innovation in green building leadership.

Building Design+Construction has named two new members to its editorial board. Both are past recipients of BD+C’s “40 Under 40” honor.

Product Review

Missouri-based engineering firm William Tao & Associates recently moved into a 17,000-sf top floor space in an office building near St. Louis.

Glass, paint, and coatings from PPG Industries were used in the headquarters building of Bioconstrucción y Energìa Alternativa in Monterrey, Mexico, the first building in Latin America to earn LEED-NC Platinum certification.

The recent renovation of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville incorporated spray polyurethane foam (SPF) to insulate guestroom walls and create a new bar and lounge.

The Burton Barr Library in downtown Phoenix has received a pre-fab, solar-covered parking lot courtesy of SolarWing, generating power to offset energy costs for the central public library.

Heavy exam tables and equipment had begun to take their toll on the three-year-old vinyl composition tile flooring in a Bridgeville, Pa., physicians’ office, Preferred Primary Care Physicians, located just outside Pittsburgh.