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October 2012

Digital Edition


The American Institute of Architects has issued its triennial Survey Report of Firm Characteristics, “The Business of Architecture,” which documents the devastation that the economic recession brought down on the U.S. construction industry,...


Working with A/E firm SmithGroupJJR, DPR converted a vacant 16,533-sf one-time “adult-themed boutique” in the city’s reemerging Discovery Triangle into a LEED-NC Platinum office, one that is on target to be the first net-zero commercial office...

The entire interior of the building was renovated, from the first floor lobby and common areas, to the rooftop spaces. The number of living units was reduced from 120 to 104 to allow for more space per unit and comply with current accessibility...

With its Building Team partners—architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz, structural engineer CS Associates, and M/E engineer McGuire Engineers—Walsh Construction, acting as its own contractor, turned the former automobile showroom and paperboard package...

The Building Team, led by local firms Caldwell Associates Architects and Greenhut Construction, had to tackle several difficult problems to make the historic building meet current Defense Department standards having to do with anti-terrorism,...

The recent rehabilitation of 220 Water Street transforms it from a vacant manufacturing facility to a 134-unit luxury apartment building in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood.

In April 2010, the Building Team of Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates, Leppard Johnson & Associates, and Choate Interior Construction restored the 16-story, 310,537-sf building into the Residences at the John...

At 5:41 p.m. CDT on Sunday, May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado touched down in Joplin, Mo. In the next 31 minutes, the mile-wide, multiple-vortex tornado, with winds up to 250 mph, destroyed two thousand buildings, including Joplin High and nine other...

Rice Fergus Miller bought a vacant and derelict Sears Auto and converted the 30,000 gsf space into the most energy-efficient commercial building in the Pacific Northwest on a construction budget of around $100/sf.

Reconstruction centered on Building 91.1, a historic (1937) five-story former machine shop, with its distinctive façade of glass blocks, many of which were damaged. The Building Team repointed, relocated, or replaced 65,869 glass blocks.

New York's City Hall last received a major renovation nearly a century ago. Four years ago, a Building Team led by construction manager Hill International took on the monumental task of restoring City Hall for another couple of hundred years of...

The $30 million project resulted in three new theatres in the existing 81,500-sf space and a 44,000-sf contiguous addition: the Allen Theatre, the Second Stage, and the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre.

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Presenting 11 projects that represent the best efforts of distinguished Building Teams in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and renovation and addition projects.

Architecture firm take a multifaceted approach to professional development.

The Brick Industry Association’s 2012 Brick in Architecture Awards put the spotlight on new projects that make creative use of one of humankind’s oldest and most beloved building materials.

As building projects have grown in scope and complexity, so, too, has the task of document management. A new online tool is helping Building Teams meet that demand.

Founded in 2009 with an initial endowment of $1.9 million, HMC’s nonprofit Designing Futures Foundation (DFF) has donated about $230,000 in its three years of existence, including $105,000 in scholarships to California students. The grants help...

HMC employees give back to their communities through toy drives and fundraising efforts like CANstruction, which benefits local food banks.

HMC Architects has enjoyed seven decades of success in education and healthcare projects in Southern California. Now, the employee-owned firm is branching out, to Northern California and beyond, in search of new opportunities.

See what HMC professionals say about their “Best AEC Firm to Work For”

To a large degree, building security is driven by the integration of a variety of electronic security systems. The market and engineering of these systems exploded in the post-9/11 era and has shown few signs of tapering off.

Hong Kong’s pre-certified LEED Platinum building; 36,000-sf academic building at Middlesex County College; UC San Diego parking structure.

Dallas mixed-use development; Vandenberg Air Force base education facility; One WTC design modifications; UNO Soccer Academy in Chicago.

Carpeting collection; anti-slip synthetic roof underlayment; louver screens.


Significant volume is expected to return to the entry and interior door market as new construction demand is expected to grow at double-digit rates, outpacing remodeling and replacement activity as the housing market recovers.

The so-called new projects index was at a relatively healthy 57.2, up from 56.3 the previous month.

Total construction spending, which exceeded $1 trillion in 2008, dropped to under $800 million in 2011.

At Hardesty & Hanover, Duffy partnered with Thornton Tomasetti on a number of projects.

EM&A staff will do business as part of HDR Engineering and HDR Environmental, Operations and Construction.

The GP Abu Dhabi office is managed by Steven M. Nilles, FAIA, LEED AP, a partner in the firm and resident of Abu Dhabi.

Ruiz began his career with the Holcim Group in 1986 as electrical supervisor with Holcim Apasco, Mexico, later becoming plant manager.

Kraskiewicz, who most recently served as chief operations officer for the Leo A Daly division, will guide brand management, business development, operations and financial performance for 18 offices worldwide.

He will work closely with the Executive Committee and business group leaders to expand and promote HDR’s Design Excellence initiatives in the Northeast region.

McQuade will focus on driving the growth of the company into new markets and expanding market share in its current areas of operation.

City is first in U.S. to disclose private-sector building energy data from a mandatory benchmarking policy.

Author and authority on green design to spearhead RTKL Performance-driven DesignSM initiative.

New name reflects firm's growing design resources on East Coast.

Product Review

Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, N.C., is a 50-story, 1.5-million-sf tower and the latest addition to the Queen City’s skyline.

When Tyson Foods’ Noel, Mo., production facility was in need of a new roof, the work had to be completed quickly and neatly.

After Occupy L.A. demonstrators camped out on the lawn surrounding Los Angeles City Hall for nearly two months, City Hall Park was in need of repair.

In 2009, in conjunction with Tennessee Tech University, Fujifilm Hunt Chemicals in Dayton, Tenn., conducted an energy-efficiency survey and determined that the plant’s steam-generation capabilities were long outdated.

Constructed in 1897, Westlake Hall, at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., was once the only building in the nation built specifically for horology

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Motor Transport Division and Main Street Parking facility needed a parking garage façade that met its practical needs, as well as the strict LAPD security requirements.