Issue Contents

December 2012

Digital Edition


Who’s the most important person in your firm? The biggest stockholder? The tree-shaker who brings in the biggest contracts? The top designer, engineer, or construction professional? Answer: None of the above. The most important person in your...


Welcome to the third installment of Building Design+Construction’s “Great Solutions,” highlighting 14 innovative technologies and products that you can put to work in your next project.

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A case study in disruption.

New L.A. Fire Station makes sparks along Hollywood Boulevard; senior memory care center opens its doors to Wisconsin communities; and expansion adds 760,000-sf facility to children’s of Alabama hospital.

Headquarters will house office, spaces for private education company in Massachusetts; multi-phase project will lead to new MSU Denver athletic complex; and nature preserve center seeks to protect resources, educate community.

Greenbuild attendees share their thoughts with BD+C on the SAGE modular classroom.

SAGE modular classroom opens eyes, minds at Greenbuild 2012.

Douglas Durst on the practicalities of development: “You must think about a building from the inside out.”


Most economists say the U.S. is slowly emerging from the Great Recession, a view that was confirmed to some extent by an exclusive survey of 498 BD+C subscribers whose views we sought on the commercial construction industry’s outlook on...

D’Ambrosio, a 2009 selection to the magazine’s “40 Under 40” galaxy of AEC superstars, holds a bachelor’s in architectural engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Product Review

The 165,700-sf Cal Poly University Recreation Center at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif., opened in June to students, faculty, and the community.

A prominent feature of the interior of Wascosa’s headquarters in Lucerne, Switzerland, is a glass partition system in the rail transport company’s orange and gray corporate colors.

The major multi-phase renovation of the headquarters of a Fortune 500 insurance carrier in the northern suburbs of Chicago included the addition of several radius columns supplied by Fulcrum Composites and installed by Thorne Associates.

Translucents Canopies can add instant aesthetic appeal throughout hospitality, healthcare, retail, and office environments.

The HyTronic Edge electronic faucet provides modern design to commercial restrooms, with a variety of styles, flow rates, and power options available.

Life Church, the second largest church in the U.S., has 15 locations throughout five states.

Construction on the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Architecture and Design was recently completed in Raleigh.

Williams Selyem is the first new winery constructed from the ground up in Sonoma County, Calif., in nearly 10 years.

ThinBRIK uses a wall system that consists of lightweight metal panels where bricks are adhered with adhesive and then secured with traditional mortar.

The 132,000-sf Hollenstein Career and Technology Center, Fort Worth, Texas, houses 10 different specialized career training academies. Cosmetology is among the available applied learning paths for students.

The Dimond Park Aquatic Center in Juneau, Alaska, has strict temperature requirements.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. was chosen for three new projects on the University of Delaware’s campus, in Newark, each featuring Wausau window systems as part of the university’s sustainability plan.