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Multifamily Sector Giants: Younger consumers, Sunbelt renaissance energize multifamily housing [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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AEC firms are delivering projects that cater to consumers seeking reasonably priced rentals in hot urban markets.

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Multifamily housing construction is expected to remain relatively strong throughout 2014. Starts picked up in 2013, with completions due to catch up this year, finally approaching pre-recession levels, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Wed, 2014-08-06 08:31
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SkyHouse Orlando is a 23-story, 320-unit residential tower located adjacent to a
SkyHouse Orlando is a 23-story, 320-unit residential tower located adjacent to a public bus route and near a proposed commuter rail station. One of 11 projects developed so far using this model, the building includes extensive shared rooftop recreational space. The Building Team: Novare Group (owner, co-developer), Batson-Cook Development Co. (co-developer), Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates (architect), and Batson-Cook Construction (contractor). Photo: courtesy Skyhouse
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Multifamily housing construction is expected to remain relatively strong throughout 2014. Starts picked up in 2013, with completions due to catch up this year, finally approaching pre-recession levels, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

Multifamily housing construction is expected to remain relatively strong throughout 2014, according to Freddie Mac (http://bit.ly/TJvZ8R). Starts picked up in 2013, with completions due to catch up this year, finally approaching pre-recession levels. 

AEC firms are delivering projects that cater to consumers seeking reasonably priced rentals in hot urban markets. Gen Y consumers are more likely than their Boomer antecedents to embrace the notion of renting as a lifelong strategy.

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Vegetated residential tower breaks ground in Taiwan

Ground has been broken on the "One More" residential tower in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, at the front row of the Art Museum Park. The tower is designed to establish a relationship between the residents and nature, using its simplicity to maximize the structure's relationship to the natural environment, Architecure Lab reports.

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Each unit in the tower will have a balcony garden to facilitate the nature-human relationship.

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With vegetated balconies reaching the full height of the 100-meter tower, the One More residential development aims to establish a relationship between its residents and nature.

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Wed, 2014-08-06 09:24
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With vegetated balconies reaching the full height of the 100-meter tower, the One More residential development aims to establish a relationship between its residents and nature.

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25 projects win awards for design-build excellence

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has announced its 19th annual Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, the award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of industry experts.
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This year, 25 projects in nine categories were awarded National Awards of Merit. 

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The 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Awards showcase design-build best practices and celebrate the achievements of owners and design-build teams in nine categories across the spectrum of horizontal and vertical construction. 

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Wed, 2014-08-06 12:34
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The 2014 Design-Build Project/Team Awards showcase design-build best practices and celebrate the achievements of owners and design-build teams in nine categories across the spectrum of horizontal and vertical construction. 

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Architects rethink the parking structure in Copenhagen, with rooftop playground, fitness amenities, and living wall

Metro areas around the world are trying to solve the problem of ever-increasing population density, and Copenhagen is no exception. Wired reports that the city expects to have 100,000 new inhabitants by 2025. Two compact living centers are being developed to address the issue: the Orestad and Nordhavn districts. 

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The Park'n'Play will double as a neighborhood attraction.

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With snaking staircases and a rooftop playground, the Park'n'Play will double as a neighborhood attraction.

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Thu, 2014-08-07 10:23
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Renderings courtesy of Jaja Architects
Renderings courtesy of Jaja Architects
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With snaking staircases and a rooftop playground, the Park'n'Play will double as a neighborhood attraction.

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Office Sector Giants: ‘Flex’ reigns supreme in hot office construction market [2014 BD+C Giants 300 Report]

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The adage “doing more with less” has become a byword for many businesses since the Great Recession, and clients are trying to maximize every precious inch.

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The adage “doing more with less” has become a byword for many businesses since the Great Recession, and clients are trying to maximize every precious inch, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

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Thu, 2014-08-07 16:26
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Montroy Andersen DeMarco recently completed a 35,000-sf fitout of Manhattan offi
Montroy Andersen DeMarco recently completed a 35,000-sf fitout of Manhattan office space for Dentsu Americas. The transitional space shown above is shared by Dentsu, which has fairly formal offices, and its subsidiary IgnitionOne, which has a less structured workspace. The social zone extends to outside terraces and includes a coffee bar, games, and multiple large-screen TVs. PHOTO: PAUL WARCHOL
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The adage “doing more with less” has become a byword for many businesses since the Great Recession, and clients are trying to maximize every precious inch, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

The office market continues to improve, with many projects in development. Rents are rising as vacancy decreases, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s 2014 U.S. Office Outlook (http://bit.ly/1ildrS7). Dozens of markets are classified as experiencing a “rising phase” (among them, Phoenix, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta), while Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, and the Silicon Valley are believed to be peaking.

New-construction leaders include Houston and New York City, and even in calmer markets, AEC firms are busy with workplace fitouts and renovations.

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BIG reinvents the zoo with its 'Zootopia' natural habitat concept [slideshow]

Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG is reinventing the zoo. The typical approach would be to design the space as a place where humans walk freely and the animals have smaller areas where they are displayed during open hours.

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Bjarke Ingels’ firm is looking to improve the 1960s-designed Givskund Zoo in Denmark by giving the animals a freer range to roam.

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Bjarke Ingels’ firm is looking to improve the 1960s-designed Givskund Zoo in Denmark by giving the animals a freer range to roam.

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Thu, 2014-08-07 11:43
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Renderings courtesy of BIG
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Bjarke Ingels’ firm is looking to improve the 1960s-designed Givskund Zoo in Denmark by giving the animals a freer range to roam.

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California revives study of earthquake faults

California reinstituted an ambitious plan to study dangerous earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development. In July, the California Geological Survey began to zone the Santa Monica fault, which is among 2,000 miles of fault lines statewide that still need to be mapped.

California drastically reduced these mapping efforts over the past 20 years because of budget cuts. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed off on $1.49 million in new funding and $1.3 million in annual dedicated funding to be paid for with increased building permit fees.

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Project includes zoning maps that could restrict development

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California reinstituted an ambitious plan to study dangerous earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development.

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Fri, 2014-08-08 11:09
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Map: USGS
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California reinstituted an ambitious plan to study dangerous earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development.

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Government Sector Giants: Public-sector construction slow, but stirring [2014 Giants 300 Report]

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Improving energy performance of existing properties through targeted upgrades and large-scale reconstruction continues to be a federal priority.

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Improving energy performance of existing properties through targeted upgrades and large-scale reconstruction continues to be a federal priority, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report. 

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Fri, 2014-08-08 11:39
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Set to open later this year, the $184 million Anaheim (Calif.) Regional Transpor
Set to open later this year, the $184 million Anaheim (Calif.) Regional Transportation Intermodal Center is a project of the city of Anaheim and the Orange County Transportation Authority. It will accommodate commuter rail, Amtrak, bus, shuttle, and taxi systems, as well as future high-speed rail. On the Building Team: Parsons Brinckerhoff, HOK, Buro Happold, Thornton Tomasetti, and Clark Construction Group. Rendering: courtesy HOK
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Improving energy performance of existing properties through targeted upgrades and large-scale reconstruction continues to be a federal priority, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report. 

Federal, state, and local government construction hasn’t exactly been a steamroller for the past few years, due to the end of stimulus availability and the ongoing effects of budget sequestration.

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First look: China's latest office development will take the shape of binary code

Design and engineering firm Atkins, as the result of a commission by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), has unveiled its design scheme for the Window of Guangzhou. 

The project is a series of independent, window-shaped office buildings designed to mark the city's history as the first port city in China to be opened to international trade.

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The Window of Guangzhou project will consist of three towers forming the number sequence "001."

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The Window of Guangzhou project will consist of three towers forming the number sequence "001."

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Fri, 2014-08-08 12:01
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The window-shaped buildings will allow buildings behind them to continue enjoyin
The window-shaped buildings will allow buildings behind them to continue enjoying river views. Renderings courtesy of Atkins
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The Window of Guangzhou project will consist of three towers forming the number sequence "001."

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New guide for prevention of thermal bridging in commercial buildings

Morrison Hershfield has announced that the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide – Analysis, Applications, and Insights is now public and can be downloaded from BC Hydro.

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The guide aims to overcome obstacles with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

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The guide aims to overcome obstacles with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

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Mon, 2014-08-11 10:42
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Photo courtesy BC Hydro
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The guide aims to overcome obstacles with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

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