The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn
There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leadin...read more
The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler
In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers...read more
By turning furniture into downloadable templates, offices can be in charge of sourcing and manufacturing their own products. Screengrab of opendesk.cc/designs
Offices can “download” their furniture to be made locally, anywhere.
Image courtesy Snoozebox
Designers can leave their mark in the international hotel design industry.
The $160 million renovation of the 620,000-sf, 18-story Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse in downtown Denver. HOK was the architect on the project, with Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects (architect of record), RMH Group (MEP), Rocky Mountain Institute (high-performance building consultant), and Mortenson Construction (design-builder). Photo: HOK
AEC firms that do government work say their public-sector clients have been going smaller to save...read more
Intrinsic School, Chicago, combines STEM and humanities in podlike settings. The Intrinsic charter system was founded by CEO Melissa Zaikos. The Building Team: Wheeler Kearns Architects (designer), Enspect Engineering (SE), Wolff Landscape Architect, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing
Whether new or reconstructed, schools must meet new demands that emanate from the real world and...read more
ZINC Apartments, West Cambridge, Mass., just outside Boston. The owner, Wood Partners, will start accepting tenants in September. The Building Team: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (architect), J Derenzo (site work), EM Duggan (MEP), McPhee (electrical contractor), JK Glass (curtain wall/glass), Canatal (steel), Sanford (wall panels), and Lend Lease (GC). Rendering: Wood Partners and Monogram Residential Trust
For the last three years, rental apartments have occupied the hot corner in residential construct...read more
The $50 million Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., was completed last August by Walbridge (CM at risk). The five-story, 149,879-sf facility, designed by SmithGroupJJR, pulls together functions that were scattered over four buildings. The center provides instructional and R&D space for the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Photo: Jason Robinson Photography, LLC
At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges an...read more
The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, with 40,000 artworks and artifacts, will undergo a renovation of 30,000 sf, about one-third of its total space. The Building Team: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (primary architect), Sabatini & Associates (associate architect), and Mar Lan Construction (GC). Photo: Courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
AEC Giants discuss opportunities and complications associated with renovation, restoration, and a...read more
Designers in Little’s Charlotte, N.C., office test drive a project design using two virtual reality methods: the Unity gaming engine combined with the Oculus Rift headset, and stereo panoramic renderings viewed on a smartphone using Google Cardboard. Photo: Little
Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of sof...read more
The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Courtesy HKS, DPR
AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the l...read more
The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The new facility will unite the hospital’s rehabilitative orthopedic, cardiac, and pulmonary services under one roof. DPR and HKS will also complete the 45,000-sf Christine Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute on the Boca Raton campus this summer. Courtesy HKS
HDR, Stantec, and Perkins+Will top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest hea...read more
The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin
Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and r...read more
Exposed ductwork typifies the high-tech nature of the 30 floors of DirectTV’s 690,000-sf Los Angeles campus. The Building Team: JLL (PM), AECOM (architect/interiors), Nabih Youssef Associates (SE), ARC Engineering (MEP), KGM Architectural Lighting, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM
AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell head BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office secto...read more
Lifestyle micro kitchen at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters, Chicago. The Building Team: CBRE (owner’s rep); Gensler (architect); Klein and Hoffman (SE); Environmental Systems Design (MEP); CD+M Lighting Design Group; Wiss, Janney, Elstner (historical engineer); and Skender Construction (GC). Photo: @Eric Laignel
Office market AEC Giants discuss the latest trends workplace design, and the state of the office...read more
Rendering: The $400 million Stadio Della Roma, as highlighted in innovation No. 5. MEIS Studio.
Design firms have gone all out with management innovations in the last year. Check out which ones...read more
Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons
Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...read more
The design, called Theater on the Parade, received 57% of 2,681 votes cast online, beating out Rotterdam-based Ector Hoogstad Architects’ more classical, brick-structured proposal. Renderings courtesy UNStudio
UNStudio’s Theatre on the Parade received nearly three-fifths of votes cast in contest between tw...read more
The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Miami Worldcenter (pictured), whose homes include maid’s rooms, larger terraces, boutique-size closets, and guest suites. Rendering courtesy Paramount Miami Worldcenter
The Miami Herald reports on several new multifamily projects, including the Paramount Mi...read more
Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing, just east of Interstate 580 junction. Photo: Kluft via Wikimedia Commons
Data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind devastating water shortag...read more
Luxury amenities for pets will be operated by Illinois-based Paradise 4 Paws. Rendering courtesy of Paradise 4 Paws.
Pets can enjoy luxurious spa and grooming services before being transported directly to their fli...read more
Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to give the least fatigue to users. Photo courtesy Scriba via getscriba.com
Without buttons, users can change the weight of the stylus’ stroke.
Photo: Sidewalk shed in Licnoln Square, Manhattan, New York. Billie Ward, Creative Commons.
New York, which has nearly 200 total miles of sidewalk sheds, is seeking a concept that is practi...read more
To create a sense of claustrophobia and imprisonment, the space separating the two structures starts at 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) and narrows to 50 centimeters (1.6 feet). Renderings courtesy SET Architects
The design for the memorial in Bologna, Italy, is dominated by two large metal monolithic structu...read more
Photo: Bin im Garten, Wikimedia Commons
The sphere would more than double the size of the current record holder.
Map: MIT, courtesy of Andres Sevtsuk/City Form Lab
UNA for Rhino 3D helps determine the impact that urban design can have on where pedestrians go....
Tesla's Elon Musk. Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons
Tesla Motors purchased an additional 1,200 acres next to the Gigafactory and is looking to buy an...read more
The architect envisions more topography in the otherwise flat capital city of Germany. Renderings courtesy Jakob Tigges
The architect wants to create the world’s largest man-made mountain, at 3,280 feet.
Philips City Farm Research Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Photo courtesy Philips
A research center in The Netherlands is testing the latest techniques in urban farming.
In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Maine. Anton Grassl/Esto
Over the past few decades, numerous research studies have concluded that noise in hospitals can h...read more