Engineers

Engineering goes hand-in-hand with design, putting a practical lens on the architect’s vision and finding the best way to make it happen. Without a talented engineer, the project will never reach completion, and certainly will not reach the standards of functionality and sustainability that the architect and client are seeking.
Nonresidential construction spending surges in April

Photo: Sean MacEntee via flickr

June 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Nonresidential construction is up by a solid 8.8% over the past year, consistent with ABC's forec...

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6 bold applications and innovations for fire and life safety

The Coltlite natural louvered ventilator provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. 

May 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wa...

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Rochester, Minn., looks to escape Twin Cities’ shadow with $6.5 billion biotech development

On April 23, the Board of Directors of the Destination Medical Center Corporation formally adopted the development plan for Destination Medical Center, which would be comprised of six districts spread across 550 acres.

May 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 20-year plan would also be a boon to Mayo Clinic, this city’s best-known address.

4 designs honored at AIA's TAP Innovation Awards

The three main massing elements (south bar, atrium, and north tower) are each designed with their own structural systems and floor-to-floor heights to maximize efficiencies. Image: Alene Davis

May 27, 2015 | AIA

Morphosis Architects' Emerson College building in Los Angeles and the University of Delaware’s IS...

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Architecture Billings Remain Stuck in Winter Slowdown

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. Photo: Wholetone/Wikimedia Commons.

May 20, 2015 | AIA

Regional business conditions continue to thrive in the South and West

How your firm can help struggling colleges and universities meet their building project goals

Keene (N.H.) State College hopes to meet the high standards of the AIA Architecture 2030 Challenge with a planned 350-bed living/learning residence hall, currently under design by Perkins+Will. Colleges and universities are using their construction projects to make important statements about their institutional goals and aspirations. Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Building Teams that want to succeed in the higher education market have to help their clients fin...

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Renovate or build new: How to resolve the eternal question

Prep spaces in Niagara County Community College’s Niagara Falls Culinary Institute provide future chefs with experience needed to operate foodservice venues. The institute is housed in a converted shopping mall. Photo: Tim Wilkes Photography

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

With capital budgets strained, renovation may be an increasingly attractive money-saving option f...

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KU Jayhawks take a gander at a P3 development

The west entrance of the main campus of the University of Kansas with the Chi Omega Fountain. Photo: Quasselkasper via Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The P3 concept is getting a tryout at the University of Kansas, where state funding for construct...

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ULI forecast sees clear skies for real estate over next three years

City Creek at City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Uncle Alf via Wikimedia Commons

May 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With asset availability declining in several sectors, rents and transactions should rise.

Construction industry adds 45,000 jobs in April

A new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the construction industry added 45,000 jobs in April. Image: Pixabay

May 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The construction industry saw an increase in jobs during the month of April after losing approxim...

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Surety bond forms specifically for design-build projects now available

The Design-Build Institute of America released a full set of bonds for design-build projects. Image: Pixabay/jingoba

May 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The documents are the first of their kind to be coauthored by designers and builders.

Megadeals drive mergers and acquisitions in engineering and construction industry

Competition among buyers for quality firms of size in attractive growth markets is leading to favorable valuations for sellers. Image: Pixabay/Martinelle

May 06, 2015 | FMI

Large deals and the convergence of design and construction are spurring M&A activity in the e...

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Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

May 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in ju...

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Nonresidential fixed investments fall in latest Construction Economic Update

The newest Construction Econmic Update from ABC revealed that nonresidential fixed investments declined during the first three months of the year. Image: Pixabay

May 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This is the first time that nonresidential fixed investment declined since the first quarter of 2...

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Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Bui...

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Size matters in NYC, where several projects vie for the city’s tallest building honor

With a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet, Nordstrom Tower would be one foot shorter than One World Trade Center. Rendering via New York Yimby

April 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest renderings of 217 West 57th Street show a tower that would rise higher than the World...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating...

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Too many construction projects still don’t meet owners’ expectations: KPMG report

KPMG International's Global Construction Survery 2015 reported that 53% of owners say they suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Causes for delays, overruns, and underperformance include project management talent shortages, di...

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Goettsch Partners unveils designs for Nanning China Resources Center Tower

The massing of the building steps and tapers to accommodate the changing floor plates of the various program types to offer a form that is efficient and identifiable. Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

April 17, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The tower's design is derived from its multiple uses, which include 170,000 sm of Class A office...

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Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaki...

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14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams...

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Prefab saves the day for Denver hospital

An 8x25-foot multi-trade rack containing mechanical, piping, and HVAC systems is lifted into place at Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, by mechanical subcontractor U.S. Engineering. Photo: Ross Cooperthwaite

April 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mortenson Construction and its partners completed the 831,000-sf, $623 million Saint Joseph Hospi...

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Anaheim’s soaring intermodal hub

The Building Team for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center used a lightweight ETFE polymer roof system to overcome poor soil conditions. Photo: John Linden

April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

Anaheim's Regional Transportations Intermodal Center is the largest ETFE project in North America...

Virtual collaboration helps complete a hospital in 24 months

PinnacleHealth’s new 108-bed, 188,000-sf West Shore Hospital provides acute care, surgical, cardiology, orthopedic, and stroke care services, and chronic disease management to patients on the west side of the Susquehanna River in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Photo: Jeffrey Totaro/Jeffrey Totaro Architectural Photographer

April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

PinnacleHealth needed a new hospital STAT! This team delivered it in two years, start to finish....

New arts venue reinvigorates Virginia Tech's campus

The new arts venue at Virginia Tech is the ninth building on campus to be LEED-certified. Jeff Goldberg/Esto Photographics Inc.

April 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The STV-led Building Team creates a world-class performance and arts venue with learning and entr...

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Multifaced fitness center becomes campus landmark

The recreation center’s sloped running track is expressed on the building’s north elevation through a glass curtain wall system and roofline that are sloped to match the incline of the track. Photos courtesy Skanska USA Building

April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

A sloped running track and open-concept design put this Building Team to the test. 

Nation's first LEED-certified bus depot

The LEED-certified Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem incorporates 6,290 sf of mosaic and laminated glass artwork that the transit authority commissioned from artist Shinique Smith. Chris Cooper/Chris Cooper Photography

April 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A bus garage in Harlem shows that even the most mundane of facilities can strut its environmental...

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Setting the bar for port-of-entry design

An oasis welcomes citizens and visitors to the U.S. at the Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Nogales, Ariz. Photos: Bill Timmerman/Timmerman Photography, Inc.

April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Whenever you eat a tomato from Mexico, there’s a one-in-three chance it came through this LEED Go...

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Big D’s billion-dollar baby: New Parkland hospital tops the chart

The new 17-story Parkland Hospital. A seven-story clinical space cantilevers 60 feet past the Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Health unit. Photos: Andrew Pogue/Andrew Pogue Photography

April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Dallas’s new $1.27 billion public hospital preserves an important civic anchor, Texas-style.

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