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.
New health center campus provides affordable care for thousands of Northern Californians

The clinic’s vibrant exterior is reflective of the staff’s energy for its patients. Colorful tilt-up concrete construction was used for its durability and low cost. Photo: Donald Satterlee, Satterlee Photodesign. Click here to enlarge.

May 25, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 38,000-sf, two-level John & Susan Sobrato Campus in Palo Alto is expected to serve 25,000...

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Los Angeles bus depot squeezes the most from a tight site

Perforated panels and purple photovoltaic assemblies distinguish the building from the surrounding urban concrete during the day. LED “stripes” and a glowing lantern make the facility pop at night. Photo: Chang Kim Photography. Click here to enlarge.

May 24, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Building Team for the MTA Division 13 Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility fit 12 acres’ w...

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'Greenest ballpark' proves a winner for St. Paul Saints

A berm in left field provides a picnic-like setting for up to 1,000 fans at CHS Field. Brick warehouses highlight the setting in the Lowertown arts district. Photo: Paul Crosby Photography/Courtesy Snow Kreilich Architects. Click here to enlarge.

May 23, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Solar arrays, a public art courtyard, and a picnic-friendly “park within a park" make the 7,210-s...

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Vertical fins provide essential shading for the pebble-shaped library, which is wrapped in glass curtain wall to maximize views and natural light. Photo: Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing. Click here to enlarge.

May 19, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 16,000-sf, pebble-shaped Chinatown Branch Library was built at the intersection of new and ol...

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The 53-foot-diameter oculus looms over the grand atrium. Suspended under tension within the conical atrium is the “Sky Reflector-Net,” by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects, and Arup. The artwork is composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods, and nearly 10,000 stainless steel components; 952 aluminum panels distribute sunlight down to the lowest levels of the station. Photo: Jon Ortner/Ortner Photography.

May 19, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Fulton Center, which handles 85% of the riders coming to Lower Manhattan, is like no other statio...

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Photo: Pixabay

May 17, 2016 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of...

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May 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FES Group is particularly strong in the automotive industry.

Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Ron Reiring/Wikimedia Commons.

May 10, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Both companies offer mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering services.

5 factors guiding restaurant design

SushiSamba’s 14,000-sf restaurant in Las Vegas is distinguished by a colorful, arching interior design. iCrave was the designer, PWI Construction the GC. Courtesy Forté Specialty Contractors. Click here to enlarge.


May 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Restaurants are more than just places to eat. They are comprising town centers and playing into t...

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Navigant Research estimates that global demand for data integration technologies for buildings will increase nearly tenford over the next 10 years. Image: Pixabay

May 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Navigant Research report takes a deeper dive to examine where demand will be strongest by regio...

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Photo: Aurimas/Creative Commons.

May 04, 2016 | Brookings

In the new report, “How Firms Learn: Industry Specific Strategies for Urban Economies,” Brookings...

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Study finds engineering, architecture among the best entry-level jobs

Photo: Pixabay.

May 03, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The results balanced immediate opportunity, job growth potential, and job hazards.


Public-private partnership used to fund Long Beach Civic Center Project

Long Beach Civic Center. Plenary Properties Long Beach LLC (developer), Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate and Clark Construction (contractor), Skidmore Owings & Merrill (architect)

April 22, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Arup served as a lead advisor and oversaw financial, commercial, real estate, design, engineering...

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April 12, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Is the U.S. in an innovative funk, or is this just the calm before the storm?

AIA report analyzes 20 years of the best green projects

Federal Center South Building 1202 in Seattle. The building, designed by ZGF Architects LLP, was a COTE Top Ten Green Project in 2013. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

April 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

"Lessons from the Leading Edge" is a study of the 200 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten...

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The multibillion-dollar expansion of the Panama Canal, which is scheduled to open in June, is one of the major water resource infrastructure projects that MWH Global has tackled. In acquiring this company, Stantec foresees significant cross-selling opportunities for its divisions. Image: MWH Global

March 31, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The combination would boost Stantec’s revenue by nearly 60% and its workforce by 45%.

G/BA releases 2015 Hospital Benchmarking Survey

Prentice Women's Hospital Building in Chicago. Photo: Erin Nekervis/Creative Commons

March 11, 2016 | Grumman/Butkus Associates

A new survey from engineering firm Grumman/Butkus Associates examines electricity, fossil fuel, w...

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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to open Los Angeles office

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff worked with HOK on the recently opened Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). Photo: Ron Reiring/Creative Commons.

March 10, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The new office will specialize in building enclosure engineering.

New Toronto office is Thornton Tomasetti's first in Canada

Construction of Edmonton's Rogers Place in the summer of 2015. Thornton Tomasetti is the building's structural engineer. Photo: WpgJets4Life/Wikimedia Commons.

March 08, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The global engineering firm already has a history of working with Canadian architects and develop...

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Understanding the value of physical due diligence

Aged HVAC unit on a large commercial complex in Muskegon, Mich. All photos: WJE

January 29, 2016 | Ross J. Smith, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CDT

Physical inspections can range widely by discipline, level of detail, and the resulting deliverab...

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2015 was a record year for mergers and acquisitions in the AE industry [infographic]

Domestic deals were up, while international deals were down. Source: Morrissey Goodale

January 28, 2016 | Morrissey Goodale

Consulting firm Morrissey Goodale tracked a record 234 sales of U.S.-based A/E firms last year....

Economists continue to debate whether the U.S. economy will be more resilient than other nations and thrive, or limp along for the next several years. Image courtesy Pixabay

January 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Strong job growth and dwindling consumer debt give rise to hope.

Majority of AEC firms saw growth in 2015, remain optimistic for 2016

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January 05, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

By all indications, 2015 was another solid year for U.S. architecture, engineering, and construct...

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AEC leaders say the 'talent wars' are heating up: BD+C survey


December 08, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

A new survey from Building Design+Construction shows that U.S. architecture, engineering...

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Data centers turn to alternative power sources, new heat controls and UPS systems

Modules for a data center for one of Skanska’s telecommunications clients were built in an offsite factory. Callison was the architect. Cosentini Associates provided engineering. Photo: Adam Friedberg

December 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Data centers account for 2% of the nation’s electricity consumption and about 30% of the power us...

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10 megatrends shaping the future of green building

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy

November 30, 2015 | Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, Contributing Editor

Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a...

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FMI survey: Millennials in construction industry are loyal, hard-working

Photo: Atomische * Tom Giebel/Creative Commons.

November 24, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

While the stigma exists that Millennials are entitled, disloyal, and lazy, it appears that this i...

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4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang

October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...

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Engineering firms KJWW and TTG merge

Logos courtesy KJWW

October 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Comparable in size and compatible in culture, the companies unite to present clients with greater...

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Renderings revealed for proposed curvy and lush second office for Apple

The 777,100-sf development by Landbank Investment on Central & Wolfe in Sunnyvale, Calif., is just five miles from Apple’s current Cupertino headquarters.

October 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The project has been dubbed as another “spaceship,” referencing the nickname for the loop-shaped...

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