Facility Managers

Once the project is completed, the building must be managed by someone, or it cannot live up to its full functionality. Owners and facility managers are the unsung heroes of many iconic works of architecture, making sure that buildings remain in good condition and are utilized to their fullest potential.
Construction Demand Exploding in 2015, But Costs Complicate Recovery

While the overall market is recovering, it’s not an even recovery, says JLL. 

March 12, 2015 | JLL

Raw materials and labor costs temper expectations for soaring profits.

Energy Trust of Oregon offers financial incentives for net-zero buildings

Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons

March 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.

Multifamily construction has been a boon to L.A.’s economy

Last year, 10,200 rental apartments came online in Los Angeles, and another 8,500 could be added in 2015. Pictured: Bryson Apartment Hotel, 2701 Wilshire Blvd., in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

March 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new study finds that nearly one-quarter of Los Angeles’ population lived in rental homes and ap...

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Google plans to use robots, cranes to manipulate modular offices at its new HQ

Rendering courtesy Google

March 11, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its visions of “crabots” accentuate the search-engine giant’s recent fascination with robotics an...

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A 57-floor Chinese skyscraper was completed in 19 days

The tower has an office space capacity for 4,000 employees and residential units for 800 households. Screenshot from BSB

March 10, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

After erecting the mega prefab tower in Changsha, China, modular builder BSB stated, “three floor...

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Architecture based on “astronomical principles” for new planetarium in Shanghai

Reflecting pools will be strewn throughout the building. Renderings courtesy Ennead Architects

March 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The ancient Chinese civilization left some of the earliest records of humans studying the stars a...

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New courthouse blossoms into a civic space for one California town

The site in Hollister, Calif., on which the Superior Court for San Benito County was built is tight. Project architect SmithGroupJJR expanded the sense of openness in the 41,500-sf building’s interior space by borrowing visual interest from its exterior exposures. All public circulation and staff corridors and ramps have direct views onto outdoor areas, which include a plaza and roof rock gardens. The technique is based on a concept used in traditional Japanese gardens. Photo: Bruce Damonte, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

March 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building's canopy suggests classical courthouse features of front porch and portico. It also...

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State of the state: How state governments are funding construction projects

Bonds issued to build or renovate 44 courthouses in California helped pay for the $29.4 million Superior Court for San Benito County, which opened in 2014. The exterior is distinguished by a cantilevered patterned canopy. Photo: Bruce Damonte, courtesy SmithGroupJJR

March 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

State budget shortfalls are making new construction and renovation projects a tough sell, leading...

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Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...

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FEMA cuts off funding to Indiana after Kokomo continues building stadium in flood zone

Rendering: city of Kokomo, Ind.

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms...

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New HOK designs for St. Louis NFL stadium unveiled

Renderings courtesy HOK

March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has assembled a task force to develop plans for an open-air NFL stadi...

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Goettsch Partners unveils plans for dual office towers in Warsaw

Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

March 05, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The Mennica Legacy Tower development is divided into a 35-story tower located on the south east s...

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Chicago's 7 most endangered properties

The Illinois Institute of Technology's Main Building is among the city buildings at the highest risk of being lost to demolition or decay, according to the group Preservation Chicago. All photos provided by Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago

March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Preservation Chicago released its annual list of historic buildings that are at risk of being dem...

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Must see: Egypt planning 656-foot pyramid skyscraper in Cairo

Renderings courtesy of Egypt's Ministry of Housing.

March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Zayed Crystal Spark Tower will stand 200 meters tall and will be just a short distance from the p...

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Former DuPont lab to be converted into business incubator near U Penn campus

The three-story, 58,000-sf Pennovation Center, as it’s being called, will be at the heart of Pennovation Works, a blend of offices, labs, and production spaces situated within 23 acres along the Schuykill River and adjacent to the university’s main campus in Philadelphia. Renderings courtesy HWKN 

March 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new Pennovation Center will provide collaborative and research spaces for educators, scientis...

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BD+C special report: What it takes to build 21st-Century Schools

Students use a quiet zone at Falcon Virtual Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., a $1.2 million adaptive reuse of an aging manufacturing warehouse. Home-schooled students, working students, and transitional students can use spaces within the facility when they need to work together on projects or seek instructional support from teachers. DLR Group designed and planned the 20,000-sf facility for 400 students of Falcon School District 49. Photo: ©Ed LaCasse 

March 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

How the latest design, construction, and teaching concepts are being implemented in the next gene...

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Proposed energy standard for data centers, telecom buildings open for public comment

Photo courtesy Facebook

March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more...

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Are energy management systems too complex for school facility staffs?

Photo courtesy EnergyManagementSystems.org

March 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

When school districts demand the latest and greatest, they need to think about how those choices...

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Massive windmill will double as mixed-use entertainment tower in Rotterdam

Using a technology developed at Delft Technical University, the windmill generates energy by harnessing the movement of charged water droplets in the wind. Renderings courtesy Dutch Windwheel Corporation

February 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The 571-foot structure will house apartments, a hotel, restaurants, even a roller coaster.

Should your next school project include a safe room?

Wrestling room doubles as safe room at a Wichita, Kan., school. Photo: FEMA

February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many school districts continue to resist mandating the inclusion of safe rooms or storm shelters...

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Construction funding still scarce for many school districts

The 11th high school in Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District will be part of a 179-acre, 592,000-sf “educational village” that eventually will include middle and elementary schools. The project is one of dozens of new K-12 campuses being planned throughout Texas to keep up with the population growth. Rendering: PBK Architects, courtesy Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many districts are struggling to have new construction and renovation keep pace with student popu...

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D.C.'s Dunbar High School is world's highest-scoring LEED school, earns 91% of base credits

Natural light floods the interior spaces. All photos: copyright Joseph Romeo

February 26, 2015 | Perkins Eastman

The 280,000-sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the...

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Polish architect designs modular ‘kids city’ kindergarten using shipping container frames

The complex will be filled with terraces and gardens where children can learn basic biology. All renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architecture.

February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Forget the retrofit of a shipping container into a building for one moment. Designboom showcases...

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Starchitecture meets agriculture: OMA unveils design for Kentucky community farming facility

Food Port will feature expanses of agricultural space to support local farmers and the agricultural industry. Renderings courtesy of OMA

February 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The $460 million Food Port project will define a new model for the relationship between consumer...

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Call for entries: 2015 Giants 300 survey

Great Hall, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: @Lawrence Anderson

February 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The annual Giants 300 Report ranks the top AEC firms in commercial construction, by revenue. 

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February 23, 2015

What does a green building look like? How would you know one if you saw one? Maybe a trivial ques...

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Pumped-up recreation centers help build body, mind, and spirit

The Bickman Fitness Center expansion at Clark University, completed in September 2013, provides space for an expanded cardio fitness program, with additional room for equipment storage and multipurpose events. Photo: John Horner Photography / courtesy Perkins+Will

February 21, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Adopting facility layouts from Asian and European models, today’s sports and recreational buildin...

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Penn strengthens campus security by reviving its surrounding neighborhood

Security experts contend that camera surveillance loses its effectiveness if the images are not continuously monitored, as shown here in the University of Pennsylvania’s public safety command center. Penn is experimenting with using cameras to remotely identify people entering buildings. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C

February 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In 1996, the University of Pennsylvania’s sprawling campus in Philadelphia was in the grip of an...

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Is multifamily construction getting too frothy for demand?

Last year, the 340,000 multifamily units started represented the highest level of construction since the 1980s. Photo: Uploader via Wikimedia Commons

February 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Contractors are pushing full speed ahead, but CoStar Group thinks a slowdown might be in order th...

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Prices for Construction Materials Fall in January

Construction input prices were down in January, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Prices for other materials were also down on both a monthly and yearly basis.

February 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The decline in oil and petroleum prices finally showed up in the produce price index data, accord...

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