Higher Education

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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Preparing for the worst: Campus security since Virginia Tech

Card-swipe technology has become a popular security feature on most campuses. Colleges usually require users to punch in a PIN code to enter a building or transverse a secure space. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C

February 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Seven years after the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and universities continue to shak...

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BD+C exclusive: How security is influencing campus design and construction

For the University of California–San Diego’s Health Sciences 2 Research Laboratory Building, ZGF Architects used a mix of lighting techniques to enhance safety. Occupancy sensors control lighting use in labs and offices. The ground-floor lobby is on a timer so that it can be illuminated at night. Photo: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing

February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Campus crime—whether real or perceived—presents Building Teams with more opportunities for early-...

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Photo credit: Mikkel Frost

February 11, 2015 | Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Copenhagen, Berlin, and Rotterdam are the cities where most of the shortlisted works have been bu...

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Shopping centers set their sight on solar
| February 09, 2015 | Panasonic Eco Solutions

As part of its pledge to environmentally sound practices, real estate investment trust Macerich i...

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Arriscraft delivers wow factor for the University of Wyoming’s remarkable Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
| January 26, 2015 | Arriscraft

The state-of-the art Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center successfully fuses the university’s time-h...

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Plans of where the parks would be located if University of Chicago's bid were ch
January 07, 2015 | BD+C Staff

There are two proposed sites for the plan, both owned by the Chicago Park District in Chicago’s S...

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January 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plan by Snøhetta and WCIT Architecture features a building that appears square from the outsi...

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Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons
January 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...

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Section rendering courtesy SRG Partnership
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 40,000-sf library is equipped with four “cones of light,” spherical reflectors made from extr...

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Photo: Mortenson Construction
December 10, 2014 | University of Colorado Boulder

A study by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that prefab approaches on the ne...

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December 09, 2014 | UC Merced

The award brings the campus total for LEED certifications through the U.S. Green Building Council...

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U.S. Census Bureau
December 02, 2014 | Associated Builders and Contractors

This month's increase in nonresidential construction spending is far more consistent with the ane...

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Photo credit: Andrew Worssam
November 20, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The fluid brickwork of the new Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydne...

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A student bedroom at the College of Wooster (Ohio) capitalizes on 12-foot-high c
November 14, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In a recent workshop with 62 college students, architects from Little explored the changing habit...

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At Coastline Community Colleges Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
November 10, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s...

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The exterior design of the 21-story, LEED Silver MassArt Tree House was sugges
November 07, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Many states have cut back funding for higher education in recent years, and securing money for ne...

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Precast units from Coreslab Structures (left) being put in place at Valparaiso (
November 07, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Few colleges or universities have embraced prefabrication more wholeheartedly than Valparaiso (In...

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Students chill in a lounge at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The $
November 07, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

University students want more in a residence hall than just a place to sleep. They want a space t...

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Renderings courtesy Studio Gang Architects
November 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The century-old power plant will be converted into a recreation facility with a coffee shop, loun...

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The Pacific Northwest College of Arts new home base, renovated from an space th
November 03, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

About seven years ago, The Pacific Northwest College of Art, the oldest art college in Portland,...

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October 28, 2014 | Kean University

Winner of the AIA Gold Medal, the National Medal of the Arts, the Topaz Medallion and the Driehau...

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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e
October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
October 15, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The impetus behind Harvard's Center for Green Buildings and Cities is what the design school’s de...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
October 14, 2014 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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October 14, 2014 | Erin L. Aichler & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This course provides step-by-step prescriptive advice to architects, engineers, and contractors o...

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At Ohlone Community College in Fremont, Calif., CannonDesign, in association wit
October 13, 2014 | Raissa Rocha, Associate Editor

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the American Institute of Architects’ effort to have arc...

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Renderings courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
October 10, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The project sees a departure from Hadid’s well-known use of concrete, fiberglass, and resin. Inst...

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The 170,735-sf net zero emissions office building prototype in St. Louis, Mo., d
October 09, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A new study by Navigant Research projects that public- and private-sector efforts to lower the ca...

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Photo: Samuel Boisvert via Wikimedia Commons
September 24, 2014 | AIA

On the heels of recording its strongest pace of growth since 2007, there continues to be an incre...

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