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ABC: September's nonresidential spending retains momentum in October

Photo: Anders Lejczak/Creative Commons.

December 01, 2015 | ABC

Spending increased in 10 of 16 nonresidential construction sectors on a monthly basis.

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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The contractor’s role in promoting job site sustainability [AIA course]

Courtesy Robins & Morton

December 01, 2015 | Jackie Mustakas, LEED AP BD+C, Robins & Morton

Robins & Morton’s Jackie Mustakas offers specific actions that contractors and construction m...

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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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Photos courtesy Sundt Construction

November 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The contractor's Center for Craft Excellence, in Phoenix, is in response to the labor shortages i...

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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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BIG plans for Pittsburgh: Lower Hill District master plan evokes hilly topography

The master plan will rejuvenate the former site of the Pittsburgh Penguins' arena. Renderings courtesy BIG

November 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Paths will be carved to create a dialogue between Pittsburgh’s urbanscape and its hilly surroundi...

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Dewberry acquires Houston’s Wilson Architectural Group

Items in Wilson Architectural Group's portfolio include Houston's Methodist Hospital. Photo: TMHJPL/Wikimedia Commons

November 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Now known as Dewberry | Wilson, the firm will have access to more MEP, technology design, site/ci...

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Written by Iain Jackson, "The Architecture School Survival Guide" covers both broad designing ideas and specific architecture tips.

Courtesy Laurence King

November 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Written by Iain Jackson, "The Architecture School Survival Guide" covers both broad designing ide...

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AIA: Demand for design services still up for the year

Photo: kim/Creative Commons.

November 18, 2015 | AIA

October's ABI score was 53.1, down slightly from the mark of 53.7 in September. This still reflec...

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DOE launches new data collaborative to help cities and states boost building efficiency

The SEED Collaborative will partner with a select group of cities, like Philadelphia, and states to help them better collect and manage building energy data. Photo: Peter Miller/Creative Commons

November 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The SEED Standard will help manage, standardize, share performance data.

Croatia's "sea organ." Photo: linssimato/Creative Commons

November 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Visitors to the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Zadar, Croatia, can hear the sounds of the ocean in...

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Perkins Eastman, ForrestPerkins combine practices

Room at the Joule in Dallas, a ForrestPerkins-designed hotel. Photo: Dave Pinter/Creative Commons

November 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The combined international firm will total almost 1,000 employees. 

Construction will outpace worldwide GDP growth over the next 15 years

Construction in Dandong, Liaoning, China, in 2015. Photo: blake.thornberry/Creative Commons

November 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Three countries—the United States, China, and India—will account for nearly three-fifths of world...

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AIA releases nine new contract documents

Photo: Mark Kaletka/Creative Commons

November 10, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Include six new forms for design-build projects.

Perkins+Will acquires London-based Portland Design Associates

Portland helped Turner Communications gain an airport retail presence with The News Café, at Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi International Airport. Rendering courtesy Portland/P+W

November 09, 2015 | Perkins+Will

The firms will work together to offer “future-proofing” insights to clients.

November 06, 2015 | GRAPHISOFT

Inspired by the suspended, community-designed shading structures seen on traditional Moroccan mar...

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Budget bill provision raises OSHA fines for first time in 25 years

Workers building condos in Washington, D.C. Photo: Elvert Barnes/Creative Commons.

November 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Inflation-adjusted penalty hikes could go up as much as 80%.

Hospital designers get the scoop on the role of innovation in healthcare

Kaiser Permanente’s New Garfield Innovation Center. Photo: Ted Eytan

November 04, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

“Innovation” was the byword as 175 healthcare designers gathered in Chicago for the American Coll...

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DBIA announces 2015 Project of the Year

The Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building in Miramar, Fla., was named DBIA 2015 Project of the Year. Rendering courtesy Krueck + Sexton; other images courtesy DBIA.

November 04, 2015 | DBIA

This year, 26 projects in 10 categories were awarded National Awards of Merit. One project in eac...

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ABC, AIA & NAHB: Residential and nonresidential construction growth expected in 2016

Homes under construction in Solano, Calif. Photo: Robert Couse-Baker/Creative Commons.

November 03, 2015 | ABC

Economists from the three trade associations discussed several indicators for sector performance...

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NCARB: Interactive tool helps aspiring architects prep for exam

The tool will help architects with the ARE, a multi-division test developed by NCARB and taken by all candidates seeking architectural registration in the United States.

November 02, 2015 | NCARB

The Transition Calculator for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) will help licensure ca...

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ABC: September's nonresidential spending slip no cause for concern

Roadway under construction near Medina, Wash. Highway and street-related construction spending increased 0.3% in September. Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation/Creative Commons

November 02, 2015 | ABC

Despite the monthly drop, September's year-over-year increase is largest in seven years. Seven of...

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China Accord: Design firms sign pledge to tackle climate change

An oil refinery in Qixia, Nanjing, China. Photo: Vmenkov/Wikimedia Commons.

November 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

52 companies will collaborate to reduce carbon emissions.

ABC: Economic growth stronger than headline GDP figure suggests

Photo: Bill Jacobus/Creative Commons.

October 30, 2015 | ABC

GDP expanded 1.5% during the third quarter while nonresidential fixed investment expanded by 2.1%...

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MIT develops ‘river of 3-D pixels’ to assemble objects

The Kinetic Block by MIT's Tangible Media Group

October 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The Kinetic Blocks can manipulate objects into shapes without human interference.

New office space core and shell construction costs are highest in the two coastal cities.

October 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A CBRE report found that New York’s construction costs are more than $500 per sf. San Francisco i...

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Steven R. Zirkel, Metl-Span President

Steven R. Zirkel appointed President of Metl-Span, manufacturer of insulated metal panels based in Lewisville, Texas.

October 28, 2015 |

Metl-Span announced that Steven R. Zirkel has joined the company as the new president. Metl-Span...

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San Antonio launches river barge design competition

San Antonio is redesigning its river barges. Photo: Mike Whaling/Creative Commons.

October 28, 2015 | AIA

Winning concepts will incorporate innovative new materials while remaining buildable and economic...

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Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Chevron-patterned tiles are trending. All images courtesy Novità

October 27, 2015 | Novità

Supersized tile and 3D walls are among the trending tile design themes seen at Cersaie, an exhibi...

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