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5 finalists announced for 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

Antinori Winter by Archea Associati in San Casciano Val di Pesa, Florence, Italy. Photo by Pietro Savorelli

February 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Bjarke Ingels' Danish Maritime Museum and the Ravensburg Art Museum by Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei...

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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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Bjarke Ingels designs geodesic dome for energy production, community use

The geodesic facade will contain PV panels to generate electricity for off-season use. Renderings courtesy BIG

February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new building in Uppsala, Sweden, will serve as a power plant during the winter and a venue for ...

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Edmonton considering 'freezeway' to embrace winter

Design plans for the Freezeway include setting up skate rentals in nearby metro stops and using buildings as windbreaks. Renderings courtesy Matthew Gibbs

February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

If the new Edmonton Freezeway is constructed, residents will have an 11-km course that winds thro...

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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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ABC economist: Year-end construction backlog drops 1%

With hotel occupancy rising, office vacancy falling, and demand for data climbing exponentially, a number of key private segments are positioned for rapid growth in construction spending this year, says ABC's Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Photo: Hydrogen Iodide via Wikimedia Commons

February 24, 2015 | ABC

Despite a quarter-over-quarter decline, the U.S. construction backlog ended the year at 8.7 month...

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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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9 best practices for effective laser scanning

The rendering above depicts a 3D laser scan of a performing arts theater atrium in greyscale format. This viewing method is preferred in low-light environments. Rendering: JE Dunn

February 23, 2015 | Trent Nichols, LEED AP

JE Dunn’s National BIM Director, Trent Nichols, offers tips and advice for mastering the art of l...

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February 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Across the cultural grid, from food to retail to transportation, America's urban areas are alread...

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Rising Nonresidential Construction Index comes with struggles, FMI reports

Engineering and construction executives that comprise the NRCI panel are strongly optimistic about both the economy and their businesses. Photo courtesy of Vhanepfu/Wikimedia Commons.

February 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction companies face the challenge of having enough people to keep up with increasing back...

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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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Chargers and Raiders propose joint stadium in Carson

The proposed site is a 168-acre parcel at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of the 405 freeway and Del Amo Boulevard. Renderings courtesy of Scott Boehm/Manica Architecture.

February 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Two rival teams may bring the NFL back to Los Angeles.

‘Floating’ park on New York’s Hudson River moves one step closer to reality

The 2.4-acre park is the brainchild of billionaire mogul Barry Diller and his wife, the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Renderings courtesy Heatherwick Studio

February 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developers envision the 2.4-acre space as a major performance arts venue.

PwC Reports Rise in Engineering and Construction Deals in 2014

Overall, there were 21 mega deals last year, totaling $127 billion. The greatest number of deals took place in Asia and Oceania. Image courtesy of MorgueFile/hotblack

February 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Worldwide engineering and construction industries closed 218 M&A deals in 2014 worth more tha...

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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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Illustrator Federico Babina imagines architecture from nowhere

Architecture from nowhere. Illustrations courtesy of Feredico Babina.

February 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The illustrator imagines architecture where past, present, and future intertwine.

Buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes

Photo: Thester11 via Wikimedia Commons

February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Research at Case Western Reserve University has found that buildings that rock during an earthqua...

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USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

Photo: Cygnusloop99 via Wikimedia Commons

February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...

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Make It Right Releases New Designs for Affordable Housing Complex

Renderings courtesy of Make It Right

February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BNIM is among the six firms involved in the project.

Commercial real estate developers optimistic, but concerned about taxes, jobs outlook

Brookfield Properties' 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons

February 18, 2015 | NAIOP

The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over...

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Ground Breaks on Innovative Museum Design by Foster + Partners

The building’s façade will face toward Badouzi harbor. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The museum will be home to an aquarium, exhibition space, and waterfront views. 

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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Architecture billings dip in January, severe weather likely to blame

The American Institute of Architects reported the January ABI score was 49.9, down from a mark of 52.6 in December. Photo: Bart Everson via Wikimedia Commons

February 17, 2015 | AIA

“This easing in demand for design services is a bit of a surprise given the overall strength of t...

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