Building Types

When it comes down to it, all buildings have things in common: the need for great design, engineering, construction, and management, when the structure is completed. Harmonizing those elements is a skill that translates to any building project you might have on your hands.
Vallco Shopping Mall renovation plans include 'largest green roof in the world'

The Hills at Vallco. Renderings courtesy Sand Hill Property Co. (via San Jose Mercury News)

August 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The new owners of the mall in Cupertino, Calif., intend to transform the outdated shopping mall i...

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Barack Obama Foundation begins search for presidential library architect

Barack and Michelle Obama look at Chicago's skyline. Photo: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons 

August 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Both national and foreign firms will compete for chance to design the Chicago-based Presidential...

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Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers...

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Photo: One of the cities in JLL's quiz, Bobokine/Wikimedia Commons

August 26, 2015 | JLL

Clues help players name eight metropolises in The Global Cities Quiz

Sky Pool, Swimming Pool, Residential, high-rise, apartment

The swimming pool will suspend approximately 115 feet above ground. Renderings courtesy Ballymore Group

August 25, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Residents and visitors will be able to swim 10 stories above ground, and see views of London.

Millennial allowance: Tenant improvement key to attracting tomorrow’s workforce

Photo: Phil Whitehouse/Creative Commons

August 25, 2015 | JLL

Millennials have been the driving force behind the growth in renovation construction projects sin...

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A fully restored St. Patrick’s Cathedral awaits the Pope’s arrival

Images courtesy Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects 

August 25, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The three-year reconstruction project included more than 30,000 preservations and repairs. 

British company OpenDesk offers open-sourced office furniture

By turning furniture into downloadable templates, offices can be in charge of sourcing and manufacturing their own products. Screengrab of

August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Offices can “download” their furniture to be made locally, anywhere.

Green Bay Packers to start construction on a business district near Lambeau Field this fall

Image: Titletown District, all renderings courtesy Green Bay Packers (via Green Bay Press Gazette)

August 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Flush with cash, the NFL team is kicking in about half of the $130 million for the 20-acre projec...

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Of Sky Garages and Dezervators:  Porsche Design Tower sets a new standard of cool with the help of fire rated glass

To meet the code requirements of the elevator enclosure and ensure that the ocean views were available, SAFTI FIRST supplied SuperLite II-XL 120 with GPX Curtain Wall Framing for the 2-hour segmented wall starting from the lobby. Renderings courtesy of  

| August 24, 2015 | SaftiFirst

The 60-story, 132-residence luxury Porsche Design Tower designed by Sieger Suarez Architects prom...

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North America’s real estate market Is close to stabilization In cap rate pricing

Cincinnati Federated Building, Derek Jensen/Wikimedia Commons

August 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest CBRE survey, covering the first half of the year, finds retail and hotel sectors exper...

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Proposed “High Line” in Mexico City pays homage to Aztec aqueduct

According to Architizer, references to the region’s aqueous heritage will be made with fountains and a waterfall. Renderings courtesy of FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise.

August 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Plans for Mexico City’s elevated park include an amphitheatre and al fresco cafés.

Plan to demolish historic Riviera Hotel & Casino approved by Las Vegas tourism board

Photo: Alex Proimos/Wikimedia Commons

August 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The project is the first step toward a $2.3 billion expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center....

Despite dip, ABI remains strong

Photo: King of Prussia Mall in Lafayette Park, Penn. Montgomery County Planning Commission/Creative Commons.

August 19, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 54.7, down a point fro...

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BIG crowdfunds steam ring prototype for Amager Bakke project

For every ton of CO2 produced, the smokestack will release a ring of steam. Rendering courtesy BIG

August 18, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The unusual power plant/ski slope project in Copenhagen will feature a ...

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Installing Viega Climate Mat® for BBARWA

| August 17, 2015 | Viega

The Big Bear Area Regional Wstewater Agency tried several different methods to dry the sludge wit...

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AIA selects nine educational facilities for Education Facility Design Awards

Photo: The New School University Center, MusikAnimal/Wikimedia Commons

August 13, 2015 | AIA

Georgia Tech's Clough Commons, Boston's Berklee Tower, and seven other facilities were honored fo...

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Construction begins for Kengo Kuma-designed twisted Rolex tower in Dallas

The tower is being constructed in an 18-block master plan developed by Harwood International. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma Architects

August 12, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designs tower with gradually rotating floor plates for Rolex's new...

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Snoozebox launches competition for designers to create pop-up hotels

Image courtesy Snoozebox

August 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designers can leave their mark in the international hotel design industry.

Walgreens’ flagship in Hawaii harkens back to the island’s fishing culture

The flagship store was built at the corner of one of Honolulu’s busiest intersections and near one of the nation’s top-grossing shopping centers. All photos courtesy Architects Hawaii Ltd. 

August 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A house where canoes were made served as the model for this drug superstore’s design. 

Designs revealed for new multifamily residences on San Francisco's west side

1188 & 1198 Junipero Serra Blvd., designed by Kwan Henmi

August 10, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The first 1,000 residential units will kickoff a decade-long plan to add 5,6779 new housing units...

GOVERNMENT SECTOR GIANTS: Public sector spending even more cautiously on buildings

The $160 million renovation of the 620,000-sf, 18-story Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse in downtown Denver. HOK was the architect on the project, with Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects (architect of record), RMH Group (MEP), Rocky Mountain Institute (high-performance building consultant), and Mortenson Construction (design-builder). Photo: HOK

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms that do government work say their public-sector clients have been going smaller to save...

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K-12 SCHOOL SECTOR GIANTS: To succeed, school design must replicate real-world environments

Intrinsic School, Chicago, combines STEM and humanities in podlike settings. The Intrinsic charter system was founded by CEO Melissa Zaikos. The Building Team: Wheeler Kearns Architects (designer), Enspect Engineering (SE), Wolff Landscape Architect, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Whether new or reconstructed, schools must meet new demands that emanate from the real world and...

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MULTIFAMILY AEC GIANTS: Slowdown prompts developers to ask: Will the luxury rentals boom hold?

ZINC Apartments, West Cambridge, Mass., just outside Boston. The owner, Wood Partners, will start accepting tenants in September. The Building Team: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (architect), J Derenzo (site work), EM Duggan (MEP), McPhee (electrical contractor), JK Glass (curtain wall/glass), Canatal (steel), Sanford (wall panels), and Lend Lease (GC). Rendering: Wood Partners and Monogram Residential Trust

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For the last three years, rental apartments have occupied the hot corner in residential construct...

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Tribute tower to cricket ’96 world champions to be Sri Lanka’s tallest

Renderings courtesy Reza Kabul Architects

August 07, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The 1996 Iconic Tower will be a tribute to the country’s cricket team, which won the World Cup in...

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UNIVERSITY SECTOR GIANTS: Collaboration, creativity, technology—hallmarks of today’s campus facilities

The $50 million Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., was completed last August by Walbridge (CM at risk). The five-story, 149,879-sf facility, designed by SmithGroupJJR, pulls together functions that were scattered over four buildings. The center provides instructional and R&D space for the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Photo: Jason Robinson Photography, LLC 

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges an...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Green building movement hits a new plateau, but the underlying problems remain

The LEED Gold Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach (Va.) Joint-Use Library. The Building Team: Carrier Johnson + CULTURE (design architect), RRMM Architects (AOR), Anderson Brulé Architects (interior design), Stroud, Pence and Associates (SE), C. Allan Bamforth, Jr. (CE), Pace Collaborative (MEP), In Sites (landscape architect), and Gilbane Building Co. (CMAR). Photo: Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

August 06, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Today, the green building movement is all about eliminating toxic substances in building material...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Healthcare Construction Firms

Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, a seven-story facility that is the cornerstone of a 25-year master plan for Scripps Memorial Hospital’s La Jolla, Calif., campus. GC McCarthy Building Companies used lean construction principles to prefabricate headwalls and handwashing sinks in the patient rooms, ICUs, and prep/recovery rooms. Also on the Building Team: HOK (project architect), KPFF (SE/CE), exp (MEP), MWPA (landscape architect), and Jacobs Engineering Group (CM). Photo: Stephen Whalen Photography

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest heal...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 80 Healthcare Engineering Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Courtesy HKS, DPR

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the l...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 115 Healthcare Architecture Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The new facility will unite the hospital’s rehabilitative orthopedic, cardiac, and pulmonary services under one roof. DPR and HKS will also complete the 45,000-sf Christine Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute on the Boca Raton campus this summer. Courtesy HKS

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

HDR, Stantec, and Perkins+Will top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest hea...

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