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.
INDUSTRIAL SECTOR GIANTS: Stantec, Turner, Jacobs among top industrial AEC firms

Sainsbury's distribution center in Waltham Point, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Photo: Nick Saltmarsh via Commons

September 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest industrial sector design and construction firms, as repor...

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MILITARY SECTOR GIANTS: Clark Group, HDR, Fluor top ranking of nation's largest military sector AEC firms

Photo: United States Navy

September 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest military sector design and construction firms, as reporte...

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Young & Ayata's Bauhaus Museum Dessau design. Rendering courtesy Young & Ayata, via Dezeen

September 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The German museum chose one sleek, no-nonsense concept and one colorful, complex entry.

RETAIL SECTOR GIANTS: Callison RTKL, PCL Construction, Jacobs among top  retail sector AEC firms

Strategically placed illuminated LED panels produce a shimmering glow on the exterior of the newly renovated Bloomingdales at the Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif. On the Building Team: Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors (AE), Kevin Kennon Architects (designer), and C.W. Driver (GC). Photo: Cristi D. Costea Photography, courtesy Hixson

September 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest retail sector design and construction firms, as reported...

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EverBlock bricks make modular building a snap

Modular wall system. Photos courtesy EverBlock (via Gizmag)

September 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Life-size EverBlocks can be used to build actual furniture, dividing walls, and free-standing she...

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Seattle releases affordable housing ‘grand bargain’ between developers, advocates

Seattle's Sunset Electric Apartments. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons

September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes linkage fee to further goal of constructing 6,000 new affordable units.

DATA CENTER SECTOR GIANTS: Beck Group, Fluor, Holder Construction among top data center AEC firms

Photo: Global Access Point via Wikimedia Commons

September 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest data center sector design and construction firms, as repo...

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Rafael Viñoly's Walkie-Talkie named U.K.'s worst new building

London's 'Walkie-Talkie.' Photo: Garry Knight/Creative Commons

September 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The curved, glass tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in London has been known to reflect intense heat o...

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Google's driverless car. Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

September 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The University of Michigan’s Mcity is a public-private partnership interested in overcoming unpre...

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Proposed stadium for NFL's St. Louis Rams offers more than just football

The latest St. Louis Rams stadium renderings, released Sept. 1, courtesy HOK

September 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The stadium's newest features have been unveiled by HOK, which could give the Rams one of the mos...

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Nonresidential construction spending continues to grow through mid-summer

Construction of Minneapolis's Downtown East. Photo: Tony Webster/Creative Commons

September 01, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Job growth, increased business travel spending, and the rebounding U.S. have all aided the constr...

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Eric Salard via Flickr

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several surveys gauge passenger satisfaction with airports, as flyers and airlines weigh in on te...

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Small and regional airports in a dogfight for survival

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport by Art davis via Wikimedia Commons

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Small and regional airports are in a dogfight for survival. Airlines have either cut routes to no...

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Logan Airport Rental Car Center, Boston. Photo: Arnold Reinhold via Wikimedia Commons

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC teams have found fertile ground in building or expanding consolidated rental car facilities,...

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Experts discuss how airports can manage growth

Dan Shouse via Flickr Creative Commons

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In February 2015, engineering giant Arup conducted a “salon” in San Francisco on the future of av...

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Urban developers add supermarkets to the mixes

Whole Foods at Oahu's Ward Village, image courtesy Ward Village by Howard Hughes Corporation

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several high-rise projects include street-level Whole Foods Markets.

Hospital construction/renovation guidelines promote sound control

Glass enclosed work stations between patient rooms provides staff touch down areas with full view of patients without imposing upon their respite @ MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto, courtesy TRO Jung

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The newly revised guidelines from the Facilities Guidelines Institute touch on six factors that a...

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7 (more) steps toward a quieter hospital

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Every hospital has its own “culture” of loudness and quiet. Jacobs’ Chris Kay offers steps to a t...

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Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leadin...

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Architects propose shipping container tower to replace slums

The scheme envisions a single container being subdivided into several studio flats, while three-bedroom family residences could be crafted out of three containers. Renderings courtesy CRG Architects

August 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The firm says approximately 2,500 containers would be needed to complete the design, which aims t...

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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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