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.
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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Millennials to outgrow Baby Boomers in 2015

Image courtesy of CEU/Wikimedia Commons

February 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Baby Boomer generation, once the nation's largest living generation, will be outpaced by the...

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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.

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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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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NYC multifamily sales increased by 39% in 2014

For New York City as a whole, $20 million-plus deals accounted for more than half of all transactions. Photo: Momos via Wikimedia Commons

February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

For New York City as a whole, $20 million-plus deals accounted for more than half of all transact...

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California launches pilot program to finance multifamily retrofits for energy efficiency

HUD has also committed to support California’s creation of another pilot financing program for multifamily building, where most or all of the energy use is billed through a common meter. Photo: Almonroth via Wikimedia Commons

February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Obama Administration and the state of California are teaming with the Chicago-based MacArthur...

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Returning home: Millennials moving back in with their parents

Ninety percent of individuals born between 1980 and 1984 and who hold a Bachelor’s degree left home before they were 27 years hold. However, half of this group later returned to their parents’ home, according to a study by the National Longitudinal Study of Youth. Image: Wikimedia Commons

February 17, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

Ninety percent of individuals born between 1980 and 1984 and who hold a Bachelor’s degree left ho...

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Work begins on Bjarke Ingels' pixelated tower in Calgary

Telus Sky Tower will be the home of Telus, a telecommunication company, as well as 320 serviced residences. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

February 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on Calgary’s newest skyscraper, the 66-story Telus Sky...

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Light will shimmer through roof cutouts in Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi

The latticed dome is supported by the sculptural, rectangular interiors. Renderings courtesy Jean Nouvel Architects

February 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After many delays since construction started in 2009, the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi i...

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First Look: Sacramento Planning Commission approves mixed-use tower by the new Kings arena

An aerial view of the proposed tower, standing next to the new downtown arena in Sacramento. Renderings courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

February 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project, named Downtown Plaza Tower, will have 16 stories and will include a public lobby, re...

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New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...

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Is Houston headed for an office glut?

By the end of 2014, 80 buildings with about 18 million sf of office space were started in Greater Houston, according to CoStar Group. Photo: Mike Russell via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More than 13 million sf could be completed this year, adding to this metro’s double-digit vacancy...

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New shipping container complex begins construction in Albuquerque

Rendering: Green Jeans Farmery

February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Green Jeans Farmery already has a hydroponic farm component courtesy of owner and entrepreneu...

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Gensler proposes network of cycle highways in London’s unused underground

The firm hopes the project can kickstart efforts to turn subterranean London into a thriving public space. Renderings courtesy Gensler London

February 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Unused tube lines would host pedestrian paths, cycle routes, cultural spaces, and retail outlets....

Primer: Using 'parallel estimating' to pinpoint costs on healthcare construction projects

Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Seth Rossman via Wikimedia Commonshosp

February 11, 2015 | Andrew Sumner, CBRE Healthcare

As pressure increases to understand capital cost prior to the first spade touching dirt, more hea...

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11 of the nation’s best ‘Complete Streets’ policies of 2014 Austin

Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas. The Lone Star State capital ranked number five. Photo courtesy city of Austin.

February 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Austin, Texas, and Troy, N.Y., are among the cities with the strongest safe streets policies, acc...

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New school blends with local architecture using Petersen metal roof

The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship in South Windsor, Conn. Photo: Petersen Aluminum

February 11, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

Perkins Eastman in Stamford, Conn., designed the school to emphasize and integrate the Internatio...

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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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Herzog & de Meuron-designed M+ museum begins construction in Hong Kong

The building’s design consists of a translucent tower with research, retail, and restaurant spaces that rests on a horizontal slab filled with exhibition galleries. Renderings courtesy Herzog & De Meuron

February 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

When completed, M+ will be one of the first buildings in the Foster + Partners-planned West Kowlo...

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