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.
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

Presbyterian 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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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and r...

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Women wear lighter clothing in summer, so are cooler in air-conditioned rooms

Photo: midnightcomm/Wikimedia Commons

August 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Women wear lighter clothing in the summer, so they tend to be cooler in air-conditioned rooms, ac...

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Ultramoderne's Chicago Horizon wins design competition

Renderings courtesy Ultramoderne

August 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Dubbed Chicago Horizon, the 3,200-sf structure will feature a chin-height rooftop viewing platfor...

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The world’s longest ski slope will be built in one of the world’s hottest cities

Meydan One. Renderings courtesy Meydan City Corporation

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The words “skiing” and “desert” aren’t often used in the same sentence. But that’s changing in Du...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 87 Office Sector Construction FirmsGIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 85 Office Sector Construction Firms

Crane installation at the 181 Fremont office/condo mixed-use project in San Francisco. Immediately adjacent to the new Transbay Transit Center and elevated park, the 70-story high-rise will become the city's second tallest building when completed in June 2016. Photo courtesy Level 10 Construction

August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, Structure Tone, and Gilbane top BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector cont...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Office Sector Engineering Firms

Exposed ductwork typifies the high-tech nature of the 30 floors of DirectTV’s 690,000-sf Los Angeles campus. The Building Team: JLL (PM), AECOM (architect/interiors), Nabih Youssef Associates (SE), ARC Engineering (MEP), KGM Architectural Lighting, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM

August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell head BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office secto...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 135 Office Sector Architecture Firms

KSS Architects led the Building Team of Harrison Hamnett (SE), Rock Brook Consulting Group (MEP/FP), Corsi Associates (kitchen consultant), and Bar &  Bar (GC) on the new 225,000-sf Burlington Stores corporate HQ in Burlington, N.J. The facility features open and collaborative offices, conference space, a fitness center, a café, a multipurpose training area, and an outdoor lunch area. PHOTO: HALKIN | MASON PHOTOGRAPHY

August 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, HOK, and Perkins+Will top BD+C's ranking of the nation's largest office sector architect...

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Douglas County Community and Senior Center, a focal point for all ages
| August 05, 2015 | MBCI

In Douglas County, 30 percent of the 46,000 residents are senior citizens; thus the need for a se...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Today’s workplace design must appeal to Millennials’ ‘activity-based’ lifestyle

Lifestyle micro kitchen at Motorola Mobility’s headquarters, Chicago. The Building Team: CBRE (owner’s rep); Gensler (architect); Klein and Hoffman (SE); Environmental Systems Design (MEP); CD+M Lighting Design Group; Wiss, Janney, Elstner (historical engineer); and Skender Construction (GC). Photo: @Eric Laignel

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Office market AEC Giants discuss the latest trends workplace design, and the state of the office...

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A new database for tracking commercial and multifamily façade upgrades

Photo: Dallas's Centerpoint Energy Plaza is one of the façade retrofits listed on the site. Ken Lund/Creative Commons

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The site allows users to submit information about new projects, or supplement information on thos...

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London, Anish Kapoor, Cecil Balmond, ArcelorMittal Orbit

A 591-foot tube will connect the observation deck on top of the 376-foot sculpture to the ground. Rendering courtesy London Legacy Development Corporation

August 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The city of London recently approved a proposal to add a slide to the Anish Kapoor- and Cecil Bal...

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Photo: Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Joe Mabel, Wikimedia Commons

August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

This is the largest year-over-year growth over the first six months of a year since construction...

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Architect Jacques Rougerie envisions floating city to function as roving laboratory

Renderings courtesy Jacques Rougerie

August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The manta ray-shaped vessel will be completely self-sustaining, run on marine energy, and produce...

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Parking with a purpose: clean cars and solar power shape new structure

Titled the Smart Microgrid Program, the ongoing initiative involves a network of fast and standard charging stations that allow electric cars to be charged in minutes.

| August 03, 2015 | Panasonic

The project was the first of its kind in Canada to successfully demonstrate the integration of so...

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National Desert Storm War Memorial

Renderings courtesy National Desert Storm War Memorial

August 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

 The National Desert Storm Memorial Foundation has a $25 million goal for the project.

Design unveiled for Apple HQ visitor center

A single-story glass building will house the tech giant's new visitor center. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

July 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A glass-walled single-story building alongside the main office building in Cupertino, Calif., wil...

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Zaha Hadid responds to Tokyo Olympic Stadium controversy

Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid

July 31, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

“Our warning was not heeded that selecting contractors too early in a heated construction market...

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Snøhetta designs ring-shaped cable car station in Italian Alps

The base station is only four minutes from Snøhetta's city center, and a cable car ride up to the Virgolo Cliff wil last only a minute. Renderings by Sonaar, courtesy Snøhetta

July 30, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

In Snøhetta’s design, two cylindrical rings embedded into the existing topography, each at differ...

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