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.

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March 01, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The “un-bank” design ditched the stuffy design elements typical of financial institutions and, in...

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China bans ‘weird’ public architecture, gated communities

Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. Photo: Jon/Creative Commons.

March 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Directs designers of public buildings to focus on functionality.


Intelligent airports empowered by a robust network infrastructure, integrated systems and security, and real-time data sharing are the future of travel.  Learn how Leidos is helping airport operators and general contractors design, connect, and protect intelligent airports.

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Christ Hospital's Mt. Auburn, Ohio, campus brings orthopedic and spine care under one roof in a building whose design emphasizes daylighting and wellness. The Building Team on this Center, which opened last fall, included Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (architect, interior designer, SE and CE, enviromental graphics, and LEED consultant), Fosdick & Hilmer (MEP), Champlin Architecture (local architect), THP (local SE), Kleingers (Local CE), Office of James Burnett (landscape), Messer Construction (construction management). Image: @Tom Rossiter/Courtesy SOM

March 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The opening coincides with agreements that make this center a preferred provider for several empl...

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Live-learn student housing becomes recruitment strategy for colleges and universities

Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle opened its first on-campus student housing building last fall. The residence hall has 16,850 sf of academic space as well as a first-floor “living room” with a fireside lounge. Photo courtesy Ankrom Moisan Architects

February 29, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In the hyper-competitive higher education sector, colleges and universities view residence halls...

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All images and photos courtesy Ted Moudis Associates

February 26, 2016 | BD+C Editors and Ted Moudis Associates

The report, from Ted Moudis Associates, encompasses over 2.5 million sf of workspace built over t...

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For the first time since the recession, office deliveries outpaced office starts in 2015, according to JLL's latest construction report. Image: Pixabay

February 26, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its latest report cautions about ongoing cost increases related to finding skilled laborers.

CHPS releases new program, first model for prefab modular classrooms

Photo: Cramo Group/Creative Commons.

February 26, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides standards for indoor air quality, energy efficiency, materials, and waste management....

The Guest Welcome Center at the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Alabama will include a Great Hall that could hold up to 350 guests. Image: Matheny Goldmon Architecture + Interiors.

February 25, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 30,000-sf facility will feature three rental spaces of varying sizes.

Rendering courtesy NYC Parks Department

February 24, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The piazza replaces an earlier design for the space that called for a bowl-shaped garden.

Photo: Brett VA, Wikimedia Commons

February 24, 2016 | CBRE and BD+C Staff

Senior housing occupancy is at its highest level since 2007, and 2015 was a record year for sales...

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Healthcare providers must retool operations

The revamp of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), in Rootstown, turned a commuter medical school into a university campus with an assortment of facilities for  use by students and the public. Photo: Courtesy Neomed.

February 24, 2016 | Susan Bady, Contributing Editor

As healthcare organizations make the transition from sick care to well care, they’re learning how...

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The recently completed St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, includes a 12-ton metal dome, the first of its kind to be included in new construction of a basilica in that country. Image: HMC Construction

February 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The church is 2½ times larger than the basilica in Ukraine it references.

Westin hotel and transit center at Denver International Airport, Denver. Photo courtesy Gensler

February 22, 2016 | BD+C Staff 

Technology is running wild in Gensler’s 2016 forecast, as things like virtual reality, "smart" bu...

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U.S. House moves to give Army Corps of Engineers management of V.A. projects

The 182-bed Aurora, Colo., hospital has incurred more than $1 billion in cost overruns. The Army Corps of Engineers has taken over the management of the project. Rendering: V.A.

February 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Bill would also put restrictions on planning and design funding.


Construction begins on Foster + Partners’ Norton Museum of Art expansion project

View of the family gallery planned for the Norton Museum of Art. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

February 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Florida museum is adding gallery space, an auditorium, great hall, and a 20,000-sf garden....

One of VOA Associates' strengths is the cultural and entertainment sector, and its recent work includes the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona, Fla., pictured above. Merging its operations with Stantec brings together companies with “a commitment to design,” says VOA's Chairman Mike Toolis. Image: VOA Associates

February 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This deal reflects an industry where consolidation is a strategic necessity for more firms.

Miami review board recommends approval for luxury condo tower

Courtesy David Siddons Group.

February 10, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 57-story Elysee Miami will offer residents impeccable views and plenty of amenities.


Spending on lodging construction, like the expansive renovation of the Intercontinental New York Barclay pictured above, should increase by 10.8% to $23.4 billion in 2016. Total spending on nonresidential building is projected to grow this year by 13.7% to $439.2 billion, according to Gilbane. Image: Shawmut Design and Construction

February 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But finding skilled workers continues to be a problem and could inflate a project's costs.

Cushman & Wakefield is bullish on U.S. economy and its property markets

Despite a projected slowing in manufacturing activity, warehouse distribution should continue to be a shining light in the nonresidential sector, for builders and investors alike. Image: Pixabay

February 09, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Sees positive signs for construction and investment growth in warehouses, offices, and retail

DS+R transforms old Art Deco building into a museum at the University of California, Berkeley

The BAMPFA, with the Art Deco building on the left and new stainless steel addition on the right. Photo: Iwan Baan (all images courtesy DS+R).

February 05, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which opened in late January, contains a theate...

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Asia’s modular miracle

A 230,000-sm factory in China’s Hunan province spent several months producing modules for the 57-story J57 Mini Sky City tower, in Changsha. Using advanced prefabrication techniques, China-based contractor Broad Sustainable Building erected the tower in less than three weeks. Photos courtesy Broad Sustainable Building

February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A prefab construction company in China built a 57-story tower in 19 days. Here’s how they did it....

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Tesla: Battery storage is not just about electric vehicles

Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada will soon be making battery units like the Powerwall and Powerpack, which can store solar power for residential and commercial uses, including electric cars, homes, and businesses. Photos courtesy Tesla Motors

February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With his $5 billion, 13.6 million-sf Gigafactory, Tesla’s Elon Musk seeks to change the economics...

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Mayo Clinic's breakthrough research lab puts evidence-based design to the test

Model: Centerbrook Architects & Planners

February 05, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mayo teams up with Delos to bring hard science to EBD research.

Mega surf parks take entertainment to new extremes

Wavegarden’s Surf Snowdonia in Wales uses an underwater foil to generate waves. Photo: Wavegarden

February 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Wave-making technologies vie for attention, as surfing is shortlisted for 2020 Olympic Games.

Design guidelines for retail space in NYC affordable housing projects released

Greenpoint Landing in Brooklyn, New York City, a megaproject with affordable rentals. Image courtesy Handel Architects, via Gothamist.

February 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Aimed at designing efficient, flexible ground-floor space.


Renderings courtesy Grimshaw, BVN

February 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The design of the high-rise is based on the template of Schools-within-Schools (SWIS), a system t...

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Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

February 04, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The blocky, modern design is meant to convey accessibility and public service.

Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a pr...

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| February 03, 2016 | Valspar

The recently constructed basketball arena at Ole Miss, The Pavilion, exudes sophistication due to...

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Photo Credit: William Lesch, Lori Carroll, Esthela J. Celya

February 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Floating vanities, tricked-out showers, and freestanding tubs highlight the top bathroom design t...

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