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.
Containers on Grand: A new apartment complex in Phoenix

The apartments' living areas will open to a central courtyard through double French windows, which will flood the spaces with natural light. Renderings courtesy Stark James, LLC

March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The eight-unit complex, called Containers on Grand, was inspired by the need for affordable and s...

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Pratt Institute to offer first-ever degree in designing public spaces

Miller's Court in Baltimore, Md. Photo: Billy Michels, courtesy Bruner Foundation Inc.

March 31, 2015 | BD+C Staff

As part of its new Urban Placemaking and Management degree, Pratt will offer courses on topics su...

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Plans for a new condo tower in New York create a ‘communal ecosystem’ for residents

Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

March 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The conceptual plans for a 700-foot-tall, 65-story condominium tower in New York City were unveil...

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BIM and the changing procurement model for medical equipment in healthcare construction

Photo: Fotos GOVBA/flickr

March 31, 2015 | Julie Ford, CBRE Healthcare

BIM coordination has dramatically reduced change orders during the construction period. Unfortuna...

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Designs released for new entertainment center in Lubbock

The design is the result of a six-month collaboration between local and international firms. Renderings courtesy Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association

March 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Amenities of the facility include a performance venue that seats 2,220, a smaller one that seats...

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Best in steel construction: 12 projects earn steel industry's top building award

The University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center earned a Merit Award for the design and structure of the facility. Image: Jeremy Bittermann

March 30, 2015 | American Institute of Steel Construction

Calatrava's soaring Innovation Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University...

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Obama issues executive order for 40% reduction in federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions

IRS headquarters building. Photo: IRS

March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The action also calls for an increase in the share of renewable energy in the federal government’...

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VA construction program ‘a disaster,’ says congressman

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: VA

March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The VA construction program took more hits recently after the chairman of a congressional Committ...

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Bathroom fixtures get a starchitect makeover by Bjarke Ingels

A faucet from the Taper series, designed by BIG. Photo courtesy Kallista

March 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This Danish starchitect elevates the toilet paper holder (and other bathroom accessories).

World’s first ‘climate positive’ data center is under construction in Sweden

The 18-megawatt data center will be connected to Falun’s energy grid, and excess heat from its servers and equipment will warm buildings in the town’s district heating system. Renderings: http://ecodatacenter.se

March 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Excess heat and steam from its servers and IT equipment will warm homes in a town already known f...

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Morphosis unveils plans for controversial high-rise hotel in tiny Alpine village

The 7132 Tower, as this hotel is being called, would be the central piece of a resort complex that would also include two buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winners: Peter Zumthor and Tadao Ando. Renderings courtesy Morphosis

March 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vals is a village of roughly 1,000 people, nestled in the Alps in Switzerland. That might seem li...

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Kengo Kuma selected to design new Paris Metro station

The Japanese firm's sloping design pays homage to rail tracks. Renderings courtesy Kengo Kuma & Associates.

March 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new station will serve as a hub to connect Paris' northern suburbs with the core.

Malaysia developer to break ground on mega resort in Las Vegas

The resort would be built in multiple stages over several years, with the first phase scheduled for completion sometime 2017. Rendering courtesy Steelman Partners

March 25, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The plan calls for adapting 80-85% of the unfinished Echelon casino structure for the new $4 bill...

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Metl-Span systems meet design needs in cost effective manner

One challenge required onsite bending of CFA panels for the curved portion of the facility. Photo courtesy of Metl-Span.

March 25, 2015 | Metl-Span

The goal from the beginning was to construct an energy efficient building with insulated metal pa...

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Timber residential high-rise will tower over Stockholm waterfront

The development will overlook an old harbor in Stockholm's industrial district on the island of Djurgården. Renderings courtesy Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

March 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The four towers, 20 stories each, will be made entirely out of Swedish pine, from frame to façade...

Another plan for renovating Houston’s Astrodome blends public space and history

Photo depicts thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors from New Orleans. Andrea Booher/FEMA

March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A ULI panel of experts recommends a $242 million renovation that converts the massive building in...

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Designers turn a struggling mall into a hub of learning and recreation that work together and separately

The 32,000 square feet of panels were installed in a six-week period.

March 24, 2015 | Nichiha

Architects help Nashville government transform a struggling mall into a new community space.

Trade groups extend campaign to promote apartment living

According to research from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, apartments contribute more to the New York metropolitan area’s economy—$111.5 billion annually—than in any other market. Screen shot: WeAreApartments.com

March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups claim that there are more than 37 million Americans—12% of the population—living in ju...

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High tech automation is one new condo development’s calling card

The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf will include 213 condos in a five-building enclave within the DC Ranch master plan in Scottsdale, Ariz. Renderings and photos courtesy Cypress Development Group 

March 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Sterling Collection in Arizona will include the first robotic parking garage for a West-Coast...

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Multifamily for Millennials: Understanding what Gen Yers want in apartment design

AQ Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. Rendering: Aquinas Realty, BLT Architects

March 23, 2015 | Michael R. Ytterberg, PhD, AIA, LEED AP

Authentic public spaces, pet-friendly options, and inviting, tech-focused lobbies are among the k...

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School in Hong Kong will feature bioclimatic façade

The campus’ lower floors will be open public space shared with the neighborhood, while the upper floors are used exclusively by the institute. Renderings courtesy Ronald Lu & Partners

March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project's twin-tower design opens the campus up to the neighboring public green space, while...

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Is nothing sacred? Seattle church to become a restaurant and ballroom

People would be able to enter the restaurant from Fifth + Columbia, a $400 million, 43-story tower that Daniels started building in June 2014 and is scheduled to complete in 2017. Rendering: ZGF Architects

March 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Seattle-based real estate developer plans to convert a historic downtown building, which for mo...

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SOM leads planning for Egypt’s new capital

The planned site for the new city will be 270 square miles with the capacity for seven million inhabitants. Renderings courtesy SOM

March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To alleviate overcrowding and congestion in Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a new capi...

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Budget woes may lead to moratorium on school projects in Alaska

Photo: RadioKAOS via Wikimedia Commons

March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The bill would suspend 70% cost reimbursement from state to localities.

New Joplin, Mo., hospital built to tornado-resistant standards

The $465 million structure replaces St. John's Regional Medical Center that was destroyed in a 2011 tornado that devastated the city. Rendering: Mercy.net

March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new hospital features a window and frame system that can protect patients from winds of up to...

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Populous design wins competition for Britains’s most sustainable arena

The façade’s crystalline upper floor will adapt to mirror the event or the arena’s surroundings. Rendering courtesy Populous

March 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The live-concert venue will seat an audience of 12,000, which the firm says will be masked by “th...

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Grumman/Butkus Associates releases 2014 hospital energy and water benchmarking survey results

Photo: The Neenan Company/Flickr

March 19, 2015 | Grumman/Butkus Associates

The survey results show that hospitals’ overall fossil fuel use has trended downward, but electri...

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Prefabricated skycubes proposed with 'elastic' living apartments inside

The tower is designed to be 70% wood, and will contain gardens and flexible living spaces attached to a central concrete core. Renderings courtesy Weingartner Architects

March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The interiors for each unit are designed using an elastic living concept, where different spaces...

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The High Line’s co-designer wins contract for The Underline in Miami

The proposed 10-mile Underline park. Courtesy Anna Baez/Underline

March 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

James Corner Field Operations will design the master plan for this 10-mile restoration project. ...

New Jersey Supreme Court puts control of affordable housing agency in the courts

The ruling comes after a decade of litigation over the agency's proposed rules to determine municipalities' housing obligations for low- and moderate-income residents. Photo: Rgkleit via Wikimedia Commons

March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively tr...

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