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Dec 8, 2014
High-speed rendering software, custom APIs, virtual reality tools, and BIM workflow tips were among the hottest BIM/VDC topics in 2014. 
Nov 21, 2014
BD+C's Building Team Awards is the industry's only recognition program to honor projects that achieve excellence in both design/construction and collaboration of the AEC/O team. Submissions are due February 2. "Early Bird" review due...
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Nov 20, 2014
Healthcare organizations are under extreme pressure to reduce costs, writes CBRE Healthcare's Lora Schwartz. Tools like Lean Led Design are helping them cope.
One of the largest PV installations in the country, thin-film solar laminate pan
Nov 17, 2014
This course, worth 1.0 AIA HSW learning unit, provides expert advice on how to make a roof last as long as possible, and how to properly retrofit or reroof when the roof has run its course.
On the Kunming Junfa Dongfeng Square project in Kunming City, China, architects
Nov 17, 2014
By harnessing natural ventilation, Building Teams can achieve a tremendous reduction in energy use and increase in occupant comfort. Engineers from SOM offer lessons from the firm’s recent work.
Water infiltration testing of an installed window prior to installation of adjac
Nov 16, 2014
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger's Emily Hopps and Peter Babaian offer strategies to help Building Teams sort through the various building enclosure commissioning guidelines and use BECx in a logical and cost-effective way.
A student bedroom at the College of Wooster (Ohio) capitalizes on 12-foot-high c
Nov 14, 2014
In a recent workshop with 62 college students, architects from Little explored the changing habits and preferences of today's students, and how those changes affect their living spaces.
At Coastline Community College’s Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
Nov 10, 2014
Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s interior designs. This course is worth 1.0 AIA LU/HSW.
While the exposed ceiling look is popular in today’s commercial office spaces, s
Nov 10, 2014
Although architecturally appealing, exposed ceilings can create unwanted drafts and airflow problems if not engineered correctly. McGuire Engineers' Bill Stangeland offers tips for avoiding airflow issues on these projects.
The exterior design of the 21-story, LEED Silver MassArt “Tree House” was sugges
Nov 7, 2014
Many states have cut back funding for higher education in recent years, and securing money for new housing has been tougher than ever for many colleges and universities. A recent residence hall project in Boston involving three colleges...
Precast units from Coreslab Structures (left) being put in place at Valparaiso (
Nov 7, 2014
Few colleges or universities have embraced prefabrication more wholeheartedly than Valparaiso (Ind.) University. The Lutheran-based institution completed a $27 million residence hall this past summer in which the structural elements were...
Students chill in a lounge at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The $
Nov 7, 2014
University students want more in a residence hall than just a place to sleep. They want a space that reflects their style of living and learning.
Thornton Tomasetti’s computational modeling and R&D incubator, CORE Studio, has
Nov 5, 2014
Without a common language linking BIM/VDC software platforms, firms seek out interoperability solutions to assist with the data transfer between design tools.
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Nov 3, 2014
The JumpLift system from KONE uses a mobile machine room that moves upward as the construction progresses, speeding construction of tall towers. 
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Nov 2, 2014
M+W Group's David Gibney offers his top lessons learned from coordinating dozens of large LEED projects during the past 13 years.