FMI's newest report is forecasting a big jump in construction spending for so-called megaprojects that reflect an intensifying global urbanization. Image: FMI

Market Data | September 13, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new FMI report anticipates that megaprojects will account for one-fifth of annual construction spending within the next decade.

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Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab, Deerfield, Ill., AEC Innovators, Burcin Kaplanolgu

The 20,000-sf Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab in Deerfield, Ill., replicates an actual jobsite, and allows visitors to walk through five different stages of construction work, to test new technologies and training techniques, or to share best practices with peers. Photo: Oracle 

  

AEC Innovators | August 15, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab allows visitors to walk through five different stages of const...

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Codes and Standards | August 15, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

American Concrete Institute document includes major technical changes.

Agripolis rooftop urban farm

All renderings courtesy Agripolis

Sustainability | August 15, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Agripolis is spearheading the project.

Investing in an industrial crane can streamline your warehouse’s processes. But which is the best for your company’s needs and what do you need to know before you install?

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August 14, 2019 | MBI

When the Sisters of Christian Charity needed more space, architect firm Perkins Eastman created a new modern structur...

Darren Bechtel (second from right) with his Brick & Mortar Ventures team (from right): Kaustubh Pandya, Curtis Rodgers, Alice Leung, and Austin Yount. Image: Brick & Mortar Ventures

 

AEC Tech | August 14, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Brick & Mortar Ventures has struck 16 deals in past 20 months.

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Mixed-Use | August 14, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

All of the project’s buildings will be net-zero.

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Codes and Standards | August 13, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Study finds increased engagement and readiness for new roles.

Mitchell hall exterior

All renderings courtesy Designgroup

University Buildings | August 13, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

DesignGroup designed the project.

Stacking the deck: Marriott International embraces modular construction

Marriott International has built 50 hotels whose construction included assembly of prefabricated guestrooms or bathrooms. These include a 354-key hotel in Hawthorn, Calif., that may have saved a year in construction time, says Jennifer Abuzeid, Senior Director–Global Design Strategies.

 

AEC Innovators | August 13, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The hotel giant has more than 50 projects in the works that incorporate prefab guestrooms or bathrooms.

Calgary arena in winter

All renderings courtesy Rosetti

Sports and Recreational Facilities | August 13, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Rosetti is master planning the project.

Hudson Research Center, Manhattan, Taconic Development, HiberCell, architect Perkins+Will

Perkins and Will’s turnkey lab, specifically for companies ready to break out of their incubator state, is currently being tested at the Hudson Research Center in Manhattan, managed by Taconic Development, where HiberCell has taken 15,000 sf of lab space designed to the firm’s specifications. Rendering courtesy Taconic Development 

   

Giants 300 | August 13, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The design giant has identified one critical need among S+T startups that want to graduate from their incubator stage...

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Market Data | August 12, 2019 | ABC

Emerging weakness in business investment has been hinting at softening outlays.

Amenities 2019: Rethinking the $30,000 Cup of Coffee

Design Partners Incorporated provided surfboard storage at The Collection (above), a 397-unit, 43-story condo tower and 54-unit mid-rise (plus 14 townhomes) for developer The Collection LLC (subsidiary of A&B Properties Inc.); and at Waihonua at Kewalo, another 43-floor condo community, for client Kewalo Development. Both are in Honolulu. Photo: Ryan Kamo/Design Partners Inc.

  

Multifamily Housing | August 12, 2019 | Rob Cassidy |

What amenities are “must-have” rather than “nice to have” for the local market? Which amenities will attract the rent...

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Codes and Standards | August 12, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

AAMA document includes mandatory language, optional language, and detailed technical commentary.

AIA, NCARB help launch coalition to represent complex professions and licensing boards

Photo: Pexels

  

Architects | August 12, 2019 | NCARB

Architects, registration boards, and others join effort to ensure a unified voice for professions in growing debate a...

Aerial view of Qiddiya

All renderings courtesy Qiddiya Investment Company

Mixed-Use | August 12, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Qiddiya is currently under construction 28 miles outside of Riyadh.

August 09, 2019 | Star Building Systems |

There was never any doubt that a metal building was the best solution for the job.

'Buildings Don't Lie': A building science reference book worth your time and money

Henry Gifford's Buildings Don't Lie challenges AEC professionals to build better buildings through a better understanding of basic building science.

August 09, 2019 | Rob Cassidy |

Review of "Buildings Don't Lie," by engineer Henry Gifford.

Dane Stokes, a Design Technology Specialist with ZGF Architects, shown with floor sensors, AEC Innovators, BD+C

Dane Stokes, a Design Technology Specialist with ZGF Architects, shown with floor sensors that were used to capture occupant circulation data for one of the firm’s projects. Photo: ZGF

  

AEC Innovators | August 09, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Computational design lets ZGF Architects see patterns that renderings and even models can’t show.

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Codes and Standards | August 09, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Solutions include eliminating single-family zoning and allowing taller apartments in higher-density zones.

Harper College in Illinois joined forces with a local healthcare system and parks district to finance the renovation and expansion of a community rec center. Image: Dave Burk, courtesy of CannonDesign 

Sports and Recreational Facilities | August 09, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Institutional, private, and government dollars moved recent projects forward in Illinois and Canada.

All renderings courtesy Baker Barrios Architects

Data Centers | August 09, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Baker Barrios Architects is designing the project.

More designers focusing on acoustic properties of buildings, wellness design

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Codes and Standards | August 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Recognition that structures should be acoustically satisfying.

UC Wellness Historic colonnade

All renderings courtesy Wight & Company

University Buildings | August 08, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Wight & Company is providing design-build services for the project.

The Challenge Museum surrounded by farmland

Courtesy UNStudio and Plompmozes

Museums | August 08, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

UNStudio is designing the project.

At NeoCity Academy, student performance enhancement features include air purification technology, enhanced and natural daylighting, and collaboration laboratories. Image: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

Energy Efficiency | August 08, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building is distinguished by its rooftop solar array and its air-tight envelope.

Empty office with furniture

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Market Data | August 07, 2019 | Transwestern

Average asking rental rate posts 4.2% annual growth.

OasisPlus’s sensors measure the building’s movement as it shakes and then sends real-time alerts to building occupants, facilities teams, and even the building’s structural engineer. The system includes an app for building occupants. All images courtesy Kinemetrics.

Great Solutions | August 07, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The platform provides real-time monitoring to help avoid unnecessary evacuations and improve emergency response.

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Codes and Standards | August 07, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

All must comply by January 1.

Video: Humphreys & Partners presents its design vision for Uber Air Skyport

"For thousands of years we remained on the ground, and only in the last 100 years have we made drastic progress in our aviation journey. Volary pays homage to this passion, as the entire structure is designed to look as if it’s suspended in the air," says Walter Hughes, Humphreys & Partners' Chief Innovation Officer. Rendering and animated video courtesy Humphreys & Partners Architects 

  

Transit Facilities | August 07, 2019 | BD+C Staff

In this two-minute video, Walter Hughes, Humphreys' Chief Innovation Officer, walks us through his firm's design conc...

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