In Chicago’s Lakeshore East neighborhood, GEMS World Academy Middle-Upper School, designed by bKL Architecture, is rising 13 stories. The building is set back 25 feet from the street to allow in more natural light, and features an 8,000-sf artificial turf recreation area that doubles as outdoor classroom and gathering space for its students. Its Building Team includes WSP (SE), WMA Consulting Engineers (MEP/FP), Mackie Consultants (CE), Wolff Landscape Architecture, and Power Construction (GC). bKL Architecture.

K-12 Schools | May 17, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Verticality has some plusses, according to AEC firms that have engaged such projects recently.

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The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign's new centrally located SOM facility will celebrate and enhance connections between engineering and construction. That focus, and the open-learning approach of the structure which will be completed in 2021, relect changes in the AEC industry. All renderings: Smilodon

University Buildings | April 24, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Campus Instructional Facility will celebrate and foster creativity and int...

All Photos: Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.

Reconstruction & Renovation | April 24, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Phase one of the project has recently completed.

Sandwich cladding primer [AIA course]

For the reconstruction of a high school in the United Kingdom, the project team removed concrete spandrel panels and installed a new steel structure for added floor area and a unitized curtain wall of translucent fiber-reinforced polymer. This pumped more daylight into classrooms without unwanted gains to heating and cooling loads. Photo courtesy of Kalwall

BD+C University Course | April 24, 2019 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Learn about the differences in design, structural integrity, and insulating capacity between various types of sandwic...

The division between indoor and outdoor spaces continues to blur with demand to bring the indoors outside. Amenity spaces create communities with connectivity while providing solid return on investment. The finishes you choose are equally important both in terms of style and brand distinction. Explore the possibilities, because Space Matters.

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A rendering of the 70-acre Seaport San Diego redevelopment, for which the owner's rep Gafcon is applying Digital Twin technology to manage the construction process. Courtesy Gafcon

AEC Tech | April 24, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One leading owner’s rep is pushing that idea with its “OneModel” BIM-sharing approach.

The Residences at Edison Lofts

Inset, Edison with a Type A4 Edison cell, the nickel-iron alkaline storage battery produced at his factory in West Orange, N.J. Left, The Residences at Edison Lofts: 279 reconstructed apartments and 21 penthouse rentals, plus 34 new-construction units, a parking garage, and retail space. Photo: Prism Capital Partners

Multifamily Housing | April 23, 2019 | By Robert Cassidy, Editor

America’s greatest inventor would have appreciated this project team’s ingenuity and persistence.

Multifamily, mid-rise buildings using wood construction

The $144 million WREN multifamily project in L.A.’s fast-rising South Park district helped to rewrite a neighborhood's narrative through thoughtful innovation, commercial discipline, and the use of a nimble building material: wood. Photo: Kevin Korczyk / Jeremy Samuelson

BD+C University Course | April 23, 2019 | Think Wood

This AIA CES course outlines the reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildings; reviews code com...

Translational health science environments: 6 strategies for open innovation and knowledge transfer

Rice University’s New Emerging Science & Technology (NEST) Center includes collaboration portals located across its floorplan designed for spontaneous interaction and defined by bright green, writeable glass panels. Photo courtesy CannonDesign

Laboratories | April 23, 2019 | Cannon Design Blog | Abigail Clary and Chris Lambert, CannonDesign

Simply putting researchers and clinicians in the same building with hopes that serendipitous collaborations will ensu...

Standing in front of the Mill 19 redevelopment in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood Green innovation district are (l. to r.): Don Smith, President, Regional Industrial Development Corporation; Gary K. Fedder, Director, Manufacturing Futures Initiative, Howard M. Wilkoff Professor, ECE and Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University; Mark Nolan, Associate Vice President, Institutional Partnerships, CMU; Nicole Graycar, AIA, Senior Project Manager, Architect, CMU. Photo: Jim Cunningham Photography.

Movers+Shapers | April 23, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After the steel industry started collapsing in the late 1970s, Pittsburgh has been reinventing itself as a science, m...

Hotel Facilities | April 23, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

It will be the first citizenM hotel in California.

Top 10 green buildings for 2019

A restrained palette of natural, authentic materials was used in the Amherst (Mass.) College New Science Center. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding campus architecture, the high-performing materials are designed and detailed for a 100-year life cycle. The pavilions are clad in ultra-high-performance concrete panels, in turn protected by a fixed weathering steel screen. Photo: Chuck Choi, courtesy AIA

Green | April 23, 2019 | AIA

The Amherst College Science Center and Frick Environmental Center are among the high-performance projects to be honor...

All Photos: Chuck Choi

University Buildings | April 22, 2019 | David Malone, Assocaite Editor

Ann Beha Architects designed the building.

Turner Construction is using this card to summarize its program. The "Green" graphic represents how the contractor is elevating what green means, and the three pillars of its program. Image: Turner Construction

Resiliency | April 22, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The company targets a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions and water use from construction activities by 2030.

Renderings: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

University Buildings | April 19, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Brutalist structure to be softened with redesign by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

Notre Dame fire highlights danger of renovating historic structures

Photo by Bennett Tobias on Unsplash

Codes and Standards | April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The devastating fire at Notre-Dame de Paris is the latest blaze to damage or destroy historic buildings while undergo...

Skender, Z Modular reach agreement to fabricate multifamily housing components

Skender, a design, construction, and manufacturing firm, will use Z Modular’s self-bracing structural VectorBloc system to fabricate building components. Photos courtesy Skender and Z Modular

Building Tech | April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Factory to open soon on the southwest side of Chicago.

April 19, 2019 | Kinsley Construction, Inc. | Robert Reeves, Business Development Executive, Kinsley Construction, Inc.

By debunking a few common myths about construction, owners can feel more prepared and excited for their next project....

New regulations provide more insight into how investors and developers can benefit, tax wise, from Opportunity Zones. Image: Pixabay

Regulations | April 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The goal remains to get more capital gains working to spur economic growth in downtrodden neighborhoods.

AEC angel investor

Jesse Devitte is among the coterie of savvy venture capitalists who saw gold in those AEC hills. McKinsey & Company estimates that investors pumped more than $10 billion into “contech” startups between 2000 and 2017. Illustration: Cathy LePenske, BD+C

Movers+Shapers | April 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Jesse Devitte is among the prescient venture capitalists who’ve bet on the AEC industry finally coming around to desi...

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Codes and Standards | April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Organization offers tools and resources for working toward net-zero design.

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Codes and Standards | April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Breakthrough could have significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

ABC report: 'Confidence seems to be making a comeback in America'

Photo by Engin Akyurt from Pexels

Market Data | April 18, 2019 | ABC

The Construction Confidence Index remained strong in February, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors....

All renderings courtesy Perkins+Will

Education Facility | April 18, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Perkins+Will is designing the building.

Urban placemaking: Building equity by design [AIA course]

The 9.5-acre SteelStacks Art & Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, Pa., designed by WRT. The steel plant employed 31,000 at its height. Photo: Christenson Photography for WRT

BD+C University Course | April 17, 2019 | Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA, Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Bruner Foundation

The U.S. is in the midst of an urban renaissance. People are returning to cities, sparking new investment and growth....

Multifamily real estate trends for 2019 and beyond

Baby boomers are selling their homes, relocating from suburban family-friendly neighborhoods to urban developments, and embracing density and city life. As renters, this group expects their multifamily communities to address wellness and zen-like opportunities for personal development. Photo by Vladimir Kudinov from Pexels

Multifamily Housing | April 17, 2019 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Deborah Hanamura, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing, Paladino

Boomers are on the move and Millennials are seeing upward mobility, but issues with affordability and housing product...

The new 70,000-seat stadium being built in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood is the centerpiece of the 298-acre Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District that will set out to create a live-work-play environment. HKS Architects designed the stadium with an “indoor-outdoor” feel. Photo: Hollywood Park.

Movers+Shapers | April 17, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A massive mixed-use neighborhood under way in Los Angeles sets a new bar for sports-anchored development.

All photos courtesy Harvard Jolly

Government Buildings | April 17, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Harvard Jolly designed the building.

4 fundamental relationships between buildings and machines

If and when AI drives the entire process of design, construction, and operation, buildings could become exponentially smarter with resources, money, time, and performance. Illustration:

AEC Tech | April 17, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

If and when AI drives the entire process of design, construction, and operation, buildings could become exponentially...

Multifamily rentals are still alive and kickin’

Multifamily housing starts should hit 379,000 units this year. That’s 2% down from 2018’s 386,000, but well ahead of the average for multifamily starts from 2000 to 2007. Photo: Pexels

Multifamily Housing | April 16, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

Apartments are being built, and in goodly number. But not enough of it is affordable.

Market Data | April 16, 2019 | ABC

ABC's Construction Backlog Indicator expanded to 8.8 months in February 2019.

Photo: Max Touhey

University Buildings | April 16, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Bjarke Ingels Group designed the facility.

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