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 construction work, to test new AEC technologies and training techniques.

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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.

Custom builder Loudermilk Homes once relied exclusively on house wrap as their air and water barrier of choice. But once they learned about the benefits of the ForceField® air and water barrier system, they switched. Sherwin Loudermilk of Loudermilk Homes explains why. Click here to watch!

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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.

While drainable building wraps share the ability to shed bulk water faster than standard wraps, not all are up to par. Tear strength, air holdout, UV resistance, and breathability still matter. Only TYPAR ® Drainable Wrap™ pairs drainability with overall industry-leading weather protection.

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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...

Students working in a communal space. Photo courtesy GBBN

Students working in a communal space. Photo courtesy GBBN

  

Multifamily Housing | August 07, 2019 | Zachary E. Zettler, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, GBBN

When it comes to the design and space planning of your residence life program, the quality of the space you create wi...

Skyscraper design, Rainer Square, 58-story tower, Seattle, speed core, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Ron Klemencic, AEC Innovators

Rainer Square, a 58-story tower in Seattle, is being built around a steel-and-concrete composite core wall system that Magnusson Klemencic Associates developed over a three-year period with Purdue University, with funding from The Pankow Foundation. Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, Hon. AIA, MKA's Chairman and CEO, says this system will save the developer eight months in construction time. Rendering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

   

AEC Innovators | August 06, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With its Speed Core composite core wall system, Magnusson Klemencic Associates thinks it’s found a faster way to comp...

Retail Centers | August 06, 2019 | CallisonRTKL blog | Marc Fairbrother

CallisonRTKL Vice President Marc Fairbrother explains how struggling American malls can turn it all around.

The new addition to St. Edwards athletic center

Courtesy Specht Architects

Sports and Recreational Facilities | August 06, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Specht Architects designed the project.

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Codes and Standards | August 06, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry must also invest in training, recruiting high school students.

Prefab factory in the sky: Mace Group built working factories on top of under-construction high rises

U.K.-based general contractor Mace Group built working factories on top of two high rises while they were under construction in Stratford, England. The 47,355-cubic-meter factories allowed Mace to complete 18 stories in 18 weeks. Matt Gough, Mace’s Director of Innovation and Work Winning, says the factories were “cost neutral.” Photo: Mace Group

   

AEC Innovators | August 05, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The six-story factories eliminated the need for tower cranes, and increased productivity to the point where crews cou...

Aerial view of Atrium Helath NorthEast's new Heart and Vascular Tower
Healthcare Facilities | August 05, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Robins & Morton provided construction services for the project.

Life of an Architect Podcast | August 04, 2019 | Bob Borson, FAIA

Is it the dream of every architect to have their own firm one day? I can recall hours and hours of conversations that...

The mural of a plant indigenous to Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood adorns a building's exterior wall that's visible to residents of a recently opened apartment building. Image: Evan Joseph

Multifamily Housing | August 03, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A 90-foot mural overlooks the courtyard of a new residential building.

Renderings courtesy Barreca & La Varra, Wolf Visualizing Architecture

Sustainability | August 02, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Barreca & La Varra designed the project.

Market Data | August 01, 2019 | ABC

Among the 16 nonresidential construction spending categories tracked by the Census Bureau, seven experienced increase...

Design and construction of cannabis facilities [AIA course]

A cannabis flower room by MJ12 Design Studio. Note stationary benching, HPS lighting, epoxy flooring, Dosatron fertigation system, and fiberglass-reinforced plastic eight feet above floor finish over moisture resistant gypsum wallboard with epoxy paint. Mechanical equipment was mezzanine mounted for ease of O&M and to ensure separation from cultivation areas. Courtesy MJ12 Design Studio
    

BD+C University Course | August 01, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor 

AEC firms are rushing to fill orders for cannabis facilities in the 33 states where the sale of medical marijuana is...

CALL FOR ENTRIES: BD+C's 101 Top Products for 2019
101 Top Products | August 01, 2019 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's annual 101 Top Products program recognizes the best new or upgraded products for the building design and const...

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Codes and Standards | August 01, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Reducing number of parking spots frees up land for ‘more purposeful’ uses.

Best of healthcare design for 2019, GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital, Port-au-Prince, Haiti | MASS Design Group, Photo: Iwan Baan, courtesy AIA

GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, by MASS Design Group. Photo: Iwan Baan, www.iwan.com, courtesy AIA

   

Healthcare Facilities | August 01, 2019 | AIA and BD+C

A VA rehab center in Palo Alto, Calif., and a tuberculosis hospital in Haiti are among five healthcare facilities to...

Bilbao exterior after renovations and expansion

All renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

Museums | August 01, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The design looks to reorient the museums towards the city.

Towneplace Suites by Marriott in Sunnyvale, Calif., is one of Hersha Hotels and Resorts’ managed hotels. In recent years, Hersha has significantly lowered its properties' energy and water consumption. Image: Hersha Hotels and Resorts.

Hotel Facilities | July 31, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But owners and operators must be on the same page to achieve meaningful sustainability, says a new ULI report.

Amenities war no more? Research report explores multifamily market

The skylit 75-foot, three-lane lap pool at Hub, a 54-story rental tower of 750 apartments (150 affordable) in Brooklyn, N.Y., designed by Dattner Architects. Photo: Evan Joseph, courtesy Dattner Architects

Multifamily Housing | July 31, 2019 | David Barista |

Multifamily developers show no signs of pulling back on specialty spaces and unique offerings in an effort to attract...

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Codes and Standards | July 31, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Wide range of solutions address numerous environmental challenges.

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Market Data | July 31, 2019 | Lodging Econometrics

The growth spurt continued even as business investment declined for the first time since 2016.

July 31, 2019 | Metl-Span |

The Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, Wis., was constructed to fit into its site where the Eau Claire and...

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