3 women wearing Skanska's new line of PPE

Based on feedback from women in Skanska’s Boston, New York, and Seattle offices, the firm created two safety vest options—one with a tapered waist, the other with an adjustable elastic waist band—made from a breathable mesh material that makes the vest lighter and more comfortable in warm climates. All images courtesy Skanska USA

Great Solutions | November 12, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A safety vest is the first piece of equipment to undergo an update.

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Nonresidential construction spending slips in July 2019, but still surpasses $776 billion

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Market Data | September 03, 2019 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Construction spending declined 0.3% in July, totaling $776 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis.

A giant version of Puma's iconic suede shoe is one of the design flourishes in the company's new North American flagship store.  Images courtesy PUMA

   

Retail Centers | September 03, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Technology and curation allow customers to personalize their product selections.

Compact washer/dryer combo. Courtesy Whirlpool.

September 03, 2019 | Rob Cassidy |

In-unit washer/dryer heads our ranking of the top indoor amenities in multifamily housing developments. 

A special 1,400-sf area inside the new Athletics Hall of Fame at the University of Texas has been carved out for the school's national champions. Image: Rick Myers/Advent

Sports and Recreational Facilities | September 02, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility recounts the narratives of the school’s storied sports history.

An outdoor classroom at Coolidge Corner School, a preK-8 in Brookline, Mass., which John F. Kennedy once attended. HMFH Architects was the design firm. CRJA-IBI Group was the landscape architect. Shawmut Design and Construction was the CM. Photo: HMFH Architects / Ed Wonsek

   

Giants 300 | August 30, 2019 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

K-12 school districts are emphasizing practical, hands-on experience and personalized learning.

Pavegen kinetic flooring promises more than just energy generation, great solutions, BD+C

The Pavegen system generates electrical energy with every step. The triangular shape creates a continuously articulated surface with no dead zones so the system can capture energy from almost every footstep. Photo: Pavegen

   

Great Solutions | August 30, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Pavegen says its technology delivers a new level of human engagement in sustainability initiatives.

Cladding and Facade Systems | August 30, 2019 | Metl-Span |

Horizontally installed IMPs require a healthy amount of coordination with the project’s design team.

The vast majority of construction firms responding to a new survey about employee availability is finding it harder than ever to find and hire hourly craft workers. Image: AGC-Autodesk 

Industry Research | August 29, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new AGC-Autodesk survey finds more companies turning to technology to support their jobsites.

The high cost of gridlock: $166 billion per year

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Codes and Standards | August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Growing economy means more jobs, more cars, more hours stuck in traffic.

Industry leaders ask for government help as trades shortage worsens

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Codes and Standards | August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

AGC asks for more funding for education and increased immigration to fill gaps.

Code-conforming wood design guide available

Photo: Tall wood building student residence currently under construction at UBC in Vancouver, B.C. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects

  

Codes and Standards | August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide summarizes provisions for the use of wood and wood products in the 2018 IBC.

LEED Residential market up 19% since 2017

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Codes and Standards | August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The U.S. Green Building Council says that the LEED residential market has grown 19% since 2017. Nearly 500,000 single...

2019 Data Center Giants Report DPR - Digital realty Ashburn, Va Photo Ulf Wallin

Last January, Digital Realty opened a 230,000-sf data center in Ashburn, Va., one of this sector’s most robust zones. Built by DPR Construction using concrete tilt-up panels, this was the Digital Realty’s first deployment of its mega-scale prototype, and the time from groundbreaking to IST/Occupancy took only eight months. Phase 1 includes a 6-MW data hall, the first of six halls with equal critical power planned over the data center’s three-year buildout period. Photo: Ulf Wallin

  

Giants 300 | August 28, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

This and more data center sector trends from Building Design+Construction's 2019 Giants 300 Report. 

Denny Substation in Seattle redefines this building type by its inclusion of neighborhood-focused amenities. Image: Benjamin Benschneider

Cultural Facilities | August 28, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Denny Substation includes 44,000 sf of open space that invites local residents and visitors to frequent the compl...

Slower speed limits in urban areas offer multiple benefits

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Codes and Standards | August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Improved safety, better adoption of electric scooters and autonomous vehicles are possible if drivers ease off the ac...

Renewables creating significant savings for commercial and public facilities

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Codes and Standards | August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Payback ranges from five to 15 years.

Oregon rescinds tsunami-zone construction ban

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Codes and Standards | August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Other states have no ban, but have strengthened building codes for tidal wave resilience.

Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group

Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group 

  

AEC Innovators | August 27, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

From building prefab factories in the sky to incubating the next generation of AEC tech startups, our 2019 class of A...

Pop-up parks revitalize empty lots

Photo of a pop-up park in England. Source: Wikimedia Commons

   

Urban Planning | August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Pop-up parks that provide instant open areas for public use and programming can revitalize under-utilized spaces and...

How engineering giant Buro Happold democratizes tech innovation, Jewel Changi Airport project

Buro Happold has been building up to the Computational Collective initiative for a while: its Jewel Changi Airport project (shown here with its rain forest and floor-to-ceiling vortex), which predates the Collective, required five of the firm’s offices around the world to work together. Photo: Buro Happold

    

AEC Innovators | August 27, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The firm's Computational Collective initiative presents employees with “a different way of thinking and working.” ...

A canopy will cover every seat at the new West End Stadium, where the FC Cincinnati MLS franchise will play its home games in two years. Image: Populous

Sports and Recreational Facilities | August 26, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The closest seat will be only 15 feet from the field.

aec innovators, Clayco, drones, innovation, construction

Clayco’s innovation initiatives include launching an inspection service that uses drones. Photo courtesy Clayco

  

AEC Innovators | August 26, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Innovation has been in Clayco’s DNA since this general contractor was founded in 1984.

August 26, 2019 | Rob Cassidy |

New AISC "Designing with Structural Steel - A Guide for Architects"

No humans necessary. A transfer platform slides under the car's wheelbase and positions the vehicle to be parked automatically in a basement of 500 Walnut. Image: Westfalia Technologies

AEC Tech | August 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is the first “palletless” system that Westfalia Technologies has installed.

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Healthcare Facilities | August 23, 2019 | HDR Insights | Sangmin Lee, Director, Health China

Our solutions to both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges lie at the convergence of technologies, industries, and types...

Aerial view of shanghai grand opera house

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Cultural Facilities | August 23, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Opera House is part of a new urban master plan for Shanghai.

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Codes and Standards | August 22, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Plan including sand dunes and mechanical barriers would cost as much as $32 billion.

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Codes and Standards | August 22, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Researchers say program will reduce injuries, save lives.

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Codes and Standards | August 22, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Initiatives include cool streets, cool roofs, and broader urban tree canopy.

August 22, 2019 | NACLab Blog | Pierce McVey, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Are there existing organizations that have already addressed some of these issues that we can study and learn from?...

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