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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May 02, 2019 | Hanbury: Knowledge Cafe | Darryl Henderson

Generation Z learns and connects in unique ways. As they move from higher ed to the workplace, companies that depend...

All renderings courtesy Steven Holl Architects

Mixed-Use | May 02, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Steven Holl Architects designed the project.

Open Text’s 160,000-sf office in San Mateo, Calif., is showcased as an example of the type of office space that is designed to promote employee well being and facilitate social interactions “and a fusion of ideas.” Image: HOK Forward report 

Office Building Design | May 02, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The report provides insight into the relative importance of such things as amenities and occupant health for recruiti...

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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Traditional forecasting data, developed during a time of far less computing power and data than is currently availabl...

May 01, 2019 | Clark Nexsen Blog | Paul Battaglia and Susan Drew

With the race for talent making recruiting and retention a hot topic, many believe the inclusion of exceptional techn...

All photos courtesy Hufton + Crow

Airports | May 01, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Amir Mann-Ami Shinar Architects and Planners designed the facility in partnership with Moshe Zur Architects.

April 30, 2019 | Gensler Blog | Diane Hoskins

Our data reveal what is truly going on in the current workplace, with insights on how workplace design can deliver ne...

Retail Centers | April 30, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The retail company recently unveiled its new AI-enabled store in Levittown, N.Y.

Market Data | April 29, 2019 | ABC

Growth was fueled by myriad factors, including personal consumption expenditures, private inventory investment, surpr...

Education Facility | April 29, 2019 | DLR Group Insights Blog | Bonnie Sanborn

Fast forward to the year 2050 and beyond, and imagine what education looks like.

The “front door” of the Smith Campus Center at Harvard is distinguished by a two-story curtainwall. Image: Courtesy of Consigli Construction

University Buildings | April 29, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The university’s Smith Campus Center now offers a centralized gathering place with several dining options.

All photos courtesy LMN Architects

Education Facility | April 29, 2019 | David Malone

LMN Architects designed the facility.

Life of an Architect Podcast | April 28, 2019 | Bob Borson, FAIA

Sometimes bad things happen, and it impacts you in a way that you weren’t anticipating – takes you out of your normal...

5 noteworthy multifamily developments

The Danforth, Seattle. Photo: Aaron Locke Photography

Multifamily Housing | April 27, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor

Special-needs housing in West Hollywood, Calif., and a warehouse-turned-apartments in the Twin Cities are among the n...

MARSHA 3D printed habitat

Courtesy AI SpaceFactory

Architects | April 26, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Colonizing Mars is an exciting possibility in the not-too-distant future, and architects will play a vital role in ma...

Courtesy Adler Group/13th Floor Investments

Mixed-Use | April 26, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will be built in phases over the next five years.

Report: Contractors invest $1.6 billion in workforce development annually

Photo: Christina Morillo via Pexels

Codes and Standards | April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ABC members increased training spending 45% from 2013, according to a new report. 

Half of corporate and government offices offer wellness programs

Photo by from Pexels

Office Building Design | April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nearly 30% of worksites offer programs for physical activity and fitness, according to the CDC.

New York City’s Green New Deal would ban all-glass skyscrapers

Photo by Jamie McInall from Pexels

Codes and Standards | April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The ambitious plan would also boost affordable housing, reduce building emissions, and update codes to account for se...

Chicago, Houston, and Dallas deemed ‘most dangerous cities for migratory birds’

Photo: Nick Bee from Pexels

Codes and Standards | April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The three cities are in the heart of North America’s most trafficked aerial corridors.

April 25, 2019 |

To outline the necessities in your SOW, you can break it down into nine pieces.

How outdoor environments provide value to K-12 learning, health, and safety

The courtyard at Carolina Day School is frequently used as an outdoor classroom, playground, and dining area. Graduation is also hosted in this space, with each graduating student ringing the bell in the center of the courtyard to complete their rite of passage to middle school. Photo courtesy Clark Nexsen

K-12 Schools | April 25, 2019 | Clark Nexsen Blog | Becky Brady, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Outdoor spaces at school offer students key opportunities to learn, problem solve, and mentally refresh.

April 25, 2019 | MBI

The project passed the rigorous Seattle Design Review board with its modulated façade and playful expression of the m...

With sweeping views to the north and east, allowing sightlines into St. Louis's Downtown West District neighborhood, a proposed MLS soccer stadium for the city could be the next anchor in its ongoing downtown revitalization. All renderings courtesy HOK and Snow Kreilich

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 24, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Plans capitalize on league’s plans to expand.

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...

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...

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