The 1.5-million-sf Oceanwide Plaza, going up across the street from Staples Center and L.A. Live

The 1.5-million-sf Oceanwide Plaza, going up across the street from Staples Center and L.A. Live, will include a “lifestyle plaza,” 100 feet in the air, with 37,000 sf of outdoor amenity spaces. A 700-foot-long LED ribbon will wrap the plaza. And this mixed-use project will feature a 166,580-sf open-air retail galleria. CallisonRTKL designed the exterior, retail interior, and South Towers residential space. Studio Munge designed the North Tower interior and 184-room hotel. SWA Design Group is the landscape architect, and Lendlease is the GC. Oceanwide Plaza/CallisonRTKL

Giants 300 | September 13, 2017 | BD+C Staff

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., PCL Construction Enterprises, and Shawmut Design and Construction top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest retail sector contractor and construction management firms, as reported in the 2017 Giants 300 Report.

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K-12 Schools | June 05, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A “learning stair” will connect the cafeteria to the main level.

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Architects | June 05, 2017 | NCARB

Architects without a professional degree in architecture can now earn NCARB certification through an alternate path....

Accelerate Live! | June 05, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Skepticism is healthy and can weed out half-baked ideas.

June 05, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The TimberLine Series pairs a high-strength steel subframe with a wood-veneered metal cover cap to produce a slender...

Flooring | June 05, 2017 | INSTALL

The challenge of a large space, mixed materials and intricate design were met by a highly skilled, INSTALL-trained te...

Coatings | June 02, 2017 | Jeff Alexander |

The skillful use of exterior color for commercial buildings makes a statement about the company brand, creating an op...

The 773,000-sf W and Element Hotel, which is scheduled to open in Philadelphia in 2018, will be one of the first projects completed under the combined company formed by the merger of NELSON with Cope Linder Architects. NELSON has also merged with KA Architecture, which with Cope Linder will form a core-and-shell practice within the firm. Image: Cope Linder Architects

Architects | June 02, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More growth ahead, as NELSON expects to double its workforce and revenue this year.

Strong brew: Heineken HQ spurs innovation through interaction [slideshow]

All photos: Garrett Rowland

Office Building Design | June 02, 2017 | BD+C Staff

The open plan concept features a Heineken bar and multiple social zones.

June 02, 2017 | Accelerate Live!
Sasaki’s Pablo Savid-Buteler and Brad Prestbo talk about how the firm’s maker initiatives are changing the way Sasaki go...
Nonresidential construction spending falls in 13 of 16 Segments in April

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Market Data | June 02, 2017 | Associated Builders and Contractors

Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.7% in April 2017, totaling $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annua...

Concrete | May 31, 2017 | Fabcon

With brownsites, the real trouble lies in the unseen: namely the hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants tha...

Space utilization in higher education: More than sf per student

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Higher Education | May 31, 2017 | Hanbury Blog | Hanbury’s Curricular Team, led by Timothy Winstead, AIA

There’s more to space utilization than how often a room is occupied. What happens inside an occupied room is just as...

The exterior of Johnson Building, one of two buildings that comprise the Boston Public Library, whose $78 million renovation breathed new life into the landmark facility. Image: Bruce T. Martin Photography

Library | May 31, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Visitors are flocking to its brighter, connected halls, which now include retail and digital components. 

Tencent headquarters © Terrence Zhang, courtesy NBBJ

Tencent headquarters © Terrence Zhang, courtesy NBBJ

Office Building Design | May 30, 2017 | NBBJ’s nbbX blog | Jonathan Ward, NBBJ

Eight fresh ideas for the high-rise of the future, from NBBJ Design Partner Jonathan Ward.

May 30, 2017 | Accelerate Live!
Russ Sykes discusses SmithGroupJJR’s ongoing journey to create a firm culture that ignites innovation and propels change...
May 30, 2017 | Accelerate Live!
Architect Paul Westlake, Jr., shares his methods for adding value to projects through creative financing.
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Architects Marcene Kinney and Angela Mazzi share design hacks pinpointing specific aspects of the built environment that...
Sun, sky brightness, and glow: Making the most of daylight [AIA course]

The Tidewater Joint-Use Library, Virginia Beach, Va., has an angled “daylight harvester” that runs its length to maximize available sunlight. Photo: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO, courtesy Carrier Johnson+Culture

Daylighting | May 30, 2017 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

To some project teams, “daylighting” means using glass area to admit direct sunlight, period.

Security begins when you close the door [AIA course]

High-security entrance to the new Sandy Hook School, Newtown, Conn. Photo: Katelyn Chapin

Security/Fire Protection | May 30, 2017 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Selecting door and window systems for any building project demands a complete articulation of safety and security con...

Industry Groups move toward Unified Green Building Model Code in 2018

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Codes and Standards | May 30, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The effort involves combining ASHRAE's Standard 189.1 with the International Green Construction Code.

OSHA suspends electronic injury, illness reporting requirement

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Codes and Standards | May 30, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The agency is keeping records from being publicly disclosed—for now.

Florida preparing to adjust to new building elevation requirements

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Codes and Standards | May 30, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New floodplain maps and state code changes loom.

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Codes and Standards | May 30, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

There’s disagreement around how much pay regulations add to cost of projects.

Wooster Hall, looking north as sunlight strikes the steps of the atrium, marking solar noon. Photo: © 2016 Tim Hursley 

Reconstruction & Renovation | May 30, 2017 | Randolph Croxton, Croxton Collaborative Architects

Success in retrofit projects requires an entirely different mindset than in new construction, writes Randolph Croxton...

Architects | May 26, 2017 | Sasaki Ideas |

Parks departments and designers find new approaches to ameliorate homelessness.

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Architects | May 26, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, the firm’s head of global business development, says engineering and urban planning are key opportu...

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Codes and Standards | May 25, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Uber and Lyft make it easier for urban dwellers to live without owning cars.

An 8-million-pound retractable shell is one of the signature design and engineering features of The Shed, a 200,000-sf cultural facility that is part of the ongoing redevelopment of New York's west side. Image: BD+C

Cultural Facilities | May 25, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility, designed for maximum programming flexibility, includes a massive movable shell. 

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Museums | May 25, 2017 | SmithGroupJJR's Perspectives blog | Kristina von Tish

Many museum staff are resistant to the idea of open offices.

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Codes and Standards | May 25, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More than 1,000 proven solutions are now available on DOE web site.

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