An augmented reality application for mobile devices allows users to see what a new computer science building on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington will look like completed while it's under construction. Image: Mortenson Construction

Augmented Reality | July 19, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $105 million project in Seattle is the latest example of the firm’s commitment to virtual and augmented reality tools.

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ASTM E-119 rated fire resistive glass and framing in this 2-hour stairwell adds vision, transparency and a connection to the outdoors while meeting code requirements. 

Glass and Glazing | March 16, 2017 | SaftiFirst

To preserve the building’s open design and to extend natural light further in the building, the architects incorporat...

Branding a library can take on significant importance as these spaces shift from providing more traditional services.

Library | March 16, 2017 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Derek Jones

Libraries fulfill a new vision—community kitchens for experimentation with new ideas, problem solving and entrepreneu...

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Wood | March 16, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The use of Douglas fir glulam beams can obviate the need for steel beams, even for walls up to 14 feet in height.

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Products and Services | March 16, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Tapered Series panels from Dri-Design, Retro-R Panels from MBCI, and Formawall from Centria are just three of the 12 ...

Rendering courtesy Powerhouse Environmental Arts Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron.

Reconstruction & Renovation | March 16, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The century-old building will be turned into fabrication shops in wood, metal, ceramics, textiles, and printmaking....

March 15, 2017 | Sasha Reed |

Who is succeeding, and on what terms? And what will it take for everyone to experience the benefits of that success?...

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Codes and Standards | March 15, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard-setting initiative for energy-efficient products may be a victim of Trump budget cuts.

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Architects | March 15, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 2017 event will take place November 15-17 at the Fairmont Scottsdale (Ariz.) Princess resort. 

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Multifamily Housing | March 15, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building sits adjacent to New York’s popular High Line park and includes a $50 million penthouse.

Market Data | March 15, 2017 | ABC

Contractors in each segment surveyed all saw lower backlog during the fourth quarter, with firms in the heavy industr...

The furniture and home furnishings retailer West Elm has announced that it will open branded hotels in five U.S. cities. West Elm joins a list of high-profile retailers and consumer products suppliers that are expanding their brands into hotels as a way of targeting, more directly, aspirational customers. Image: West Elm Hotels

Hotel Facilities | March 14, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several high-profile names have launched hospitality divisions, often with well-established management partners.

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University Buildings | March 14, 2017 | BD+C Staff

The 142,500-sf facility, which opened just three weeks after Clemson’s national championship win over the University...

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Codes and Standards | March 14, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The measure has bipartisan support.

Industry Research | March 14, 2017 | Arcadis, HR&A Advisors, and Sam Schwartz Consulting

A new report estimates 7 million drivers will shift to autonomous vehicles in 3 U.S. cities. 

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Urban Planning | March 14, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Xiamen Bicycle Skyway stretches for 7.6 kilometers throughout the central part of the city.

Metals | March 13, 2017 | Star Building Systems

When Knox College was in need of more space for arts education, they turned to a metal building system solution. 

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March 13, 2017 | Jeff Alexander |

By design, insulated metal wall panels help reduce energy and maintenance costs over time.

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Codes and Standards | March 13, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The rule mandates labor compliance review for federal construction contractors.

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Building Materials | March 13, 2017 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Fiber-reinforced plastic, 3D-printed stone, and programmable ink tiles are a few materials coming down the pike for t...

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BIM and Information Technology | March 13, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Here are a few new reality capture products and platforms that caught our eye.

Prior to starting a recent renovation, Mortenson Construction laser-scanned as-built conditions to assist in comparing the actual building to the design, and to facilitate accurate project planning. Courtesy Mortenson Construction.

BIM and Information Technology | March 10, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Advanced reality capture technologies are breaking down the barriers between the job site and project models.

Cherry Crest Elementary School, Bellevue, Wash. Photo: NAC Architecture

K-12 Schools | March 09, 2017 | NACLab Blog | Matthew Rumbaugh, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal, NAC Architecture

The art of designing schools lies not in just understanding what makes a functional classroom, but in how successful...

Religious Facilities | March 09, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The plant is the first in a series of upgrades planned for 2017 to adapt one of New York’s earliest landmarks.

Contractors | March 09, 2017 | FMI Blog | FMI

Millennials often are unfairly saddled with the dubious reputation for being entitled, disloyal, and self-centered, b...

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Retail Centers | March 09, 2017 | NBBJ’s nbbX blog | David Yuan, Partner, NBBJ

NBBJ’s David Yuan explains how changing retail trends are creating new opportunities for urban experiences and public...

Portola High School, Irvine (Calif.) Unified School District. Photo: Lawrence Anderson

K-12 Schools | March 09, 2017 | HMC Architects Blog | James Krueger and Barbara Perez, HMC Architects

What is school branding and why is it important? HMC Architects’ James Krueger and Barbara Perez weigh in on the topi...

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Codes and Standards | March 09, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The committee's creation is an important step forward for the group that evaluates internet connectivity in buildings...

The 18-story, 350-room Hotel Indigo in downtown Los Angeles, which opens in June, will feature a grand lobby space with a playful design aesthetic that harkens back to the city's storied past, with references to a budding movie industry and the 1920s. Hirsch Bedner Associates designed the hotel. Image: Hotel Indigo 

Hotel Facilities | March 09, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

HKS and HBA even see a demand for hotels catering to “agritourism.” 

Collaboration is a hallmark of mixed reality. Through the use of software such as Trimble’s SketchUp Viewer for HoloLens, MR allows multiple designers to view and work on the same digital model, highlight or enlarge areas of importance, and collaborate in the same room or from across the country. Architects and contractors no longer need to rely on static, 2D drawings. They can now visualize design data within the real environment. Courtesy Trimble.

Virtual Reality | March 09, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Are virtual reality and mixed reality two technologies vying for the same space in the AEC industry? Or can they coex...

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Building Technology | March 09, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Many of the nation’s largest contractors, including Gilbane, Mortensen, Skanska, and Turner, have been utilizing pref...

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