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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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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Architects | March 09, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Given more time, Wright wanted to rebuild the country and change the nation.

SunTrust Park in Atlanta is racing toward its final stages of construction to be able to open on time for opening day for the Atlanta Braves' MLB baseball team. A newly released time-lapse video captures the last 21 months of construction in a flash. Image: 

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 09, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

OxBlue’s time-lapse video draws from more than 200,000 images.

Concrete | March 08, 2017 | NUDURA Inc.

Research provides evidence that schools throughout North America are moving toward greener and healthier building sol...

USC Village, a six-building, 1.25-million-sf expansion of the University of Southern California's University Park campus, will be ready for occpancy this fall. The project took 12 years from conception to completion. Image: USC

University Buildings | March 08, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Prefabrication of the six buildings’ walls reduced construction time by a year. 

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Codes and Standards | March 08, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The focus is on cost and performance of various systems.

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March 08, 2017 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Deborah Hanamura

Extreme weather heavily impacts our infrastructure and real property, creating unique issues for developers and owner...

Drones shot video to document the test of a fall-protection system at Level 10 Construction’s 181 Fremont high-rise project in San Francisco. In this case, the system protected an active daycare center on the roof next door. Courtesy Level 10 Construction.

Drones | March 08, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Some estimate 85-90% of drone operators aren’t FAA certified under the agency’s Part 107 rules or aren’t covered by l...

For the construction of an ice rink (top left building) for a high school in Massachusetts, drone footage overlaid with BIM modeling and advanced visualization helped a project team understand design options and simulate construction sequences. Image courtesy Skanska USA.

Drones | March 08, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More AEC firms are boarding, as new FAA rules ease restrictions on operating unmanned aerial vehicles armed with sens...

Great Solutions | March 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

In less than one minute, Bloomframe transforms from an insulated picture window to an open balcony.

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Codes and Standards | March 07, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Forecasted data, not historical data, will be used as the basis for the codes.

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Retail Centers | March 07, 2017 | Stantec Blog | Larry Weeks

What’s driving experiential retail in 2017 and beyond?

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Office Building Design | March 07, 2017 | Transwestern

A new Transwestern report examines the adaptive reuse trend across the U.S.

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Industry Research | March 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Paris, Frankfurt, and Macau are all on the list, but none of them are more expensive than the city in the number one...

The Rose Pauson House. Rendering courtesy of David Romero, Hooked on The Past

Architects | March 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Architect David Romero recreated the Larkin Administration Building and the Rose Pauson House with detailed, fully co...

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Codes and Standards | March 06, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The updates address industry changes impacting insurance, legal, technology, and terminology.

Building Team | March 06, 2017 | Hinge Blog | Karl Feldman

Don’t believe it? You’d better take a look at the research.

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Performing Arts Centers | March 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The hall hosted its debut concert on Saturday, March 4 with a performance by the Boulez Ensemble.

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Codes and Standards | March 03, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new sstandard combines guidelines for conventional tensile membrane structures with frame-covered membrane struct...

Healthcare Facilities | March 03, 2017 | Scott Nolin, Senior Director of Project Management

Successfully developing a complete and well thought out Total Project Budget is perhaps the most important task you’l...

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Building Materials | March 03, 2017 | Perkins+Will

Antimicrobial products contain ingredients that may have adverse environmental or human health impacts.

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High-rise Construction | March 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

SHoP Architects and Hamilton Anderson Associates will design the 52-story building.

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Office Building Design | March 02, 2017 | Perkins Eastman + Three H

This paper is the first in a planned three-part series of studies on the evolution of diverse office environments and...

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Wood | March 02, 2017 | WoodWorks + BD+C Staff

Winners were selected in categories such as wood school design, commercial wood design, wood in government buildings,...

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Cultural Facilities | March 02, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building will act as a symbol of growth and prosperity for the city of Hanoi.

The Freedom Center in South Huntsville, Ala., is an office complex that is seen as part of the revitalization of that part of the city. Torch Technologies, the building's anchor tenant, spearheaded the redevelopment. Image: J. Hanshaw Photography

Office Building Design | March 02, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The newly opened Freedom Center, near Redstone Arsenal, includes a 10,000-sf conference center.

Building Team | March 01, 2017 | GWWO Blog | Alan Reed

Intuitive wayfinding is much like navigating via waypoints—moving from point to point to point.

Architects | March 01, 2017 | The Pritzker Architecture Prize

2017 marks the first time that three architects together are honored with the prize.

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