The 190,000-sf Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, which opens next month on the campus of the University of Southern California, will provide research and lab space for the Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Medical schools. This is the largest building on campus, and its construction required more than 50,000 yards of soil to be exported, 4.5 million pounds of concrete and rebar for poured-in-place floors and walls, and 2,000-plus steel embeds for a suspended clean room plenum leel and exterior masonry. Image: USC

University Buildings | October 12, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building is designed to maximize recruitment and interaction of scientists and researchers.

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PTMDs can be worked into the design of a building or added after to reduce vibrations in areas with high foot traffic, such as main stairways. Courtesy Virginia Tech.

Great Solutions | June 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Developed by a team at Virginia Tech, the PTMD has been shown to reduce vibrations by as much as 75%.

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Wood | June 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The wood, concrete, and glass building will rise approximately 233 feet when finished.

Pella windows enabled the architects to stay true to the Neo-Romanesque design of the building.

Windows and Doors | June 05, 2017 | Pella

The design team made the most of the structure’s strengths — like the alignment and shape of the window openings and...

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

Photo courtesy Hanbury

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.
May 30, 2017 | Accelerate Live!
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.

BIG’s 12 partners. Image: Courtesy of BIG

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.

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