A Plenty employee tends to leafy greens growing in the startup’s indoor facility in South San Francisco. The facility relies on 7,500 infrared cameras and 35,000 sensors embedded among the greens that monitor the room’s temperature, humidity, and growing phases. Courtesy Plenty.

Game Changers | January 17, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Armed with the latest agri-tech and millions in VC funding, vertical farming startups believe they’ve cracked the code on indoor farming.

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Building Materials | August 24, 2017 | Cary Barger |

No matter what structural material you build with, be it steel, concrete, or wood, water is the enemy.  

Structure Tone New York City headquarters at 330 West 34th Street in Manhattan. Photo courtesy Structure Tone

Structure Tone's new WELL-certified New York City headquarters, 330 West 34th Street in Manhattan. Photo courtesy Structure Tone

Green | August 24, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The costs ranged from 50 cents to $4 per sf, according to a ULI report. 

The new East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.

The new East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. A glass-enclosed “light court” with steel replicas of fauna and butterflies provides a colorful distraction for patients and families visiting the hospital. Photo: Denise Retallack


Healthcare Facilities | August 24, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A recently published report by Shepley Bulfinch presents pediatric healthcare environments as “incubators for hospita...

Indoor pool space
Flooring | August 24, 2017 | Viega

Radiant heats the objects in a room, making the environment more comfortable without the energy-intensive process of...

Photo: Eastridge Center 2017 – A Pacific Retail Property

With a 30-foot interior digital wall, large-scale exterior murals, and pocket parks, Eastridge Center isn’t your typical mall. Photo: Eastridge Center 2017 – A Pacific Retail Property

Retail Centers | August 24, 2017 | GenslerOn | Rose Hung

Find out how Gensler transformed one of Silicon Valley’s largest shopping destinations into an immersive lifestyle de...

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Codes and Standards | August 24, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Vacuum dust collection, water-delivery systems, and respirators will be required.

AESS steel columns at Lee Hall III, Clemson University, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photo: Courtesy SOM / Scott Frances Photography

BD+C University Course | August 23, 2017 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Advances in R&D are fostering new forms of structural and aesthetic steel.

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Healthcare Facilities | August 23, 2017 | David H. Watkins, FAIA, Past Healthcare Leader, EYP Health

Our current political drama has made our healthcare clients view the future of their business environment in much the...

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Market Data | August 23, 2017 | AIA

“The July figures show the continuation of healthy trends in the construction sector of our economy,” said AIA Chief...

Kaiser Permanente opened a new 28,300-sf medical office building in La Habra, Calif., on August 1. This facility is expected to reduce the patient crunch at Kaiser’s MOB in nearby Brea. Image: Anthony Mendoza/Orange County Register

Healthcare Facilities | August 23, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In its first-ever report on this sector, CBRE provides detailed analyses of 30 markets.

Visual interest is achieved through radial patterns and a mix of high-end finishes.

Flooring | August 22, 2017 | INSTALL

A complex installation and a phased timeline were executed flawlessly in a fully functional acute care facility thank...

American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2017 Compensation Report.

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Architects | August 21, 2017 | AIA

AIA’s latest compensation report finds average compensation for staff positions up 2.8% from early 2015.

rendering of new office building for USAA in Tampa, Fla.

USAA is building a 240,000-sf office in suburban Tampa, Fla., for 1,000 additional employees. The company is also expanding its existing campus in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, with a 150,000-sf building. Suburban office space with urban characteristics still can attract investors and companies. Image: USAA


Market Data | August 20, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An analysis of mortgage-backed loans suggests that demand remains relatively steady.

John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, met with Jamie Roberts (Wales), Tim Visser (Scotland), James Horwill (Australia) and Danny Care (England) to capture their ideas, both as players and fans.

HOK’s John Rhodes met with pro rugby players Jamie Roberts, Tim Visser, James Horwill, and Danny Care to discuss advanced design features and technologies. 


Sports and Recreational Facilities | August 18, 2017 | HOK |

HOK invited four world-class rugby players into its London studio to discuss what they would like to see in the rugby...

Smog in the sky over a manufacturing facility

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Codes and Standards | August 18, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

California’s requirement for cool roofs on new non-residential buildings could promote smog.

The 300,000-sf Major Health Partners Replacement Hospital, Shelbyville, Ind.

Courtesy BSA LifeStructures.

Giants 300 | August 18, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Hospital systems are finding ways to get facilities built with a lot less money.

A rendering of the LakePointe Urban Village
Mixed-Use | August 18, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A peninsula will extend into the property’s 20-acre lake and contain retail shops, restaurants, a pavilion park, home...

An active outdoor space for students
K-12 Schools | August 18, 2017 | LPA Blog | Winston Bao

Active design can be incorporated into any facility or campus with a few simple steps.

A rendering of the northeast corner of the new Donald Dungan Library

Rendering courtesy of Johnson Favaro

Library | August 18, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project includes a new library, the renovation of the existing library, and the redevelopment of parkland.

San Diego's newest library branch is being built on the site of the old International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers building on West Washington Street. It should be completed by October 2018. Image: Courtesy of C.W. Driver Companies 

Library | August 17, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The long-delayed project reflects community design input.

A can of Scuff X paint
Products and Services | August 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

SCUFF-X provides the level of scuff-resistance of two-component coatings.

Interior of the GrowNYC multifunctional area

Photo: AGP Amanda Gentle Photography

Mixed-Use | August 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

GrowNYC, a sustainability-focused nonprofit, commissioned ORE Design to create the community events center and learni...

The lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Seattle
Hotel Facilities | August 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 45-story, 500-foot-tall tower is composed of two primary volumes.

The New York City skyline

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Codes and Standards | August 17, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Task force formed to get fake training cards off the streets and workers properly trained.

An office conference room

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Market Data | August 17, 2017 | Marcum Construction

Spending in all 12 of the remaining nonresidential construction subsectors retreated on both an annualized and monthl...

The exterior of the Austin Independent School District Performing Arts Center
Metals | August 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Two Petersen Aluminum profiles were used in the design of the project.

The new Toyota Motor North American Headquarters campus

Photo: Toyota

Office Building Design | August 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Toyota invested $1 billion in the project, which was designed by Corgan.

An exterior shot of the Beijing National Stadium
Building Materials | August 17, 2017 | Mike Landers |

Lighter than glass and 100% recyclable, one material takes center stage in the future of building.

Coatings | August 17, 2017 | Jeff Alexander |

Railings, screens, canopies, and shading devices punctuate projects and are important aspects of the built environmen...

DLR Group and Staffelbach offices

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Architects | August 16, 2017 | DLR Group

The firm will be merging operations immediately with full integration and the name change to DLR Group| Staffelbach e...

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