Decentralized nurses stations are becoming more common in hospitals looking to improve their patient satisfaction scores. But a University of Kansas research team wonders whether decentralization might be hampering nurses' collaboration. Image: University of Kansas

Healthcare Facilities | January 19, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Institute of Health + Wellness Design at the University of Kansas raised questions after reviewing a hospital’s renovated orthopedic unit.

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Zaha Hadid designs a tower of “stacked vases” in Melbourne

Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects (via ArchDaily)

High-rise Construction | January 07, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The structure is supported by sets of curved columns that taper to four different base heights.


Four reasons the C-suite should care about Design-Led Construction

Allegheny Health's Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion. Image courtesy Cannon Design.

Building Team | January 07, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog | Louis P. Astorino, PE

Lou Astorino shares four examples how a unified approach can directly help C-suite leaders achieve their organization...

Photo: IdeaPaint.

Great Solutions | January 07, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Sherwin-Williams recently introduced Paint Shield, the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint that kills virtually a...

Shepley Bulfinch develops elegant design solution to address behavioral issues in emergency departments

Floor plan: Shepley Bulfinch

Great Solutions | January 06, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

ED scheme allows staff to isolate unruly patients and visitors in a secure area.

Census Bureau revises 10 years’ worth of construction spending figures

Photo: SounderBruce/Creative Commons.

Market Data | January 06, 2016 | Construction Equipment Magazine

The largest revisions came in the last two years and were largely upward.

An open-air plaza inside AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami has been converted into a solar pavilion that makes the space more usable for revenue-generating functions. Courtesy NRG Energy and The Heat Group. 

Sports and Recreational Facilities | January 06, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

NRG Energy teams with Miami Heat to transform an underused open-air plaza and reinforce the facility’s green reputati...

Creating flow in a multi-level workspace

All images courtesy Perkins+Will

Office Building Design | January 06, 2016 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Sarah Stanford

Successful workplaces enable a clear progression of ideas and people, which can be challenging for workplaces that oc...

All-encompassing farming kit can provide communities with a sustainable food supply

Photo: Farm from a Box.

Great Solutions | January 06, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Several manufacturers partnered with the group Farm from a Box to develop an off-the-grid farming solution for commun...

Majority of AEC firms saw growth in 2015, remain optimistic for 2016

Courtesy Pixabay

Market Data | January 05, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

By all indications, 2015 was another solid year for U.S. architecture, engineering, and construction firms.

Potential vs. credential: How men and women differ in career progress

Courtesy Pixabay

Architects | January 05, 2016 | David Barista | David Barista, Editorial Director

Recent research suggests that women face yet another career impediment: the confidence gap.

The latter months of 2015 showed signs that construction spending's momentum had leveled off. Courtesy of Pixabay

Market Data | January 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Only 4 of 16 subsectors showed gains

Toronto’s newest hospital employs 10 robots for moving food, supplies, and equipment

Photo courtesy Humber River Hospital

Great Solutions | January 04, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 1.8 million-sf Humber River Hospital is loaded with high-tech gadgets. Its coolest innovation is the use of autom...

Top high-rise innovations of 2015

Bosco Verticale was named CTBUH 2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide. Photo: Luca Nebuloni via Wikimedia Commons

High-rise Construction | January 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

A crowdfunded skyscraper in Colombia and Jerusalem’s wild, pyramid-shaped tower are among the landmark projects featu...

Top tall building predictions for 2016

At 314 meters, the pixilated MahaNakhon tower, designed by Buro Ole Scheeren, will be the tallest building in Bangkok and Thailand. Rendering courtesy Buro Ole Scheeren

High-rise Construction | January 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Jetpack-based firefighting, pixelated towers, and high-rise rentals are among the innovations and themes coming to th...

San Diego's skyline is being transformed by new office, hotel, and residential building projects. Photo courtesy Pixabay

Urban Planning | January 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The city's emission-reduction plan could drive influx into downtown

Snoozebox’s portable hotel rooms make outside events more livable

Photos courtesy Snoozebox

Great Solutions | January 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Since 2011, the London-based company has thrived by creating portable hotels that are set up for the duration of open...

Exploring the changing landscape of public art

Photo courtesy Sasaki Associates

Art Galleries | January 04, 2016 | Sasaki Ideas | Philip Barash and Nina Chase, Sasaki Associates

Sasaki's Philip Barash and Nina Chase explore the changing landscape of public art in the face of major cultural shif...

Amid high-rise office building boom, Boston grapples with corporate signage rules

Photo: Roger/Creative Commons.

High-rise Construction | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

City has few skyscrapers adorned with lit company names, logos.


Denver broadens its use of design reviews as construction booms

Photo: Jeramey Jannene/Creative Commons.

Codes and Standards | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Support strong, but some wary of giving more say to review boards.


Florida lagging on development of green roofs

Photo: pnwra/Creative Commons.

Green | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Florida lagging on development of green roofs.

Concerns over new wood-frame, mid-rise residential building construction in Charlotte

Photo: Charlie Reece/Creative Commons.

Wood | January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cheaper construction material may increase risk for firefighters.

U.S. generates enough wind power for 19 million homes

Photo: Timothy Tolle/Creative Commons.

Energy | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Congress extends wind power tax credits.


Federal appropriations bill will boost construction activity in 2016

Photo: Jeremy Segrott/Creative Commons.

Government Buildings | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

$1.1 trillion spending package includes tripling of GSA’s construction budget.

Energy Dept. announces historic new commercial air conditioner and furnace standards

Photo: heather_mcnabb/Creative Commons.

HVAC | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Businesses will save $167 billion over life of products.


Wood materials aid in patient recovery in healthcare environments

Photo: Dan/Creative Commons.

Healthcare Facilities | December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Report says patient recovery times, pain perception, stress levels improve where natural materials are present.

“Tree-covered mountains” planned for urban Shanghai

Rendering: Heatherwick Studio (via ArchDaily)

Mixed-Use | December 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Heatherwick Studio unveiled a 300,000-sm mixed-use project in the Chinese city’s main arts district.

Kengo Kuma selected to design National Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Rendering via Japan Sports Council (via Dezeen).

Sports and Recreational Facilities | December 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Japan chose between projects from Japanese architects Kuma and Toyo Ito. The decision has been met with claims of fav...

Hospitality sustainability measurement tool will be an industry game-changer

Hyatt Centric South Beach. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons.

Sustainability | December 23, 2015 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Dina Belon

The Hotel Sustainability Measurement Tool will allow hoteliers to compare energy and water use as well as their carbo...

How engineers help developers meet green building objectives

The Asymmetric Warfare Group Training Complex, Fort A.P. Hill, Va., where Mason & Hanger (architect, SE) deployed ground-source heat pump systems. On the Building Team: GET Solutions (geothermal engineer), R. Ward & Associates (functional range planning), and Precision Measurements (topographic/utility survey). Photo: Skyshots/Courtesy Mason & Hanger.


Greenbuild Report | December 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Engineers say AEC teams need to be on the same page to help clients realize goals that often boil down to minimizing...

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