Solar Array at Uh Maui College

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Energy-Efficient Design | March 20, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also allow four UH community college campuses on Oahu to significantly reduce their fossil fuel consumption.

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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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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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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.

Key West, Florida under water

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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