360° cameras could surpass stationary laser scanners as the tool of choice to document construction, according to a new report that polls more than 250 AEC firms and service providers. Image: Pixabay

Building Technology | September 20, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More firms are adding scanning and photography to their services.

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Market Data | July 30, 2018 | ABC

Nonresidential fixed investment represented an especially important element of second quarter strength in the advance...

19 product innovations from the AIA 2018 convention

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Products and Services | July 26, 2018 | BD+C Staff

Vacuum-insulated glass, high-gloss fiber cement, attack-resistant openings were among the new product launches at the...

Healthcare market trends 2018: Health systems get leaner, more resilient

The $171 million, 475,000-sf John S. Oishei Children's Hospital of Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. The project team: Shepley Bulfinch (architect), Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SE), DiDonato (CE), CannonDesign (MEP), CT & Associates (logistics/planning), HB & Associates (medical equipment planner), and Turner Construction (GC). Photo: Laura Peters/CannonDesign

Healthcare Facilities | July 26, 2018 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

Hospitals set their sights on improving patient convenience and operational efficiency.

K-12 market trends 2018: Common areas enable hands-on learning

Wilson School, designed by Leo A Daly and BIG, is under construction in Arlington, Va. The cantilevered “fanning bars” will open up rooftop spaces adjacent to each classroom, providing students a wide range of indoor and outdoor learning environments. Rendering: BIG  

K-12 Schools | July 26, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modern designs emphasize social and collaboration spaces outside the classroom.

St. Paul aims for zero carbon in all buildings by 2050

St. Paul, Minn. Photo: Max Pixel

Green | July 26, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city is working for better efficiency and sourcing green power to reach its goal.

DOE releases updated version of Better Buildings Financing Navigator

Photo: DOE

Green | July 26, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Version 2.0 provides renewable energy financing options, sector-specific and location-specific financing resources, a...

Saint Gobain's North American headquarters in Malvern, Pa., was designed to provide higher levels of acoustical comfort for its employees. Image: Saint Gobain

Office Building Design | July 25, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building products giant gauges its employees’ perceptions of old and new headquarters environments.

Data centers keep cool while staying hot-hot-hot

The $28 million data center at St Jude’s Children's Research Hospital, Memphis. The project team for the three-story, 55,000-sf facility: Gensler (architect), Paradigm Structural Engineers (SE), Syska Hennessy Group (ME), Liles Energy Design Consultants (EE), Jensen Hughes (fire/life safety), and Flintco Inc. (GC). Photo: Joe Luther

Data Centers | July 25, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cooling mission critical facilities efficiently is critical to their operations and profitability.

Multifamily market trends 2018: Demographic shifts reshape the residential landscape

Communal work/spa at 30 East, Chicago, designed by SCB for Gilbane Development. The 16-story, 148,000-sf co-living TOD, an NAHB BALA winner, offers 134 moderately priced units with a "loft-like aesthetic," totaling 255 beds. Photo © Darris Lee Harris

Multifamily Housing | July 25, 2018 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor 

Changing generational preferences are prompting multifamily developers to re-strategize.

Roofing | July 24, 2018 | Jeff Alexander |

As metal roofing soars in popularity, so do the aesthetic options. 

Deregulation for denser development in Los Angeles moves forward

Photo: PxHere

Urban Planning | July 24, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The aim is to reduce housing costs, traffic congestion.

Green | July 24, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Environmentally strategy does have its limits, though.

Weidt Group’s Net Energy Optimizer now available as software as a service

The software allows users to see validated results for hundreds of proven energy-efficiency options in real time.

AEC Tech | July 24, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proprietary energy analysis tool is open for use by the public.

Inflation, escalating construction costs, and fluctuations in tax credit market are to blame for the Framework project being put on hold.

Renderings: LEVER Architecture

Wood | July 23, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Inflation, escalating construction costs, and fluctuations in tax credit market are to blame for the Framework projec...

Offsite construction: Why it’s important for the survival of your firm

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Modular Building | July 23, 2018 | FMI Blog | Michael Swistun, Managing Director, FMI Capital Advisors

The industry is approaching its “heart attack moment,” with so many large projects that are chronically late, over bu...

Multifamily market stays hot in first half of 2018

Rents grew by 2.1% in the second quarter of 2018, the highest for any quarter since 2015, according to Yardi Matrix. Photo: Pixabay


Multifamily Housing | July 19, 2018 | Yardi Matrix

The average rent grew by $12 in June, to an all-time high of $1,405, according to a survey of 127 markets by Yardi Ma...

A day in the life of an ‘agile worker’

A mix of sit-stand stations and collaboration areas support agile working. Image © Gensler/John Ryan.

Office Building Design | July 18, 2018 | GenslerOn | Jane Stull

When our Gensler La Crosse office relocated last year, we leveraged the opportunity to support an agile workplace str...

Ten of the 71 apartments in Gateway North Residences are reserved for renters whose household incomes fall between 61% and 120% of the area's median. Image: MassHousing

Multifamily Housing | July 18, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The transit-oriented Gateway North Residences is centrally located in Lynn, Mass.

Call for speakers: Accelerate AEC! innovation conference, May 2019

Speakers take the stage at the 2018 Accelerate AEC! conference, May 10, 2018, in Chicago. More than 150 AEC professionals attended the event. Photo: BD+C

Accelerate Live! | July 17, 2018 | BD+C Staff

This high-energy forum will deliver 20 game-changing business and technology innovations from the Giants of the AEC m...

Are we facing a new era in Foreign Direct Investment?

Chinese acquisitions and investments in the U.S. fell 92% in the first five months of this year, according to consulting and research firm Rhodium Group. Photo: Pixabay

Building Owner | July 17, 2018 | Brian Gallagher, Vice President of Marketing, O’Neal, Inc.

The construction industry is already feeling the effects of the recent tariffs, not only with higher steel and alumin...

Construction technology is catnip for investors

Photo: Uptake Technologies


Building Technology | July 17, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

JLL, in a new report that tracks this trend, cites three areas where startups are most active.

Heat island effect can turn deadly in extreme conditions

NASA graphic depict heat islands. Source: NASA  


Codes and Standards | July 17, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Of all the impacts of global climate change, it’s extreme heat that kills more Americans each year than any other wea...

NIMBYism, generational divide threaten plan for net-zero village in St. Paul, Minn.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons


Codes and Standards | July 17, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The ambitious redevelopment proposal for a former Ford automotive plant creates tension.

In many markets, green features are more of a requirement for apartment renters

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Codes and Standards | July 17, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Renters in many U.S. cities have come to expect green features in apartments that they rent, with an eye toward energ...

Eight landscape architects are involved in the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project in Florida. Image: Strategic Property Partners

Mixed-Use | July 17, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This $3 billion waterfront neighborhood will also include three hotels.

Transwestern report: Office buildings near transit earn 65% higher lease rates

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Office Building Design | July 17, 2018 | Transwestern

Analysis of 15 major metros shows the average rent in central business districts was $43.48/sf for transit-accessible...

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Products and Services | July 16, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

These 6 products can provide innovative solutions to numerous design projects.

Once a novelty, offsite construction is taking hold across the industry, as labor shortages persist, the Lean movement grows, and tech-based workflows become prevalent. Photo courtesy Katerra

Giants 300 | July 16, 2018 | David Barista, Editorial Director

We’ve identified five emerging trends that are likely to transform the construction market in the near future.

Codes and Standards | July 16, 2018 | Peter fabris, Contributing Editor

They already far exceed global average.

The Delta Electronics (America’s) 170,000-square-foot headquarters

The Delta Electronics (America’s) 170,000-square-foot headquarters is a LEED Platinum, net-zero energy building in Fremont, Calif.

Plumbing | July 16, 2018 | Uponor

It took five months for three dedicated crew members plus one runner to install 138,000 feet of PEX tubing with the R...

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