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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Communal space in a Boston office

Healthcare lounges should take inspiration from communal spaces in the workplace, like the Fish & Richardson office in Boston.

Healthcare Facilities | August 28, 2017 | Stantec Blog | Samantha Gotta

When done right, medical staff lounges are an essential part of the healthcare workplace.

Hotel construction

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Market Data | August 28, 2017 | Lodging Econometrics

For the economy, the rate of growth may be low but it’s running on all cylinders.

Wind turbines and smokestacks

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Codes and Standards | August 28, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

EV charging stations, batteries, and microgrid technology are all part of effort to meet demand for cleaner power....

The exterior of the new Recreation and Student Center

Photo: St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

University Buildings | August 28, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The $50 million building adds over 193,000 sf of space to the campus.

Aligned Energy's colocation center in Phoenix, one of America's top-10 multi-tenant data center markets. Image: Connie Zhou Photography

Data Centers | August 28, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

As construction and leasing surge, one big contractor worries about his industry’s talent shortage. 

The 122-unit Hotel Trio in Sonoma County is one of several hospitality projects under development in California's wine regions. Image: Courtesy R.D. Olson Construction

Hotel Facilities | August 25, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New entrant, Hotel Trio, will play up location and affordability.

Jacksonville Jaguars’ new practice facility, designed by Populous

The facility’s roof consists of 3,000 tons of structural steel that support a PTFE membrane. The PTFE fabric is suspended from 430-foot-long structural steel trusses that support an array of structural steel v-columns. Design architect Populous designed the roof form and then worked in tandem with Walter P Moore to create the roof’s structure and subdivide it into trusses. All images and renderings courtesy Populous


AEC Tech | August 25, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor 

The project team employed Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and a host of other software applications to design an...

An exterior promenade connects the dining hall to three residence halls on the Core Campus. Image: Jonathan Hilyer

University Buildings | August 25, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new dining hall is part of the school’s ongoing efforts to maintain its standing among the country’s top 20 publi...

Big Data helps space optimization, but barriers remain

Matching supply with demand is one of the goals that interative tools—such as those that let facility managers easily see utilization by building, room, day, and time—can help a campus tackle.

AEC Tech | August 24, 2017 | Hanbury Blog | Jimmy Stevens, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Hanbury

Space optimization is a big issue on many university campuses, as schools face increasing financial constraints, writ...

Apartment tenants crave lounge spaces (both indoor and outdoor) and other areas where they can socialize and relax.

Apartment tenants crave lounge spaces (both indoor and outdoor) and other areas where they can socialize and relax. Photo: Pixabay


Multifamily Housing | August 24, 2017 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Tenants and condo owners crave extra space for their stuff. Most developers are happy to oblige.

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.

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