A rendering of the 42,500-sf, $29 million Innovation and Discovery Center at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., which broke ground last October. Kinsley Construction is the GC on the project, designed by Ellenzweig. Last year, spending on education construction spending rose nationally by 6.5% to $88.9 billion. And a new survey of preK-12 school districts and colleges finds strong construction and renovation activities underway this year. The Ursinus project should be completed in time for the fall 2018 semester. Image: Ellenzweig

School Construction | February 26, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Surveys of school districts and colleges, though, raise questions about financing for future projects.

 

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Dell Children's Hospital, Austin, Texas. Photo: Andreanna Moya Photography

Healthcare Facilities | December 22, 2016 | Lee Williams and Steve Higgs, CBRE Healthcare

As we approach the end of the second decade of LEED, the financial costs and benefits of going green are well documen...

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Market Data | December 21, 2016 | AIA

New design contracts also return to positive levels, signifying future growth in construction activity. 

The numbers of older homeowners are rising rapidly, according to the latest analysis of this cohort by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, which notes that an aging population presents several challenges to the housing sector in terms of costs and amenities. Image: JCHS

Market Data | December 21, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

New Joint Center report projects 66% increase in senior heads of households by 2035.

Energy Efficiency | December 20, 2016 | LG

Euclid Chemical upgrades to a dependable and efficient system that will meet their needs for years to come.

AEC firms looking for a hedge against climate-related events can now purchase future weather data online. Image: Pixabay

AEC Tech | December 18, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Simulation tool, developed by Arup and Argos Analytics, is offered to help owners and AEC firms devise resilience str...

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Structural Materials | December 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will consist of three pavilions and several bridges and cost around $5.3 million.

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Codes and Standards | December 15, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

It is said to be most helpful to small and mid-sized contractors.

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High-rise Construction | December 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 350-meter-high building was designed by Morphosis and will provide over 2 million sf of office and retail space....

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Multifamily Housing | December 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Designed by Studio Gang, the building’s stacked tiers will each comprise four floors and fan outwards as they rise up...

Rendering courtesy of Ennead Architects

Museums | December 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Housed within the 400,000-sf building will be the world’s largest planetarium theater.

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Museums | December 15, 2016 | AIA

The award recognizes an architectural design that has stood the test of time for 25 years.

Competition is fierce among institutions vying for private capital to help fund their building projects. The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture was partly funded by private donors. A few years ago, the Smithsonian launched its largest-ever capital campaign to raise $1.5 billion. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | December 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Capital campaigns abound, even though government financing still plays a vital role.

Rendering courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Sustainability | December 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Energy created by those exercising within would power the gym down the Seine.

CBRE Masonic Temple in Glendale, California. Image © Gensler/Ryan Gobuty.

Office Building Design | December 14, 2016 | GenslerOn | Kevin Rosenstein

More, and more, companies are emphasizing the importance of creating a meaningful sense of place in the office enviro...

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Codes and Standards | December 14, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group advocates low carbon infrastructure.

Building Team | December 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Popular among engineers, hackathons are forums that encourage “constructive collision” by bringing people into a room...

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Building Team | December 14, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Regardless of which side of the aisle you stand on, election night was a jaw-dropping moment. 

Winthrop, Mass., combined its middle and high schools into a new 189,500-sf, $64 million building. Students study Viking history and work in groups to build Norse-themed artifacts in the annual Viking Longships program (the Viking is the school mascot). HMFH was the architect. Courtesy of Ed Wonsek.

K-12 Schools | December 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Bigger buildings, more outdoor space, and greater involvement from the private sector are among the trends marking th...

Library | December 14, 2016 | Sasaki Ideas | Bryan Irwin, AIA, LEED AP

The arrival of programs that support student and faculty success such as math emporiums, writing centers, academic en...

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Codes and Standards | December 14, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Spending $340,000 for resiliency would pay for itself over the lifetime of a $10 million structure.

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Education Facility | December 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building has been opposed for years as activists called for the land to become a public park.

A traditional wall with studs spaced 16 or 24 inches apart, such as the one shown above, can make plumbing and electrical work much more complicated. BamCore's Prime Wall System creates an empty wall cavity. Pixabay Public Domain

Walls and Partitions | December 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The company, BamCore, says its new product can save money and quicken the framing process.

The 50,600-sf John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building is highlighted by an atrium that connects labs and serves as a “learning commons.” Achieving zero-net-energy in this building did not impact its $31.5 million construction budget. Image: Courtesy of Bond

Energy Efficiency | December 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Bristol Community College wants to be carbon neutral by 2050.

As UF Health North demonstrates, developer-driven projects can achieve the same high quality healing environments and design aesthetics as provider-driven projects.

Healthcare Facilities | December 13, 2016 | GS&P Dialogue | James R. Kolb, RA, LEED AP

When entering a new market, the financial risk can be magnified to the point that the investment – although critical...

BD+C's 101 Top Products Report for 2016

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101 Top Products | December 13, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Building Design+Construction readers and editors select their top products for the past 18 months in our ina...

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Market Data | December 13, 2016 | ABC

“The U.S. economy continues to expand amid a weak global economy and, despite risks to the construction industry, non...

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High-rise Construction | December 13, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The office, designed by CetraRuddy, will be completed in 2017.

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Green | December 13, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Water Cube is a functioning art installation, dispensing water to the park’s visitors.

Stoddert Elementary & Community Center, in Washington D.C., features a computer lab rotation design that provides students individual access to technology. 

K-12 Schools | December 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC teams are being asked to design and build schools with enough flexibility to adapt to changing pedagogies.

101 Top Products | December 12, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Among the best windows+doors products included in BD+C's inaugural Top 101 Products report are Construction Specialti...

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