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Photo shows damage from the lack of an expansion joint at a junction.

Photo shows damage from the lack of an expansion joint at a junction. Photo: Brick Industry Association


April 22, 2021 | Brian E. Trimble, PE, James A. Tann, and Charles (Chip) Clark, AIA, PE

Changes in temperature or moisture can wreak havoc on building materials, and brick is no excep...

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Building Design+Construction Earns 2020 Jesse H. Neal for editorial excellence
May 05, 2020 | SGC Horizon 

BD+C's BDC University continuing education platform was honored with a Neal Award in the Best I...

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Lasting thermal control for building façades [AIA course]

The LEED Platinum home for Zurich North America, in Schaumburg, Ill., employs a soaring three-story double wall to control heat gain and daylight quality in the office and amenity areas. Photo: James Steinkamp Photography, courtesy Goettsch Partners

August 22, 2019 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

A confluence of product innovations, creative assemblies, and improved project delivery technique...

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Design and construction of cannabis facilities [AIA course]

A cannabis flower room by MJ12 Design Studio. Note stationary benching, HPS lighting, epoxy flooring, Dosatron fertigation system, and fiberglass-reinforced plastic eight feet above floor finish over moisture resistant gypsum wallboard with epoxy paint. Mechanical equipment was mezzanine mounted for ease of O&M and to ensure separation from cultivation areas. Courtesy MJ12 Design Studio

August 01, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor 

AEC firms are rushing to fill orders for cannabis facilities in the 33 states where the sale of m...

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Roofing Drainage Systems [AIA course]

Different roof types demand different drainage strategies. Photo: Hoffmann Architects

July 12, 2019 | Richard W. Off, AIA, and Steffany Malarik, AIA, Hoffmann Architects

While the various layers of the roof assembly play a key role in keeping moisture from infiltrati...

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Value engineering: Where quality meets cost control

Tom Brewer, Content Specialist, Gordian


July 08, 2019 | Tom Brewer, Content Specialist, Gordian 

This course covers the history of value engineering, the benefits it provides, and the value engi...

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Shadow box design: To vent or not to vent

Photo courtesy Perkins+Will


July 08, 2019 | Mark Walsh, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, Principal, Technical Director, Perkins+Will

A curtain wall shadow box is a spandrel assembly consisting of vision glass at the building exter...

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Creating real estate value with commercial office reconstruction [AIA Course]

The redesign of the 116 Huntington Avenue building in Boston, led by Dyer Brown, included the addition of two outdoor roof terraces, for use by the penthouse tenants. Photo: Chuck Choi, courtesy Dyer Brown

May 30, 2019 | C.C. Sullivan and Alex Abarbanel-Grossman, Contributing Editors

Leading owners, developers, and project teams are employing thoughtful upgrades to older building...

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Designing behavioral health facilities [AIA course]

A group room at the Texas Health Recovery & Wellness Center, in Mansfield. Note the significant use of natural light and vandal- and ligature-resistant furniture. Behavioral health patients spend much of their time out of their rooms. Photo: Steve Hinds/Smith Seckman Reid

May 10, 2019 | Debbie Gregory, DNP, RN; James M. Hunt, AIA; Kimberly Newton McMurray, AIA, EDAC; and Ben Szela, PE, CEA

Recent gun violence, the opioid epidemic, and other social issues with significant behavioral hea...

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Sandwich cladding primer [AIA course]

For the reconstruction of a high school in the United Kingdom, the project team removed concrete spandrel panels and installed a new steel structure for added floor area and a unitized curtain wall of translucent fiber-reinforced polymer. This pumped more daylight into classrooms without unwanted gains to heating and cooling loads. Photo courtesy of Kalwall

April 24, 2019 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Learn about the differences in design, structural integrity, and insulating capacity between vari...

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Multifamily, mid-rise buildings using wood construction

The $144 million WREN multifamily project in L.A.’s fast-rising South Park district helped to rewrite a neighborhood's narrative through thoughtful innovation, commercial discipline, and the use of a nimble building material: wood. Photo: Kevin Korczyk / Jeremy Samuelson

April 23, 2019 | Think Wood

This AIA CES course outlines the reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildin...

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Urban placemaking: Building equity by design [AIA course]

The 9.5-acre SteelStacks Art & Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, Pa., designed by WRT. The steel plant employed 31,000 at its height. Photo: Christenson Photography for WRT

April 17, 2019 | Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA, Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Bruner Foundation

The U.S. is in the midst of an urban renaissance. People are returning to cities, sparking new in...

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Storefront rehabilitation and design, AIA course by Hoffmann Architects

The façade restoration of this historic mixed-use property accentuated the intricate ornamentation of the terra cotta storefronts. Photo courtesy Hoffmann Architects

April 09, 2019 | Juan A. Kuriyama, AIA, and Tai Mahmuti, LEED GA, Hoffmann Architects

Rehabilitation and design of storefront systems demands consideration of many factors, from therm...

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See-through and safe: Innovations in fire-rated glazing [AIA course]

The east and west wings at the University of Wisconsin School of Business Grainger Hall in Madison are linked via a new Learning Commons. The centerpiece of the new space is a glass stairwell which utilizes fire-resistive glazed walls, doors, and framing to meet code requirements, while maximizing transparency and connection between the spaces. Photo: Olivia Nass, courtesy Safti First

April 08, 2019 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

From glass floor systems to large-scale glazing installations, experts share the latest trends, a...

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16 things you should know about universal design [AIA course]

Slip-resistant flooring, such as these Maycrest 6x24-inch porcelain tiles, is recommended for universal design in kitchens and bathrooms. Photo: Mohawk Flooring


Our expert offers 16 ways to help you implement universal design in your next multifamily residen...

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Shear cracks riddle the exterior wall of this urban parking structure. Courtesy Hoffmann Architects

Shear cracks riddle the exterior wall of this urban parking structure. Courtesy Hoffmann Architects

May 24, 2018 | Richard P. Kadlubowski, AIA, and Christopher DeRosa, AIA, Hoffmann Architects

We may think of the building envelope as an inanimate object, but in reality its components can b...

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The 28-unit Distillery North Apartments, South Boston, Mass.

The 28-unit Distillery North Apartments, South Boston, Mass. Project team: Fred Gordon/Second Street Associates, ICON Architects, Petersen Engineering, Mechanical Air of New England, Adam Cohen and Mark Anstey, and Commodore Builders. Photo: Camille Maren, Primary Design

May 24, 2018 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

17 tips from our experts on the best way to carry out passive house design and construction for y...

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Meeting the demand for high-efficiency façades [AIA course]

At the top level of this energy-efficient building, an adhered air barrier provides the primary weather protection for a metal panel cladding system, to be installed. Photo courtesy Hoffmann Architects

April 12, 2018 | Russell M. Sanders, AIA, and Craig A. Hargrove, AIA, LEED AP, Hoffmann Architects

On a national scale, the impetus to improve building energy performance is manifest in the latest...

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Staging should be used to support the client’s goals. This rendering for a spec office client was designed to target young, trendy tenants.

Staging should be used to support the client’s goals. This rendering for a spec office client was designed to target young, trendy tenants. Rendering: TILTPIXEL



3D artist Ramy Hanna offers guidelines and tricks-of-the-trade to ensure that project artwork is...

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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

August 23, 2017 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Advances in R&D are fostering new forms of structural and aesthetic steel.

Facilities professional inspects a roof railing system.

As building codes change, existing railings may need to be updated or replaced. Courtesy Hoffmann Architects

July 26, 2017 | John P. Graz, AIA, and Rachel C. Palisin, PE, LEED AP, Hoffmann Architects

Lacking familiarity with current requirements, some owners or managers complete a roof or balcony...

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Courtesy Dow Corning

December 12, 2016 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor

Should institutional and commercial buildings be built to last 100 years? Why not? There are plen...

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