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Average age of U.S. school buildings is just under 50 years

The average age of a main instructional school building in the United States is 49 years, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). About 38% of schools were built before 1970. Roughly half of the schools surveyed have undergone a major building renovation or addition.

Data Centers

What’s next for data center design in 2024

Nuclear power, direct-to-chip liquid cooling, and data centers as learning destinations are among the emerging design trends in the data center sector, according to Scott Hays, Sector Leader, Sustainable Design, with HED. 

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Building Owners

Gensler | Dec 8, 2014

How brick and mortar enables online retail

According to a shopping preferences study conducted by A.T. Kearney, as many as two-thirds of shoppers go to a physical store before or after making an online purchase, writes Gensler's Jill Nickels.

Dec 8, 2014

The year’s boldest BIM/VDC themes

High-speed rendering software, custom APIs, virtual reality tools, and BIM workflow tips were among the hottest BIM/VDC topics in 2014. 

Dec 8, 2014

AEC firms upbeat about financial results, 2015 looking rosier [exclusive BD+C survey]

The market outlook is brighter for U.S. architecture, engineering, and construction companies, with a majority of AEC firms reporting higher revenues, strong forecasts, and sound financial health, according to BD+C's annual Market Forecast Survey. 

Rob Cassidy | Dec 8, 2014

The global sanitation crisis leads to 2.5 million deaths every year

When we see the incredible technology being produced by global plumbing manufacturers, it’s hard to conceive why no viable technical solution to the global sanitation issue has come forth, writes BD+C's Robert Cassidy.

Dec 8, 2014

Moshe Safdie wants to reinvent airports with Jewel Changi Airport addition

A new addition to Singapore's Changi Airport, designed by Moshe Safdie, will feature a waterfall and extensive indoor gardens.

Dec 7, 2014

Eclectic designs from six architectural firms are named finalists in Guggenheim Helsinki competition

An 11-member jury representing the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has selected six finalists,…
Dec 6, 2014

Future workplace designs shouldn’t need to favor one generation over another, says CBRE report

A new CBRE survey finds that what Millennials expect and need from offices doesn’t vary drastically from tenured employees.

Dec 5, 2014

Plotting on the go: 3D-printed mechanical compass can print CAD drawings with high precision

Design student Ken Nakagaki has adapted a device to work with CAD software to replicate digital files on paper.

John Negich | Dec 5, 2014

New construction outlook report projects growth in 2015

A new 2015 construction outlook report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2015 will rise 9% to $612 billion. SPONSORED CONTENT

Karyn Beebe | Dec 5, 2014

Best practices for force transfer around openings

As wood-frame construction is continuously evolving, designers in many parts of the U.S. are optimizing design solutions that require the understanding of force transfer between elements in the lateral load-resisting system. 

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