As the population ages, designers of commercial and multifamily applications are incorporating new solutions to meet those demands. Ergonomics can be an integral part of design, manufacturing, and use. Nowhere is this more critical than in bathroom design.read more
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The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more...read more
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Nonresidential construction spending fell 2% in January, which is the largest setback to spending...read more
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When school districts demand the latest and greatest, they need to think about how those choices...read more
Using a technology developed at Delft Technical University, the windmill generates energy by harnessing the movement of charged water droplets in the wind. Renderings courtesy Dutch Windwheel Corporation
The 571-foot structure will house apartments, a hotel, restaurants, even a roller coaster.
Wrestling room doubles as safe room at a Wichita, Kan., school. Photo: FEMA
Many school districts continue to resist mandating the inclusion of safe rooms or storm shelters...read more
The 11th high school in Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District will be part of a 179-acre, 592,000-sf “educational village” that eventually will include middle and elementary schools. The project is one of dozens of new K-12 campuses being planned throughout Texas to keep up with the population growth. Rendering: PBK Architects, courtesy Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Many districts are struggling to have new construction and renovation keep pace with student popu...read more
Natural light floods the interior spaces. All photos: copyright Joseph Romeo
The 280,000-sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the...read more
The complex will be filled with terraces and gardens where children can learn basic biology. All renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architecture.
Forget the retrofit of a shipping container into a building for one moment. Designboom showcases...read more
Food Port will feature expanses of agricultural space to support local farmers and the agricultural industry. Renderings courtesy of OMA
The $460 million Food Port project will define a new model for the relationship between consumer...read more
With hotel occupancy rising, office vacancy falling, and demand for data climbing exponentially, a number of key private segments are positioned for rapid growth in construction spending this year, says ABC's Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Photo: Hydrogen Iodide via Wikimedia Commons
Despite a quarter-over-quarter decline, the U.S. construction backlog ended the year at 8.7 month...read more
Great Hall, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: @Lawrence Anderson
The annual Giants 300 Report ranks the top AEC firms in commercial construction, by revenue....
The rendering above depicts a 3D laser scan of a performing arts theater atrium in greyscale format. This viewing method is preferred in low-light environments. Rendering: JE Dunn
JE Dunn’s National BIM Director, Trent Nichols, offers tips and advice for mastering the art of l...read more
Engineering and construction executives that comprise the NRCI panel are strongly optimistic about both the economy and their businesses. Photo courtesy of Vhanepfu/Wikimedia Commons.
Construction companies face the challenge of having enough people to keep up with increasing back...read more
What does a green building look like? How would you know one if you saw one? Maybe a trivial ques...read more
Security experts contend that camera surveillance loses its effectiveness if the images are not continuously monitored, as shown here in the University of Pennsylvania’s public safety command center. Penn is experimenting with using cameras to remotely identify people entering buildings. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C
In 1996, the University of Pennsylvania’s sprawling campus in Philadelphia was in the grip of an...read more
Overall, there were 21 mega deals last year, totaling $127 billion. The greatest number of deals took place in Asia and Oceania. Image courtesy of MorgueFile/hotblack
Worldwide engineering and construction industries closed 218 M&A deals in 2014 worth more tha...read more
Last year, the 340,000 multifamily units started represented the highest level of construction since the 1980s. Photo: Uploader via Wikimedia Commons
Contractors are pushing full speed ahead, but CoStar Group thinks a slowdown might be in order th...read more
Construction input prices were down in January, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Prices for other materials were also down on both a monthly and yearly basis.
The decline in oil and petroleum prices finally showed up in the produce price index data, accord...read more
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LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...read more
Brookfield Properties' 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons
The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over...read more
The building’s façade will face toward Badouzi harbor. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners
The museum will be home to an aquarium, exhibition space, and waterfront views.
Card-swipe technology has become a popular security feature on most campuses. Colleges usually require users to punch in a PIN code to enter a building or transverse a secure space. Photo: John Caulfield, BD+C
Seven years after the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and universities continue to shak...read more
For the University of California–San Diego’s Health Sciences 2 Research Laboratory Building, ZGF Architects used a mix of lighting techniques to enhance safety. Occupancy sensors control lighting use in labs and offices. The ground-floor lobby is on a timer so that it can be illuminated at night. Photo: Nick Merrick © Hedrich Blessing
Campus crime—whether real or perceived—presents Building Teams with more opportunities for early-...read more
HUD has also committed to support California’s creation of another pilot financing program for multifamily building, where most or all of the energy use is billed through a common meter. Photo: Almonroth via Wikimedia Commons
The Obama Administration and the state of California are teaming with the Chicago-based MacArthur...read more
Telus Sky Tower will be the home of Telus, a telecommunication company, as well as 320 serviced residences. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group
Construction on Calgary’s newest skyscraper, the 66-story Telus Sky...read more
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32% of surveyed contract professionals said they will experience slow growth if their companies c...read more
An aerial view of the proposed tower, standing next to the new downtown arena in Sacramento. Renderings courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
The project, named Downtown Plaza Tower, will have 16 stories and will include a public lobby, re...read more
The High Line in Manhattan, New York City at West 20th Street, looking downtown (south). Photo courtesy of Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons
Rem Koolhaas is the latest addition to the list of starchitects working on projects near the High...read more
The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons
The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.
Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons
The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...read more