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Bringing the concepts of architects, engineers, and clients to life often requires problem-solving and compromise, and always requires hard work on the contractor’s part. Keeping construction within the allotted budget and up to the rest of the building team’s standards requires a combination of extensive technical and product knowledge.
Industry leaders ask for government help as trades shortage worsens

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

AGC asks for more funding for education and increased immigration to fill gaps.

Top 45 Data Center Construction Firms for 2019 HKS - Aligned Energy - Aerial Perspective Rendering

Last year, Aligned Energy began expanding its data center campus in Phoenix (itself a repurposing of an old Honeywell facility) by 200,000 sf, which would bring its total to 550,000 sf at buildout sometime next year 2020. The campus’ critical capacity will be 180MW, and carrier neutral connectivity, as well as an industry-leading 1.15 PUE. HKS was the AOR on this project. Rendering: HKS

   

August 28, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Whiting-Turner, Turner, Holder, DPR, and Fortis top the rankings of the nation's largest data cen...

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Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group

Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group 

  

August 27, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

From building prefab factories in the sky to incubating the next generation of AEC tech startups,...

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Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, 2019 Healthcare Giants Report, 2019 Giants 300 Report, Robins Morton Mount Sinai Photo 3_Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital exterior_Robins & Morton

The Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, built by Robins & Morton for Navicent Health. The five-story addition to The Medical Center of Macon, Ga., includes a new emergency center, imaging suites, a new pediatric unit, and a new 66-bed NICU and CCU. Photo: Tom Harris

  

August 16, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

These buildings perform functions like a medical practitioner. This and more healthcare sector tr...

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Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab, Deerfield, Ill., AEC Innovators, Burcin Kaplanolgu

The 20,000-sf Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab in Deerfield, Ill., replicates an actual jobsite, and allows visitors to walk through five different stages of construction work, to test new technologies and training techniques, or to share best practices with peers. Photo: Oracle 

  

August 15, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab allows visitors to walk through five diffe...

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University of Michigan’s Biological Sciences Building, 2019 Science + Technology Giants Report, Giants 300 Report, Ennead Architects, SmithGroup Photo Bruce Damonte

The University of Michigan’s Biological Sciences Building (at left) puts science on display. Its exterior cladding is made from terra cotta strips whose colors mesh with other buildings on campus. Design by Ennead Architects and SmithGroup. Photo Bruce Damonte

 

August 13, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The science and technology (S+T) sector is arguably the industry’s most complex because it caters...

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Rooftop deck of the 13-story, LEED Gold Pier 4 office building in Boston’s Seaport district, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects,. Photo: Magda Biernat Photography

Rooftop deck of the 13-story, LEED Gold Pier 4 office building in Boston’s Seaport district, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, SHoP Architects, and CBT Architects. McNamara Salvia was the SE; Turner Construction was the general contractor. Photo: Magda Biernat Photography

   

August 08, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Turner, STO Building Group, AECOM, Clayco, and Clark lead the rankings of the nation's largest of...

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2019 Office Giants Report, 2019 Giants 300 Report, National Science Foundation headquarters, Alexandria, Va. Architect WDG Interiors Photo MAXWELL MACKENZIE

The lobby of the National Science Foundation headquarters, Alexandria, Va., links two towers, one 19 stories tall, the other 14. WDG Interiors designed the interiors for the LEED Silver project. Photo: Maxwell MacKenzie

  

August 08, 2019 | PETER FABRIS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Office space consolidation and workplace upgrades will keep project teams busy, according to ...

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Empire State Building museum, New York, N.Y. Image: Evan Joseph, Empire State Building Observatory

What museum about the Empire State Building would be complete without a reference to King Kong? Visitors can walk into an office setting from the 1930s that’s pierced by the famous ape’s fingers. Kong himself is seen peering menacingly through the office’s windows. All images: Evan Joseph, Empire State Building Observatory

    

July 29, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A $165 million, 10,000-sf museum opened on the second floor of the Empire State Building in New Y...

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prefab construction, modular construction, offsite construction

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July 23, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

The most important benefit of offsite construction, when done right, is reliability.

ErinoakKids treatment center, Erin Sauga, courtesy Stantec

For our design for an ErinoakKids treatment center, we needed to include a staircase that incorporated a large landing, since kids with mobility issues require a space to rest. So, we came up with a treehouse concept, which can be seen at the top left of this image. Photo courtesy Stantec

July 15, 2019 | Iva Radikova and Olivera Sipka, Stantec

Standard building requirements don’t have to be boring. Here’s how you can inject whimsical touch...

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Shadow box design: To vent or not to vent

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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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June 26, 2019 | Katerra

The program offers nationally recognized, portable construction trade credentials.

Modular construction can deliver projects 50% faster

Modular carries a potential cost savings of up to 20%, but there is a risk of up to a 10% loss if delivery or material costs spike, the report says.

June 26, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modular construction can deliver projects 20% to 50% faster than traditional methods and drastica...

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Turner workers position top beam for a new building on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Image: Turner Construction

June 15, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building includes a “command center” for training students to interact with emergency personn...

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A team from the Savannah College of Arts & Design in Georgia came up with myriad abstract conceptions—including a few informed by its equestrian department—to develop a new hard hat design that Clayco is now in the process of producing. Image: Clayco

May 24, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Clayco worked with a Georgia college to design a helmet with greater comfort and adaptability....

The Kinesiology and Athletic Complex at Orange Coast College is one of many projects that C.W. Driver has started or completed in California, its home state. Image: courtesy of C.W. Driver

May 20, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

C.W. Driver succeeds by sticking to core markets and practices.

Report: Contractors invest $1.6 billion in workforce development annually

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April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ABC members increased training spending 45% from 2013, according to a new report. 

Turner Construction is using this card to summarize its program. The "Green" graphic represents how the contractor is elevating what green means, and the three pillars of its program. Image: Turner Construction

April 22, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The company targets a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions and water use from construction activit...

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Skender, Z Modular reach agreement to fabricate multifamily housing components

Skender, a design, construction, and manufacturing firm, will use Z Modular’s self-bracing structural VectorBloc system to fabricate building components. Photos courtesy Skender and Z Modular

April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Factory to open soon on the southwest side of Chicago.

Do you have a fear of getting 'Uber'd'? Join the club

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April 15, 2019 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Exacerbating the AEC talent shortage is the coming mass exodus of baby boomers as they reach reti...

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April 15, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The lab will identify, test, and scale new technologies to help advance the construction industry...

The construction industry has a problem, and women are going to solve it

According to a Forbes study, diverse companies produce 19% more earnings than their counterparts. In addition to generating more revenue, diverse teams produce a host of benefits, including increased productivity and heightened company reputation. Photo: VIATechnik

April 11, 2019 | Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder, CEO, VIATechnik

Women currently comprise 9% of the construction industry. Here’s how we will change this to solve...

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Factory-based construction with no siloes starts with a single source of truth

This prototype is an early version of the apartment units that will be built in Skender’s factory for a building in Chicago’s West Loop later this year. Photo: Skender

April 08, 2019 | Pete Murray, President, Skender Manufacturing, and Tim Swanson, Chief Design Officer, Skender

Working from a single source of truth means every factor of design, procurement, manufacturing, a...

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Employers at risk when using construction equipment not sized for women

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April 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

As more women enter male-dominated fields, gear supply has not kept up with demand.

Chicago-area joint venture antes up $1 billion for Opportunity Zone development investment

The Decennial Group, a joint venture of two leading real estate developers, is investing in Opportunity Zones to take advantage of new tax incentives. Image: Decennial Group

April 07, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Decennial Group says it’s looking at 250 potential projects, primarily in America’s heartland and...

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Our robotic future: Assessing AI's impact on the AEC profession and the built environment

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January 09, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, Design Director, Gensler

This is the first in a series by Lance Hosey, FAIA, on how automation is disrupting design and co...

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Net zero construction trailer brings health and wellness to the jobsite

The 12x60-foot Net Zero Jobsite Trailer debuted in November at the Greenbuild show in Chicago. It features a super-insulated shell and many of the comforts of a traditional office workspace. Photo: ©2018 Ballogg Photography

January 02, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

As AEC firms scramble to upgrade their offices to maximize occupant wellness and productivity, Pe...

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Natural disasters have been driving insurance payouts for property and casualty damages through the roof, leading insurers to reassess their coverage strategies. Image: USI

December 18, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new report on the property and casualty market foresees modest rate hikes for construction proj...

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The ability of EC firms to capture, understand, and apply from all kinds of sources—including their job sites—is critical to their being able to deliver buildings for smarter cities in the future. Image: Deloitte Consulting

December 18, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new paper from Deloitte Consulting advises companies to revise their strategies with an eye tow...

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