This year’s analysis draws from 2,800 projects.
The site in Hollister, Calif., on which the Superior Court for San Benito County was built is tight. Project architect SmithGroupJJR expanded the sense of openness in the 41,500-sf building’s interior space by borrowing visual interest from its exterior exposures. All public circulation and staff corridors and ramps have direct views onto outdoor areas, which include a plaza and roof rock gardens. The technique is based on a concept used in traditional Japanese gardens. Photo: Bruce Damonte, courtesy SmithGroupJJR
The building's canopy suggests classical courthouse features of front porch and portico. It also...read more
Bonds issued to build or renovate 44 courthouses in California helped pay for the $29.4 million Superior Court for San Benito County, which opened in 2014. The exterior is distinguished by a cantilevered patterned canopy. Photo: Bruce Damonte, courtesy SmithGroupJJR
State budget shortfalls are making new construction and renovation projects a tough sell, leading...read more
The museum's exterior will be decorated with verses of the Sheikh's poetry, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Sheikh of Dubai hopes the $136 million museum will serve as an incubator for ideas and real d...read more
The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay
A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...read more
Rendering: city of Kokomo, Ind.
FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms...read more
Renderings courtesy HOK
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has assembled a task force to develop plans for an open-air NFL stadi...read more
The Illinois Institute of Technology's Main Building is among the city buildings at the highest risk of being lost to demolition or decay, according to the group Preservation Chicago. All photos provided by Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago
Preservation Chicago released its annual list of historic buildings that are at risk of being dem...read more
The number of units under construction is up 37% by projects and 34% by rooms, according to Lodging Econometrics. Photo: Abdul-Jawad Elhusuni via Wikimedia Commons
After a three-year bottoming formation, the pipeline for hotel construction has posted five conse...read more
The slopes will minimze interference of the surrounding buildings from getting sunlight. Renderings courtesy 5+design
The complex, Diamond Hill, will feature sloping rooflines and a mountain-like silhouette inspired...read more
Renderings courtesy of Egypt's Ministry of Housing.
Zayed Crystal Spark Tower will stand 200 meters tall and will be just a short distance from the p...read more
Some ideas that have been submitted so far include: modular building facades, improving air tightness in envelopes, and scalable mixed waste to energy conversion technology. Infographic: DOE
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory launched a new crowdsourcing website called the Buildings Crowd...read more
The three-story, 58,000-sf Pennovation Center, as it’s being called, will be at the heart of Pennovation Works, a blend of offices, labs, and production spaces situated within 23 acres along the Schuykill River and adjacent to the university’s main campus in Philadelphia. Renderings courtesy HWKN
The new Pennovation Center will provide collaborative and research spaces for educators, scientis...read more
Students use a quiet zone at Falcon Virtual Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., a $1.2 million adaptive reuse of an aging manufacturing warehouse. Home-schooled students, working students, and transitional students can use spaces within the facility when they need to work together on projects or seek instructional support from teachers. DLR Group designed and planned the 20,000-sf facility for 400 students of Falcon School District 49. Photo: ©Ed LaCasse
How the latest design, construction, and teaching concepts are being implemented in the next gene...read more
Photo courtesy Facebook
The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more...read more
Photo courtesy EnergyManagementSystems.org
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
Across the cultural grid, from food to retail to transportation, America's urban areas are alread...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
The Bickman Fitness Center expansion at Clark University, completed in September 2013, provides space for an expanded cardio fitness program, with additional room for equipment storage and multipurpose events. Photo: John Horner Photography / courtesy Perkins+Will
Adopting facility layouts from Asian and European models, today’s sports and recreational buildin...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
The proposed site is a 168-acre parcel at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of the 405 freeway and Del Amo Boulevard. Renderings courtesy of Scott Boehm/Manica Architecture.
Two rival teams may bring the NFL back to Los Angeles.
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