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AIA selects nine educational facilities for Education Facility Design Awards

Photo: The New School University Center, MusikAnimal/Wikimedia Commons

August 13, 2015 | AIA

Georgia Tech's Clough Commons, Boston's Berklee Tower, and seven other facilities were honored fo...

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UNIVERSITY SECTOR GIANTS: Collaboration, creativity, technology—hallmarks of today’s campus facilities

The $50 million Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., was completed last August by Walbridge (CM at risk). The five-story, 149,879-sf facility, designed by SmithGroupJJR, pulls together functions that were scattered over four buildings. The center provides instructional and R&D space for the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Photo: Jason Robinson Photography, LLC 

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges an...

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Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...

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K - 12 Schools, college, Brighton, architecture, Rem Koolhaas, OMA

The project has been described as the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history. Renderings courtesy OMA

July 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designs for what will be the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history featur...

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Maker spaces: Designing places to test, break, and rebuild

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Phase 1 completion August 2015. Rendering: Gensler

July 21, 2015 | Kenneth I. Fisher and Keller Roughton

Gensler's Kenneth Fisher and Keller Roughton highlight recent maker space projects at MIT and the...

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College upgrades and remediates riverfront campus with EPA funding

Metl-Span manufactured and supplied its Architectural Flat insulated metal wall panels in Dove Gray, Light Gray, Arabian Blue, and Chromium Gray.

| July 14, 2015 | Metl-Span

. Goodwin College needed to expand its facilities to accommodate student increase.

Charlotte’s Mosaic Village merges jazz and architecture

They exterior was coated with Valspar's 70% PVDF Fluropon coating in Cool Breakwater Blue and Silversmith. Photos courtesy of Valspar.

| July 14, 2015 |

The 124,000-sf mixed-use project contains 80 apartments, accommodating 300 students with numerous...

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How your firm can help struggling colleges and universities meet their building project goals

Keene (N.H.) State College hopes to meet the high standards of the AIA Architecture 2030 Challenge with a planned 350-bed living/learning residence hall, currently under design by Perkins+Will. Colleges and universities are using their construction projects to make important statements about their institutional goals and aspirations. Rendering courtesy Perkins+Will

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Building Teams that want to succeed in the higher education market have to help their clients fin...

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Renovate or build new: How to resolve the eternal question

Prep spaces in Niagara County Community College’s Niagara Falls Culinary Institute provide future chefs with experience needed to operate foodservice venues. The institute is housed in a converted shopping mall. Photo: Tim Wilkes Photography

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

With capital budgets strained, renovation may be an increasingly attractive money-saving option f...

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KU Jayhawks take a gander at a P3 development

The west entrance of the main campus of the University of Kansas with the Chi Omega Fountain. Photo: Quasselkasper via Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The P3 concept is getting a tryout at the University of Kansas, where state funding for construct...

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14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams...

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New arts venue reinvigorates Virginia Tech's campus

The new arts venue at Virginia Tech is the ninth building on campus to be LEED-certified. Jeff Goldberg/Esto Photographics Inc.

April 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The STV-led Building Team creates a world-class performance and arts venue with learning and entr...

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Ipd-driven fusion facility serves science and student life in Chicago

Among the building’s student life functions is a bistro-style cafe and lounge with views of the central campus green. Photos: Mark Ballogg

April 09, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In dire need of modern science labs and a student union, North Park University built both—in the...

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How one team solved a tricky daylighting problem with BIM/VDC tools, iterative design

Using Grasshopper modeling software, the team for Oregon State University's Johnson Hall, led by SRG Partnership, built a virtual model that could be quickly manipulated. Renderings: SRG Partnership

April 09, 2015 | Scott Mooney, AIA

SRG Partnership's Scott Mooney describes how Grasshopper, Diva, Rhino, and 3D printing were utili...

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The Competitive Advantage of Urban Institutions

UNLV Campus master plan. Rendering: SmithGroupJJR

April 08, 2015 | Michael Johnson, LEED AP

In the coming years, urban colleges and universities will outperform their non-urban peers, bolst...

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Architecture excellence: 6 award-winning libraries

Mission Branch Library, San Antonio, designed by Muñoz and Company. Photo: Chris Cooper/Luis M. Garza

April 02, 2015 | AIA

The new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the restored Slover Library in Norfolk, Va., are among si...

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Super computer Watson finds new home in Manhattan's Silicon Alley

IBM Watson immersion room and interactive video wall. Image: The Switzer Group

April 01, 2015 | The Switzer Group

The new headquarters for the former Jeopardy champ was conceived as a showcase for Watson’s capab...

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School in Hong Kong will feature bioclimatic façade

The campus’ lower floors will be open public space shared with the neighborhood, while the upper floors are used exclusively by the institute. Renderings courtesy Ronald Lu & Partners

March 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The project's twin-tower design opens the campus up to the neighboring public green space, while...

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Retrofit projects give dying malls new purpose

The Vanderbilt Medical Center at One Hundred Oaks Mall transformed a former 1960s-era indoor shopping mall in Nashville, Tenn., into a mixed-use medical office center for Vanderbilt University. Photo courtesy Vanderbilt University

March 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Approximately one-third of the country’s 1,200 enclosed malls are dead or dying. The good news is...

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Chicago's 7 most endangered properties

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

March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Preservation Chicago released its annual list of historic buildings that are at risk of being dem...

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Former DuPont lab to be converted into business incubator near U Penn campus

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 

March 03, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new Pennovation Center will provide collaborative and research spaces for educators, scientis...

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5 finalists announced for 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

Antinori Winter by Archea Associati in San Casciano Val di Pesa, Florence, Italy. Photo by Pietro Savorelli

February 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Bjarke Ingels' Danish Maritime Museum and the Ravensburg Art Museum by Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei...

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Future-proofing educational institutions: 5 trends to consider

The ‘digital-native’ generation has developed unique modes of assimilating and comprehending information. Learning space design has evolved alongside these changes. Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

February 23, 2015 | Rachael Dumas and Anne Johnson

In response to rapidly changing conditions in K-12 and higher education, institutions and school...

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The importance of quiet and the consequences of distraction

Steelcase study recently published in The Harvard Business Review found that “98% of the most highly engaged employees reported that they had ‘the ability to concentrate easily’ in their workplace and that this attribute is a top factor in their satisfaction.” Photo: Phil Whitehouse, Flickr CC

February 23, 2015 | Allison Arnone

Recent work style studies show that the average knowledge worker spends 25-35% of their time doin...

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Penn strengthens campus security by reviving its surrounding neighborhood

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

February 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In 1996, the University of Pennsylvania’s sprawling campus in Philadelphia was in the grip of an...

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Preparing for the worst: Campus security since Virginia Tech

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

February 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Seven years after the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and universities continue to shak...

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BD+C exclusive: How security is influencing campus design and construction

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

February 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Campus crime—whether real or perceived—presents Building Teams with more opportunities for early-...

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Photo credit: Mikkel Frost

February 11, 2015 | Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Copenhagen, Berlin, and Rotterdam are the cities where most of the shortlisted works have been bu...

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Shopping centers set their sight on solar
| February 09, 2015 | Panasonic Eco Solutions

As part of its pledge to environmentally sound practices, real estate investment trust Macerich i...

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Integrated Learning Neighborhoods: A solution for linking student housing with the typical student experience

The new College Avenue Commons at Arizona State University. Image © Bill Timmerman

February 03, 2015 | Brian Watson and Mark McMinn

Just as urban housing fits into the city as a whole, student housing can be integrated into the c...

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