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With the advent of the internet and online shopping, retail centers need to be more compelling than ever to draw people away from their computers and into physical stores. Design can capture the interest of potential shoppers, and pay off in a big way for business owners.
A digital twin of Marishal Square in Scotland

A digital twin of the two-building, 177,000-sf Marischal Square in Aberdeen, Scotland, draws upon sensors that, among other things, alert the management to building-control failures and monitor leasing and occupancy. Rendering: Cityzenith


May 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Ernst & Young’s white paper makes its cases for the technology’s myriad benefits.

David Barista, Editorial Director, Building Design+Construction, The Weekly show for March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021 | BD+C Staff

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders about the f...

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Starbucks exterior rendering in Abbotsford, B.C.

Renderings courtesy Starbucks

March 09, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The store is set to open in Canada in mid-March.

Photo: Eric Mclean

March 02, 2021 | Anton Dy Buncio, Co-Founder & COO, VIATechnik

The reality of retail success in 2021 is proving to be based on a formula of mixing digital wit...

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The Grand, a mixed-use project in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has $3 billion in new construction projects under development, including The Grand, a mixed-used 1.2-million-sf public-private partnership that Related Cos. is developing, according to a new report from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.  However, JLL's latest Construction Forecast predicts a slow recovery in construction spending nationwide. Image: Related Companies

February 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predicts second-half improvement toward normalization next year.

The Weekly show, Feb 18, 2021: What patients want from healthcare facilities, and Post-COVID retail trends
February 18, 2021 | BD+C Staff

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders from JLL and Landini...

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The food court at 401 Park, in Boston. Photo: c Connie Zhou

The food court at 401 Park, in Boston. Photo: © Connie Zhou


Developer Samuels & Associates asked Elkus Manfredi Architects to reimagine the former Sear...

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Sazerac House, home of the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans.

Sazerac House, home of the official cocktail of the city of New Orleans. Photo: Katie Hartenstein, Ryan Gootee General Contractors LLC


The 51,987-sf Sazerac House is an interactive cocktail museum, active distillery, corporate hea...

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Lobby Old Chicago Post Office

Lobby of the Old Chicago Post Office, a Platinum winner in BD+C's 37th Annual Reconstruction Awards. Photo: Eric Laignel/Eric Laignel Photography, courtesy Gensler

Download a PDF of all 2020 Giants 400 Rankings from Building Design+Construction magazine

Pictured: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Heights Building Photo by Jim Tetro, courtesy Gilbane


December 16, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

This 70-page PDF features AEC firm rankings across 51 building sectors, disciplines, and specia...

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2020 Retail Giants, Giants 400 Report, CallisonRTKL worked with Fido, a cellphone service provider, on a store redesign

CallisonRTKL worked with Fido, a cellphone service provider, on a store redesign that moves away from the strictly transactional to a more relaxed environment that encourages conversation between staff and customers. Photo: ©Ben Rahn/A-Frame, courtesy CRTKL


December 02, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

Gensler, Jacobs, and PCL Construction top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest retail sector...

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 Photo: Mike Pertucci

November 17, 2020 | Anton Dy Buncio, Co-Founder & COO, VIATechnik

The demise of retail brick and mortar is overstated and unwarranted - we see digital transforma...

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Concepts' Boston outlet is laid out like an art gallery

Concepts' newest store in Boston is laid out like an arti gallery to give shoppers a different experience with each display and floor. Images: Concepts

November 12, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The streetwear retailer forges its online and brick-and-mortar presence.

The Weekly show: Nvidia's Omniverse, AI for construction scheduling, COVID-19 signage
November 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C editors speak with experts from ALICE Technologies, Build Group, Hastings Architecture, Nv...

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Lowe's is leasing and building distribution and fulfillment centers to support both its stores across the country and its burgeoning ecommerce business. Image: Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina

November 09, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The retail giant will also open four more bulk warehouses, including a 1.2-million-sf DC in Ala...

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Chick-fil-A Roswell Town Center

Images courtesy Chick-fil-A

November 02, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The first location to use this rebuild style reopens on Oct. 15 near Atlanta.

Mall property redevelopments could result in dramatic property value drops

Photo courtesy Pixabay



Retail conversions to fulfillment centers, apartments, schools, or medical offices could cut va...

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The Weekly show: Breaking the rules of retail, and the Household Model for assisted living facilities
September 17, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

This week on The Weekly, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from CallisonRTKL, MBH Architects, and...

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The Weekly show: Curtis Fentress, FAIA, on airport design, and how P3s are keeping university projects alive
September 10, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

The September 10 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand.

2020 GIANTS 400 REPORT landing page Washington College_Semans Griswold Environmental Hall, Ayers Saint Gross

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is home to Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society and commands a picturesque site on the Chester River. The river is a living laboratory that provides students with an immersive experience in support of the building’s programs in environmental science and sustainability. Photo courtesy Ayers Saint Gross


August 28, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The 2020 Giants 400 Report features more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and speci...

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Video: 5 building sectors to watch amid COVID-19
August 25, 2020 | BD+C Staff 

RCLCO's Brad Hunter reveals the winners and non-winners of the U.S. real estate market during t...

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August 19, 2020 | Nathan Jamieson and Angelo Ligotti

From malls and big-box stores to online delivery and mall redevelopment: Here’s how the retail...

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Apple Central World exterior

All photos courtesy Foster + Partners

August 12, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Foster + Partners designed the building.

Retail design trends report 2020 - The future is a numbers game for retail and restaurants

CallisonRTKL designed Canada’s first 5G-ready store, Rogers 302, a technology retail hub and flexible event space that allows for immersive, digitally enabled experiences. Photo: Richard Caden Photography, courtesy CallisonRTKL


July 30, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Brick-and-mortar retailers, already gasping for air under pressure from ecommerce, were dealt a...

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Rendering courtesy CFC

June 17, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will be a national flagship location for Greenhouse.

Boxyard RTP will be the first retail complex within the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Rendering: CallisonRTKL

May 22, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Boxyard RTP, made from 38 shipping containers, will serve as a community gathering and social s...

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Starbucks in Bothell, Wash., gets CO through a virtual building inspection

This Starbucks and an adjacent bank in Bothell, Wash., were opened thanks to a virtual building inspection by the city. The coffeeshop's drive-thru has stayed open through the COVID-19 pandemic.


April 13, 2020 | Avalon Development

Bothell, Wash., issues a certificate of occupancy to developer after inspecting the property on...

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Galleria exterior as seen from the street

All photos courtesy OMA

March 27, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

OMA designed the project.

Peanuts Cafe

All renderings courtesy The McBride Company

February 28, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The McBride Company partnered with Peanuts Worldwide LLC to design the concept.


A huge all-glass roof provides a stunning view into the esplanade of Place Ville Marie, a mall and gathering place in downtown Montreal. Images: Sid Lee Architecture

January 30, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This $200 million project provided the installer, Seele, with some valuable lessons learned worki...

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