"This rise is the first monthly gain since April 2014 and the eighth consecutive month in which petroleum prices were down on a year-over-year basis." said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Photo: Tosirog via Wikimedia Commons
The largest monthly gain in petroleum prices in over three years caused construction materials pr...read more
While the overall market is recovering, it’s not an even recovery, says JLL.
Raw materials and labor costs temper expectations for soaring profits.
Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons
The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.
Last year, 10,200 rental apartments came online in Los Angeles, and another 8,500 could be added in 2015. Pictured: Bryson Apartment Hotel, 2701 Wilshire Blvd., in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
A new study finds that nearly one-quarter of Los Angeles’ population lived in rental homes and ap...read more
Rendering courtesy Google
Its visions of “crabots” accentuate the search-engine giant’s recent fascination with robotics an...read more
The tower has an office space capacity for 4,000 employees and residential units for 800 households. Screenshot from BSB
After erecting the mega prefab tower in Changsha, China, modular builder BSB stated, “three floor...read more
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
Approximately one-third of the country’s 1,200 enclosed malls are dead or dying. The good news is...read more
Reflecting pools will be strewn throughout the building. Renderings courtesy Ennead Architects
The ancient Chinese civilization left some of the earliest records of humans studying the stars a...read more
Interior view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Photo courtesy Jean_Christophe Benoist/Wikimedia Commons
High ceilings give us a sense of freedom, new research finds
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
The state university system would be one of the entities most impacted by changes to state law on project delivery. Photo: via Pixabay
Iowa lawmakers are investigating construction problems at the Fort Madison prison project and are...read more
Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners
The Mennica Legacy Tower development is divided into a 35-story tower located on the south east s...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
According to Huawei, the building's layout contributed to the many blind spots for wireless Internet access. Photo courtesy Scott Meltzer/Wikimedia Commons
It took a year-long retrofit to get WiFi transmission issues solved at China's iconic skyscraper....
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
Bright, light, and simple spaces with accessibility in mind will be in demand this year. Photo courtesy NKBA
From kitchens made for pet lovers to floating vanities, the nation's top kitchen and bath designe...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