As the population ages, designers of commercial and multifamily applications are incorporating new solutions to meet those demands. Ergonomics can be an integral part of design, manufacturing, and use. Nowhere is this more critical than in bathroom design.read more
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
Great Hall, Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: @Lawrence Anderson
The annual Giants 300 Report ranks the top AEC firms in commercial construction, by revenue....
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.
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
Photo: Cygnusloop99 via Wikimedia Commons
LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...read more
Brookfield Properties' 1225 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikimedia Commons
The outlook for the commercial real estate industry remains strong despite growing concerns over...read more
The building’s façade will face toward Badouzi harbor. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners
The museum will be home to an aquarium, exhibition space, and waterfront views.
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
Seven years after the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, colleges and universities continue to shak...read more
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
Campus crime—whether real or perceived—presents Building Teams with more opportunities for early-...read more
HUD has also committed to support California’s creation of another pilot financing program for multifamily building, where most or all of the energy use is billed through a common meter. Photo: Almonroth via Wikimedia Commons
The Obama Administration and the state of California are teaming with the Chicago-based MacArthur...read more
Ninety percent of individuals born between 1980 and 1984 and who hold a Bachelor’s degree left home before they were 27 years hold. However, half of this group later returned to their parents’ home, according to a study by the National Longitudinal Study of Youth. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Ninety percent of individuals born between 1980 and 1984 and who hold a Bachelor’s degree left ho...read more
Telus Sky Tower will be the home of Telus, a telecommunication company, as well as 320 serviced residences. Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group
Construction on Calgary’s newest skyscraper, the 66-story Telus Sky...read more
An aerial view of the proposed tower, standing next to the new downtown arena in Sacramento. Renderings courtesy Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
The project, named Downtown Plaza Tower, will have 16 stories and will include a public lobby, re...read more
The High Line in Manhattan, New York City at West 20th Street, looking downtown (south). Photo courtesy of Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons
Rem Koolhaas is the latest addition to the list of starchitects working on projects near the High...read more
The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons
The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.
Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons
The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...read more
By the end of 2014, 80 buildings with about 18 million sf of office space were started in Greater Houston, according to CoStar Group. Photo: Mike Russell via Wikimedia Commons
More than 13 million sf could be completed this year, adding to this metro’s double-digit vacancy...read more
Rendering: Green Jeans Farmery
The Green Jeans Farmery already has a hydroponic farm component courtesy of owner and entrepreneu...read more
The firm hopes the project can kickstart efforts to turn subterranean London into a thriving public space. Renderings courtesy Gensler London
Unused tube lines would host pedestrian paths, cycle routes, cultural spaces, and retail outlets....
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As pressure increases to understand capital cost prior to the first spade touching dirt, more hea...read more
Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas. The Lone Star State capital ranked number five. Photo courtesy city of Austin.
Austin, Texas, and Troy, N.Y., are among the cities with the strongest safe streets policies, acc...read more
The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship in South Windsor, Conn. Photo: Petersen Aluminum
Perkins Eastman in Stamford, Conn., designed the school to emphasize and integrate the Internatio...read more