Government Buildings

The halls of lawmakers, judges, and politicians demand a mix of functionality and awe-inspiring design. For an oasis of productivity on behalf of your nation’s people within the government’s budget, thinking outside the box is a requirement.
A rendering of the exterior of the new Nassau County Center for Training and Intelligence at dusk

Rendering courtesy of Spector Group

July 26, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The center will serve as a regional training center for all Nassau County Police personnel.

All photos © Leo A Daly

June 13, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Building Team converts 1940s campus into a sleek, modern home for U.S. intelligence agencies.

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The Building Team made extensive use of mockups to sort out interior details and materials. Bruce Damonte Photography.

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gold Award: The Building Team for L.A.’s newest courthouse went way beyond what was expected.

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Competition is fierce among institutions vying for private capital to help fund their building projects. The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture was partly funded by private donors. A few years ago, the Smithsonian launched its largest-ever capital campaign to raise $1.5 billion. Image: Wikimedia Commons

December 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Capital campaigns abound, even though government financing still plays a vital role.

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September 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

DLR Group, NBBJ, Hensel Phelps, Sundt Construction, AECOM, and Dewberry top Building Design+Const...

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New buildings on the Youth Campus of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming will aim at becoming the first in a national park to achieve the Living Building Challenge certification. Image: Hennebery Eddy Architects 

August 27, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The money will support new eco-friendly and efficient buildings on the park’s Youth Campus.

Inverness Village Hall, Inverness, Ill. Photo: Neva O'Laughlin, Wikimedia Creative Commons

August 18, 2016 | BD+C Staff

HOK, Stantec, Turner Construction Co.,Clark Group, AECOM and STV top Building Design+Construction...

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Texas Capitol Building. Pixabay Public Domain

August 18, 2016 | BD+C Staff

CannonDesign, Stantec, Turner Construction Co.,Mortensen Construction, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff...

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August 18, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Page, EYP, Fluor Corp.,BL Harbert International, and AECOM top Building Design+Construction’s ann...

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A construction crew installs one of 1,200 prefabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) wall panels that make up the 92-room Candlewood Suites at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala. Leadlease was the GC, developer, and owner on the project. It is the nation’s first all-CLT hotel project. Photo courtesy of Lendlease.

August 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

By privatizing the construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and ownership of its hotels ...

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Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va. AECOM (architect, MEP, SE), NAVFAC Washington (owner), CDM Smith/Coakley Williams, JV (GC). Photo: Ulf Wallin Photography courtesy of Coakley & Williams.

August 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, AECOM, and Burns & McDonnell top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the...

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Headquarters building, Tel Nof Air Base, Israel. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. flickr Creative Commons.

August 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Fluor Corp., The Walsh Group, and Hensel Phelps top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking...

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| June 20, 2016 | SaftiFirst

For federal courthouses, embassies, government facilities and other high profile buildings, build...

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A mock environment at the NYC Police Training Academy mimics a subway station, minus the grime. Photo: Eric Laignel/Eric Laignel Photography. Click here to enlarge.

May 27, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

The Police Training Academy in Queens, N.Y., consists of a 480,000-sf academic/administration bui...

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Public-private partnership used to fund Long Beach Civic Center Project

Long Beach Civic Center. Plenary Properties Long Beach LLC (developer), Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate and Clark Construction (contractor), Skidmore Owings & Merrill (architect)

April 22, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Arup served as a lead advisor and oversaw financial, commercial, real estate, design, engineering...

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The fire station in Allen, Texas, which opened in 2012, is a prime example of Pro Forma's expertise in designing municipal buildings. Image: Courtesy of PGAL

March 16, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The merger adds a firm that has specialized in municipal projects.

Westin hotel and transit center at Denver International Airport, Denver. Photo courtesy Gensler

February 22, 2016 | BD+C Staff 

Technology is running wild in Gensler’s 2016 forecast, as things like virtual reality, "smart" bu...

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Renderings courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group

February 04, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The blocky, modern design is meant to convey accessibility and public service.

Calif. governor proposes $1.5 billion to repair, replace state buildings

Sacramento. Photo: casch52/Creative Commons

January 26, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The program would include two new state office buildings in Sacramento.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Photo: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons

January 15, 2016 | AIA

Morphosis' Perot Museum and Studio Gang's WMS Boathouse are among the projects to win AIA's highe...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
January 14, 2016 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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Federal appropriations bill will boost construction activity in 2016

Photo: Jeremy Segrott/Creative Commons.

December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

$1.1 trillion spending package includes tripling of GSA’s construction budget.

Sustainable design is the only option for public-sector clients

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computational and Research Theory Facility. Perkins+Will was the designer. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design. Image courtesy Perkins+Will/Drew Kelly

December 18, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Government projects that feature sustainable practices like high-efficiency LED lighting, improve...

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GOVERNMENT SECTOR GIANTS: Public sector spending even more cautiously on buildings

The $160 million renovation of the 620,000-sf, 18-story Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and Courthouse in downtown Denver. HOK was the architect on the project, with Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects (architect of record), RMH Group (MEP), Rocky Mountain Institute (high-performance building consultant), and Mortenson Construction (design-builder). Photo: HOK

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms that do government work say their public-sector clients have been going smaller to save...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Green building movement hits a new plateau, but the underlying problems remain

The LEED Gold Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach (Va.) Joint-Use Library. The Building Team: Carrier Johnson + CULTURE (design architect), RRMM Architects (AOR), Anderson Brulé Architects (interior design), Stroud, Pence and Associates (SE), C. Allan Bamforth, Jr. (CE), Pace Collaborative (MEP), In Sites (landscape architect), and Gilbane Building Co. (CMAR). Photo: Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

August 06, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Today, the green building movement is all about eliminating toxic substances in building material...

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6 bold applications and innovations for fire and life safety

The Coltlite natural louvered ventilator provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. 

May 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wa...

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New energy efficiency program, Tenant Star, gets OK from Congress

Tenant Star encourages tenants, who, in some buildings, consume more than half of the power used by the building, to take measures to save energy. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The voluntary program for commercial and government buildings is modeled after Energy Star.

Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Bui...

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AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating...

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