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.
Storstroem Prison

Photo: Torben Eskerod

December 11, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The C.F. Møller-designed prison’s architecture supports the inmates’ and staff’s mental and physi...

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Aerial view of a city street
October 11, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Left out of this ongoing national debate over infrastructure are the nation’s other publ...

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The FBI’s Biometric Technology Center

The FBI’s Biometric Technology Center is designed to accommodate the future of the Bureau’s largest division, Criminal Justice Information Services. Its modular design enables a flexible and adaptable workplace

October 02, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The U.S. Consulate in Erbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, will be the largest such facility in the world.

The U.S. Consulate in Erbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, will be the largest such facility in the world. Courtesy EYP.

September 28, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction Co., PCL Construction Enterprises, and Clark Group top BD+C’s rankin...

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The exterior of the Seguin Library

The Seguin Library, Photo: Dana Hoff, photo courtesy of PGAL

September 28, 2017 | BD+C Staff

WSP, AECOM, and Arup top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest government sector engine...

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The exterior of the Michelle Obama Branch Library

The Michelle Obama Branch Library.

September 27, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Stantec, HOK, and Gensler top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest government sector a...

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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.

Pixabay Public Domain

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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