Building Types

When it comes down to it, all buildings have things in common: the need for great design, engineering, construction, and management, when the structure is completed. Harmonizing those elements is a skill that translates to any building project you might have on your hands.

Hospitals’ energy costs per square foot (red boxes) have fluctuated greatly since 1999. Energy use intensity (Btu/sf/year) and energy costs (ft2/year) fell slightly in 2015. Chart ©2016 Grumman/Butkus Associates.

February 16, 2017 | Grumman/Butkus Associates

Report examines electricity, fossil fuel, water/sewer, and carbon footprint.

Rendering courtesy of BIG

February 16, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The factory will immerse employees and visitors in nature from all sides.

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.

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Sodexo's Institute of Quality of Life has produced an expansive report that examines global workplace trends. The report argues in favor of a “people-centric” approach to workplaces that places the well being and value of employees above all else.  Image: Pixabay

February 15, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest Sodexo report on workplace trends explores 10 factors that are impacting the global wo...

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Photo: Morphosis Architects

February 15, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The redesigned rooms focused on scale, color, tactility, unexpected form, and connections to the...

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Photo courtesy of Cuningham Group

February 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The hall offers bountiful natural light with enough space to build large-scale projects.

A rendering of the criminal justice facility that Rock Ventures is offering to build in Detroit's Wayne County in exchange for a coveted parcel of land on which the Rock Ventures would build a complex that includes a Major League Soccer stadium, a hotel, offices and apartments. Image: Rock Ventures LLC

February 08, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

He would take over a downtown Detroit site, where he wants to build a soccer stadium, and build a...

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Rendering courtesy of PLP Architecture.

February 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Friars Bridge Court will provide a transition between the unvarying height of the buildings to th...

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Hospitals of Providence’s 40,000-sf microhospital in the El Paso suburb of Horizon City will serve a market whose population has exploded despite being nearly an hour’s drive from the nearest full-size hospital. Photo: Courtesy The Hospitals of Providence.

February 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Microhospitals are acute care facilities that are smaller than the typical acute care hospital. T...

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Rendering courtesy of White Arkitekter.

February 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building will be a train station and City Hall for the Swedish city of Växjö.

Rendering courtesy of Foster + Partners.

February 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Foster + Partners-designed building will address the shortage of accommodation in Mecca.

Rendering courtesy of SOM

February 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Over 1,000 employees will work in the HQ building when completed.

The 14-story Josie Robertson Surgery Center in New York City, part of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is situated on land that allowed for only an 11,500-sf floor plate. Vertical construction required new thinking about operations and patient management. ©Chris Cooper, courtesy of Perkins Eastman. 

February 06, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A recent analysis of patient volumes showed that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center would run...

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 Completed in May 2016, the 131,000-sf headquarters for the law firm Stoel Rives is located on the top nine floors of the Park Avenue West tower in Portland, Ore. While its conference rooms are enclosed for privacy, natural light reaches the interior spaces through the use of clear glass relights in the solid wood doors. All offices are enclosed in glass to allow natural light into the center of the plan as well as to create a more transparent, collaborative environment. Some glass doors and panels are trimmed with timber framing to match the room’s interior materials and design (pictured). The Building Team included ZGF Architects (architect, interior design), KPFF Consulting Engineers (SE), Interface Engineering (MEP), Alternatt Associates (acoustics), and Lease Crutcher Lewis (GC). Photo: Nick Merick.

February 06, 2017 | John Caufield, Senior Editor

The hottest material in workplace design—interior glass—opens offices to light and collaboration....

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©James Steinkamp Photography

February 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The top bar is 500 feet long, spans 180 feet between the bottom two bars, and cantilevers out 60...

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Pixabay Public Domain

February 03, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hospitals, either individually or in joint ventures, run 37% of U.S. urgent care centers.

Rendering courtesy of Empire State Development.

February 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The center’s expansion will cover 1.2 million-sf.

Photo courtesy of Leonardo Finotti.

February 02, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Three elements make up the building’s design: the Theca, the Cloud, and the Blade.

AIA is positive about spending growth for nonresidential building over the next two years, but notes this sector might be at the tail end of the current construction cycle. Image: Unsplash via Pixabay

January 31, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Expects another double-digit growth year for office construction, but a more modest uptick for he...

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Rendering courtesy of EFFEKT

January 30, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The transformed building would provide space for street sports, street culture, and street art....

Rendering courtesy of DBOX

January 30, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The redevelopment project got underway last summer and is expected to be completed in 2018.

Rendering: ©Ateliers 2/3/4/

January 26, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Equipped with hanging gardens and a panoramic viewpoint for its top tier, Jardins de l’Arche Towe...

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A design rendering for a single new terminal at Kansas City International Airport. That project is one of 50 that the Trump administration has prioritized for immediate attention and funding support. Republicans and Democrats are also staking their claim to rebuilding America's infrastructure, with plans that vary widely in terms of favoring either private or public financing. Image: City of Kansas City

January 25, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Both parties are talking about $1 trillion in spending over the next decade. How projects will be...

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Rendering of First Community Village showcases the positioning of the fitness center and spa near the front of the community. Rendering courtesy of three: living architecture.

January 25, 2017 | three: living architecture

The evolution of attracting Baby Boomers versus the Silent Generation.

Rendering courtesy of Johnson Nathan Strohe.

January 25, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 1883 Denver Hose Company No.1 building will be fully restored as part of the project.

The new Whitney Museum of American Art. Photo: Shinya Suzuki, flickr Creative Commons

January 19, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Many contemporary museum designs are beginning to utilize the exterior wall space to display art...

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An aerial view of the Susan B. Anthony School in Daly City, Calif., one of the signature projects of Deems Lewis McKinley, which specializes in K-12 design. Image: DLM

January 19, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The combination is expected to bolster HED’s presence in northern California and the K-12 sector....

Decentralized nurses stations are becoming more common in hospitals looking to improve their patient satisfaction scores. But a University of Kansas research team wonders whether decentralization might be hampering nurses' collaboration. Image: University of Kansas

January 19, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Institute of Health + Wellness Design at the University of Kansas raised questions after revi...

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Goodwill of Greater Washington, D.C. converted a basement into the city’s first Excel Center charter high school for adults. The two-level space looks as much like an office as a school. It also includes daycare services. Goodwill intends to open at least five Excel Adult High Schools in D.C. eventually. The Building Team included Little Diversified Architectural Consulting (architect, interior design, branded design and communications), Engenium Group (MEP), HWH Group (GC), and The Erza Group (owner’s project manager). Photo: Tim Buchan

January 17, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A dingy basement in Washington is converted to an office-like learning environment.

Image courtesy of The Container Globe

January 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Container Globe would be used for theater performances, live music, and as a sculpture garden...

Image courtesy of Office of the Governor of New York

January 17, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

In addition to the airport itself, the overhaul will also improve road and rail access to meet pr...

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