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Construction Processes, Design

6 urban design trends to watch in 2018

February 15, 2018

Via: BDCNetwork

Cities and suburbs are constantly changing and 2017 served up more than its share of challenges—some we saw coming (massive retail closures), while others took us by surprise (historic flooding and other natural disasters). 2017 saw the continuation of the […]


Construction Processes, Design

Senior living design trends for 2018

February 1, 2018

Via: BDCNetwork

A trend is defined as a state of fashion or the general direction in which something is developing or changing. At studioSIX5, an interior design firm focused on senior living facilities, designers are helping senior living communities stay fashionable and […]


Construction Processes, Design

Bringing Construction and Design Skills to Future Parolees

January 18, 2018

Via: ENR

Having spent the early part of his career as a military police investigator and as a narcotics officer in Alabama, Charles Pattillo has seen firsthand how job skills, particularly high-level skills, can make the difference between a repeat convict and […]


Construction Processes, Design

New building energy quotient portal gives quick analysis on energy performance

January 4, 2018

Via: BDCNetwork

ASHRAE recently launched the Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) Portal. The tool provides a faster, more automated approach to receive a Building EQ Performance Score. “The primary goal of the Building EQ program is to promote more energy efficient buildings […]


Construction Processes, Design

Peace, goodwill and rebuilding in 2018

January 3, 2018

Via: BDCNetwork

The end of every year is usually a time to reflect on the year that was, and think of hopes and wishes for the coming year.  Looking back, it is hard to ignore the natural disasters that we have endured […]


Construction Processes, Design

Architects to policymakers: Buildings are infrastructure, too

December 8, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

America’s crumbling roads, decrepit bridges, aged water systems. Our deficient dams, underserved levees, and woeful wastewater treatment plants. For nearly three decades, the American public has heard ad nauseam about the dreadful condition of the nation’s infrastructure—from airports to railways […]


Construction Processes, Design

Metal wall panels create diverse portfolios

December 6, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

Mixed facades are becoming more popular than ever. Wall panels are increasingly being used on accent walls that complement masonry, fiber cement, and terracotta. Multiple cladding creates unique facades that draw attention. Although square and rectangular wall panels have been […]


Construction Processes, Design

Vertically folding walls save space while opening up rooms

November 9, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

The new Vista Air vertically folding wall system from Construction Specialties features a low-profile design that uses quietly meshing gears in lieu of traditional counterweights, tension springs, straps, and pulleys. The result is a clean, open aesthetic with no obtrusive […]


Construction Processes, Design

Why supertall towers have super-fast elevators

September 13, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Building designers are in a race to the top, and the vertical transportation industry is right there with them. That’s led to innovations like carbon-fiber cables and magnetic levitation systems, which replace hefty steel ropes, as well as destination dispatch […]


Construction Processes, Design

How a simple material solution made for a breezy lakefront retreat

September 7, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Great design doesn’t fight a site’s characteristics, it embraces them. That was the challenge facing Gus Starkey, a project designer at Texas-based architects Lake|Flato, and Glen Duecker, vice-president of Duecker Construction, in Texas, when they collaborated on a house in […]