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Category: Design


Construction Processes, Design

Architects to policymakers: Buildings are infrastructure, too

October 17, 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

Vertically folding walls save space while opening up rooms

October 16, 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

Metal wall panels create diverse portfolios

October 10, 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

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 […]


Construction Processes, Design

Emerging Flooring Technologies

September 5, 2017

Via: Commercial Construction and Renovation

As time marches on, new technologies, processes and techniques shape the way commercial flooring contractors operate. From lean construction and the prefabrication of materials to the increased demand for LVT and design involvement, things are changing to improve quality, reduce […]


Construction Processes, Design

US residential solar takes a dip as business models change

August 29, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Though 2017 breaks a long trend of growth in residential solar, the sector looks to be undergoing a transition to focus on profitability as markets mature, competition intensifies and the cost of bringing in new customers increases, Utility Dive reported. […]


Construction Processes, Design

New build homes – are we cutting corners?

July 5, 2017

Via: Construction Global

In 2016, just over 140,000 new homes were built, which is approximately 100,000 properties short of the government’s target to address the housing crisis. For first-time buyers, the introduction of new build homes seemed to be the most cost effective […]


Construction Processes, Design

Using metal wall panels to create your design vision

July 5, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

Metal wall panels are growing in popularity for both exterior and interior applications. Panel systems can be attractive, practical, and durable options for a variety of new construction and retrofit projects. They are typically easy to install and are available […]


Construction Processes, Design

Design billings increasing entering height of construction season

May 25, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

After beginning the year with a marginal decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of growth in design revenue at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to […]