Monday, April 23, 2018

VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art officially opens

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) recently opened the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond, Va., at the intersection of Belvidere and Broad streets.

The modern, stacked-block facility incorporates a pre-weathered, satin-finish zinc facade and will act as a gateway between the city’s arts district on one side and VCU’s Monroe Park campus on the other. The facility includes 41,000 sf of flexible space organized around a 33-foot-high central forum that will feature a slate of changing exhibitions, performances, films, and interdisciplinary programs.

Eagle’s Landing Apartments: Expanding student housing when space is at a premium

On paper, it must have seemed like a perfect match. Champlain College needed more student housing, and in the middle of downtown Burlington, Vermont, there sat an aging, city-owned parking lot, ripe for replacement with a modern apartment building. The only problem was the central location. Overhead power lines, and buildings in close proximity meant that construction would have to occur in close quarters — a difficulty compounded by the building’s design, which includes 600 exterior windows.

Activity based design takes precedence in more new office projects

More evidence that companies are embracing open workplace environments comes from Ted Moudis Associates, a New York-based architectural and design firm, whose 2018 Workplace Report finds that offices are being designed to accommodate collaborative “activity-based” projects.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Construction employment rises in 38 states and D.C. from March 2017 to March 2018

Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between March 2017 and March 2018, while 29 states added construction jobs between February and March, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today.  Association officials said the job gains are coming amid strong private-sector demand and new public-sector investments in school and airport construction.

Revamping pharmacies for public safety and compliance

Maintaining the sterility of a space where pharmaceuticals are prepared protects healthcare personnel, patients, and the environment. That’s why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state boards of pharmacy and accrediting agencies such as the Joint Commission and the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board began enforcing guidelines addressing the risks several years ago.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Watch a time lapse of Wrigley Field’s most recent phase of renovations

The second oldest ballpark in the MLB (and the oldest in the National League) has been undergoing a series of renovations in recent years to update and improve the fan and player experiences.

The most recent round of updates took place this offseason between October 2017 and April 2018. The latest construction phase focused on an enhanced concourse and new box seats for the fans, and wider dugouts, two new batting cages, and a new trainers room adjacent to the third base dugout for the players.

University of Minnesota’s Pioneer Hall to receive $104.5 million renovation/addition

Originally built in stages between 1928 and 1932, the University of Minnesota’s Pioneer Hall became an outdated facility that did not meet building codes, wasn’t handicap accessible, and was lacking in many comforts students wanted.