Thursday, March 23, 2017

New manual of IT connectivity guidelines for commercial developments, redevelopments released

“The Wired Certification Guidelines for Commercial Developments and Redevelopments,” reportedly the only manual of its kind, was released this month.

The retail renaissance part I: How architecture will shape the future of shopping

At a glance, many of the latest retail trends strike me as incongruous. Retail demand continues to grow, but retailers are falling short of sales goals and closing stores at an alarming rate. In 2017, Macy’s will close 68 of its 750 locations nationwide, Kmart/Sears will close 150 stores and JCPenney plans to close 140 locations. Already this year, The Limited and Wet Seal closed every single one of their stores across the country, 250 and 171 locations, respectively.

This speculative skyscraper would be suspended from an orbiting asteroid

Clouds Architecture Office is a New York-based firm known for their speculative designs and innovative (and often times seemingly unfeasible) approaches to architecture.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

After a strong year, construction industry anxious about Washington’s proposed policy shifts

The new Trump Administration’s aggressive policies, particularly on international trade and immigration reform, could, if executed as planned, “greatly affect” how America’s construction industry does business this year and beyond.

Insulated metal roofs at the forefront of building efficiency

Advances in building products have enabled a level of energy efficiency and durability that previously wasn’t possible. With regard to construction costs, project aesthetics, product durability, and sustainability—for both existing projects and retrofits—insulated metal roofs provide many benefits.

Brick Industry Assn. study finds brick buildings cost less than precast, metal, and glass

A new Brick Industry Association (BIA) study found that brick with Concrete Masonry Units (CMUs) costs less than precast concrete, metal panel curtain wall, and glass panel curtain wall systems.

Architecture Billings Index rebounds into positive territory

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to growth mode in February, after a weak showing in January. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.7, up from a score of 49.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).