Sunday, August 20, 2017

Some suburban office markets are holding their own against corporate exodus to cities

In its latest report on the U.S. office market, JLL notes that a second-quarter rebound this year delivered 11.7 million sf of new office space. Much of what’s being built in the office sector is occurring in the central business districts of cities around the country, as companies gravitate closer to where they believe they’ll have their best shots at attracting Millennial workers.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Video: Designing the ideal rugby stadium

John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, met with Jamie Roberts (Wales), Tim Visser (Scotland), James Horwill (Australia) and Danny Care (England) to capture their ideas, both as players and fans.

Cool roofs may increase air pollution

Cool roofs are required on most new non-residential buildings in California, but the regulation may be worsening smog.

Cool roofs combat the urban heat island effect by reflecting heat back into the atmosphere. But they also reflect more ultra-violet (UV) light back into the atmosphere, creating more favorable conditions for the chemical reaction that forms ozone or smog.

Life after Obamacare

No matter how things play out with the American Health Care Act, the proposed replacement for Obamacare, hospital administrators agree on one thing: “They’re going to have less money available for the care they provide,” says Collin Beers, AIA, Senior Principal, Stantec.

Covington, Wash., greenlights a 214-acre mixed-use development

LakePointe Urban Village, a 214-acre mixed-use development expected to exceed $670 million, recently received unanimous development approval from the city of Covington, Wash. The mixed-use community will include an 850,000-sf regional and lifestyle center, a 130-key hotel, up to 1,500 single-family homes and multifamily residences, a 20-acre lake, and open space and trails. A peninsula will extend into the property’s 20-acre lake and contain retail shops, restaurants, a pavilion park, homes, and green space.

How to create healthy learning environments with active design

The philosophy of active design makes a student’s well-being and health a key priority in campus design. An active environment helps students develop the body and mind, creating a setting where they learn to make healthy choices and establish habits that last a lifetime.

Active design can be incorporated into any facility or campus with a few simple steps. Apply any of the following ideas for a simple but effective way to enhance student life:

Johnson Favaro-designed Lions Park project breaks ground in Costa Mesa

On July 28, 2017, the Lions Park project broke ground in the city of Costa Mesa, Calif. The redevelopment, which was designed by Culver City-based Johnson Favaro, will include the creation of a new, two-story 22,500-sf library, the renovation and repurposing of the existing, old library, and the redevelopment of about 2.8 acres of parkland.