AEC Innovators

Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group

Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group 

  

August 27, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

From building prefab factories in the sky to incubating the next generation of AEC tech startups,...

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How engineering giant Buro Happold democratizes tech innovation, Jewel Changi Airport project

Buro Happold has been building up to the Computational Collective initiative for a while: its Jewel Changi Airport project (shown here with its rain forest and floor-to-ceiling vortex), which predates the Collective, required five of the firm’s offices around the world to work together. Photo: Buro Happold

    

August 27, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The firm's Computational Collective initiative presents employees with “a different way of thinki...

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aec innovators, Clayco, drones, innovation, construction

Clayco’s innovation initiatives include launching an inspection service that uses drones. Photo courtesy Clayco

  

August 26, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Innovation has been in Clayco’s DNA since this general contractor was founded in 1984.

Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab, Deerfield, Ill., AEC Innovators, Burcin Kaplanolgu

The 20,000-sf Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab in Deerfield, Ill., replicates an actual jobsite, and allows visitors to walk through five different stages of construction work, to test new technologies and training techniques, or to share best practices with peers. Photo: Oracle 

  

August 15, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab allows visitors to walk through five diffe...

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Stacking the deck: Marriott International embraces modular construction

Marriott International has built 50 hotels whose construction included assembly of prefabricated guestrooms or bathrooms. These include a 354-key hotel in Hawthorn, Calif., that may have saved a year in construction time, says Jennifer Abuzeid, Senior Director–Global Design Strategies.

 

August 13, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The hotel giant has more than 50 projects in the works that incorporate prefab guestrooms or bath...

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Dane Stokes, a Design Technology Specialist with ZGF Architects, shown with floor sensors, AEC Innovators, BD+C

Dane Stokes, a Design Technology Specialist with ZGF Architects, shown with floor sensors that were used to capture occupant circulation data for one of the firm’s projects. Photo: ZGF

  

August 09, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Computational design lets ZGF Architects see patterns that renderings and even models can’t show....

Skyscraper design, Rainer Square, 58-story tower, Seattle, speed core, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Ron Klemencic, AEC Innovators

Rainer Square, a 58-story tower in Seattle, is being built around a steel-and-concrete composite core wall system that Magnusson Klemencic Associates developed over a three-year period with Purdue University, with funding from The Pankow Foundation. Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, Hon. AIA, MKA's Chairman and CEO, says this system will save the developer eight months in construction time. Rendering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

   

August 06, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

With its Speed Core composite core wall system, Magnusson Klemencic Associates thinks it’s found...

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Prefab factory in the sky: Mace Group built working factories on top of under-construction high rises

U.K.-based general contractor Mace Group built working factories on top of two high rises while they were under construction in Stratford, England. The 47,355-cubic-meter factories allowed Mace to complete 18 stories in 18 weeks. Matt Gough, Mace’s Director of Innovation and Work Winning, says the factories were “cost neutral.” Photo: Mace Group

   

August 05, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The six-story factories eliminated the need for tower cranes, and increased productivity to the p...

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