Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group
From building prefab factories in the sky to incubating the next generation of AEC tech startups,...read more
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
The firm's Computational Collective initiative presents employees with “a different way of thinki...read more
Clayco’s innovation initiatives include launching an inspection service that uses drones. Photo courtesy Clayco
Innovation has been in Clayco’s DNA since this general contractor was founded in 1984.
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
The Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab allows visitors to walk through five diffe...read more
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.
The hotel giant has more than 50 projects in the works that incorporate prefab guestrooms or bath...read more
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
Computational design lets ZGF Architects see patterns that renderings and even models can’t show....
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
With its Speed Core composite core wall system, Magnusson Klemencic Associates thinks it’s found...read more
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
The six-story factories eliminated the need for tower cranes, and increased productivity to the p...read more