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February 17, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The solution uses FAR-UV light technology.

2020 Contractor Giants Walbridge_UofM StudentUnion

Walbridge teamed with architect Integrated Design Solutions on a 20-month renovation of The Michigan Union, the University of Michigan’s iconic 1919 student union. The project involved upgrades to the MEP systems and elevators, a roof replacement, and restoration of 540 of the building’s original windows. Courtesy Walbridge


December 04, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Contractors are more receptive than ever to ways that help get projects done faster.

The Weekly show: SPIRE smart building rating system, and pickleball court design tips
November 20, 2020 | BD+C Staff

The November 19 episode of BD+C's The Weekly is available for viewing on demand.

Meet Jaibot, Hilti's new construction jobsite robot

Using data from the BIM model, Jaibot locates itself accurately indoors, drills the holes dust-controlled, and marks them according to the trade, according to the maker. Photo: Hilti


October 28, 2020 | BD+C Staff and Hilti

The semi-autonomous robot is designed to assist MEP contractors with ceiling-drilling applicati...

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The SPIRE Smart Building Program, World’s first smart building assessment and rating program

Photo courtesy UL and SPIRE Smart Building Program



The SPIRE Smart Building Program will help building owners and operators make better investment...

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June 16, 2020 | thyssenkrupp Elevator

To ensure peace of mind for passengers, the company is focusing on three pillars: hygiene, soci...

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Mobile wayfinding platform helps patients, visitors navigate convoluted health campuses

As soon as visitors step out of their car in the parking garage, the mobile wayfinding platform provides turn-by-turn, Blue Dot navigation through the entire campus. Photos: Gozio Health


March 09, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Gozio Health uses a robot to roam hospital campuses to capture data and create detailed maps of...

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Auburn University, Robins & Morton open Construction Field Laboratory

Robins & Morton Construction Field Laboratory at Auburn University. Photo courtesy Robins & Morton


March 09, 2020 |

Robins & Morton and Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction (C...

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BuroHappold commits to all new building projects achieving net-zero carbon by 2030

BuroHappold’s work for the new Santa Monica (Calif.) City Services Building will help it become one of the first municipal facilities to meet the cutting-edge criteria for ILFI’s Living Building Challenge.


March 09, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The engineering firm also launched a long-term partnership with ILFI.

An exterior wall panel, manufactured by Clark Pacific, is positioned into place. Image: Clark Pacific

An exterior wall panel, manufactured by Clark Pacific, is positioned into place. Image: Clark Pacific


February 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gensler has been working with component supplier Clark Pacific on several projects.

Giants 300 Technology and Innovation Study: Assessing the state of technology adoption at AEC firms
February 13, 2020 | BD+C Staff

This survey of 130 of the nation's largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms trac...

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Drone technology is one of the tools that engineers and contractors are using to make their jobsites more efficient. A new report by Deloitte sees construction technology as a competitive advantage. Image: Deloitte

January 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Deloitte, in new report, lays out a risk mitigation strategy that relies on tech.

Reconsidering construction robotics, Building Design+Construction

Photo courtesy Construction Robotics


December 18, 2019 |

After decades when experts predicted that robots would become more prevalent on construction site...

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Top Building Systems Products for 2019 Flos Architectural 101 Top Products report
December 16, 2019 | BD+C Staff

FabricAir’s ceiling-hung fabric duct and Ellumi Lighting’s bacteria-killing lights are among the...

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Sto StoColor Dryonic, 101 Top Products for 2019
December 12, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Sto's beetle-inspired exterior coating and Dörken Systems' UV-resistant vapor-permeable barrier a...

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This flow chart shows how the supply chain for 3D printing and additive manufacturing would work within Pittsburgh's Neighborhood 91. Image: Allegheny County Airport Authority

November 08, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Neighborhood 91 is the latest tech venture for the city’s airport authority.

Meet the masters of offsite construction

Photo courtesy Prescient


September 12, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

Prescient combines 5D software, clever engineering, and advanced robotics to create prefabricated...

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Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks

The Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks, is based on provisions in the 2006 to 2015 editions of the International Building Code.


September 09, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A free app that calculates the maximum allowable heights and areas for buildings of various occup...

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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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10 Jay Street’s unitized ‘sugar crystal’ façade was engineered  to withstand the water and wind from New York’s East River.

The “sugar crystal” façade reflects fragments of the surrounding river, park, and city to create a distinctive modern aesthetic. Photo: Pavel Bendov


July 24, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

10 Jay Street’s unitized “sugar crystal” façade was engineered to withstand the water and wind fr...

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prefab construction, modular construction, offsite construction

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July 23, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

The most important benefit of offsite construction, when done right, is reliability.

A new McKinsey report says factory-built modular construction could be next big shift in the industry.

Modular carries a potential cost savings of up to 20%, but there is a risk of up to a 10% loss if delivery or material costs spike, the report says.

June 26, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modular construction can deliver projects 20% to 50% faster than traditional methods and drastica...

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Skender, Z Modular reach agreement to fabricate multifamily housing components

Skender, a design, construction, and manufacturing firm, will use Z Modular’s self-bracing structural VectorBloc system to fabricate building components. Photos courtesy Skender and Z Modular

April 19, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Factory to open soon on the southwest side of Chicago.

Factory-based construction with no siloes starts with a single source of truth

This prototype is an early version of the apartment units that will be built in Skender’s factory for a building in Chicago’s West Loop later this year. Photo: Skender

April 08, 2019 | Pete Murray, President, Skender Manufacturing, and Tim Swanson, Chief Design Officer, Skender

Working from a single source of truth means every factor of design, procurement, manufacturing, a...

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Alexa, tell me why my multifamily property needs a community network
| March 25, 2019 | Boingo

Four reasons property-wide wireless wins in the era of digital transformation

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March 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Smart World suite of 5D software platforms map and visualize data provided by metropolises to...

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Digital twin applications: 7 steps to a better-managed jobsite

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March 15, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor, BD+C

Automated progress monitoring and optimizing equipment usage are among the potential applications...

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March 15, 2019 | John Caufield, Senior Editor

AEC firms explore how digital twin technology can bring more consistency to the design process an...

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Almost everything you wanted to know about industrial construction

Prescient welders put the finishing touches on light gauge steel panels. The company has 130,000-sf manufacturing facilities in Arvada, Colo., and Mebane, N.C. Photo courtesy Prescient

March 13, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Our experts offer 15 tips on how best to perform factory-based construction.

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February 18, 2019 | C.C. Sullivan and Alex Abarbanel-Grossman, Contributing Editors

Edge Technologies has entered into alliances with the International WELL Building Institute and w...

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