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The coronavirus pandemic has severly impacted the $800 billion U.S. commercial and institutional construction industry. Since March 2020, Building Design+Construction has dedicated significant editorial resources to research and report on breaking news, industry reports, and trends and innovations related to COVID-19 and its short- and long-term impacts on the nation's architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner/developer firms. This news channel includes more than 100 coronavirus-related news posts. For more coronavirus news, check out our newsfeed: COVID-19 and real estate: How the coronavirus is impacting the AEC industry.
Les Hiscoe, PE, CEO of Shawmut

Les Hiscoe, PE, is the CEO of Shawmut, a $1.5 billion national construction management company headquartered in Boston.

July 20, 2021 | Les Hiscoe, CEO, Shawmut Design + Construction

Les Hiscoe, PE, CEO of Shawmut, a $1.5 billion construction management company headquartered in...

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Image from report on resilient hospitals

This image is from a recent report by the design firm HKS on pandemic-resistant hospitals. Healthy indoor environments take center stage in the National Institute of Building Sciences’ latest “Moving Forward” recommendations.

July 15, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The National Institute of Building Sciences also calls for code changes and greater cooperation...

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Interior designer Creative License International fashioned this community room for P83, a 250-unit rental community in Peoria, Ariz. 2021 Multifamily Amenities study

Interior designer Creative License International fashioned this community room for P83, a 250-unit rental community in Peoria, Ariz. On the team for client Opus Group: Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (architect) and MT Builders (GC). Photo: Todd French, todd@arizonarealtours.com

    

July 07, 2021 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

​One of the hardest decisions multifamily developers and their design teams have to make is wha...

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A post-pandemic ‘new normal’ for apartments, Grimm + Parker, Building Design+Construction 2021 Exercise area
June 30, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Nearly 40 million Americans live in apartments. And because of the COVID-19 pandemic, developer...

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COVID-19’s impact on multifamily amenities 1 Outdoor fitness - Liv+ Campus Adv

Last summer, in response to the pandemic, Campus Advantage (developer) built an outdoor fitness facility at Liv+ Gainesville, its 618-bed student residence near the University of Florida medical, dental, and veterinary schools. “This has been our most used amenity, as residents are able to stay socially distanced in an outdoor area,” said Katy Smerko, CA’s Vice President of Operations. Demarest (architect) and CORE (GC) formed the project team with Campus Advantage. Photo: Campus Advantage 

   

June 23, 2021 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EDITOR

Multifamily project teams had to scramble to accommodate the overwhelming demand for work-from-...

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A rendering of a new school campus with flexible indoor-outdoor teaching spaces

A section of a rendering showing how a flexible learning village might lay out. The image comes from HMC Architects, one of the AEC firms that Los Angeles County consulted for its new design guidelines for outdoor learning.

    

June 20, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The report covers everything from funding and site prep recommendations to whether large rocks...

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The Weekly Show, Apr 29, 2021: COVID-19's impact on campus planning, and bird management strategies
April 29, 2021 | BD+C Editors

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C Senior Editor John Caulfield interviews a duo of industry ex...

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The Weekly Show, Apr 22, 2021: COVID-19's impact on multifamily amenities
April 22, 2021 | BD+C Staff

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C's Robert Cassidy speaks with three multifamily desi...

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BD+C exclusive research: What owners want from AEC firms
April 09, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

BD+C’s first-ever owners’ survey finds them focused on improving buildings’ performance for hig...

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The New Amsterdam theater in New York City was the setting last year for a two-week-long engineering assessment of the distribution and control of Grignard Pure through the theater’s HVAC system.

The New Amsterdam theater in New York City was the setting last year for a two-week-long engineering assessment of the distribution and control of Grignard Pure through the theater’s HVAC system. The testing, conducted by Jaros, Baum & Bolles, demonstrated that Grignard Pure, in an aerosolized droplet state, behaves like a gas in occupied space. Courtesy of Grignard Pure

    

March 31, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At least two solutions are being used to make ventilation systems safer.

The eight-building Olivia Business Center in Gdansk, Poland

The eight-building Olivia Business Center made structural and MEP changes to achieve the highest health and safety rating from the International WELL Building Institute. Images: Olivia Business Center

March 30, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Poland’s Olivia Business Center one of the first to install ion air purification devices.

CBT Covid-19 Multifamily housing new designes with WFH options

New one-bedroom design for post-Covid-19 with work-from-home option. Graphics: CBT

March 27, 2021 | R. VICKIE ALANI, AIA, CBT

The multifamily market has changed dramatically due to the Covid pandemic. Here's how one archi...

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Finding success for downtown office space after COVID-19

At 360 Newbury Street in Boston, repurposing the top five floors of the former Wurlitzer Music & Sound Co. offices into urban housing was a perfect solution for outdated office space.

    

March 26, 2021 | Simon O'Byrne

Using the right planning tools can spur new uses for Class B and C commercial real estate.

The Weekly show, March 11, 2021: 5 building products for COVID-related conditions, and AI for MEP design
March 11, 2021 | BD+C STAFF

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders about building produ...

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Medline's new call center in Dubuque, Iowa

A 130,000-sf call center in Dubuque, Iowa, will support Medline Industries' core businesses, which now include making face masks. Image Charlie Mayer Photography

   

February 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A medical supply house’s new call center and a vaccination module that can handle more patients...

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Healthcare design in a post-COVID-19 world

The 66,000-sf Virtua Samson Cancer Center in Moorestown, N.J., designed by Francis Cauffman Architects. The project involved converting a grocery store into a cancer center. Go to page 38 for more on this project. Photo ©Jeffrey Totaro

   

February 05, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

COVID-19’s spread exposed cracks in the healthcare sector, but also opportunities in this secto...

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This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders about LGBT certification for architecture, engineering, and construction firms, and the current state of data centers in a pandemic world.
January 21, 2021 | BD+C Staff

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders about LGBT...

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oLIV Tucson STUDENT HOUSING project BY CoreSpaces 2020 Student housing report

A green wall frames a properly masked student resident at ōLiv Tucson, near the University of Arizona, which operated on a hybrid Covid-19 schedule until Thanksgiving, then was scheduled to go all virtual. Photo: Nathan Oppenheim

    

January 08, 2021 | Robert Cassidy, Editor

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, many college and university residences were completed in time...

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The Weekly show, Dec 10, 2020: The future of medical office buildings, and virtual internship programs
December 10, 2020 | BD+C Staff

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from SMRT Architects and Engineer...

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Production of Katerra's new window line, made at its facility in Tracy, Calif.

Last September, Katerra, which specializes in modular solutions, launched its high-performance Kova Windows line, produced in its Tracy, Calif., facility. JLL found that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t had much impact on the industry’s adoption of modular construction. Image: Katerra  

December 08, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new JLL report assesses which tech options got a pandemic “boost.”

The Weekly show, Dec 3, 2020: Designing multifamily housing for COVID-19, and trends in historic preservation and adaptive reuse
December 04, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from Page & Turnbull and Grim...

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Tips to Navigate Scheduling Impacts of COVID-19
| December 02, 2020 |
The Weekly show: Nvidia's Omniverse, AI for construction scheduling, COVID-19 signage
November 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C editors speak with experts from ALICE Technologies, Build Group, Hastings Architecture, Nv...

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Courtesy Pixabay

November 09, 2020 | Tami Hausman, PhD, and Lonny Rossman, AIA, NCARB

As AEC firm leaders consider worst-case scenarios and explore possible solutions to surmount th...

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HR logo

All images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti

November 05, 2020 | Thornton Tomasetti

Open source app provides customizable health reporting and contact tracing capabilities.

The Weekly show: Multifamily security tips, the state of construction industry research, and AGC's market update
October 30, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

BD+C editors speak with experts from AGC, Charles Pankow Foundation, and Silva Consultants on t...

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October 19, 2020 | Stephanie Vito

The University of Kansas Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health Hospital had been open for just over...

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October 14, 2020 | Alex Garland

There are several possibilities when it comes to reconfiguring or adjusting a space to maintain...

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October 08, 2020 | BD+C Staff

The October 8 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand.

Courtesy AIA

October 07, 2020 | AIA

Awards program highlights trends in healthcare facility designs.

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