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The halls of lawmakers, judges, and politicians demand a mix of functionality and awe-inspiring design. For an oasis of productivity on behalf of your nation’s people within the government’s budget, thinking outside the box is a requirement.
The entrance to the Santa Clara Animal Services Center in California

The Santa Clara (Calif.) Animal Services Center, which has one of the highest levels of all-intake shelters in the state, has moved into a new, larger facility that will double its annual capacity. Images: County of Santa Clara

March 04, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Center includes the region’s only place set up to shelter and rehab large livestock.

Huntsville Courthouse front facade

Renderings courtesy Fentress Architects

February 26, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Fentress Architects is designing the facility in collaboration with Studio Scarab Architecture...

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The Grand, a mixed-use project in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has $3 billion in new construction projects under development, including The Grand, a mixed-used 1.2-million-sf public-private partnership that Related Cos. is developing, according to a new report from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.  However, JLL's latest Construction Forecast predicts a slow recovery in construction spending nationwide. Image: Related Companies

February 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predicts second-half improvement toward normalization next year.

Johnson County courthouse exterior

All images courtesy Fentress Architects

February 09, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Fentress Architects, in collaboration with TreanorHL, designed the project.


Images courtesy Weiss/Manfredi

February 01, 2021 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Weiss/Manfredi is designing the project.

Lobby Old Chicago Post Office

Lobby of the Old Chicago Post Office, a Platinum winner in BD+C's 37th Annual Reconstruction Awards. Photo: Eric Laignel/Eric Laignel Photography, courtesy Gensler

Download a PDF of all 2020 Giants 400 Rankings from Building Design+Construction magazine

Pictured: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Heights Building Photo by Jim Tetro, courtesy Gilbane


December 16, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

This 70-page PDF features AEC firm rankings across 51 building sectors, disciplines, and specia...

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2020 Science & Technology Facilities Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the S+T sector

Photo: Gaëtan Bussy from Pixabay


December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

HDR, Jacobs, and Turner head BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest science and technology (S+...

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2020 Government Sector Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. government buildings sector

Photo: Markus Winkler via Pexels

December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

HNTB, Jacobs, and Turner top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest government sector architec...

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Indiana Toll Road's LEED Gold Administration and Operations Building

Indiana Toll Road's LEED Gold Administration and Operations Building. Photo courtesy SmithGroup


November 25, 2020 | SMITHGROUP

New LEED Gold facility consolidates operations for tollway authority.

Tax shortfalls nip government projects in the bud

Long Beach, Calif.’s new Civic Center includes the 93,500-sf Billie Jean King Main Library, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 2019. Photo: Benny Chen| Fotoworks


November 13, 2020 | By John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Federal contracts are proceeding, but states and cities are delaying, deferring, and looking fo...

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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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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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The 85,000-sf Integrated Engineering Research Center is the most important new structure on the campus of Fermilab since Wilson Hall opened almost 50 years ago. Images: Perkins and Will

September 14, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Lots of natural light and hybrid labs will distinguish the new Integrated Engineering Research...

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2020 GIANTS 400 REPORT landing page Washington College_Semans Griswold Environmental Hall, Ayers Saint Gross

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is home to Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society and commands a picturesque site on the Chester River. The river is a living laboratory that provides students with an immersive experience in support of the building’s programs in environmental science and sustainability. Photo courtesy Ayers Saint Gross


August 28, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The 2020 Giants 400 Report features more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and speci...

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The Department of Veterans Affairs' new care center, in Omaha, Neb., offers eight primary clinics. Images: Courtesy of Leo A Daly

August 13, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Clinic programming enhances patient privacy.

Denver Water's new administration building has been designed to achieve net-zero energy standards. Images: Courtesy of Stantec

August 11, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The utility is showcasing a new admin building and a water reuse plan that’s a first for the st...

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The 1.5-acre Roosevelt Plaza Park in Camden, N.J., replaced a parking garage, office buildings, and ground-floor retail. Image: Cooper's Ferry Partnership

June 19, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Fifteen examples of how parks and green spaces emerged from parking lots, garages, and underpas...

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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.

The addition of a new visitors' center marked the reopening of the Washington Monument after three years of renovation. Images: Alan Karchmer

November 13, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is one of several landmark restoration projects underway in the nation’s capital.

October 25, 2019 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, HOK, Jacobs, and Turner Construction top the rankings of the nation's largest government b...

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All photos courtesy Harvard Jolly

April 17, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Harvard Jolly designed the building.

A rendering of an Innovation Center that would be part of a larger expansion of the Port San Antonio, which has become a platform for connecting cybersecurity and digital innovations with leading global industries. Image: Port San Antonio and Gonzalez/Mogas Architects

March 10, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Expansions would accommodate cybersecurity, aerospace, and defense tenants, and help commercializ...

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Aerial view of new U.S. embassy campus

All renderings courtesy Weiss/Manfredi

February 27, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Weiss/Manfredi is designing the project.

Rendering of Nashville U.S. Courthouse
October 05, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Fentress Architects, Michael Graves Architecture & Design, and Hensel Phelps Construction Com...

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May 24, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), embassy design... read more
The new Lansing Correctional Facility

Courtesy CoreCivic

April 26, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

JE Dunn will manage the design and construction of the Kansas-based facility.

Nearly a mile below ground level, Davis Cavern at the Sanford Underground Research Facility is getting an overhaul to accommodate an experiment to test a hypothesis about what makes up dark matter. Image: SURF, courtesy of LEO A DALY 

February 07, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This LEO A DALY-designed project makes way to produce the world’s most sensitive detector to this...

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Storstroem Prison

Photo: Torben Eskerod

December 11, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The C.F. Møller-designed prison’s architecture supports the inmates’ and staff’s mental and physi...

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Aerial view of a city street
October 11, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Left out of this ongoing national debate over infrastructure are the nation’s other publ...

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