Assembly (and rigorous planning) required: Managing pros and cons of modular construction

As a buildings engineer, I’ve had the fulfilling opportunity to travel for work, experiencing new cities, learning about emerging building techniques, and seeing firsthand how new projects play an important role in complementing the fabric of a community. But it’s not often that I can say my projects are also certified globetrotters.


Global Construction Pipeline projects have been ascending for 4.5 years and have reached record highs

Lodging Econometrics (LE) has released its bi-annual Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report, which compiles the construction pipeline counts for every country and market around the world, states that the total global construction pipeline stands at 12,839 projects/2,158,422 rooms which are at all-time highs. The construction pipeline is up an extraordinary 86% by projects over the cyclical low established in 2011 when global counts were at 6,907 projects/1,257,296 rooms.

Topsy-turvy: Creative use of air rights results in a model of urban luxury design

In densely populated cities like New York, there’s often nowhere to go but up. Depending on local zoning regulations, that restriction often results in a structure that steps back, floor by floor, as it rises.

Architecture firm ODA has turned that development model on its head in its design for 100 Norfolk Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

JLL fit out report portrays a hot but tenant-favorable office market

In the six quarters ended June 30, nearly 95 million square feet of new office space had been delivered in the U.S., and another 25 million sf were under construction for delivery in 2019. With available office space outpacing demand, coupled with a significant flight to quality by companies, landlords are vying for tenants with more generous improvement packages.

How to combine unconventional aesthetic design with high-performance envelope components

A longtime staple of the Bloomington, Ill. community, Vale Church has seen its congregation increase by more than a third in recent years. Their response, in addition to boosting staff, was to purchase 37 acres of land for a brand new facility—designed from the ground up to be a physical representation of the church’s modern philosophy and sense of community.

More than 130 organizations petition OSHA to create heat protection standard for workers

More than 130 organizations, led by consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, have petitioned OSHA to establish a heat protection standard for workers.

Mid-year forecast: No end in sight for growth cycle

Despite looming economic concerns and nearing the tail end of an extended growth cycle, the nonresidential buildings industry continues to march ahead with no major slowdown in sight, according to a panel of economists.

A place of ‘voluntary and cheerful resort’

In the 30 years following the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago built 169 public schools to serve the city’s exploding population. One of these was the James Mulligan Public School, named for the Union general who led Illinois’ “Irish Brigade.” He died in 1864 of wounds sustained in the Second Battle of Kernstown, Va.

A new report tracks industry preferences for building documentation tools

Stationary laser scanners continue to be the most popular building documentation hardware that AEC firms and service providers use for jobsite reality capture and photography. But 360° cameras are rapidly gaining ground on scanners, and unmanned aerial vehicles are steadily expanding their user base.

These are among the key findings in the latest Cornerstone report released by the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation, its first on the subject of hardware since 2013. 

Blog at

Up ↑