This Week's Segments
This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders about:
- The award-winning Central Station Memphis hotel reconstruction project
- How Autodesk plans to bring generative design and AI to the AEC masses
BD+C's David Barista sits down with Vikram Dutt, Associate Vice President, Building Design Strategy and Marketing, with Autodesk, to discuss the tech giant's recent acquisition of AI and generative design platform provider Spacemaker.
Dutt talks about common applications for generative design in today's market, and hints at future applications for this technology.
Central Station Memphis is a new hotel formed from the bones of the historic train station in the Home of the Blues. BD+C's Rob Cassidy chats with the developer, McLean Wilson; the design firms, LRK and Bounds & Gillespie Architects; and the general contractor, Robins & Morton, about the reconstruction, which won Bronze honors in Building Design+Construction's 37th Annual "Reconstruction Awards" in 2020.
This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from Corning Optical Communications, Laykold Sports Surfaces, and UL about:
- Designing Pickleball courts for multifamily projects
- The world's first smart buildings rating system
BD+C's David Barista talks with Tom Blewitt, VP and Chief Technical Officer, Connected Technologies, with UL, and Brian Davis, Global Market Development Director, Corning Optical Communications, about the newly launched SPIRE smart building assessment and rating system, the world's first such program.
Blewitt and Davis discuss the need for such a system during the rise of increasingly tech-driven work, live, and play environments, and how Corning Optical Communications used the system to drive and verify design decisions on its newest office campus building.
BD+C's Robert Cassidy chats with Randy Futty, Regional Sales Manager for Laykold Sports Surfaces and team leader on the design manual, "Pickleball Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual," now in its Second Edition from ASBA, American Sports Builders Association.
This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from ALICE Technologies, Build Group, Hastings Architecture, Nvidia, and Woods Bagot about three themes:
- How to improve wayfinding and signage to meet the needs of a pandemic environment
- Applications for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in construction scheduling
- Omniverse, Nvidia's new 3D simulation platform
John Caulfield speaks with Richard Kerris, GM of Media and Entertainment for Nvidia, and Robert Cervellione, Design Technology Manager with Woods Bagot, about Omniverse, Nvidia's 3D simulation platform that allows users to collaborate with multiple pieces of software.
BD+C's Robert Cassidy chats with David Bailey, AIA, Principal with Hastings Architecture, Nashville, Tenn., about improved signage and wayfinding for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bailey will show examples of bad signage that has sprung up, and how Hastings Architecture has designed new signs that use graphics and text to provide better information and clearer direction to the public.
BD+C's David Barista speaks with Rene Morkos, PhD, Founder of ALICE Technologies, and Mike MacBean, Director of Preconstruction with San Francisco-based GC Build Group, about applications for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools for optimizing the construction scheduling process.
Build Group is piloting the ALICE platform on the 5M mega project in San Francisco.
This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from 2WR and Partners, Cooper Robertson, and Life of an Architect on three topics:
- The art and science of designing cannabis cultivation facilities
- The origin of the highly popular Life of an Architect podcast
- Museums and risk mitigation in an era of climate change
BD+C's Robert Cassidy talks with Sam Andras, AIA, Senior Principal and Partner with 2WR and Partners and MJ12 Design Studio, about the art and science of designing cannabis cultivation (or "grow") facilities and dispensaries.
"Grow facilities" are very complex and have to be designed to account for numerous factors: lighting, airflow, irrigation, odor prevention, security, and the number and spacing of the plants.
The most successful dispensaries "tell a story" about the brand the owner is trying to portray.
BD+C's David Barista sits down with architect, designer, podcaster, and blogger Bob Borson, FAIA, to discuss the origin of the highly popular Life of an Architect podcast, the launch of Borson's new residential architecture studio, the market outlook for custom residential construction, and what's hot in residential design amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of the work from home (WFH) culture.
BD+C's John Caulfield interviews Andrew Barwick, a Senior Associate with design firm Cooper Robertson, about risk mitigation for museum projects. Barwick discusses two museums—The Whitney in New York and Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey—that demonstrate resilient design trends and how museum projects are responding to evolving climate change conditions.
Barwick also touches on how Cooper Robertson often finds itself collaborating with several design firms on museum projects.
This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from AGC, Charles Pankow Foundation, and Silva Consultants on three timely topics:
- Video surveillance cameras in multifamily housing: Tips and best practices
- Coronavirus impacts and implications for construction
- The whats and whys of construction industry research