Architecture Billings Index ends year on positive note

February 1, 2016

There were a few occasions where demand for design services decreased from a month-to-month basis in 2015, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain and was so in eight of the 12 months of the year. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine-to-12-month …

Architects predict 10 major residential design trends for next 10 years

For the tenth anniversary of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey, a panel of more than 500 residential architects were asked what they thought would be the most significant home design elements over the next ten years. “Historically, the dominant factors in home design have been economic and demographic shifts. Residential …

Sarasota airport to install Birdair canopies

As part of an initiative to improve the facility, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport in Sarasota, Fla., will install three new PTFE fiberglass membrane barrel-vault canopy structures to its baggage claim, ticketing and curbside areas. The airport chose Buffalo, N.Y.-based Birdair to manage the design, fabrication and installation of the structures. The canopy system will feature …

“Future of Shade” Design Competition call for entries

Sunbrella and Architizer announce the fourth annual “Future of Shade” design competition call for entries. The “Future of Shade” design competition invites designers and architects from around the world to envision elegant and pioneering shade designs. Artisans, architects, designers and students are encouraged to push the innovation envelope in their entries. Three entry categories create …

FabriTec Structures to design and construct canopy for FSU Doak Campbell Stadium

FabriTec Structures LLC, a North American design/build contractor specializing in tension fabric structures, announced it has been selected to design, engineer, fabricate, supply and install two tensile membrane canopies supported by steel and cables at Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium’s south end zone in accordance with the university’s plans to build a premium club …

Seeing the light

There’s always something going on at the John J. Dillon Field House at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. The 30,300-square-foot facility is used for basketball, tennis, volleyball, track and other athletic activities year round. First constructed in 1987, the field house outlived original expectations and was in need of a renovation. Mount St. …

Sports Club Porte Cochère

Rugby is a very popular sport in Australia, and rugby clubs are found in almost every community that can find a local sponsor. A particularly intense interest in the sport can be found along the Central Coast of New South Wales, and one notable club from that region, the Wyong Rugby League Club, might be …

Angles of shade

Tech giant Google™ relies on old-school textiles to shed shade on its new campus expansion. Google™ is known for its inventiveness, creativity and efficiency. It is no surprise that the unique Internet company continued that trend when it chose an industrial fabric solution for the outdoor area of its new campus expansion. The shaded area …