How Architecture will Shape the Future of Retail



Admiring the Golden Age of Concrete Architecture



Chicago Office Rents Rose 20 Percent in 2016



How the Active-Adult Housing Market is Preparing for the Demand



Know What Matters When Searching for a New Office

“Beginning the search process for your next office space can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not considering all of the necessary factors,” writes William Himmelstein, founder of Tenant Advisory Group on Build In Chicago. “Look beyond the rental costs and explore other ways to get the most value out of your new location. Access to amenities, ease of transportation and how an office translates to company culture should all be on your list of needs.”


Construction Employment Hits 10-year High Last Month

“After a strong start to the year, construction continues to see rising employment, as the industry added 58,000 jobs in February — the strongest recorded level since March 2007 — the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday,” writes Construction Dive. “The first two months of 2017 saw the same number of jobs created as the first nine months of 2016, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors.”


Why Millennials are Great for the Construction Industry, According to a Recent FMI Study

“In our recent study ‘Millennials in Construction: Learning to Engage a New Workforce,’ we found that Millennials are indeed very dedicated and loyal to their companies and want to do more than just punch a clock and take home a paycheck,” writes FMI on Building Design+Construction. “They are looking to add value, make an impact and find meaning in what they are doing. Company leaders can leverage these realities by ensuring that their young talent has a clear sense of purpose and an understanding of their roles within the larger plan.”


Leopardo’s Mark Yanik Weighs in on the State of Construction

“Construction activity is solid, or at least steady, across the major commercial sectors,” writes Illinois Real Estate Journal. “Mark Yanik, vice president of corporate development and strategic planning with Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based construction firm Leopardo, said that the amount of construction activity today is particularly impressive when you consider the challenges that the industry faces.”


Top Tech Trends Spotted at ConExpo 2017

“With total attendance topping out at 128,000 and near endless lineups of parked heavy equipment across four behemoth lots and five conference halls in Las Vegas, ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 lived up to its reputation as one of the world’s largest gatherings of contractor professionals and the equipment that powers global heavy construction,” writes Construction Dive in its round up the technology trends spotted at this year’s expo.


18 Hospitality Design Trends for 2017

“Imagine a hotel whose design gives the extreme sports enthusiast an outlet to exercise his or her inner davedevil,” writes Building Design+Construction. “Or a resort that caters to patients recovering from medical procedures. Or one whose graphics and murals aspire to be works of art. These are some of 18 hot trends in hospitality design that two leading architectural firms—Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) and HKS Hospitality Group—have identified for 2017.”