Happy Earth Day!
Bluebeam looks back on the greenest stories of the year
It’s Earth Day, and we here at Bluebeam are celebrating different ways of being green. We do advocate for going paperless, after all.
Over the past year, we’ve noticed some positive trends in AEC: people are thinking more about how to reduce waste, conserve precious resources, and repurpose materials in ingenious ways. Here are five of our favorite green stories from the last year:
Designing for the Design District
Reclaimed wood experts Mission Bell and David Baker Architects used 10,000 feet of wood they salvaged from the old San Francisco Train Depot to transform history into a stunning new apartment building.
Hope on Alvarado
Architecture firm KGTY are retrofitting shipping containers to build 84 units of affordable housing in downtown LA. “If you can deliver a building six months sooner, that’s six months less that people need to be homeless. There’s definitely something there,” said Keith Labus, architect for the project.
Who Knew Parking Garages Could Be This Exciting
The age of ridesharing has forced designers and owners to ask tough questions about many things, including the future of the parking garage. Now some ingenious AEC leaders, including Andy Cohen, Co-CEO of architecture firm Gensler, have audacious ideas about how parking structures can enjoy a glorious and useful second life.
Rethinking Modular Construction
Plant Prefab doesn’t build your grandmother’s prefab housing. We visited the California building company staking out a bold new path in the world of modular: custom, high-end, environmentally sustainable, and fast.
Buildings Don’t Lie
AEC legend Henry Gifford has literally written the book on Building Science. In this interview, he talks condensation, energy efficiency and luxury garages. “Almost nobody understands” his field, he says.