Rob Cassidy

Rob Cassidy (“ClimateGrouch”) is editorial director of Building Design+Construction. A city planner, he is the author of several books, including “Livable Cities,” and was a co-founder of the Friends of the Chicago River.
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
"Operational stray" occurs when a building’s mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems don’t work the way they should. As we’ll see, even the most well-designed and constructed building can stray from perfection—and that can cost the owner a ton in unnecessary utility costs. But help is on the...
Posted on November 11, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
In the November issue of BD+C, you'll see our report on "Pedia-Pod," the modular pediatric patient unit we've helped design, outfit, and build at Greenbuild. Here's how it was developed. As you may know, BD+C has a tradition of building modular "demonstration" buildings for Greenbuild: a classroom...
Posted on October 22, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
Last year, there were 775 fatalities among U.S. construction workers: 133 among those in the construction of buildings, 169 in heavy/civil engineering projects, and 456 involving workers in specialty trades. Those 775 deaths are up from 738 in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics....
Posted on September 30, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
BD+C's 3rd Annual Under40 Leadership Summit is just days away (Oct 9-11), and we'd like to make this great career development and learning opportunity available to a few more worthy young (under age 40) superstars in the design and construction industry. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors -...
Posted on August 22, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
The other day I asked a group of design and construction professionals if they ever conducted formal post-occupancy evaluations of their completed projects, or even if they just visited them to check out their handiwork. No, they replied, that would be much too risky; besides, clients won’t pay for...
Posted on July 08, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
Every schoolchild knows that the cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal—70 mph, no sweat. And, as we all know from National Geographic television documentaries, it is speed that makes Acinonyx jubatus such a fearsome hunter, right?   Wrong. Turns out that cheetahs rarely pull out all the...
Posted on May 30, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
A debate has been raging in the blogosphere over the last few months about an article in The New Republic, “If You Build It, They Might Not Come,” in which staff writer Lydia DePillis took Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to task for botching its effort to revitalize the Lower Ninth Ward of New...
Posted on April 28, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
Go ahead, take a guess. 10,000? Way low. 50,000? You're still off by an order of magnitude. 100,000? Getting close. Give up? OK, it's 185,071. Here's the latest breakdown from the USGBC: LEED Professionals  LEED APs with specialty –  64,405 LEED APs without specialty – 89,...
Posted on April 13, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
Thanks for your thoughtful responses to the post about the upcoming PBS special, ’10 Buildings That Changed America,’ hosted by Geoffrey Baer, in which I took exception (unfairly, I admit, not having see the show) to some of his choices, to wit: 1. Virginia State Capitol, Richmond. Thomas...