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 January 10, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
(Editor's Note: This blog post is part of BD+C's five-part special report on security design for K-12 school projects. Read the full report.)   To tell the truth, I didn’t want to write about the terrible events of December 14, 2012, when 20 children and six adults were gunned down...
Posted on January 06, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, has been named President of the Green Building Initiative and the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating program. BD+C's Robert Cassidy talks with Yudelson about his appointment and the future of Green Globes. BD+C: What are your...
Posted on December 09, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest hockey player ever, once said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Wouldn’t it be grand if AEC firms could apply the Great One’s predictive skill to the real estate market? Then you’d know exactly where to deploy your resources,...
Posted on December 05, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting of 20 second-grade students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn.  An exclusive survey of 462 architects, engineers, and contractors by Building Design+Construction shows that more than 60% said their firms experienced...
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
We just posted the Entry Form for our 9th Annual BD+C "40 Under 40" competition. Frankly, the Entry Form is just the basic data. The real meat of your entry is your Personal Statement - the written document that tells the judges why you should be picked as a "40 Under 40" superstar. So, get started...
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...

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