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 July 19, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
Here’s what Rich Tilghman, SVP at Pepper Construction, told me recently: “What surprises me more than anything is that more subcontractors haven’t gone out of business. I would have thought half of those firms would be gone by now, but they’re still struggling through.” The same could be said about...
Posted on June 08, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
If your firm submitted a BD+C "Giants 300" return, here's your chance to tell the world what's new at your company. The editors are at this very moment working on the July Giants 300 issue - our annual ranking of the Top 300 AEC firms in the U.S. and Canada. If you have a press release, PDF, or...
Posted on May 31, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
Quiz time: Phoenix is the country’s sixth-largest city, with 1,445,632 residents in 2010. Which of the following is number seven, with 1,327,407 population: San Jose, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis; or Dallas? Did you say San Jose? Nah (#10). Indy? No way (#12). Dallas, right? Wrong again...
Posted on May 03, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
Our eight previous White Papers have explored the early days of LEED; the “business case” for green buildings; life cycle assessment for building products; how buildings contribute to climate change; water conservation in buildings; and “net-zero energy” buildings (free downloads at: http://www....
Posted on April 09, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
GIANTS 300 CLARIFICATION Important point: how to allocate revenues in the "Public Sector" tab and the "Building Type" tab. If, for example, your firm did an office building for the State of New York, you would put the revenues your firm earned for that project in "Office Buildings"  Building...
Posted on March 12, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
We've been getting questions about the "Science + Technology" entry in the Giants 300 survey. Question: If we completed a university lab, do I put that revenue in "University" or "Science + Technology"? What about a research center for a pharmaceutical company? Answer: It's up to you to decide...
Posted on March 10, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
Calling all AEC firms! It's time to get your BD+C "Giants 300" Survey in. The Giants 300 is the ranking (by 2011 revenue) of the Top 300 AEC firms in the U.S. and Canada. Ranking architecture, engineering, and construction firms by 2011 revenues for commercial, institutional, industrial, and...
Posted on March 02, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
For long-suffering air travelers who come through Chicago's O'Hare International, some good news: the city is finally upgrading the retail and passenger amenities with a $26 million improvement to Terminal 5, the international terminal. See the article in today's Chicago Tribune "Grand designs in...
Posted on February 26, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
We're going to be sending out the 2012 Giants 300 survey later this week. Look for a notice on www.BDCnetwork.com. In the meantime, this is a call for "splendiforous" cover photos from Giants 300 firms. We're looking for great photos of your recent projects (2011-2012 completion). Include data on...
Posted on December 21, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
Two good articles on rental apartments in today's 12-21-11 Wall Street Journal. "Big Developers Dabble in Apartment Market," by A.D. Pruitt and Dawn Wotapka, tells of 25.3% bump in multifamily construction starts in November vs. October. Key point: commercial office/retail property developers like...