Building Team Blog

Since 2009, the Building Team Blog has served as the primary platform for BD+C's editorial team to opine about all things related to the AEC market, from the latest design tools to green building trends. Building Team Bloggers include Robert Cassidy, Editorial Director (rcassidy@sgcmail.com), David Barista, Editor-in-Chief (dbarista@sgcmail.com), and Julie Higginbotham, Senior Editor (jhigginbotham@sgcmail.com).
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Posted on August 27, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
How safe is it to walk in America's cities? A report by Smart Growth America, "Dangerous by Design," found certain cities in Florida and elsewhere in the Sunbelt had acutely high rates of pedestrian fatalities over the last decade. The U.S. average annual fatality rate per 100,000 of commuters who...
Posted on July 20, 2014 By David Barista
It’s been more than four decades since Electronic News publisher Don Hoefler first coined (in print, anyway) the term “Silicon Valley” to signify the economic growth that was occurring in the then-nascent South Bay tech sector. With his 1971 report, “Silicon Valley USA,” Hoefler almost single-...
Posted on June 08, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
Just for the sake of argument, let’s put aside the rhetoric about climate change—whether it’s actually happening, whether it’s a result of manmade activity—and agree that we are experiencing some pretty dramatic weather events that are having huge impacts on populations here in the U.S. and...
Posted on April 25, 2014 By David Barista
They’ve been called overconfident, entitled, self-absorbed. They generally distrust the government, are largely indifferent about religion, and lean liberal with their social views. They are less trusting of others and less patriotic than their elders. And they have a much different view of the...
Posted on March 26, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
Most workdays, I ride the commuter train to my office. It’s a pleasant, half-hour trip, and I almost always get to stretch out on a seat made for two. Due to my advanced senectitude, I pay half-fare; with the tax writeoff of my flexible spending account, I save even more. But here’s the kicker: I’d...
Posted on March 06, 2014 By David Barista
Building Design+Construction's 2014 Giants 300 survey form is now available. But completing the survey is just one way to participate in the July Giants issue.  The editors of BD+C welcome your firm’s input for our July issue Giants 300 issue ... we’re looking for trends, analysis, big ideas...
Posted on March 04, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
Before you get your shorts in a knot, I have nothing against science, technology, engineering, or even mathematics; to the contrary, I love all four “STEM” disciplines (I’m lying about the math).  But I question whether we need to be building K-12 schools that overly emphasize or are totally...
Posted on February 25, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
Good news: We've extended the deadline for entries for our 17th Annual Building Team Awards to Friday, March 14, 2014. Even better news: We've extended the "Early Bird" deadline to March 6, 2014. "Early Bird" means that, if you get a draft of your support statement to me (at rcassidy@sgcmail.com)....
Posted on February 17, 2014 By David Barista
BD+C editors have extended the deadline for the 17th annual Building Team Awards. This is the industry's only recognition program to honor projects that achieve excellence in both architecture/engineering/construction and collaboration of the AEC/O team. For more information on the program, see our...
Posted on February 14, 2014 By David Barista
This article is part of BD+C's special five-part Technology Report 2014: Top tech tools and trends for AEC professionals.   Get ready, AEC professionals. The design table is about to get much more crowded—like really crowded. I’m talking hundreds, even thousands of voices, all providing...