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 John Caulfield, Senior Editor (jcaulfield@sgcmail.com).
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Posted on January 21, 2015 By David Barista
“I’ve mastered my craft. I am ready to take the next step, but I have no idea how to get there.” These words came with a look of frustration and concern from a 30-something architect who has spent the lion’s share of her career with a large architecture firm. She loves her job, adores her firm. Yet...
Posted on December 22, 2014 By John Caulfield
Commercial and residential construction can be as different as night and day. But as one who covered the housing industry for nearly a decade, I firmly believe AEC firms can learn some valuable lessons from the trials and tribulations that home builders experienced during the Great Recession. The...
Posted on December 08, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
Last May, two young girls in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, walked into a field outside their village for their nightly ritual: defecating in the open. This would be the last time the two girls would make such a journey. They were brutally attacked by a gang of men, raped, and hanged from a...
Posted on November 21, 2014 By David Barista
The 2015 "40 Under 40" competition is now open for entries! The entry form can be accessed here.  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"...
Posted on November 17, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
It’s been almost two years since 20 first-graders were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but these incidents, both planned and random, keep occurring. The latest took place October 24 in Marysville, Wash., where a high school student killed two students, before...
Posted on September 25, 2014 By John Caulfield
As spending for residential and nonresidential construction has climbed, everyone’s trying to determine what the “new normal” will be. But should comparisons with previous spending peaks be relevant when we now know that some of those peaks bore little relationship to demand? I started thinking...
Posted on September 03, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
I got an interesting letter—yes, an actual letter, in an envelope, what a concept!—the other day from Ray Kogan, AIA, Principal of Kogan & Company, a management consulting firm in Arlington, Va. (Ray and his colleague, Cara Bobchek, will be conducting a half-day workshop at our BD+C "Under40...
Posted on August 29, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
Goettsch Partners, the 100-member U.S. design firm headquartered in Chicago, recently informed the world that its Shanghai office of has been hired (with UK firm Benoy) by a developer in China to design a massive project that will entail five commercial towers totaling 450,000 sm in Shenzhen’s...
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-...