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 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...
Posted on February 05, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
 I've received several requests from BD+C readers who design and build K-12 schools about the 3-part series we ran in our January issue ("SPECIAL REPORT: Can Design Prevent Another Sandy Hook?"). They wanted to send the issue to their school boards and other public officials with...
Posted on February 05, 2014 By Julie S. Higginbotham
According to survey data and anecdotal reports, hotel construction and reconstruction will be one of the hottest commercial market sectors of the year. If your company is involved in designing, building, or operating hotels or resorts, we'd love to hear your opinions as we plan coverage of this...
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...