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 29, 2013 By David Barista
Why yes, of course it is.  Correctional design exerts from Shive-Hattery and the Iowa Department of Corrections will demonstrate how at the upcoming BUILDINGChicago conference and expo, September 9-11 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.   Their presentation, "Achieving LEED Gold for an...
Posted on August 26, 2013 By David Barista
Building Design+Construction's new conference and expo, BUILDINGChicago, kicks off in two weeks. The three-day event will feature more than 65 AIA CES and GBCI accredited sessions, on everything from building information modeling and post-occupancy evaluations to net-zero performance and LEED...
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...
Posted on August 16, 2013 By Julie S. Higginbotham
This year’s AIA National Convention kicked off with a rock band, inspirational speeches, and a film lauding the collegial values of 2013 Firm Award winner Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. With its focus on team excellence, the plenary symbolized a work ethic where interaction rules.  We...
Posted on July 23, 2013 By Julie S. Higginbotham
"Obamacare" implementation will add thousands of people to the ranks of the insured, including many who formerly sought primary care in emergency rooms. Now, these patients will have coverage that allows them to more easily access the typical treatment channels—and that means greater demand for...
Posted on July 08, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
Every schoolchild knows that the cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal—70 mph, no sweat. And, as we all know from National Geographic television documentaries, it is speed that makes Acinonyx jubatus such a fearsome hunter, right?   Wrong. Turns out that cheetahs rarely pull out all the...
Posted on May 30, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
A debate has been raging in the blogosphere over the last few months about an article in The New Republic, “If You Build It, They Might Not Come,” in which staff writer Lydia DePillis took Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to task for botching its effort to revitalize the Lower Ninth Ward of New...
Posted on May 23, 2013 By David Barista
Do you have the next big idea for improving the performance of buildings and the built environment? Building Design+Construction’s 3rd Annual U40 Leadership Summit is your chance to shine—and share in $5,000 in prizes. The U40 Summit will take place October 9-11, 2013, in San Francisco. At the 2½-...
Posted on May 08, 2013 By David Barista
We just posted the entry forms for our annual Reconstruction Awards program. Now in its 30th year, the Reconstruction Awards recognize the best reconstructed, renovated, or remodeled projects, based on overall design, engineering, and construction project quality. The winners will be profiled in...