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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 May 02, 2013 By Julie S. Higginbotham
Our May issue will be published soon, bringing the stories of this year's "40 Under 40" honorees to your mailbox, desktop, or preferred mobile reading device. I had a great time learning about these outstanding young professionals, and I know you'll enjoy "meeting" them, too.  This year's...
Posted on May 02, 2013 By David Barista
For as much progress as Building Teams have made over the past decade with regard to 3D BIM/VDC coordination on building projects, even the most ardent BIM adopters have neglected what is perhaps the most vital component of any project—operations and maintenance processes and procedures. Don’t get...
Posted on April 28, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
Go ahead, take a guess. 10,000? Way low. 50,000? You're still off by an order of magnitude. 100,000? Getting close. Give up? OK, it's 185,071. Here's the latest breakdown from the USGBC: LEED Professionals  LEED APs with specialty –  64,405 LEED APs without specialty – 89,...
Posted on April 15, 2013 By Julie S. Higginbotham
BD+C Contributing Editor C.C. Sullivan recently penned a thought-provoking essay on whether there's such a thing as architecture that helps protect occupants from gun violence. Gated communities like the Idaho enclave The Citadel constitute one response; hardening walls, cladding, and other...
Posted on April 13, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
Thanks for your thoughtful responses to the post about the upcoming PBS special, ’10 Buildings That Changed America,’ hosted by Geoffrey Baer, in which I took exception (unfairly, I admit, not having see the show) to some of his choices, to wit: 1. Virginia State Capitol, Richmond. Thomas...
Posted on April 11, 2013 By David Barista
We are currently accepting surveys for our annual Giants 300 report. The findings will be published in the July 2013 issue of Building Design+Construction, with extended coverage online at BDCnetwork.com. The Giants 300 report ranks AEC firms both by discipline and building sector work. Deadline...
Posted on April 01, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
The other day we posted an announcement to the effect that PBS and the Society of Architectural Historians would be broadcasting a show on May 12 on '10 Buildings That Changed America,' hosted by Geoff Baer. We like Geoffrey (I don't know where the "Geoff" came in). His documentaries on the Chicago...
Posted on March 27, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
The U.S. Department of Energy is in the midst of an ambitious project to develop a “roadmap” that could help owners of the country’s small buildings (under 50,000 sf) slice their energy usage by 45% and trim $30 billion a year off their energy bills. But motivating the owners of 4.6 million...
Posted on March 15, 2013 By David Barista
The deadline for the 2013 Building Team Awards has been extended to Friday, March 22. The competition is open to new construction projects that were completed on or after January 1, 2012. Click here for entry information. Winning a 2013 BTA will offer your firm a host of benefits. Here are a few no...
Posted on March 13, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
It took him four years to get up the nerve to say it in public, but President Obama, in his State of the Union Address on January 21, finally used the phrase climate change. “For the sake of our children and our future,” he told the Congress and the nation, “we must do more to combat climate change...