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 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...
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...