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 February 21, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
We've got a great March issue in the works ... here's a preview of our Cover Story, "How to Win More Work from Community Colleges," by Contributing Editor Peter Fabris. 1. HELP YOUR CLIENT FIND COST SAVINGS. “Treat our projects as if you were spending your own money,” says Arlen Solochek, AIA,...
Posted on February 19, 2013 By David Barista
We already have 3D printers, so why not 3D pens? U.S. startup WobbleWorks is rethinking the napkin sketch process with its 3Doodle pen. Instead of ink, the $75 pen uses colorful ABS plastic (the same used in many 3D printers) that quickly cools and solidifies, allowing the user to draw intricate 3D...
Posted on February 16, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
Our April 2013 cover story will be on "Charter Schools: New Trends, New Opportunities." If you or your firm is involved in designing or constructing Charter Schools, please send us information on: Recent charter school projects (last 18-24 months) - PDFs, press releases, low-res photos,...
Posted on February 14, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
New York City’s recent report on energy and water use in 2,065 commercial buildings (totaling more than 530 million sf) deserves a closer look. The extremely valuable data was gathered under Local Law 84, which required owners of large privately owned buildings to report their energy and water use...
Posted on February 06, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
OK, a little cheating on the question, as you'll see, but according to Susan Orlean, writing in the Feb 11/18, 2013 issue of The New Yorker, the answer is "Walmart stores." Here's what she wrote in a fascinating article, "Walart," about the artist Brendan O'Connell, who paints images from his...
Posted on February 01, 2013 By David Barista
Here's something interesting for all you horse racing fanatics: Long-time racecourse planner/designer Paul Roberts and historian/writer Isabelle Taylor have penned a new book (aptly titled Racecourse Architecture) that offers, as the authors put it, "the first comprehensive survey of racecourse...
Posted on January 30, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
  The deadline to submit a proposal to our new BD+C Conference/Expo, BUILDINGChicago, has been extended to Friday, Feb 15, 2013.     BUILDINGChicago, to be held Sept 10-12, 2013, in Chicago,  is sponsored by BD+C, AIA Chicago, USGBC-Illinois, The Building Association (Chicago...
Posted on January 28, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
We're getting lots of interest - and questions - related to our 8th Annual "40 Under 40" Competition. Some last-minute tips: 1 - Print out the Online Nomination Form itself and make that the first item in your completed application. 2 - Suggested format "flow": Printed Online Nomination Form,...
Posted on January 22, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
Got a big idea or a major project you want to share with other AEC professionals? BUILDINGchicago, the new AEC industry conference and expo (September 10-12, 2013, in Chicago), is just the right venue for you. We're accepting proposals through February 15, 2013 (deadline has been extended). Click...
Posted on January 02, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
The editors of BD+C are looking for highly qualified experts to advise us on technical issues related to building systems, new products and technologies, and the in's and outs of specific building types that we cover in the magazine (commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings...