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 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...
Posted on February 27, 2013 By Julie S. Higginbotham
I'm delighted to join the BD+C team as Senior Editor, and I'm so looking forward to meeting many of our readers and learning about your work.  One of my duties will be coordinating our Drawing Board, New Projects Portfolio, Products at Work, and Product Solutions departments. We're always open...
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...