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 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...
Posted on December 21, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
Dear reader, it’s that time of year To thank our friends, and wish good cheer To everyone who gets our ’zine And works in the construction scene.   So, grant us leave for just two secs To praise our clever architects. Let’s not forget our builders many Their work is worth it, every penny!...
Posted on December 13, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
We just finished work on an excellent article on "8 Trends Shaping Today's Senior Housing," which you'll see in the January 2013 issue. It occurred to me that, while not all AEC firms "do" senior housing, there were at least 6 valuable lessons embedded in that article that really apply to virtually...
Posted on December 09, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
Who’s the most important person in your firm? The biggest stockholder? The tree-shaker who brings in the biggest contracts? The top designer, engineer, or construction professional? Answer: None of the above. The most important person in your firm isn’t in your firm. It’s your client. How well does...
Posted on December 03, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
We don't push books much in BD+C, but I just received one that I do want to recommend to any Building Teams working on net-zero buildings (NZ energy, water, stormwater, whatever). It's called "Net Zero Energy Design: A Guide for Commercial Architecture" (published by Wiley), by Tom Hootman, AIA,...
Posted on November 29, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
Join me at Ecobuild on Wed., Dec 5, 10:15 to 11:45, at the DC Convention Center, to learn about "High-Performance Reconstructed Buildings: The 99% Solution." I'll be moderating a panel with three top-flight experts: Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED AP, of Goody Clancy, Boston, who will discuss the link...
Posted on November 12, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
We'd like your input - recent projects, photo/s, renderings, and expert insight - on an important article we're working on for our Jan 2013 issue: HIGHER EDUCATION: Residence Halls, Student Unions, and ‘Quality of Life’ Factors in the Halls of Ivy With total costs exceeding $50,000 at many...
Posted on November 11, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
First, the good news: Nearly two-thirds of executives at real estate companies and corporations (64%) said it is “extremely likely” or “very likely” that their companies would undertake new construction in the next 12 months, compared to just 46% two years ago, according to a survey by Turner...
Posted on October 15, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
This request for information is no longer open. We're doing another "Great Solutions" installment in our December issue, and you're invited to contribute. We're looking for exciting new technology, building products, services, techniques, and clever business solutions that help AEC firms solve...
Posted on October 04, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
The American Institute of Architects has issued its triennial Survey Report of Firm Characteristics, “The Business of Architecture,” which documents the devastation that the economic recession brought down on the U.S. construction industry, specifically the architecture profession. It’s not a...