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 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...
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,...