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 September 07, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
Our article “BIM finally starting to pay off for AEC firms” (July) and the accompanying Giants 300 rankings of the Top Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firms by BIM revenue drew some skeptical responses from readers. As one commentator said, “Would like to see some hard figures on ROI.”...
Posted on September 04, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
Under-40 professionals from a wide range of AEC firms have signed up for the BD+C/AIA Chicago “U40 Leadership Summit,” Oct 3-5, in Chicago. Among the firms sending “superstar” representatives: Gensler, Mortenson, Arquitectonica, HKS, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Walker Parking Consultants, Norcon...
Posted on August 29, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
The editors of Building Design+Construction need your help! We’re looking for just the right topic for our annual “White Paper on Green Building” for 2012 ... and we want to hear from you. Our 9 previous White Papers have covered the “early days of LEED” … Life Cycle Assessment of green products …...
Posted on August 07, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
There’s a nasty brouhaha going on in Washington over green building standards. On one side is the U.S. Green Building Council, promulgator of the LEED rating program; on the other, a new coalition of building product makers who say LEED does not meet ANSI-type “consensus” standards. The new group,...
Posted on July 19, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
Here’s what Rich Tilghman, SVP at Pepper Construction, told me recently: “What surprises me more than anything is that more subcontractors haven’t gone out of business. I would have thought half of those firms would be gone by now, but they’re still struggling through.” The same could be said about...
Posted on June 08, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
If your firm submitted a BD+C "Giants 300" return, here's your chance to tell the world what's new at your company. The editors are at this very moment working on the July Giants 300 issue - our annual ranking of the Top 300 AEC firms in the U.S. and Canada. If you have a press release, PDF, or...
Posted on May 31, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
Quiz time: Phoenix is the country’s sixth-largest city, with 1,445,632 residents in 2010. Which of the following is number seven, with 1,327,407 population: San Jose, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis; or Dallas? Did you say San Jose? Nah (#10). Indy? No way (#12). Dallas, right? Wrong again...
Posted on May 03, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
Our eight previous White Papers have explored the early days of LEED; the “business case” for green buildings; life cycle assessment for building products; how buildings contribute to climate change; water conservation in buildings; and “net-zero energy” buildings (free downloads at: http://www....
Posted on March 02, 2012 By Rob Cassidy
For long-suffering air travelers who come through Chicago's O'Hare International, some good news: the city is finally upgrading the retail and passenger amenities with a $26 million improvement to Terminal 5, the international terminal. See the article in today's Chicago Tribune "Grand designs in...
Posted on December 21, 2011 By Rob Cassidy
Two good articles on rental apartments in today's 12-21-11 Wall Street Journal. "Big Developers Dabble in Apartment Market," by A.D. Pruitt and Dawn Wotapka, tells of 25.3% bump in multifamily construction starts in November vs. October. Key point: commercial office/retail property developers like...