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The Building Team Blog serves 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), John Caulfield, Senior Editor (jcaulfield@sgcmail.com), and David Malone (dmalone@sgcmail.com).
Chance encounters and the ‘action’ office: Do collisions spark innovation?

Google is among a handful of tech giants to unveil plans for “action” offices. Rendering courtesy Google, BIG, Thomas Heatherwick

Office Building Design | March 29, 2015 | David Barista

Google, Facebook, Samsung, and Tencent have all unveiled plans for “action” offices designed to get their people moving, interacting, huddling, col...

The High Line effect: Placemaking as an economic development engine

Eight years into the transformation of an elevated section of New York Central Railroad’s West Side Line into a public park, the $273 million project is being hailed as a resounding win for the city. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | March 02, 2015 | David Barista

As big money and eager tourists flock to Chelsea, cities across the globe are starting to take notice. Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seoul,...

Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates the retrofit market for small commercial buildings at $35.6 billion. Photo: Infrogmation via Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | January 28, 2015 | David Barista

The real opportunity for shrinking the nation’s energy footprint lies in the mundane world of small commercial buildings, writes BD+C's David Baris...

This past October, 78 young AEC professionals gathered in New York City for leadership development and networking during BD+C's Under 40 Leadership Summit.

Architects | January 21, 2015 | David Barista
Many AEC firms focus on training for the hard skills of the profession, not so much for business prowess, writes BD+C's David Barista.

Photo: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | December 22, 2014 | John Caulfield

Commercial and residential construction can be as different as night and day. But as one who covered the housing industry for nearly a decade, I fi...

American Standard's SaTo sanitary toilet pans (shown here installed in a latrine in Haiti) seal off pit latrines from flies to prevent the spread of pathogens.

Architects | December 08, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

When we see the incredible technology being produced by global plumbing manufacturers, it’s hard to conceive why no viable technical solution to th...

Architects | November 17, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

It’s been almost two years since 20 first-graders were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but these incidents, both...

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Healthcare Facilities | September 25, 2014 | John Caulfield

Precedents and patterns may not tell you all that much about future spending or demand.

Illustration: ratch0013 via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Architects | September 03, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

Architecture, engineering, and (presumably) construction firms will face difficulties with management succession, as tens of thousands of Baby Boom...

Qianhai Development - Goettsch Partners, August 2014

Architects | August 29, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

U.S. architecture and engineering firms like Goettsch Partners have been enjoying full employment in China. But will there come a point when Chines...

Chart: \"Fear on Foot,\" Planning Magazine

Transportation & Parking Facilities | August 27, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

A report from Smart Growth America on pedestrian fatalities shows that cities in Florida and other parts of the Sunbelt are more deadly than others...

Photo: The Brookings Institution

Architects | July 20, 2014 | David Barista

Today, more than ever, tech districts are the key to economic growth for metro markets. A new report from the Brookings Institution calls tech hubs...

Photo: siddman via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | June 08, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

Just for the sake of argument, let’s put aside the rhetoric about climate change—whether it’s actually happening, whether it’s a result of manmade...

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Architects | April 25, 2014 | David Barista

The newest generation to enter the workforce is like no other that has come before it. This cohort is the first to grow up with the Internet, mobil...

Tallinn, Estonia. Photo: Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0

Architects | March 26, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

An interesting experiment is taking place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, where, for the last year or so, its 430,000 residents have been able...

Photo: Courtesy Walbridge and SmithGroupJJR

Architects | March 06, 2014 | David Barista

BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 survey form is now available. But completing the survey is just one way to participate in the July Giants issue. 

Photo: MSPACE Holdings via Wikinedia Commons

Architects | March 04, 2014 | Rob Cassidy
Before you get your shorts in a knot, I have nothing against science, technology, engineering, or even mathematics; to the contrary, I love all four “...
Architects | February 17, 2014 | David Barista

BD+C's Building Team Awards is the industry's only recognition program to honor projects that achieve excellence in both design/construction and co...

Arup, Perkins+Will, and Sasaki Associates are among the firms to develop custom digital tools for polling building occupants and end users. Pictured: Sasaki's MyCampus interactive mapping program

Architects | February 14, 2014 | David Barista

The rise of mobile devices and social media, coupled with the use of advanced survey tools and interactive mapping apps, has created a powerful con...

K-12 Schools | February 05, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

I've received several requests from BD+C readers who design and build K-12 schools about the 3-part series we ran in our January issue ("Can Design...

The Conrad New York was recently created through adaptive reuse of an existing hotel. Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg, Monica Ponce de Leon Studio, and Deborah Berke Partners. Photo: Michael Moran.

Hotel Facilities | February 05, 2014 | Julie S. Higginbotham

If your company is involved in designing, building, or operating hotels or resorts, we'd love to hear your opinions as we plan coverage of this sec...

Architects | January 10, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

To tell the truth, I didn’t want to write about the terrible events of December 14, 2012, when 20 children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy...

Architects | January 06, 2014 | Rob Cassidy

Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson has been named President of the Green Building Initiative and the Green Globes rating program. BD+C's Robe...

Building Owner | December 09, 2013 | Rob Cassidy

The U.S. commercial real estate market is gradually “recovering from the recovery” and will “gain momentum” in 2014, according to ULI CEO Patrick L...

Building Owner | December 05, 2013 | Rob Cassidy

More than 60% of AEC professionals surveyed by BD+C said their firms experienced heightened interest in security measures from school districts the...

Architects | November 27, 2013 | Julie S. Higginbotham

The retail construction category, long in the doldrums, is roaring back to life. Send us your comments and projects as we prepare coverage for this...

Building Owner | November 25, 2013 | Rob Cassidy

We just posted the Entry Form for our 9th Annual BD+C "40 Under 40" competition. Frankly, the Entry Form is just the basic data. The real meat of y...

Airports | November 25, 2013 | Rob Cassidy

"Operational stray" occurs when a building’s MEP systems don’t work the way they should. Even the most well-designed and constructed building can s...

Building Owner | November 25, 2013 | David Barista

Under LEED v4, projects are awarded points for using at least 20 building products that have issued Environmental Product Declarations or Health Pr...

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