Designing with Purpose

Do you need input?  Do you need consensus?  Do you need buy-in?  And, I bet you think you need more time!  Designing with a purpose to answer these questions, in a limited amount of time, is a common problem…one you may be dealing with right now.  We, at BLDD, can implement a process tailored to you…

Should you build new or renovate?

This is a fairly typical question that plagues building owners.  It is not unusual for clients to assume that, to get what they want, they have to build new…and ‘we’ certainly can’t afford that! Owners will often overlook the tremendous value in their existing facilities.  This is understandable if you were looking at the (typically)…

‘Making a difference’ gets personal

Last week, we posted about the many talented people of BLDD who created artwork to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s. This week, I wanted to share a personal story behind the artwork that I contributed to the effort, in honor of two very special people…. my maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother. Alzheimer’s…

New Trends in Clinic Design

It’s no secret that healthcare organizations across the country are shifting more and more services to outpatient settings. The move makes sense for a number of reasons:  1) the ability to reduce costs, 2) improved outcomes, 3) increased access, and 4) increased market share.   The development of clinics is further inspired by healthcare reform pressing…

Making a Difference

Alzheimer’s affects both its victims and those who love them. This disease hit close to home at BLDD when one of our own, Mike Cardinal, was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the young age of 56.  Mike was a principal in our firm, but so much more than that.  He was one of the…

Because Life Deserves Design

Jessica Whitlock, Director of Marketing In the Mohegan tribe in upper Connecticut, children receive descriptive names when they’re young. As they grow into adolescence, they receive a new name that reflects their experiences. Names may even change several times over a lifetime. “Because Life Deserves Design” is far more than an acronym for our name…

Halloween, Ageism, and the Road to Indianapolis!

Only one more year and the national LeadingAge conference for senior living providers will no longer take place over Halloween!  My wife and kids will be much happier because I did my trick-or-treating at the big conference in Indianapolis last month…without themL.  So what was everyone talking about?  My bullet point take-aways: Ageism: “A tendency…

Having an impact…

While construction of the Workman Family Softball Field (a new $2MM stadium on Millikin University’s campus in Decatur, IL) progresses, recent events in the sporting world have reminded me of how athletics can bring people together, create hope, and provide a much needed distraction. As a life-long Cubs fan, my world just got turned upside…

I was lucky….

I was lucky. On my first day of work at BLDD, I could look around the studio and actually see my future business partners. Steve sat two desks over, Randy asked me to “tell everyone a little bit about myself” and Sam popped in from the construction trailer at Richland. Bruce and I had graduated…

Think BIG – Richland Community College, Part 2

Just a quick update. We received some wonderful feedback on the use of the active learning classroom prototype at Richland. Instructor Sarah Richardson noted that in side by side comparison of an introductory accounting class, with one being taught in a typical classroom and the other being taught in the active learning classroom, the students…

What Makes a Building Special?

On August 29, 2016, I had the honor of speaking at Grand Opening for the new Charles City Middle School in Charles City, Iowa. Actually, the honor started in July of 2013 when I became the project architect for the new school, but that’s not the point. For my two minutes of fame, I decided…