How to reimagine your worn-out gym

In my 30 years of being in the profession, I have witnessed my fair share of school gymnasiums built in the 50s and 60s.  When a school district can finally afford to build a new competition gym, the old gym typically becomes underutilized and often times an eyesore.  But it doesn’t have to be that... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

The Bedroom Door

Ha!  Not what you're thinking...nothing risque behind THIS door. However, a senior living client recently raised an intriguing question:  "Why do we need a door to the bedroom?" As architects, we design senior housing apartments with all kinds of accommodations to make them more accessible. But what is more cumbersome than negotiating DOORS from a... Continue Reading →

Because Life Deserves Design

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 at BLDD, it’s who we... Continue Reading →

Think BIG – Richland Community College

Early this spring, Richland Community College presented us with several challenges: the College was looking to reinvent their educational environments and add momentum to a fundraising campaign for a proposed business school. Similar to many Community Colleges in Illinois, Richland is also battling reduced state funding and decreasing enrollments. A successful solution to the challenges will include developing educational environments that allows... Continue Reading →

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