At BLDD, our changing workplace also includes fewer square feet of permanent office space and the opportunity to telecommute. We're still together in the office some days, and working remotely other days.
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 →
How can creative, professional service firms set up a work environment that’s not just a place to shelter employees, but one that’s a strategic tool for productivity, collaboration, and growth? BLDD Architects is answering this question by reimagining where and how they do their best work. According to President Steve Oliver, both team collaboration and... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →