At the heART of what we do

At BLDD Architects, we live lives that are improved daily by the presence art. From our own work designing spaces that inspire, to the art that we experience in the environments around us -- art is at the heart of what we do. And because of our appreciation for art and those who aspire to... Continue Reading →

Planning for the polls: insights for successfully navigating a bond referendum

Is your school district PLANNING FOR THE POLLS? School bond referendums provide the dollars that districts need for facilities that support their educational objectives. Passing a school bond referendum is challenging at any time. However, with potential budget deficits looming because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it could become much more difficult. Our recent cover story in American School and University Magazine gives insights for successfully navigating a bond referendum.

Villain or Hero? What Part Do Your Theatre and Dance Spaces Play?

Without the right spaces, a theatre and dance program can suck the energy and passion out of students. The new Center for Theatre and Dance at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, has created an extraordinary home that spotlights the student experience. From the minute students walk into the 60,300-square-foot space, they are encouraged to study their passion, and the Center's amazing superpower features set the scene for all students to succeed.

Labor of Love

Every year for the last 17 years, CASA has raffled off two playhouses through their "Casas for CASA" fundraiser. After last year's raffle, I saw a great opportunity and offered the design talents of BLDD Architects to now-retired CASA Executive Director Steve Miller, hoping we could help take the fundraising to a new level. He and Julia Livingston (incoming Executive Director) gladly accepted our offer, and so the excitement (and work) began!

Greasy Drafting Fingers

A long time ago in a country far, far away (across the Atlantic), the poor of a small village along Belgium’s River Meuse mainly ate small fish from the river, fried in oil. During winter the river would freeze, but the villagers still enjoyed their usual fried feast --just substitute fish with potatoes. Years later... Continue Reading →

Transgender Toilet Rooms – The Scoop

The issue of transgender toilet rooms has been a hot topic in the news a LOT recently!  And, I bet, as a building owner, you've been asked how you will accommodate this segment of the population.  So, the first thing you did is call a trusted Architect or Engineer to ask this specific question...and the... Continue Reading →

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