Buildipedia Staff

Buildipedia Staff

The Buildipedia research and writing staff consists of dozens of experienced professionals from many sectors of the industry, including architects, designers, contractors, and engineers.

BIG’s West 57th Residential Building

Mon, Apr 18, 2011

Bjarke Ingels Group's (BIG's) first North American project – a mixed-use residential building for Durst Fetner Residential (DFR) on West 57th Street in Manhattan, New York – is a crossbreed between the Copenhagen courtyard and the New York skyscraper according to Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG. West 57th will house 600 residential units, as well as cultural and commercial programs, in 870,000 sq. ft. (80,826 m2). Its unique shape, reminiscent of a warped pyramid, preserves preexisting view corridors down adjacent streets and maximizes natural light. The following press release, courtesy of BIG, explains more about West 57th, which should achieve LEED Gold certification.

Maintenance Tips: Dishwashers

Wed, Dec 01, 2010

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS) determined that 66% of U.S. households have a dishwasher. It's not really any surprise that two-thirds of our homes have a dishwasher when you consider that today's Energy Star dishwashers will save you time, water, and utility costs. Depending on how often you use your dishwasher, you can expect an average life expectancy of nine years, according to the Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, prepared in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Performing simple maintenance tasks will help your dishwasher last longer than expected and will also reduce the likelihood that your dishwasher will cause water damage to your home.

Maintenance Tips: Wood Decks

Wed, Oct 13, 2010

According to the Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, which was prepared in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the average life expectancy of a wood deck varies: 10-15 years in the South, 20-25 years in dry areas, and 20-30 years in the North. The NAHB states, "Because they [wood decks] are subject to a wide range of conditions in different climates, the life expectancy of wooden decks can vary significantly. Under ideal conditions, they have a life expectancy of about 20 years." Whether you are caring for an aging wood deck or building a new one, understanding and practicing proper maintenance is paramount to protecting your investment and extending its lifetime.

Capital Gate: Abu Dhabi's Leaning Tower

Mon, Jun 14, 2010

Look out, Pisa, there is a new building on the block! Capital Gate, located in Abu Dhabi, now holds the Guinness Record for the "Worlds Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower." Scheduled for completion in late 2010, this 35 story building with an incline of 18 degrees is the focal point of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company's (ADNEC) new mixed use development.

Maintenance Tips: Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Tue, May 22, 2012

Maintaining your sprinkler system will conserve water and save money. This article will show you how to use an irrigation system to more efficiently water your lawn, garden, or landscaping.

Similar to any other product installed in your home, an automatic sprinkler system needs to be properly maintained. An automatic sprinkler system that is not properly maintained will waste water and be a detriment to the upkeep of your lawn and landscaping. Protecting your investments with regularly scheduled maintenance will ensure that your automatic sprinkler system operates efficiently throughout the year.

Writers' Guidelines

Wed, May 05, 2010

How Do I Become a Contributing Writer?

If you have not previously written for Buildipedia and would like to become a contributing writer, submit a writing sample of a published article (a link to your article will suffice) and any supplementary information (resume, website link, etc.) that you would like to have considered. Submissions should be emailed to Once your submission has been reviewed, a member of our editorial team will let you know if there is an available story assignment that fits your area of interest.

Pitch Original Content

You may also pitch an original story idea of your own. Send an email to and include the following, at a minimum:

  • Proposed scope
  • Sources you plan on reaching out to (if applicable)
  • Article type

You will be contacted by a member of the editorial team to discuss your proposed article and answer any questions you may have. If we approve the assignment, we will email you a blanket independent contractor/contributing writer's agreement.

Article Types

Article Types and Requirements

DIY Blog

Examples: DIY Vintage Crate Storage, Living with Solar Energy

  • Photographs: A minimum of 10 with captions and photo credits
    Images must be a minimum of 1280px in width
  • Text: 450 words minimum

Photo Essay

Examples: Design Inspiration: Structures of Utility, Madrid’s Industrial Evolution: El Matadero

  • Photographs: A minimum of 20 with captions and photo credits
    Images must be a minimum of 1280px in width
  • Text: 400 words minimum


Examples: Case Study: The Evolution of Miami Architecture, House of the Month: Redesign of a Historic 1890s-era House, Light Gauge Metal Stud Framing, Maintaining the Falkirk Wheel, Q & A with William Cary, Planner in Miami Beach

  • Includes building case studies that cover multiple design features and vendors as well as an article covering one building that includes multiple assets.
  • Sources: An interview with one source, at a minimum, is required
  • Photographs: A minimum of 10 with captions and photo credits
    Images must be a minimum of 1280px in width
  • Text: 750 words minimum

Editorial Standards

Buildipedia’s mission is to provide the most useful and relevant information about all aspects of the built environment to our audience, which comprises both AEC professionals and consumers. Our writers are professional journalists, bloggers, and AEC industry insiders – if this describes you, we welcome queries and submissions. Please find below a few key points about the types of content we publish and how to get your content onto Buildipedia.

  • All content is subject to editorial approval.

  • The articles that appear on all channels except the KnowledgeBase are the work of our team of talented journalists, bloggers, and AEC professionals. Learn more about this process under the Article Types tab.

  • The KnowledgeBase contains content produced by manufacturers, vendors, service providers, PR representatives, and other commercial interests. This includes white papers, industry reports, product reviews, press releases, and multimedia presentations. Although our team of writers does not produce this content, we feel that all of the information in the KnowledgeBase is of value to our audience in providing solutions, answers, and the right product or service for the project. Learn more about this process under the Guest Posts tab.

  • Buildipedia wishes to maintain the greatest possible transparency about how content comes to us, whether through advertising/public relations channels or through editorial channels. We follow the guidelines developed by the ASME to that end.

  • Links within articles (except those in the KnowledgeBase) are inserted at the discretion of the Editorial Department and arise from the research and editorial processes. Buildipedia does not accept requests or remuneration to insert links.

  • We prefer not to republish articles that were published previously, but when we do they will be marked as such and link back to the originating site.

Guest Posts

Industry Reports and Guest Posts

At Buildipedia, we welcome reports, guest posts, and articles written by our advertising partners in the AEC industry. We think that this content has a value to members of our audience who are seeking solutions, answers, and information on the built environment. If you're a vendor, product manufacturer, AEC service provider, or PR rep who would like to see your content published on Buildipedia, consider adding your updates, photos, and news to our Knowledgebase.

  • Buildipedia will publish your content (white papers, product-specific reference materials, or multi-media presentations) in its Knowledgebase in the appropriate MasterFormat division, clearly labeled as "Advertising," with the full support of our layout design team. This post will include an author bio with a link to your website. This costs $250.

Additional placements in the Knowledgebase include the following options:

  • Buildipedia will feature an image of your choosing, clearly labeled as "Advertising," in the Rotator on the Knowledgebase landing page for 2 weeks following the publication of your content as described above. This costs $500.

  • Buildipedia offers to our Knowledgebase partners a discounted rate on display advertising: with the publication of your guest post, you will get a display ad (300 x 250) and 25% of the impressions on the Buildipedia page of your choice – work with us for placements across our site.

2013 Editorial Calendar

2013 Editorial Calendar

IBSDe-ConstructionWind Power
Construction OutlookLife Cycle AnalysisLandscape Architecture
Modular HomesCob, Adobe, Earth HousesUrban Planning
Home Security & SafetyWinter Home MaintenanceTax Rebates, Exemptions, etc.
How to Recycle EverythingMultigenerational DesignSpring Maintenance and Preperation
Home GymTips for Winter Apartment LivingRain Barrels and Rain Gardens
Emerging Green TechnologiesPritzker PrizeHospitality Operations
FoM Municipal Pools, etc.Continuing EducationHeavy Equipment
Commercial MEPProject ManagementEmerging Architects
Residential Solar PowerPritzker Residential BuildsRemodeling
Basements, Flooding, etc.Natural Pest ControlDriveways and Pavement
Curb AppealMoving Tips & Renter’s RightsStorm Readiness and Repair
Climate ChangeAdaptive ReuseSolar Decathlon
FoM of Leisure FacilitiesHistoric PreservationAEC Emerging Careers
Carbon CreditsAEC Billings IndicesColleges and Universities
Kid-Friendly Backyards | HomesteadingResidential ReuseWalls, Windows, Doors
Residential IrrigationGuide to Tools and MaintenancePainting Exteriors
Guide to Home CoolingOutbuildingOrganization & Storage
MuseumsAEC Legislative Concerns2013’s Best ArchiMoments
Building EnvelopesGreenBuildFoM of Malls
Energy ManagementLEEDHealthy Buildings
Painting InteriorsHolidays at HomeGuest Rooms
PlumbingKitchensDIY Projects for Winter
Whole Year Guide to WhenGreen Products & MaterialsHouse of the Year

Posts from CSI Members

Posts from CSI Members

Buildipedia invites CSI members to continue their mission of authoring and communicating building information by becoming our content partner. We value your expertise and your unique ability to educate, support, and assist the construction industry. We want to put your reports, blogs, and stories in front of our audience who are seeking solutions, answers, and information on the built environment.

Simple. Becoming a content partner with Buildipedia is easy. Contact us at to get started. Put "CSI Content Partner" in the subject line.

Beneficial to you. Your company or firm will benefit from the promotion that publication on Buildipedia brings – a link to your site will increase traffic. We also offer a discount rate on display ads to CSI members. Contact us at to learn more.

Beneficial to CSI. Buildipedia and CSI share a mission: to advance building knowledge. Communicating via Buildipedia could be an effective tool for CSI in its continuing efforts to differentiate its value to the construction industry as a whole.

Beneficial to us. We benefit by having informative, engaging content written by industry pros on our site, a tremendous value to our audience.


Fri, Mar 05, 2010

About Buildipedia

Buildipedia was created by AEC professionals to fill their unmet need for a site to share knowledge, promote best practices, and advance their understanding of building processes.

Since its public launch in 2010, Buildipedia has established itself as an invaluable resource for the home improvement and DIY crowd, in addition to the professionals who frequent Buildipedia looking for the latest in design and construction.

With new videos, articles, and photo galleries coming every week, Buildipedia is poised for explosive growth as an increasing audience of professionals, students, and consumers go online seeking answers, solutions, and the right products.

Buildipedia's operations, including editorial, marketing, sales, web & video production, are based in Columbus, Ohio

Meet the Team

Mark Leatherwood

Mark Leatherwood

Founding Partner

Mark graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor's degree in 1973 and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, from which he graduated with honors in 1985. Mark served for over five years as a nuclear-qualified submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Upon exiting the Navy, Mark founded a franchising business that he sold to Chemlawn Corporation after establishing franchises over a multi-state area. He then became a founder and principal of LW Associates in 1986. LW Associates and its affiliated companies provide real estate development, financial underwriting, and construction and property management services throughout Ohio. With total value of the projects exceeding $300 million, LW Associates has completed more than 70 commercial and residential developments in Ohio. Mark co-founded Buildipedia along with business partner David Skomorowski in 2009.

David Skomorowski

David Skomorowski

Founding Partner

David graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor's degree in 1970 and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Prior to founding LW in 1988, he was president of Huntington Leasing Company, a subsidiary of Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio.


Maintenance Tips: Washing Machines

Thu, Mar 11, 2010

According to the Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, which was prepared in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the average life expectancy of a washing machine is 10 years. While washing machines are not made to last forever, performing simple maintenance will help to ensure they last as long or longer than expected, and will actually reduce the likelihood that your washing machine will be the cause of significant water damage to your home.

Maintenance Tips: Dryers

Fri, Apr 09, 2010

Dryers remove moisture by blowing hot air over wet, tumbling clothes. The hot, moisture-laden air is exhausted outside the home through a dryer vent duct. According to the Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components, which was prepared in 2007 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the average life expectancy of a clothes dryer (gas or electric) is 13 years. Dryers are a fairly simple appliance with a long life expectancy as compared to other appliances, but present both personal and property hazards. Timely dryer maintenance will reduce potential problems and ensure it is functioning as excepted.

Maintenance Tips: Bathroom Vanities

Mon, Feb 15, 2010

Bathroom vanities are comprised of a base or furniture cabinet, a countertop mounted to the top of the cabinet, a sink, a faucet, and a drain stop assembly located at the bottom of the sink which allows water to drain or be collected. Maintaining each component can be overwhelming, given that there are several different styles, manufacturers, and types of materials used. However, there are only a few components that require regular inspection and/or maintenance to ensure proper function.

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