B&D professionals stay current with all the trends and requirements of today’s facilities and those that will serve our future generations.

As part of our practice, B&D professionals produce and publish white papers, speak at industry conferences, and continually perform in-house research.   Our Research & Methods team continually acquires and disseminates the most current and usable data on the facility types in which we specialize, which helps our clients achieve their project goals and enhances our methodologies.


December 1, 2016
Recycling Surplus Schools 

March 9, 2016
Back to School of the Future: A Look at 21st Century Learning 

August 6, 2015
Taking the First Steps Into 21st Century Learning 

May 14, 2015
Technology Ambassadors: One-to-One Programs’ Success Requires Teacher Buy-in and Training 

April 1, 2015
Nation’s Capital Leads in Sustainability 

October 28, 2014
Modernizing Washington DC Schools and Its Measurable Effect on Learning 

October 1, 2014
New Performance Spaces for Older Schools 

April 1, 2014
The Case for 21st-Century Schools 

April 1, 2014
Trends in Green: Dunbar High School 

March 1, 2014
Crucial Phases in School Modernizations 

September 17, 2013
Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times: Using Strategic Planning & Implementation to Maximize Capital Investment 

February 1, 2013
Where Schools Are Change Agents 

July 16, 2012
Reconceptualizing Design-Build for More Efficient Budgeting and Scheduling 

January 1, 2011
Owner’s Perspective: Two Questions Every Owner Must Answer for Their LEED Project; Owner's Representative’s Perspective: What LEED Credits Are Right for You? 

August 1, 2001
A Modest Proposal 


September 1, 2015
What Have You Done to the Library? 

Presented by Rachel Lynn, John Davids, and Lauren Villaluz at the 2015 St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) 21st Century Learning Symposium.

June 23, 2015
Panel Discussion — CIP 2.0: Re-engineering Capital Improvement Programs 

Moderated by Greg Smith at the 2015 CEFPI Summer Conference.

April 27, 2015
Engaging the Community for a Successful School Project 

Presented by Ann Drummie and Michael Quadrino at the 2015 CEFPI Conference.

April 14, 2014
The Power of Engagement in the Planning Process 

Presented by Beth Penfield and Julie Williams at the 2014 CEFPI Annual Conference.

March 4, 2014
How an Integrated Team Approach Saved Jefferson-Houston 

Presented by Jay Brinson, John Montemayor, and Bob Moje at the 2014 VEFP Annual Conference.

September 25, 2013
Transforming a Diamond in the Rough 

Presented by Beth Penfield, Kerric Baird, Christoffer A. Graae, and Alexander Wilson at the 2013 DesignDC Conference.

June 3, 2013
Panel Discussion: "Education Built to Last" Facilities Best Practices 

Panel participant: Beth Penfield at the 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Tour Listening Session.

April 18, 2013
Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times: Using Strategic Planning to Maximize Capital Investment 

Presented by Rachel Lynn and Hakim Chambers at the 2013 CEFPI Northeast Regional Conference.

February 23, 2013
Lessons from a Green Ribbon School: Integrating Sustainability and Education 

Presented by Beth Penfield and Sean O'Donnell at the 2013 Green Schools National Conference.

October 30, 2012
Hiring Small Businesses for Large-Scale Projects 

Presented by Marcus Huff and Kimberly Dokes at the 2012 National Organization of Minority Architects Conference.

September 22, 2012
Made in Detroit 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey, Robert Bobb, and Ed Schmidt at the 2012 CEFPI World Congress on Educational Environments.

April 23, 2012
Getting Students to Work, for a Living 

Presented by Rachel Lynn, Marcus Huff, Ed Schmidt, and Kimberly-Ann Valliere at the 2012 National School Boards Association Annual Conference.

March 30, 2012
Rebuilding the Urban School District: Using Program Management to Achieve Success 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey and Rachel Lynn at the 2012 CEFPI Northeast Region Conference.

May 1, 2011
Public Schools: Reclaiming Innovation Through Adaptive Reuse 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey, Beth Penfield, Gerard Heiber, Kerric T. Baird, and Anthony DeGuzman at the 2011 USGBC Government Summit.

September 20, 2010
Relearning Learning 

2010 CEFPI Conference Workshop with Marcus Huff

March 16, 2010
Enhancing the Image of Institutions: How Will It Drive Long-term Facility Management? 

Presented by Chris Dunlavey, Philip Artin, and Michelle Honey at the 2010 NFMT Conference.

September 26, 2009
Taming the Trend: How to Strategically Green Your Schools 

Presented by Will Mangrum and Beth Penfield at the 2009 CEFPI Conference.

August 22, 2009
Greening DC's Public Schools 

Presented by Beth Penfield at the 2009 DesignDC Conference.

October 1, 2008
Engaging Your Board Members in Facility Planning and Renovation Projects 

Presented by Will Mangrum and Danielle Peterson at the 2008 CEFPI World Conference & Expo.

December 8, 2007
Green Sports: Can Athletic Fields Reflect Sustainable Design? 

Presented by Sanath Kalidas and Bill Mykins at the 2007 Green California Schools Summit & Exposition.

December 8, 2007
Green FF&E: Selecting Sustainable Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) 

Presented by Sanath Kalidas at the 2007 Green California Schools Summit & Exposition.


December 1, 2016
B&D's Ryan Gever in the American School Board Journal 

Ryan Gever shares his insightful knowledge of how urban school districts can improve their practices of putting surplus school buildings to good use once again.DOWNLOAD

June 29, 2016
D.C. Schools Seek Input on Building Redesigns 

...Ty Specht, an educational facilities planner for Brailsford & Dunlavey, a program management firm in the District working with the school modernization process, made a slide presentation that showed the modes in which schools are being designed to the audience.Download

March 11, 2015
Prince George’s Seeks Input on $2 Billion School Priority Plan 

A new process for evaluating and rating school system facilities is under development to help Prince George’s Public Schools prioritize over $2 billion worth of deferred maintenance.Download

August 31, 2014
Gold Citation - Common Areas — Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School 

June 10, 2014
Maryland Stadium Authority Awards $6.3M Contract for Baltimore Schools Overhaul 

The Maryland Stadium Authority has selected a joint venture to perform management services for the massive $1.1 billion overhaul and construction of Baltimore City Public School buildings.Download

May 28, 2014
Planners Brief LR District on Buildings 

A team of facility planners presented the Little Rock School Board on Tuesday with difference scenarios for resolving condition, use and capacity issues at school buildings in the state's largest school district within its nearly 50 campuses.Download

May 2, 2014
Forget facelifts. Architects are giving D.C. public schools luxurious settings worthy of trophy office buildings. 

Battle lines are being drawn over D.C.’s public school boundaries, but we’ve already seen victories in improving the physical environments for learning.Download

May 1, 2014
Outstanding Design, Architecture in Education — Honorable Mention — Dunbar Senior High School 

March 26, 2014
Learning by Design - Grand Prize Award - New Construction / Addition (Entire School / Campus Building) — Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School 

March 1, 2014
School Roofs Aren't What They Used To Be 

They really don't make roofs the way they used to.

November 1, 2013
Outstanding Design Award — Anacostia High School 

June 1, 2013
Final Walkthru: Woodrow Wilson High School 

The modernization of Woodrow Wilson High School, built in 1935 and accorded historic landmark status during the project's Design Phase, combined renovation and adaptive resuse of 305,286 square feet of existing space plus 71,221 square feet of new construction.Download

June 1, 2013
Education Design Showcase Project of Distinction - K-12 — H.D. Woodson High School 

April 1, 2013
Learning by Design Outstanding Project Award - New Construction - Entire School/Campus Building — H.D. Woodson High School 

April 1, 2013
Learning by Design - Honorable Mention Award - Renovation / Adaptive Reuse / Restoration (Historic Preservation) — Woodrow Wilson Senior High School 

September 7, 2012
Management Team Outlines Goals, Timeline for FWCS Board 

Fort Wayne Community Schools board had its first work session Thursday with Brailsford & Dunlavey, the company the district has hired to manage its $119 million building project.Download

August 28, 2012
FWCS to Pay Ohio Building Consultant $250,000 

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board agreed Monday to hire an Ohio consulting firm to oversee the upcoming $119 million school buildings improvement project.  Brailsford & Dunlavy, a program management firm out of Dublin, Ohio, will manage the project’s engineering, design and construction at an initial cost of $250,000.Download

July 13, 2012
Fake Grass Would Take Some Real Money 

The St. Mary’s school board is hoping for an outpouring of donations to fund new synthetic turf fields at the county’s three public high schools.Download

April 11, 2012
School System Presents Site Plan to City Hall for Jefferson-Houston 

After years of failing test scores and faltering attendance, school officials now have a plan to demolish the existing Jefferson-Houston School and build a new one.Download

February 1, 2012
Detroit Public Schools Receives $500.5 Million in Federal Funding 

Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is receiving badly needed funding for its schools, thanks to a $500.5 million bond construction program funded by Proposal S dollars.Download

June 1, 2011
Architectural Showcase — Wilson Aquatic Center 

May 1, 2011
A Marathon Year for Detroit School Construction 

It's been a marathon year for the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Construction Bond Program and the Walbridge Joint Venture (WJV), program managers for the $500.5 million program committed to delivering 18 Detroit School projects in three years.Download

February 1, 2011
Best Sustainable Project of the Year - Design Build — Henry D. Cooke Elementary School 

February 1, 2011
Design Build Award — Henry D. Cooke Elementary School 

October 1, 2010
Sustainability & Innovation Award — Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School 

June 18, 2010
Detroit Holds Groundbreaking for 1st New School 

When the dust dissipates and the mortar dries, Martin Luther King High School will have a new 21st century look.Download

March 23, 2010
Learning by Design Award — Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School 

March 23, 2010
Learning by Design Award — School Without Walls 

March 23, 2010
Schoolhouse of the Future 

While budgets continue to bear the brunt of declining revenues, escalating construction costs, and skyrocketing transportation expenses, the need for high-performance, forward-thinking educational environments remains constant.Download

December 1, 2009
Award of Merit - K-12 Schools — Addison Elementary School 

October 1, 2009
Learning Curve: Putting Healthy School Principles Into Practice 

The H-shape design planned for New York City’s new Public School 109, as described by The New York Times, allowed for large courtyards shielded from neighbors’ noise for play and recreation, windows that open onto the courtyards to provide light and air, and thoroughly ventilated wardrobes to dry clothing and maintain circulation. That was a few years ago—in 1901, to be exact.Download

August 1, 2009
Impact on Learning Award — Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School 

August 1, 2009
D.C. School Without Walls Celebrates Grand Reopening 

The mayor and area education officials, along with the School Without Walls High School(SWW) student body, gathered for a ribbon cutting and grand reopening ceremony celebrating long-awaited renovations. The $39 million historic restoration project began in April 2008 and combines the existing 18-year-old former Grant Elementary School structure with a new 68,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art learning environment.Download

July 1, 2009
A Quick Transformation 

The Benning School, a former Washington D.C. Public School "School without walls," recently was transformed into a bright and colorful space for two fledgling charter schools.  In just 40 days, the design team work with client Building Hope to gut and renovate the 50,500-square-foot space to provide facilities that can be leased to start-up charter schools on a revolving basis.Download

March 23, 2009
School's In: Architects Reshape DC Public Schools 

There's a huge amount of energy, innovation, and expertise pouring into DC public schools these days. Much of the effort quite properly revolves around curricula and standards of discipline.  But architecture is increasingly playing a big role, too, partly because of the provision of the quality facilities is a rare facet of education reform embraced by people of almost all viewpoints, and partly because the rise of public charter and magnet schools has introduced competition for students.Download

April 1, 2008
What Does It Mean to Go Green? 

When people talk about green building, the term “LEED rating” usually bubbles to the surface: it’s a badge of honor for green construction projects.Download