As the principal researcher and writer for Building Design+Construction’s monthly 5,000-word technical supplements, which double as American Institute of Architects-accredited continuing education units, Barbara’s team-produced articles were nominated for two prestigious industry awards in 2009.

American Business Media Neal Award Finalist

American Association of Business Press Editors AZBEE National Award

Building Design+Construction named a finalist in 2009 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the "Pulitzers of Business Media"


Oak Brook, IL - Jan. 24, 2009 - Building Design+Construction, a Reed Business Information publication serving the U.S./Canada nonresidential design and construction industry, has been named a finalist in the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Awards, known familiarly as the “Pulitzers of the Business Media.”

Building Design+Construction ( was cited in the category of “Best How-to Article or How-to Series” for its series of Building Technology Supplements. These intensive, 5,000-word articles, written by BD+C Contributing Editors C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, provide high-quality educational content to the publication's 74,503 subscribers.

By reading and studying the article, architects, engineers, contractors, and others can qualify to take an online exam that could earn them 1.0 “learning units” from the American Institute of Architects and other professional membership associations.

The four articles in Building Design+Construction's submission covered such diverse topics as;

How to Design a Public Restroom



How to Construct Buildings to Protect Them Against Moisture Problems

How to Build with Wood

And How to Build with Brick


The Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards, which have been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the business press,” are the industry’s most prestigious and most sought-after editorial honors. Established in 1955, the Neal Awards recognize and reward editorial excellence in business-to-business publications.