The great stone cathedrals of Europe, the forum in Rome, Grand Central Station in NYC, The Milwaukee Museum of Art by Santiago Calatrava, Google’s offices…they have provided inspiration to millions of people who have visited them. Why is that?
Fieldwork During COVID-19
As we begin to develop our “Return to Work” strategies, we must include protocols for accommodating necessary field work and out-of-office meetings. Such work includes site surveys, field observations and construction site visits. While the CDC will continue to...
Corporate Real Estate Crystal Ball
In Speaking with a few dozen people in the Commercial Real Estate market over the last week it is clear that clarity on what to expect in the future is not imminent but the feeling that things will be different is almost universal. Below are a selection of comments and speculations about what the near and long term impact of this pandemic
Potential Delays in Construction Supply Chain
Please be aware of potential delays in the construction supply chains that may impact projects. Information continues to evolve on a daily basis but some comments and/or concerns that we have heard from industry sources are...
Carbon Monoxide Detectors in All Building Use Groups
Carbon Monoxide detectors are required in all building use groups when the building has natural gas or oil fired appliances. This law is currently in effect and being enforced during the annual fire inspection process.
Evidence Based Design
Designers are often criticized for subjective or arbitrary decisions. All of us have happened upon a building or a room and wondered, “What the hell happened here?” Reasons for questionable decisions can include: “This is what the client wanted”, “This was required by code”, “I thought it would look cool”, “This is all we could afford”, etc. The list is long and rarely satisfying...
Air Conditioning Our Existing Schools
Many New Jersey school districts are considering the introduction of air conditioning into their existing schools. Some are considering cooling only select areas, others are targeting entire buildings.
Urbanizing the Suburban Environment
Why do 60% of Millennials prefer the urban environment? One theory is that as their lives have been more consumed by personal interactions via electronic media, people crave increased, easy access, to in-person interaction that is currently more prevalent in the urban environment. What if the suburbs could be updated to provide more of that? Could small “urban” hubs or “linear towns” be developed to provide both the desired experience while strengthening and revitalizing existing communities?