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February 11, 2016

When most think of solar energy, photovoltaics and solar thermal water heating come to mind. These are technologies that most large-scale projects consider at one point or another and are easily understood by project stakeholders. However, what are the alternative options projects can investigate to cut energy bills and reduce our impact on the environment?

February 10, 2016

Many new buildings are focusing on sustainability with words words like “green” and “eco-friendly” gaining traction with public opinion. We find ourselves often enamored with these marketable, energy efficient new buildings and lose sight of the aging buildings that exist all around us.

January 25, 2016

With the opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville earlier this summer, casino gambling is officially finally here and will now only continue to grow.  With the Wynn and MGM projects moving forward and now the Mashpee Wampanoag project as well, there will certainly be impacts coming to the construction community in what is already a very busy time for all those in the middle of the construction boom. 

January 1, 2016

As we close out 2015 and open up ourselves to a 'fresh' start for 2016, it's a great time to reflect on where we are as A/E/C professionals in the context of sustainability. Clearly, we're well past the 'freshness' and learning curve on LEED® checklists and the use of colorful rosettes to support a project's sustainability goals; but at the same time are we honestly making the progress that is needed?   

November 1, 2015

What is failure? We know that fan belts break, motors burn out, and power disruptions are an operational reality. But not all failures are equal. The first step in Making it Work, it to define what failure looks like for your project.

April 1, 2015

The continued growth of the aging population is driving the occupancy rates of senior care facilities, and the development of new facilities. Owner/Operators across the care spectrum, ranging from independent living through skilled nursing facilities, look to boost profits and operational efficiencies through consolidation, increasing market positions, and aligning themselves for the next generation entering their facilities. 

February 1, 2015

Many opportunities arise over the course of a building project, particularly for academic buildings embedded in a campus. The design team (architects, engineers, and construction partners when possible) plays an important role in applying big-picture thinking and lessons learned from past experience to identify the opportunities and guide the client to consider them for the benefit of the institution.