Technology is enabling dramatic changes in the retail and hospitality industries, allowing customers to shop how and when they want. These changes disrupt the traditional parameters of place and set store hours, giving way to the convenience of shopping from anywhere at any time, even incorporating social media and friends participation in personal shopping.
In May of 2016, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) was certified LEED Silver for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance by the U.S. Green Building Council. This award distinguishes the facility as one of the largest buildings in New England and among a handful of convention centers in the world to be awarded LEED certification. Vanderweil successfully led the project team through this certification, returning to the BCEC years after completing the MEP design for the building.
Firms expands expertise in design of mechanical/electrical systems for healthcare facilities.
Data center design and colocation RFP’s continue to list a DCIM solution as a requirement. It is an easy box to check, or not, as is more of often the case. Like Tier certification, the...
This article discusses some of the key technology trends and emerging technology products that are facilitating life sciences education and research activities. While new technologies and approaches are constantly marketed as “must-have” solutions by manufacturers and integrators, prudent selection of educational and business technologies should be made with a clear and focused understanding of how they support and/or enhance business and educational goals.
Locally sourced alternatives to traditional building materials are popular in building construction, and for good reason. The lower amount of energy required to process natural, locally available materials presents an environmentally favorable life-cycle impact.
It is nearly impossible to walk down a street in Boston or Cambridge today without passing a building that is part of a university campus. These campuses are filled with historic and iconic buildings which express the character and strong history of each institution. While many of these buildings house prominent researchers and professors who push the envelope on new technology research, the systems within many of these the buildings are as historic as the buildings themselves.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.