Current › Events, News

Roof Decks Count

BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) now includes balconies and roof decks in rentable square footage. BOMA 2017 for Office Buildings is approaching the first anniversary of its release, but you may be unaware of an important change that affects both building owners and tenants.  Balconies, Covered Galleries and Finished Rooftop Terraces are now included in the “Tenant Area”, previously known as the Useable Square Footage. (USF.)  For buildings with these types of amenities, this change significantly affects what is included in the Rentable Square Footage.

Read More

Award Winning Corporate Interior Design

Perhaps contrary to popular perception, Architects are not typically driven by the prospect of winning design awards. Creating environments that meet the diverse needs of our clients is our raison d’etre, and if we happen to be recognized for achieving that goal in an artful way, we are grateful. We are also happy for our clients, because good design is a result of a collaborative effort and a lot of work for all involved. Great design involves innovation and creativity that often requires not only a shared vision,

Read More

Keeping the Faith in Catholic Education

Demand for Catholic education is increasing rapidly as parishes consolidate their school systems. Traditionally, each Catholic church would run their own school. Now, as the trend turns to shared school systems that serve multiple parishes, the school buildings need to expand for the growth.

Expanding for growth can mean either renovating and adding on to existing school buildings, or creating a whole new school building. Either way, the challenges remain the same. The school building has to serve more than one purpose.

Read More

Making Ambiance Great Again

We live in dangerous times. As any lighting designer will tell you, LED lighting is here to stay, bringing with it a vast array of opportunities and challenges. The opportunities include energy savings, dim ability, and new fixture designs that were never before possible, but LED fixtures are still plagued with uncertain color rendition, as well as brightness and glare issues, making it challenging to create the lighting effects that are so important to our perception of a space.

Read More

So who are you?

We all know we only get one chance to make a good first impression. In the blink of an eye a judgement will be made that could dramatically impact our future, whether we know it or not. The same holds true for architecture. A prospective customer or future star employee will approach your place of business someday and quickly determine if your vision and values align with theirs.

Read More

What’s wrong with this picture?

Designing buildings for clients who intend to own and occupy them has some advantages, including the ability to incorporate features that cost more initially, but pay for themselves over a short period of time. One such feature is the raised floor, which is an elevated floor of removable panels built above the structural floor.

Read More