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Investing in Innovation

September 21st, 2021

In an industry that’s historically been slow to adopt new technologies, the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) fields present incredible opportunities for tech investors and developers alike. Determined to drive innovative change from within, Thornton Tomasetti, SHoP Architects, Syska Hennessy, and STO Building Group formed AEC Angels, a venture capital fund focused specifically on assessing, testing, funding, and accelerating promising AEC technologies.

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FAST CARS IN THE BIG CITY: Special Projects Builds Lamborghini Lounge NYC

September 17th, 2021

With a commitment to quality, a keen eye for detail, and extensive showroom experience, Structure Tone’s Special Projects team converted a former art gallery into the private VIP Lamborghini Lounge NYC, a 5,400sf, double-height, state-of-the-art brand destination that offers guests exclusive access to never-before-seen vehicles, Italian culinary experiences, and elite exhibitions.

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The Road Ahead for the Workplace

September 15th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been called the “great catalyst” for change across the globe—including in the workplace. As companies return to the office, Structure Tone Dublin preconstruction director Richard Hemming spoke with four industry experts on what trends they see coming down the pike.

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STOBG CARES: Preserving the Environment Through Art

August 12th, 2021

Picture this: Recycled materials, paper, plastic, and even hair, shaped into a brilliant piece of art in the middle of an office. This incredible vision was created by WRAP, the Waste Reduction Art Project, to stop the cycle of building waste. Founder Yana Good Nigen established the project in February 2020, along with several talented artists, to help the world live more sustainably and positively impact the environment.

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A GROWTH MINDSET: UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

July 30th, 2021

The future is always in view for the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. While the 3-floor, 200,000sf hospital offers space for 80 licensed patient beds, 4 operating rooms, 20 emergency department bays, and administrative support spaces, it was designed with a future 4-floor expansion in mind. Part of a 650-acre health and life sciences park known as Medical City in the popular Lake Nona community, the building was designed to seamlessly blend into the existing Orlando, Florida neighborhood, even as it grows.

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Bringing State-of-the-Art Treatment to the People

July 27th, 2021

Since opening the Roberts Proton Therapy Center in 2010, Penn Medicine has committed to bringing this cutting-edge cancer treatment technology to patients in other areas of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. In the last year, they have made amazing strides toward that goal by working with LF Driscoll (LFD) to build new proton therapy centers at Lancaster General Health and in partnership with Virtua Health at Virtua Voorhees Hospital.

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The Growth of Mass Timber

July 23rd, 2021

The rise of mass timber usage on projects in the US Northeast is a trend that is here to stay due to the material’s ability to respond to the construction industry’s impact on climate change while satisfying designers’ appetite for biophilic building solutions.

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Building Community at Dwight-Englewood School

July 19th, 2021

For over 130 years, Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey has been building a community of learners. Always looking to the future, the school is currently in the midst of a master plan to shape the learning environment, both in and outside of the classroom. The latest phase of this plan is a new Middle School.

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Collaboration at London’s Rose Court

July 14th, 2021

With statutory regulation growing alongside investor pressure, several leading construction companies have announced net-zero targets in the past year. Such pledges are the culmination of an industry that is transitioning towards sustainability being the rule, as opposed to the exception, with BREEAM ratings, the reuse of concrete frames, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, smart management of energy consumption, and low-greenhouse-gas construction processes becoming largely adopted on construction projects throughout London.

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POSITIONED FOR SUCCESS: Everest Re Group, Ltd.

July 14th, 2021

In 2019, global (re)insurance firm Everest was approaching the end of their US headquarters lease in New Jersey and interested in making a move. They knew, however, that they wanted to stay within the same general area, which narrowed their options. That’s when Everest and their partners got creative.

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Up Next for WELL: “Look for the Seal” at Trinity Industries

July 8th, 2021

From incorporating active design elements to increasing access to natural light, the concept of enhancing human health and wellbeing through the built environment has revolutionized the AEC industry. Last year, the pandemic pushed the wellness community to take their approach to occupant health a step further.

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BUILDING WELL

July 8th, 2021

Officially launched in 2014 by Delos, and now managed by the International WELL Building Institute, the WELL Building Standard is a leading tool for advancing the health and well-being of building occupants. WELL centers on occupants’ experiences within the built environment—access to daylight, opportunities for movement, and practices and policies that create a holistic approach to wellness.

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UCLA MARGO LEAVIN GRADUATE ART STUDIOS

July 6th, 2021

A ramshackle old factory is reborn as a first-class LEED Gold art center.

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MCKOOL SMITH: Leading the Way at One Manhattan West

June 30th, 2021

The buildings in Hudson Yards aren’t the only ones in the neighborhood with bright new offices. To the east across Tenth Avenue is Manhattan West, a 5.4Msf mixed-use development by Brookfield Properties. One Manhattan West (OMW) is the first office tower in this development to be completed, and McKool Smith, one of the nation’s leading trial firms, was its first tenant. Structure Tone New York managed McKool’s relocation from its previous office to two floors at OMW, a space that nearly doubles the size of the firm’s New York location.

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BUILDING REOCCUPANCY: The Race to Building Wellness

June 30th, 2021

As life science companies continue to roll out vaccines, businesses are preparing for employees to safely return to the office. STO Building Group is actively working with clients, partners, and industry experts on building reoccupancy strategies and is piloting new approaches and technologies within our own workplaces to learn firsthand what can help with this global return to work.

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A Sustainable Future for the Irish Arts Center

June 21st, 2021

When New York City’s Irish Arts Center began its plans for a new building, inclusivity was always a goal. 

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Committing to a Greener, Healthier, and More Sustainable Built World

June 15th, 2021

For the last two years, the Sustainable Construction Leaders (SCL) group, facilitated by BuildingGreen, has been working on an initiative to redefine the idea of what it means to be a green contractor—and it’s called the “Contractor’s Commitment.”

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125 Years of Pavarini North East Construction Co.

April 26th, 2021

The history of Pavarini North East Construction perfectly illustrates the company’s culture—they’re all about relationships and adapting to changes in what their clients need. For 125 years, they have been building the places that shape communities, from brand-new museums and academic buildings to interior fit-outs of corporate headquarters, hotels, and hospitals.

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A LIFE SCIENCES EXPLOSION: Exploring the Northeast Supercluster

April 19th, 2021

Pre-pandemic, the life sciences sector was growing rapidly throughout the Northeast United States. Now, with all eyes on the industry developing and manufacturing the vaccine, five markets across the region—Boston-Cambridge, Washington DC, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York City—were named in the top ten US life sciences clusters by CBRE. Together, the supercluster accounts for 72% of existing life sciences inventory by square footage, 56% of under construction life sciences inventory, and 40% of lab conversions.

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FISHER BROTHERS: Reimagining 299 Park

April 13th, 2021

There’s a lively vibe at 299 Park Avenue, Fisher Brothers’ 44-story office tower between East 48th and 49th Streets. The new look—which reimagined the building’s lobby space and included an interactive, cinematic art display—reflects the renewed energy up and down the iconic commercial corridor.

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