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BETTING BIG: DraftKings’ New HQ

October 28th, 2019

Sports betting is big business, and the creator of the leading fantasy sports and sports betting products is betting big on Boston. With its move to a new headquarters in Boston’s Back Bay, DraftKings signals its incredible growth and commitment to staying true to its Boston roots.

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GIVING BACK: Big Changes Start Small

October 21st, 2019

GIVING BACK: Big Changes Start Small While there’s certainly been a lot of progress, when it comes to plastic reuse and recycling, the United States still has some work to do. According to the National Geographic Society, shoppers in the USA use almost one plastic bag per day, compared to Denmark, where, on average, residents use four plastic bags per year. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency reports the USA only recycles 9% of its plastic, leaving plenty of room for improvement.

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Flexibility and Adaptability: What’s Next for Workplace Design

October 15th, 2019

Collaboration. Connection. Choice. Those have been the operative words in office design over the last few years, particularly as the open-plan concept has taken hold. How are those ideas changing the workplace, and where are we headed next? We spoke with three workplace design experts to get their take on the workplace then, now and in the future.

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An Officer and an Employee: Law Enforcement Facilities as Workplaces

October 15th, 2019

How do you create a comfortable, productive workplace that also functions as a highly secured public building? Two law enforcement departments in Florida have found a way to achieve both goals, blending modern function with form in their new facilities. With the help of Ajax, both Volusia County and the City of St.

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THE FLEX FACTOR Coworking and the Flexible Office Market

October 8th, 2019

THE FLEX FACTOR Coworking and the Flexible Office Market The coworking/flexible office model has undoubtedly disrupted the traditional corporate real estate market. Since WeWork brought the concept to the big stage a few years ago, flexible office leasing has become a sizeable percentage of the office market—and it’s growing. In fact, JLL predicts that nearly 30% of US office space could be consumed flexibly by 2030.

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Space as a Service: VARISPACE Las Colinas

October 7th, 2019

“Finding a better way” isn’t just the motto at VARIDESK—it’s the principle that launched the company. When one of the cofounders wasn’t happy with the complicated assembly of his sit/stand desk, he and his partner took on the challenge to “find a better way” by building their own desk. And so VARIDESK was born.

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Commercial Evolution: Reviving Grayson Heights

July 18th, 2019

On any repositioning project, unforeseen challenges are par for the course. But when SA Quad Ventures and Stream Realty Partners decided to completely rebrand their nearly 80-year-old property on the outskirts of downtown San Antonio, Texas—a building with an already complicated construction history—adaptation was the name of the game.

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WATERFRONT REVIVAL: American Water HQ

July 9th, 2019

For decades, the Delaware River waterfront in Camden, New Jersey was a hub of industrial activity. But as manufacturing declined across the US, Camden suffered. Many factories closed and, over time, the waterfront was largely abandoned.

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Quality Care, Close to Home

July 4th, 2019

In the last few years, Westchester County, New York, has become somewhat of a healthcare hub. With its proximity to Manhattan, the area offers suburban patients the convenience of local service with the caliber of care found in the large hospital networks in the city.

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THE LAW OF ATTRACTION: 70 Hudson Street, Jersey City

June 27th, 2019

Large floor plates, modern building infrastructure, public transportation and stunning waterfront views of Manhattan—all the ingredients of a perfect location for a corporate headquarters. At least that was the hope of Spear Street Capital when the firm purchased 70 Hudson Street, an office building in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 2016.

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A VERTICAL VENTURE: 520 Madison Avenue

June 23rd, 2019

A VERTICAL VENTURE: 520 Madison Avenue 520 Madison Avenue, positioned in the heart of NYC Midtown, the famed Plaza District has long been one of Manhattan's most sought-after commercial neighborhoods.

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UPTOWN OVERHAUL: 2401 Cedar Springs

June 19th, 2019

Occupied by a single tenant for 30 years, the former GuideStone building in Uptown Dallas had simply become part of the visual landscape. “Because it had been there so long with the same tenant, it just wasn’t on people’s mental radar screens,” says Joseph Pitchford, managing director at Crescent Real Estate, who recently purchased the building.

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TECHNICAL SERVICES: The Cornerstone of Refurbishment

June 16th, 2019

In refurbishment projects, a building’s technical systems (aka “MEP” systems) are perhaps the most important piece. Why? These systems are the heart and veins of the building. In other words, a refurbished building won’t be a success without modern, functional infrastructure. But addressing these systems early—and thoroughly—is vital.

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In the Heart of the Hub

June 13th, 2019

The area of Boston known as Downtown Crossing has long been the city’s shopping hub. By the late 1800s, department stores like Jordan Marsh and Filene’s had established themselves there, and retailers ranging from clothiers to jewelers lined Washington Street, one of the district’s main thoroughfares. 399 Washington Street is right in the middle of this retail hotbed.

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FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE: Govan Brown’s HQ

June 11th, 2019

Once a heavily industrial area, the Junction neighborhood in Toronto has steadily transformed over the years into a sought-after place to live and work. When Govan Brown decided to relocate its headquarters to the Junction, however, the success of that revitalization had not yet been realized.

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BUILDING ON A BUILDING: Hudson Commons

June 11th, 2019

Most building repositioning projects involve gutting an older building and starting fresh with modern infrastructure and interiors. But at 441 Ninth Avenue in New York City, Cove Property Group is thinking—quite literally—outside of the box.

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Coworking and Collaborating at the Free Library of Philadelphia

June 6th, 2019

The library as we know it is changing—and has been for years. Rather than simply housing books and other materials, today’s library is becoming a go-to public destination for all types of resources, including collaboration and coworking facilities.

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LEARNING CURVE: Manhattan College’s South Campus

June 6th, 2019

When it comes to engineering and science education and research, Manhattan College offers some of the top programs in the country. But as work styles continue to evolve, staff and students needed the school's facilities to better reflect the way they operate. So in 2018, the college launched a phased program to renew their south campus.

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RESURRECTED: Residence Inn by Marriott Stamford Downtown

May 21st, 2019

Located in the heart of downtown Stamford, Connecticut, the Residence Inn by Marriott was expected to give the downtown an extra boost as a hub for visitors. But when the original developer went bankrupt and work abruptly stopped, the site remained dormant for three years.

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BUILT-IN FUNCTIONALITY: Hudson, NH Fire Station

February 22nd, 2019

In Boston, Structure Tone is primarily known for its unparalleled expertise in commercial interior construction, from small upgrades to high-end renovations. But when the team expanded their services into New Hampshire in 2016, they knew it could open doors into new and different types of work, including public facilities and out-of-the-ground construction.

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