Workplace Environment Trends

Employees spend the majority of their days in the office and as a result, the office environment has a big impact on well-being and productivity. It’s important that companies invest in workplace designs that enhance the employee experience, which can help improve the quality of their work while increasing employee

Interior Design Color Trends in 2018

Every year the Pantone Color Institute will tell us what color will be trending in all things related to graphic design, paint, fabrics, plastics, and more. Pantone is the industry standard for color matching in all things design related. Wondering what the color of the year is for 2018? It’s

How Design-Build Reduces Project Time and Cost

Have you ever received an impressive building design, but then you saw the cost and did a double-take? Was there an extra zero in there? Maybe 2 extra zeros? Research that assessed over 350 projects of varying size showed that when design-build was used over design-bid-build, project cost was 6.1%

Property Managers: Here’s Why Resident Feedback is Important

From a building owner’s perspective, the goal is to create a safe and efficient building. From a property manager’s perspective, the goal is to ensure residents are satisfied with their living space. How can the two perspectives be better integrated? By instituting a formal resident feedback process. In our world

6 Benefits of Working in Construction

A career working in construction carries many benefits, particularly in Upstate New York. Why work in construction in Upstate New York? For starters, there is growth and a promising future for the industry as a whole. A recent study found that in 2016 the construction industry saw a 2.4% growth

The Rise of Pre-Fabrication and Pre-Assembly in Commercial and Mixed-Use Construction

Many owners and developers choose to incorporate pre-assembly and pre-fabrication processes into their building project rather than using a more conventional approach. With pre-fabrication and pre-assembly, an integrated design-build firm and its construction team will set up a particular commercial space to pre-fabricate processes. These include examples like pre-poured slabs,

How the Internet-of-Things Impacts Building Engineering

However slow it may seem, technology is changing building engineering processes. One of the major developments on the horizon isn’t a device or program like the institution of BIM or drones. It’s a process. The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is one of the most talked about technology applications in not only modern

4 Benefits of Metal Panel Siding

Metal panel siding has been traditionally used in pre-engineered buildings (PEBs), but more and more building owners are beginning to see the benefit of using metal panel siding for all building designs. In the world of integrated design-build projects, PEBs are a systems building approach designed to maximize the use

How to Work with a Design-Build Team

Our objective in creating design-build teams is always unity. When a team of people form to execute huge construction projects, it is critical to have everyone on the same page. The design-build team knows the scope and parameters of each project so there is no question about the goals to

Clash Detection: The Cost, The History, and New Technology

When you think about all the components that must come together to complete a building project, it can often challenge the most seasoned architects, engineers, and developers. How is it that plumbing doesn’t intrude on ductwork? Or that beams don’t crash through walls? Well, experienced pros help, but they rely

3D Printed Buildings Will Change the Design-Build Landscape

Previously, we discussed 3D printing on the VIP Structures blog. The 3D printing market is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. According to MarketsandMarkets, the 3D printing market is expected to be worth 32.8 billion USD by 2023. Between 2017 and 2023, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

Do We Expand or Build New? Should We Own or Lease?

Major construction is a complex, risk-laden venture that involves the expenditure of large sums of capital and demands constant attention to achieve success. An owner embarking on a construction project must make a number of important decisions regarding expansion or building new. If a new facility is the way to

Why Every Space Needs an Occupancy Sensor

Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important for both newly designed buildings and existing ones, as the average commercial building in the U.S. wastes 30% of the energy it consumes. Whether the push for efficiency is incentive-based or a push to meet the more stringent energy code requirements, buildings are now

Historic Tax Credits Benefit Architects, Engineers, and Construction firms

In our digital world of immediate gratification and “get-it-now” mentality, it’s good to know that things of the past still have value. When you think about news that is outdated the minute it is released, it’s encouraging to see that some things that have endured the test of time still

5 Examples of Green Building in Engineering

As more and more owners feel a responsibility to build sustainably, green building design and construction is becoming more of a common practice in mixed-use and commercial construction. Green building goes beyond just installing solar panels or recycling. True green building requires using a whole building approach to provide greener