MAY 21, 2020
Construction Scheduling I The Knowns and Unknowns
It seems we are all driven by some sort of schedule that allows our lives to stay organized and reduces some of the chaos that life seems to through at us. A schedule provides a semblance of order as we map out our day, week(s), and even month(s) ahead. A construction schedule at its core is no different.
The Master Schedule
At the onset of a project, a Master Schedule is developed that “estimates” the length of the project and establishes key tasks and milestones, identifies critical path items and becomes the communication tool to sub-contractors, vendors and clients as to a projects’ progress. The established Master Schedule becomes the baseline and gets adjusted and updated throughout the life cycle of the project as unknown designs and other variables become known. (Continue Reading )
April 30, 2020
Lighting Design With Energy Efficiency in Mind
In recent years, enthusiasm to improve a building’s energy-efficiency and reduce its overall carbon footprint has grown. Lighting design has been at the forefront of this movement.
It is no surprise that commercial buildings consume a tremendous amount of energy, which we have learned over the years is not always necessary and can be avoided with changes in lighting, controls, heating and air conditioning systems, and ventilation improvements.
Whether you are designing a new building, renovating an existing building, or looking to improve your new home office, incorporating these two simple tips will get you well on your way to a more sustainable and energy-efficient work environment.
Natural Light | Day Lighting
- Designers and architects are always searching for ways to inspire and bring space to its full potential. By using natural lighting, it makes a space feel more welcomed and productive while maintaining the commitment to sustainable design. (continue reading)
April 21, 2020
Essential Tools Every Engineer Should Know How to Use
What is the best way to thrive in your engineering career? Be familiar with the technology available to you. There is plenty of software available on the market for engineers, but deciding what applications you need, can be quite tricky.
At IPD Engineering, we pride ourselves on staying up to date with the most recent software or tools to keep innovating.
Here are a few essential tools that every engineer should know how to use and a few emerging technologies that IPD is using to deliver quality designs that have proven invaluable during this pandemic.
- Microsoft Excel is one of the most common and powerful tools used in the engineering industry. If you were to ask an engineer what program they use daily, Excel would be the top answer. Excel can allow users to develop robust applications to solve problems. From running numerical simulations to differential equations, Excel can do it all. (continue reading)
APRIL 9, 2020
AN IMPROMPTU HOME OFFICE – CREATING A WORK SPACE
As COVID-19 continues to spread, we are all facing a new normal; working from home. What many of us thought might be a two to a three-week situation, has turned into a far greater duration. This new reality has us all scrambling as we develop new routines in our daily lives and leaves us asking a number of questions. The biggest hurdle many of us are facing is where to set up the computer to create a more permanent home office that doesn’t impact the entire household. And just a few words of wisdom, your bed should not be your ultimate solution.
Creating a home office is not as difficult as it may seem, it all starts with finding the right space and viewing your spaces a little differently. Here’s were thinking outside the box comes into play. Look around your home and see what empty spaces you have. Sometimes that is a closet, the hallway, and even below the stair risers. All available space should be considered as a fair game. (continue reading)
March 31, 2020
9 DESIGN IDEAS FOR SMALL LIVING SPACES
While increased urbanization is attracting more people to urban areas like Syracuse, affordability is becoming a more significant issue. As a result, smaller, less expensive living spaces are trending, opening the door to more innovative approaches that make the most out of these spaces without sacrificing convenience or design sensibility.
In fact, with some flexibility and creativity, designers use tight spaces as an opportunity to bring to innovative market ideas that are worthy of acclaim. Here is a look at nine design ideas for small living spaces that are changing the way we view these spaces.. Continue Reading
MARCH 11, 2020
RETAIL INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS THAT ARE CHANGING THE CONSUMER EXPERIENCE
Consumer expectations are fast evolving, and the line between online and offline shopping is blurring.
As a result, a retailer’s interior space needs to express the brand’s personality and identity while building an emotional connection with consumers to create a memorable shopping experience.
Understanding current retail trends, marketing technologies, and consumer psychologies are critical. Integrated design-build firms are equipped to work with clients to assist them in incorporating these trends seamlessly into their new retail spaces
FEBRUARY 18. 2020
Part 2: The Laura Clark Experience | Making it a “Reality” | Augmented & Virtual Reality
The “Aha” Moment
It was around this time that I was introduced to last year’s company holiday card. It provided a virtual tour of the new home of VIP, featuring holiday décor. This unique holiday card was created through the collaborative efforts of our IT and marketing departments, along with the architectural division. It was sent to clients, along with a branded cardboard headset to optically create a 3D effect. The program utilized to create a virtual tour of the space was completed on a paid platform known as theViewer. The platform hosts a series of 360-degree panoramas that can be exported from a Revit model, and allows the viewer to navigate the space through marked location points or through a floor plan.
JANUARY 31, 2020
Part 1: The Laura Clark Experience | Getting Started | Augmented & Virtual Reality
Like most new employees, I was working with the IT Department to set up my computer. What seemed like it would be an easy first-day task, turned out to be anything but. Step 1 – log in to the computer with my ID and password provided by IT. Step 2 – log in to my email. This is when things went a little south. I entered my password incorrectly, more than once mind you, and it logged me out. IT had to swoop in and save the day.
JANUARY 6, 2020
FOOD HALL DESIGN TRENDS – CHANGING THE SCRIPT ON CASUAL DINING
Dining out is more than just eating for many people. Dining is an experience – the center of many social interactions, and a form of entertainment. While food halls are starting to gain more traction in smaller cities, they are nothing new.Food Service News wrote, “Markets featuring vendors, growers, producers ▸
OCTOBER 7, 2019
6 BENEFITS OF GREEN ROOFS
As population, growth, and urbanization continue to replace land with concrete, there is a serious need to recover green space. It is essential for maintaining environmental quality and improving the earth’s landscape. Installing green roofs is one of the best options for reducing the environmental impact of urban development while, ▸
AUGUST 20, 2019
COMPANY CULTURE & ITS IMPORTANCE WITHIN THE WORKPLACE
We recently sat down with Cynthia Hernandez, Chief People Strategist, to discuss culture within the workplace. In her role at VIP, Hernandez works closely with the leadership team to strategically drive efforts to create a thriving work environment for all employees. Cynthia has over 10 years of experience as an ▸