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Lighting Design With Energy Efficiency in Mind

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.

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

6 Retail Interior Design Trends

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

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

School Modernization: A Trend that is on the Rise

VIP’s engineering division, IPD Engineering, has teamed with several local architectural firms to renovate and modernize many elementary and secondary schools in and around the Upstate New York area as part of various school districts’ capital improvement plans. These projects have taken on different levels of modernization, but all have

Aligning Goals & Objectives – 3 Best Practices/Common Mistakes

In an ever-evolving and challenging industry, it is important to work hard to meet business goals and objectives on an ongoing basis.[/caption] There are several impactful factors (i.e., employees, company culture, and reputation) that play a major role in the success of a firm and this holds true in AEC

How to Implement BIM in an AEC Firm

Building information modeling (BIM) has transformed the design-build industry over the last decade. This 3D design tool helps architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms transform the way projects are designed and constructed by collaborating on decisions early in the planning phase. When used to its full potential, BIM can decrease

The Evolution of Interior Design  – 4 Trends with Staying Power

The days of people sitting in cubicles all day are waning. Office environments have made tremendous strides in reinventing themselves to keep pace with market demands. The idea is to create spaces within the work environment that are stimulating, innovative and energizing places to be. Work environments are infusing company

BRANDING – IT’S IMPORTANT EVEN IN THE AEC WORLD

Every year, new trends emerge for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms. The market changes too quickly for any AEC firm to sit back, relax, and watch the world pass by. The latest AEC trends include integrated marketing and branding techniques, utilizing big data, and increasing recruiting efforts. Our marketing

Technology in Construction – How Far We Have Come

At first, there was a rope and pulley system and then machinery. Now, there is drone technology. A recent study reported 26% of construction professionals are using drone technology or plan to use it by 2020. Of those who currently use drone technology, Georgia Tech indicates that job efficiency improves

Fundamentals of Daylight Design

Designing Spaces with Light in Mind Daylight is dynamic. Daylight design plays a vital role in reducing glare, improving energy efficiency, and providing human-centric benefits. Lighting and light control impact almost every aspect of a building’s design. It can easily enhance and have a positive impact on a building’s environment

(VIDEO) 4 Reasons an AEC Firm Uses Drones

Drones and the AEC Industry  The popularity of drones for architecture, engineering, and construction projects cannot be denied. Drones are invaluable for preventing mistakes, tracking data, and delivering cost-effective & flexible project management. In fact, drones can decrease the cost of construction by eliminating errors, reducing material waste, and decreasing