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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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Aloha to Life Sciences and Research

April 8th, 2021

Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa hosted 5 freshmen, 5 preparatory students, and 13 faculty in temporary quarters near Honolulu’s Thomas Square. Well over 100 years later, the school has opened its latest addition on its modern campus: a new Life Sciences Building that serves over 1,000 students weekly through its 15 research labs, 6 teaching labs, and 52 workstations for graduate student research.

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THE RACE FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SPACE: Life Sciences in Boston

March 31st, 2021

It’s no secret that the greater Boston area—and Cambridge, in particular—is a national hot spot for life sciences firms. Has the pandemic affected that status? Are there other cities on Boston’s heels? Industry experts Charles Murphy of JB&B and Tim Allen of Colliers discuss Boston’s rise to prominence, what’s happening in the market now, and where the industry could be headed.

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INNOLABS: A Platform for Progress

March 29th, 2021

In 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced LifeSci NYC, a $500M, 10-year plan to grow the city’s life sciences industry and to create thousands of jobs. Developers are taking notice, including King Street Properties, who has seized the opportunity to create a life sciences hub in Long Island City that keeps the talent, capital, and institutional connections the city has to offer within the five boroughs.

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MAKERS AT WORK: Penn State’s James Building

January 8th, 2021

As Pennsylvania’s largest university, Penn State is a natural incubator for smart, creative potential entrepreneurs. In 2015, the university launched Invent Penn State to further nurture and harness that creativity through accelerator programs, coworking space, funding, networking, and other guidance.

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Pushing Boundaries with UNT Health Science Center

January 8th, 2021

The University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center is about to launch a research study that could transform the way Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed—but before the research team could change the face of medicine, the school had to make a few changes of their own.

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Living and Learning at Vanderbilt University

January 7th, 2021

It was Layton Construction’s version of the Big Bang—the implosion of one of Vanderbilt’s four Carmichael Towers in July 2019, an important milestone in the school’s Residential Colleges and West End Neighborhood Improvement project. Since then, Layton has made significant progress in moving these campus additions along as part of the company’s largest contract value solo project at the date of signing.

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STO Cares: Supporting Students

January 7th, 2021

For decades, STO Building Group companies have supported dozens of students through a robust internship program where students can gain valuable hands-on experience working with experts in different departments across the organization. When COVID-19 put the world on hold, many universities shut down unexpectedly, and many companies suspended their internship programs.

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When the Student Becomes the Teacher

January 6th, 2021

While the construction industry has been notoriously slow to embrace change, the advent of construction technology, new legislation, and increasingly global project teams have highlighted the importance of education. Critically examining existing methodologies and looking for ways to advance do not always have to take place in a classroom—but a willingness to learn is integral in transforming the industry for the better.

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The Austin Treatment: Allergan’s Customer Experience Hub

January 6th, 2021

Within the last few years, Austin, Texas has emerged as one of the US’s hottest tech towns, drawing in big firms and key talent due to its favorable market, arts and culture, and quality-of-life perks. Life sciences and healthcare organizations are following suit, including pharmaceutical company Allergan, which recently joined global firm AbbVie.

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WILLIS TOWERS WATSON: Built to Flex

December 15th, 2020

After spending 45 years in the Centre Square complex, Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking, and solutions firm, decided to move just a few blocks away to another one of Philly’s premier office buildings: 1735 Market Street. With two other offices located across the greater Philadelphia area, the relocation provided the company with an opportunity to modernize while maintaining their presence in the city’s central business district.

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THE PEOPLE PARADIGM: Forcepoint’s Cyber Experience Center

December 15th, 2020

When most people think of cybersecurity, they think of dark, shadowy forces and firewalls—not people. Cybersecurity firm Forcepoint is disrupting that preconception, both in their behavior-based approach to protecting data and the building they created to showcase it.

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Reoccupying Your Workplace

December 15th, 2020

This is an article about safety. You probably assume it’s about PPE, or fall protection, or confined spaces. Nope, not this safety article. This article is about behavioral changes and how STO’s Safety 360⁰ philosophy got us back to work amid a pandemic. But more than that, it’s about how Safety 360⁰ is going to get you back to the office, too.

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FSU’s EOAS BUILDING: Where Climate Collides

December 15th, 2020

Home to one of the top planetary science programs in the United States, Florida State University’s earth, ocean, and atmospheric science (EOAS) department performs cutting-edge research that helps communities around the country prepare for and respond to natural disasters. But before last year, these intertwined disciplines were scattered across eight buildings on FSU’s campus.

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Tech in Commercial Real Estate: Q&A with Jon Schultz

December 8th, 2020

In an age where landlords are more like hoteliers, how can commercial real estate technology enhance the tenant experience? How is the pandemic shaping that experience? Real estate expert and early-stage seed investor in the CRE tech space, Jon Schultz, has spent the last 30 years of his career incorporating technology into his real estate assets, as well as his personal life.

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POWER PARTNERS: CyrusOne’s Dublin Campus

December 3rd, 2020

With now over 50 data centres across the globe, CyrusOne knows what it takes to design, build, and operate mission-critical facilities. They frame their philosophy around three main principles: lowering capital and operating expenses for their clients, reducing risk through redundancy, and building scalable facilities that allow clients room to grow.

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IONA FOREVER: Iona College’s Capital Improvement Program

December 3rd, 2020

In 2015, Iona College launched its largest capital campaign in the college’s 80-year history. Known as “Iona Forever,” the effort is helping the college create a modern learning environment that fosters innovation and collaboration.

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COVID AND THE CAMPUS: An insider perspective

December 3rd, 2020

When students don’t return to campus, what happens to the buildings? Here facilities executives from three higher education institutions shed light on how COVID-19 has affected the physical campus and their predictions on what’s to come.

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