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BUILDING HEALTH: Why it’s become more important than ever

November 17th, 2020

In the 1970s, as we started to tighten building envelopes in response to energy efficiency demands, tenants started to report nonspecific symptoms—headaches, dizziness, nausea, eye, nose, or throat irritation, allergies, increased asthma attacks, and even personality changes. The media called it “office illness.” In 1986, the World Health Organization (WHO) started using the term “sick building syndrome.”

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GOING FIRST: Pausing Construction in Boston and San Francisco

October 8th, 2020

As COVID-19 cases in the US continued to climb earlier this year, construction firms in hot spots like New York City knew it was only a matter of time before jobsites were shut down.

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The Supply Chain Ripple Effect: Q&A with a Purchasing Expert

October 5th, 2020

COVID-19 impacted all facets of construction. But perhaps the first area to feel the effects was the supply chain and the preconstruction work associated with it. Here David Hamilton, vice president of purchasing at Structure Tone, explains this ripple effect and the strategies firms can consider for managing it during a crisis.

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Richard Irwin brings new direction to London Business

October 1st, 2020

Structure Tone recruits New Business Development Director of London Mission Critical Operations   Structure Tone London is very pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Irwin as its new Business Development Director leading its London Mission Critical Division and positioning it for future growth.

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Creativity During Crisis

September 25th, 2020

In our decades of doing business, we thought we’d seen just about everything—from natural disasters to recessions, to terrorist attacks. But COVID-19 has been like nothing we’ve seen before. Innovation has been critical to helping us, our clients, and our industry find ways to move forward.

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STO CARES: Acts of Kindness During Crisis

September 23rd, 2020

With 24-hour news coverage, social media at our fingertips, and circumstances changing by the hour, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the “bad” of the COVID-19 pandemic. But moments of crisis also bring opportunities to show up for the communities we live and build in. Here are few of the ways the offices across STO came together to spread hope and give back to their communities.

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The Post COVID Workplace: What’s next for office design?

September 22nd, 2020

In just a few months, COVID-19 has completely transformed the way industries around the globe operate. As society continues to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, so must our workplaces. So, what does the post-pandemic commercial office look like? STO launched a design impact taskforce to assess what real estate, design, and construction experts are saying. Here are some of their findings.

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PLANNING MAKES PERFECT: Stanley Switlik Elementary School, Marathon, FL

September 22nd, 2020

As COVID-19 shifted what a “workplace” should look like, organizations across the globe have mobilized to pull together new protocols and practices for their workspaces as they consider when and how to bring back staff. In April, the Govan Brown team began discussing this very challenge with clients, many of whom really weren’t sure how to approach their return.

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First Responders: Healthcare Construction in a Pandemic

September 22nd, 2020

COVID-19 upended the way we all live and work. But nothing compares to the impact it has had on the healthcare sector. Not only were healthcare workers on the front lines sacrificing their health to battle the virus, but healthcare facilities and processes had to be entirely reconfigured to care for patients and protect against further infection. 

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Managing the New, Virtual Jobsite

September 16th, 2020

While BIM and other tools have gradually helped bring virtual collaboration into construction, much of the process has continued to be done in person. But COVID-19 changed everything. With limitations on who can be on-site, virtual collaboration has become critical to keeping projects moving forward.

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SHARING AND CARING: Govan Brown’s Return-to-Work Strategy

September 14th, 2020

As COVID-19 shifted what a “workplace” should look like, organizations across the globe have mobilized to pull together new protocols and practices for their workspaces as they consider when and how to bring back staff. In April, the Govan Brown team began discussing this very challenge with clients, many of whom really weren’t sure how to approach their return.

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TEAMWORK AT ITS BEST: Communication and Collaboration on the Job

September 4th, 2020

As cities across the globe implemented stay-at-home orders and limited public activities, the construction industry (among many others) was contending with a slew of unknowns. Do we need to shut down our jobsites? Where do we find PPE? How do we practice social distancing in the confines of our sites?

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UPDATING AN ICON: 1735 Market Street

July 14th, 2020

With 54 stories conveniently located in Philly’s central business district, Silverstein Properties’ 1735 Market Street is the perfect home for any high-end corporate office—and in the last eight years, Structure Tone Philadelphia has fit out quite a few. From 12,000sf showrooms to 100,000sf office spaces, Structure Tone’s Philly team has transformed 19 floors within this popular high-rise.

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TECH TOWN: Govan Brown Opens New Kitchener, Ontario Office

July 10th, 2020

You might not know it, but a small city in Ontario, Canada is rapidly becoming a mini Silicon Valley. About an hour and a half west of Toronto, Kitchener is seeing an influx of investment by technology firms. In fact, in the 2019 Deloitte “Technology Fast 50” list, the three fastest-growing Canadian tech companies are all from the Waterloo/Kitchener Region.

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CONTINUOUS LOGISTICS Hildene Capital Management

July 2nd, 2020

Building trusting relationships and long-standing partnerships with their clients is a focus for Connecticut-based Hildene Capital Management. After relocating to a new, beautiful Stamford office, they have added another partner—Pavarini North East—to their impressive list. Hildene is a fairly young firm who wanted to look “different” from a traditional investment company.

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GLOBAL PARTNERS

July 2nd, 2020

While STO has worked with clients across the globe nearly since the beginning, the company formally established a team to connect those managing national accounts so they could leverage each other’s knowledge, expertise, and experience in different locations. Robert Leon, Global Services executive vice president, and David McCormack, vice president, are two such leaders in the Global Services team. Here they explain how this approach benefits our clients and strengthens relationships.

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Strengthening Families in Massachusetts

July 2nd, 2020

Nearly 150 miles west of Boston is Berkshire County, Massachusetts, a picturesque mountain community and frequent tourist destination. But without an urban center nearby, jobs can be hard to come by, as can resources for struggling families.

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UPGRADES, REPLACEMENTS, RENOVATIONS, RELOCATIONS Atlantic Health Systems

July 2nd, 2020

Sometimes what seems like a small courtesy can lead to big things down the road. A few years ago, for example, Structure Tone’s New Jersey team assisted Atlantic Health System (AHS) with some budgeting for proposed projects..

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BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Oxford Properties, London

July 2nd, 2020

As the real estate investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension plans, Oxford Properties has become a leader in real estate investment, development, and management in Canada, the US, and Europe.

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A STATELY RELATIONSHIP Ajax and the Florida Department of Management Services

July 2nd, 2020

Ajax and the Florida Department of Management ServicesAjax Building Company has been working with the Florida Department ofManagement Services (DMS) for over 30 years. In that many years of working together, they have seen it all—from simple waterproofing repairs to massive campus redevelopments.

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