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GIVING BACK: Creative Art Works

January 2nd, 2020

Since 1986, Creative Art Works (CAW) has been giving under-resourced neighborhoods the opportunity to empower kids through art. By providing the materials and direction to hone career-oriented skills, actualize creativity, and engage with the community, CAW is helping young people develop the confidence and connections they need to thrive. One of their most impactful programs pairs groups of kids with artists to create lasting murals in their community. 

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Almost Home: NYC’s New Irish Arts Center

December 31st, 2019

Almost Home: NYC’s New Irish Arts Center Over 33 million Americans—10% of the population—claim Irish heritage, according to the 2017 US Census. Irish Arts Center in New York City has long recognized and represented this deep connection between the US and the Emerald Isle, showcasing Irish artists and performers from their New York City space since 1972.   

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A Tech Revolution: Reimagining the Museum of the Dog

December 31st, 2019

A Tech Revolution: Reimagining the Museum of the Dog Technology has transformed the way the world consumes media—and art is no exception. Today, museums around the globe have embraced technology as a means of enhancing the visitor’s experience. So, when the American Kennel Club (AKC) decided it was time to return the Museum of the Dog (MOD) to its New York City roots, they saw the move as the perfect opportunity to bring the museum into the 21st century. 

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ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY METHODS: Which One Is Right for Your Project?

December 31st, 2019

ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY METHODS: Which One Is Right for Your Project? For the most part, the traditional “design-bid-build” model for the construction process has been a practical, straightforward means for delivering a construction project. The architect designs, a contractor is hired through the bid process, and the contractor builds.

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“ReNewell” Project: Restoring University of Florida’s Newell Hall

December 31st, 2019

"ReNewell" Project: Restoring University of Florida's Newell Hall Every two years the student government at the University of Florida polls students on what the university can do to improve. And every year, students responded they needed more locations to study on campus. 

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Homerun for the Phillies: Renovations at Citizens Bank Park

December 30th, 2019

Homerun for the Phillies: Renovations at Citizens Bank Park After completing a series of renovations during the 2018 offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies kept the ball rolling in 2019 with a complete overhaul of Citizens Bank Park’s third-base entry plaza. The Phillies again partnered with LF Driscoll to transform the existing McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon into a brand-new fan area called Pass and Stow—all within six months. 

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Feeding the Future

December 30th, 2019

feeding-the-future Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592—nearly 500 years ago. Needless to say, history is integral to the campus and its culture. At the same time, the college is one of Ireland’s most prestigious and progressive and has made it a point to integrate its historic campus within and among the dynamic Dublin cityscape.

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Renew & Refresh: Renovating in the Hospitality Sector

December 13th, 2019

Renew & Refresh: Renovating in the Hospitality Sector Hotels aren’t just a place to sleep. They reflect and contribute to the cultural fabric of their city—sometimes even help define it. But as increased competition, online reviews, and public expectations change, hotels must keep up.

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It’s All About the Fans: Reshaping Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center

December 13th, 2019

It’s All About the Fans: Reshaping Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center In the world of sports, competition is everything. And not just for the players—sports arenas, too, must constantly up their game to remain in tune with spectator expectations and needs.

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The Retail Race

December 13th, 2019

The Retail Race Designing and building large department stores presents a series of contrasts—they can be fairly straightforward in concept, yet ever-shifting as the project moves forward. Clearly segmented into departments, but under one comprehensive roof. In other words, these types of retail projects have their own unique quirks that require a certain level of experience and skill to manage together with the owner, the design team, and the various vendors who become part of the team as the store approaches opening day.

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Anchoring the Team: Bloomingdale’s at the SoNo Collection

December 9th, 2019

Anchoring the Team: Bloomingdale’s at the SoNo Collection Since its start in 1861, Bloomingdale’s has become a household name. Known for their luxury products and diverse selection of brands, it’s become popular both in name and style.

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INTRODUCING: BCCI

December 4th, 2019

This past spring, BCCI Construction Company joined STO Building Group as our new West Coast partner, extending the family of companies' network of resources and service offerings. For over 30 years, BCCI has built award-winning projects and lasting relationships with progressive, industry-leading organizations.

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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: Brinker International’s Headquarters

November 18th, 2019

  After being planted along the LBJ Freeway for over 30 years, Brinker International, Inc., one of the world's leading casual dining companies, decided to consolidate their operations and create a new headquarters that would better reflect their business’s bright future.

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Space as a Service: VARISPACE Las Colinas

November 18th, 2019

“Finding a better way” isn’t just the motto at VARIDESK—it’s the principle that launched the company. When one of the cofounders wasn’t happy with the complicated assembly of his sit/stand desk, he and his partner took on the challenge to “find a better way” by building their own desk. And so VARIDESK was born.

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THE NEW LAW FIRM Can Law Firms Think Outside The Box?

November 18th, 2019

THE NEW LAW FIRM Can Law Firms Think Outside The Box? Law firms around the globe have slowly started incorporating flexibility into the work environment. But in an industry where confidentiality is king, creating a space that fosters transparency and collaboration, while allowing for privacy, is challenging to say the least.

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Work, Live, Play–AND STAY Pendry Manhattan West

November 18th, 2019

Work, Live, Play–AND STAY Pendry Manhattan West The west side of Midtown Manhattan is having a moment. For decades, the acres around the rail yards were largely seen as undevelopable given the industrial use. But now, Hudson Yards has activated the entire area as a mix of residential, office and retail buildings that have truly become a destination.

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BETTING BIG: DraftKings’ New HQ

October 28th, 2019

Sports betting is big business, and the creator of the leading fantasy sports and sports betting products is betting big on Boston. With its move to a new headquarters in Boston’s Back Bay, DraftKings signals its incredible growth and commitment to staying true to its Boston roots.

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GIVING BACK: Big Changes Start Small

October 21st, 2019

GIVING BACK: Big Changes Start Small While there’s certainly been a lot of progress, when it comes to plastic reuse and recycling, the United States still has some work to do. According to the National Geographic Society, shoppers in the USA use almost one plastic bag per day, compared to Denmark, where, on average, residents use four plastic bags per year. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency reports the USA only recycles 9% of its plastic, leaving plenty of room for improvement.

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Flexibility and Adaptability: What’s Next for Workplace Design

October 15th, 2019

Collaboration. Connection. Choice. Those have been the operative words in office design over the last few years, particularly as the open-plan concept has taken hold. How are those ideas changing the workplace, and where are we headed next? We spoke with three workplace design experts to get their take on the workplace then, now and in the future.

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An Officer and an Employee: Law Enforcement Facilities as Workplaces

October 15th, 2019

How do you create a comfortable, productive workplace that also functions as a highly secured public building? Two law enforcement departments in Florida have found a way to achieve both goals, blending modern function with form in their new facilities. With the help of Ajax, both Volusia County and the City of St.

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