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Taking Coordination to the Next Level: Axalta’s Global Innovation Center

Nine different types of laboratories. Seven demolished buildings. Over 175,000sf of new build. A patented “regenerative thermal oxidizer” unit. And, of course, offices. These are just some of the special features of Axalta’s new Global Innovation Center in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard. The new center is home to the paint and coatings firm’s global research, product development and technology initiatives that will, as the company puts it, “ensure Axalta sets the pace for coatings technology around the world.” From a construction perspective, such a complex effort takes careful, focused coordination and communication...

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Structure Tone Philadelphia: Expanded and Enhanced

Since the birth of the nation, Philadelphia has been an anchor of US culture and economy, particularly on the East Coast. That’s why, in 2006, Structure Tone officially opened an office in the City of Brotherly Love, establishing a local team for the firm’s expanding client base. And expand it did. In the last 12 years, the Philadelphia office has nearly tripled in size as the team not only managed the construction projects of existing clients, but also developed a strong portfolio of Philly-based clients, such as Five Below, Spark Therapeutics...

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Speed, Communication and Consistency: 3D Modeling in the Cloud

By now, nearly everyone in the world of design and construction is using some form of building information modeling, from architects and engineers to general contractors and their subs. But because each of these players has different programs, different tools and different capabilities, working a project through the BIM process can sometimes get clunky. “Things can get bottlenecked,” says Ali Militano, virtual modeling coordinator for Structure Tone. “Typically, everyone is waiting for the BIM coordinator to create an aggregated model, share it back with the team and issue class reports,...

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Scheduling in the Digital Age: Q&A with Paul Gabriel of Aegis

Technology has long played a key role for project controls and scheduling consultants like Aegis. But when the company joined the team building Penn Medicine’s new pavilion project, the need to innovate and collaborate through technology became that much more important. Here Paul Gabriel, regional vice president at Aegis, shares how new technologies are improving the scheduling process and the relationships among the project team. How did you get involved in the Penn Medicine project? Aegis is a project controls company supporting projects all over the country. When the PennFIRST team was...

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