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TECHNICAL SERVICES: The Cornerstone of Refurbishment

In refurbishment projects, a building’s technical systems (aka “MEP” systems) are perhaps the most important piece. Why? These systems are the heart and veins of the building. In other words, a refurbished building won’t be a success without modern, functional infrastructure. But addressing these systems early—and thoroughly—is vital. Gary Fleming, Technical Services Project Manager DILAPIDATION REPORTS ARE KEY Once we get into a building, the first task of our technical services team is to ascertain what exactly we are dealing with. Typically we are taking over base-build systems that are a number of...

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In the Heart of the Hub

The area of Boston known as Downtown Crossing has long been the city’s shopping hub. By the late 1800s, department stores like Jordan Marsh and Filene’s had established themselves there, and retailers ranging from clothiers to jewelers lined Washington Street, one of the district’s main thoroughfares. 399 Washington Street is right in the middle of this retail hotbed. Built in 1881, the five-story building housed a number of retailers over the following decades, settling as a Barnes & Noble in 1976. But as the years went on, the businesses along Washington...

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  Once a heavily industrial area, the Junction neighborhood in Toronto has steadily transformed over the years into a sought-after place to live and work. When Govan Brown decided to relocate its headquarters to the Junction, however, the success of that revitalization had not yet been realized. “It was a bit of a sketchy area and the building we were considering looked like it hadn’t had any investment for decades,” says John Brown, Govan Brown senior partner. “When we actually bought it, at one point I thought, ‘What did we just do?!’...

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Most building repositioning projects involve gutting an older building and starting fresh with modern infrastructure and interiors. But at 441 Ninth Avenue in New York City, Cove Property Group is thinking—quite literally—outside of the box. In addition to modernizing the existing 9-story structure, the team of Cove, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Pavarini McGovern is building another 17 stories above it, creating a modern commercial office building with the abundant lighting, high ceilings, outdoor terrace spaces and other amenities that appeal to today’s tenants. First built in 1962 as a manufacturing facility,...

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