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Historic Transformation: Twenty St. James’s Street

London’s St. James’s Street has long been a desirable address, home to aristocrats, dignitaries and cultural institutions for centuries. With its rich history, however, the street’s buildings don’t quite have the same repositioning opportunities as those in other areas of Central London. Historic conservation codes restrict building heights, materials and other features to keep new construction in line with the neighbourhood’s special character. But over the last two years, investment trust WELPUT and its advisors, Grafton Advisors, have transformed Twenty St. James’s Street, preserving its history while updating its features and...

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Building Villanova’s Performing Arts Center

  Villanova University is in the midst of a major capital campaign that will, as the university puts it, “ignite change” on campus. A central focus of the campaign is to redevelop the southern area of campus along Lancaster Avenue. The former surface parking lot will eventually boast student housing, retail, dining and a Performing Arts Center (PAC)—the crown jewel of the development. The PAC will include two theaters, classrooms, a dance studio and costume and scenery shops. But while every construction project has special features and challenges, building a theater comes...

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PAVING THE WAY: Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport is in the midst of a major endeavor. Terminal One, the new terminal under development is, in fact, the largest design-build effort in New Jersey’s history, according to the Port Authority. The scale of the project has meant relocating some airport facilities to make room—including a major shipping and delivery company’s New York/New Jersey distribution hub. mgup image   On its new 18-acre site on the airport campus, the company’s Newark distribution gateway will ultimately house a new 48,000sf distribution building, including loading docks, sorting and distribution facilities, office...

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The Importance of Comissioning

  comissionIn the world of design and construction, “commissioning” can be a bit nebulous. Some people confuse it with quality assurance or control—and it is partly that. But commissioning is also validating the design to ensure what was built was installed correctly and operates properly. It’s also not the same for every situation. For instance, commissioning the systems of a building built to achieve LEED certification differs drastically from commissioning employed for a high-level data center. But in every case, it’s an important element of the design.   whatexactlyWhat exactly is it then? nutshellIn...

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