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ADDED VALUE: Using Building Model Data for Facilities Management

By Xinan Jiang, ACT project coordinator, Structure Tone Your building project is done! Construction is complete, and all the 3D models have been coordinated, updated and filed away. So what happens to all of that valuable data? In most cases, nothing—until it’s time for a renovation or other construction project. But our Advanced Coordination Team (ACT)—who works with a project’s design team to create a true-to-scale, coordinated model and 100% buildable set of design documents before work even begins— has found a byproduct use for that data, one that can help...

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ULTIMATE PARTNER: Q&A On the Role of the Owner’s Rep with CBRE’s Scott Allen

The role of an “owner’s rep” in commercial real estate projects has evolved significantly in the last two decades. How has that affected the relationships among a project team—and why does that matter to clients? Philadelphia-based CBRE director of project management Scott Allen answers those questions and more in this industry Q&A. You started your career as a civil engineer. What drew you to shift to commercial real estate? I always had an interest in commercial real estate. It was during my coursework in earning my MBA that I decided to pursue...

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Designed for Dance

For nearly 60 years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been performing for audiences across the globe, using their signature interpretation of the beauty and humanity of African-American heritage to unite people of all backgrounds. But New York City is their home. And after 30 years of renting studio and administrative space, in 2005 they opened their own studios, the Joan Weill Center for Dance, creating the largest building dedicated to dance in all of NYC. At 80,000sf, the center spans two lots on its West 55th Street block, with...

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Tech Boom: Ireland’s Reign as Tech Firm Hub

Amazon. Apple. Facebook. Google. LinkedIn. Each of these technology superstars has a significant hub in Ireland. And that's just to name a few.  Why Ireland, a small island nation with roughly the same size population as the Houston metro area, known for its scenery and cozy pubs? “Originally it had to do with the low corporate tax rate. But it’s much more than that now,” says Richard Hemming, Structure Tone’s preconstruction and business development director in Dublin. “We’re an English-speaking country on the doorstep of Europe with a young population, strong economy,...

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