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Docking Station: Bringing High-Tech Infrastructure to a Historic Waterfront

Thomson Reuters has just completed a major construction and critical engineering project in London’s Docklands, delivered by Structure Tone Mission Critical. We asked the Director of Critical Services Engineering, Jay Ahmed, for his thoughts on the project—one of the highest-risk projects Thomson Reuters has undertaken to its global portfolio. What is the project? The project, known colloquially as “The Dock,” was commissioned by us to upgrade the critical electrical infrastructure plant that is nearing the end of its serviceable life and to increase the power capacity, availability and overall resilience of the...

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Power to the People

Southwest Airlines is clear about one thing: they put people first. In fact, the company’s stated purpose is to “connect people to what is important in their lives.” That purpose extends to their employees too. So when the company wanted to refresh its 3,500-person corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas, they went straight to their people for inspiration. “Every square inch of their former space was covered with employee and family photos,” says Urmil Shah, senior project manager for Structure Tone Southwest, who led the renovations. “That personal connection was central to...

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Taking a Break for Safety

By John P. Fuente, senior project manager, LF Driscoll On a construction job site, safety always comes first. As construction managers, part of our job is to reinforce that message across the entire site, day in and day out. But sometimes—especially on large jobs—that message can become so routine that the crew starts to tune it out. That’s when a safety stand-down can help. A “stand-down” gathers the whole project team—from the top project leaders to every construction worker—to discuss an important message (typically safety), as well as celebrate and socialize together....

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The Efficient Workplace: Have We Peaked?

With the rise of the open-plan workplace, companies have seemingly embraced a new way of working and of using space. But has this trend gone too far? Where do we go from here? Adam Strudwick, associate principal and design director at HLW International in London, shares where he sees office design headed and where the industry needs to turn its focus. (Hint: “productivity” is the operative word.) It seems like we’re in an office fitout golden era, where companies are investing significantly in urban campuses, repositioning buildings and upgrading to attract...

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