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July 9th, 2019

For decades, the Delaware River waterfront in Camden, New Jersey was a hub of industrial activity. But as manufacturing declined across the US, Camden suffered. Many factories closed and, over time, the waterfront was largely abandoned.

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Challenged Accepted: BCG Philadelphia

January 16th, 2019

What do you do when you’re tasked with renovating 52,000sf of high-end office space—while employees continue working in it? Communicate. A lot. So says Vincent Sarnatora, Structure Tone project manager who led the recent expansion of Boston Consulting Group’s Philadelphia offices from one floor to two.

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

November 26th, 2018

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.

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Structure Tone Philadelphia: Expanded and Enhanced

November 20th, 2018

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.

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

November 14th, 2018

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.

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Digital Transformation: How Technology Is Changing the Industry

October 21st, 2018

In the fast-paced world of construction technology, staying ahead of the curve is the only way to stay in the game.

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ALTERED REALITY: Bringing Data Coordination into the Field

October 17th, 2018

y Shaun Patchell, VDC Specialist, LF Driscoll Augmented, virtual and mixed reality tools have blurred the lines between the digital and physical worlds of construction, allowing for more efficient data management, more effective models and enhanced collaboration.

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Welcome to Wowtown

June 28th, 2018

Founded in 2002 and based in the City of Philadelphia, extreme value retailer Five Below has been growing in leaps and bounds, now with over 640 stores across the country.

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

April 11th, 2018

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.

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Building on History: The Philadelphia Museum of Art

March 29th, 2018

When you work on a facility for over a decade, you get to know the place and its owners.

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LF DRISCOLL Healthcare Center of Excellence

February 1st, 2018

Over 80% of the workforce at LF Driscoll has experience building healthcare facilities. And that expertise is in high demand-not only by their clients. Within the Structure Tone organization, LFD's healthcare experts were increasingly being asked to share their knowhow with other markets and areas of the country.   That’s when the lightbulb went on.

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January 30th, 2018

Reading Health System's main hospital campus is in the heart of the city, an urban hub of nearly 88,000 people and the county seat for more rural surrounding towns and villages of Berks County. The largest of its kind in Pennsylvania, the hospital's expansive green roof provides healing space for patients and reduces stormwater runoff.

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Bigger and Better for Shire

January 26th, 2018

Since its founding in 1986, biotechnology firm Shire has grown to become a global leader in treatments for rare diseases. Now at almost 24,000 employees, this kind of growth inevitably brings changes in real estate needs.

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January 18th, 2018

By Charles Steiner and Ray McDonald For obvious reasons, infection control isn’t just a “best practice” in healthcare construction. It’s a responsibility, a moral duty and even a legal obligation. Over 100,000 people die each year from hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), and 5% to 7% can be directly attributed to construction.

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QUALITY CARE, TECHNOLOGY, AND EMPATHY: Q & A with Judith Kratka of Abington-Jefferson Health

January 15th, 2018

  Much has changed in the healthcare landscape over the course of 30 years. And Judith Kratka has seen it all. Kratka is the corporate director of facilities planning and sustainability at Abington Health, which combined with Jefferson in May 2015 to become Abington – Jefferson Health.

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January 12th, 2018

Cutting-edge healthcare takes a cutting-edge facility. The new Medical Behavioral Unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is just that kind of place—the first in the country to specialize in patients with primarily acute medical issues who also have behavioral health needs. “This kind of project has never been built before.

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IPD in Action: Building the Pavilion at Penn Medicine

January 8th, 2018

This spring, Penn Medicine announced what it calls the “largest capital project in Penn’s history,” and Philadelphia’s “most sophisticated and ambitious healthcare building project.” The new Penn Medicine Pavilion will ultimately house 500 patient rooms and 47 operating rooms across its 17 floors and 1.5 million square feet. And while the $1.

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MAKING HISTORY: Penn Medicine’s newest hospital sets Philadelphia record

October 23rd, 2017

Record Setting Numbers 14 straight hours of pouring 6,540 cubic yards of concrete 650 concrete trucks 4 pump stations 120+ personnel 950 tons of reinforcing steel It isn’t even completed yet and the Penn Medicine Pavilion is already breaking records.

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Sign of the Times: 719 Seventh Avenue

August 9th, 2017

Sometimes called the Crossroads of the World, Times Square has certainly earned its place as the most famous retail and entertainment hub in the country—even the world. So when SL Green Realty Corporation had the opportunity to redevelop an underused property in the center of the action, they jumped at the chance.

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